Horses to Watch June 9 – by Rod Young Turfdom
MAHEE (June 5): Three year old grey filly for Kristin Mulhall finally displayed some talent to justify
her $370,000 purchase price in Friday’s second, a mile race on the main for maiden special weights. Off
at 14/1 and the longest shot on the board in just a five horse field, she went right to the front from the two
hole, set moderate fractions throughout, opened up two lengths at the 1/4 pole, but got run down by the
heavy 1/2 favorite in the lane. She was only beaten a length at the wire and it was five back to the third
horse. This Kentucky bred daughter can sprint or go two turns and she looks like she is about ready to get
her diploma. She is bred in the purple and Mulhall should find a field she can beat in the very near future.
Tab and follow.
MISS DOUBLE D’ORO (June 5): Three year old filly for Neil Drysdale tried the first allowance
condition on Friday for three year old fillies at a flat mile on the grass. Off at 7/2 in a full field, she was
last as they passed the wire the first time and was still last at the half mile pole. She quickened on the
outside at the 1/4 pole, had a full head of steam at the top of the lane, though six wide, and looked like a
winner at the sixteenth pole, yet the leader had something left and she came up a length short. The inner
rails were out 24 feet and that’s probably what got her beat today. This was just her 4th career start and
first time with Lasix, so she still has loads of upside. The veteran Drysdale will find a winning spot soon
for this exciting stretch runner.
MR. PUCCI (June 6): Three year old colt for Jerry Hollendorfer ran in his second career start in
Saturday’s 3rd event, a maiden special weight sprint at 6 furlongs, and he ran too good to lose. Bejarano
kept this son of Mailbu Moon just off the early pace down the back side, went to the lead turning for
home, then was engaged by the winner from the outside, and battled him nose and nose the entire length
of the stretch. “Pucci” came up a nose short at the wire and it was 6 lengths back to the third horse. They
stopped the clock in a fast 1:08.75 for six furlongs and both horses including the winner, Look Twice,
have a nice future. “Pucci” won’t pay anything in his next start, but he will make a nice “single” in some
type of exotic wagering. He is bred to go long as well should the “Dorf” choose to go that way.
THE GOMPER (June 6): Three year old colt for Jerry Hollendorfer, who has only had this colt for
about 7 weeks, tried the turf for the first time in his career on Saturday, a mile test for the first allowance
condition. Off at 4/1 in a full field, he settled in sixth down the back side about 5 lengths off the pace.
He never really got rolling until they hit the 1/8th pole, then finished with a flourish once he got to the
outside. He missed by a length but it was a very good race for the son of the talented sire Sky Mesa. This
colt figures to stay on the turf for the Dorf and should have no problem knocking out this condition. He
was always cut out to be a nice horse and he has been beaten by some nice ones, Dortmund, Kentuckian,
and Prospect Park. A winner very soon. Tab and follow.