No. 2 BACK TO BAKO: First time starter out of the Blake Heap barn who didn’t run many at Del Mar but the ones that he did run were all live. Had this one ready to roll, but he hopped at the start and lost a good position. He chased on the inside, came out into the stretch and ran well. Just missed by a neck in a race he may have been best. Will show up at Santa Anita and get the win. $$$$$
No. 10 GRADUATOR: Should have graduated in this spot at 15-1, but she broke slow and got in tight on the turn. Came out into the stretch and rallied with a purpose only to lose by a nostril. Next time, but not 15-1.
Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Contact Richard at [email protected].