DEPUTY FLYER: First-time starter was in the mix while caught down on the inside. He was looking to make his move, but there was no room and had to check off heels. Flyer then came out in midstretch while running on his own and just breezed home under a snug hold at the wire. It was a scary good performance. $$$$$
ACRONYM: First-time starter for Bobby Frankel was coming out of the one hole in this 6½-furlong downhill turf sprint. She broke slow and her jockey David Flores immediately took back. He tried to get outside, but had her all over the course in what was a bad ride. Give this girl a big shot in next start especially with a new jock and an outside post.
TEMPLE CITY: One of several very live first-time starters that trainer Carla Gaines has unveiled early in the meet for owner Wayne Hughes. This guy just looked super on the track and was just hammered at the betting windows. He ran to his looks in what was a very easy win. By Dynaformer out of the Danzig Mare Curriculum this guy will be able to run all day and should really like the grass. $$$$$
MONTEREY JAZZ: Need to lead type was put under a stranglehold throughout the race by jockey Flores, whose head must not have been into racing that day. Jazz just galloped around the track and when it was time just could not make a dent into the leaders. This was a very bad decision by Flores, who should have let him roll.
LOCKFORD: Lagged far back until the stretch and then unleashed a powerful five - wide move into the stretch. He just rolled by the front runner and won like a monster. This Jerry Hollendorfer trainee will move up and repeat.
TAXI FLEET: Looked to have a big shot in this race, but jockey Nakatani got him in trouble when getting caught down on the inside. Corey had to wait for room to develop, but when it didn’t he had to swing out for room. By then, it was just too late. This guy was claimed by Doug O’Neill, which looks very good for 40K. Look for Doug and the boys to get a quick return on their investment.
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
PAPRIKA RED: A beautiful chestnut filly, who looked all the part on the track. However, was let go at the windows at 37-1 running in a 20K maiden claimer. I just took a pass and tossed her out. Bad mistake! She broke sharp and was part of the early pace. I started to worry, but then the jock took her back and I lost track of what was happening. But, here she came with a wide run at the quarter pole, circled her rivals and stormed by the favorite to pay a whopping $76.60. I won’t miss her next time, but there will be no price anywhere near the $76.
PLAZA QUEEN: Snuck in from Hollywood and was running in a cheap maiden claimer. She won for fun, but the trainer did not put this one over. The astute Dean Pederson claimed her for a measly $12,500, which looks like a bargain.
RENDEVOUS: Was last seen winning at Calder on Nov. 6 and now showed up here for Jerry Hollendorfer in a claim-proof starter allowance race. Rendevous blew by them in the stretch and won like he has a future here on the West Coast. $$$$$