Horses to Watch August 18 – by Rod Young Turfdom
SWEETRAYOFSUNSHINE (August 12): Six year old mare for Bill Spawr may not be the soundest
horse on the back side, but she is all race horse. After being off for 12 months, she returned in a $32,000
claimer on the main track at six furlongs. Off at 5/1 in a 7 horse field, she broke well and lagged 7
lengths off the pace down the back side. She put in her run starting at the 1/4 pole, caught the leaders at
the 1/16th pole, and won going away by two and a half. This was her 8th win from just 15 starts and she
does her best work at a mile. Spawr was able to protect her in her return to the races, and she still has the
first allowance condition available. Up the ladder.
RECALIBRATING (August 12): Two year old colt for Eric Guillot made his debut in Wednesday’s
finale at a mile on the turf for maiden special weights. Off at 11/1 off some good drills at Los Al, he was
last early into the clubhouse turn and fell a good 10 lengths back of the leaders down the back side. He
picked up the tempo turning for home under Van Dyke and put in a good run the length of the stretch to
just miss by a half at the wire. This son of the good sire Malibu Moon, has that quick turn of foot you like
to see on the grass, and he shouldn’t remain a maiden much longer. They paid $300K for him at the
Keneland yearling sale and he is cut out to be a very good turf horse. Tab and follow.
GIO MIO (August 14): Two year old colt for Art Sherman made his debut in Friday’s 4th, a six furlong
sprint for maiden special weights bred in California. Off at 6/1 in a 9 horse field, he broke slowly, was
away last, and quickly fell 11 lengths off the pace, after being very difficult to load. But he found his best
stride at the 1/4 pole and quickly surged past horses while five wide, kept right on coming through the
lane and missed by a neck at the wire. He is bred to win early by the good freshman sire Gio Ponti, cost
$140K at the Keeneland two year old sale, and probably just needs more schooling at the gate. Sherman
has been training as long as most of us have been living, so I’m sure he will get it done. Sitting on a
MIDNIGHT MAN (August 15): Three year old gelding for Phil D’Amato made his second career start
in Saturday’s opener, a 7 furlong sprint on the main track for maiden claimers, in for a tag of $40,000, 3
and up. Off at 8/1 in an 8 horse field, he got bumped and jostled at the start to be away last. Then was
rushed up by Pereira and was fighting for the lead by the 3/8th pole. He then got shuffled back when
down on the inside and was out of it by the 1/4 pole. He was beaten 8 lengths at the wire and finished
fifth, but the race was better than looked. He was gelded prior to this race and had worked well coming
in. He may need a tad softer, but with a decent start he would have hit the board at least. D’Amato will
find the right spot for this one soon.
PATRIOTIC DIAMOND (August 15) Two year old filly for Patrick Biancone made her debut in
Saturday’s 7th, a Cal bred maiden special weight at 5.5 furlongs on the main. Off at 5/1 in a 10 horse
field, she was much the best but had to settle for second. She got squeezed at the start from the 4 hole as
both horses from each side came over on her and she was away last. She put in a big run down the lane
on a track heavily favoring early speed and just missed by 3/4 of a length. She ran the last 1/4 in 24.30.
She’s a “single” on her next trip to the post.