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Sept 4 Horses To Watch Del Mar

HERO STATUS (Sept. 2): Three year old colt for Mark Glatt made his fifth career start on Friday and finally put it all together with a sizzling six length win in a maiden special weight at a mile on the main 3 and up. Off as the 4/5 favorite in a field of 9, he broke running under hot riding Mike Smith and was second into the clubhouse turn. He tracked the leader down the back side through quick fractions of 22.37 and 46.07 for the half. He went after the leader at the ¼ pole, eased clear at the top of the lane, and cruised on home to win by six over a fairly salty group. He has now never been off the board in five career starts and he is a cinch to knock out the first allowance condition. In fact, with his pedigree, he looks like stakes material by Christmas time. Up the ladder.

CHOLLY (Sept. 3): Two year old filly for Ryan Hanson made start #2 on Saturday in a maiden special weight event at ¾ on the main in a field of 10. Off as the second choice in the wagering at 3/1, she made the running right from the get go under Baze and dueled between horses all the way down the back side. She put the favorite, who was on her outside, away at the top of the lane, but then another one came along to take her place and she was still in the middle the length of the stretch. She gamely hung in there and finally wilted in the last 75 yards, but still held second beaten about two and a half. She had to run all out the entire trip and never got a breather. She is sitting on a win and may very well get that in her next start at either Los Al or up in Arcadia. She’s a soon winner for a barn that has been dismal at Del Mar this summer.

MASSIMO (Sept. 3): Two year old colt for Bob Baffert made start #2 on Saturday in a maiden special weight race at six and a half on the main. Off at 7/2 in a field of 10, he broke a step slow and ended up fourth down the back side, four lengths back of the leaders. J.J. took him to the rail at the 3/8 pole and he stayed there the entire trip. He made a nice move to get into contention at the ¼ pole, but got hemmed in on the fence and never could get out. He tried to go through a narrow hole at the 1/8 pole, but there really wasn’t enough room to go through, so he lost a bit of momentum. He ended up second to his stable mate beaten two at the wire. If he could have gotten off the fence, he was probably good enough to win this race. There were some nice runners behind him in this race, and he’s a soon winner in his next start with a bit of racing luck.

HUNTINGCOCO (Sept. 4): It’s not often you get 7/1 on a Baffert debut runner, but such was the case in the opener on Sunday, when this two year old daughter of Practical Joke won off by 7 in a laugher at five and a half on the main. She broke well under Ramon Vasquez and was two lengths back at the half mile pole in third position. She got up to 2nd by the ¼ pole but the leader was now in front by four. She turned it on from there and the leader was backing up quickly after the opening quarter in 21.36. The leader went wide into the stretch and Vasquez zipped through on the rail and pulled away with authority. Her drills were decent but not spectacular for a Baffert runner. Up the ladder.

TALL BOY (Sept. 5) Two year old colt for Doug O’Neill made start #2 in Monday’s opener, a maiden claiming sprint at ¾ on the main with a claiming tag of $80,000. Getting a lot of late money in the wagering, he went off at 9/5 and the second choice in the wagering in a field of 8. He was pretty much void of any early speed breaking from the dreadful one hole and was 9 lengths back of the leaders down the back side. Rispoli got him off the rail at the 3/8 pole and he started picking up horses once he got to the outside. He was four wide at the top of the lane, then put in a nice run down the stretch to get up for second, beaten one at the wire. He was by the winner just three strides past the wire. He added blinkers for this start and he’s a soon winner for a barn that has been rolling the last two weeks.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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