(opens July 16)
S.S.STONE: First-time starter for big-time owner Robert LaPenta somehow was let go at almost 14-1. He was between horses while prompting the pace and had to wait for room leaving the turn. After shifting to the inside, he stormed home and won going away paying $29.80. If you were on www.gamingtoday.com (Saberís Daily Horse Selections) you would have had this guy. This 2yo colt is an up-and-comer and you will hear more about as the races get longer. A must follow.
LUNCH TIME: Was another release on the website. This guy got off at better than 15-1, but could not run down the lone speed. Finished a clear second some six widening lengths clear of third and was closing on the winner at the wire. This Kathy Walsh trainee is sitting on the maiden breaker, but you wonít see 15-1 next time. If you were on the website, you would have had the exacta which paid $38.40 for $1.
STORMY GAME: Hadnít been seen since last August at Del Mar. He was bet like a good thing in this 40k maiden claimer. Won for fun by almost seven lengths, while being under a snug late hold and being geared down. Look for this one at Del Mar and send it in if you happen to have any money left from parking and $7.50 for a beer. $$$
NORTH RODEO: Bob Baffert comebacker looked great on the track and ran to her looks. Breaking from post position 11, she was caught wide on the turn and into the lane. Rallied like a wild woman and won going away late. This girl has some big time upside to her and should come back soon to run another big race. The longer distance, the better. $$$
CAPE TOWN KING: Just another one of those Jeff Mullins comebackers with Potts on board that have scored at a nice price. This guy won with ease under a hand ride and had a ton left in the tank. Look for the move up and a repeat win.
INFORMED: Took a big suspicious drop in class, but won so easy it was scary. It didnít scare trainer Doug OíNeill, who red-tagged this guy for 25K and retained part ownership.
GLORIOUS ONE: Another website release, I just loved this Tommy Town first-time starter. Trained by Peter Miller, who you donít see having a TT-owned horse. The key was that this guy was being ridden by I D Enriquez, who works all of the TT horses. Enriquez has first call on the good ones and he paid $33.60.
NORTH FORK: Was running in Boise but showed up here in the barn of Doug OíNeill. I took notice and made a small wager. He ran good, but finished second behind the favorite. Someone else took notice and that was top trainer Mike Mitchell, who claimed him.