PLANE LUCKY: This filly was last seen back in May at Santa Anita. She got off at 9-1 and trainer Richard Baltas had her ready to fire but was just plain unlucky stumbling at the start to be off last in this 6 furlong sprint. Moved up between horses and got into a nice stalking position. Battled it out till the end only to lose by a head in what was a very tough loss. No mistakes next time out at this level. $$$$$
PRIZE EXHIBIT: Talk about a horrible trip, this girl had just that. Jockey Mike Smith, whose win percentage is so low the Form doesn’t have room to put it in the paper, got her in traffic right off the bat when between horses. He then got her boxed in from upper stretch to midstretch when steadied hard. Finally got out to get up for second just a half-length behind the winner, who got a perfect Bejarano ride.
STRAIGHT FIRE: Headed out early the next day to make my first Kentucky Derby future book bet on this colt trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother Kent. He just blasted home to take down this good field by some 10 lengths as the chart writer stated, “drew off without encouragement.” If this one can stay healthy he has the looks of a colt that can go 1¼ Kentucky Derby distance and we know Desormeaux can get them there. $$$$$
MO KNOWS: Trainer Wesley Ward, who seems to be everywhere, brought this filly in from Indiana. She had not been out since May but won this race after being steadied when checking off heels into the first turn. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez never panicked and got her back into a good spot, and she won as much the best paying $15.20. We won’t see that price next time out going long on the grass but hope to see her one more time at the meet. $$$