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Turfdom Horses To Watch at Del Mar Week 6

ARTISTIC DIVA (August 24): Two year old filly for John Sadler made her debut in Thursday’s 5th, a five furlong sprint on the grass for maiden special weights. Off as the 4/5 choice in a field of 8, she broke slowly and was actually last in the early stages. She rushed up under Espinoza and was contending for the lead into the turn. She then put away the lone front runner and was drawing well clear at the wire. In spite of the slow start, she had the class to get the job done. They paid $425K for her at the Ocala two year old sale so this daughter of the good sire Munnings has a license to be a runner. She took to the turf nicely without ever having the chance to work over the surface. Not sure where Sadler will go with her next, but she is going to be a good one. Follow.
TWISTED ROSIE (August 24): Another two year old filly on the same card Thursday broke poorly, then reasserted herself late to get the money. Off as the 5/2 second choice in this five and a half furlong sprint on the main track, “Rosie” went to her knees just after the start and almost went down under Desormeaux, to be away last in this Cal bred $50,000 maiden claimer. She gathered herself and got back into the race by the 3/8th pole, then found a seam at the top of the lane and burst through to win as much the best. The margin was a length and a half at the wire but Desormeaux had her geared down just short of the finish line. This was her second start for trainer Jeff Bonde and she had trouble with her start in her debut as well. Bonde may take her to Nor Cal in a stakes for her next start, so put this one on your stable watch. Up the ladder.
XTEN (August 25): Two year old colt for Tim Yakteen made the second start of his young career at a flat mile in a maiden special weight event on Friday and unfortunately drew the #9 hole. Off at 7/1 in a field of 9, he was caught six wide into the clubhouse turn, stayed that way all the way down the back side, was still five wide turning for home and down the lane , and missed by a half at the wire. He ran considerably further than any horse in the race and was much the best. He didn’t get much out of his sprint debut, but he is bred for two turns, and with any type of a decent draw, he gets the money in start #3. Be ready.
EXUBERANCE (August 26): Two year old filly for Ian Kruljac made her debut in Saturday’s 4th, a maiden special weight event on the main track at five and a half furlongs. Off at 16/1 in a field of nine, she stumbled at the start, was away slowly, and last after 100 yards. She gathered herself but was so far back, she never did really get into the race. However, she put in a nice run down the lane to get third although well beaten by the winner. She ran the final quarter in 24.93, faster than anyone in the race, including the winner. She will get a lot out of this and may be dangerous in her very next start. She trained well going into the race and has the looks of a runner. Tab and follow.

GATO DEL ORO (August 26): Three year old colt for Richard Baltas made just his 4th career start in the Shared Belief stakes on Saturday at a mile on the main track for sophomores. Bet down to the 9/5 favorite off a 4/1 morning line, and facing multiple Grade 1 winners, he went out and set some ridiculous fractions of 22.44 and 45.96 while dueling for the lead. He put away the other speed horse at the ¼ pole but was no match for Battle of Midway who sat the perfect trip. Gato was beaten a good five lengths at the wire, but he never gave up down the stretch, and it was another five lengths back to the third horse. He still has the 2nd allowance condition available and he can win that easily, even against older horses. This one has a lot of talent and will be a graded stakes winner himself one day. Tab and follow.

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