CREATIVE CAUSE: Trainer Mike Harrington has been known for his Swiss Yodeler 2yo which he has made a living on over the years. The horse was an aberration as his sir was Giant’s Causeway which is geared more to distance and grass than sprinting 5 furlongs. Bettors looked to be on the same page as he was let go at 6-1. Came out running and drew away like a good thing under a hand ride. Looked like he could go around the track another time. $$$
CHARLIE AND CHRIS: Exploded down the lane to win going away in this 5½ furlong sprint for 10k claimers. This back classer has some good turf breeding and was claimed by trainer Jeff Mullins. We hope there’s a turf sprint at Del Mar in mind for him. $$$
MAGIC SCHOOL: Was stuck down on the rail in this 6 furlong turf sprint for straight maiden fillies and mares. Looked ready to roll, but could find no room. Bejarano had to check and take strong hold until past midstretch when she got through. Blitzed to the front for an easy win in what was a top notch effort. She can move up and face winners on the grass.
LITTLE UNUSUAL: First time starter had the Barry Abrams turf breeding of Unusual Heat/Nureyev along with some good works and Chantal Sutherland coming into this 6 furlong turf sprint. I jumped in big time at 14-1. She was ready to roll, but got blocked in midstretch. Chantal had to take back and switch to the outside. Split horses, but lost her whip in the process and did well to finish fourth. Can run and will be a good play at a nice price next time out. $$$
ALI’S LAKE : First time starter out of the Jerry Hollendorfer barn took plenty of action but really never got into the race after a slow start. Let’s give this girl another look next time out.
MINISTER D’ORO: Trainer Peter Miller never gave up on this 13 time maiden loser and he was rewarded in this race with a resounding win going away under jockey Rosario who gave this 4yo a very patient ride. I love these long time maidens who finally get the job done. They usually come back with big runs next time out.
IMPERIAL SUITE: I took my shot with this 27-1 shot and she almost got there with a big late run missing by a half a length. This filly lost to the even money chalk but was more than 6 lengths clear of the rest. Look for her to break her maiden next time out.
GIRLS LACROSSE: Maiden filly has some talent but needs either a fast pace up front to make her late run or perhaps a flat mile. Will again look for her to be coming late and part of the exacta and tri.
OUTRAGEOUS BELLE: First time starter in this 40k maiden claimer won in game fashion. She was claimed by trainer Kathy Walsh who doesn’t pick up many via the claim box. We will be watching where this girl resurfaces.