Horses To Watch Closing Week Del Mar

PULPIT RIDER (August 31): Two year old filly for Mike Puype made start #2 on Thursday and was dead on the board going off at 13/1 in a full field of Cal bred maiden special weights. She broke running under Stewart Elliott from the two hole in this six furlong sprint on the main, sat third down the backside just off the front runners, went by them at the ¼ pole without being asked, then just exploded at the 1/8th pole to win off by eight open lengths. This daughter of Lucky Pulpit out of a stakes winning dam was cut out to be a nice horse, and she showed all of her talent today. She should be tough in Cal bred stakes down the road and is bred nicely for two turns as well. Puype has had a tough meet but this one should heal some wounds. Follow. CITY

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Turfdom Horses To Watch Del Mar Week 6

ARTISTIC DIVA (August 24): Two year old filly for John Sadler made her debut in Thursday’s 5th, a five furlong sprint on the grass for maiden special weights. Off as the 4/5 choice in a field of 8, she broke slowly and was actually last in the early stages. She rushed up under Espinoza and was contending for the lead into the turn. She then put away the lone front runner and was drawing well clear at the wire. In spite of the slow start, she had the class to get the job done. They paid $425K for her at the Ocala two year old sale so this daughter of the good sire Munnings has a license to be a runner. She took to the turf nicely without ever having the chance to work over the surface. Not sure where Sadler will go with her next, but she is going

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Turfdom Del Mar Horses To Watch Del Mar Week 5

SING A SOLO (August 17): Two year old filly for Steve Miyadi made her debut in Thursday’s fifth, a five and a half furlong sprint on the main track for Cal bred maiden special weights. Off at 5/1 in a field of nine, she broke running from the rail slot, but took all the worst of it all the way around dueling down on the inside with horses outside her all the way. She looked all in at the top of the lane, but dug down and found more under Prat and raced very gamely to lose by a short nose at the wire. The winner had the ideal trip sitting just off the speed. If “Solo” can draw outside, or at least in the middle for start #2, she can find the winners circle. This daughter of Kafwain has a lot of heart. Follow. NOTED AND QUOTED (August 17):

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Turfdom Horses To Watch Del Mar Week 4

TOUCHING RAINBOWS (August 10): Four year old gelding for Phil D’Amato tried the first Cal bred allowance condition on Thursday and blitzed the field in wire to wire fashion. Off as the 2nd choice in the wagering, he sped right to the front under Prat, opened up four down the back side, then cruised home under a hand ride to win by two and a half at the wire with the favorite running second. This has been just his second start under D’Amato and both races have been very good. He’s sharp enough right now to win the “open” allowance condition and he doesn’t need the lead to be successful. This was a sprint but he can handle two turns as well. Up the ladder. ANONYMITY (August 11): Three year old filly for Richard Mandella made her debut in Friday’s sixth, a maiden special weight event on the main track

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Del Mar Horses To Watch Week 3

CHOCOLATE COATED (August 3): Three year old filly for Neil French didn’t beat much in Thursday’s 2nd, just 3 other runners due to late scratches, but she did it very convincingly. She broke running in this one mile maiden special weight event for 3 and up on the main, then settled off the pace under Stevens. She went to the lead on her own at the ¼ pole, opened up without urging, then coasted home to win by four under a hand ride. This was her first start on the main track and first around two turns after two sprints on the grass, and she handled it beautifully. She has separate gears when asked and this daughter of the good sire Candy Ride has a ton of talent. She won’t have much trouble with the first condition, dirt or grass. Follow. SECRET THORN (August 3): Four year old filly for

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Horses To Watch – August 1, 2017

PANTSONFIRE (July 27): Three year old filly for Richard Baltas made her U.S. debut in Thursday’s finale at a mile and a sixteenth on the lawn for maidens with a claiming tag of $62,500. She had had 4 trips to the post in Ireland, all against straight maidens and one against winners. Off as the 5/2 second choice in the wagering in a full field, Nakatani took her straight to the rail from the 7 hole and she trailed the entire field early by 10 lengths. She was still well back of the runaway leader at the top of the lane, but then had an explosive turn of foot late and got 2nd only losing by a length. Her gallop out was visually strong. This was just her 2nd start this year and she may need 9 furlongs to break her maiden, but she is a soon winner for a

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Horses To Watch – July 25, 2017

JUST A SMIDGE (July 19): Two year old filly for Bob Baffert made her debut in Wednesday’s fifth, a maiden special weight event at 5/8 on the main track. Off as the 2/1 co-choice in a full field, she broke a tad slow under Bejarano, but quickly rushed up to contend for the lead at the half mile, wore down the other favorite in the lane, and pulled away to win by a length over the highly touted Tyfosha. It was another five lengths back to the third horse and “Smidge” galloped out like a filly crying for more yardage. She will probably get it in her next start as Baffert will find a stakes before the end of the meet, and this daughter of Into Mischief will be double tough wherever she lines up. CANDYMAN GARRET (July 21): Two year old colt for Henry Dominguez made his debut in

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Horses To Watch July 5 – By Rod Young Turfdom

HOLD THAT SMILE (June 30): Two year old filly for Simon Callaghan made her debut in Friday’s fifth, a maiden special weight event for Cal Breds at five furlongs on the main. Off at 12/1 in a full field, she broke running under Pedroza, fought for the lead between horses through a quick opening quarter, hung in there till the 1/8th pole, and then threw in the towel and settled for second beaten six lengths by the favorite. All in all, a very good debut and the favorite was running her third race of the meet. She will get a lot out of this race and be much tighter for start number two. Her speed is a real asset for breaking her maiden on this circuit. Follow. PAPA PAPA PAPA (July 1): Four year old gelding for Mark Glatt was still eligible for a Starter Allowance race, non winners of

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News and Notes June 27 – Rod Young Turfdom

The three day week was working fine until Sunday, and then they only had 69 horses to cover 10 races, and that was before any late scratches, and there were six of them. Now they have the challenge of closing out the long Winter/Spring meet with five consecutive race days, Friday through Tuesday, July 4th. So on Friday, they went back to 8 races. The lone c/o into Friday is the single ticket jackpot of the pick six which now stands at $285,071. We will have selections out for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and the Holiday July 4th, but NONE for Monday, July 3rd. The main track played fair for most of the week with the exception of Sunday, where we thought a strong early speed bias was in place. All 7 main track winners Sunday were won in wire to wire fashion or within one half length of the lead

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Horses to Watch June 27 – by Rod Young Turfdom

SPECTATOR (June 23): Two year old filly for Phil D’Amato made her debut on Friday in a maiden special weight event at five furlongs on the main track. Off at 9/1 in a full field, she was slow to get going from the ten hole, rallied around horses at the ¼ pole, then cleared rather easily when set down for the drive. She won off by six and was visually impressive. This daughter of the new sire Jimmy Creed will be tough right back no matter where D’Amato puts her, and that includes a stakes. SO I SANG (June 24): Three year old filly for the Dorf made her debut in Saturday’s 2nd, a maiden special weight event at six and a half on the main track for 3 and up. Off at 9/2 in a field of 7, she broke running and tucked in third behind the leaders down

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