07/24/2013 10:17AM

Closer Look: Del Mar July 25, 2013


Race 2

Miss Lafayette
Fair gate workout turned in 12 days ago; her sire is champion sprinter Midnight Lute who banked 2.69 million and whose offspring are 6 for 76 first time out; the dam won 196K; among the winning siblings is 79K earner Bach Hamilton.
Above average drills during the last month; her sire, a route specialist, won a G2 stakes and 725K overall (progeny of Broken Vow have won 10 percent of their debuts); the dam went zero for 10; sib to 62K bankroller Brown Eyes Blue.
Fashionably Rich
Weekly intervals to the work tab, a good sign; her sire won a G2 and 583K (descendants of Old Fashioned are zero for 4 in their initial race); the dam was without victory in 2 attempts; sib to 107K earner M.J.'s Commander.
Vivacious Beauty
Offspring of Into Mischief, a G1 winner who notched 597K, are 5 for 38 as far as winning their first test; the dam won 8 of 22 and 190K; sib to 30K earner Capitol E; workout pattern is only moderate.
L T Reckless
Commendable first run, setting all the pace until the final yards; her sire won multiple G1s and 1.12 million; the dam went 6 for 27 earning 181K; winning sibs include 221K earner Intrinsic Worth; needs to slow down the early tempo.
Wired for Fun
Unlucky lass exits a pair of difficult trips but can upgrade today as she draws directly outside of the primary pacesetter; most recent a.m. move was only modest, however, and she will have to get into the race sooner.
Soar Home
Sired by Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus who won 6 of 9 and 1.99 million overall; the dam went zero for 9 lifetime; sib to 52K earner Yes He's Trouble; broke alertly in her only run but was no match for Wired for Fun.
Exotic Behavior
Beginner hails from multiple Group 1 winner Giant's Causeway who netted 3.07 million (his progeny have scored in 11 percent of their first races); the dam won 56K; sib to undefeated G1 sprinter Bustin Stones, a 480K winner.

Race 3

Facoltoso (GB)
A change of tactics proved to be the way to go for this colt in his latest start when getting the better of a few of today's rivals and he figures to be looking to take it right at this field after breaking out of post one; gate-to-finish threat.
He's run some nice races over turf in his career, and he's run well in a number of starts for this barn, but he is going to need to improve over his recent form at Lone Star Park if he's to prove to be a threat.
Lil Bit O'Fun
Stone-cold closer hasn't posted a win in his last 13 starts going back through 2012, but this stakes winner might appreciate the drop in class for this and he shows up for a sharp turf outfit; Stevens has won with 9 of 34 (26%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Shadow Runner
This barn has had some success with recent claims, and when seeing what this runner has done in his two starts over this turf course, it looks like they were planning on claiming him for a few starts here this summer; Bejarano has won with 4 of 10 mounts for this barn in 2013.
Sebastian Flyte (GB)
He's Grade 1 stakes placed and the 88 Beyer Speed Figure he earned when last seen represents the best last race figure in this field; interesting to see that the blinkers came off last time and that he go the job done in his only start over the Del Mar turf.
Surrey Star (IRE)
5-year-old was ready to fire after a layoff in his latest outing and this looks like a sensible step up in class; winner from latest won next out here on 7/18 going 1 1/16m over turf vs. 32-28k N1Y claimers with an 84 Beyer; stakes winnr shouldn't be ignored in this spot.
Stoney Fleece
He has a G3 win to his credit and he might be ready to give a solid account of himself while making his third start back from a layoff; however, his lack of recent winning form is a concern, and he was beaten by a couple of today's key rivals two races ago.
Unusual Beam
Not wild about the 2-for-26 career race record or the 1-for-22 mark over turf and he looks like he's going to have a tough time trying to keep up with the top contenders in this spot; he has the look of an outsider.
Tippety Tap Tap
He's not out of the question if he can find his way back to one of his better performances, but he's been beaten by a number of today's rivals in his recent races, and he really needs to step it up over his recent form to get the job done.
His one start over turf wasn't a bad run in a tough N1X allowance event at Churchill Downs, but still looking at this as being a pretty difficult spot for him to be looking for his first turf win; winner from latest won next out at BHP on 7/14 going 6f over turf vs. 40k OPC's with an 87 Beyer.
Midnight Crooner
He needs to see a scratch from the main body of this race in order to draw in but this late running type will merit a serious look in this spot if he gets to run; he won the Oceanside stakes here last year and he's run well against a number of today's rivals in his recent attempts.


Race 4

Gelding stretches back out for his local debut and boasts a sharp recent drill here; new shades could help him put the draw to good use and there's not a lot of lick in here so maybe he's able to secure a ground saving spot within striking range early; price will be right.
Dickery Do
He adds the hood as well after the slow start did him in while sprinting at Hollywood last time out; interim drills aren't much and he's looked pretty bad so far; his lone winning sib did do so routing, but this guy's got a lot of improving to do.
Mojave Desert
Drops to his lowest level off a weak turf try against MSWs at Hollywood last time; barn puts shades on him and maybe that helps him stay more alert but his drills on synthetic footing don't really raise any eyebrows; new pilot and class relief warrant him a look, but don't know that he's going to like the new surface.
One Mint Julep
Ten time loser middle moved before offering little in the drive at this level at Hollywood last time; he wasn't much of a threat on dirt earlier in the year and don't know that he's going to move forward much second time over this type of footing, but he is kin to synthetic G1 SW routers and 2.8 million earner Awesome Gem; have to side with others on the win end.
East coast shipper drops in his first start off the outfit's claim after coming up short late as the chalk over the Belmont lawn; barn hasn't done so well at the meet's infancy but they do fire with this type and they'll name a capable pilot; has surface questions to answer but he should find these easier than he's used to facing.
Didn't do much in those 2 sprint spins and now he'll tackle a route of ground for the first time; lone sib was a 3 time route winner and the top half of his pedigree also suggests distance will be his friend so maybe the added ground moves him up some at a price.
Triple Jeopardy
Tries synthetic footing for the initial time while dropping back in for a tag; his first few starts were pretty weak, but his last out Hollywood turf route was an improvement and he did work ok over the local main track last week.
Senor Snickers
Shades go on for the stretchout and surface switch after proving little threat to the top 3 finishers in his debut run; barn hasn't had much recent luck with second out runners, but this guy did work well here last week and he's kin to a route winner.
Gets Bejarano for the drop to the bottom for a barn that has already saddled a winner at the stand; expecting he'll be more involved from the bell on the stretch back out and the number he earned 2 back at this trip at Hollywood would take this one in a walk; price won't be much and have to be wary of the dip to this level, but if set for anything close to his best he'll be tough to handle.
Philly Slew
It's been nearly 3 years since he's hit the board and his tries since the return from the long break were weak; tough to make much of a case for him proving a serious threat in his current form.
Public Defender
Improving gelding moves to an outside slot off a solid third place effort in his third career start for a barn that's come to run here; he's got solid positional foot and should be able to secure a good spot early in a field that doesn't contain a lot of early lick; he looks to be the most viable alternative to the big dropdown.
Drops in for a cheap tag after offering little in his 2 MSW starts at Hollywood; gets a solid pilot for this, but he'll move to the outside slot which is no bargain in this big field and he'll have new footing to deal with today; another whose class relief will garner some attention.

Race 6

Skip Tony
3-0-0-0 record during career with blinkers on; the hood stays on for this which represents his longest-distance race ever; has strong gate speed but has Late Night Sky. Lumberyard Jack and Danderek to battle with for the lead while fading to 7th at much shorter in his only other DMR grass start.
Kid Dreams
2F longer than he's ever raced before noting the 2-back fade in his previous-longest distance test; the show runner 2-back Beyered 98 in his next-out WO-1Million-dollar-stakes win; the 3-back winner repeated in a BHP-optional claimer with a 90 speed figure then scored again in a DMR-150K stakes with a 91 Beyer; he beat the show runner that day a next-out 88 Beyer BHP-allowance winner.
Not much in 2 races off the claim; exits his 2nd lowest Beyer in the USA when going 1st blinkers and not looking like he wants any parts of 11F today; graduated in French at 1M and a quarter in 2011 but off recent form others appeal more.
Vibrato Jazz
Beaten-betting favorite in last 2 races the latest was his lowest Beyer since February; best speed figure of career was 3-back freshened up off a 64-day layoff but is back in just 26 days for this; on best day would be rallying well into a hot pace.
Late Night Sky
31%-winning 1st off the claim trainer adds to the appeal off latest outfinished-synthetic start; last win was right on the lead but has Danderek among others to deal with from the gate; the runner-up finisher from last who Beyered 77 in his next-out BHP-optional claiming win.
Bench Light
Favored winner at 3F shorter than this but style sugests he will be able to handle today's 11F test; the 60-day freshening off latest would be more of a concern if he just didn't win off a 51-day break; 1st DMR turf start and leaves Cal-breds to face tougher-open company today.
Danderek (GB)
Try to catch me; 26%-winning 1st-off-the-claim trainer adds to the appeal and this one has raced longer than this in the past while many of these get 11F for the 1st time; has to outbreak Lumberyard Jack, Late Night Sky and Skip Tony then keep on going.
Lumberyard Jack
DMR-11F winner in 2012 with a career-best Beyer attached; was primed for this on synthetic; projects to press the pace wide; the winner from last repeated in a BHP-optional claimer with a 97 Beyer; the 2-back show runner Beyered 96 in his next-out BHP-optional claiming win; the 3-back winner repeated in a BHP-Grade 2 stakes with a 96 speed figure.
Career-best Beyer in last when gamely stretching out to 10F; improving-worktab for an 11%-winning fresh trainer since 2012; if fires back to latest he will be closing into a hot pace and seems today's added furlong is well within his scope.
Irish Surf
Graduation winner takes on winners for the 1st time but looked like a new-and-improved runner 1st-time with blinkers on; all 4 turf races were starts where he was screaming out for more distance and gets his longest test today which adds to the appeal; has to pass the class test from a ground-losing post position.

Race 7

7-year-old has been on the shelf since he went unplaced in the Pirates Bounty here last Sept. and we are going to assume he is going to need a race before he's ready for his best; Mandella is very good at having them ready to go coming off lengthy layoffs, however, winning with 3 of the last 10 he brought back from breaks of 9-months or more; this guy actually won coming back from a longer layoff but that was in 2009 when he was a lot younger and making just his third start; passing.
Kate's Event
We won't hold his last race against him because he was running against the Grade 1 Haskell winner who appeared as good as ever making his first start as a 4-year-old; the horse he beat in his race two back just missed in a $150K Cal-bred stakes on the turf here last Sunday; second start following a layoff is usually a good thing for Hollendorfer and the only concern is how this guy ran over this surface the only time he tried it two years ago; the shape of the race could work in his favor and he beat Castaway at Santa Anita in April; contender.
No Silent
Second from Mandella is also coming off lengthy layoff but not nearly as long as his stablemate and he's fired fresh in the past; he has never tried anything but turf in his 12-race career but he did work nicely over Polytrack here July 19 and his only sibling won on dirt and Tapeta; he was no match for Chiloquin on turf two back and we know Chiloquin loves this surface; prefer others.
That was a nice effort in his latest over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course June 21 and he thrived over this surface in 2011 when he won both of his starts including the $100K Real Good Deal for Cal-breds; not not sure why he only ran once in 2012 but he appears to be on top of his game right now and he's versatile enough so Talamo will have options however the race is played out; contender.
He was no match for Isn't He Clever when they met in the Sunland Derby but that was going 1 1/8 miles and it appears this guy has distance limitations; that was a nice win in his latest sprint, however, and it looks like he is the one they will have to run down if he breaks alertly; Baffert on fire at the meet and this guy appears to be peaking right now; he also ran well when he debuted as a 2-year-old here in 2011; the pick.
Isn't He Clever
He should be full of confidence coming off what was little more than a paid workout in his latest at SunRay Park; the horse he beat by over 16 lenghts came back to win a $12,500 claimier here opening day; he isn't the most consistent horse around but when he fires they are big shots and he's 2 for 2 at the distance; first time on a synthetic surface is the obvious concern but he had a decent work here July 17 and he's a half-brother to Grade 3 turf stakes winner Dijeerr; contender.

Race 8

Hot and Pleasing
Off a career Beyer and she should have her sea legs under her by now; backers can point to the fact there is a sibling that won on grass once and kin Excessivepleasure took a Grade 3 and banked over $1 million; cozy slot can't hurt.
Patriot C H
Gaines potent going synthetic to grass; Redattore 9 for 77 with first-time turfers; sire didn't race at 2, took 2nd career start, went on to bank over $1.7 million, the majority of it on grass; stakes placed 1 for 6 dam earned about $60K, was third in only turf out; all 3 siblings won; top kin Lucky J H took a few stakes, banked over $600K, won on grass 3 times; every right to improve.
Tickle Again
Freshened since even try from the fence; 6th finisher in last took a maiden $50K seller next out and the place horse graduated in this very league with a 86 Beyer; 6th and 12th finishers 4/27 graduated next out and the winner repeated in a state-bred N1X, then was out of the money in a stakes; the sibling that tried grass once was out of the money on turf; look for bug to be sending hard.
I'm No Patsy
Like the spacing of the drills coming to the beach debut; Grade 1 placed 3 for 11 dam banked over $300K, won twice on grass; lone full bro to race Opera Jim won 3 times in the minor leagues, lost twice on grass; may like it here.
Soph got a feel of the route game in last; dam was unraced; lone full sis to race lost 6 times; she has had bad luck at the start; a clean break and it could be a whole new ballgame.
Stellar Atmosphere
Trainer is Bruce's daughter and she's been around the game her entire life; SW 4 for 13 dam banked over $400K, won once on grass; the 2 sibs to race are a combined 0 for 6; could sit a nice stalk and pounce trip.
Van Dien Avenue
Maybe connections had this race in mind all the time; best Beyers by far came on grass; winner of the 2012 closer took the $300K Cal Breeders next out with a 75 Beyer; he has a right to grow into his skin as kin to G1 winner and over $1.5 million earner The Usual Q T, who was turf only; bullet on the 18th says she is feeling pretty good about herself.
Like the spacing of the return drills as this gal has teased of talent; 4th finisher in last graduated at this level and the place horse cashed in same league; backers can hang hat on fact that kin La Petra won 5 times on grass; should be around the wire once again.
Dow Diva
She has trained nicely for this, check out the second best of 86 spin on 7/7; the lone sibling that tried grass was out of the money twice on turf; like the way she was getting to the winner in last; don't ignore.
Sidepocket Run
She kind of runs the same race every time; the 5/25 place horse graduated in this league next out with an 86 Beyer; a half bro did win only race on grass; Bejarano got a chance to figure her out; due.
Tiz Zoe Cee
Jones 11 for 51 or 22% the last 5 years with second shooting MSW runners and 12 others ran in the money; has a right to run better after the sluggish debut; 2 for 11 dam earned nearly $100K, won on grass once; this is her first to race; homebred may need softer to shine.
Coconut Cream Pie
Miss has fired every time but she seems to prefer the grass; two siblings tried grass to no avail; will be in the thick of it every step of the way if she gets a chance to suit up.
She has trained well coming to this fray; 5th finisher 5/19 graduated next out and the winner repeated in a state-bred $25K optional, then was 2nd beaten over 2 in a $40K optional; dam s lone win was a dirt route; 3 of 6 siblings won including double turf winner and near $140K earner Exton; miss may have been intimidated by the rail in last.
Heat Du Jour
Miss could show more speed on the stretch out; note she was a length off the pace in the stretch out situation in February; connections hoping she figures it out and starts to perform like full bro and near $450K earner Lennyfromalibu; has some things to iron out.