BILLY BIG: First time in the States for D’Amato; got the nice easy win with Kent D getting a rare ride for this barn. A horse I gave out on the radio show “Race Day Las Vegas” on 1400 AM so don’t forget to tune in every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m.
BLAME IT ON ALPHIE: First time starter for trainer Richard Mandella who was sending this filly a mile on the grass. He gave her a nice 7 furlong work prior to this race. When he does that they are alive so keep an eye out when this trainer sends them 7 furlongs before a race. The filly really was live to go and won while inching away late. Has the looks of a filly who can go longer.
BIG GRAY ROCKET: It was all the talk of the paddock and airways how this 2yo colt was the second coming for Baffert. He was sent off at 60 cents on the dollar and as the racing gods would have it he hesitated at the start. Was off last in this 10 horse field going 5½ furlongs and looked hopelessly beaten. Made a huge late run and was gaining with every big stride to finish second in a race he was much the best. Will be odds-on again next time out but a solid single in the picks.
KLIMT: Was exiting our HTW list as a $$$$$ play and won for fun here in the Grade 2 Best Pal. This one could be Baffert’s Kentucky Derby horse this year. We will keep him on our list and see what happens as the distances get longer.
EDDIE HASKELL: The blinkers went on and O’Neill sent him five furlongs on the grass. He responded with the “beaver” Prat riding to win going away. This one may have found a home sprinting on the grass and we thought he would just be a ball boy or fireman.
TUCO: Looked to have found a great spot going in this mile turf race in a field loaded with early speed. Pulled his way into a tough spot, had to check off heels and dropped back to dead last. Tried to make a late run but had too much ground to make up and finished a fast closing fourth. This one is sitting on a win and we will give him a big shot next time out. $$$
PARTYINTHEPADDOCK: First time starter for trainer Carla Gaines, who is having a tough meet, ran her heart out in this race. Just could not keep up with the 7/5 chalk and finished second more than six lengths clear of the third place horse in a field of 10. Will be a nice play next time out. $$$$$
TIZ A KISS: Was coming off the layoff for Richard Baltas and was let go at 14-1 in the betting. She ran a winning race just failing to get the bob on the line, losing a heartbreaker to the 3/2 chalk. She will be very hard to beat next out.