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Week 2 Horses To Watch Del Mar

UNBRIDLED MARY (November 12): Two year old filly for John Sadler made her debut in Friday’s opener, a five furlong dash on the turf for maiden special weights. Off at 4/1 but getting heavy tote action early, she broke a step slow under Bravo and was five lengths back down the back side. Bravo took her to the outside at the ¼ pole, then turned back inside at the top of the lane when a seam opened up, then finished in a flourish down on the rail to just get up by a nose on the wire. She had a huge gallop out past the wire. This daughter of Maclean’s Music is a runner and she can handle two turns as well based on her breeding. She looks like stakes material down the road for a barn that is loaded with talent right now. Up the ladder.

TODAY’S FLAVOR (November 12): Two year old colt for Doug O’Neill, off since last April, made start #2 on Friday at ¾ on the main in a maiden special weight. Off at 3/1 in a field of 7, he made the running coming out of the dreaded one hole, and vied for the lead with the heavy favorite right from the start. There were three across the track at the 3/8 pole and they hustled through quick fractions of 21.68 and 44.28 with “Flavor” taking all of the worst of it stuck down on the fence. But he battled gamely all the way and didn’t give it up to the chalk until the final 25 yards. He lost by a half but galloped out on even terms with the winner. This is one game race horse, as he ran second in his debut to the talented Laurel River, who just happens to be another Baffert runner. “Flavor” is a soon winner for O’Neill and his next start may be at Los Alamitos, follow.

KID CORLEONE (November 13): Two year old colt for Doug O’Neill made start #2 on Saturday, added the blinkers and showed surprising speed in this six and half furlong sprint for maiden special weights. Off at 14/1 in a field of 9, he went right to the front under hot riding Juan Hernandez and sizzled through quick fractions of 21.78 and 44.09 for the half. The favorite was right on his flank throughout, but he never got closer than ¾ of a length and the “Kid” held him safe in the final furlong to win by a length. This one is bred to go two turns and compete on the grass as well, so O’Neill has plenty of options. Adding the blinkers was the key for this son of Shackleford. Up the ladder.

PROFESSORS’ PRIDE (November 14): Two year old filly for Eddie Truman made her debut in Sunday’s second, a maiden special weight event at ¾ on the main. Off at 8/5 and the second choice in the wagering and bet down from a morning line of 6/1, she broke well under J.J. and pressed the pace from her outside slot. She was just a length off the leaders through fractions of 22.26 and 45.79 for the half. She then shut the door on the field with a final quarter in 24.39. Not once did J.J. ever show her the whip, even though the favorite got within a length of her at the top of the lane. She won comfortably by a length and a half. This daughter of Bayern can run some and it doesn’t take a whole lot of horse to win the first allowance condition for two year old Cal bred fillies, if they can get a race to go. Up the ladder.

FREEDOM LASS (November 14): What makes a rider a top rider is keeping your horse out of trouble, but even the best of them find themselves in nowheres land from time to time. Such was the case on Sunday with this four year old filly for Mike Puype, who was in for $25,000 with older fillies and mares at a mile on the turf. Off as the 6/5 choice under Flavien Prat, she saved all the ground on the fence and was loaded turning for home. But this filly got boxed in all the way around and had nowhere to run from the ¼ pole to the 1/16 pole, and with this short stretch on the turf, by the time she got free the race was over. She got beat a length at the wire ending up third and she was best today. Bill Spawr dropped the slip. Plenty of options for the new connections.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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