Horses to Watch June 28 – by Rod Young Turfdom
CHAO CHOM (June 24): Three year old filly for Gary Stute made her debut in Friday’s 6th, a maiden special weight sprint on the main track for Cal breds 3 and up. Off at 9/1 in just a six horse field, she broke a step slow and was last leaving the gate, but quickly rushed up and reached contention by the half mile pole. She stuck her nose in front at the top of the lane and then was dead game down the stretch, but got nailed late by the 7/5 choice to be beaten a half at the wire. It was four and a half lengths back to the third horse and she galloped out the strongest of the field. She’s a soon winner vs. State breds for a very low profile barn. Tab.
SCHILLAIRESS (June 25): Three year old gelding for Peter Miller made his 2nd start of 2016 in a starter allowance race non winners twice on Saturday and simply ran the field off its feet. Off at 3/1 and bet down from a morning line of 6/1, he sizzled early through fractions of 21.73 and 44.49 for the half, opened up 3 at the top of the lane, then shut the door on the field with a quick final quarter in 24.33, out in race horse time of 1:08.82. This sophomore has now had 3 career starts, has won two of them, and has never been headed early in any of his races. He is quick early and can carry that speed at least up to a mile. Look for him to continue his winning ways where the turf meets the surf this Summer.
JAZZY TIMES (June 25): Three year old colt for Bob Baffert shipped in from Churchill Downs and made his California debut in Saturday’s fifth, a sprint on the main track for the first allowance condition. Off as the heavy wagering choice, he broke running under Bejarano through rapid splits of 21.41 and 44.18. He opened up two at the top of the lane, but could not hold off a Hollendorfer runner on the outside and was beaten two at the wire in the quick time of 1:14.42 for six and a half. This was just his third career start and this expensive purchase for the Zayat stables is a runner. He will knock out this condition shortly, probably at Del Mar, and he is bred to go long as well. Tab and follow.
WESTFEST June 25): Another Baffert 3 year old colt makes the HTW list as this son of Unbridled’s Song stretched out to a mile for the first time in his 4 race career, and was just what the doctor ordered. Off as the second choice in the wagering in this maiden special weight affair, they went quick early with a 22.68 first quarter and “Fest” laid second just off the leader. He put all the other speed away turning for home, opened up quickly on the field, and coasted home to win by three. Two turns is his cup of tea and he should have no trouble with the first allowance condition at Del Mar. Up the ladder.
JUNO (June 26): Four year old filly for Richard Mandlla made her U.S. debut in the Desert Stormer stakes on Sunday at 3/4 on the main track. Off at 5/1 in just a five horse field, and not starting in 10 months, Juno broke with the field and sat in third down the back side just 3 lengths off blazing fractions of 21.49 and 43.89. Juno tired some in the lane as the speed kept right on going and the winner hit the wire in 1:07.75. Juno was beaten by six in a race she desperately needed. This one was unbeaten in Brazil (5/5, all on turf), but Mandella needed to get a race in her and this was it. This filly has loads of talent and a mile on the turf will be her strong suit. Look for this Hall of Fame trainer to find the right spot in her next trip to the post. She’s a runner.