KINZ FUNKY MONKEY: May have been best in this 5 furlong turf sprint but jockey Espinoza just butchered this ride. He took a strong hold as this filly really wanted to run and then got stuck twice. Had to pull back hard losing several lengths when steading sharply and dropping back. Swung out for room and just missed second in what was a crummy ride. New jock we empty out. $$$$$
CHARM THE MAKER: Had the back class to win this 6 furlong sprint but just could not make up the needed ground late. Ran a much better than looked race. Will be ready to strike second off the layoff and maybe a longer distance.
CLENOR: When they know at the spa they know. And the money knew with this filly in from Ireland for trainer Doug O’Neill as the greens kept rolling in sending her off at odds on. She won for fun drawing away like she wanted to keep running. Look for big stuff for this filly in upcoming stakes races.
ADDENDUM: Singled this filly in the big pick six. Makes you sick when selecting a 7/5 shot and for some reason with the leading rider on her back she breaks in the air and loses all shot. No mistakes next time out with no pick six carryover.
DICE FLAVOR: Came off the layoff and was back on his best surface the grass. He got up at the wire and looks to be getting ready for a run in the BC turf mile or longer. Doubt you will see this one on the main track in the future.
SOUL CRUSHER: First time starter ran a deceivingly very good race. He hesitated at the start and was dead last in this 12 horse field breaking from the 12 post. He made a four wide run into the stretch and this one big eye popping move coming from last to fourth catching his best stride late. Just love the way he ran out. We may catch a good price next time out with the low profile but underrated Alex Bisono riding. $$$
UNSEEN VISITOR: Broke outward and angled to the inside. She was moving up with a quick move leaving the turn but lacked room and was steadied hard into the stretch. Lost two positions which cost her the race as she had to settle for fourth.
LOS BAMBINOS: At the spa and that is both Del Mar and Saratoga you must watch the money. This runner in from Pleasanton was listed at 15-1 on the morning line but the cash kept coming. Was sent off at 6/1 and ran huge finishing second in a troubled effort.
MARKET PORTFOLIO: First time starter was ready to run for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer but just got squashed out of the gate losing his best shot. He made a big late run picking up the place in the 12 horse field at 7/2 a price we probably won’t get next time out.
JOE CARL: Don’t know what the record is but this gelding was claimed last time out which made it eight straight times now he has been claimed. This time it was by Doug O”Neill who lost him one race back for 25k only to come right back and re-claim him for the same amount. Interesting.
NO JET LAG: This gelding showed no jet lag as he got off the plane from over the pond. Made a five wide run turning for home and mowed them down late in this mile turf race. He can repeat.
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].