RULE THE STORM: This mare is in top form. Love it when a trainer dips in and claims a horse that was in the barn in the past. That’s what trainer Mike Mitchell did as he claimed her for 25k. Now she is back in his barn. Look for the move up in class and a trip to the winner’s circle next time out. $$$$$
SEPARATE FOREST: Was exiting our HTW list and looked very solid in here, but when coming out into the stretch was bumped hard. She had to angle in for room, but could not get up while down on the inside. This filly has some talent and we will keep her on our watch list.
HAGIBIS: Write this one down. We could get a real nice price on this maiden next time out. He was making his first start for trainer Mike Puype in this tough 13 horse field and really ran a great race despite being forced out on the backstretch. Was between horses and made a big six wide run into the stretch. Finishing fifth beaten by under two lengths for second while HTW alert horse Tiz A Budman drew away paying $11.60. Put this one down on your list in “CAPITAL” letters. $$$$$
PACK OUR BAGS: Stalked four wide and got pushed out even wider crossing the main track in this 6½ furlong downhill turf sprint losing several lengths and positions. Came between horses and picked up the show dough in what was a real good effort.
FULL DEPUTY: I was all over this 3yo maiden first time starter in this race at almost 17-1. Broke sharp but bobbled and jockey Gomez overreacted. Gomez yanked Deputy’s head completely back as he almost dropped out of the race. Made a wide run into the stretch and came flying late for the show dough. There will be no 16-1 next time, out but we will be going to the windows.
WILBURN: First time starter out of the Steven Asmussen barn was in a good field of 3yo straight maidens including the odds-on highly regarded John Sadler runner Chico d’Oro. Wilburn won by more than three lengths and looks like a horse with a big future. Will follow him up the ladder.
BALLERIAN ANGEL: Was last seen running fourth back in ‘09 at Hollywood Park. She came back in this 20k maiden claimer and was sent off at 9-5. Won like the money was well spent. Claimed by trainer Doug O’Neill for the 20k ad he kept part ownership so the work was out on this filly. Look for her to come back in a claim proof starter allowance race in the near future. We will be singing. $$$$$
MISREMEMBERED: You had to watch this race in order to understand how easy he won. The margin was three lengths despite jumping tire tracks while the jockey never moved his hands or made any attempt at putting his whip into action. Trainer Bob Baffert has this old pro primed for some big time action. Getting even money today was a huge bargain.
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
DOVE FOREST: First time starter broke slow while very green and erratic, She made a nice run while getting the feel of things. Rallied in the stretch to be a clear second in a very good effort by this filly. Will be hard to beat next time out. $$$