LEMON DROP RIDGE: This Lemon Drop Kid filly took some time to break her maiden, but she always looked to have some talent. Canadian jockey Chantal Sutherland rode her for buddy Kristin Mulhall and then got a nice win by almost a 1½ lengths. Look for Mulhall to find a claim-proof starter allowance race next time out and get a repeat win at another good price.
SAHARA SKY: This colt was last seen running at Delta Downs last November when making his first start in the mud. Was well bet and went wire-to-wire for an easy win. Didn’t race again until now when he resurfaced with Jerry Hollendorfer, who just happened to be part owner. Broke slow and was dead last before swinging out at the top of the lane and storming home for the win at 7-1. This 3yo looks to have some upside and we will follow.
FOREVER NEDA: First time starter trained by Bruce Headley was looking for a turf race. When the grass got a little wet they took the races off the turn and this one was switched to the main track. Neda ran big despite hopping at the start and being bumped in the stretch. Came on to be a clear second behind the 3-2 winner. Will be looking for her to resurface sprinting on the grass but will bet either way.
TAKE A YARD: A release on www.gamingtoday.com and won easy at 7-1. Trained by Humberto Ascanio the late Bobby Frankel’s top assistant. Showed a new dimension as P Val took hold and was dead last. You could just tell he was sitting on a bomb ready to erupt. Turned for home and launched a big wide run to breeze past the rest of the field to win by more than 3. Will come right back and repeat. $$$$$
GREAT HOT: Was listed at 8-1 on the morning line and I was just hoping this filly would be an overlay. When they scratched the morning line chalk she was bet down to 7-2, but won like even money. This was her first start for the sneaky Avila, who brought this girl in from Brazil. Look for her to be moving up to the big time.
BURJ DUBAI: This was just one of many races that did not go on the grass this week. I really wanted to make a nice lay down on this gelding but the race came off. After the scratches there were only six betting interests and he was the second choice. Won with ease at 3-1 and claimed by the ultra hot Mike Mitchell, who will be looking for a grass race. Will be watching with a lot of interest and both hands in our pockets ready to play. $$$$$
EL GRAN MATADO: Was last seen running at Belmont Park last July and showed up in the Dan Hendricks barn. This 20k maiden took some action and really ran a good race. Had no shot at the runaway lone speed, but maybe next time.
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
MERITRICIOUS: First time starter ran a winning race except that he could not stave off the odds-on Russell Baze winner. Will be a good single next time out.
QUEENSBRIDGE/NOT TO NOTTY: Both were making their first starts, running within a half length of each other and more than 9 lengths clear of the rest. If they come back in the same race we will make an exacta box. Also in this race was Colombia, another first time starter, who placed second. We will add her to the mix.
LOCKSMITH: Trainer Steve Miyadi claimed this one after a lackluster effort. Look for him to spot this one for the win next time out.