Horses to Watch June 16 – by Rod Young Turfdom
LONG HOT SUMMER (June 12): Three year old filly for Phil D’Amato went back to the turf for her
5th career start in a first allowance condition race down the hill for three year old fillies. Off as the heavy
wagering choice, she made short work of this field winning off by 4 under a hand ride. Talamo never
asked her until the 1/8th pole, then she opened up quickly on the field. She has never tried two turns but
this daughter of Street Boss should be able to get at least a mile. As long as D’Amato keeps her on the
grass, this Cal bred is ready for stakes competition. There is nothing for her until Del Mar, but she should
have a profitable long, hot summer!!
WONDERFUL LIE (June 13): Four year old filly for Dan Blacker had been away from the races for 11
months, and tried the first condition allowance for Cal breds in Saturday’s opener at a flat mile on the
main track. Off as the wagering favorite in a short field of five, she broke sharply from the rail to contest
the lead into the clubhouse turn. She then let a speed horse open up by five on the back side, content to
lay second. She caught the leader turning for home and looked liked a winner at the 1/16th pole, but got
caught very late in the race and had to settle for second. This was her sixth career start and she has only
missed the board once. She can go short or long, turf or dirt, and was stakes placed as a three year old.
She looks like she has returned to the races better than ever and knocking out this first condition should
just be a formality. Blacker has a pretty small barn and this filly just may be his star performer.
PICA (June 14): Five year old mare for Peter Miller tried the down hill turf course on Sunday for a
$40,000 claiming tag for older fillies/mares. Bet down from a morning line of 6/1 to 2/1, she engaged in
a pace duel right from the start but rated kindly on the outside through moderate fractions down the hill
under Tyler Baze. She was put to a drive after the dirt cross over and held off all the late runners in a
rather “game” performance to prevail by a neck at the wire. This was just her second start on the grass
and she has run very well in both starts, although not really bred for the surface. She should fit very
nicely in those 5 furlong dashes they have at Del Mar on the lawn. She has a nice combination of speed
and stamina and her career record now stands with 4 wins and 4 seconds from just 13 starts. She was
claimed in this race by the red hot Eddie Truman.
DR. FAGER’S GAL (June 14): Three year old filly for Jerry Hollendorfer, who was bred in New York,
tried the first allowance condition sprinting on the main track for fillies/mares 3 and up on Sunday. Off at
13/1 in a full field, she ran quite well although beaten by six lengths. She broke alertly from the outside,
settled in 6th about 6 lengths back, moved to contend at the top of the lane, but was no match for the
stakes placed favorite, and settled for a distant second. It was 2.5 lengths further back to the third horse.
The time was very fast as the winner finished up six and a half in 1:15.15 and they ran 3/4 in 1:08.65.
“Fager” looks good enough to win this first condition sprinting and this was just her 4th career start. She
may surface at Los Al in 3 to 4 weeks or they may wait for Del Mar. Either way she looks like a “soon”