HOLLYWOOD PARK/DEL MAR
(Del Mar opens July 17)
BROKEN SWORD: Had the worst of this mile turf race braking from post position 11. She got a good start and fell into a nice stalking position. Looked like the winner but ducked out sharply when hit by the whip and had to settle for third beaten a length.
ENGLISH CROSSING: Was last seen in April when winning at Gulfstream Park. She showed up in this starter allowance race going a mile on the grass for trainer Kristin Mulhall. This English Channel filly ran a very gutsy race battling from the bell and getting the ¾ of a length win. Was actually pulling away at the end. She will like it here and we’ll see more of her most likely at Del Mar.
HONEY FEVER: First time starter out of the barn of Bill Spawr was really ready to run and took some action. He broke slow but regained himself and settled nicely outside a horse. Came out for the drive and motored home finishing with a rush to pick up the place money. Just missed the win by a ½ length in a top effort first out of the box. This one will not be a maiden for long.
HARPER RAE: Hadn’t met the starter since last June at Churchill Downs when finishing second for trainer Wesley Ward in what ended up being a key race. This filly is still partly owned by Ward but showed up in the barn of Blake Heap. She ran ok but did not return to get unsaddled and was vanned off, so there must be problems. She has talent and if all is ok and she comes back soon we will take a shot.
KOBE’S BACK: Kobe was the talk of the day after the Lakers won (no I made a mistake) after this colt won in what was an eye popping win first out of the box for trainer John Sadler in the 100k Willard Proctor Memorial for 2yo. The way this colt won after breaking in the air at the start and just storming home for the easy win going away makes one think how good he could turn out to be. We will be watching and maybe Kobe will show up next time to see his name sake win again. $$$$$
ROOKIE SENSATION/WICKED FINANCE: When playing exactas I love to use the horse exiting the same race no matter how bad they look. In this race there were three coming out. This was one wide open 1 1/16 route for straight maidens. These two who finished ninth and eighth out of the same race came in one two this time around. The winner Rookie Sensation went off at 16/1 and the second place finisher Wicked Finance at a whopping 47/1. The exacta paid $603.60 for two bucks, with the second place finisher some 3 lengths clear of the rest, so think about it when making exactas and Qs.
INCLUDE ME OUT: Went sprinting today and won so easy under a long hold by Joe Talamo who has been riding like a real pro out there. This mare will come back at Del Mar in a Graded Stakes and get the money.
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].