EAST SKY: This 5yo was one for 26, but was getting his second start off the Mike Mitchell claim. Did not run a step first off the claim at this same level when 5/1. He took all the early action and ran to the money going wire to wire under a long Garrett Gomez hold down the lane. Mitchell looks to have found the secret so look for this one to come right back and score again. We will be singling. $$$
MEL’S GAME: The patient riding Leparoux was a little too calm with this one and got him stuck down on the inside with no place to go. Came out into the stretch looking for some room, but again had to check off heels. Finally split horses, but then Leparoux angled him to the inside losing all chance. Finished fourth, missing the place by two nostrils and the win by a half-length in a race that he was best. Keep him clear next time out and he will win. As they say on the tube “come on man!”
STYLISH IN BLACK: Loved the works of this first time starter. He was 15/1 on the morning line but got bet in half and left the gate at 7/1. Was four wide on the turn and five across into the stretch but ran on to finish a good fourth. Look for better next time out.
MAMBO MAN: Was stuck on the far outside in this mile turf race. He broke sharp and Joe Talamo angled him in, but had to chase outside a rival and then went inside on the turn. He came out again into the stretch finishing a good fourth in a much better than looked effort.
MOONE’S MY NAME: Was making her second start in the U.S. for trainer John Sadler and looked like a good thing in here. She was bet down to the 3/2 chalk. As luck would have it got left at the gate and was dead last until the top of the stretch. Unleashed a big late run just missing the place by a half-length. Next time with a better break she will get home on top.
POWER OF TEN: Was making a winning move at 5/1 when jockey Alvarado took her to the inside where she was blocked behind the leaders. She had to sit with no place to go. Finally split horses angling out and closed like a flash to just miss by a half-length in a race she was much the best. $$$
BLESS THIS SOUL: First time starter out of the barn of Tim McCanna was breaking from the rail in this 12 horse field. Jockey Duran took back to last and then came out into the stretch. Was well wide down the lane as he closed fast, but had to settle for fourth. Nice effort from far back.
Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].