Del Mar Horses To Watch Closing Week

AIR STRIKE ( August 30): Three year old colt for Phil D’Amato, who just shipped into his barn in the last week from Kentucky, made his 4th career start in Thursday’s 4th, a mile maiden special weight event on the main for 3 and up. Off as the 7/5 wagering choice in a field of 8, he broke cleanly under Prat from the 8 hole, got caught a bit wide into the clubhouse turn, then settled in nicely in third just off the pace. He sped to the lead from the outside at the ¼ pole, led by two at the top of the lane, then found another gear and won off by 7 at the wire with a strong gallop out to boot. This Street Sense colt out of a Tapit mare is bred to be any type and is in good hands with D’Amato. He looks like stakes

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Del Mar Horse Racing Handicapping Horses To Watch Week 6

POPPY’S C NOTE ( August 23): Two year old gelding for Steve Miyadi made the third start of his young career on Thursday and for the third time got away poorly from the gate. This time it wasn’t his fault as the horse to his right swerved into him when the gates opened and caused him to check. Then the rider rushed him up quickly at the ½ mile pole to reach contention and he was just 3 lengths off the leaders. He found a seam and burst through it at the top of the lane but pretty much “hung” most of the stretch. He was still game enough to garner second but was never a threat to win this race, a maiden claimer for a $32,000 tag at ¾ on the main. This Cal bred is no world beater, but he’s good enough to win at this level and

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Del Mar Horse Racing Handicapping Horses To Watch Week 5

SUTRO ( August 17): Three year old filly for Mike McCarthy, who had been off since last February, returned in Friday’s opener at a mile on the turf for maiden special weights 3 and up. Off at a robust 25/1 in a full field, she saved ground the entire trip by hugging the rail under Baze. She was mid-pack down the back side about six lengths off the pace. She put in her move on the fence at the top of the lane and finished in a rush with a final ¼ in 23.46, but got nailed very late right on the wire. This was her first trip around two turns and in a race she probably needed, this daughter of the good sire Violence is starting to live up to her purchase price. She’s a soon winner for a barn having a very good year. Follow. SUPER SOL (August

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Horse Racing Handicapping Del Mar Horses To Watch Week 4

JUST HIT PLAY ( August 9): Two year old gelding for Steve Miyadi, who owns this juvenile as well as training him, made start #2 in Thursday’s sixth, a maiden claimer on the main at five and a half for a $32,000 tag. Off at 4/1 in a 9 horse field, he got caught in a speed duel for the second consecutive race and it cost him in the final sixteenth. He caught a “flyer” from the gate and they went quick early in 22.28 and opened up five on the field. He put the other speed away turning for home but couldn’t hold off the late runners and was beaten 3 while finishing third. He did hang in there gamely late until the final sixteenth. This son of Square Eddie is not a lot of horse, but he’s capable of winning one of these claimers due to his speed.

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Del Mar Handicapping Horses To Watch Week 3

LOVELY RAQUEL ( August 2): Five year old mare for Vic Garcia, who had been off since December, returned on Thursday in a $40,000 maiden claiming sprint at ¾ on the main track. Off at 7/1 in a field of 8, she broke well enough from the two hole and settled in mid pack down the back side. She found a seam on the inside turning for home under Delgadillo, burst through it in a fraction of a second, and extended herself without urging to ease clear and win rather easily by four at the wire. On a track that was playing extremely dull, she ran the final quarter in a solid 25.02, five lengths quicker than anything else in the race. This was her first start with claimers and she is now eligible for those starter allowance races, non winners twice. They took the blinkers off today and the

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Horse Racing Handicapping Del Mar Horses To Watch Week 2

RED ENVELOPE ( July 26): Three year old gelding for Dan Hendricks made his debut in Thursday’s 6th, a maiden special weight sprint at six and a half on the main for Cal breds. Off at 9/2 in an 8 horse field, he hopped a bit at the start and was bumped by his neighbor to be away poorly. Yet he had natural speed and without much urging from Van Dyke, he was up near the leaders by the half mile pole. He stuck his nose in front at the top of the lane but couldn’t hold off another runner who was storming home on the outside. He dug in gamely the final 100 yards and only lost by a half length and it was two and a half back to the third horse. Hendricks is having just a horrible year with only one winner the entire year, but he’s

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Del Mar Handicapping Horses To Watch Opening Week

OPUS WON ( July 18): Two year old filly for Richard Baltas made her debut in Wednesday’s 4th, a five furlong sprint on the main track for Cal bred special weight maidens. Breaking from the 11 hole and bet down from a 4/1 M.L. to 5/2, she was void of speed early and fell 8 lengths off the pace. Prat kept her on the outside and once she found her stride in the lane, she rolled by horses with a quick final quarter of 24.99. She ended up third beaten about two and a half but just missed second by a nose. This daughter of Eddington is a runner and will only improve as the furlongs get longer. Baltas is horrible with first timers but does very well second time out. She’ll break her maiden at this meet. Follow. OLIVER (July 20): Two year old colt for Luis Mendez made

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Santa Anita Handicapping Horses To Watch Closing Week

CAMINO SONG ( June 22): Three year old filly for Phil D’Amato made her second start this year in Friday’s sixth, a maiden special weight event at a mile on the grass for fillies/mares 3 and up. Off at 9/1 in a field of 8, she broke OK under Bejarano, but was quickly taken back off the pace and was 9 lengths back of the leaders down the back side. She moved up between horses at the ¼ pole and when the rider got her to the outside, she finished with good courage, though never a threat to win the race. She got up for second beaten three at the wire, but was quickly passed the winner just 50 yards after the finish. She ran the final ¼ in 23.89, faster than horse in the race including the winner. Her next race will be her third after the layoff, often

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Santa Anita Handicapping Horses To Watch Week 25

KERSHAW ( June 15): Three year old gelding for Peter Miller, no doubt named for that sterling left hander for the Dodgers, made his 2018 debut in Friday’s 4th, a maiden claimer at ¾ on the main track for a $50K price tag. Off at 6/1 in a field of just six, he broke awkwardly and bumped his neighbor to the right at the start, yet still made the lead early and dueled with the favorite all around the track. They opened up five on the field at the top of the lane, but the favorite got the best of Kershaw late and he lost by ¾ of a length. It was another six lengths back to the third horse. This was just his third career start and first since last November, so he undoubtedly needed the race. He’ll be much tighter for his next start, probably at Los Alamitos,

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Santa Anita Handicapping Horses To Watch Week 24

TEXAS WEDGE ( June 8): Three year old colt for Peter Miller, off since last November, tried the second allowance condition on Friday down the hill for 3 and up. Off at 7/2 and bet down from a m/l of 6/1 in a field of 10, he broke well and sat in fifth down the hill about 4 lengths off the pace. He fell back on the dirt crossover, then got floated six wide into the lane, yet still rallied late out in the middle of the course to nail down third beaten a length and a half. All in all, an excellent race considering the speed held on early in this race and finished one/two at the wire. “Wedge” had an excellent juvenile season winning 3 of 4 races and has come back as good as ever. He can handle dirt or turf and should be a cinch to

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