MONGOLIAN GROOM: Comes off a real nice win going a mile on the dirt for trainer Enebish Ganbat who has a small stable here at Santa Anita usually running on grass. We would love to see this gelding come back going a mile or longer on the grass with Geovanni Franco riding again.
CAMZUL: First-time starter for low-profile trainer Joshua Litt took some action in this 5½-furlong, $30k maiden claimer and it came with the comeback kid Iggy Puglisi riding. Camzul broke slow and was soundly bumped, he gathered himself down in the inside but came out for room in mid-stretch to be a solid third in what was a very nice effort.
PREACHING TRAINER: It has been a long time since this bettor has seen a first-time runner trained by Carla Gaines being sent off as the 9-5 chalk, but we had it here. Preaching Trainer broke slow and was crowded, but moved up on the outside on the backstretch making a determined run down the lane to just miss the place spot by a neck.
TICK TOCK: Was sent off as the 8-5 chalk but really had no shot on this sloppy sealed track. Once she couldn’t get the lead, she got shuffled back to fifth but re-rallied to come on for the place money. This filly will be a solid single next out on a fast dry track.
PETER’S KITTEN: Really wanted to bet this filly on the grass but the rains came and the race was moved to the main. Trainer John Sadler knew what he was doing as he left her in the race and she just blitzed in this seven-horse field going a flat mile. She can win right back on the grass.
CAMPAIGN: Maiden was in from Keeneland and was running on a sloppy sealed track which was favoring speed. He was dead last in this nine-horse field until the three-quarters marker when unleashing a tremendous turn of foot. He came storming home to somehow get up to win by a neck. A splendid effort here.