OAK TREE at SANTA ANITA
SHELTER ISLAND: 25k claimer looked to be sitting perfect off the pace but had to wait when making his move when running up a horse’s heels into the stretch. He got out midway down the lane and just stormed by them all, powering his way to an easy win despite the trouble. We may see this guy one more time before meet’s end.
MICHAEL’S ROSE: What a goofy ride this girl got. This off-the-pace-type filly shot to the front, then broke in, bumping a rival, and was battling for the front end. The jock took hold and dropped her down on the inside, but when she really wanted to run once again she lacked room and checked into the stretch. She then was swung out and surged between horses at the wire missing by less than a length. She was most likely the best in this race. Next time. $$$$$
COATCHECK GIRL: We have been following this girl since her freakish maiden breaker on the grass. She ran a winning race in this flat mile on the green but just could not hold off the fast closing Dextera down the lane. She was claimed out of this good effort by John Sadler for two of his top owners and will be hard to beat next time out.
DON’T FORGET MUQ: Was a release here on our website in Saber’s daily horse selections and we were rewarded with a nice $19.20 payoff. Muq ran like he really likes it here. He could move up and repeat under jockey Danny Sorenson and pay another big price.
PRIZE PLAY: Was last seen running ninth at Santa Rosa back in July but showed up in this spot for low profile trainer Amanda McKaughan and drew the services of jockey Rosario. Prize Play took the money at the windows. He bobbled at the start, then was between horses and got in tight into the second turn. He came out for room, stormed down the lane and won going away in what was the easiest kind of win.
CABO CHICO: First time starter out of the Jerry Hollendorfer barn prompted the pace while caught between horses. He came out on the turn for some clear sailing and battled the top two tooth and nail through the stretch finishing third in what was a tight three-horse photo. This guy has some nice breeding and will be very hard to beat in start #2. He’ll be a nice single in the picks. $$$$$
BLACK KETTLE: Really liked this guy at better than 5/1 but as luck would have it jockey Nakatani got this guy in trouble in this six horse field. Sometimes you wonder how some of the same jocks get their rides in trouble day in and day out. He lacked room from upper stretch until past the eighth pole, checked and swung out but lost in a three-horse photo as much the best. $$$$$