Del Mar Weekly Horse Racing Handicapping Report (Nov 9-12)
Del Mar Recap for Friday (11-9-18)
Fast main track and firm turf course. Four front running winners on dirt (7f, 6f, 5.5f, 5.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a patient runner at one mile, a front runner at one mile, and a stalker at one mile (rail at 18 feet).
Geovanni Franco booted home a pair. Peter Miller saddled two winners.
The $2 Pick 6 pool was $60,395, and nobody had all six winners. The 5 out of 6 consolation payoff was $2,743,60. There will be a Pick 6 carryover of $32,266when live racing resumes Saturday, and the jackpot carryover is $6,914.
Nov 9 Claims: Race 1 – My Farmer ($20k, Robertino Diodoro), Plum Dandy (claim voided, reason vet). Race 3 – Speakers ($20k, Mike Puype). Race 4 – Trojan Magic ($100k, Andrew Lerner). Race 8 – Equal Measure ($32k, John Sadler).
Kathryn Crosby Stakes Recap (11-9-18) – Winner: Escape Clause
Escape Clause got some help from the stewards in this flat mile turf stakes race for fillies and mares. Former Baltas assistant Anna Meah briefly saddled her first winner when Excellent Sunset overcame early trouble to score by a 1/2 length, but she interfered with Escape Clause in the stretch and was placed second via disqualification. The promoted winner was on quite a roll on dirt at smaller tracks (Century Downs, Assiniboia, Northlands, Canterbury), and she took to turf today for trainer Don Schnell and jockey Ruben Fuentes. Sweet Charity rallied from last to land the show, and early runner Way to Versailles weakened to 4th. Quebec, Tonahutu, Gliding By, Shehastheritestuff, Last Promise Kept, Birdie Gold, and Miss Southern Miss rounded out the order of finish.
Del Mar Recap for Saturday (11-10-18)
Fast main track and firm turf course. No front running winners on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at five furlongs, a patient runner at one mile, a front runner at one mile, another patient runner at one mile, and a presser at a flat mile (rail at 18 feet).
Geovanni Franco and Joe Talamo both booted home a pair.
The Pick 6 pool was $228,514, and multiple winning tickets paid $9,646.20. The 5 out of 6 consolation payoff was $67.00. The jackpot carryover stands at $33,073.
Nov 10 Claims: Race 2 – Easter Dream ($12.5k, Robert Hess Jr.), We Will Re Joyce ($12.5k, Jorge Periban), Ciao Luna ($12.5k, Gary Stute). Race 4 – Fire to the Wire ($16k, John Martin), Stringent (claim voided, reason vet). Race 6 – Sea Glass ($16k, Charles Treece).
Let It Ride Stakes Recap (11-10-18) – Winner: Risky Proposition
There figured to be an honest pace in this one, and Calexman made sure of that. In an interesting turn of events, Afleet Ascent and strong favorite Prince Earl dueled each other into submission in 2nd and 3rd, and Risky Proposition, the longest shot on the board, rolled past them all to score for Bill Spawr and Joe Talamo. My video live longshot ran a bit better than I thought. Three horses were across the line for the minor awards, and returnee Choo Choo scooted up the inside to land the place over Calexman and Prince Earl. The latter lost for the first time in his third start, and the Hollywood Derby hopeful is clearly not ready for prime time. Fight On, Extraordinary Jerry, and Afleet Ascent trailed. This was clearly the fastest of four flat mile turf races on the card (1:34.61).
Del Mar Recap for Sunday (11-11-18)
Fast main track and firm turf course. No front running winners on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were, a patient runner at a mile and a sixteenth, two stalkers at a mile and a sixteenth, and a stalker at five furlongs (rail at 18 feet).
Flavien Prat both booted home a pair. Brian Koriner saddled three winners.
The Pick 6 jackpot pool was taken down by one bettor on Sunday, and it paid $138,889.
Nov 11 Claims: Race 1 – Girl Downstairs ($25k, Peter Miller). Race 4 – Royal Bar ($35k, Ron Ellis). Race 9 – Operandi ($20k, Steve Knapp).
Betty Grable Stakes Recap (11-11-18) – Winner: Spiced Perfection
Love a Honeybadger figured to set the pace in this seven panel stakes race for CA-bred fillies and mares, and she was joined on the lead by Gorgeous Ginny and bet down favorite S Y Sky. The latter drew comfortably outside but was in deep water in the stretch. Spiced Perfect sat a great stalking trip behind the speed, and Just Grazed Me saved all of the ground. Those two moved together, but the former was traveling better and pulled clear to win by 2+ lengths. Just Grazed Me was second best, and S Y Sky did the best of the speed types in 3rd. Love a Honeybadger was 4th, and was followed by Show It N Moe It, Gorgeous Ginny, One Fast Broad, and Meet and Greet.
Del Mar Recap for Monday (11-12-18)
Fast main track and firm turf course. Two dueling front running winners on dirt (8f, 6f). The winning turf course running styles were two patient runners at one mile, and a stalker at a flat mile (rail at 18 feet).
No riding or training doubles on Monday.
The Pick 6 pool was $84,645, and nobody had all six. The 5 out of 6 consolation prize paid $9,689. There will be a Pick 6 carryover of $45,216 when live racing resumes Thursday, and the jackpot carryover stands at $9,689.
Nov 12 Claims: Race 3 – Flip the Coin Jan ($40k, Alfredo Marquez), Hey Sequoia ($40k, Alfredo Marquez). Race 6 – Pioneerof the West ($10k, Jeff Metz), Point Piper ($10k, Jonathan Wong).
Desi Arnaz Stakes Recap (11-12-18) – Winner: Chasing Yesterday
A pair of late scratches reduced this extended sprint stakes event to 3-horses. It’sjustanillusion and Boujie Girl dueled on the lead, and Chasing Yesterday stayed a couple of lengths back through the opening quarter. All three were across the track after a half-mile, and Chasing Yesterday inched clear in the lane while drifting in. The winning margin was a length and a half, and It’sjustanillusion was 2nd by a similar margin over Boujie Girl. Maybe the short field caused less than stellar efforts, but I was expecting more from the winner.