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Del Mar Horses To Watch September 8

A G INDY (September 4): Three year filly for Mike Puype, who had not been to the post since last November, surfaced in Friday’s 7th at a mile on the turf for 3 year old fillies for a $50,000 claiming tag. Bet down to the 5/2 wagering choice in a field of 7, she took the lead right from the get go under Cedillo with fractions of 23.01 and 47.31 for the half. She opened up four at the ¼ pole, then five by the 1/8 pole, seemed home free, but tired very late and got nailed right on the wire by Rispoli on the second choice mount. She ran too good to lose this race but the long layoff certainly was the determining factor. She’ll be much tighter for her next start plus speed holds so much better on the turf up at Arcadia. Puype will find a suitable spot. Be ready.

ADARE (September 5): Four year old colt for Neil Drysdale outran his odds in Saturday’s finale, a mile allowance race for the first condition for older horses on the main. Off at 25/1 in a 10 horse field, he was caught five wide into the clubhouse turn coming out of the nine hole with late sub rider Pereira getting the mount. He had him under a choke hold all the way down the back side as the colt was screaming for some run. He got caught four wide at the top of the lane, then finished with good courage out in the middle of the track to end up fourth, beaten 3 at the wire. All in all a very good race under the circumstances, as the winner went wire to wire and this was a “salty” group of horses. This son of Medaglia d’Oro is bred to run all day and also for the grass. This was just his 4th career start and Drysdale may put him on the turf up at Arcadia. He is a runner and will still offer good wagering value. Follow.

ROAD RAGER (September 6): Four year old filly for Brian Koriner tried the second allowance condition on Sunday and took all the worst of it in a five and a half furlong sprint for older runners on the main track. Off at 12/1 in a six horse field and drawing the rail, she broke a tad slow, then was rushed up by Rispoli to contend for the lead on a sizzling pace down on the rail. There were four across the track at the 3/8 pole but she fought on bravely, finally giving it up at the 1/16 pole. She ended up third beaten three at the wire and the race was won by a perfect tripper on the outside, Biddy Duke, a HTW horse from our list in her last start. “Rager” is good enough to win this condition and does her best work on the main track up to 7 furlongs. If she gets drawn in the middle or to the outside up at Santa Anita, give her a long look. If Rispoli rides her back, give her even a longer look.

MISS PEAKY BLINDER (September 6): Two year old filly for Neil Drysdale made her debut on Sunday in a full field of maiden allowance runners at a mile on the lawn. Off at 8/1, she was covered up early by Rispoli and was last into the clubhouse turn, 10 lengths off the leaders. She started to move at the ½ mile pole, swept around the leaders at the ¼ pole in a premature move, grabbed the lead at the top of the lane, then was gobbled up by the stretch runners and ended up fifth. However, it was still an eye catching move and showed that this lady can run. Drysdale is 0/23 with debut runners but does much better in their 2nd and 3rd starts. This daughter of the great sire Candy Ride is soon to be a winner. Follow.

DEFENSE WINS (September 7) Three year old gelding for Doug O’Neill, who hadn’t been to the post for almost a year, came back to the races in Monday’s second, a maiden special weight event at ¾ on the main, 3 and up. Breaking from the 9 hole with a perfect trip, he tracked the leaders down the back side in third just two lengths back, made a bid at the top of the lane, but couldn’t catch the speed horse and was only beaten a length at the wire. Although still a maiden, this son of the good sire Flatter was Grade 1 placed as a juvenile and will earn his diploma in the very near future. After all, with the NFL kicking off this week, everyone knows who wins these games; DEFENSE WINS

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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