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Del Mar Recap Week 6

Wednesday DEL MAR Recap (8-23-17)

Fast main track and firm turf course. One dueling front running winner on dirt (8f). 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).

Martin Pedroza booted home a pair. Mark Glatt and Mike Pender saddled two winners.

Aug 23 Claims: Race 1 - Starr of Quality ($32k, Bill Spawr). Race 2 - Gift of a Star ($25k, Jack Carava), Mining Diamonds ($25k, Craig Dollase), Sally Simpson ($25k, Vladimir Cerin). Race 3 - Orejas ($20k  Richard Baltas), My Perfect Gem ($20k, Scott Rollins). Race 4 - Summer Lady ($25k, Hector Palma), Her Big Moment ($25k, Vladimir Cerin). Race 5 - Fake News ($40k, Doug O’Neill).   

A couple of my top choices lost and were claimed by sharp outfits. Sally Simpson (race 2) finished a distant 3rd at seven panels and goes from Hess Jr. to Cerin. Orejas (race 3) ended up a disappointing 5th and moves from Belvoir to Baltas.

Heavy favorite Cupid returned to prevail by less than a length in the Harry F. Brubaker and had to work harder than expected to defeat a sharp, game Curlin Rules.

Thursday DEL MAR Recap (8-24-17)

Fast main track and firm turf course. No front running winners on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a midpack stalker at one mile, a presser at five furlongs, and a stalker at one mile (rail at 30 feet).

Kent Desormeaux and Tiago Pereira both booted home a pair.

Aug 24 Claims: Race 1 - Levitation ($16k, Bob Hess Jr.). Race 4 - Templar ($12.5k, George Papaprodromou), Pedro Cerrano (claim voided, reason vet). Race 8 - Tiz Jolie ($10k, Charles Treece).

Levitation ran well to land the place in the opener. He dueled inside and eventually put away pace rival Who’s Hot but My Farmer sat a perfect stalking trip and scored by 2.25 lengths. The game runner-up was nabbed by Hess Jr.

Friday DEL MAR Recap (8-25-17)


Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners on dirt (5.5f, 8f). The winning turf course running styles were a front runner at one mile, a stalker at a mile and a sixteenth, and a stalker at eleven furlongs (rail at 30 feet).

Kent Desormeaux booted home the early double. Richard Baltas saddled two turf route winners.

Aug 25 Claims: Race 1 - Sly Humor ($16k, Vladimir Cerin). Race 4 - Indygo Bo ($25k, Jerry Hollendorfer), Lazzam ($25k, Victor Garcia), Burger and Fries ($25k, Adam Kitchingman).

Sly Humor (broke step slow from post 1) dueled with winner Irish Dame every step of the way and ended up a clear 2nd in the opener. Cerin claimed her from Hollendorfer for $16k.

Shenandoah Queen got the jump on overwhelming favorite Faithfully (wide trip from outside post) and held on by 3/4ths of a length to post a 20-1 upset in the Tranquility Lake. The aforementioned chalk was clearly second best (dropped back, came again) and Motown Lady was 3rd.  

Saturday DEL MAR Recap (8-26-17)


Fast main track and firm turf course. One dueling front running winner on dirt (5.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a patient runner at five furlongs, a stalker at one mile, a last-to-first closer at a mile and a sixteenth, and a stalker at a mile and a sixteenth (rail at 18 feet).

Rafael Bejarano guided home three winners. Flavien Prat booted home a pair. John Sadler saddled two winners on the card.

Aug 26 Claims: Race 1 - Que Chistoso ($14k, Dean Pederson). Race 6 - Conquest Typhoon ($62.5k, Tim McCanna).

Battle of Midway ran away from bet-down favorite Gato Del Oro in the Shared Belief. Klimt outfinished a disappointing Gormley for the show. The top two ran well but the winner was too fast and classy on this day.



Giant Expectations (wide trip from post 9) looked good running down Calculator to win the Grade II Pat O’Brien under Gary Stevens. The winner is a vastly improved New York-bred son of Frost Giant. Silent Bird checked in 3rd and this was his first start in 5+ months.

 

Sunday DEL MAR Recap (8-27-17)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two dueling front running winners on dirt (6f, 6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a front runner at five furlongs, a patient runner at five furlongs, a patient runner at a mile and a sixteenth, and a stalker at a mile and a sixteenth (rail at 18 feet).

Evin Roman and Drayden Van Dyke both booted home a pair. Peter Miller saddled two winners.

Aug 27 Claims: Race 1 - Octofy ($8k, Matthew Chew). Race 4 - Donji ($32k, Leonard Powell). Race 5 - Doc Curlin ($40k, Bob Hess Jr.).

In a bumpy edition of the Grade III Torrey Pines (Race 6), heavy favorite Paradise Woods stumbled at the start and ended up dueling with Zappercat before fading to 6th. The latter held off former claimer Munny Spunt (placed first via DQ) to win by a head but was disqualified and placed 2nd for causing interference in the stretch. Longshot Bernina Star was up for the show. 

 


Hot shot Baffert juvenile first timer Nero (race 7) was bet way down as expected and dueled from the rail, opened up, and was tagged on the line by Team Desormeaux first timer Beautiful Shot. Keith D does not usually win with debut runners and his charge put in a nice run from an outer post after a troubled beginning.

 

 

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