First time starter for Doug O’Neill drew the services of Mike Smith who doesn’t ride many for this trainer. Sammy took some action in the betting but broke slow and was dead last in this full field of 12. Came out into the stretch and sped home fast to finish fourth in a much better than looked effort. He may want to go long.
Sprinter was doing two things in this race that he never did before – go long and go long on the grass. Was let go in the betting and got off at 19-1. Looked to be completely out of the race when squeezed off at the start. Was far back but launched a determined run down the lane and got up to draw away late. Won by more than a length in what was a big time effort. He could come back and repeat at what will be another good price.
It was all about early speed on this biased strip but Airfoil ran a big time race when making a six wide dash into the stretch. Came on gamely to pick up the show dough. On a fair racing strip he wins next time out. $$$
INDYGO F M A
The question is what does trainer Wesley Ward have in mind for this filly who he claimed out of this race for 25k? She ran a good race when finding her best stride late in this downhill turf sprint just missing the show by a dwindling ½ length and the win by just 2. We will be on her wherever she shows up next time out.
Was coming off the layoff for trainer Peter Eurton and he had this filly ready to run but she came up ¾ of a length short of catching the lone speed. She will be hard to beat next time out going down the hill.
Was going 7 furlongs, a distance that he looked better suited for. Broke slow and was taken down on the inside then split horses on the turn when full of run. Had to wait into the stretch but got through a hole and surged late for the show. If sent long next time out we will be on him.
Made a nice late run in this 6 furlong sprint for $12,500 claimers and was picked up by trainer Vann Belvoir who can score with runners first off the claim. He sometimes wheels them back at the Gate so we will see where he spots this one.
First time starter was well meant for ice cold connections as she took plenty of early money. As would have it, the ice cold connections blew their cash when she just did not break and was far back. She did make a huge late run to finish a clear second some four lengths clear of the rest.
Shipped in and got the drop in class. He got the job done with a solid win and looks to have found a home on the synthetic surface.
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