Del Mar Recap Nov 14 – 17, 2019

Del Mar Recap for Thursday (11-14-19)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running sprint winners on dirt (6.5f, 6f). The turf course winners were a last-to-first closer in a 4-horse field at one mile, a dueling front runner at five panels, a patient runner at one mile, and a presser/dueling front runner at one mile (rail at 30 feet).

Turf hat trick for Drayden Van Dyke.

The $2 Pick 6 pool was $54,614, and multiple tickets with all six winners paid $2,714 each. The 5 out of 6 consolation payoff was $24.80. The single ticket jackpot carryover stands at $49,987.

Nov. 14 Claims: Race 5 – Oil Can Knight ($25k, Steve Knapp), Policy ($25k, Mark Glatt).

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Del Mar Recap for Friday (11-15-19)

Fast main track and firm turf course. No front running winners on dirt. The turf course winners were a stalker at one mile, a front runner at five panels, and two more stalkers at one mile (rail at 30 feet).

Abel Cedillo and J. C. Diaz Jr. both booted home a pair. Vladimir Cerin saddled two turf route winners. Richard Baltas saddled a pair of juvenile maiden winners.

The $2 Pick 6 pool was $77,042, and multiple tickets with all six winners paid $13,719.60 each. The 5 out of 6 consolation payoff was $97.80. The single ticket jackpot carryover stands at $58,807.

Nov. 15 Claims: Race 5 – Flying to the Line ($25k, Adam Kitchingman), Super Bunny ($25k, Bill Spawr). Race 7 – Sapphire Kid ($20k, Steve Knapp).

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Del Mar Recap for Saturday (11-16-19)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running sprint winners on dirt (6.5f, 7f). The turf course winners were a dueling front runner at five panels, an inside patient runner at 8.5 furlongs, a stalker at 8.5 furlongs, and a stalker at one mile (rail at 30 feet).

No riding or training doubles on Saturday.

The $2 Pick 6 pool was $117,275, and multiple tickets with all six winners paid $538.60 each. The 5 out of 6 consolation payoff was $9.80. The single ticket jackpot carryover stands at $72,232.

Bob Hope Stakes (G3) Recap (11-16-19) – Winner: High Velocity ($4.00)


Nothing was learned in this graded extended sprint for 2-year-olds. Two of the six runners scratched, including highly regarded morning line favorite Thousand Words (trained by Bob Baffert). Baffert also saddled High Velocity, and this race was over after an opening quarter in a dawdling 23.28. Strongconstitution came after High Velocity but could never get past his rival. In the end, High Velocity had plenty left and scored by length and a quarter. Strongconstitution was clearly second best. Zimba Warrior was a clear 3rd and Rager was 8+ back in last.

Nov. 16 Claims: None.  

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Del Mar Recap for Sunday (11-17-19)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running sprint winners on dirt (6.5f, 7f). The turf course winners were a front runner at five panels, a stalker at one mile, a patient runner at one mile, and a closer at one mile (rail at 30 feet).

Riding double for Flavien Prat.

The $2 Pick 6 pool was $131,272, and multiple tickets with all six winners paid $23,376.80 each. The 5 out of 6 consolation payoff was $263.40. The single ticket jackpot carryover stands at $87,260.

Betty Grable Stakes Recap (11-17-19) – Winner: Queen Bee To You ($8.00)


I love playing early-pressing types from outer posts in extended sprints, and Queen Bee To You checked all the right boxes in this state bred stakes affair. Creative Instinct and post time favorite Mo See Cal battled early, and Queen Bee To You was in a great outside tactical spot under Flavien Prat. The latter never looked like a loser and kicked well clear to win by 4+ lengths. Show It N Moe It saved ground stalking the pace and ended up a clear 2nd. Mo See Cal just held 3rd over Creative Instinct. Starr of Quality was next and Coco Kisses trailed throughout.

Nov. 17 Claims: Race 5 – Swing Thoughts ($32k, Bob Hess Jr).