Fearless Eagle ($7.20 to win) and Sudden Rock ($2.80 for show); Better Than Enough apparently hit the gate hard coming out and never posed a threat in finishing fifth, and Ghost of Texas pressed the pace early, only to fade to last. Ruled by Chocolate paid $13.60 to place…I had a gut feeling just based on that name, then threw out the temptation, unfortunately :(
You’rejustlikeme ($7.00 to win) and Winning Appeal finished just a nose behind the third place finisher Uphold ($3.00). One horse I didn’t consider, Eliza’s Grey ($5.80) was a clear second. The post time favorite Time to Indulge hit the gate, reserved off the pace then faded to last.
Forward Move ($3.60 to win), with Mangiaracina ($2.60) in third, and Zurich just a nose behind in fourth. The long shot Lord Stripes ($8.80) poked his nose ahead of Mangiaracina for second.
Reata’s Hope was scratched. Princess Janie ($6.40) just outran Simply Divine ($5.60) for the win, with Dani Tom Boy ($3.20) third, followed by Moral Suasion. Spanish Spirit finished ninth and was never a factor after being bumped at the start, then stumbled. I have no excuse with Princess Janie…I must have overlooked her since I read the Bris report on Adobe Reader; next time I’ll print it out and circle like crazy :)
Sharp Susan ($5.80) led wire-to-wire, with Communique ($4.80) closing quickly for place, and Perfect Motion ($3.00) hanging in for show just ahead of My Golden Quest. Dantrelle Light was among the leaders all the way, but was three wide and tired to finish sixth.
My top pick Rummada was a late scratch. Speedball Howie ($7.40) outran the late closing Bold Promise ($13.80) to win, with Oberman ($6.00) finishing third, just ahead of Sigmondo. The 7-9 $1 exacta paid $40.20. The 6/5 favorite Scottish Diamond had no kick and finished next to last; after bumping with Sigmondo at the start, Voltage finished just ahead of the favorite, in sixth place.
I really blew this race (maybe tiring of analyzing the card?). The favorite Lookin Back At You ($6.20) won easily, with Miss Willow ($11.80) very impressive from start to finish in second, and Sarah’s Smiler ($4.20) in third, with Dynamite Diva fourth. Crazy Cousin finished fifth after running three wide and tiring. Sophisticated Event was seventh and Can’t Sleep was ninth—both non-factors throughout. This one I just don’t understand :(