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Del Mar Horses To Watch August 27

QAHIRA (August 22): Three year old filly for Bob Baffert tried the second allowance condition for older fillies/mares at 7 furlongs on the main Thursday. Off at 2/1 and the second choice in the wagering, she got bumped around at the start to be away last in a small field of five runners. Talamo then had to rush her up by the half mile pole to get her back in the race as the heavy favorite was getting away on an easy lead. She caught the favorite at the top of the lane but used a lot of energy at this point of the race, and looked like dead meat at the 1/8th pole. But she still had more to give, found another gear, and pulled away to win by two and a half at the wire. It was not a good trip but she still won quite easily in the end. She may be good enough for stakes company right now, at least within her own age group. Up the ladderr.

FIRST STAR (August 23):  Three year old filly for Ron Ellis is a star in the making. In just her 2nd career start she faced winners with the first allowance condition on Friday, and was asked to go two turns while breaking from the 10 hole. She broke her maiden in her debut with a 92 Beyer against older runners. Off as the even money choice, she proved the public right once again, even though she had a pretty rough trip. She broke to the outside at the start to be away poorly, then got fanned six wide into the clubhouse turn. She fell a good 8 lengths back down the back side but put in a huge move at the ¼ pole to reach contention. She rallied on the outside under Van Dyke and won going away at the wire to win by two. She is now two for two with a win going long and short and overcame some adversity today. Ellis is having a banner meet with a small stable and has a good one on his hands with this daughter of First Dude.

MONGOLIAN LEGEND (August 24): Three year old gelding for underrated trainer Enebish Ganbat had a very rough trip in Saturday’s 4th, a maiden claimer for runners 3 and up at a mile on the main track for a $50,000 tag. Off at 5/1 in a field of 8 and coming out of the 7 hole, he was hard used by Brayan Pena to try and cross over and make the lead but couldn’t do it and was caught six wide into the clubhouse turn. He was then sent hard to compete for the lead on the back side and made it by the half mile pole while still very wide. He stuck his nose in front turning for home but he was dead by the 1/8 pole and fell well back to finish 4th beaten six at the wire. The outside post and the fact he was “used” so much early in the race cost him any chance of a decent finish. This was just his 3rd career start and he ran a close second in his previous race for $32,000. He may need slightly easier company than what he had today, but if properly placed with a decent post, he will retain good wagering value and can get the job done. That may be at Los Alamitos, so put this one in your stable mail.

LE TUB (August 24): Two year old filly for Doug O’Neill made her debut on Saturday in a maiden special weight at 5/8 on the turf. Off at a robust 35/1 in a 10 horse field, she broke well from the rail and was 4th down the back side just two lengths off the leaders. She looked loaded turning for home under Fuentes, found a seam at the 1/8th pole and burst through it, but could not catch the even money favorite in the lane. She finished second beaten two at the wire. She looks like she will do her best work going long and this daughter of Bodemeister is a runner. She should have quite a future for the O’Neill barn that is clicking on all cylinders these days.

GOVENOR CINCH (August 25): Two year old colt for Tim Yakteen made his debut in Sunday’s 4th, a maiden claiming event at five and a half on the main for a $50,000 tag. Bet down to 4/1 from a M/L of 12/1, he broke OK, then got shuffled back soon after the start and fell a good 12 lengths off the pace. Like most juveniles, he didn’t like the dirt kick back and Fuentes eventually got him to the outside by the top of the stretch. Once clear, he closed well to get up for third beaten 3 at the wire with a good gallop out. He’s no world beater for sure, but he’s good enough to break his maiden at this level. He’ll improve by leaps and bounds in start #2, maybe at Los Alamitos. Follow.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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