No. 5 GOT HEEM: First time starter for trainer Mike Mitchell was one live item. He broke on top from post position 11 and then battled tooth and nail on this closer’s bias course. Tired late, but held on to be a clear fourth in what was a real nice effort. Will be hard to beat on a fair surface next time out. $$$
No. 3 EBLOUISSANTE: The little sister of the great Zenyatta had been heralded as something special in her own right. She ran like a stakes horse, just cruising home to win by more than four lengths under a Cory Nakatani hand ride. We will look for her to be taking on stakes company next time out.
No. 1 HE’S HAD ENOUGH: Team O’Neill’s answer to Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another. Ran a bang up race in the BC Juvenile finishing second by a head to the undefeated Pletcher runner Shanghai Bobby despite being steadied past the five sixteenths marker and being shuffled back soon after that. He advanced along the rail in upper stretch, shifted out for room to engage Bobby but drifted out and could not get by. This very tough 2yo is still figuring out the game and will be one mighty 3yo down the Kentucky Derby road. We will follow O’Neill and friends all the way to Louisville. $$$$$
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].