COLONEL SAMSEN, ICE KAT: Ice Kat was exiting our HTW list and somehow got off at almost 10-1. He looked all the winner down the lane but Colonel Samsen, who broke slow, split rivals in the stretch and made a big late surge to nail the Ice Kat on the line. We will keep Ice Kat on our ready to win list and add the Colonel.
SEATTLE BOOM: Here is a question: Seattle Boom who was dropping from $25k to this $16k claimer was sent off at even money and looked it. Many singled him in the pick five. He ran a very disappointing fifth showing no run down the lane. He was claimed but it was voided as he was deemed unfit by the vet! So did he get hurt in the running of the race or was he just unfit going into the race?
HE WILL: Was coming off a nice win on the grass going a mile and now was going 1-1/16. This 4yo colt won going away under a Mike Smith hand ride, winning his fifth race in 10 starts. He seems to be getting better and 3/1 today was a bargain. Look for the move up and another big run. $$$$$
MO’VETTE, CIAO BELLA ROSA, TAMMY’S WINDOW: This is one of my two key plays from last week as all three of these fillies were exiting the same race. Mo’Vette won going away, paying $24.40, with Ciao Bella Rosa finishing second at 6/1 and Tammy’s Window finishing third at 11/1. The $2 exacta paid $160.40, the $2 tri a nice $1,250. Keep a handicapping eye open for these same runners, especially in a maiden race like this one. We will keep all three on our watch list.
KENNY BENNY, SIR STUDLEIGH, HOT RODIN, ADMIRALS CLUB: This one was the beauty of the week and this bettor must fess up that he blew it as Hot Rodin and Admiral’s Club looked the two runners to key on. That is how it was played but Kenny Benny, who finished fourth behind my two key runners last time out, won paying $19.20. Sir Studleigh came in second at 36/1. A $2 exacta payed $379.20, $2 trifecta, $1,152 and $1 superfecta, $2,201.60. With $.50 trifectas and dime supers we must consider boxing all four runners.