Horses to Watch June 23 – by Rod Young Turfdom
URLOVENEVERFAILS (June 19): Three year old filly for Jerry Hollendorfer made her debut in
Friday’s opener, a maiden special weight event at the tough distance of 7 furlongs on the main track. Off
at 2/1 and the second choice in the wagering off a solid set of drills, she broke with the leaders early, then
settled in off the pace about 3 lengths back. She moved to contend at the 1/4 pole, stuck her nose in front
at the 1/8th pole, but then was out gamed by the favorite late and lost by 3/4. All in all it was an excellent
debut and this Tommy Town runner won’t be a maiden much longer. Although she’s bred to be just a
sprinter, she has the look of a runner that can get two turns as well. Tab and follow.
PERDONA (June 20): Three year old filly for Peter Eurton made her second career start in Saturday’s
5th event, a maiden special weight sprint at 6.5 furlongs on the main track for fillies/mares. Off at 3/1
from a morning line of 8/1, she showed good speed from the inside but was hooked every step of the
way. With the late scratch of the one horse, she ended up on the rail on a day when it was better to be on
the outside. She ran well till the 1/8th pole, then gave it up and finished fifth beaten 6 lengths. Her debut
wasn’t any better as she had a very rough trip that day. She cost $250K at the Keeneland yearling sale
and she is cut out to be a nice filly, by the good win early sire Blame, the conqueror of Zenyatta. She just
needs a good draw and a clean trip and she should be able to get her diploma. Most of Eurton’s stock has
to be raced into shape and this one will still offer good wagering value.
SOUL DRIVER (June 20): Three year old colt for Jeff Mullins had been off for 3 months and tried the
Singletary stakes on Saturday at a flat mile on the lawn for 3 year olds. Off at 7/2 in a full 12 horse field,
he relaxed nicely down the back side a good 10 lengths off a fairly quick pace. He took the overland
route on the far turn and with a quick turn of foot, exploded to the lead and opened up quickly under
Gary Stevens. He won easily by 5 and was geared down the final sixteenth. This race sets him up nicely
for the 3 year old series down at Del Mar with the Oceanside stakes on Opening Day, the La Jolla
Handicap on August 9, and then the Del Mar Derby on Sept. 6, all 3 races for 3 year olds on the grass.
This one likes the turf and when he gets a clean trip, he’s an awfully nice colt.
MADAME AAMOURA (June 21): Three year old filly for Bob Baffert made her 11th start Sunday in
an attempt to break her maiden and it was to no avail. However, after a brief freshening, she ran a much
better race and she looks like the diploma could be in sight. Off at 11/1 in an 8 horse field at a mile on the
lawn for maiden special weights, she broke running and was amongst the leaders into the clubhouse turn,
although she was 4 wide. She picked up the tempo considerably at the half mile pole and quickly opened
up 3 on the field. The winner caught her at the 1/8th pole but she dug in down the lane and was beaten
2.5 lengths at the wire finishing third. All in all, it was an improved performance and she may be sitting
on a win at Del Mar. Baffert, who has lousy stats on the turf, figures to keep her on the grass and she may
be able to win at nice odds. She has been 11/1, 9/1, 15/1, and 11/1 in her last 4 starts.