TOUGH SUNDAY: First time starter out of the barn of Steven Miyadi should love the Del Mar synthetic surface. In his first outing he hopped and was steadied hard at the start to be far back. He looked hopelessly beaten but made a big four-wide run into the stretch and came on late to pick up the show dough in this full field of 12.
JADED GLORY: First time starter for Tom Proctor with Mike Smith aboard was pulling the jock hard and got in tight in the early going. Mike took her to the outside for a clear path and she stormed home to win going away in this downhill turf sprint. She will love going a mile on the grass at Del Mar. $$$
OMORFI K0PELLA: First time starter for John Sadler was also going down the hill in her debut. She settled in the back of this 10 horse field until the top of the lane when unleashing a big, late, wide run to pick up the place in what was a huge try.
TATUM’S GOLD: Broke outward and lagged back in the early going. She came on leaving the three eighths pole and swung wide for the drive. The track was just not playing to her style on BC day one. We will upgrade her chances next time out.
IOTAPA: Ran a monster race in the BC Distaff just failing to hold the place by a nostril after battling all the way. She is one gutsy girl who is at the top of her game. $$$$$
JUSTA SPLASH: Was bumped and squeezed off at the start costing him any shot in this $20k maiden claimer. Look for a double digit price next time out with a good start.
DORTMUND: Ran a scary race first out of the box. This 2yo looks like a real runner for Baffert as the races get longer on the road to the Kentucky Derby for one of his top owners, the Shah. We may not see this colt at Del Mar as Baffert hates the synthetic surfaces but we will keep him on our radar. $$$$$
LEMON DE ORO/HARLINGTON’S ROSE: Looking to make a buck or two, as we all are in this game, and this is one way to do it. These two fillies were exiting the same race – Lemon ran second while Rose ran a distant seventh. If you liked de Oro in the race as I did you must use Rose on your ticket if playing exotics. Now in this race Lemon was 5/2 as was the winner of the race. Lemon finished third 3/4 of a length behind Rose who was let go at 50/1 with Global Hottie, the other 5/2 shot, winning by a neck. The $1 tri paid $617.70.
CAUTIOUS GIANT: Just could not understand the betting in this 7 furlong maiden race. Giant was let go at almost 7/1 and the one he lost to by a nose last time out was 7/5. He beat the 7/5 shot who finished second and paid $15.40 with the second choice of the race coming in third. The $1 tri paid $112.30, just another example of horses exiting the same race.
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].