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Del Mar Horses To Watch August 20

BE A SHERO (August 15): Three year old filly for Jeff Mullins was pretty much a disappointment as a juvenile, so they gave her 10 months off and she surfaced in this maiden special weight at 5/8 on the grass Thursday for 3 and up. Off at 8/1 in a field of 8, she broke well under Baze from the 2 hole and he kept her on the rail the entire trip. She was five lengths back at the ¼ pole and typical Baze, he was trying to come through on the fence even though no hole existed. He did force his way through at the 1/16 pole and the filly responded with a big finish, but the favorite got first jump on her from the good outside and she had to settle for second, though just beaten a half at the wire. She galloped out very strong, well past the winner just beyond the wire. They paid $350K for her at the Ocala two year old sale so they expect her to be a runner, and she showed the first signs of it today. This daughter of the good sire Jimmy Creed is a soon winner, probably over at the fall meet up in Arcadia. Follow.

LEUCOTHEA (August 15):  Two year old filly for Peter Miller made the 2nd start of her career, and first in California on Thursday in a maiden claimer at five and a half on the main track for a tag of $62,500. Off at 5/2 and the 2nd choice in the wagering, she caught a flyer right from the start and opened up two quickly on the field. She then opened up at the 3/8 pole by six without being asked, was 10 in front at the top of the lane, then cruised on home to win by sixteen under a hand ride the last 50 yards. It may have been the most impressive display of speed so far at the meet. After running the 1st quarter in a quick 21.84, she closed the door on the field with a final ¼ in 24.70, six lengths quicker than any in the race. Off this performance Miller may simply head right into stakes competition. Up the ladder.

FAWREE (August 17): Five year old gelding for John Sadler made his third start for this barn on Saturday and all three starts have resulted in victories. Bet down to the 3 to 2 choice in this second allowance condition at a mile on the main track for older runners, he sat well off the early pace in a race loaded with early speed. He was 7 back into the clubhouse turn under Victor Espinoza while the early leaders went quickly in an opening 22.45 quarter. The jock let Fawree go at the ¼ pole and he made a huge move around the leaders and simply inhaled the entire field. He won by seven and was geared down the last 50 yards. This son of Candy Ride has really blossomed since joining the Sadler barn and he is ready for stakes company. Follow.

HONOR A.P. (August 17): Two year old ridgling for John Shirreffs made his debut on Saturday in a maiden special weight event at ¾ on the main track. Off at 8/1 in a 10 horse field, he was void of any early speed and actually fell a full 15 lengths off the pace by the half mile pole. Jockey Mike Smith never really asked him to run until the quarter pole, and he was still dead last at the top of the lane. But Smith got him rolling the final furlong and he galloped by everyone but the wire to wire winner. He was two and a half short at the wire but it was a perfect prep for going two turns which he is bred to do. He’s a soon winner for the very patient Shirreffs.

STELLAR SOUND (August 18): Two year old filly for Bob Baffert made her debut in Sunday’s opener and completely missed the start in this maiden special weight at ¾ on the main track. Off at 3/2 and the second choice in the wagering in a field of six, she took a right hand turn as soon as the gate opened and gave away six lengths to the field right from the start. Van Dyke then rushed her into contention from the outside and she was third by the half mile pole. She went after the leaders at the ¼ pole, put the odds on favorite away at the top of the lane, then had to dig deep to just get up and beat a 14/1 perfect tripper. She still prevailed at the wire, and still had something left on the gallop out to prove that she was much the best. This talented daughter of Tapit has a future. Up the ladder.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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