Feb 6, 2001 6:10 AM

PRELONE — She was away slow, bumped at the start. She made a steady gain once she found her best stride to finish strong to get third. Only needs a clean break.

FAST MODEM — Showed good speed while racing wide and took the lead in the stretch, but the rider misjudged the finish line to finish fourth. Look for a jockey change.

BOLD PIC — Stalked the pace from the inside, but was shut off along the rail in stretch drive. Still finished gamely. Should be a price next out.

RETAIL SALES—One of these days, this guy will find a field that his early speed will be able to dominate. He was sent to the front in his last and held sway until the stretch turn. However, he didn’t pack it in that badly but stayed on to the finish.

ENTEPRENEUR—Finally turned it on after lagging in his most recent try at the oval. When the field hit the stretch, he nearly caught the leaders with a solid late move, losing the big pot by about a half-length.


RESEMBLANCE — This filly chased the pace while making a three wide move, gained a slight lead at the 1/8-pole only to be out-finished. Should graduate next time out.

PHONE STRIKE — No match for winner in last. He chased the pace and had to steady on the turn. Still finished strong to gain the place. An extra furlong is needed and he won’t be a maiden any more.

PERCY HOPE — Set pace throughout, only to get nipped late at the wire while being well clear of the rest of the field. He gets the job done next time out.

MR. ELWAY — Buried on the rail last time and showed little when jock knew he had no chance. Look for better post.


E COUPON — Bobbled start and off very slow in last before finding his best stride but it was too late. Only needs a clean break next time.

TOPAZ ‘N JAZZ — Bobbled start to lag far behind early, made two wide move on the turn, and closed strongly to just miss the place. Another who only needs a clean start.

THATSWHATSHESAID — She was caught in a speed duel on the lead last time to just miss at the wire. Now switches to the powerful Hollendorfer Barn.

CONTEMPORARY—Appeared not to like track condition in his last effort at graduating. Was well-played in the effort but failed to muster any kind of serious threat. Price should improve next time, hopefully on a dry track.

SEARCH ENGINE—Tough to get high on a six-year-old still looking for his second win but this guy has shown steady improvement. Maybe it will be enough to light up the tote board.

BOO’S BOY—Had all his energies used up early while fighting for the early lead so when it came time to turn it on he had nothing left in his last. Certainly capable of doing better.


SINGULAR VISION — He was allowed to settle back early and made a move on the outside, but the rider lost the whip at the ¼ pole while making four wide move. Still finished well. Deserves another chance.

LEGAL THIEF — Broke slowly and pulled back at start. Got shuffled at the half before giving way. This may be a nice price play next time out.

FLICK — Hopped badly at the start when breaking from the rail. While trailing, had to angle out to the right making five wide move in the stretch to finish a strong third. Just needs a clean start.

MEMORIES OF HOME—Didn’t make the board in her debut but she showed enough to mentor Bob Baffert to assure that a diploma would not be far off in the future. Expect improved performance against maidens, no tag.

TAORMINA—McCarron didn’t take the mount on this firster for no reason, although this three-year-old didn’t really burn up the strip. Still, he looked both awkward in the early going while showing no speed but finished like a rocket. Look for better things, especially if Chris retains the mount.

AWESOME DAZE—Odd trip for this 4-5 shot in his last. Looked to be in the car bird seat when he was suddenly taken back before being put into another drive. Did get his nose in front but couldn’t hold off the challengers. Throw it out.

BIG JAG—Should be an interesting confrontation when this veteran finally gets to meet Kona Gold in a future stakes. Seems to reaching his peak, if the Palos Verdes can be used as a yardstick, and should be primed in his next go.