Horses To Watch Del Mar Fall Meet Week 3
GET YOURSELF HOME ( November 17): Three year old filly for Mike Machowsky made her debut in Friday’s 4th, a five and a half furlong sprint on the main track for Cal bred maiden special weights. Off as the 4/5 choice in a field of six, she hopped at the start and quickly spotted the field five lengths. She remained in last to the top of the lane, split horses and finished eagerly, but the winner was gone and she had to settle for second beaten two lengths. The start cost her the race but like many first time starters, it’s all new to them and many miss the start. She will probably break better in start #2 and if Bejarano rides her back, she should get the job done. It doesn’t take all that much horse to win these Cal bred maiden races and this one is bred top and bottom to be a nice filly.
BATIQUITOS (November 17): Three year old filly for Bill Spawr drew the rail in her comeback in Friday’s 7th, a first condition allowance for Cal breds at five furlongs on the lawn. Off at 7/2 in a 9 horse field, she had a miserable trip from the fence, checking at the 3/8th pole, again at the 1/8th pole, when stuck down on the inside, and could not find a seam to get through. She finally got a chance to run the final 50 yards but the race was over with the favorite getting clear sailing on the outside. She got beat ¾ but handled the turf just fine. This one has a lot of talent and this was just her second career start. Turf or dirt she’s a soon winner for one of the sharpest barns on the grounds.
MESUT (November 18): Three year old gelding for Carla Gaines made start #2 in Saturday’s opener and gave a good account of himself despite blowing the start. Off at 23/1 in a field of 10 and breaking from the rail, he hopped at the start and spotted the leaders a quick five lengths. He was still last turning for home, but found a seam at the 1/8th pole, burst through it with a quick turn of foot to garner second beaten two lengths at the wire. He is bred for turf all over and six and a half down the hill at Anita should be right up his alley. He just needs a clean break and a little luck. Tab and follow.
MIDNIGHT BISOU (November 18): Two year old filly for Bill Spawr made start number 2 in Saturday’s feature, the $100K Desi Arnaz stakes at 7 furlongs on the main track. Off at 2/1 and second choice in the wagering, she broke a tad slow and was last early on down the back side. Moved up to 4th at the half mile pole, then got shuffled back into the turn and found herself with too much work to do in the lane. Nonetheless, Bejarano swung her to the outside and she was making up ground on the favorite all through the lane. She kept to her task and fell just a nose short at the wire, just like her debut to the same horse. Just one more jump and she was the winner. She is still a maiden so there are plenty of options for this daughter of the good sire Midnight Lute. She’s a soon winner no matter where Spawr spots her.
HARBOUR MASTER (November 18): Three year old colt for Jim Cassidy is rounding into some pretty nice form these days as he captured the first allowance condition on Saturday at a flat mile on the turf. Off as the co-choice in the wagering at 2/1, he was well back in the pack early sitting off some very slow fractions of 24.18 and 49.23, yet he still circled the field under Desormeaux and won by a geared down length at the wire. This British sired sophomore was cut out to be a nice horse and Cassidy has him right where he wants him now. He is stakes placed this year and should have a productive 2018 up in Arcadia. Up the ladder.