Horses to Watch by Richard Saber |
Note: The last racing day at the Oak Tree meet is Sunday, Oct. 26; Hollywood will open on Wednesday, Oct. 29.
OAK TREE at SANTA ANITA
TIFFANYSPRINGROAD: Looked good in this spot, but hopped and bobbled at the start and was far back. He got going late and came on strong to pick up the show dough.
WEEVESCENT: Was dismissed at the betting windows and went off at 43-1 with longshot jock Sutherland in the irons. This guy made a big late wide run and just did miss at lighting up the tote. Jockey Sutherland can ride with the best and is a must use on these long shots that can close.
UNUSUALLY HOT: Was the only entrant in here that had won over the 6½ furlong downhill turf course but somehow she was 6-1 on the morning line. Well, she won under a hand ride this time but only paid $6.60. Stay with this girl when sprinting on the green.
BAND OF THUNDER: Had speed between foes then took back and angled to the inside. That did not turn out to be a good move for jockey Rosario as he got blocked in upper stretch to the sixteenth marker and lost all shot. Next time with a clean trip. $$$
ULTRA CAT: First-time starter looked super on the track and broke on top when the gate opened. Bobbled after that quick start, went five wide and really never got back into the race. This girl can run and may surprise at a price in her next start.
IF NOT FOR YOU: Chased the pace from the outside and was wide into the stretch. Lost several positions, but came back when splitting horses and just did miss the place.
ROMP: Was last seen at Saratoga in August, but showed up here in the Kristin Mulhall barn with Sutherland aboard. He went off at 21-1 and just came storming down the inside to pick up the place. This one can run and may love the Hollywood grass course.
LEAVETHEGATEOPEN: First-time starter was well bet, but broke slow. Put in a nice late run once he got going. Was claimed out of this effort by top trainer John Sadler at 50K for big-time owner Gary Barber. Look for this guy in the winner’s circle in the very near future. $$$
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
NAUGHTY GAL: Ran a winning race, but had the misfortune of hooking up with Santa Anita invader Unusual Smoke who beat him by a nostril. No mistakes for this guy next time around going long on the grass. $$$
SEVEN MILE BRIDGE: Had to be steadied sharply approaching the three eighths pole and had to take back on the inside. Did not want to come between horses, but came through a small opening and surged late for the place in a very good effort.
LADY RAILRIDER: Was caught tight in the early going and had to drop back to last. She was far back until the top of the lane when she got going and flew late for the place.