NEXTDOORNEIGHBOR: Very interesting claim by trainer Bob Baffert picking up this 5yo gelding who has won just one race in his 16 lifetime starts. Baffert just does not claim many and he retained part ownership of this gelding along with Live Your Dreams Stable. At one time Nextdoorneighbor was being considered for the Kentucky Derby back in 2010 but things just never went well. Now Baffert picks him up for 32k. We will take our shot with him next time out.
GAMBLER’S BEAUTY: 2yo just stood there when the gate opened, hopped and broke slow to be far back in this 5 furlong sprint. He made a strong late run to get the show dough in a 10 horse field. Will be hard to beat next time out with a clean break.
LANIDA: Was last seen winning at Del Mar in Sept 2011. She came back running and just failed to run down the winner by a half length while 2½ lengths clear of the rest. Will be a good single next time out in the picks.
MAHOGANY RIDGE: First time starter was very game breaking his maiden for this 20k price tag. He showed good early speed but lost his position at the quarter pole. Came on when roused in the stretch and got up late for the win. He was claimed for the 20k by Peter Miller and could turn out to be a good pick up.
SASSY AND SINGLE: This girl has some ability, but got eliminated in the early going when she broke slow and was squeezed back. She never really got into it after the trouble, but will go much better next time out. The price will be boxcars.
MALIBU KNIGHT: Was in from Gulfstream Park for trainer Marty Jones. He broke slow and was dead last, far back in this 6 furlong turf sprint. Launched his bid at the top of the lane and stormed by them all for the big win. This guy will love a mile on the grass! $$$
JIMMY CREED: First time starter for trainer Richard Mandella, who usually doesn’t have his first timers cranked up, had this guy ready. Showed good early speed maintaining a length lead till deep stretch when getting run down late. Was more than four lengths clear of the rest in this 12 horse field. Will be a real good single in the picks next time out. $$$$$
TOMMY’S KID: Just ran huge at almost 12/1 as he was close up but lost a position coming into the lane. While three across the track showed grit till the end losing by a half length. $$$
BIG COZZ: Is in top form and loves this turf course. He can be relied on to make his last run. A must use first and second in the exotics. $$$