Horses To Watch July 5 – By Rod Young Turfdom

HOLD THAT SMILE (June 30): Two year old filly for Simon Callaghan made her debut in Friday’s fifth, a maiden special weight event for Cal Breds at five furlongs on the main. Off at 12/1 in a full field, she broke running under Pedroza, fought for the lead between horses through a quick opening quarter, hung in there till the 1/8th pole, and then threw in the towel and settled for second beaten six lengths by the favorite. All in all, a very good debut and the favorite was running her third race of the meet. She will get a lot out of this race and be much tighter for start number two. Her speed is a real asset for breaking her maiden on this circuit. Follow. PAPA PAPA PAPA (July 1): Four year old gelding for Mark Glatt was still eligible for a Starter Allowance race, non winners of

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News and Notes June 27 – Rod Young Turfdom

The three day week was working fine until Sunday, and then they only had 69 horses to cover 10 races, and that was before any late scratches, and there were six of them. Now they have the challenge of closing out the long Winter/Spring meet with five consecutive race days, Friday through Tuesday, July 4th. So on Friday, they went back to 8 races. The lone c/o into Friday is the single ticket jackpot of the pick six which now stands at $285,071. We will have selections out for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and the Holiday July 4th, but NONE for Monday, July 3rd. The main track played fair for most of the week with the exception of Sunday, where we thought a strong early speed bias was in place. All 7 main track winners Sunday were won in wire to wire fashion or within one half length of the lead

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Horses to Watch June 27 – by Rod Young Turfdom

SPECTATOR (June 23): Two year old filly for Phil D’Amato made her debut on Friday in a maiden special weight event at five furlongs on the main track. Off at 9/1 in a full field, she was slow to get going from the ten hole, rallied around horses at the ¼ pole, then cleared rather easily when set down for the drive. She won off by six and was visually impressive. This daughter of the new sire Jimmy Creed will be tough right back no matter where D’Amato puts her, and that includes a stakes. SO I SANG (June 24): Three year old filly for the Dorf made her debut in Saturday’s 2nd, a maiden special weight event at six and a half on the main track for 3 and up. Off at 9/2 in a field of 7, she broke running and tucked in third behind the leaders down

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Horses to Watch June 20 – by Rod Young Turfdom

POWERFUL THIRST (June 16): Two year old colt for Steve Miyadi made his debut in Friday’s 4th at five furlongs on the main track in a maiden special weight event for Cal breds. He was absolutely void of any speed out of the gate and quickly fell 15 lengths back of the leaders early. But he put in a nice run from the quarter pole on home, although 7 wide down the lane, and finished full of run, though beaten six lengths for all of it. This son of the good sire Grazen can run a little and Miyadi generally races his horses into form. I’m sure he will show more speed in start #2 and if Prat rides him back, he may very well be dangerous. This one is worth following at a price. NEWSMAN (June 16): Four year old colt for Phil D’Amato tried the second allowance condition

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Horses to Watch June 13 – by Rod Young Turfdom

SURRENDER NOW (June 9): Two year old filly for Peter Miller made her debut in Friday’s third, a five furlong sprint on the main track for maiden special weights. Off at 5/2 and the second choice in the wagering, she had good speed right out of the gate, controlled the pace into the turn, and opened up nicely when set down for the drive. She beat the 3/5 favorite by two at the wire and had her measure both early and late. She’ll be tough to beat in the Landaluce stakes on closing weekend. This barn continues to roll out winners at a spectacular pace. ROARING RULE (June 9): Four year old gelding for Hector Palma ran too good to lose in Friday’s 8th race, but he got beat a half at 21/1 in a starter handicap at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track. He went right

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Horses to Watch June 6 – by Rod Young Turfdom

SOUTH AMERICAIN (June 2): Three year old gelding for Neil Drysdale was unfortunate to draw the rail when facing six others Friday in a $50,000 maiden claimer coming down the hill for 3 and up. Off at 7/2 in a field of seven, he broke slowly and awkwardly from the rail but gathered himself quickly under Bejarano and was third in the early going. The jock kept him on the fence throughout the race and he never really found clear sailing. He finished the best that he could under the circumstances beaten a length while finishing third. He likes the turf and this is his proper level. He blew out in 58 and 4 for this race and Drysdale doesn’t work them fast. He’s a soon winner at this level with a better post and he can handle two turns as well. Follow. HOWDY KINGKOWBOY (June 3): Three year old

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Horses to Watch May 23 – by Rod Young Turfdom

BELLAMENTARY (May 19): Four year old filly for Phil D’Amato had not been to the post since last October and returned in Friday’s opener, a “salty” affair for the third allowance condition at a mile on the lawn. Off at 2/1 and the second choice in the wagering, she broke outward from the outside slot, but righted herself and went right to the lead setting good fractions of 23.11 and 46.26 for the half. She maintained the lead till the top of the stretch, was passed momentarily at the 1/8th pole, but dug deep and found another gear, and finished gamely on the inside to be beaten a length by a late runner. This was her first time on the grass and she ran a big race to some seasoned veterans. This gives D’Amato another way to go with this graded stakes place filly who had a runner up effort

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Horses to Watch May 16 – by Rod Young Turfdom

STOP THE VIOLENCE (May 12): Two year old colt for Peter Miller made his debut in Friday’s 2nd and drew the extreme outside post in this four and a half furlong dash. He broke to the outside at the start and didn’t have much speed. He fell six lengths off the pace, rallied very wide at the top of the stretch, then closed with a rush while racing quite greenly. He finished third and was beaten just a half and was the most visually impressed runner in the race. He won’t be a maiden very long for these connections who know how to win races on this circuit. ALGORHYTHMIC (May 12): Five year old mare made it two for two for trainer Mike Machowsky since he claimed her for $32K back on March 10th. She won the first Cal bred condition down the hill on Friday and completely annihilated her

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Horses to Watch May 9 – by Rod Young Turfdom

SIDEPOCKET RUN (May 5): We don’t often list an 8 year old running for $8000 on our Horses to Watch list, but this mare for Phil D’Amato is an exception. She had been off for 5 months, had good solid drills at Los Al, and came back running. She tracked an ordinary field by five down the back side, went to the lead on her own at the 3/8th pole, then won off by six under a hand ride by Pereira. She can handle a double jump in class up to $12,500 and get the job done again. Follow. SPIM ME A KISS (May 5): Three year old filly for Phil D’Amato made the third start of her young career in Friday’s 6th, a Cal bred maiden special weight down the hill for 3 and up. Off as the heavy 1 to 2 choice in a 9 horse field, she

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Horses to Watch May 2 – by Rod Young Turfdom

VIGILANTE (April 28): Five year old full horse for Phil D’Amato, who made just his 2nd start off a very long layoff in Friday’s opener, ran a bang up 2nd in a second condition allowance race at 10 furlongs on the lawn. Off at 7/1 in just a five horse field, he trailed throughout and was last down the back side six lengths behind the leaders. Yet he closed into some very soft fractions and was motoring late under Bejarano. He cam up a neck short of catching the favorite but it was a strong performance. His next race will be his 3rd off the layoff, often a horse’s best performance, and he sitting on a win. He is good anywhere from 9 to 10 furlongs on the grass. Be ready. OVER PAR (April 28): Five year old gelding for Doug O’Neill tried the first Cal bred allowance condition on

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