No. 6 YARD LINE: Was one of two Bob Baffert starters in this straight maiden race. The winner, Baffert’s other starter, went off at 3/2 while Yard Line was let go at 10/1. We opted for Yard Line, who hopped to be away very slow and then moved up on the inside to stalk the pace. He bid along the rail leaving the turn in the stretch and continued willingly to the end. Just could not run down his stablemate Chitu, who took them wire to wire but was a very game second. Will be hard to beat next time out, but we will not get that 10-1.
No. 4 MISSING GROOM: Took plenty of action off the layoff as this 3yo colt was highly bet and well meant, taking a shot going down the hill. He finished fourth but just missed the place by a neck. Next time he will be ready to cash. $$$$$
No. 7 MARGOT MACHANCE: Euro shipper for the Frenchman Leonard Power was ridden by the Frenchman J. Couton. She was forced out at the start in this mile turf race from her far outside post. Really wanted to be let loose, pulling the jockey out of the saddle. He took hold while still on the outside, let her loose turning for home and she stormed in, actually pulling clear past the wire in a very big effort in this 12 horse field. $$$$$
No. 4 NASHOBA’S GOLD: Trainer Carla Gaines really has this girl in tip top form. She just did miss while between runners down the lane when making a five-wide run to finish only a half-length back. She will be one tough cookie next time out.
No. 6 RED N BLACK ATTACK: Don’t know what the jock was thinking in this downhill race as he had this guy so far back it was a joke. Usually on or near the front end he was 10th in this field of 11 and stayed there until the top of the lane when coming home fast to finish fifth. He just need a better start next time out.
No. 9 CHIEF LION: He was exiting our HTW list in this race and we got a real nice 5/1 on him, but the visiting Rosario could not get the job done. He came out at the start and took him inside, then angled out leaving the turn in this 6½ furlong sprint. He split horses in midstretch and got in tight off heels. Was boxed and had to settle for a very disappointing fourth. New jockey next time out and hopefully the win.
No. 3 THIS SOULS FOR YOU: $8k maiden claimer looks to be sitting on the maiden breaker at a price but needs some pace to run at. If he finds a good early pace he can get up at boxcars.
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].