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Aug 29 Del Mar Horses To Watch

CENSORSHIP (August 26): Two year old filly for Bob Baffert made her third career start and first around two turns in the opener on Thursday. Bet down to even money off a sharp 1:11 drill in this maiden special weight event at a flat mile on the main, she lost all chance at the start when she stumbled badly at the break, went to her knees, and gave away five lengths at the start. Amazingly, Cedillo stayed on board and went right to the rail to save some ground. She moved up gradually down the back side and actually took the lead into the stretch but gave way at the 1/16 pole to a late runner. She did hold on for second and it was five back to the third horse. All in all, a very courageous effort and she was clearly best today. She’s a “single” next time out.

LAW ABIDING  (August 26): Two year old colt for Richie Baltas ran sort of a strange race in his debut on Thursday. Off at 6/1 in a field of 8 going 5 furlongs on the turf, he broke well enough under Franco to show pretty good speed early on, then got shuffled back near the rear of the field by the 3/8 pole. He got clear on the outside turning for home and finished very well out in the middle of the course to get third, and was only beaten a length and a half for all of it. He will be much tighter for start #2 and this son of the good sprinter Idiot Proof can get it done in the very near future. He looks like he can go long as well. Tab and follow.

ELECTRIC RIDE (August 28): Two year old filly for John Sadler made her debut in Saturday’s opener, a ¾ sprint on the main for maiden special weights. Off at 9/2 in a field of six, she broke running from the five hole under hot riding Joe Bravo and contested the lead down the back side through a quick opening quarter in 22.19. She put the other speed away at the 3/8 pole, re-broke again at the top of the lane, then cruised on home to win by nine under a hand ride and geared down the final sixteenth. She could have won by even more and there were some nice juveniles in her rear view mirror. Bravo never showed her the stick the entire journey. The Sadler barn is loaded with top prospects this summer and this is another nice runner. Up the ladder.

PEC TACULAR (August 28): Two year old colt for Bob Hess Jr. made his debut on Saturday in a maiden special weight event at ¾ on the main. Off at 40/1 in a field of 10, he broke OK under Van Dyke from the nine hole and settled in about five lengths back of the leaders down the back side. He started to move up at the 3/8 pole, then got floated six wide at the top of the lane, but finished with good courage out in the middle of the track to nail down second beaten two and a half at the wire. It was another three back to the third horse and the winner went wire to wire as the 9/5 choice. He was really the only one closing into the shape of this race. He looks like a two turn horse and Hess has had a tough meet, but this one is a runner and he should break his maiden in the very near future, short or long. Tab and follow.

LIVINGMYBESTLIFE (August 29): Three year old filly for the red hot John Sadler barn was entered in the first allowance condition on Sunday at six and a half on the main and unfortunately drew the rail in a field of nine. Off at 9/1 under Jersey Joe, she broke a step slow and then rushed up to get the lead by the half mile pole. She still was two in front at the top of the lane, but the 6/5 favorite was rolling on the outside and she had to settle for second. She is good enough to knock out this condition and the rail slot hurt her today, because one is committed to go from that post or take the chance of being shuffled out of contention. Five and a half or six furlongs would hit her right between the eyes. She’s a soon winner for a barn that can do no wrong right now.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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