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Sometimes I Miss California Weather

While we shiver on the Right Coast, there’s fine racing action on tap in sunny California (and I’d like to take a brief moment to recommend that state’s Mount Shasta Brewing Company Mountain High IPA). The older horses are meeting up in the San Fernando and The Blood-Horse seems to like El Gato Malo, but I’ll be watching for Tres Borrachos and Slew’s Tiznow. I’m also curious to see if Nownownow returns to better form with Joe Talamo aboard.

Some of the newly-minted 3-year-olds will be kicking off their seasons as well; Evita Argentina towers over the field in the Santa Ynez (and is carrying a fair amount of weight as a result) while the boys are heading out in the San Rafael. Square Eddie (pictured) is getting the buzz, but I am most looking forward to seeing The Pamplemousse take to the track.

California isn’t the only venue with 3-year-old racing this weekend; Oaklawn opens today (with rather less pleasant weather) and it seems that D. Wayne Lukas is jumping on the Arkansas/Triple Crown Trail bandwagon. The Eliot-Spitzer-inspired Ninth Client, previously successful on grass (and a non-factor in the Juvenile), will try the (real) dirt there at some point this season, but Lukas will kick off things off with Fast Draw in the Dixieland Stakes. If you brave the Arkansas cold on Monday, you can pick up a Curlin bobblehead. One can only presume it’s what Dr. King would have wanted.

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