ALWAYS A CHANCE: Was breaking from the far outside in this 6 furlong sprint for 40k maiden claimers. Jockey Martin Garcia was into this filly in the early going trying to find a good spot, but she got caught wide around the turn and four wide into the stretch. She kept to her task and just did miss by a half length.
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CAT’S ENOUGH: Was going down the hill and ran a much better than looked race at 41-1 when opening up a three length lead down the stretch. Got a little tired late and settled for fifth, losing the fourth spot by a nostril. This Cat could pop at boxcars next time out. Long shot special.
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First time starter had no shot at running down the 9-5 chalk, but ran a super second. Will be hard to beat next time out. May have found a home here on the grass. Will bet if placed in a claim proof starter allowance race next time out going long on the green. First time starter was eliminated at the start, but showed good late run coming from last to sixth in this 14 horse field. This guy looks to have some talent and the price will be right next time out. $$$ Was back in town from Canada for trainer Asmussen. Horse loves this downhill turf course and went wire to wire in an easy win. Look for him to come back and repeat before meet ends. Bobbled at the start and had to be steadied when in tight into the turn. Jockey Espinoza, who seems to get all his mounts into some kind of trouble lately, took this girl to the outside for room but lost his whip when trying to make a late run. She was claimed out of this race by the very competent Troy Taylor. Look for a new jock and big time effort next time. Was far back in this downhill turf sprint and came widest of all turning for home. Once in high gear, he was storming down the lane to just miss by a half length in a powerful late run. Gets the money next time out. $$$ This once well regarded runner who won the San Pedro here in January was on the Kentucky Derby trial. Made his second start off the layoff for Hollendorfer and ran an even race. Got a wide trip, but looks to be rounding into form. If sent long next time out we will play. Jockey Joe Talamo, who has been having a tough meet, just had this one too far back. He did try making a late rail run, but had way too much ground to make up. With a better trip in his next start, could pop at a real nice price. $$$ First time starter was let go at 37-1 in this tough straight maiden race when up against the 6-5 Baffert runner and HTW alert horse Fed Biz. Was far back, but made a big late run picking up the show dough. This one looks like a runner who can go all day.