TOMMY D’HORSEY: If this maiden doesn’t make it he can always lead one of those buggies with the bugler onto the track for the start of the races. Off his first start, he looks to have some talent. Was bumped hard at the start, then really wanted to run. Pulled himself between horses to get into contention but had no shot at the even money wire-to-wire winner.
VELLIT’: Was in from Golden Gate and getting her first start off the Jeff Metz claim. Her numbers were way better than any of these fillies yet she was let go at 6-1 and pulled off the good win. Trainer Mike Mitchell, who can spot a bargain a mile away, put up the 8k for what seems like a good claim. Look for Mitchell to get a quick return on his investment. $$$
VOLACIOUS: Was getting his third lifetime start and first here at Hollywood. Had trouble in his first two and looked to have found a good spot in here. Came off the rail turning for home and lost three positions. Ran on to finish a strong fourth. Could score next time out at a price.
BLING CHA BLING: 2yo first time starter for trainer Kathy Walsh just looked super on the track as his gray coat was dappled and glistening. Chased the odds-on Night Tide and the rail speed around the course. Could not run them down but his race was excellent. Will score soon and be a force when the distances get longer. $$$$$
CARBONITE: Trainer Mike Mitchell claimed this one for 32k especially for the grass and he put him in this optional claiming race for a price tag of $62,500. He tugged his way along the inside and had to steady hard off heels midway on the backstretch. Continued along the rail, but came out into the stretch, split horses and just did miss the place by a head. The lone speed was just 1¾ ahead of him. Will be one tough customer next time out. $$$$$
RACKETEER: Back classer who at one time was well thought of by Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel. Has seen better days, but looks to still have some run in him. Two starts back he made a big move, but just hung late. Had to make a big rail run but just had no place to go in the upper stretch. Looks set to explode for his new connections next time out. Look for a big jockey change.
LORO: 4yo maiden had not been seen since last July but his trainer John Shirreffs can bring them back ready and he is a patient man. Had him ready to fire in this 6 furlong turf sprint as he sat back and pounced down the lane. Was drawing away at the wire. This El Corredor colt looks like he wants to go long. Will follow him up the ladder.
COMING THRU: Was bumped between horses and bounced around in the early going. Dropped back to last at the half mile pole before his jockey got him to relax. Made a big time five wide run and just did miss the place money by a bob. Look for the maiden breaker in the very near future.