Horses to Watch May 26 – by Rod Young Turfdom
SIDEPOCKET RUN (May 23): Six year old mare for Phil D’Amato is really coming into her own these
days as she tried the $150k Spring Fever stakes on Saturday at six furlongs on the main. Off at 35/1 in
just a six horse field, she broke well and settled in 4th down the back side about 5 lengths off the pace,
which was set by her stable mate, the undefeated and 1/5 favorite, Sunday Rules. She started to gain on
the leaders at the 1/4 pole after some quick splits of 21.60 and 44.11, but the favorite slammed the door
on the field with a 24.42 final quarter. “Sidepocket” battled gamely down the lane and finished second
beaten just 3 lengths at the wire. She still has the first Cal bred allowance condition available to her and
she should be able to win that quite handily as she is in peak form right now. Watch for her in the entries.
CHATI’S ON TOP (May 23): Four year old filly for Mike Puype tried the Fran’s Valentine stakes on
Saturday at a mile on the turf for older fillies/mares which are Cal bred. Off at 7/1 in an 8 horse field, she
broke with the field but was void of early speed as usual, fell back to last on the back side, but only about
7 lengths behind the leaders. She started to pick it up at the 3/8 pole, circled most of the field at the top of
the lane, and looked like she would blow them away at the 1/8th pole. But the 3/5 favorite found another
gear and beat “Chati” a length and a half at the wire. This filly has now never been off the board in 9
career starts on the grass, winning two of the last 3. She is razor sharp and still has the second allowance
condition available. This Cal bred can go short or long and look for Puype to find a winning spot for her
before the end of the meet.
SPIRIT RULES (May 23): Six year old gelding for Paul Aguirre ran his eyeballs out in the Tiznow
stakes on Saturday for older runners at a flat mile, which are Cal breds. Off at 16/1 in a nine horse field,
jockey Iggy Puglisi sent this gelding hard from the gate to get the lead into the first turn with rapid
fractions of 22.55 and 45.59 for the half. He never really got a breather, and he kept right on motoring
into the lane and just got caught very late by the 4/5 favorite. “Spirit” is best at the sprint game and this
race sets him up nicely on the cut back. Not sure where Aguirre will run him, but this one gives his all
every time to the post. Tab and follow.
SUPER MAJESTY (May 24): Three year old filly for Jerry Hollendorfer made her debut in Sunday’s
fifth event, a sprint on the main track for fillies/mares three and up. Off at 3/5 and the heavy wagering
choice, Solis put this one in the race early and it was all over at the quarter pole. Her early fractions were
moderate at 22.21 and 45.14 for the half, but she shut the door on the field with a very quick final quarter
in 23.20 and was out in 1:08.54. Out of Super Saver and a Go For Gin mare, she is bred all over for two
turns and will only get better with the distance and the experience. She is a “single” next out wherever
the Dorf decides to run her.