LUCKY COTTON: This colt made his racing debut going down the hill on the Santa Anita 6 ½ furlong turf course, but really never got into the race when breaking slow from the rail. He then tried going 6 furlongs on the dirt and finished third. Was back on the grass going 6 furlongs with blinkers on and had a real good work. Rallied to be second at 20/1. If he stays on the grass and gets a little pace to run at next time out he wins. $$$$$
AMBITIOUS BREW: First time starter for trainer Marty Jones broke slow, but made a good late rally. Finished a clear second behind the odds on winner while more than two lengths clear of the rest. He will be hard to beat next time out.
BROTHER PETE: Was exiting our HTW and took all the money in here, but the horse he beat last time out got the jump and went wire to wire. Pete was wide and then had to check in midstretch, which cost him the race. Was second and slowly gaining on the winner at the wire. We will keep him on our HTW list.
KYRIAKI: Ran a much better than looked race in this mile turf route as she dropped back in the stretch when between horses. Came on again through the final furlong and picked up the show dough. This filly has some run in her and will be a good price play next time out going long on the grass.
NO SILENT: Just loves this 6 furlong turf course as now he has 3 wins and a second from four starts on this course. We hope to see him one more time before meet’s end. If so we will be using him as a single on our pick tickets. $$$
FERNANDO SUANCINI: First time starter for trainer Darrell Vienna was between horses in the early going. He came four wide into the stretch and once finding his best stride came home fast to just miss the place money. This one looks like he wants to go long. If he finds a longer race next time out we will be going to the betting window and then to the cashier’s line after the race. $$$$$
ROMANTIC WISH: Had the big misfortune of breaking from post position 9 in this 10 horse field going a mile on the grass. She was taken to the inside in what was a good move by jockey Gomez, then had to come out for room and made a wide run into the stretch. Came on fast to finish a close fourth, beaten by 1½ lengths for all the marbles. He will get there next time out with a better post.
CARDIO ROYALE: Someone wanted this 3yo gelding as he was claimed by Joshua Litt a trainer who makes very few claims. The last one he claimed at Golden Gate can’t be found, but we will be watching when he brings this one back off his nose loss where he was best. $$$$$
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].