07/19/2013 12:10PM

Closer Look: Del Mar July 19, 2013


Race 3

Wasn't beaten much going a bit longer at the level in his first start back from 15 months on the shelf; he draws inside again and doesn't have much early foot so while he should be better second time back he's likely going to have a lot to do late from this starting spot; prefer others on the win end.
Free Time
Wired open claimers from an outside draw in his Hollywood finale and now he'll cut back a panel; quick breaker draws inside the other lick in here so maybe that helps him outrun them early, but there is some other speed in here so he's going to have to work hard from the bell; one to run down.
Exotic Slew
Worked well for his second start back from the freshening after getting on track too late in his return to statebreds at this level; expecting he'll be a little more alert early from here and the pace in front of him should be solid; nice to see Bejarano take interest, but a minor award looks to be his ceiling in here.
My Slew
Turf tries earlier in his career weren't anything special and he didn't hit the bench in very good form this winter; he's been working well of late for a sharp return outfit that's geared for a big showing again here, but we'll look elsewhere for the winner.
Red Man Run
Took a step back in his Hollywood finale a few weeks back after a couple of close up finishes at the level; gelding has yet to hit the board against winners, but he looks to get a nice pace setup in front of him and the price does figure to be better this time.
He's been away a year and will make his first start out here for a new barn in this spot; gelding wired maidens from a tough post at the trip on the Arlington lawn last summer and wasn't beaten much in his subsequent tries with winners; he'll tackle statebreds for the initial time here and he'll get the services of a pilot who is fresh off a big Hollywood meeting, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he ended up needing this one.
Door's Open
Lightly raced gelding enters this fresh off the late fade in his turf debut at the level; cut back to this trip should benefit him and he's working like he's set to return from the short break running; with speed drawn inside maybe he works out a solid tracking trip; consider.
Field Report
Gelding has picked up plenty of minor awards with winners and his last out turf debut was pretty good; he's had his stamina issues, but he's got the positional foot to secure a good spot tracking the front runners early; should have every shot to prove he's good enough in the lane.
A Kings Life
AE makes his first start for a new barn while returning from the break here; he worked well for the last week, but neither of his turf starts was much, including his most recent crack over the course last summer, and he'll start from a tough draw if he gets to go here.
Offered speed in his first start back from a long break but understandably tired late; AE will face statebreds in this spot and he didn't offer anything in his 2 surface tries; have to look elsewhere if he gets to go.
Broadway Nika
AE wasn't beaten much in either of his 2 recent surface starts at the level; he'll move to to an outside slot if he gets to go here, but maybe that helps him settle down some early and the clip in front of him should at least be honest.
La Mano Nera
AE tries statebreds after a rough trip in his return to the lawn at Hollywood last time; gray's last win did come sprinting on the green at the level last year and he just missed over the course last summer, but he hasn't been as good since.
Hey Yup
AE looks to make his first start of the year in this spot after facing his peers in his last handful of starts last season; sire is 1 for 3 with his first turfers and he's the first foal to race out of a limited sprint winning dam who never tried the green; looks to be overmatched if he gets to go in this spot.
AE is mired on the list and not likely to draw into this spot to make his first start under this outfit's care; gelding is the lone local course winner in here and he was quite good on the green around this time a couple of years ago; he's working well of late but will need to step things up off what he's been running to prove a threat if scratches get him in.

Race 4

John's War
Yet to make a dent in 5 starts, but remember, 4 came on turf, 1 on dirt and all vs. tougher (4 on grass vs. straight maidens, the dirt try vs. $30K); showed more speed at BHP last time and now takes the most significant drop in the game; that being said, she still needs to take a big step forward to have a say; but you've seen many a turf horse move to this main track and improve, haven't you?
Magic Number
Showed some signs of life last time at BHP June 13; stalked the pace but didn't have the needed punch; like the rail horse, though, that race and all her work has come vs. tougher but, also like the rail horse, she's yet to show the requisite talent needed even for this level; 2 of 5 sibs are winners including Nijino Muko (3 wins, $172K, in Japan).
Moved to synthetic at this level for her last 2 and took a dramatic step forward; not only did she finish 2nd both times, but they were CLEAR 2nds (4 1/4 lengths; 9 1/4 lengths); could be she's found her level and trip; that being said, this isn't the exact same synthetic track as BHP; and geez, could she have worked any slower at BHP July 9, (6fs in 1:17, slowest of 7 that day), hmmmm?; 2 sibs to race are winners including Astute (4 wins, $80K).
Scorpion Pride
First 2 starts weren't very pretty; in her defense, not only were those just her first 2 starts but they also sandwich a 7-month layoff; no layoff this time, so that's good news, and there's some pedigree here - dad was a multiple G1 SW and this gal is kin to 5 winners including Moonlight Meeting (8 wins, $487K, multiple SW/SP) and Gondolier's Song (11 wins); but drastic improvement is required nonetheless.
Proud Bok
Form has been spotty, yes, but the good news is there are at least 2 good efforts showing which would make her a player here including a 3rd behind Backintheacademy in a spot like this at BHP May 19; back from NoCal and back to synthetic for Sadler, who just won the BHP training title; if able to get back to her April/May form she's got a shot, but after those 2 dull NoCal tries recently that's no small 'if', is it?; lone sib is Samurai Park (1 win, $14K).
Hard Buns
Returns from NoCal after some good work; ran very well in 2 May races, both on turf vs. straight maidens; wasn't as sharp June 15 on the GG sod but now comes a drop, a move to synthetic and Bejarano takes the call; 2 nice recent works encourage, too; lone sib to race is full-sis Rock Hard Bunny (3 wins, $33K).
J K's Mischief
Debut at SA Jan. 20 (ran 3rd) was most encouraging as it came vs. straight maidens and she was in it all the way; however, her next 3 starts, all vs. straight maidens, weren't nearly as good; good news, though, is she dropped in for $40K at BHP June 21 and got back on track with an improved run to finish 3rd; now O'Neill drops her again with a smart work in tow to boot; 1 of 2 sibs is winner Denali Silver (3 wins, $47K).
Awesome Gift
Sire Suave gets almost 4% debut winners, according to DRF sire stats; sire won 7 of 27 for $1.3 million, was G2/G3 SW, also G1/G2 SP; unraced dam's 1st foal; works don't exactly get the pulse racing and it's no easy feat to debut going long, though long is surely what she's bred to do.
Fata Morgana
Debut wasn't much but hey, it was just her debut so you can be forgiving; it also came vs. straight maidens so today's drop may be key; can benefit from that outing and surely should have no issue with the synthetic surface as the Unusual Heats run on anything; Vienna a sharp 3 for his last 6 (50%) 2nd time out, and he won with the last horse he ran with this class drop, to the tune of $11 no less; 4 of 5 sibs are winners including Guiding Hand (15 wins, $409K, SW, mulitple SP in New Mexico).
Taffeta Disaster
Shown flashes of ability - sharp 3rd on turf at this level at GG April 28, and Miller claimed her that day, too; then found straight maidens there too tough June 15 and was next 4th routing at this level at BHP July 4; Miller takes off the blinks but note Talamo stays and there's some tactical speed here, too; 4 of 5 sibs are winners including full-sis Vatchesvendetta (2 wins, $156K) and Full-bro Medzendeekron (5 wins, $348K, SW, G2 SP).

Race 5

She's Flush
Cooked in a 4-way speed duel last month, she understandably tired; gets post position relief here and can show more staying power as a result; the filly should offer more generous betting value today.
Hot Bride
Newcomer hails from Unusual Heat who won 6 of 16 starts and 142K (his offspring have won 39 out of 434 debuts); the dam went zero for 6 lifetime and this is her only foal to make it to the starting gate.
Hayley's Gray
Progeny of Southern Image, a G1 winner who banked 1.84 million, have won 9 percent of their first attempts; the dam won 1 of 15 races and 52K; among the winning siblings is 164K earner Surplus.
Ritual Hills
Beginner was sired by Tribal Rule, who won 2 of 4 and 77K; his descendants are 44 for 329 as far as winning their first test; the dam won 5 of 20 and 261K; sib to 140K earner Noise of the Crowd.
Water Issues
Made up solid ground in her maiden voyage last month; her sire won a G2 and 1.51 million; the dam scored in 13 of 46 races earning 383K; sib to 76K bankroller Flying Home; improved in the latest half-mile work.
Tough beat when losing by inches after a wide, demanding journey last time; the blinker addition obviously helped her focus and she now returns with Lasix addition; unlucky lass is a true contender today.
Raja's Rose
Did not have a smooth beginning in that second try and failed to threaten; her sire won a G1 and 761K; the dam was without a tally in 5 attempts; this is her only foal to make it to the races; perhaps extra distance here will help the cause.
Beth's My Babe
Scheduled to add blinkers after extra-wide first run; her sire won a G1 and 464K overall; the dam won 1 of 2 races and 10K and this is her only foal to compete; very fine gate workout 4 days ago catches the eye; worth some inclusion as a result.
Sweet Lips Pooh
Quit early in her first run and now sheds the shades; her sire won 2 of 11 attempts and 86K in total; the dam won 4 of 23 and 152K; among the winning sibilngs is 17K earner River Royal; a square price is assured.
Tribal Tattoo
See Ritual Hills, above, for information about the same sire; the dam involved won 1 of 9 races and 62K; winning siblings include 120K earner Apple Juice Tea; shows only a modest workout regimen of late.
Thunder Bonnet
She was sired by Kafwain, a winner of 715K, whose progeny have won 10 percent of their debuts; the dam won 2 of 8 and 24K; among the winning siblings is 45K earner Pixie Stix; solid trainer/jockey team to consider.

Race 6

Brother Pete
Projects as the one to catch with Little Jerry and Horizon Sky as the runners likely chasing him for the lead; rider from first 3 starts sides with Surfcup for this; improving Beyer speed figures on display with his best number when sent long for the 1st time; new rider went 1-for-12 for the barn at DMR in 2012.
Dr. Spin
Freshened up off the middle-moving loss at today's distance; his best Beyer was accomplished on dirt; was outfinished by similar rivals 2-back at shorter; his lone win was at shorter than this; 1st-time Gomez piloting who went 0-for-5 for the trainer at Del Mar in 2012; will be taking a wait and see approach.
Little Jerry
Won without blinkers; they are removed for this after going 4-0-2-0 with the hood on; displayed improved gate speed and figures to sit just off Brother Pete from the gate for this before getting 1st run on the closers; the 2-back winner repeated in a BHP-Grade 2 with a 99 Beyer; career-best speed figure was accomplished on a synthetic surface so would not mind a rain out for this.
R S Watson
1st race ever without blinkers on; was scratched for this from a July 17th DMR 9th 1 Mile turf stakes with a 100K purse; only other grass start saw him defeated by Pure Loyalty; likes to be forwardly placed but in his grass debut was off slowly then was bumped; the win rider and jockey of last 3 starts takes Horizon Sky for this.
Dirty Swagg
Grass debut was not very enticing when trailing throughout after a slow gate break; best Beyer was at today's distance but over a synthetic surface; graduated on DMR synthetic so would mind this moved off the green; much to prove on the lawn.
Know More
Scratched for this from a July 17th DMR 9th 1 Mile turf stakes with a 100K purse; only other grass start was in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf where he beat 1 runner home; debut win was a G2 score over today's synthetic surface and is another who seems to prefer that oval today over turf.
3-for-3 on grass winning on 3 different turf courses and trying to remain perfect on his 4th grass surface today; the 2-back synthetic win at a longer distance looks better since the show runner Beyered 86 in his next-out BHP-G3 stakes win.
Pure Loyalty
Today is the longest distance test of his career but style suggests it will be right up his alley; was scratched for this from a July 17th DMR 9th 1 Mile turf stakes with a 100K purse; his 3-back win looks better since the runner-up and show finishers Beyered 98-82 in next-out BHP-MSW wins.
Horizon Sky (IRE)
Rematch off the head loss vs. Little Jerry at today's distance; winless since September he has been knocking on the door for a USA victory racing well in defeat in the USA but losing decisions to similar rivals; the addition of blinkers produced 2 new Beyer speed figure Tops in last pair; keeps the rider of last 2 who seemingly had other options here; hard to leave out of the exotics mix.
Rookie Sensation
Sire is 59-for-477 with 1st-turf starters; is out of a 6-for-23 grass dam (132K) who produced 4 turf winners including 280K-turfer Golden Corona (5-for-22); graduated 1st-time blinkers when sent long for the 1st time getting the class test here.

Race 7

Maiden win May 16 was sure nice, but that Cinderella win really put an exclamation point on things; obviously talented and while her May 16 win came wire-to-wire her Cinderella win showed she could stalk and finish; worked well since and Beyerwise she holds a clear edge over the others right now.
Pay the Debt
Came out firing to win her April 25 debut at BHP at a hefty 19-1; however, she was then no match for Sprouts in the Cinderella June 15; in her defense, she hadn't run in nearly 2 months; there's no such layoff this time and it's nice to see Sherlock still believes in her and keeps her at this level - but she's going to have to run a whole lot better to deal with the rail filly.
Evening News
Game debut win at BHP June 6 as she led all the way and gamely kept her foes at bay; McCarthy risked her for a tag that day but takes no such risk for start No. 2; in fact, it's encouraging that he tries a stakes for her first shot at winners; that being said, her debut-winning Beyer (34) leaves her with quite a bit of ground to make up if she's to deal with Sprouts; kin to Street Lights (5 wins, $200K, twice SP including once here).
Eddies Curl
Debut was most encouraging; she blew the start in that June 28 race but kept to her task very nicely to rally for 3rd; same connections at Sprouts, though it may be telling that Gutierrez rode both and sticks with Sprouts, though that's surely understandable; interesting pedigree - same sire as Sprouts but she's also kin to Real Good Man, twice G1 SP as a QH.
Time for Angie
Won her debut nicely and was then 3rd to Sprouts in the Cinderella; she was hardly disgraced that day, however, losing by just 4 1/2 lengths; hey, we're talking young 2yo fillies and you can drastic form improvement with these gals; now has a couple races under her belt and a change of scenery and maybe that's enough to cut into, negate or even overcome that gap.
Harlington's Rose
Heading the right way; couldn't handle Pay the Debut in her April 25 debut, couldn't handle Sprouts May 16 but then dueled and gamely prevailed over maidens at BHP June 8; Talamo, who just missed by 1 win of making it a triple-DH for the BHP riding title, takes the call, and he and Knapp have done very nicely together the past 18-plus months (35%).
Say's Who
Tough to recommend off that debut but remember, Miller doesn't win at a high percentage because he puts his horses in the wrong spots, and while she didn't run so well in that June 29 debut she was certainly expected to - after all, she was under 3-1; nice to see Bejarano saw fit to ride in that debut and today Gomez sees fit to ride; smart :47.80 work July 11 shows she's doing well and the fact Miller opted to try this race instead of just going in another maiden race encourages.
Smoove It
Coudln't handle 'Rose in her June 8 debut at BHP but she moved forward nicely there June 29, dueling early, losing the lead in the lane but rerallying to win; Square Eddie off to a super start at stud as he has 3 good-looking runners in here; Gutierrez rode in those first 2 but ends staying with Sprouts today, which is certainly understandable; but there's speed and talent here to be sure.

Race 8

Perfect Jersey
McCanna 10 for 40 or 25% the last 5 years with MSW to maiden claiming moves and 7 ran second; colt should be fit enough after the grass routes and the drop can t hurt; dam won twice at 2, took multiple Grade 1s, banked nearly $575K; 2 of 3 siblings won including G1 winner, 6 for 21 performer and over $800K earner Jersey Town; don't discount homebred.
Gelding seemed in a good spot last time but gave way the first time offered for sale; winner of the 2013 opener repeated in a state-bred NC allowance, ran 4th twice; connections would love to see him start acting like top kin, G1 winner and $500K earner Suger Shake; overdue.
Know Plans
Abrams 5 for 46 or 11% with first-time maiden claimers with a median payoff of 6-1; Unusual Heat about 9% with first-timers in a 434-horse study; sire won juvenile debut going short in Europe, won multiple stakes, was Group 3 placed, was 6 for 16, earned over 140 grand, all on grass; dam lost 5 times; several multiple race winners in the tree; one took a stakes and earned nearly $200K; top kin and full sister Lightmyfirebaby won three stakes, earned almost $450K; like this work pattern.
Major Affair
Ellis 1 for 25 the last 5 years with MSW to maiden claiming moves; fact he improved on the Beyer scale in the second career start gives him a right to be live today, especially on the class dip; backers can point to the fact that two siblings banked over $120K a piece; looms late factor.
Street Choir
Discreet Cat about 15% with first-timers in a 149-horse study; G1 winning sire took debut at 2, won 6 of 9, banked over $1.6 million; 3 for 15 dam earned over $100K; lone half sis to race Magnificent Mile took 4 of 43, earned over $50K; drills ideally spaced.
I Buy Gold
This guy is figuring it out; the 2nd and 8th finishers in the 5/25 race graduated next out; SP 4 for 26 dam earned nearly $180K; 3 of 4 sibs won, one banked nearly $45K; should be around the wire once again.
Spotted Owl
Kruljac 10 for 48 or 21% the last 5 years with second shooting maiden claimers and 14 others ran in the money; educated in Inglewood and he may be a bit more seasoned now after being squeezed at the break; 5th finisher in last graduated in a maiden $20K seller and the 8th finisher took a maiden $8K PLN claimer; 3 for 8 dam banked nearly $50K; this is her first to race; must display more.
Sir Searsucker
Mitchell 11 for 34 or 32% the last 5 years with MSW to maiden claiming moves; one of a number of runners showing for a tag today and any are eligible to run huge; 2 for 9 dam banked $35K; the sibling to win took one route, banked nearly $30K; can't be dismissed.
First Samurai about 10% with first-timers in a 143-horse study; 5 for 8 sire took juvenile debut, won Champagne and Hopeful, banked over $900K; SP 2 for 13 dam earned neearlky $70K; both siblings won once, one banked about $35K; in for $285K less than purchase price.
Business Section
After Market 13 for 94 with debuters; sire took debut at 2 won two Grade 1s, banked over $900K; dam was unraced; 2 of 3 sibs won; both banked over $100K; top kin Winter Camp took a stakes, banked $240K; bug has won 4 of 9 for this outfit.
Raise Ten
Rock Hard Ten about 12% with first-timers in a 216-horse study; sire didn't run at 2, took soph debut at SA with a 101 Beyer, won multiple G1s, banked over $1.8 million; SW 7 for 15 dam earned almost $200K; 3 of 4 siblings won, top kin Hard Way Ten took a stakes, banked over $160K; respect.
Tenkiller Kid
This is a first-time gelding; Carava and 18% trainer over the last 5 years first off the claim; over 5 clear in last and this runner should be getting involved late; at least there is a 5-time minor league winners in the family; drawn right as Gomez enticed; contention goes deep.