PRINCESS ROI: This filly ridden by Corey Nakatani just ran her eyeballs out battling tooth and nail from the bell in this mile turf race only to fight back late losing by a head. Nakatani looks to have found a home riding for the Baltas stable as he continues his comeback. Look for these two in the winner’s circle next time out going long on the grass and keep an eye out for the Nakatani/Baltas combo. $$$
PANAMA PAPERS: Was in from Belmont Park and in the care of Peter Miller. This turf runner had a huge effort in his first on the West Coast, pulling between runners in the early going, he had to angle in losing a position. He came on with a nice late run just missing by a half-length. No mistake next time out going long on the grass.
PUNDY: First time starter caught a wet fast surface in this high-level, loaded $75k maiden, six-furlong sprint. He took the lead and battled to the end but could not hold off the 9/1 shot Squared Squared who looked to love the off going. Pundy was three lengths clear of the rest and will be tough to handle next time out.
IKE WALKER: Looked good in this $50k claimer going a mile but caught a wet fast track and hopped in a slow start. He made a little late run to finish a game and better-than-looked third. Was claimed for the $50k by Jerry Hollendorfer, who also takes part ownership, which is a great sign. Look for Hollendorfer to have this one spotted for a quick return on his $50k investment. $$$
HOLOGRAEME: Was coming off a win on the Los Al dirt in her last start back in September and now getting back on the grass for D’Amatod. She somehow got off at 11/1 and blasted home to win going away for the top connections of Little Red Feather Racing/D’Amato, a hook-up to keep an eye on this meet.