No. 8 FOREVER FREEDOM: Looked good off the layoff when coming from last to first to get up for a neck win for trainer Mike Mitchell. We look for him to find a good spot next out and get a repeat win.
No .2 STOLE A KISS: 2yo first time starter out of the Mike Puype barn took some money in this race. She broke in and was bumped at the start. Split rivals into the stretch and again in midstretch. Was really running down the lane when catching her best stride late. This filly looks to want to go longer than this 5 furlong race. If she gets some extra distance next time out we will be playing.
No. 9 INCLUDE ME OUT: Went sprinting today and won so easy under a long hold by Joe Talamo who has been riding like a real pro out there. This mare will come back at Del Mar in a Graded Stakes and get the money.
No. 4 CHIBITA: Just ran huge in defeat at 34/1 with Nicolas in the irons looking for his first win. He will get that at Del Mar and the price will be big. It could come on this claimer next time out.
No. 2 PULPIT’S EXPRESS: Was much the best in this mile turf race. He exploded into the stretch and drew clear in what looked like an easy win at 8/5. The inquiry sign came on when a tiring horse took up in tight. The all-knowing stewards decided to take his number down and placed him sixth for bothering a horse that was going backwards. The bettors take another one in the heart.
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].