HOVIG: Was last seen in September 2008 at Delaware Park against the likes of Friesan Fire. Now he’s here in the Mike Mitchell barn. This was a very tough bunch of straight maidens going 6 furlongs on the grass. Hovig showed good speed, but just got tired in the last furlong and finished fourth. If he shows back on the main he could go wire-to-wire. $$$$$
CRYSTAL EMPIRE: Expensive Empire Maker filly was being dropped into this 32K maiden claimer so all must not be good. She did run a better than looked race while being blocked down on the rail through the stretch run and would have been no worse than second. Maybe next time if she came out of this race all right.
SEEUAT STICKNSTEIN: First time starter was wide early and on the turn. He got to the front into the stretch while drifting out just a tad and won by a half length. The second place finisher ridden by leading jock Rafael Bejarano (who seems to be winning at will) was put up by the all mighty stewards in a lousy decision.
GRAZEN: Won in style off the layoff in this Cal bred maiden stakes race. There were some real good horses in here so keep an eye on this horse. It could turn out to be a big key race.
DENIZEN: First time starter looked great on the track off some real good workouts. He showed good speed to run a bang up second. He won’t be a maiden for long.
SPENDAMILLIONBUX: Broke slow and was far back. He came wide into the stretch and was flying late to just miss the show dough.
JEHAN: This Mike Mitchell trainee was let go at 15-1 in this 6 furlong turf sprint. She won in style and just may click right back at another good price.
SPUN SILVER: First time starter was bet down to 3-2, but could not hold off the 7-5 O’Neill comebacker. She had to settle for second money, but was better than four lengths clear of the rest. Will be a good single next time out.
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
GAMES WE PLAY: Just won by 15 lengths and got redtagged by top trainer Steve Miyadi. This girl will repeat.
PARKO: Was in from Santa Anita and being dropped like a hot potato. He came storming down the lane and won by six open lengths. This one was claimed by high percentage trainer Clint Haverty and will repeat.
MEETYOUATOGI’S: Showed high speed, but could not hold. She may not stop next time around for her new connections.
OUR ROYAL STAR: Closer is in top form and only needs a race with some pace to get him home on top.
SAN MIGUEL KING: This horse was claimed by Lloyd Mason and could get a quick return on his 4K investment.
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