The crowd in this race went for #6 Michelle Marie, who had recently competed in maiden special weight races with the likes of Irish Gypsy and Mother Ruth.
She ran OK to finish second at 6-to-5, but first-time starter #7 Martini Mixer was absolutely the best horse in this maiden claiming field.
Jockey Joe Talamo broke Martini Mixer in the middle of the field where she followed six lengths behind a pack of four horses vying for the lead — #3 Tripped Fame, #4 Mary the Princess, #6 Michelle Marie and #9 Misstrailcityzone.
On the turn, Talamo began his rail-hugging rally then swang out for the drive. Only two of the four pace setters remained at the top of the stretch and Martini Mixer blew by both Mary the Princess and Michelle Marie to win by about three lengths.
I thought Martini Mixer, who is trained by Brian Koriner, had a good chance and bet $400 on her. I collected $2,080 and profited $1,655, as I also put $25 on 22-to-1 shot Misstrailcityzone.
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