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Turfdom Horse To Watch September 5

PULPIT RIDER (August 31): Two year old filly for Mike Puype made start #2 on Thursday and was dead on the board going off at 13/1 in a full field of Cal bred maiden special weights. She broke running under Stewart Elliott from the two hole in this six furlong sprint on the main, sat third down the backside just off the front runners, went by them at the ¼ pole without being asked, then just exploded at the 1/8th pole to win off by eight open lengths. This daughter of Lucky Pulpit out of a stakes winning dam was cut out to be a nice horse, and she showed all of her talent today. She should be tough in Cal bred stakes down the road and is bred nicely for two turns as well. Puype has had a tough meet but this one should heal some wounds. Follow.

CITY OF LIGHT
(Sept. 1): Three year old colt for Mike McCarthy made start #2 in Friday’s 4th, a six furlong sprint for maiden special weights 3 and up. Off at 5/1 in a field of 9, he completely obliterated this field, dueling inside down the back side, breaking away from the other speed at the ¼ pole, then widening to win by seven under a hand ride. On a track playing to the dull side, and the 1st sprint of the day run in 1:13.49, he made a dull strip look extra quick in race horse time of 1:09.35. This son of the good sire Quality Road will have no trouble with the first allowance condition. Up the ladder.

ESKIMO ROSES
(Sept. 2): Two year old gelding for Mick Ruis made start #2 on Saturday and ran a very brave race at 9/1 in this maiden special weight event at six and a half on the main track. He broke running from the 9 hole and was in a 3 way battle for the lead down the back side through quick fractions of 21.97 and 44.92. Roses and the 4/5 favorite, St. Patrick’s Day, put away the other speed at the top of the lane and the two of them went head and head to the wire. Roses hung on gamely and gave way late to be third beaten two and a half at the wire. Considering the winner is a future stakes star, this was a very good race for Roses. She’s bred for two turns as well and won’t be a maiden much longer. Follow.

NEIGHBORHOOD BULLY (Sept. 3): Two year old Scat Daddy colt was dropped in for a claiming tag of $32,000 on Sunday by Tim Yakteen and he just destroyed this field under Drayden Van Dyke. Off as the 9/5 co-choice in this six furlong sprint, he broke running, then was taken a hold of by the rider to drift back to fifth, kicked it in at the ¼ pole, made a huge move at the top of the lane to inhale the field, then drew off to win by six under pretty much a hand ride. He avoided the claim box even though his sprint form looked pretty good in maiden allowance races. Not sure where Yakteen will run him now, but he is bred for two turns and they may stretch him out. Route or sprint, this race was a confidence builder. Up the ladder.

GRINGO STAR (Sept. 4): Two year old gelding for Ian Kruljac made his debut in Monday’s opener, a six furlong sprint for maiden special weights which are Cal breds. Off at 8/1 in a full field, he broke quickest out of the 9 hole, then was taken back by Espinoza and sat 3rd down the backside. He moved toward the leaders at the ¼ pole, stuck his nose in front at the top of the lane, then battled gamely to the wire, losing to the favorite by ¾ of a length. This son of the good California sire Good Journey, had trained very well into the race and was well meant in his debut. He is bred to go short or long, turf or dirt, and is a soon winner for a small, but talented barn. Tab and follow.

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