Turfdom Horses To Watch – July 28, 2020

IRREPROACHABLE (July 24): Four year old gelding for Phil D’Amato made start #2 on Friday and ran much better than his debut when dropped down into the claiming ranks. Off at 8/1 in a full field of maiden claimers for a $50,000 tag, he made the running right from the start under Velez and ran a quick opening quarter down on the inside. He put the other speed away turning for home, opened up two at the 1/8 pole, but couldn’t hang on as an outside closer wore him down late. On a day when rally wide closers had all the best of it, this horse was beaten by the bias, in fact it was a double bias. He’s a soon winner for the D’Amato barn as long as they keep him with Cal bred maiden claimers, which I’m sure they will do. These fields are often full but the overall quality is generally fairly weak.

OFFSHORE AFFAIR (July 24): Four year old gelding for Carla Gaines had a brutal trip in Friday’s 7th, a first condition allowance for Cal breds at 5/8 on the turf. Off at 7/2 in a 12 horse field, he broke slowly and was bumped on both sides at the start to be away last. Cedillo kept him on the outside down the back stretch and he was a good 10 lengths back of the leaders. He started to move up at the ¼ pole, was knocked around at the top of the lane, finally got clear late and finished with a flourish to get 4th while only beaten ¾ for all the marbles. If you miss the start in these five furlong turf affairs, you have no chance, as the race is over very quickly. His next start will be his third off an 18 month layoff and I would like to see Carla stretch this one out to two turns. He can go long and his next start should be his best. Either way, this one has some talent and just needs a clean trip to break through this condition.

THANKS MR. EIDSON (July 25): Three year old colt for Jeff Bonde tried the Smiling Tiger stakes on Saturday and didn’t get the best of rides from Giovanni Franco and ended up a well beaten third. Off at 7/1 in just a four horse field with a late scratch, he was also unfortunate to end up on the rail in this six furlong sprint. He was third down the back stretch down on the fence, and tried to go through a hole at the 3/8 pole. There was plenty of room earlier as the leaders were well off the rail, as the riders know the inside is lousy. When Franco tried to force him through, Mike Smith closed the hole quickly on the leader, Franco checked hard, and was shuffled back. He never could recover, finished a well beaten third by 7 lengths, and that was that. This colt is very steady, as he has hit the board in 6 of his first 7 starts and was a close up 4th in his other start, which was a Grade 2. He still has the first allowance condition available and he should be able to knock that condition out at this meet. He can handle turf or dirt, and don’t be surprised if Bonde changes riders.

GUITTY (July 25): Three year old French bred filly for Len Powell tried the Grade 2 San Clemente on Saturday at a flat mile on the grass for sophomores and showed why she likes this turf course. Off at 19/1 under Juan Hernandez, she was void of any early speed as usual and was last down the back side, a good 12 lengths from the leaders. She started her run at the 3/8 pole, which may have been a bit early, rallied five wide in the lane, then continued on home while six wide to get second, beaten a length and a half by the favorite. She has two wins in her career and both were here last fall. She has the turn of foot you like to see on this course. Powell will try and find a race for her before the meet is over. Tab and follow.
BOMBARD (July 26) Seven year old gelding for Richard Mandella, away from the races for a full year, surfaced in a classified allowance, non winners of this condition 3 times, in Sunday’s opener at 5/8 on the lawn. Off at 7/2 in a field of five, he came out running from the rail, set all the pace while being hounded from a Nor Cal star to his outside, found another gear inside the 1/16, then just failed to hold and was nailed in the final jump. This one is best at a mile and this race sets him up for something later on at the meet. Yes, he is seven, but this was just his 13th career start and he boasts five victories. He trained brilliantly coming into the race and this was his first start ever with Lasix. If Mandella can keep him in one piece, he’s a soon winner for this Hall of Fame barn.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)