UPPER MANHATTAN: 2yo first time starter was off dead last in this 4Ĺ-furlong sprint. She rushed up to vie for the lead, angled out on the turn and came wide into the stretch. After veering sharply, she somehow regained her composure and won easily in an amazing performance at 16-1.
JAZZERIN: She was far back and looked hopelessly beaten only to swing out six wide into the stretch and come home like a freight train to pick up the place.
RAPID GOOSE: Lagged back while saving ground, then rushed up along the inside into the stretch to make what looked to be a winning move. Got squeezed to the inside, but continued till the end and just did miss the place. This girl will be a good bet in her next start. She just needs a clean trip for the win. $$$
KISS MY CROWN/CHANGE YOUR MASK: These two just ran 1-2 in a 40k claimer. Both were red-tagged by top Northern California trainer William Morey, who has been on a claiming tear of late both North and South. Both horses may end up at Golden Gate when that meets opens on this Wednesday. That track has a synthetic surface.
ORIENTATION HALL: Stalked outside in this 32k maiden claimer and continued wide the entire trip while five or six wide into the stretch. He rallied hard to lose by less than a length while almost five clear of the rest. $$$
DILEMMA: A turf specialist, who is in top form. Was unlucky to lose in his last, but the speed got away all alone and he had absolutely no pace to chase. He will see the winnerís circle next time if he has some pace up front.
TOLNAI: This 8k claimer ran a bang-up race and just may be a good pickup for trainer Monteleone. This one looks useful and a hard knocker. If Monteleone rides his main man Espinoza, just go to the window.
CATASTAIRE: Chased between horses leaving the backstretch then split those rivals on the second turn. Was caught in tight again in midstretch and had to check hard off heels. Surged late to just miss by a nose.
SUPERFECTA: Snuck in from Philly Park for trainer Sise and took these wire to wire at 15-1. This guy just may like it here and will be a must use at another good price in his next start.
STAND TALL: Just destroyed this bunch of starter foes. Was under a long hold down the stretch and left a lot in the tank. Single in next start. $$$
SAXOPHONE: Just lost a three-horse photo for place, while having a ton of trouble on the bend. He could be ready to pop at a big price, so beware.
EMPIRE BABY: This first-timer by Empire Maker ran a much better than looked race at first asking. Has the looks of a filly with a big future. She may need longer for the maiden breaker. If she is stretched out for her second start, send it in. $$$
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
(opens May 14)
Note: We will again see a lot of shippers from Southern Cal coming in for the synthetic surface, which should produce some good fields.
CIRCLE OF FAME: Hadnít been seen since running sixth at the Santa Rosa fair last July. Even though S Sherman was the trainer, he was let go at 46-1. He unseated his rider during the post parade and I did think he was going to be scratched. Jockey Figueroa got back in the saddle and he broke right on cue. After stalking the early speed, he blew by the even money favorite while not being asked for his best. Wow, is all that I can say. $$$
DONíT SMOKE: Didnít really care for the grass in this 5f sprint, but would take a shot on her if switched back to the main.
FIESTY ROSE: Was last seen running at Del Mar in July 2007. Came back in this spot and really ran a goofy race. She was close up early, then the jock took hold and dropped her back to last. He made a late four-wide run, but I think it was for show only and a set-up for next time. $$$