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Del Mar Horses To Watch Aug 1

GRACE ADLER (July 28): Three year old filly for Bob Baffert made her 1st start since last December in Thursday’s fifth, a six furlong sprint on the main for the 2nd allowance condition, 3 and up. Off at 7/2 in a field of six, this late running sprinter was last down the back side but only six lengths off the leader. That leader opened up 3 at the 3/8 pole and went on to win by five when the other speed in the race failed to break. “Grace” ran her race to get second and was three clear of third at the wire, but was no match for the winner who got away on a lonely lead. There’s no question this Curlin filly needs a pace to run at, but she has some quality to her and may have needed this outing. She’s good enough to knock out this condition, but she caught a very nice filly today who has now won 8 of 10 starts. Look for Baffert to find the right spot for “Grace” before this meet is out, as she was 2 for 2 at Del Mar prior to Thursday.

PAT’S PADDOCK PICK (July 30): Two year old colt for Mike Puype made his debut in Saturday’s opener, a maiden claimer for $62,500 at five and a half on the main. Off at 4/1 in a field of 8, he broke running under Baze and he ran quick opening quarter in 21.91 and was involved in a three horse speed duel. He shook loose at the 3/8 pole, only to be engaged by the favorite at the ¼ pole from the outside. He hung in gamely and didn’t give it up till the 1/16 pole, beaten two and a half at the wire. Puype is only 4% with debut runners, but he is 15% with 2nd time starters, and if they keep him in a maiden claimer, he’s a soon winner for a solid barn. Be ready.

NEWGATE (July 30): Two year old colt for Bob Baffert made his debut on Saturday in a maiden special weight event at five and a half on the main. Off at one to two in a ten horse field off some sparkling drills, he made the running right from the start, sizzling through some quick fractions of 21.78 and 44.90 for the half. He ran with his barn mate for the first half mile, put him away at the top of the lane, and went on to win by four under hand ride with Johnny Velasquez up. The whip was never used at any time during the race. This son of the super sire, Into Mischief, has stakes written all over him and he will be a serious contender in one of them later on in the meet. Tab and follow.

GOLIAD (July 30): Five year old gelding for Richard Mandella made just the second start of the year on Saturday for the first allowance condition at a mile on the turf. You’re not supposed to win on this turf course when you run the first quarter in 21.81 and the half in 44.89 going a mile. But that’s what Goliad did under the leading rider, Juan Hernandez, when he opened up five down the back side, and never gave this field of 12 a chance, winning off by three at the wire. This was just his 9th career start as a five year old, so he has had his issues. He doesn’t need the lead to win either, so he’s a strong candidate to knock out the second condition before the end of the meet. Stay with this talented son of War Front.

DENDERA (July 31) Three year old filly for John Sadler, who hadn’t been to the post since January, came back in a first allowance condition on Sunday at a mile on the turf for fillies and mares 3 and up. Off at 17/1 in a full field of 12, she stayed on the fence into the clubhouse turn and was six back of the leaders under Vasquez. He kept her on the fence down the back side, got in trouble at the 3/8 pole and had to check, then was in very tight quarters at the ¼ pole. She finally found a seam at the top of the lane and finished with good courage along the rail to get second beaten two at the wire. In a race she had to need and her first start with Lasix, this Cal bred looks good enough to knock out this condition as she has already won the Cal bred one. She broke her maiden on this course last summer and she will get another shot before the end of the meet. Plus, she will still offer some value. Follow.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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