Horses to Watch July 28 – by Rod Young Turfdom
SAVINGS ACCOUNT (July 22): Four year old turf filly for Tom Proctor tried the second allowance
condition on Wednesday at a flat mile on the main track, which had been favoring speed all day. Off at
even money in this 7 horse field, she was kept well off the pace under Mike Smith, a good 6 to 7 lengths
behind the pace setter down the back side. She started her move just past the 1/4 pole, engaged the leader
at the 1/8th pole, and gradually pulled away at the wire to win it by a half. This was an extra good race
for this filly as she favors the grass, and it was tough to overcome speed on the main track Wednesday.
She won this race strictly on class. Proctor should have her back on the grass next time and she is ready
for stakes competition. Up the ladder.
BRIMSTONED (July 25): Four year old gelding for Tom Bell got gelded and dropped in class in
Saturday’s opener and was the easiest of winners at 4/1. Coming off a brief freshening, Brimstoned broke
with the field in this maiden $50 claimer at six and a half on the main track, challenged for the lead at the
1/4 pole, then promptly opened up six at the head of the lane and cruised home under a hand ride. He has
lots of options now for his connections and will probably return in a starters race, non winners of two. Up
KISS AT MIDNIGHT (July 25): Three year old filly for Richard Baltas tried the Fleet Treat stakes on
Saturday for $200k at 7 furlongs on the main track for Cal bred 3 year old fillies. Off at 7/1 in a six horse
field, she broke with the field early, then settled in just off the pace. She made her move to contend at the
1/4 pole, stuck her nose in front turning for home, then just got outrun late to finish second by two
lengths at the wire. This filly now has hit the board in all 7 of her starts and still has the Cal bred first
allowance condition available. She is sitting on a victory and though the Baltas barn has been cold lately,
they should find a winning spot for this daughter of Decarchy in the very near future. Follow.
DRESSED IN HERMES (July 25): Two year old gelding for Janet Armstrong made his debut in
Saturday’s sixth event, a maiden special weight for two year olds on the main track at six furlongs. Off at
10/1 in an 11 horse field, “Hermes” broke a step slow and then was bumped sideways at the start to be
away last. His rider, Valdez, got him to the outside to avoid the kickback by the half mile pole, and then
he put in an eye opening move 5 wide around horses, to stick his nose in front at the top of the stretch. It
was a huge move, but he was done after that and coasted in 4th beaten 5 lengths. With a better start he
could have been right there and the effort should help him immensely. Armstrong doesn’t win too many
with her small barn but she has a runner on her hands with this one.
RARE CANDY (July 26) Two year old colt for Dave Hofmans made his second career start in
Sunday’s 5th, a mile on the turf for maiden special weights. Off as the 2/1 choice in a field of 10, he
made the running right from the start and set a comfortable lead through early fractions of 23.51 and
48.68 for the half. Two opponents came to him at the 1/4 pole, but he had plenty left, pulled away late
under a hand ride to win by two and a half at the wire. It’s not easy to go wire to wire on this turf course
at a mile, but this son of the good sire Twirling Candy, made it look easy. Hofmans knows what to do
when he has a good one. Allowance races won’t fill at this time of year for two year olds, so look for
“Candy” September 5 in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf. He’ll be tough in there.