SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRACKS
JOYFULL JULIA: First time starter took some good action in this race at Fairplex. She got pushed out on the first turn and that usually means doom on this layout as she continued wide the entire six furlongs. Kept coming and was gaining on the winner at the wire finishing a bang up second.
CAFÉ CON LECHE: Another who was stuck on the far outside. Came four wide into the second turn and made a nice late run finishing a clear third.
MICHAILASHEARTLITE: Ran big Sept. 7 at Del Mar when caught between horses late. Finished a strong second, losing by a neck while flying past the winner at the wire. Will be set at Oak Tree meet for the win first off the claim.
TIMES GONE BY: Was taking a big drop in class by trainer Mike Mitchell and had numbers that towered over these. Did not have enough late kick to get the job done, but ran a strong fifth – losing by less than two lengths. This 6yo gelding was claimed by trainer Julio Canani who doesn’t dip in for many. We will be watching for his return at Santa Anita.
RHYTHM IN MAY: Was in from Calder for trainer Morey. This 3yo colt had good form there and ran ok in this 25k claimer going a mile. Finished third more than four lengths clear of the rest. Mike Mitchell dipped in and put up the 25k for the claim. Look for a big run from this guy next time out.
KILTED: Irish bred filly took so much action first out of the box. She showed some good early lick but tired late. Trainer John Sadler saw fit to put up $62,500 for this girl, which isn’t chump change. We will follow her and see what Sadler has up his sleeve.
BELLA ROJA: Looked to have a good shot in this 1 1/16 turf route at a nice price but she broke slow and was dead last. Had to be steadied hard into the first turn. Angled out into the stretch and made a nice late run. Just did miss the show dough by a half length.
EL SAINO: Looked to have a big shot in his 1 1/16 turf route at 21-1. He lagged far back in the early going but got into gear and was storming home between horses to lose by just a neck. This guy can run on the grass and will get them next time out if he can find some pace to make his late run.
BITS AND BOBS: First time starter was forced to steady sharply off heels in the stretch but recovered and came back on just missing by a half length to the chalk in a big time effort for a $12,500 maiden claimer.
DUGAN BILL: Was dismissed at the windows when let go at almost 16-1 in this 6 furlong starter allowance race. Broke sharp, but fell back to trail this 10 horse field. Made a four wide run circling the field with a quick burst of speed and glided home for an easy 5 length win. I look for this gelding to come back and repeat at another good price. $$$$$