MONGOLIAN GROOM: Just a little tutorial using runners exiting the same race. This was a perfect play as the favorite in this $30K maiden claimer, Midnight Soot, was sent off at 8/5 and Mongolian Groom was the only runner in this field of 11 exiting the same race. He got off at 46/1 and ran a huge second, missing by 3/4 of a length with the exacta paying $149.40 for two bucks. We also wrote in this column to always keep an eye out for this trainer, Enebish Ganbat who trained Mongolian Groom.
TWENTY TWENTY VISION: Broke slow and was steadied hard when crowded after the start, costing him a better position. He was angled in to save ground and continued inside through the stretch run but may not have cared for the inside position and finished well enough to hold on to fourth. We will give him another shot next time out.
JOEJOE’S KINGDOM: Looked to be spotted perfectly in this 7-furlong starter allowance race, but Joejoe had a five-wide trip on the turn costing him at least a length. Four-wide into the stretch, he did put his head in front but got nailed late by jockey Rafael Bejarano on a 16/1 shot. With a better trip Joejoe wins next time out.
CAMINO SONG: Was last seen running at Del Mar in November. She came back in this downhill maiden race and really ran big after a slow start. This could have been a prep for a longer turf race. We would love to see her going a mile on the grass next out.
SENATOR ROBERT: Was back from Golden Gate and going long on the grass. He was entered in a $16K optional claimer and missed by just 3/4 of a length. Was claimed for the $16K by Robert Hess who will have him spotted for the win next out with a big jock switch. $$$