Horses to Watch Jan. 31 – by Rod Young Turfdom

DELITEFULL LADY (January 26): Three year old filly for Richard Baltas made start # 2 in Thursday’s second, a maiden special weight at 3/4 of a mile on the main track. Off at 8/1 in just a six horse field, and not having to face Unique Bella, the best sophomore filly on the West Coast, she broke running under Bejarano, then was eased off the pace and sat third down the back side. She made her move turning for home, eased past the favorite at the 1/8th pole, and widened to win by five under a hand ride in the good time of 1:09.63. This one is stakes material and she may go through her allowance conditions first, should those races fill. Up the ladder.

  1. GILES (January 27): Six year old gelding for Kristin Mulhall had not been to the post in 10 months and was entered Friday for a $40,000 tag in a salty group of sprinters going six furlongs on the main. Off at 7/2, he broke running under Tyler Baze, set all the fractions in 21.95 and 44.86, got collared at the 1/8th pole by the 9/5 favorite, but dug in and just failed to last. He was beaten a head in race horse time of 1:09.17. If given ample time to recover from this race, he can bounce back into the win column, as this one is very consistent and likes to win. He is all race horse. Follow.

HOW ABOUT ZERO (January 28): Three year old filly for Doug O’Neill tried the Cal Club Oaks on Saturday and ran a bang up 2nd at odds of 25/1. She took the blinkers off in this race and raced well back of the field down the back side. But she put in a nice run down the lane, and though no threat to the odds on favorite, she made up a lot of ground. She is bred top and bottom for the turf and she still has the first allowance condition available. If O’Neill goes through the allowance conditions and keeps her on the grass, she is a soon winner for the Reddam family. Tab and follow.

TRIBAL STORM (January 28): Three year old ridgling for Ed Moger tried the Cal Cup Derby on Saturday and wasn’t embarrassed as this was his first time around two turns and first time in a stakes. Off at 19/1 in a field of 7, he broke running and sat 4th down the back side just two lengths off the pace. Bejarano ran him up on a horse’s heels at the 3/8th pole, he took up, and got shuffled back in the pack. However, he came back on again in the lane and nabbed third while beaten five lengths. He galloped out well past the wire. All in all, a pretty good performance. He has never missed the board now in 3 starts, has shown he can go short or long, and has already won on the turf. I think he would really like the six and a half down the hill should a race like that come up. Lots of options for a soph who is a real tryer.

BEAU RECALL (January 29): Three year old filly for Simon Callaghan made her U.S. debut in Sunday’s opener at a mile on the turf for the first allowance condition. Off at 8/1 in just a six horse field, she walked out of the gate, was last early, and a good 10 lengths off the pace into the clubhouse turn. However, she kept to her task, gradually got closer to the field by the top of the lane, then just exploded at the 1/16th pole to win going away by two and a half. It was a nice turn of foot for this Irish bred and she looks to be a player in future stakes races on the grass. Worth following.