Horses to Watch June 2 – by Rod Young Turfdom
SCREAMING SKYLAR (May 30): Three year old filly for Peter Miller tried older horses for the first
time in her career on Saturday, when entered for the first allowance condition at a flat mile on the turf.
Off at 4/1 and breaking from the rail, she figured to be on or very close to the pace, but after breaking
alertly, Espinoza decided to take her off the pace and this tactic worked quite well. She was about 5
lengths back at the half mile pole and running in 4th place. Victor made his move at the 1/4 pole and she
reached the leaders quickly, but had a very tough time putting away the favorite in the lane. She
prevailed right at the wire and got up to win by a head. This was the first time she was taken off the pace
and the rating tactics will suit her fine in future races. She is improving by leaps and bounds, has really
taken to the turf, and should be able to handle the second condition as well. They thought enough of her
to start her in a Grade 2 the race before against Spanish Queen. She’s in good hands with Miller.
DESERT DYNAMO (May 30): Three year old colt for Jerry Hollendorfer, who just got this colt from
Jeff Bonde, tried the first allowance condition for 3 year olds at a flat mile on Saturday. Off at 22/1 in a 7
horse field, he was sent early to duel on a hot pace through fractions of 22.23 and 45.57 for the half. With
those kind of fractions, it looked like the speed was all done by the top of the lane, but “Dynamo” found
another gear at the 1/8th pole and cruised away to a 4 length victory. It was a visual impressive
performance and after three sprints, it seems this one has found his hole card in the two turn game. Up
FRITZ JOHANSEN (May 30): Three year old gelding for Mark Glatt made his first start in 8 months
in Saturday’s finale, a sprint down the hill for maiden special weights, 3 and up Cal breds. Off at 12/1
and breaking from the disadvantageous rail slot, he showed early speed and was near the pace throughout
in a full field of runners. He was sent through on the inside on the dirt crossover and finished gamely
down on the rail for a good third beaten about 3 lengths. This was just his third career start and he was
gelded during his time away. It was a very good performance all things considered, and this son of
Unusual Heat should earn his diploma in the near future. They should be able to get one more race in him
before the meets ends in late June. Tab and follow.
APPEALING TALE (May 31): Five year old gelding for Peter Miller tried the third allowance
condition on Sunday at a flat mile on the main track. Off at 7/1 in a six horse field, he showed good
speed right from the start and pressed the pace down the back side. He put the leader away turning for
home and found another gear to win off by 4 at the wire. He now has 4 career wins and they have all
been at a flat mile at this track. He is graded stakes placed twice already this year and this race sets him
up nicely to return to stakes competition. There is nothing for him here the rest of the meet so Miller will
probably just sit on him for an early stakes engagement at Del Mar, maybe the San Diego Handicap. He
has a good combination of speed and stamina and a mile and a sixteenth is probably his limit. Follow.