By Warren Eves
Leave it to Jerry Hollandorfer to make a timely claim.
As soon as we watched For You My Heart re-break to win the fourth at Santa Anita Thursday October 13 we went to the Daily Racing Form to check the chart for claims.
Sure enough, the winner had been claimed. Jerry Hollandorfer and longtime partner George Todaro had made what looks like a great claim. They put up $20,000 to claim the sophomore filly from Vann Belvoir. For You My Heart was away well and sped the opening quarter in 21.78 pressed by Si Mar’s Dear. Once into the stretch it appeared she might be vulnereable when March Mary loomed under Martin Pedroza. That’s where For You My Heart re-broke to win clear by more than 2 lengths. The effort was more than ordinary for the level.
Look for Holllandorfer to jump For You My Heart up in class. It appears to this observer For You My Heart can win at the next level.
Notes scribbled across my official program–Don’t think there was a two-year-old of substance in the fourth at Belmont Park on Sunday, October 9th. Slash Five, a Mike Repole $325K purchase, surely didn’t look like he was special. From post one he broke head a bit up and inward. He still gained the lead and faded in crunch time. Launch Commander rallied from last for trainer David Fawkes under Joe Bravo. He was a colt that was prepared at Delaware Park where he debuted in a maiden special weight race and was second. Launch Commander is by Master Command and runs like he’ll appreciate more ground……………..Sometimes circumstances leave a rider with few options. That would be the case when Jose Lezcano rode Love Stanza Chance from post 10 at Belmont October 9. Horses drawn outside when the field is being dispatched on the first turn are at a distinct disadvantage. Love Stanza Chance broke, got bumped, and was away 10th. The filly appeared to be a bit rammy early on so Lezcano swept wide into a stalking position. Love Stanza Chance was second into the stretch and dug in gamely late. She nearly held second. Lemon Tiger, the winner, won like a filly who may be going in fine fettle. She was checked and forced to wait on the far turn, dove inside, angled out, and kicked home strongly………………Watched the maiden special weight race they carded at Belmont Park on October 10 over and over. The one turn route was won by Sainte Honore trained by Nick Zito and ridden by Corey Nakatani. The Sun King colt was up in the final stride. Nakatani brought Sainte Honore from off the pace. News Pending set all the pace and nearly held sway. Didn’t see anything special in the gallop out after the wire to suggest a playback………………..A trainer named Keith Dickey won with a first time starter named All for the Trip at Belmont on October 10, a two-year-old gelded son of Trippi. Looking at the past performances there was simply no indication the youngster could run. He had posted drills at Monmouth Park and was winning at the maidn $65K level with Joe Bravo aboard. Sometimes you are left shaking your head when there is no way you can make a case for a horse……………..Most of you alreadyknow impressive runs over Keeneland’s synthetic surface does not guarantee you much when they return to dirt. The first MSW race of the meet went to a three-year-old filly named Jump Up. She broke alertly and stalked the leader before taking the lead for good. Another first time starter named Puddy Tap rallied for a good looking second for Steve Margolis. Jump Up is out of a Bertrando mare by the name of Susie Joe’s and is trained by Eddie Keanneally. She was bred by owners Edmond and Sharon Hudon…………….Here’s an opening day note from Keeneland. The sixth race on the program was a seven-furlong test for two-year-olds. Tetradrachm left from post one. He was all but eased so you might want to see how he does next out. After the break he swerved in sharply nearly brushing the rail. He crossed the gap okay and, rode the fence near the rear but Corie Lanerie wisely wrapped up on him. The race was won by a promising juvenile named Seven Lively Sins, exiting a MSW race at Saratoga that produced Officer Prado who I am really high on. We also liked the better than looked effort of Late Starter who swerved inward sharply after the start……………..Michael Harrison’s 2-year-old filly Miss Ruud graduated the second day of the Keeneland meet despite being on the wrong lead in the stretch. Julien Leparoux did his best to get her to switch leads once she took the lead. Her only previous start came with a second place finish in a 5-1/2 furlong grass race at Ellis Park……………….Bill Mott had to be happy with the first time effort of a two-year-old filly named Bromelia. She debuted on the lawn going long on Keeneland turf. Here’s what we liked. When Jesus Castanon urged her in the straight she gave it her all even though the was spent. She finished third. What caught the eye was the way she galloiped out after the wire. Mott prepared her at Chuchill Downs and it will be interesting to see how she does with the proper amount of time between starts…………..Rodd William Stowell had us on his radio show last week. Stowell does a number of shows for the station in Winnemucca, Nevada. Stowell asked us how we felt about the changes that have been made with the Breeders Cup. We told him we don’t like the watered down two-day format. Already there have been more defections from this year’s BC than we can ever remember……….Guess who saddled a wire to wire winner at Hawthorne in the mud Thursday. Can you say Clay Brinson. This guy has made a living out of rehab horses. He’s just one of many horsemen who have migrated away from the California to make a living. Brinson are the kind of trainers California racetracks should have been romancing for years.