STAND TALL: Was gaining with every stride but fell just short of running down his stablemate, odds-on Conclave, losing by a half length. Jockey Martin Pedroza was riding for trainer Julio Canani. These two can pop big time when they team up.
GOTHIC SAMURAI: Aussie shipper for trainer Neil Drysdale was bet like the race was over. He shot to the front and never looked back at even money. This guy looks like a real good one for Drysdale and may be facing stakes company in the near future. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
TENGA CAT: Was coming off a year on the shelf but was bet down to 70 cents on the dollar. Won like an odds-on horse should. This guy has some big time ability and will show up at Del Mar on the grass. Short or long, he repeats. $$$$$
TRILLIANT: Trainer Mike Mitchell squeezed this guy dry and got exactly what he wanted, the win and claim. This guy will be a very good bet against next time out as there can not be anything left in the tank. Mike ran him out of gas.
SPEEDIN EXCESS: This 3yo filly, making her first start of 2009, went off at 40 cents on the dollar and won like 1-9. This girl looks big time for trainer Ted West and has the looks of one that can stretch her speed out. $$$$$
JOKING SAM: Just another Doug O’Neill claim. He retained part ownership with two others as they put up 25k for this maiden claimer. He put in a poor effort as the 5/2 second choice last time out. But, look for this guy to improve big time in his first start for O’Neill.
LOVELY LOLLY: Comebacker prompted the pace while off the rail and between horses. She got in tight and was checked hard off horses heels into the turn and had to angle in. Then she was switched to the outside in upper stretch and re-bid in mid-stretch. Somehow she got the win in what was a super performance by this 25k maiden claimer.
CAT CALLOWAY: Very unlucky loser last time out as Gomez just got him moving a little late. But, once he was in gear, he came flying down the lane losing by a half length and just flew by the winner after the wire. Six furlongs or longer will be the answer and this one will be a great single. $$$$$
PISTOL PETE AFLEET: Very interesting horse. This guy is very dependable for a piece but seems to have a light heart as his win spirit is lacking. He was just claimed for 32K by trainer Paddy Gallagher, who will also be the sole owner. Gallagher rarely claims a horse let alone as sole owner. He may have the Del Mar grass in mind; let’s keep our eyes open for Pistol Pete.
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