HOLLYWOOD PARK/DEL MAR (opens July 22)
SAMMY’S A RUNNIN’: First time starter came out running, was four wide in the early going and wide on the turn. He continued on the outside down the lane. Although he could not run down the 3/2 winner, he was almost three lengths clear of the third place finisher. This guy won’t be a maiden for long.
CINNAMON DOVE: Trainer Julio Canani may have gotten away with one here as this filly was shipping in from Gulfstream Park where she was facing much better than these. She won this race in a romp, and it was surprising there were no claims as Julio was laughing all the way to the cashier’s window. Look for the move up in class, possibly a starter allowance race on the grass and another score. If you are at Del Mar and see this one entered, just follow Julio to the widow and bet. $$$$$
TEAMWORK: Had just broke his maiden and was trying the grass for the first time. He ran huge and may have been the best but had to check off heels into the stretch and once again in mid-stretch. He got going again and was flying late losing by less than a length.
LEGEND OF MY OWN: Was last seen back in October at the Oak Tree meet. He took a ton of early action and ran a winning race but just could not run down the lone speed. Look for him in the winner’s circle next time out.
MOON DE FRENCH: When I first started betting the ponies the rule of thumb was never bet a horse that had not run within 30 days. You can just toss that one out the window and switch it to only bet horses that have been off at least six months. Moon de French was last seen winning at Saratoga in September 2007. She came back recently and just blitzed her rivals by five lengths. She could be a force in the near future for trainer Bob Baffert and Zayat Stables. $$$$$
FIGHT ON/SCOFIELD BARRACKS: Both are recent claims by trainer Doug O’Neill and both look to be excellent claims as O’Neill is likely gearing up for Del Mar.
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