ALDADINO: First time starter for trainer John Sadler with low profile jock Maldonado riding was let go at almost 31-1. He hesitated, dipped his head while hopping at the start, stood dead last and far out of contention. At one time I thought he may be eased but settled nicely and finished fourth with a big late run. He may be another big price next time out and worth a shot. A must use in the exotics.
MANOFGOLD: Actually won this race at 9-1 beating the 3-2 chalk ridden by Joel Rosario. There was a drift out at the wire and a slight bump, but the chalk was never going to get by the winner ridden by apprentice Cedillo. There was no inquiry but Rosario fielded an objection. After a long look the steward made another wrong call taking the winner down. This same incident happened twice earlier in the meet and the stewards made no change. This result was politics as usual hurting a young rider trying to make a buck.
LINDA LOU: Just lost by the bob against the odds on Reba Is Tops in this downhill turf sprint after not running since October 2009. If there is no bounce Linda Lou will come back and score.
SCREAMING REGAL: Was probably best in here, but had to be steadied hard when squeezed out at the start. She split horses on the second turn when really unwinding and came with a wide run into the stretch. Stormed home just missing by less than a length. No mistakes next time out as Regal will be a good single. $$$$$
CLONEYLASS: Another filly that was probably best. She was making a winning run, but got interfered with by a loose horse on two occasions and still just missed by a half a length. $$$
PINK LOLLIPOPS: High priced Bob Baffert first time starter got in tight in the early going. Bejarano had to take back and the filly never did get into the big after that. This girl looks to have some big talent and will go much better next time out especially away from the rail.
RONIN DAX: Was getting back on the grass and going a flat mile. It was the same distance he broke his maiden on the Del Mar grass. Had just worked a bullet 58.3 at five furlongs when best of 48 horses but somehow was let go at 7-1. He made his run down the lane and got the nice win paying $16.20. We love this guy if he stays on the grass.
JAX EL: One of three Abrams horses entered in this 6½ downhill turf sprint, a race that Abrams excels at here at Santa Anita with his Unusual Heat stable of horses. Jax was 8-1 on the morning line but opened as the 8-5 chalk. Got to follow the money sometimes and we did as he went wire-to-wire for a very easy win paying $8. The chalk was second and the other two Abrams entries third and fourth for an easy super paying $335.80 for $1. We will keep following all the Abrams horses in these types of races. Look for a quick return for Jax El and another win. $$$$$
LEAD BLOCKER: Dueled between horses but had to be eased back and lost several positions. Came on again finishing third losing by less than two lengths.
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:
MR.MUNSEY: When trainers start to get hot you just need to follow them to the windows and collect. One trainer that has been steaming at the Gate has been Lloyd Mason, the trainer of Mr. Munsey, one of the few starters he did not win with last week losing a four horse photo on the line after being bumped and having a wide trip.
SMOKIN FAME: Was last seen running at Pleasanton back in 2010 but came back today and showed up for the first time in the Mason barn. He ran super winning easy, paying $11.40. We will play again as we think he can repeat.