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Del Mar Weekly Recap Week 3

Thursday Del Mar Recap: November 16

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners on dirt (6f, 8f). The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at a mile and a sixteenth, two front runners at five furlongs, and a stalker at nine furlongs (rail at 18 feet).

Tyler Baze and Rafael Bejarano both booted home a pair.

November 16 Claims: Race 1 - Anitoch ($40k, Ron Ellis).

Ike Walker is a tough competitor at Del Mar and he proved it once again with a nice off the pace score in today’s optional claiming feature at one mile on dirt. Stormin Manarcho carved out the pace and was well clear of show finisher El Huerfano.
 


Friday Del Mar Recap: November 17

Fast main track and firm turf course. Three front running winners on dirt (8f, 5.5f, 5.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a patient runner at eleven furlongs, a pace presser at a mile and a sixteenth, a patient runner at one mile, and an outside stalker at five furlongs (rail at 18 feet).

Tyler Baze, Evin Roman, and Drayden Van Dyke each booted home a pair.

November 17 Claims: Race 3 - It’s The Ice ($25k, Ed Moger Jr.), Royal Opera House ($25k, Bob Hess Jr.). Race 6 - Powerful Thirst ($32k, Andrew Lerner). Race 8 - Beloved Holiday ($20k, Edward Freeman).

Davka improved as a first time gelding Oct 27 and moved forward again to earn his diploma for Peter Miller in today’s 6th race (Mcl-40k, 8f). He stalked wide from an outer post and prevailed by a 1/2 length under Drayden Van Dyke. Touchdown USC did all of the pace dirty work and was clearly second best for crafty conditioner Sam Scolamieri.

 
 

Saturday Del Mar Recap: November 18

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

Kent Desormeaux and Evin Roman both booted home a pair. Peter Miller saddled two more winners.

November 18 Claims: Race 2 - True Valor ($50k, Keith Desormeaux). Race 6 - Lajatico (claim voided, reason vet). Race 8 - Braddock ($16k, Sal Gonzalez), My Man Chuckles ($16k, Richard Baltas), Gentrified ($16k, Vladimir Cerin).

True Valor stalked outside and was outfinished by post time favorite Big League. The former was well clear of the show and was re-claimed for $50,000 by Keith Desormeaux.

True Valor Horse Racing Handicapping Past Performances 


In the Desi Arnaz Stakes, Dream Tree defeated Midnight Bisou by a nose for the second time. Bob Baffert is expected to keep the former in sprints for the time being. The latter is a talented maiden for Bill Spawr and looks like a two turn type.

Hootie was his own worst enemy in today’s 8th race (OC-80k, 8T). Flavien Prat tried to take a hold of him early but he did not want to settle and wasted valuable energy fighting restraint. He ended up 4th, less than two lengths behind the top three finishers in a better than looked effort.

Sunday Del Mar Recap: November 19

Fast main track and firm turf course. Four front running or dueling winners on dirt (7f, 8f, 5.5f, 6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a front runner at one mile and three stalkers at one mile (rail at 18 feet).

Riding double for Flavien Prat. Three more wins for red hot trainer Peter Miller.

November 19 Claims: Race 2 - Fire to the Wire ($25k, Brian Koriner). Race 5 - Two Thirty Five ($16k, Sal Gonzalez). Race 6 - Avicci ($40k, Doug O’Neill).

Pantsonfire did everything but win in the seventh race (OC-80k/1x, 8T). Breaking from post 10, she sat patiently in 9th place and rallied strongly to finish a nose behind Dominating Woman. The latter sat a perfect stalking trip and just held on.

Pantsonfire horse racing handicapping past performances 

Edwards Going Left earned a well-deserved CA-bred stakes victory over 2-time defending champion Solid Wager in the Cary Grant at seven panels. The runner-up lagged far behind in 10th and rallied to finish a 1/2 length behind the winner (3.5 lengths clear of show finisher Smokey Image).
 

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