FAIRPLEX AT LOS ALAMITOS
(Opens Thursday, Sept. 6)
Note: Santa Anita opens Sept. 27
MO ME MO MY: First time starter ran a bang-up race going five furlongs on the Del Mar grass. She is bred to grass and will love the downhill turf course at the great race place. We will see her there.
SWIRLING: Was coming off a layoff for trainer John Sadler. This filly was going five furlongs on the Del Mar grass and finished a fast closing second. This was the perfect setup for her to go longer on the grass at Santa Anita. $$$
PLACIDO: Another who was sprinting five furlongs on the Del Mar grass. Placido broke slow and looked to save ground. He was down on the inside begging for room. Once clear he stormed home to just miss by a dwindling neck. No mistakes next out going longer on the grass. $$$
ESKENFORADRINK: $20K maiden filly ran a winning race but just could not get the nod on the line when losing by a nostril to 71/1 shot As a Rule. This race will have her perfectly set up to win at Los Al at this $20K maiden level.
FAST COTTON: This $20K maiden showed big early speed off a little layoff. He could not hold off the freakish winning but was more than six lengths clear of the rest in this field of 12 going 5½ furlongs. He will break his maiden next out at Los Al.
TALE OF THE UNION: High priced 2yo first time starter for Baffert went off at 90 cents on the dollar. He was bumped at the start but was pulling jockey Drayden Van Dyke out of the saddle as he really wanted to be let loose. Once he got to the front at the top of the lane he cruised home winning by eight lengths as bettors were storming over to the Wynn racebook to make future Kentucky Derby wagers.