HOLLYWOOD PARK/DEL MAR
(opens Wednesday, July 21)
CAJUN GENT: Was a very game winner in this 16k maiden claimer, he was claimed by trainer Jeff Mullins who looks to be really gearing up for the Del Mar meet.
CAPT. SPARROW: Was listed at 4-1 on the morning line but the first flash he was 7-5, his odds eased up to 3-1 at post time, he made a huge four wide run on the turn and came home like a flash but lost the bob on the line to the game Cajun Gent.
PINAL: This was his third try on the grass and he hit the board in his first two at Turf Paradise, he was bet like a good thing in this race and popped the gate and took them wire-to-wire, this guy will repeat on the Del Mar grass. $$$$$
YANKEE STATION: Was last seen picking up the show dough at Del Mar last August, he showed up in this spot for trainer John Shirreffs and almost lit up the tote at 14-1 losing by a head but to the Mike Puype comebacker Hard Bill. This guy will be one tough nut next time out.
AMERICAS DREAMING: Made a huge run coming from last to second down the lane despite Tyler having a very wide trip and losing his whip, next time she gets there.
ROBBIE THE CAT: First time starter for trainer Richard Mandella took plenty of action but raced a little green and just could not run down the good looking Bob Baffert first time starter D’pendable who took them wire-to-wire in this 5 furlong turf sprint for 2yo. This guy looks to be a real up-and-comer so keep you eyes open for him at Del Mar, he will be a great single. $$$$$
BUCK’S BRO: Battled tooth and nail the entire 6 furlong trip despite being wide the entire race. He refused to buckle under the pressure finishing second in what was a very good effort. He was claimed out of this race by William E Morey who can pop with recent claims as good as anyone.
KEVLAR KID: This well regarded 3yo gelding out of the Carla Gaines barn was trying the grass and a distance both for the first time in this his third lifetime start, he was bet to 90¢ on the dollar but was bumped hard at the start and got squeezed off, he made a little run but could only get up for fourth, this one can run so just toss this race.
WESTERN ROSE: First time starter took some action at the windows but never broke and was dead last. She settled nicely for a first timer and made a big late run picking up the show dough. This looks like a good claim for trainer Yakteen who should recoup his 25k very soon.
JOINT ADVENTURE: Was last seen running at Fairplex in September of ’09 but came back in this 25k maiden claimer and was bet like a good thing, she showed big early speed but had to battle hard on the front end and tired late, next time out she could wire.
LOW GEAR POWER: This guy also was last seen running at Fairplex September of ’09 the same day that Joint Venture ran, he came back in this Allowance race and despite being steadied hard in midstretch he switched out and just stormed home under a hand ride and a long hold late for an easy and scary win. $$$$$