RUN MACHO RUN: First time starter for trainer Richard Baltas ran huge at 12/1. He finished second less than two lengths behind the even-money lone speed. Was gaining at the end in this $32k maiden claimer and finished almost four lengths in front of the rest in this nine horse field.
NICKY NUBERS: First time starter showed big early speed in this $50k maiden claimer for 2yo. He led all the way but failed to hold on. Was more than eight lengths clear of the rest in this 10 horse field. Trainer John Sadler put up the $50k for the claim and he will have him spotted for the win next out.
LAKE TIME, LA VITESSE: Just love horses exiting the same race. These two finished second and third on Aug. 7, both running nice races. In here Lake Time was let go at 14/1 with La Vitesse 28/1. They ran 1-2 with the $2 exacta paying $311.60. Must take note when these opportunities arrive.
BOWIES HERO, BIG SCORE, BILLY BIG, SALDAMENTE: These four ran 1-2-3-4 in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf and we would love to see them hook up again. This could turn out to be a nice key race. BIG SCORE came flying late but could not run down BOWIES HERO who was in from Lone Star for trainer D’Amato. We will add all four to our watch list.
NEWSMAN: Speaking about D’Amato, he brought this one in from Ireland and ran a nice third. Will be very hard to beat next time out, especially if Prat rides back.
RALIS: Was stuck on the far outside in the Del Mar Derby but came running like a freight train late, just missing by a dwindling half a length. We will see this guy at Santa Anita going long on the grass. He will be worth the wait. $$$$$
MESA SKY: Was last seen back in October at Santa Anita breaking his maiden. He came back in this spot and ran a strong race at 21/1 coming off the pace to get the win. He looks much better nowadays and could repeat at another good price.