Del Mar Weekly Recap (Nov 15-18)

Del Mar Recap for Thursday (11-15-18)
Fast main track and firm turf course. There were four flat mile dirt races on the card, and speed horses dominated. The winning turf course running styles were a dueling front runner at five furlongs, a patient runner at a mile and a sixteenth, a front runner at five furlongs, and a dueling front runner at eleven furlongs (rail at 30 feet).    
Riding double for Tyler Baze.     
The Pick 6 pool was $159,893, and multiple winning tickets paid $14,515. The 5 out of 6 consolation prize paid $73.80. There will be a Pick 6 jackpot carryover of $27,993 when live racing resumes Friday. 
Nov 15 Claims: Race 5 – Sweet Treat ($16k, Doug O’Neill), Inland Empire ($16k, Kristin Mulhall). Race 7 – New Karma ($20k Michael Pender). Race 8 – Tough It Out ($40k, Peter Miller). 
Del Mar Recap for Friday (11-16-18)
Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners on dirt (6.5f, 8f). There is a definite pattern on the main track this week. Looking at every main track race on Nov 15-16 (10 total races), Mercer Island stalking from 5th (made up 2-1/2 lengths after half-mile) was the only winner making up any ground on the early runners. Speed rules on dirt this week! The winning turf course running styles were a dueling front runner at five furlongs and a stalker at a mile and an eighth (rail at 30 feet).    
Riding double for Drayden Van Dyke (turf sprint & turf route).     
The Pick 6 pool was $78,443, and nobody had all six winners. The 5 out of 6 consolation prize paid $690.60. There will be a Pick 6 carryover of $41,906 when live racing resumes Saturday. The jackpot carryover stands at $36,973. 
Nov 16 Claims: Race 2 – Don’t Stalk Me ($16k, Bob Hess Jr). Race 5 – Sea of Liberty ($50k, John Sadler). Race 6 – Avanti Bello ($32k, Tim Yakteen), Just Kidding ($32k, Bob Hess Jr).
Del Mar Recap for Saturday (11-17-18)
Fast main track and firm turf course. Four front running sprint winners on dirt (2 at 6.5f, 2 at 7f). The winning turf course running styles were an outside stalker at five furlongs and a front runner at one mile (rail at 30 feet).    
Joe Talamo and Bob Baffert teamed up for a pair of sharp extended sprint 2-year-old winners (Coliseum, Mucho Gusto). 
The Pick 6 pool was $224,187, and multiple winning tickets paid $7,698.60 each. The 5 out of 6 consolation prize paid $45.20. There will be a Pick 6 Jackpot Carryover of $62,637 when live racing resumes Sunday.    
Nov 17 Claims: Race 3 – American Currency ($16k, John Martin), Street Zombie ($14k, Genaro Vallejo), Blame Joe (claim voided, reason vet). Race 4 – Come On Kat ($25k, Jerry Hollendorfer), Amers (claim voided, reason vet), Spectacular Move (claim voided, reason vet). Race 6 – Jump the Tracks ($16k, Isidro Tamayo). Race 8 – Go Ghetto ($8k, Peter Miller), Vending Machine ($8, William Morey). 
Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes Recap (11-17-18) – Winner: Mucho Gusto
This juvenile stakes race scratched down to five runners. Mucho Gusto was the one to catch and beat on paper, and that is exactly how it played out in real time. Bob Baffert’s chalk got an early challenge from Savagery, but winning rider Joe Talamo was able to secure a one-length after a half-mile. Savagery and Sparky Ville both made a run at the early leader in the lane but neither could get by. In the end, it was Mucho Gusto by a length and a half, with Savagery edging Sparky Ville for the place by a head. Extra Hope found his best stride late and was less than a length away from the show finisher. I was concerned that the latter would run out of ground in this extended sprint, and that was his fate. He is a two turn runner all the way. Owning was the distant trailer. The final time was 1:23.51. Baffert’s opening race romping debut 2-year-old winner Coliseum covered the same distance in 1:23.13. 
Mucho Gusto Horse Racing Handicapping Past Performances 
Del Mar Recap for Sunday (11-18-18)
Fast main track and firm turf course. One dueling front running winner at 5.5 furlongs on dirt. The dirt oval played much more fair today. The winning turf course running styles were an inside stalker at five furlongs, a front runner at a mile and a sixteenth, and a stalker at one mile (rail at 30 feet).    
Drayden Van Dyke guided home two winners. Eddie Truman saddled two winners. 
The Pick 6 pool was $180,911, and multiple winning tickets paid $4,433.40 each. The 5 out of 6 consolation prize paid $47.80. There will be a Pick 6 Jackpot Carryover of $83,347 when live racing resumes Thursday.     
Nov 18 Claims: Race 1 – Teddy Bear ($50k, Doug O’Neill). Race 2 – Bridal Arch ($8k, Andy Mathis). 
Cary Grant Stakes Recap (11-18-18) – Winner: Solid Wager
Solid Wager owns the Cary Grant Stakes. He won it in 2015 and 2016 and landed the place in 2017. He was in good form heading into this year’s renewal and rumbled from off the pace to win by 6+ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke. Edwards Going Left won this race last year and settled for runner-up honors as the chalk this time around. Sharp surface switcher Brandothebartender rallied from last to land the show, and was followed by Touching Rainbows, Minoso, Shades of Victory, Grecian Fire, and fading front runner Tough But Nice.