Horses to Wach June 30 – by Rod Young Turfdom
GETOFFMYBACK (June 26): Two year old colt for Mark Casse made his debut in Friday’s sixth
event, a five furlong dash on the main track. Drawing the rail slot in a full field and off at 5/1, he got
wiped out at the start as both the two and the three horse came over on him bumping him hard. He was
last and fell a good 8 lengths off the pace, which is difficult to make up at 5 furlongs. Talamo did a good
job of getting him to the outside at the top of the stretch and he put in an impressive run to get 4th and
was only beaten two at the wire. This son of Good Journey had worked well coming into his debut and
probably would have won this race with any other post position. He ran the last quarter in 24 flat which is
pretty good for a two year old at this time of year. He should get his diploma at Del Mar.
JOVITA’S TUFFY (June 27): Five year old gelding for Javier Sierra had been away from the races for
7 months and returned in Saturday’s opener, a sprint on the main track for a claiming price of $10,000.
Off at 20/1 in a 7 horse field, he broke running from the six hole to contest the early pace, made his bid
turning for home, and rallied gamely in the lane to just miss by three parts of a length to the 2/1 favorite.
He came into this race “protected” from the claim price with the CHRB ruling and his works were better
than average. He beat “open” claimers for double this price last year and seems to have come back better
than ever. He likes this dirt surface and with Del Mar having the “same” dirt mix this year, he should do
well at the seaside. Sierra can hold his own when competing in the claiming game on this circuit. Follow.
SMOOTH ROLLER (June 27): It has taken awhile for this four year old gelding for Victor Garcia to
make his debut, but it was worth the wait as he was most impressive in winning Saturday’s fifth event, a
maiden special weight at 7 furlongs on the main track. Bet down to 2/1 from a morning line of 6/1, he
relaxed nicely off the pace down the back side about six lengths from the leaders. Baze found a seam at
the top of the stretch and he burst through it, wore down the leaders, and won going away by two and a
half. They paid a $160K for this son of Hard Spun at the Keeneland yearling sale three years ago so it
will take awhile before they are “out” on him, but he looks the type that will only get better as the
furlongs get longer. Up the ladder.
WHERE WAS EDDIE (June 27): Three year old colt for Ben Cecil made his debut in Saturday’s finale
at six and a half down the hill for Cal Bred maiden special weights. In a full field of sprinters, “Eddie”
actually went off as the wagering favorite at 2/1 off a series of sharp 5 and 6 furlong drills. He went right
to the front and set all the interior fractions of 21.57 and 43.72 while having two other runners lapped on
him. He put the other speed away at the head of the lane, found another gear to open up a length, and
then was caught very late at the wire by two others to miss by a head in a blanket finish. This son of In
Excess is bred to win early and bred to run on any surface. His next start will probably be at Del Mar and
he won’t be a maiden for very long, regardless of what surface Cecil puts him on.