MIDDLEWEIGHT: First-time starter ran a big race. Broke awkward, got stuck between horses then got trapped on the rail. Gamely ran on to just miss the place. Good things in the future for this guy. $$$.
WATCHING YOU: Hopped in the air to be off last. Made a huge five-wide move in the stretch to win going away. Big race for this 2-year-old. Will move up and score again. $$$.
GODS EAR: Was a hot item most recent race, but broke off stride out of the 1 hole. Jock took back and tried to circle the field but had too much work to do. Still got fourth in a remarkable performance. Bet with confidence in next.
NIGHT LIFE: Hadn’t run since 1999 when last seen overseas. Was a handful for Nakatani, pulling jock around the track like a freight train. Got trapped in the stretch when having to wait off heels. Found room and surged to get up late. No telling how good this guy is. Follow!
SWEET FRIPPERY: Long shot special! Frippery balked at loading but ran a big one once the gate opened. Came out of the 10-hole going a flat mile on the turf. Ran better than it looked. Will be sitting on BIG effort in next going long on the turf. Don’t miss this girl. Boxcars are in store. $$$.
RUNNING ROONEY: Broke slow then was bumped hard and fell well behind. Made a huge run in the stretch to just miss by a nose. No mistakes in next.
WILLFUL WOMEN: Cheap claimer ran her heart out, but was overtaken in the stretch. This girl is sitting on a big one. Looks all set to wire in next.
CASTILLONIS: Emerald Downs shipper was a live item in last but had all sorts of problems. Steadied and forced wide into the stretch, but ran on willingly. Will break maiden in next at a nice price.
NATURAL WONDER: Loves this turf course and likes the front end. If able to clear in next, should go wire to wire at a big price.
BOURBON COUNTY: Was making a winning move in last when caught behind a wall of horses. Closed with a rush when clear to get beat a nose. Clear sailing will get this guy home in next going long on the turf.
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LILLY A: Thought last time was it but this trouble-prone filly got herself in another big mess. Always runs her race but can’t seem to get that good trip. Next times the charm?
SENSATIONAL BID: Would have wired the field on any day, but had to face a monster in last. Still showed his good early foot and held well for second. Bill Daley in store for this guy in next at a price. $$$.
SETTLING MIST: Far behind the field, came flying in the stretch and was going fastest to get show dough. Set to run the maiden breaker going long on the grass at boxcars.
YANGTZEE: Made a big middle race move in last but could not carry it through. Jock just rode this guy very easy. Next will be the money run.
RESTLESS SOUND: Cheap claimer is very fit and has a lot of run left after last win. Was trapped on the rail, but fought his way through a small opening and prevailed in a spirited effort. Should come back soon. Trainer will strike while the iron is hot.