Weekly Recap Del Mar Fall Week 2
Friday Del Mar Recap: November 10
Fast main track and firm turf course. Two dueling front running winners on dirt (6f, 6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a pace prompter at five furlongs, a closer at a mile and a sixteenth, and a stalker at one mile (rail at 24 feet).
Two wins for Rafael Bejarano.
November 10 Claims: Race 1 – Sweetwater Gal ($12.5k, John F. Martin). Race 5 – Miss Boom Boom ($25k, Doug O’Neill). Race 8 – La Chepis ($32k, Keith Desormeaux).
La Chepis cruised home to a rather easy maiden victory at 8-1 in the finale for Victor Garcia and Keith Desormeaux reached in and took her for $32,000. The Super Saver-Tiznow filly will likely show up in a starter allowance event next time and Kent Desormeaux will probably ride.
Saturday Del Mar Recap: November 11
Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners on dirt (5.5f, 7f). The winning turf course running styles were a last-to-first closer at one mile, a patient runner at one mile, a patient runner at nine furlongs, and a dueling front runner at five furlongs (rail at 24 feet).
Two wins for Evin Roman.
November 11 Claims: Race 2 – Sally Simpson ($16k, Patricia Harrington). Race 6 – Crown the Kitten ($32k, Keith Desormeaux). Race 9 – South Texas Lingo ($8k, Vladimir Cerin), Freddies Dream (claim voided, reason vet).
Early developing 2-year-old Run Away looked vulnerable in the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes and it was hardly shocking to see him fade out of contention. It seemed like this race would be owned by Baffert trainee Mourinho but maiden Greyvitos added blinkers, seized control early, and kept on going in a 19-1 surprise. Mourinho gave futile chase and ended up 7+ lengths clear of show finisher Beautiful Shot. The runner-up probably does not want to go two turns but could end up a useful sprinter for Baffert. The Adam Kitchingman-trained winner is likely headed to the Los Alamitos Futurity. He has the pedigree to go two turns (Malibu Moon sire) and dam Snow Top Mountain was a multiple graded stakes winner on turf.
Sunday Del Mar Recap: November 12
Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running sprint winners (6f, 6.5f) and two dueling winners in flat mile dirt routes. The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at one mile, a stalker at five furlongs, a last-to-first closer at one mile, and another closer at one mile (rail at 24 feet).
Riding doubles for Kent Desormeaux, Flavien Prat, and Evin Roman. Peter Miller and Doug O’Neill both saddled three winners.
November 12 Claims: Race 1 – Arno’s Main Man ($62.5k, Mick Ruis). Race 3 – Airfoil ($8k, Bob Hess Jr.).
War Heroine ran them off their feet in a sharp debut wire-to-wire victory in today’s fourth race for Flavien Prat and Peter Miller. The fleet 2-year-old filly was under a hold in the late stages. Even money favorite Summer’s Indy ended up a clear 2nd and sure seems to enjoy landing the place.
I thought there was a chance that classy turf router Majestic Heat might be good enough to switch surfaces and win a seemingly wide open renewal of the Betty Grable Stakes but I was not expecting her to toy with her opposition under Flavien Prat. She pressed outside (four wide), pounced, and cruised home by 3+ lengths.