Turfdom Horses to Watch June 26 – By Rod Young

CHILOQUIN (June 21): Five year old gelding for Scott Hansen is a pretty solid campaigner and consistently outruns his odds. He tried a classified allowance race at 5 furlongs on the grass on Friday and once again ran his heart out to finish third only beaten a half length. Off at 6/1 in an 8 horse field, he was 4th down the back side trailing the leader by 5 lengths. Made his move at the 1/4 pole but then got floated out 6 wide at the head of the lane. He stayed out in the middle of the course the entire length of the stretch and missed by only a half at the wire. He can handle any type of surface and is now 15/21 hitting the board along with 6 victories in his career. He just needs to find the right spot to spring another upset like he did

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Turfdom News and Notes – By Rod Young

The main track at Hollywood Park continued to play fair this past week as did the infield turf course. There are only 3 weeks left now for the Hollywood Spring/Summer meet and the Racing Office is starting to feel the pain of trying to fill races, as many owners/trainers are saving their stock for the lucrative Del Mar meet which kicks off on July 17. There is a nice pick six c/o going into Thursday’s card of $94,863 from races 3-9 with only 49 horses in that sequence, and that’s before early and late scratches. • There are two very good Grade 1 Stakes races lined up for this Saturday and trainer Mike Mitchell has a strong hand in both of them. His excellent turf miler, Obviously, heads up the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on the turf and his previous Grade 1 winner, Camp Victory, is part of the lineup

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The Claim Box June 21 – By Rod Young Turfdom

HORSE AMOUNT FROM TRAINER RATING RAISE THE HOOF $50,000 Bonde Schwizer B Don’t know the new trainer but “Hoof” broke his maiden easily here as the even money choice. His kind of speed is always a plus and he just may be productive on the raise. OSO SMART $50,000 O’Neill Saavedra D First time starter for O’Neill is bred in the purple and had fast drills coming into his debut. But he got beat 12 lengths here and really never raised a gallop. Going from O’Neill to Saavedra is a negative barn switch and based on his debut, I really can’t think much of this claim. LAUGH AT LIFE $40,000 Sadler O’Neill B In a 4-way shake, this one goes from one good barn to another and seems well worth the $40,000 price tag. “Laugh” ran a strong race here and got nailed in the final strides by an 18/1

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Turfdom Horses to Watch – June 19, 2013

GAGAOVERYOU (June 14): Two year old filly for Julio Canani was well meant for her debut in Friday’s second race, a 5 furlong sprint for maiden special weights. Off at 4/1, she broke a step slow, then her neighbor to the right slammed into her forcing her to take up sharply. She was quickly 4 lengths behind the leader. Quinonez then rushed her up, parked her 4 wide, and then was floated 5 wide on the turn. But she kept running, finished second, and was beaten 2.5 lengths at the wire by the wire to wire front runner. Although “Gaga” had quite a bit of trouble and did race “greenly” the entire trip, she showed ability. The race will help her tremendously and unless she catches a “Ruffian” in her next start, I expect her to be in the Winners Circle. SILVER HUSTLER (June 14): Four year old filly for

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