LOS ALAMITOS/DEL MAR
We liked this horse on our daily selection sheet as we got a first time Tommy Town filly trained by Steven Miyadi and they connect this time of year very often. She ran like a pro, winning by more than four lengths while under a hand ride. We will be on her right back.
Connections have always had high hopes for this filly on the grass. She was coming off the layoff and looked ready to run but the jockey took a tight hold as she was just pulling him along. She made a nice late run picking up the show dough, just missing the place by 3/4 of a length. We will be all over her next out at Del Mar. $$$
Broke slow in this 1 1/8 turf route for straight maidens. He was also crowded and had to take back much further than jockey Tyler Baze wanted. He was making a run when in tight and split horses on the second turn. He still picked up some ground late and ran a better-than-looked fifth. We look for him to score on the softer Del Mar grass.
Was last seen running a good third at Hollywood Park last May. He ran a solid third in this race and looks set for the win next time out with the hard trying Tiago Pereira in the irons.
Gary Stevens was having a bad day to say the least and he had this girl in no man’s land going a mile on the grass. She was so far back and had no shot at running them down late. Look for a much better trip in her next stakes start at Del Mar or Saratoga. We will be watching for her return.
MY FRIEND JIMMY
Ran huge off the layoff with some big works that said he was ready. He was far back early but put in a sustained run in this 12 horse field going a mile on the grass, finishing a fast closing fourth just missing the show by a head. $$$$$
Was coming off the layoff for the very solid trainer Diodoro with the very solid jockey Fernando Perez riding. He gave this gelding a solid ride drawing away late to win by more than a length. We look for big things from this gelding and these connections at Del Mar.
Ran a better-than-looked race in this very tough mile turf. She is in top form and a very hard trier. We will be on her next time out on the grass.
BIG JOHN B
Was in from Churchill Downs and landed in the barn of Philip D’Amato who took over training for Mike Mitchell, now his assistant. This gelding won easy and looks to have a big future here in marathon races.
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].