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Del Mar Recap Week 4

Wednesday DEL MAR Recap (8-9-17)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Four front running winners on dirt (8f, 8f, 6f, 5.5f ). The lone turf race (five furlongs) was taken by a stalker (rail at 24 feet).

Rafael Bejarano guided home three winners. Edwin Maldonado booted home a pair.

Aug 9 Claims: Race 4 - Todos Santos ($18k, Rafael DeLeon), Victory Seeker ($20k, Sean McCarthy), Besides the Point ($20k, Bob Hess Jr.), Love Winning (claim voided, reason vet). Race 8 - Irish Dame ($8k, George Papaprodromou), Altaira ($8k, Steve Knapp), Marynetta ($8k, Kelly Castaneda). †

Reiki Baby (race 7) did all of the pace dirty work and was beaten less than a length by stalker Mistressofthenight. This was not a bad two turn effort and I would consider her in a route or sprint next time.



Thursday DEL MAR Recap (8-10-17)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners on dirt (5.5f, 6f). The winning turf course running styles were a patient runner at a mile and a sixteenth, a patient runner at five furlongs, and an inside stalker at one mile (rail at 24 feet).

Riding double for Flavien Prat.

Aug 10 Claims: Race 1 - Oh Newman ($12,5k, Mike Pender), Dynamic Scoring($12.5k, Lorenzo Ruiz). Race 2 - Warm Endowment ($32k, Ed Moger Jr.), Comet Sixty Two ($32k, Dan McFarlane), Brookes All Mine ($32k, Jerry Hollendorfer). Race 5 - Forbidden Command ($8k, Den Pederson), Blooming Hannah ($8k, Eddie Truman), Forthenineteen ($8k, John Brocklebank).

Touching Rainbows (Race 7) won the feature at the break and was never threatened after opening up a four-length lead early. The Street Fighter gave game chase and was nine lengths clear of the rest. Coils Gold rallied from last to finish a clear 3rd.




Friday DEL MAR Recap (8-11-17)


Fast main track and firm turf course. Three front running winners on dirt (5.5f, 5f, 8f). The winning turf course running styles were a patient runner at eleven furlongs, a patient stalker at one mile, and a dueling front runner at a mile and a sixteenth (rail at 24 feet).

Riding double for Evin Roman (both wins 5f dirt). Richard Mandella saddled two winners including Majestic Heat for the second straight year in the Solana Beach.

Aug 11 Claims: Race 3 - Willows Babe (claim voided, reason vet). Race 4 - Spanish Hombre ($32k, Richard Baltas). Race 5 - Respect the Shot (claim voided, reason vet).

Spanish Hombre (Race 4) got the job done by a head at a flat mile on turf (Rafael Bejarano up) and Richard Baltas reached in and took him from Craig Lewis for $32k. This could prove to be a timely purchase.



First time starter Anonymity (Race 6) had the lead, lost the lead, regained command, and kept on going in a decent 3+ length maiden sprint win for Richard Mandella. Her pedigree says that she could be any kind (Tapit - Storm Cat).

Majestic Heat (first start in 9+ months) repeated in the Solana Beach. She beat my value top Moonless Sky by a nose.†

Saturday DEL MAR Recap (8-12-17)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners on dirt (both at 6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a last-to-first closer (6-horse field) at one mile, a stalker at five furlongs, a front runner at one mile, and a patient runner at one mile (rail at 18 feet).

Riding doubles for Tyler Baze, Kent Desormeaux, and Flavien Prat.

Aug 12 Claims: Race 2 - Frac Candy ($16k, Bill Spawr). Race 4 - Rizziís Honors($16k, Peter Miller). Race 5 - Los Borrachos ($25k, Peter Miller), Loganís Moon($25k, Jerry Hollendorfer), Alley Boss (claim voided, reason vet)

Run Away did just that in the G2 Best Pal and continues to be an exciting juvenile prospect for Simon Callaghan. His sire Run Away and Hide won the G3 Kentucky Stakes and G2 Saratoga Special as a juvenile and he could get some stamina from dam sire Pulpit. My value top Fleetwood did well to finish a clear 3rd as a maiden in just his second career start for Keith Desormeaux. Jockey Kent Desormeaux likes his two turn chances in the future. Serengeti made a mess of the break before commencing a wide move into the turn and flattening out in a disappointing effort for Bob Baffert. Di de Pago, a 26-1 longshot from GP, rallied from last to finish a clear 2nd for Vladimir Cerin.



Sunday DEL MAR Recap (8-13-17)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners on dirt (5f, 6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a patient runner at five furlongs, a stalker at one mile, and a patient midpack runner at one mile (rail at 18 feet).

Hat trick for Kent Desormeaux. Training double for Bob Baffert.

Aug 13 Claims: Race 2 - Hero Ten All ($16k, Doug OíNeill). Race 8 - Ainít Misbehavin ($40k, John Brocklebank). Stringent (claim voided, reason vet).

Soul Streit (Race 4) looked good graduating in his debut for Bob Baffert. He put away pace rival Eskimo Roses (second best) in this five furlong dash. The Indiana-bred winner owns a sprint-oriented pedigree.†

Red Lightning (Race 5) was my best bet on the card and he did not disappoint in an easy prominent throughout maiden win. He has certainly improved since adding blinkers and might be able to click right back in his first start vs. winners.



Skye Diamonds got the best of Constellation in a predictable renewal of the G3 Rancho Bernardo. Show finisher Bendable lost her best chance after an awkward start.†

Irish Freedom looked good beating a solid field of older optional claiming dirt routers (Race 8) in just his fourth lifetime start for Bob Baffert. They thought enough of this one to run him in the SA Derby and he is certainly worth following.

Dawn Traveller had too much ground to make up and ended up passing a few rivals and finishing 5th as the favorite in her US bow for Simon Callaghan (Race 9 - MSW, 2YO Fil, 8T). She was forced out a bit at the start from an outer post and deserves another chance if she can stay a bit closer next.

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