DEL MAR/ LOS ALAMITOS TB
(NOTE: Del Mar closes Dec. 4 and Los Al opens Dec. 8).
ASHLEY’S CHARMS: First time starter for trainer Peter Eurton was going a tough mile on the grass and this 2yo filly ran her eyeballs out, finishing third more than three lengths clear of the rest in this 10 horse field. Tons of upside here.
MAI TAI: Just loved this girl going 1-1/16 on the grass but a wide wide trip on both turns got her. She came on strong just missing by a dwindling half a length and is sitting on the win with a better trip.
STORMY ROCIT: Sprinter was in from Woodbine and landed in the barn of Peter Miller, who went with jock N. Arroyo. He hopped in a very slow start going five furlongs on the grass and lost all shot. Did show some run in a sneaky good effort. This is one to keep an eye on next time out.
GANGSTER: This colt is one reason we need to keep an eye on the tote board. He was making his first start on the grass and was listed at 12-1 on the morning line. Went off at 9/2 and just stormed home down the lane in a wide-sweeping, eye-popping move to win by 3/4 of a length. We will be all over this one next time out on the grass. $$$$$
ADORNED: First time starter ran a winning race at 8/1 when making a huge late run just failing to run down the speed in here by a dwindling head. No mistakes next time out and we will be singling. $$$
POWER PED: Had a horrible trip in this 1-1/8 turf route as he was stopped dead in his tracks when making what looked to be a winning move on the inside. He kept running late but the trouble most likely cost him the race. There was an inquiry but the all-knowing California stewards made no change, saying the trouble was inconclusive?
SIRCAT SALLY: First time starter was up against a Baffert odds-on runner in here but was still sent off as the 7/2 second choice and just blew them away, winning by five lengths while under a Mike Smith hand ride for Jerry Hollendorfer. Lots to like here going up in class next out.