SMART TRANSITION: Had been working like a real runner for trainer John Shirrefs. This first time starter got bogged down on the inside and had to wait off heels when ready to launch his run. He finally found room and rallied for the place money in what was a top effort. $$$$$
KETOS: Exiting the same race as Smart Transition, this first time starter for John Sadler broke inward and slow from his rail post. Ran an ok fourth and will go much better with an outside post. We would love to see these two come back in the same race next time out.
GRANDIOSE TACTICS: Broke outward and went four wide on the first turn in this mile race. She had to wait leaving the second turn and swung four wide into the stretch. Surged late to win as much the best and looks like a repeater.
PEPPY BOLLY: Got the move up in class off her second straight claim sporting a bullet work and also getting the hard trying Valdez in the irons. She was crowded at the start but settled nicely off the rail. Swung out for room to make her run in this 5½ furlong sprint and was flying late just missing by a fast dwindling head. No mistakes next time out. $$$
D’CHURCH: First time starter was let go at 17/1 and ran a huge race finishing second to Gimme Da Lute while almost 10 lengths clear of the rest in this 12 horse field. $$$
SENSITIVELY: The word was out on this D’Amato first time starter that she was a real runner and the money poured in on her. She finally settled at 7/5 and won like a 1/9 shot by more than 9 lengths while under a long late hold.
THIS IS WAR: First time starter had no shot at beating Sensitively but ran her own race battling it out for the place money, gamely holding second by a neck. We like her chances next time out.
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].