Horses to Watch Sept. 1 – by Rod Young Turfdom
LETITHAPPEN (August 26): Two year old colt for Jeff Bonde made his first start around two turns in
Wednesday’s third, a maiden special weight at a flat mile. Off at 5/1 in a 10 horse field, he showed good
speed from the outset but was sandwiched in between horses down the back side and took the worst of it.
The inside speed horse gave it up turning for home but “Happen” battled on, but now he was down on the
inside through the stretch. He gave it up very late, finished third, and was beaten two lengths. All in all, it
was a good performance and with a better trip, he could have gotten the money. He can go short or long
and I don’t see him being a maiden much longer. Tab and follow.
MIDNIGHT BELLE (August 28): Three year old filly for Mark Glatt made her third career start, and
first around two turns in Friday’s second, a maiden special weight fillies/mares 3 and up. Off as the 2/1
wagering choice, she was hard ridden by Bejarano to get the early lead and zipped through the opening
quarter in 22.47. She relaxed down the back side and was able to slow the pace and still keep the lead.
Bejarano shook the reigns at her at the top of the lane, she found another gear, and in the blink of an eye
she opened up 5 lengths on the field. She cruised home by 7 and was geared down late. They paid $400K
for her at the Keeneland yearling sale and this daughter of Bernardini has been crying for two turns. Up
DESERT DYNAMO (August 29): Three year old colt for Jerry Hollendorfer tried the El Cajon stakes
on Saturday for 3 years olds at a flat mile on the main track. Off at 5/1 in just a four horse field, due to
some late scratches, “Dynamo” settled in third nicely down the back side just two lengths back of the
leaders. Prat went looking for the lead with him at the top of the lane, and “Dyamo” responded with a
good stretch run, yet had to check 3 different times down the lane, as the heavy favorite repeatedly came
out to take his path away. He got beat just 3/4 of a length at the wire and the Stewards didn’t even look at
the race, the jock had to call the objection. In a bad decision, they didn’t take the winner down and yet
Dynamo was only beaten a head for second and checked 3 times in the lane. Taking the blinkers off has
made this one relax better and he still has the second allowance condition available. A good one to
WHO’S OUT (August 29): Two year old colt for Jerry Hollendorfer made the second start of his young
career in Saturday’s 8th, a maiden special weight at six and a half on the main track. Off at 7/2 and the
second choice in the wagering, he made no mistakes today as he went right to the front under Mike Smith
through moderate fractions of 22.26 and 45.78, opened up turning for home, and shut the door on the
field with a final quarter in 24.99 to win by six and a half. He cost $350k at the Ocala two year old sale
and this son of Tale of Ekati looks to have a bright future. Follow.
ONE MORE ROLL (August 29) Three year old gelding for Chuck Treece tried 3 year olds sprinting
for a tag of $16,000 on Saturday and once again outran his odds. Off at 5/1 in a full field, he was hustled
to the lead from the inside through quick fractions of 21.60, 45.20, put the other speed away at the top of
the lane, and gamely ran to the wire beaten very late by a half. This 3 year old is now 7 for 11 hitting the
board, goes to top claiming trainer Bill Spawr, and appears to be an outstanding claim. Follow.