HOLLYWOOD PARK / DEL MAR Opens July 18
CAT MEETING: First time starter was a very live item for trainer Jeff Mullins, but he broke slow and was just pulling his weight between horses. He did make a nice late run but floated out late by the place horse and had to settle for third. He will be set in his next start.
BEV N BUD: Angled in at the start and stalked down on the rail, but lacked room and had to steady hard off heels leaving the turn. He finally got through on the inside and continued with good energy to finish second some six lengths clear of the rest.
SIDEPOCKET KID: Just loved these type of horses that are always there and finally break the maiden. This was the kid’s 15th start and he was always making a late run finishing second four times and third three times along with several fourth place finishes. Once the light goes off, these type can score again at a nice price.
MISS CALIFORNIA: Broke slow and was steadied hard when squeezed off. Jockey Chantel Sutherland did not panic and settled this filly down on the inside. She then came wide down the lane and got up to be a solid second. This one is sitting on the win and it will come at Del Mar. $$$$$
TAKE CONTROL: At one time years ago this horse would have been an automatic throw out. Not so today, especially when they are trained by Bob Baffert. This horse had not seen the starter since Dec. 30, 2009. Despite bobbling at the start today and coming five wide, he got the win going away at the end for a trainer that hits at 40% with these type of layoff horses.
SUGGESTIVE BOY: The word was out on this Argentine invader that he was a real runner. Ran bigtime here in the Grade 1 Shoemaker, finished a bangup second while stalking the entire trip coming between horses late. We will take a shot with him next time out.
MONEY MAKIN SAM: Was a very live first-time starter for trainer Doug O’Neill, but had to settle for second behind the winner who just freaked today – winning by more than six lengths. Sam will be making us money in his next start.
DRY SUMMER: First-time starter was on the outside and then jockey Joe Talamo took a chance and moved down on the rail. He got stuck and lacked racing room inside until the sixteenth pole. Once clear he could not finish and settled for fourth in what was a better than looked effort. Next time out he will get the money.$$$
EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE: A Baffert first-time starter looks like a monster in the making as she took care of this group of 2yo fillies with the utmost of ease, just drawing away down the lane to win by more than four lengths despite being under a long hold by jockey Bejarano. This filly had a ton left in the tank and could have run around again. She will be in stakes company in the very near future.