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Del Mar Horses To Watch September 3

GINGHAM (August 29): Two year old filly for Bob Baffert made her debut in Thursday’s second, a maiden special weight event at a mile on the main track. After a lot of late action, she went off as the 7/5 choice in a field of 7 and was fifth into the clubhouse turn. She maintained that position down the back side, took the overland route turning for home, then really kicked it in the final 1/16 to gain second, beaten a length and a half. She galloped out strong past the wire and easily passed the winner. This daughter of the good sire Quality Road cost $420K at the Keeneland yearling sale and she has the look of a runner. It’s very hard to break your maiden going two turns in your debut, and even the great Baffert seldom does. She’ll be much tighter for start #2 and should be a soon winner up at Arcadia.

LIGHTNING FAST (August 30):  Two year old colt for Bill Spawr made his debut on Friday and had a pretty rough trip throughout. Off at 5/2 in a field of 10 and getting a lot of late money, he got sandwiched on both sides leaving the gate and consequently ended up last in the early running. Pereira took him to the outside on the back stretch, probably to avoid the dirt kickback, and he was six wide all the way including all the way down the lane. He was never a threat to the leaders at any point, but he did have a good closing kick down the lane and rallied for third, beaten four at the wire. This was a maiden special weights for Cal breds at ¾ on the main, and I doubt that this son of win early sire Violence will live up to his name, but he does possess more speed than shown in this race. His drills were pretty good and the late money means he was well intended. He can beat Cal breds and will probably get that chance at either Los Al or Santa Anita. Tab and follow.

DA KINE (August 31): Three year old colt for Richard Baltas made just his 2nd start of his career, and first since last November in Saturday’s second, a maiden special weight affair at ¾ on the main for 3 and up. Off at 23/1 in a field of 11, he broke OK and sat in fifth down the back side just 3 lengths off the pace. Van Dyke took him to the rail at the top of the lane and he finished with good courage on the deeper part of the race track. He checked in third but was only beaten a length by a wire to wire winner. He had trained very well coming into the race and is bred to go long. He’s a soon winner at whatever distance Baltas thinks fits this son of Will Take Charge. Well worth following for a colt that always seems to offer value.

AMERICAN THEOREM (August 31): Two year old ridgling for George Papaprodromou was all the rage from the clockers when he made his debut Saturday at five and a half on the main in a special weight. Off at 2/1 in a field of 9 that was loaded with talent, he broke OK from the 5 hole but was caught behind a wall of horses at the half mile pole and had to be restrained early. When a seam opened at the ¼ pole, he took off under Pereira and quickly made the lead, all under a hand ride, and went on to score by two over a very good Baffert runner who was making his second start. “Theorem” also galloped out extremely strong like he was working an extra two furlongs. This son of American Pharoah is a star in the making and he has no distance limitations. Up the ladder.

MEDIA BLITZ (September 1): Two year old colt for Simon Callaghan was well meant in his debut off some solid drills. He went to the post in Sunday’s fifth at a mile on the turf in this maiden special weight at odds of 9/1 with top turf rider Van Dyke in the saddle. He sat fifth on the outside down the back stretch about five lengths off the pace. He made his move at the ¼ pole while four wide and battled gamely down the lane with the winner, only to be out gamed and lose by a head. They paid $310K for this son of Medaglio d’Oro and he is cut out to be a good one. It’s awfully hard to win first out going two turns and he’ll be much tighter for start #2. Look for him in the entries up at Arcadia at the end of the month.

Rod Young (Turfdom)

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