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 the Del Mar course and she should be able to find another race before the end of the meet. She’s sharp enough to win vs. “open” company right now.
CLYDE’S PRIDE (November 9): Three year old gelding, just transferred from Matt Chew to Jerry Hollendorfer, made every pole a winning one in breaking his maiden in his first start for the Dorf. Off as the 2/1 co-choice in the wagering, he broke running from the start and sizzled through a first quarter in 21.75 in this five and a half furlong race for Cal bred maiden special weights. He hit the 3/8 pole two in front, then shut the door on the field by running the final quarter in 24.29 to win by 8 at the wire. He galloped out in front by 12, 100 yards further. He’s now never been worse than 2nd in four career starts, can run on the grass or the main track, and can go short or long. These are a lot of options for a Hall of Fame trainer and he’s an absolute “lock” to win the first allowance condition for Cal breds. He’s a “single” wherever the Dorf runs him next.
APACHE PRINCESS (November 10): Two year old filly for Keith Desormeaux tried the turf for the first time in her young career in Saturday’s third, a mile on the grass for maiden special weights. Bet down to the 2/1 choice off a M/L of 4/1, she sat a perfect trip down the back side, 4th behind the leaders, but just two lengths off the pace. Brother Kent kept her under a hold as long as he could, but a horse from off the pace forced his hand a bit early at the top of the lane, and they dueled together the length of the stretch. The latter had all of the momentum and was on her outside and got the bob at the wire while it was five full lengths back to the third horse. “Apache” lost a tough one today but found her hole card, going long on the turf. She’s a Cal bred out of top turf sire Unusual Heat by an Indian Charlie mare. As long as they keep her on the turf, she’s a soon winner for the Desormeaux brothers.
MY SWEET BABOO (November 10): Two year old filly for Simon Callaghan made start #2 in Saturday’s fifth, a mile maiden special weight at a mile on the lawn. Off as the 5/2 second choice in the wagering, she laid mid pack down the back side in sixth position six lengths off the pace. She made a huge move at the ¼ pole, all on her own without asking, to reach contention at the top of the lane. But Prat drove her to the inside where the footing wasn’t as good, and the leader was uncontested all the way, and “Baboo” couldn’t catch her losing by two at the wire. Still, it was a huge race in defeat and this daughter of top sire Candy Ride is sitting on a victory, which she will probably get in start #3. Be ready.
RUMPUS CAT (November 11): Three year old colt for Richard Baltas, who he just claimed for $50K in October, came back in a maiden claimer with a price tag of $62,500 for 3 and up at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Off at 5/2 and the 2nd choice in the wagering, he was well placed throughout just 4 lengths off the pace. He put in his run at the ¼ pole, took the lead at the top of the lane, and cruised home to win by a length and a half, but it was easier than the final margin indicated. He is now eligible for those starter allowance races, non winners twice, and he should make easy work of that group. Baltas is excellent with turf horses and moving horses up off claims. Tab and follow.
By Rod Young (Turfdom)