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Horses To Watch Del Mar July 26

UNCONTROLLABLE (July 22): Two year old filly for Mike McCarthy made her debut on Friday in a maiden special weight event for Cal breds at 5/8 on the main. Off at 9/2 in a 10 horse field, she completely missed the start and got bounced around pretty well. She was in the back of the field a good 10 lengths behind the leaders by the half mile pole. J.J. got her to the outside by the ¼ pole, swung her six wide into the lane, and she finished like a freight train out in the middle of the course and won going away by three. She ran the final ¼ in a quick 24.04 and this was a two year old making her debut. This filly looks like stakes quality for a top barn. Follow.

ANMER HALL (July 22): Three year old gelding for Peter Miller made his 1st start around two turns and his 1st start in a stakes in Saturday’s restricted Oceanside, a mile turf race for sophomores. Off at 25/1 in a field of 13, he sat 3rd down the back side just 3 lengths off a decent pace. Ramon Vasquez moved him off the fence at the top of the lane and he stuck his nose in front at the 1/8 pole, but couldn’t hold off Balnikov, the 2nd choice in the wagering. But he held gamely in a long stretch drive and was easily second in a field with a lot of talented late runners. He looks like a horse with a lot of upside and Miller may wheel him right back in the La Jolla Mile in mid August. Tab and follow.

UNCONQUERABLE KEEN (July 23): Three year old gelding for Phil D’Amato, who was bred in Ireland, made his 1st start in the states on Saturday in a first condition allowance at a mile on the lawn for sophomores. Off at 7/2 in a field of 10 and breaking from the 7 hole, Vasquez took him right to the rail after the break and he was sitting 7 back into the clubhouse turn. The rider kept him on the fence the entire way, found a seam at the top of the lane, got through and finished well, but was beaten by a stretch runner way out in the middle of the course, which he never saw. He was beaten a half at the wire and galloped out well. D’Amato is superb with these Irish bred interlopers and this one is a cinch to knock out this condition. Plus he can stay with his own age group the entire summer. He’s a soon winner.

FUN MONEY (July 23): Two year hard luck filly for Doug O’Neill made the 3rd start of her career in Saturday’s 7th, a Cal bred maiden special weight affair at 5/8 on the main track. Off as the 2/1 wagering choice in a field of 10, she broke well and was up amongst the leaders early. J.J. allowed her to settle in off the pace at the half mile pole, but then she was cut off, checked, and got shuffled back to the rear of the field. The boy got her to the outside at the ¼ pole, was five wide into the stretch, and rallied gamely for second, beaten just a length at the wire. She stumbled and lost her rider at the start in her previous trip to the post. She was much the best today and just needs a clean trip to get her diploma. She’s another soon winner, especially if Hernandez rides her back.

KANGAROO COURT (July 23) Two year old Cal bred colt for Tim Yakteen made his debut in Saturday’s 8th, a maiden special weight event at 5/8 on the main for Cal breds. Off at 12/1 in a full field of 10, he came out running from the 4 hole under Cedillo and quickly opened up 3 on the field. He still had 3 on the field at the 1/8th pole, but the favorite came and got him in the closing strides on the best part of the race track. It was a full 8 lengths back to the third horse and he was only beaten ¾ at the wire. Yakteen is only 4% with debut runners but does much better with 2nd time starters. Unless he catches another monster, they won’t catch this one in his next start.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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