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HOLLYWOOD PARK

HE’S HAD ENOUGH: Team O’Neill’s answer to Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another. Ran a bang up race in the BC Juvenile finishing second by a head to the undefeated Pletcher runner Shanghai Bobby despite being steadied past the five sixteenths marker and being shuffled back soon after that. He advanced along the rail in upper stretch, shifted out for room to engage Bobby but drifted out and could not get by. This very tough 2yo is still figuring out the game and will be one mighty 3yo down the Kentucky Derby road. We will follow O’Neill and friends all the way to Louisville. $$$$$

COIL: One of several Bob Baffert runners who got horrible trips in the Breeders’ Cup races. This one finished midpack in the BC Sprint after being shuffled back in the early going. Was taken way out nearing the half mile marker as he got into gear, but floated out eight wide turning for home and just lost his momentum. He will be a major player in his next start as Baffert will re-group with a vengeance!

JOHN SCOTT: Just got a horrible ride by Espinoza in the BC dirt mile as he steadied him hard and taken back really out of the race. In one of his brilliant moves made up some ground coming five and six wide around the final turn. Kept running, but just had way too much to do after the bad start and the very wide trip.

PUMPKIN PIE: Bobbled at the start and was squeezed back to last. She then started to make her run in midstretch and came home strong, just missing the place money by a dwindling neck. This filly is ready to win for trainer Peter Miller.

SWEET POTATO: I hope both of these fillies (Pumpkin Pie and Sweet Potato) come back on Thanksgiving weekend. Potato a first time starter for trainer Marty Jones was let go at 20/1 in the betting. She broke slow and was dead last. Came home strong to finish a good second just a length behind the winner in this 10 horse field. Jones is much better with second time starters and may send this girl a mile on the Hollywood grass. $$$

NORTHERN IOWA: Was exiting our HTW list and finished fourth after tossing his head at the start. He was a very close fourth and still remains in top form for trainer Cerin. Just sitting on the win and we will keep him on our list. 

GOLDEN GATE

THE TOUR DIRECTOR: Was making a big move, but was forced widest of all into the stretch. Once he got straight came home like a tiger but was too late. He will pop very soon for his new connections. $$$

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