OVER PAR: This 3yo is named after my once famous golf game. First time duffer was being sent down the hill in this straight maiden race. He dropped back off the rail at the start and I lost sight of him until they crossed the dirt. He made a four-wide run into the stretch and found his stride late. Was motoring down the lane to finish a fast-closing fourth. May want to go longer.
SELECTION: Looks to be sitting on the maiden breaker going long on the grass. He just did miss in this mile turf route when making an eye popping four wide move into the stretch, placing by a dwindling nose after the winner opened up two lengths. $$$
HIT A HOMERUN: It’s the beginning of baseball season and we plan to hit one out of the park when this maiden makes his second start. He beds down in the hot barn of Steven Miyadi, who has been getting some good Tommy Town first time starters. This one showed good early speed battling from the bell. He held third despite the battle and will be very hard to beat if able to clear next time out. $$$
CURRENCY EXCHANGE: Was sent off as the 5/2 favorite in this downhill turf sprint for $75k maidens. He ran his race but just could not get to the live first time starter who went wire to wire. No mistakes next time out and we will be singling.
ABBEY VALE: We liked this gelding on our daily horse selections at gamingtoday.com. He was coming off the layoff for trainer Phil D’Amato. Steadied between foes in the early going, Abbey came out on the second turn, kicked away late and held to get the win at 7/1. He can repeat.
FIVE PALMS: Was last seen back in December 2013. Baffert brought him back and he was sent off at even money. He ran to the money winning by more than four lengths. Look for the big move up and the score.
Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GT’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected]