CONFEDERATE RECON: 2yo first time starter for trainer Eric Guillot was bet like a winner. Would have won except he had an awkward start losing a length at the break. Came on to miss by a head. This kid has some run in him. Will be hard to beat next time out.
MORGANOUSKA: Had been a stone cold front runner, but in this race had to be taken back after he was forced out at the start. Chantal took hold instead of rushing him up. She kept him wide and made a quick move turning home to win going away. He will come back and repeat if able to sit off the pace again. This guy is in top form.
LADY VIVIEN: Had trouble turning for home as she had to be checked off heels in midstretch. She then split rivals and just did get beat for the place money by a half length. This filly is coming around and should break her maiden at Hollywood.
HEARTLESS HONEY: Was in from Golden Gate getting her first start off the Van Belvoir claim. She ran a winning race, but just did fail to hold off the 3/2 chalk by a neck. She will make no mistakes next time out. $$$.
ULTIMATE DECISION: Was claimed from 20k by the above mentioned trainer. He ran big in here, but could not get up late. This looks like a sold pickup for a good barn. They will get a quick return on their 20k investment next time out.
THE BRAIN: First time starter for trainer Bob Baffert, who has arrived to the races late. She showed big early speed battling tooth and nail the entire race. Just failed to hold off the 70 cents to the dollar stablemate by ¾ of a length. If able to clear early next time out, he will not be caught.
NORTHERN IOWA: Put in a good effort when finishing third behind The Brain last time out. He looks to have a good late turn of foot and will go better at 6 furlongs.
LETS DO IT: Took a heartbreaking loss by a nostril after getting hit hard and knocked off stride by the winning coming to the wire. The winner, ridden by Bejarano, was kept up by the stewards after a long look at the incident. The all-mighty ones declared both horses contributed to the bumping. I was just wondering what they would have done if Bejarano’s horse finished second by a nose behind Lets Do It? (ridden by the buy boy Eswan Flores). You just see it over again in Southern California. Stewards leave up the high profile jockey vs a lesser one. I guess that is the animal of the game on the Left coast.
EX LOVER: Was last seen at Del Mar on my birthday (Aug. 17, 2011). She came back and looked good on the track. Made a nice wide late run picking up the place money. Look for her next time out at a mile on the grass.
TERMINATOR EX: Ran a better than looked race going 1 1/16 on the grass as he ran into traffic on the second turn to finish fifth. With a clean trip next time out, he could pop at a big price.
GENERAL CAUSEWAY: Looked real good winning last time out going a mile on the grass. Will repeat at or near this level going long on the green. $$$$$