AIR FAIR: First-time starter broke slow then got in tight and had to check off heels. He then had to wait for room to develop into the turn. Came on for the show dough in a very good effort behind the highly rated Navigator.COLORFUL DANCER: Went down on the inside to chase the pace, but got stuck when in tight on the backstretch. He came out into the stretch and just exploded, winning going away with a ton left in the tank. Look for the move up and another big effort. $$$ MEDJOOL: Was on the Kentucky Derby trail early in the year, but had a few setbacks and now is in the barn of Julio Canani. He was far back in this race and the jock just sat until the top of the stretch. Then he just ran by them all like they were standing still. He was 3-1 when they left the gate but ended up 9-5 after it was all over. Julio must have just got to the windows before the bell rang. This guy can flat out run and is a must follow. $$$
ONEBADKITTY: Was last seen at Santa Anita last December and was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in this race. She could not catch the filly, but did show a big closing kick which will set her up for the maiden breaker in her next start.
PINK POLKADOTS: Long-time maiden just could never get the job done and her connections finally gave up and dropped her to the bottom of the So. Cal maiden claiming ranks. She put in her usual closing kick and as always it was too late. It is interesting that she was claimed by the top connections of Mike Mitchell for owner Tommy Hutton’s Dream Stable. If Mr. M can’t figure this one out no one will.
CORACAO BEIJO: Broke slow and then took to the outside where she made a big four-wide run into the stretch and just stormed down the lane to just miss in this 6f turn sprint. With a good break you will see this girl in the winner’s circle in her next start.
PROTECTOR OF ALL EVIL: Stumbled badly at the start and then took back and was taken to the inside. He was then between horses when making a run. Came out in the drive and closed to just miss the place.
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
POINT OF REFERENCE: Stalked the pace from her rail post. When looking to make her move she lacked room behind the leaders into the stretch. Was checked hard in midstretch, but found an opening late and surged to get up by a nostril in a remarkable effort.
DR.ARACELI B C: Was squeezed off at the start and was last. She then shot up to engage the leaders, but continued on while finishing second better than two lengths in front of the third place finisher. This filly will not be a maiden for long.
LOTTA NADA: Was let go at the windows at almost 12-1, but really looked good on the track. Yours truly, who just can not pass up a price like that, took his shot. Nada closed relentlessly to miss by a neck, but she did pay $9.80 for place. No mistakes for this girl next time going long on the Golden Gate synthetic surface. $$$$$
ALABAMA BOY: Came from last to almost first, but got bumped all over the place by the winner. Could not find clear sailing and had to drop to the rail. Came back on and just did miss in what was an outstanding effort. $$$