SHE SPIRIT DI SU: Irish bred filly was making her first start in the USA and was bet like a good thing. Ran to the money as she just stormed home with a five wide move to win going away while under a snug Bejarano hold. It looked like she wanted to go around again. This girl can flat out run and could be a force in the filly and mare grass division here on the West Coast.
CANDY SWEETHEART: Was breaking from the 1 post in this six furlong sprint. He was sent early while down on the inside but got shuffled back while in tight and had no place to go. Stayed down on the inside, came out for room in the stretch and split horses to somehow get up for the place money in a very game effort. This gelding gets new connections next time out, but with a clean trip is sitting on the win. $$$$$
SEGWAY: First time starter for trainer Richard Mandella was going a flat mile on the grass which is not an easy task for a first time starter. This well bred son of Giant’s Causeway got the game win and looks to be a real runner. One to watch as he moves up the ladder.
ROCKET TRAIN: Had the misfortune of running into Out Of Bounds in his first start. Was getting blinkers on and going a mile on the grass. Broke slow like he did in his first start, but settled nicely and made a good late run to just miss the show dough. This Mike Mitchell trained colt looks to have some talent and could pop next time out at what will be a real nice price. $$$
PRIME NUMBER: First time starter for John Sadler ran huge despite battling the pace the entire 6 ½ furlongs, if able to clear next time out he will be totally gone. We still may get a fair price with Kevin Krigger in the irons.
DYNAMIZE: Was bumped hard and steadied between horses. Lost all shot, but showed good courage as he gathered himself and made a nice late run turning for home in this 6½ furlong downhill turf race. Just did miss the place and show by a half length. Look for him to come down the hill next time out and with a clean trip find his way to the winner’s circle.
EL MIRAGE KING: Ran an incredible race going down the hill. He looked beat after battling for the lead and hopping onto the dirt portion of the course. Lost the lead and dropped to third, but rallied for the win in a top notch effort. $$$
TRICKY MANDATE: Almost went wire to wire, but got caught on the line in a three horse photo. Look for him to get the job done next time out. $$$$$
PAPRIKA RED: Ran good enough to win, but had to settle for second best. This mare is usually a good price and looks to be sitting on a win.
RUSSIAN GREEK: Ran big time in the California Derby and looks to be Hollendorfer’s big gun this year as the distances get longer on the Derby trail. Jockey Aaron Gryder fits him like a glove.
BATON ROO: In top form and looks like a repeater for his new connections.