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Del Mar Recap Closing Week

Wednesday DEL MAR Recap (8-30-17)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Four¬¬ front running winners (3 duelers) on dirt (5.5f, 6f, 6f, 8f). The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at one mile, a dueling front runner at five furlongs, and a front runner at one mile (rail at 24 feet).

Michael McCarthy saddled two winners.

Aug 30 Claims: Race 3 - Wicked Old Fashion ($20k, Edward Freeman), On a Toot ($20k, Mike Machowsky). Race 8 - Flip the Coin Jan ($50k, Doug O’Neill).

Flip the Coin Jan might be worth following after finishing a clear 2nd in the flat mile maiden claiming finale for Keith Desormeaux. Doug O’Neill nabbed him for $50k. Craft Brew was best of the rest in 3rd in his respectable SoCal bow for Vladimir Cerin.  

Thursday DEL MAR Recap (8-31-17)

Fast main track and firm turf course. One¬¬ front running winner on dirt (6f). The winning turf course running styles were a patient runner at a mile and a sixteenth, a patient runner at one mile, and a front runner at five furlongs (rail at 24 feet).

Hat trick for Joe Talamo. Trainer Mike Puype saddled two dirt sprint winners.

Aug 31 Claims: Race 2 - Forbidden Command ($8k, Steve Miyadi), Private Terrace ($8k, John Martin). Race 3 - Vegastruck ($62.5k, Simon Callaghan). Race 5 - Zuzanna ($50k, Steve Knapp), War Moccasin ($50k, Jerry Hollendorfer). Race 8 - Bow and Arrow ($20k, Doug O’Neill).

I’ll keep my eye on another Doug O’Neill claim, Bow and Arrow. Just like his Aug 31 claim Flip the Coin Jan, Bow and Arrow also finished a clear 2nd in the flat mile maiden claiming finale. O’Neill got this one for $20k.  

Friday DEL MAR Recap (9-1-17)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Five front running and/or dueling winners on dirt (8.5f, 6f, 6f, 8f, 6f). The winning turf course running styles were a front runner at five furlongs, a closer at one mile, and a presser at one mile (rail at 24 feet).

No riding or training doubles on Friday.

Sept 1 Claims: Race 8 - Street Moxie ($32k, George Papaprodromou), Lots of Chaos($32k, William Morey), Excessive Kid ($32k, Richard Baltas), American League($32k, Jack Carava).

Bookies Luck dueled and scooted clear to win the $100k I’m Smokin for CA-bred 2-year-olds. Smokem was clearly second best in a solid effort and Drizzy checked in 3rd. The runner-up might be interesting as distances increase.


 
Saturday DEL MAR Recap (9-2-17)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners on dirt (7f, 6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at one mile, a patient runner at five furlongs, and a stalker at nine furlongs (rail at 30 feet).

Four-bagger for Flavien Prat. Drayden Van Dyke booted home a pair including Cambodia in the G2 John C. Mabee. Bob Baffert saddled three winners and Prat rode them all.

Sept 2 Claims: Race 1- Looks Good N a Tux ($14k, Thomas Jamey), Have Some Pride ($16k, Sean Mccarthy). Race 10 - Airfoil ($12.5k, Mark Glatt), Alex Rossi (claim voided, reason vet). 

In the first 6.5f maiden dirt sprint for 2-year-olds, FTS Solomini (Curlin - Surf Song, by Storm Cat) ran down Bahamian to post a solid 1.75 length victory as the even money favorite for Prat/Baffert. It was 8+ lengths back to the show finisher and the final time was 1:16.98.

Moonshine Memories ran her rivals off their feet in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante (7f in 1:23.61). Piedi Bianchi was clearly second best at almost 19-1. Spectator had a bad start, stalked, fell back, and came again to finish 3rd. Post time favorite Just a Smidge chased and weakened for Baffert, and Poetic was a nose behind that one in a disappointing effort.


 
American Pharoah’s highly regarded baby brother St. Patrick’s Day dueled from the inside post and earned his diploma by a hard fought 1/2 length for Prat/Baffert. He was returning in 13-days and might improve in future two turn races. Hollendorfer FTS Instilled Regard was a clear second after a slow beginning. The final time was 1:17.81. 

Cambodia is very sharp now and the G2 Yellow Ribbon winner added the John C. Mabee to her local stakes resume. Goodyearforroses was a solid 2nd from post 13 and Madame Stripes held off Insta Erma for the show. Mrs McDougal sat a decent stalking trip and briefly looked like a winner after grabbing the lead into the stretch but weakened late to finish 7th. 


 
Sunday DEL MAR Recap (9-3-17)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Only one front running winner on dirt (6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a patient runner at five furlongs, an outside stalker at one mile, a patient runner at nine furlongs, and a patient runner at one mile.

Joe Talamo booted home a pair. Peter Miller saddled two winners.

Sept 3 Claims: Race 1- Los Borrachos ($32k, Jeff Mullins), Kafister ($32k, Michael McCarthy). Race 3 - Royal Trump ($32k, Vladimir Cerin). Race 4 - Native Treasure ($20k, William Morey), Tasunke Witco ($20k, Jack Carava), Holdthismiss (claim voided, reason vet).  

Encumbered had no problem winning the Del Mar Juvenile Turf from post 13 under Mario Gutierrez. The Simon Callaghan runner will probably shoot for the BC Juvenile Turf.

 

Sharp Samurai smartly won the Grade II Del Mar Derby under a confident ride by Gary Stevens. Big Score outfinished Bowies Hero for the place and Colonist was another neck back in 4th. Fashion Business got going too late and was best of the rest in 5th.

Monday DEL MAR Recap (9-4-17)


Fast main track and firm turf course. Only one front running winner on dirt (6f). The winning turf course running styles were a front runner at five furlongs, a midpack stalker at one mile, and a pair of third-to-first stalkers at a mile and a sixteenth and one mile.

Kent Desormeaux, Flavien Prat, and Joe Talamo each rode three winners. Bob Hess Jr. saddled two winners and Desormeaux rode both.

Sept 4 Claims: Race 2 - Out of Patience ($16k, Jerry Hollendorfer), Freddies Dream($16k, Jeff Mullins), Woodstock Memory ($16k, Javier Sierra). Race 3 - Eric the Trojan ($40k, Ron Ellis).

Miss Sunset was a comfortable winner over Bad Ju Ju in the C.E.R.F Stakes with even money chalk Classy Tune finishing a disappointing 3rd. 

Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro - Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy) rallied nicely to get past Zatter in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity (7f in 1:22.91). This was a quality win by a promising, well-bred colt. Corey Nakatani rode the winner for Mick Ruis. The top two were well clear of Run Away and Dia de Pago.  

 

Terra’s Angel stalked, pounced, inched clear, and held off late runners One Fast Broad, Multiplayer, and Klosters in the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf. Sasha Risenhoover rode the winner for Dallas Keen.

That will wrap up the 2017 Del Mar summer meet. My weekly recaps will resume with the Santa Anita fall meet (Sept 29 - Oct 29). 

 

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