DEL MAR (opens Nov. 1)
GOOD GUY BAD GUY: If you were paying attention you may have caught this D’Amato first-time starter. He was on the also eligible list and his stablemate, a runner named Scrambled, was well liked by some handicappers. D’Amato scratched Scrambled to run Good Guy Bad Guy who won going away, paying a nice $28.40. It pays to pay attention. $$$
HOW ABOUT ZERO: Was last seen back in March and came back in this downhill turf sprint. She took some serious action, made a huge four-wide move into the stretch, cruising to the lead to win going away while under a long snug Mario Gutierrez hold. Trainer Doug O’Neill has been ice cold and could be heating up. We think this filly will love going a mile on the grass.
INDOCTRINATION: Really liked this guy going 1-1/8 on the grass in this maiden race and he somehow got off at 7/1. Battled tooth and nail the entire trip only to get beat by a neck. He had to settle for second money as my ticket was sent into the loser’s box. We will be on this one next out as he is just sitting on the maiden score.
FRIENDLY OUTTHEDOR: Was exiting our HTW list, making his first start going long on the grass. He ran huge, losing by less than two lengths. What we liked about this effort is he was really getting into his best stride late when coming home big time. He has a lot of upside. The maiden score next out.
CONCUR: First time starter for D’Amato ran his heart out in this 5-1/2 sprint only to lose the bob on the line. He will love going six furlongs or longer and will be a solid single next time out. $$$
MISCHIEVOUS SONG: First timer for David Hofmans was well meant as she was sent off as the second choice at 7/5, while the favorite was 90-cents on the dollar in this $40K maiden claimer. Ran her race but just was not good enough to beat the odds-on winner, though she was more than 13 lengths clear of the rest. Was claimed by Hollendorfer who will have her spotted for the win next out.
HOOTIE: Was exiting our HTW list and ran big again but had a ton of trouble under a stranglehold by Espinoza. Had to be steadied hard early, which really cost him. He ended up third, beaten a length. Will be right there again next out. Maybe a different rider is in order.