LOS ALAMITOS and SANTA ANITA
(opens Friday, Sept. 26)
FLAT FOOTED MAMA
We look for trainer Bob Baffert to have a big meet at Santa Anita and this is one 2yo filly that will get us a win there. She finished second behind the lone speed in her first start while more than five lengths clear of the rest, Bob’s wife Natalie is the owner. $$$$$
According to Baffert this is the best 2yo in his stable. He was sent off at 7/5 in his first start, showed some good early speed but tired late when battling on the front end. He took the blinkers off and was put in this Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity. Blitzed home, winning by almost 5 lengths. We will follow all the way to the Kentucky Derby.
FAME AND POWER
First time starter would have won on most any other day. The rail and speed were playing so good the winner shot out from his post and took them wire to wire. Finished second best in this field of 10 and will be a solid single next time out. $$$
Trainer Carla Gaines saved this filly until closing day at Del Mar sending her a mile on the grass in her first start in the country. She won for fun and looks to be a nice filly on the grass at Santa Anita. She will repeat.
First time starter for trainer Simon Callaghan was let go at 23/1 with Saul Arias in the irons. He ran his heart out just missing on the line. He will win at Santa Anita.
First time starter really never got into this 5½ furlong race. He was under raps early and finished evenly at the end. There is more to this filly than meets the eye and she just may need longer.
Stumbled and bumped at the start to lose all chance. She chased from off the rail and came out for room but lacked space on the turn. She recovered and rallied down on the inside to pick up the show dough in what was a solid effort despite all the trouble.
Had the ultimate equipment change coming into this mile race as he was a first time gelding. He woke up big time winning by 1½ lengths at almost 17/1.
Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].