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July 27 Del Mar Horses To Watch

ORDER AND LAW (July 23): Five year old ridgling for Vladimir Cerin, who was making just his second start since last October, and first since May 23, was in for the second allowance condition on Friday in a salty group of 7 runners. He drew the rail in this one mile affair and was sent right to the lead under Desormeaux, but he had plenty of company. The favorite hounded him every step of the way and by the 3/8 pole there were four across the track with “Order” taking all the worst of it. He was “all in” at the top of the lane, but somehow battled back and found another gear, and was actually pulling away at the end. They went fast early and he was not on the best part of the race track by any means throughout. It was a gutty performance and this was the third time he has won this condition, this time at 9/1, and for the claiming price of $62,500. He can handle turf or dirt. Nor Cal’s Tim McCanna dropped the slip.                                                            

BUZZ OF NEW YORK (July 24): Three year old filly for Phil D’Amato made her 1st start in the U.S. after six lackluster tries in Ireland in Saturday’s opener. Off at 3/1 in a field of 8 at a mile on the lawn for maiden special weights, she broke OK and was taken in hand by Prat and reserved well off the pace. She was 8 back down the back side with a fairly quick 1st quarter in 22.95 by the leader. Prat took her around horses at the 3/8 pole and rallied wide to be a big factor at the top of the stretch. But the favorite found another gear on the lead and “Buzz” could get no closer than a length, which is where she finished behind the winner. This was her first start since April and she is a runner. If Prat rides her back in a two turn grass race, go to the windows.   
SEA DREAMER (July 24): Three year old filly for Simon Callaghan is the “goods”.  She made start #2 on Saturday in a maiden special weight event at six and a half on the main 3 and up, and simply annihilated a decent field of six runners. She went right to the front under Prat, set decent fractions while being stalked by two runners, then simply brushed them aside at the top of the lane, and went on to win by 10, all under a hand ride. She had an 89 Beyer in her debut and this was at least as good a performance. This Into Mischief filly out of a More Than Ready dam is bred to go long and for the turf. The sky is the limit for this future stakes winner.                                                              
DANCE TO THE MUSIC (July 24): Two year old filly for Mark Glatt made her debut in Saturday’s seventh, a five and a half furlong sprint on the main for maiden special weights. Off at 6/1 in a “salty” group of debut runners, she broke running under Cedillo to grab the early lead. She made every pole a winning one going gate to wire and leaving a good crop of juveniles in her wake. She won off by five at the wire and this $575,000 purchase lived up to the hype by her trainer, who told everyone who would listen, that she was a runner. She will be a major player in the Del Mar Debutante at the end of the meet.                                    

AFFABLE (July 25): Three year old colt for Mark Glatt made his first start since January in Sunday’s opener, a sprint on the main at six and a half for maiden special weights. Off at 5/2 in a field of six, he broke OK under McCarthy and chased the two Baffert runners down the back side. He wasn’t as quick as either one of them and he did have to check right after the break, as the winner came over on him. He kept trying all the way around and was running on in the lane, but still had to settle for third. He ran the fastest final quarter in the race and was beaten about two and a half by the wire to wire winner. He’s a son of the good sire Flatter and is bred to go longer. I see Glatt stretching him out and I think his best work will be around two turns. He has a good mixture of speed and stamina and I believe he’s a soon winner for a barn that is starting to really have some quality runners.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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