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 their winter meet and six and a half down the hill should hit him right between the eyes. Be ready.
COLISEUM (November 17): Certainly no surprise that trainer Bob Baffert unveiled yet another talented juvenile as this son of the mighty Tapit made his debut in Saturday’s opener at 7/8 on the main. Off as the heavy 1 to 2 choice in a field of six, he made every pole a winning one in wiring this field and winning off by nine, with Talamo in the irons and never using his stick at any time. The fractions weren’t all that quick as they went 22.88 and 46.11 for the half, but he still ran a nice final quarter in 24.70, and it was the way he did that was most impressive. Talamo just never asked this one for run at any time during the race. He should be a major player in the three year old races at Santa Anita in the winter. Follow.
JUSTIN’S QUEST (November 17): Three year old colt for Richard Baltas made his 4th career start in Saturday’s 2nd, a mile race on the main for maiden special weights 3 and up. Off at 3/1 in a field of 7, he simply ran too good to lose on this day, as he made the running right from the start and they went quickly early with a first quarter in 23.17. He dueled with two others on the lead down the back side, put all the other speed away turning for home, but couldn’t hold off a perfect tripper from off the pace who nailed him in the final jump. He lost by a “lip” and I don’t think “Justin” knows he lost the race. This one has a good mixture of speed and stamina and Baltas will find a winning spot for him in the near future. He can go short or long.
ABSOLUTELY PERFECT (November 17): Three year old filly for Dan Blacker made start #2 in Saturday’s 7th at a mile on the lawn for maiden special weights 3 and up. Off at 7/1 in a 9 horse field, she went right to the lead under Tyler Baze, got away with soft early fractions, and never looked back as she won by five with mostly a hand ride in the lane. She ran the final quarter in a smart 23.12. This was her first time on the grass and the first time going two turns. It doesn’t take a whole lot of horse to win that first allowance condition for Cal breds, and that should be next for this daughter of the good sire Vronsky. Up the ladder.
GRAZENINAMERICA (November 18): Three year old gelding who is owned, bred, and trained by Phil D’Amato isn’t much race horse, to be sure. He opened his career at the bottom in a $20K maiden claimer on Sunday and was away at 7/1 in a full field going 7/8 on the main. He broke slowly and was quickly near the back of the field, 12 lengths back of the leaders by the half mile pole. He was still 12 back at the ¼ pole, but he swung wide turning for home and kicked in a decent run late to nail down 4th, but only beaten two at the wire. He looks like a “plodder” but he also looks like a horse that can break his maiden going two turns, providing they keep him at the bottom. D’Amato is a good horseman and he’ll find a spot for him, probably at Los Al in December. The $20K maiden claimers in Orange County come up very weak most of the time. Tab and follow.
By Rod Young (Turfdom)