Horses To Watch Del Mar Fall Meet Week 2

BEER TAP ( November 10): Two year old Arizona bred filly for Phil D’Amato made start #2 in Friday’s third, a maiden special weight event at five furlongs on the turf. Off at 3/1 in an 8 horse field, she sat 4th down the back side just 3 lengths off the pace. Jockey Tyler Baze had a ton of horse turning for home and had a decision to make at the top of the lane. Of course he chose the rail, even with the outside wide open. He ran over a horse to get there, no inquiry lodged, but was on the worst part of the course down the lane and was beaten by a lesser horse way on the outside. His decision cost him the race as he got beat a neck at the wire while on much the best horse. Beer Tap added blinkers for this race and

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Horses To Watch Opening Week Del Mar

INCENSED (November 1): If Paco Lopez is going to become the regular rider for the Peter Miller barn, he better learn how to ride the turf course better than he did in Wednesday’s opener. Off as the 3/1 second choice in the wagering, he sat third behind the early speed and was in excellent position to win the race turning for home. But Lopez got him boxed in behind horses, couldn’t find a seam to get through, checked, and then finally swung to the outside while losing at least 4 lengths. He finished strongly but the race was over. He missed by a neck and was much the best. Miller may get another race in him for this first allowance condition before the end of the meet. He’s a soon winner. SIGUR ROS (November 1): Three year old gelding for Carla Gaines made his debut in Wednesday’s sixth, a maiden

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Horses To Watch Santa Anita Closing Week

INSCOM (October 27): Two year old colt for Simon Callaghan made start #3 in Friday’s opener at a mile on the lawn for maiden special weights. Off as the one to two wagering choice after missing by just a nose in his last, he broke alertly and sat third around the clubhouse turn just two lengths back of the leaders. He pulled his way to the lead at the 5/16 pole, put in a nice turn of foot at the top of the lane, then cruised home to win by five under a hand ride. It was the easiest of wins for this expensive two year old purchase. Winning the first condition allowance at Del Mar will be just a formality. This one has a lot of talent. Up the ladder. ALLIANNA (October 27): Two year old filly for Peter Miller made her debut in Friday’s sixth, a maiden special

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Horses To Watch Santa Anita Week 3

XUBERANCE (October 13): Two year old filly for Ian Kruljac made our HTW List for the second time in her young career as she stretched out to two turns in Friday’s second for maiden special weights. Off as the 7/5 wagering favorite in a field of six, she settled in 4th down the back side about three lengths from the leaders. She moved to the lead on her own at the top of the lane, quickly inhaling the leaders, and went on to win by five with Baze sitting chilly the final furlong. This Kentucky bred daughter of Archarcharch looks to be any kind as this was a pretty nice performance over some decent juveniles. She looks to be stakes material, up the ladder. VIOLENT RIDGE (October 14): Two year old gelding for Hector Palma made his debut in Saturday’s 2nd, a sprint for maiden special weights of the Cal

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Horses To Watch Santa Anita Week 2

LIBERTY PARK (October 6): Three year old colt for Cliff Sise made his 2nd start after being on the shelf for five months and got the job done to break his maiden over a decent field of special weights going a mile on the main track. Off at 7/1 in a 9 horse field and breaking from the 9 hole, he was void of any early speed and was taken to the rail by Arroyo into the clubhouse turn. He was as much as 14 lengths off the leaders down the back side, made a huge run at the ¼ pole to reach contention, stuck his head in front at the 1/8th pole and won in hand down the lane. Being a son of Tapit, out of a Bertrando mare, he was cut out to be a nice horse, and should start paying dividends for the Wygods after five trips

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Horses To Watch Santa Anita Week 1

SANDBED (Sept. 29): Two year old colt for Cliff Sise made his debut in Friday’s fifth, a five and a half furlong sprint carrying a claiming tag of $50K. Off at 13/1 in a field of nine, and hard to load into the gate, he completely blew the start by hopping in the air and spotted the field a very early 10 lengths. He was still last at the ¼ pole, but turned in a good run down the lane to nab third, although well beaten at the wire by a good 9 lengths. This son of Gio Ponti can run some and will probably do his best work around two turns. The barn is having a good year with limited starters. Sandbed is worth following and will retain good wagering value. MOURINHO (Sept. 30): Named for a European soccer coach, this two year old son of Super Saver made

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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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