Del Mar Weekly Recap (Nov 15-18)

Del Mar Recap for Thursday (11-15-18) Fast main track and firm turf course. There were four flat mile dirt races on the card, and speed horses dominated. The winning turf course running styles were a dueling front runner at five furlongs, a patient runner at a mile and a sixteenth, a front runner at five furlongs, and a dueling front runner at eleven furlongs (rail at 30 feet).     Riding double for Tyler Baze.      The Pick 6 pool was $159,893, and multiple winning tickets paid $14,515. The 5 out of 6 consolation prize paid $73.80. There will be a Pick 6 jackpot carryover of $27,993 when live racing resumes Friday.  Nov 15 Claims: Race 5 – Sweet Treat ($16k, Doug O’Neill), Inland Empire ($16k, Kristin Mulhall). Race 7 – New Karma ($20k Michael Pender). Race 8 – Tough It Out ($40k, Peter Miller).  Del Mar Recap for Friday

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Del Mar Horses To Watch Nov 20

KA’NAH (November 16): Two year old colt for Ryan Hanson made his debut in Friday’s third, a maiden special weight at five furlongs on the turf with the rails 30 feet out. Off at 8/1 in a field of 8, he broke well from the four hole and was mid pack down the back side just four lengths off the pace. He made a good move at the ¼ pole to reach contention at the top of the lane, and was eating up ground late, but couldn’t catch the wire to wire winner which was Peter Miller’s 1000th career victory. He got beat two lengths in a very good effort and ran the final quarter in a sharp 22.60. This course has favored early speed all meet long in these 5/8 sprints so he was basically running against the bias. He’ll probably be on the shelf till Santa Anita opens

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Del Mar News and Notes Nov 20

• Del Mar reached the halfway point in their four week fall meet on Sunday and the main track has changed the past couple of days. It was favoring early speed earlier in the week but was back to playing fair over the weekend, but the times were considerably slower, much like it was for the summer meet. They must have dug up the track to make it deeper. The turf course continues to play fair regardless of the placement of the rails, but early speed has the advantage in those 5/8 turf sprints they run. They run four days this week on a Thursday through Sunday basis and they have stakes races all four days. Thursday is of course Thanksgiving with an early first post of 11 AM. There is just one carry over into Thursday’s card and it is the single ticket jackpot of the pick six which

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Kentucky Derby Blog Update: BC Juvenile Recap

Game Winner solidified his grip on the 2-year-old male division with a professional victory from off the pace in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Friday, November 2. He is expected to be named 2-year-old champion and is the clear early favorite for Kentucky Derby 2019. Kentucky Derby 2019 Point Race Recaps: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Game Winner (1st) – Juvenile favorite lived up to top billing in a solid off the pace score by 2-1/2 lengths. He was bumped at the start and raced wide in his first start away from California. The Bob Baffert trainee is a solid competitor and deserves the 2-year-old title. His pedigree and connections make him a viable Derby contender. I like his running style versatility and winning spirit as well. I am not sure how strong this race was from top to bottom, and we will almost certainly see multiple late developers

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Del Mar Horses To Watch Week 2

X S GOLD (November 9): Every once in awhile a horse makes an eye catching move that really stands out, and that was the case for this 3 year old filly for Jim Cassidy, who finally won the first Cal bred allowance condition at a mile on the turf Friday. Bombarded with a ton of money late on the tote board to go off as the 2/1 choice, Desormeaux had her under a strangle hold down the back side, mid pack, and six lengths off the pace. He couldn’t wait any longer at the 3/8th pole and she was loaded with run, as she swept by the four horses in front of her like they were standing still. She sustained that run all the way to the 1/16th pole, then was geared down late to win by five. She ran the final quarter in a very good 23.03. She loves

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Del Mar Horse Racing Handicapping News and Notes Nov 13

• Del Mar opened their four week fall meet with a four day race week as fires were ravaging the state throughout, but none around the race track. The Santa Ana conditions, where the wind blows in from the desert, sometimes as strong as 70 MPH, were prevalent at Del Mar on Monday, where the horses were aided by the wind down the back side, but ran into a strong head wind in the stretch. Nonetheless, the track played fair throughout the first four days, as did the turf course where the rails were out 18 feet the entire week. The times were quicker than they were for the summer meet as they purposely “slowed” the track down in order to make it safer for the horses in the summer. After three days of racing, the $2 pick six was hit on Sunday by a single ticket holder for over

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Del Mar Weekly Horse Racing Handicapping Report (Nov 9-12)

Del Mar Recap for Friday (11-9-18) Fast main track and firm turf course. Four front running winners on dirt (7f, 6f, 5.5f, 5.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a patient runner at one mile, a front runner at one mile, and a stalker at one mile (rail at 18 feet). Geovanni Franco booted home a pair. Peter Miller saddled two winners. The $2 Pick 6 pool was $60,395, and nobody had all six winners. The 5 out of 6 consolation payoff was $2,743,60. There will be a Pick 6 carryover of $32,266when live racing resumes Saturday, and the jackpot carryover is $6,914. Nov 9 Claims: Race 1 – My Farmer ($20k, Robertino Diodoro), Plum Dandy (claim voided, reason vet). Race 3 – Speakers ($20k, Mike Puype). Race 4 – Trojan Magic ($100k, Andrew Lerner). Race 8 – Equal Measure ($32k, John Sadler). Kathryn Crosby Stakes Recap (11-9-18) –

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Santa Anita Park Report (Nov 2-4)

Santa Anita Recap for Friday (11-2-18) Fast main track and firm turf course. One front running winner at five furlongs on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a front runner at one mile, a downhill front runner, a stalker at one mile, a presser at one mile, and a patient runner down the hill (rail at 20 feet). Evin Roman and Robert Hess Jr. teamed up for two dirt sprint wins. The Rainbow 6 pool was $305,092, and multiple winning tickets paid $54,328.12. Nov 2 Claims: Race 1 – Cimpl Man ($40k, Charles Treece). Desired Edge ($32k, Adam Kitchingman). Race 3 – Halo Darlin ($25k, Rafael Becerra). Race 5 – Miss Unusual ($25k, William Morey), Copper Fever ($25k, Craig Dollase). Race 9 – American Currency ($12.5k, Rafael DeLeon). Lure Stakes Recap – Winner: Kencumin This race was pretty straightforward. Kenjisstorm set the pace from the rail, and Kencumin

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Santa Anita Horses To Watch Closing Week

GIVE ME A HINT (November 2): Two year old filly for Bob Hess Jr. made it 3 for 3 in her young career with a workman like effort on Friday. Off at 5/1 in a 9 horse field, and having to break from the rail in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies stakes, she stumbled at the start to be away slowly in this 7 furlong sprint. Roman nudged her up to fifth by the half mile pole and she was just 3 lengths back of the dueling leaders. He was able to get her to the outside at the ¼ pole and she wore down the leaders to win going away by two and a half. She has now won all three starts by a total of 18 combined lengths and this daughter of Merit Man should have no trouble with two turns. There is a stakes at Los Al

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Santa Anita News and Notes Nov. 6

• The Great Race Place concluded their six week Fall meet on Sunday with some very good racing the final three days of the meet, coinciding with the B/C in Louisville, Kentucky. The Breeders Cup will return to Santa Anita in 2019. We don’t have the final numbers yet for the meet, but handle had to be driven up by the popular 20 cent pick six, which no single player was able to hit the entire meet. The jackpot was over $1.1 million going into closing day and over $6.7 million was added to the pool on Sunday. Favorites won five of the six races and the total pool was paid out to 10,466 customers. The pick six ticket paid $601 and there was no consolation payout. Flavian Prat won the riding title winning both of the graded stakes races Sunday. He finished three ahead of a rejuvenated Rafael Bejarano

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