SANTA ANITA (closing day, July 10)
DEL MAR (opening day July 15)
BROTHER SOLDIER: There have been claims galore in the last weeks of Santa Anita as owners and trainers are looking to pluck some gems out of the depleted ranks before heading to the ocean and the big purses at Del Mar. One trainer who has been snatching some cheap runners is Robertino Diodoro who just claimed this one for $10k. Diodoro is a sneaky good trainer, who will have this one spotted for the win and give him a big rider upgrade. $$$
CURLIN ROAD: Came into this mile maiden special race with some good works. He was coming off a better-than-looked fourth place finish but was let go in the betting at almost 23/1. Ran a very good second paying $13 for the place behind the 7/5 Baffert winner. The exacta paid $66.60 for two bucks. This one looks to be sitting on the maiden breaker going long on the dirt or the grass at Del Mar.
WATCH THIS CAT: Was sent off as the second choice in the mile dirt race but if you want to see a bad trip just go and watch the replay of the 6th race on June 26. She bobbled at the start and then was just pulling Tyler out of the saddle as she really wanted to be let loose. Steadied hard leaving the turn but was still tugging when caught between runners; had to be taken up hard again and her race was over. She was claimed by Richard Baltas and he will have her spotted for action first off the claim.
FLAMING VIXEN/CHRISTY JACKSON/WHAT A STORMKAT: I love these setups. All three were exiting the same good race with CHRISTY JACKSON finishing second, WHAT A STROMKAT third and FLAMING VIXEN ninth. It called for an exacta and trifecta box. The ninth place finisher in that race, Flaming Vixen, came on for the win, paying $17.80, with Christy finishing second and What a Stormkat a clear third. The exacta paid $85.20 for two bucks and the trifecta returned $203.60 for $2. Must keep an eye open for races like this.