FIRST RACE: 1. Joelito, 2. He’s a Dance Star, 3. Ankeny Hill. LONG SHOT: A Toast to You.
JOELITO, a 4-year-old colt, was thought to have so much talent last year that after a maiden victory he finished fourth in the Grade II American Turf at Churchill Downs for trainer John Sadler. He is now in the Jerry Hollendorfer barn, who is 35% with horses off a layoff of more than 180 days, and jockey Corey Nakatani rides.
SECOND RACE: 1. Magic Mark, 2. Gab Power, 3. Volkonsky. LONG SHOT: Woodmans Luck.
THIRD RACE: 1. head South, 2. Seeking Asylum, 3. Toosmartbyhalf. LONG SHOT: Shark’s Cup.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Wild at Best, 2. Gouyen, 3. Shakeitupbetty. LONG SHOT: Western Kitty.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Outside Nashville, 2. My Best Brother. 3. Peace and Justice. LONG SHOT: Di Giorgio.
SIXTH RACE: 1. In Dad’s Honor, 2. Djimmah, 3. One More Wild Ride. LONG SHOT: Browsing.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Mambo Man (best bet), 2. Black Spirit, 3. Boyett. LONG SHOT: Valtari.
Trainer Julio Canani claimed this 5-year-old gelding MAMBO MAN for $40,000 and it appears he had this spot in mind. The son of Purge loves to go long. He won a 1 3/8-mile race at Del Mar and he gets an extra furlong here. Jockey Joe Talamo keeps the mount and knows this gelding best.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. L X Sunrise, 2. Fashionably Rich, 3. Controller. LONG SHOT: Ninnavee.
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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Macha $8.20, second race; Quiet Force $4.20, third)
Thursday’s second choice winners: 3 (Mensa Heat $10.60, first; Clearly Confused $8.40, fourth; Bayern $3.20, seventh)
Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Spice Latte $19, fifth; Reps and Warrants $25.40, eighth)
Thursday’s long shot winners: 0