ST. MALO’S GATE: Carla Gaines’ well-bred first time starter was going 1 1/16 on the grass, a tough task for a first timer. She took plenty of action and was sent off as the second choice in the betting. She ran a nice even race getting in a little trouble to finish third. This girl is a big time runner and will be hard to beat next time out.
EBLOUISSANTE: The little sister of the great Zenyatta had been heralded as something special in her own right. She ran like a stakes horse, just cruising home to win by more than four lengths under a Cory Nakatani hand ride. We will look for her to be taking on stakes company next time out.
LOTSANDLOTSOFHOPE: First time starter was primed for the win but broke slow and got caught down on the inside. She got through on the rail and rallied like a winner, but lost the bob to the 9/5 chalk in a race. She may have been best with a better trip. This filly will be a solid single next time out for trainer Ron Ellis. $$$$$
CAJUN MARKET: Was last seen running up the track here at Hollywood back in December of last year. She was bet down to favorite in this race Took the lead from the far outside and battled it out, but could not hold off the late charge from the winner. Finished a clear second and will be one tough cookie next time out.
GOT HEEM: First time starter for trainer Mike Mitchell was one live item. He broke on top from post position 11 and then battled tooth and nail on this closer’s bias course. Tired late, but held on to be a clear fourth in what was a real nice effort. Will be hard to beat on a fair surface next time out. $$$
MOONLIT METEOR: First timer was well bet and well meant, but broke slow and was way back in this 11 horse field going 6½ furlongs. He made a big five wide move turning for home and was really into high stride late. This guy can flat out run! $$$$$
PERSONAL SUNSET: Was dismissed by the bettors and sent off at 20/1. She exploded down the lane to win going away. Will come back and repeat at another good price. $$$
Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Contact Richard at [email protected].