Holland's North America Racing Picks for June 8
Tampa Bay Downs
#2 Bunster (8-1) has a record of 10-2-3-2 on this turf and comes off a weakening third-place finish after leading early at this level over the course and distance last month. Son of 12% grass sire Temple City makes his third start since being claimed by Michael Campbell, who has won with a solid 18% of his starters this meet. Colt may be tough to catch with Hernandez retaining the mount.
Trainer Saville wins with 19% of his runners that have not raced for 46-90 days and saddles #6 Old Dominion (4-1), who led from the start to win his latest at Tampa in mid-March. Dark bay has a record of 4-2-0-1 on grass and has been working forwardly for Saville, who wins with 17% of his runners that won last time out. Gelding can be on or near the early lead with Lynch riding.
Maiden claimers include #6 Aiken On Tap (10-1), who debuts for 25% first out trainer DePaz. Son of Aikenite is out of a mare by Tapit and has been working well at Pimlico for DePaz, who wins with a high 29% overall in maiden claiming events. Gelding appears ready for a good first outing with Carrasco in the saddle.
Newcomer, #7 Got You Beat (15-1) has a good win-early pedigree being by Competitive Edge and out of a mare by Malibu Moon. Gelding is a half-brother to two winners and has worked forwardly for trainer Potts, who wins with 10% of his first-time starters. Dark bay is worth a look at likely good odds with Cintron up.
Lone Star Park
#9 Scattered Mist (4-1) makes her first start for trainer Lee Rossi and has not raced since fading to finish unplaced after leading early at Gulfstream over a year ago in her second outing. Filly has a good pedigree being by Scat Daddy and out of a mare by Tapit and posted a solid 4-furlong work in :49 late last month for Rossi, who has won with three of his 12 starters this year. Gray figures to be sent early with Luzzi riding.
Trainer Cravens wins with 21% of his runners debuting in a maiden claimer and saddles #5 Aloha Dreamer (15-1), who is by Ghostzapper and out of a mare by Street Cry. $67K yearling purchase has been working well lately and appears ready for a good effort at this level with Valdez-Jiminez in the saddle.
Maiden fillies include #7 Christmas Dance (10-1), who debuts for 16% first-out trainer Brown. Three-year-old worked 5 furlongs from the gate in 1:01 2/5 from the gate late last month and has a good win-early pedigree being by 16% debut sire Fury Kapcori and out of a mare by Citidancer, whose offspring win 20% of their first outings. Half-sister to 11 winners can win at first asking under Zenteno, who has won with one of his last three rides for this barn.