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Closer Looks: Del Mar August 10, 2013


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Race 1

Cha Da Boom
She had to be off 14 months for a pretty serious reason; nice try two back, but then fans backed away to the tune of 17-1 and they were on the money; 6/19 show horse took an $8K N2L next out, then won an N3L for that same price; he has the speed to flee the fence and this is her trip; another slice?
Meter Me Gone
The local win came in the racing debut in a state-bred maiden $40K seller with a 61 Beyer; back class is there for all to see and note she trained fast when being legged up at Boise; barn continues to send out live stock; interesting.
Ralphy Girl
Nice bit of training to have this gal win off the extended layoff, and then repeat; the 7/27 spin screams off the canvas and style no secret; this miss will likely just be sent hard and play come catch me; threepeat well within the realm.
Democratic Sweep
Wraps re-added last time and she beat 4 to the wire; in the exacta half the time at this distance and she has shown the ability to win races; show horse in Los Al finale cashed next out in a $5K claimer, then was crushed at BHP for an $8K tag; would be careful here.
She's All Yours
Hollendorfer thought enough of this gal to take her back for himself and the same client; love the drills since the local debut including the best of 41 bullet; top last-race Beyer locked and loaded; the one to beat.
Rock U Up
Not the easiest spot for just a double winner; she is facing a few that have been around the block and back; hung wide in open company last time, key off the April race and you can build a case she can track and run down the speed; would still think long and hard before taking too short a number.
Saturday Nite Wish
Bet like a good thing off the drop but she was only a brief threat; she was clear for fun two back but must prove she can win on the synthetic; decent blowout last Monday but not sure the race sets up all that great for her.
Tener Gusto (CHI)
Mare may have just been pitched too high stateside so far; she has the two races to draw from and that was a nice move on the 31st; she is making her synthetic debut so will have to try to adapt on the fly; could push splits, but has some things to iron out.

Race 2

Miss Lafayette
Turned in a brave maiden voyage last month when rallying despite trouble; her sire is sprint champion Midnight Lute who won 6 of 13 starts and 2.69 million; the dam went 8 for 33 earning 196K; sib to 79K bankroller Bach Hamilton.
She hails from Harlington, a G2 victor who notched 370K (his offspring have won 1 of 32 debuts); the dam won 2 of 12 attempts and 234K; among the winning siblings is 29K earner Kellham.
Newcomer was sired by G2 type Broken Vow who amassed 725K and whose progeny have won nearly 11 percent of their initial races; the dam won 4 of 9 and 176K; this is her sole foal to start; modest work tab is on view.
Respectable, even first run last month; her sire won a G1 and 337K while the mom won 2 of 4 and 243K; winning siblings include G1 winner Bodemeister who compiled earnings of 1.3 million; worth some follow-up here.
Sharp in defeat first time out when narrowly losing to a repeat winner; her sire won the Breeders' Cup Sprint and 1.25 million overall; the dam won 42K; winning siblings include 22K earner Music Critik; obvious true contender.
Southern Sunshine
Beaten favorite finished alongside Fascinating last month and had superior workouts going into that debut; her sire won a G3 and 462K while the dam involved was unraced; sib to G3 winner Den's Legacy; extra distance today should help.
New face was sired by the majestic A.P. Indy who won multiple G1s and 2.97 million (his progeny have won 11 percent of their initial tests); the dam won 2 of 10 and 152K; sib to 74K earner Izaaj.
Miss Machiavelli
Fair workout tab for this beginner, daughter of turf star Artie Schiller who won 2.08 million including score in Breeders' Cup Mile (his offspring have won 8 percent of their debuts); the dam never raced; sib to 194K earner Dorsett.

Race 3

Night Dance
Back at claimed level today; at least she got a feel of the surface; brings speed to the table but there are others with designs on the lead; backers have to hope the drop shakes her up.
Funny Belle
In for half of her purchase price today; one more jump and she gets there in last and this is a much better distance for her; the 4/25 winner repeated in a state-bred $100K stakes, won again in a state-bred $90K stakes, then was 2nd beaten a neck in the restricted $102K Osunitas; miss fits nicely here.
Cee's the Year
Goes from one good barn to another, proven for the price, and she has a penchant for finding the wire; there seems to be plenty of speed in here to help the cause and the 6/7 place horse won on the drop in an $8K seller, then ran out of the money; contention goes long.
Fiesta Express
Miss seems ambitiously placed; far from disgraced in last, but note she has nearly 4 times as many slices as wins; she trained the pedestrian pace and still could not get it done in last; a slice may be the ceiling.
Town Belle
Mare did everything but get unsaddled in last; a solid second here last year in a much tougher spot, don't fret about drills as world-class trainer Drysdale doesn't usually ask for speed in the am; Picture Perfect exited race two back to win a $16K PLN seller, then won again in a $12.5K starter at SAC; pace duel would enhance chances.
Tornado Allie
She split the field in the last return effort; this rider was up for the last win and note backers got paid that day at 10-1; troubled two back, she has more speed than she just flashed; rates upset glance.
Mare has a head of her own and that can cause problems; if you try to throttle her down, that may take the fight out of her; last win came in March of 2010 in a state-bred $80K optional; clever barn due to get rolling; and maybe the drop will shake her up.
No Tricks for Jack
Proven at the beach and at the trip, she may have just been over her head in the last pair; you can build a case she will be on the muscle early on the stretch out and check out the clever spin on the 4th; look for hustling bug to send hard and hope for the best.

Race 4

Blazing Lute
Tries winners after getting his neck down to score at the trip second out at Hollywood; he's returned to work sharply here and he does look to get some honest fractions in front of him in this spot; spots them experience but he should have some upside; one to consider.
Shining Son
He was getting there as the wire approached in his first local start off the freshening; colt will get an extra half panel for this one and the pace in front of him should at least be solid; with a right to move forward he could find himself in the exotics mix here.
Turn On the Brites
Didn't have enough late when stretched out to this trip in his second start of the year; 4 year old is working well of late over the track, but didn't do much in his debut run here last summer; have to side with others on the win end.
Rocky Barboa
Adds the hood off a solid try first time both over the track and at the level; gelding wasn't far off some of these at a good price in that one and he may still fly under the radar from a tote standpoint; equipment change suggests they'll look to have him rolling from the bell and there is other lick in here, so he'll have to earn it.
Earned a solid number in the near miss as the chalk at Hollywood while making his first start of the year last time; gelding was quite good in his placing first time at the level at Santa Anita in the fall and he's had plenty of time to recover from the comebacker; barn hasn't had much luck second time back from the break, but this guy's recent drills suggest he retains his form; one to beat.
Sat a wide spot but still failed to capitalize while making his first start against winners off this sharp outfit's claim last month; gray adds the hood and maybe that helps him focus on his business as Bejarano sticks with him; doesn't have much ground to make up on some of these that beat him last time and he's another who figures to have upside.
It took this Baffert gelding 10 cracks to get the job done, but he broke his maiden impressively on the front end at the trip here last month and now he'll tackle winners; he has worked well since for a solid second off the break outfit and he does own the numbers to run at this level, but he's going to have company on the front end here.
Did a good amount of the dirty work as the chalk while stepping at this level in his local return and did rather well to hold second money over a few of these; speed is his game and it doesn't figure to be easy for him on the front end while moving out in the track for this, but he didn't just pack it in when rivals came to him last time and figures to again fight to the finish; contender.
Hugo Pirate
Statebred draws the outside slot while bringing plenty of early lick to the table in a field that contains plenty of that commodity; numbers he's earned do put him in the exotics mix, but he figures to be chasing from a wide spot from the bell today and that could prove to be his undoing.

Race 5

Danderek (GB)
He wasn't at his best in his latest outing while making his first start back from a layoff but not going to be at all surprised if he bounces back with a much sharper try while making only his second start for the Hollendorfer barn; Bejarano has won with 37 of 87(43%) mounts for this outfit in 2013.
Skip Tony
Like the idea of him turning back in distance for this but this gelding appears to be at his best when he's allowed to get loose on the lead and it doesn't look like that will happen for him in this spot.
So Elite
Stakes winning veteran bounced back from a couple of performances that weren't quite up to par for him in his latest outing and he looks like a decent fit at this 32-28k N1Y claiming level; on a negative note, you have to go back 20 starts to July 2010 to find his latest win.
First Blue Angel
His top Beyer Speed Figure was earned racing over dirt and it doesn't look like his best effort is quite strong enough to threaten the top contenders in this spot; respect the presence of Smith, but going to give the nod to others in this one.
Multiple stakes placed veteran ran well in his first start after a long layoff and his latest outing and he didn't finish all that far behind a couple of today's rivals; he's not entirely out of the question if he feels up to one of his better performances.
Slammer Time
Late running type has developed a nice level of consistency to his game but he's probably going to have to see a number of these show up with less than their best if he's to have a shot at anything more than a minor award.
Key Decision (ARG)
He has a very live look to him in this spot while going synthetic-to-turf and stretching out in distance for his second start back from a layoff, and his best effort is plenty strong enough to make him competitive against these.
Sky Cape
It's the rare day when this G2 winner doesn't show up and give it everything he has but he is making his first start in a year, and even though it looks like his recent workouts have him fit, he's eligible to need a race after all the time off.
Major Magic
Not that he's performed poorly in his route attempts, but he does appear to be sharper sprinting over turf, and perhaps that's a reason to look for him the next time around with a turn back in distance.
Tamarack Smarty
Stakes placed veteran ran well in his first start back from a layoff in his latest outing when finishing right behind today's rival So Elite, and going to look for him to be ready to take a step forward with that race behind him; note that he hasn't finished worse than third from five starts over the Del Mar turf.
Royal Encounter
He needs to see a scratch from the main body of this race in order to draw in and this looks like it will be a tough spot for him to land in if he gets to go; runner-up from latest won next out at Pln on 6/21 going 1 1/16m vs. 8-7k N2X claimers with a 72 Beyer and 3rd finisher won next out at Sac on 7/12 going 1 1/16m vs. 2.5k claimers with a 67 Beyer.
On Holy Ground
He's another sitting on the Also Eligible who will find himself in a tough spot if he gets to run and this gelding is still a maiden after 25 starts; winner from latest returned to win next out here on 7/17 going 1m over turf vs. starter alw. rivals with an 83 Beyer.

Race 6

Industry Leader
Lone win was October 2010, at 6.5F on OTH synthetic stalking the pace from 4th; finished 6th and 8th in his 2-DMR synthetic-surface defeats; today's Mile distance is a concern; he posted a career-best Beyer at 6.5F 3-back vs. the runner-up finisher who posted an 81 Beyer speed figure in his next-out BHP alw. win.
R S Watson
Primed for this on turf for a super grass-to-synthetic trainer; has not been this short a distance since April; this speedster should like cutting back; raced on the lead in 2 of last 3 synthetic starts; beat the 3-back runner-up finisher who Beyered 78 in his next-out BHP win then repeated with an 89 taking a DMR allowance.
Top Drive
2nd-time Long is often an improvement angle while cutting back a half furlong off latest when outfinished adds to the appeal; faded 2-back when defeated by Industry Leader but held on well after pressing the pace in last; win rider is on Blue Tone for this.
Soi Phet
2-for-2 off the claim blitzing Del Mar Milers 3 weeks ago sitting just off the speed a trait he had not shown in 2 other gate-to-wire wins; the workout for this was slow but likely did not have to do much with just 21 days between races; view as a major pace force from bell to finish today.
Blue Tone
That 102 Beyer leaps off the form at you; sat nicely off a good pace in last then took over like a good thing widening on the lead; his 2-back loss saw the winner repeat in a BHP-optional claimer with a 95 speed figure; Top Drive beat him sprinting on dirt in the career debut but Bejarano was on Top Drive that day and now takes this one for the rematch.
Holy Candy
4-0-1-0 since the graduation when rallying from midpack; career-best Beyer 14 months ago in a BHP-synthetic Grade 3; obviously his 1st start of 2013 off the long layoff was not very enticing; have him ranked a notch below the top contenders off that loss to Curly Top.
Curly Top
Just 1 race at today's Mile distance during career was a victory; reunites with the win rider for this; the victory also happens to be his only dirt start (0-for-5 on synthetics) during career; the 3-back winner repeated in a BHP-Grade 2 stakes with a 99 Beyer.
Fast Track
Winless since 14 races ago October, 2011 scoring on GG turf in a starter alw. at 1 Mile; is 0-for-7 on synthetic surfaces including two 4th-place finishes on DMR synthetic making his career debut on this surface 3 summers ago at 7F.
Northern Iowa
Saved best Beyer speed figure for last when just missing in a key race; defeated the 6th and 8th-place finishers from last who Beyered 92-81 in next-out BHP-32K-25K-claiming wins; graduated off a layoff at DMR last summer at 1 Mile so can fire big fresh; wish the worktab off the November layoff was a little flashier.

Race 7

Ye Call Me Chief
Showed a little bit of lick before fading in his roughly run debut heat at Hollywood; SW dam banked 149K while taking a handful of stakes and 4 of her 8 main track sprint starts so maybe with a clean run this guy will have more to offer today; will need to be alert early from here.
Proven Warrior
Ran too fast to lose in his first 2 starts and then just came up empty late in his Hollywood finale; gelding has burned plenty of money in his last 2 starts, but he's also twice worked well in the interim and the price does figure to be a little better this time; contender.
Holy Lute
Paid the price for the wide trip first out, but he still held pretty well for third money in a big figure maiden heat last month; gray has worked very well here for an outfit whose runners generally improve with racing; loses Smitty and though capable, the new pilot hasn't had a lot of luck at the stand; consider.
Imperial Fortune
Took a big step forward off the freshening when stretched out in his second career try, earning a number that wins almost all maiden heats; Baffert colt has had plenty of time to get over that huge effort and he worked a solid half mile here last week for this; getting off the fence should help this son of a G1 SP, G2 SW dam who banked 989K in her career; they'll have him to beat.
Raider Power
Sire gets 16% first out winners and th3 G2 SP, SW dam banked 364K and all 4 of his sibs to race are winners including G3 SW and 526K earner Easter Gift; he's worked a lot of furlongs over the past month and his pilot opts to get aboard for a barn that does good work right out of the box.
I Buy Gold
Tries better after holding second money against claimers in his local debut run; gelding catches a field containing some who have already run much faster than par for the level as well as some interesting newcomers; minor award is his likely ceiling.
Our Candy
Sire gets 12% winners from his debut runners and the unraced dam dropped 2 multiple winners from 3 foals to race including G3 SP, SW juvenile sprinter and 164K earner Seattle Ruler; some of the works are ok and hes been in steady training for a while now, but the board should tell a better story.
Wonderful Union
Sire gets nearly 23% first out winners from his offspring and he's the first foal to race out of a limited turf winning dam; bullet drill from the Hollywood gate late last month will get plenty of attention, but the barn doesn't do its best work first time out so wouldn't be a surprise if he was better next time.
Took them a while to get him to the races after shelling out a bundle for him in training as a juvenile; local debut run wasn't much but he did return to work ok and maybe the initial experience was enough to alert him to the game and help him offer more at what will be another big price here.
He's another who went for a pretty penny at auction though his purchase price was a direct result of his pedigree as his dam was G2 SP both at 2 and 3 while banking 347K in her career; lone sib was a limited route winner so it's interesting to see them bring him back at one turn, but he will wear a new hood today and judging from his recent drills he's really taken to it; barn does a nice job with its fresh runners.

Race 8

Si Sage (FR)
All 3 wins in France were on the lead but broke 4th in his USA debut then was outfinished at shorter; he has never raced this far while the rider of last sides with Pure Loyalty; solid-DMR workouts for this but stamina issues and must show a lot more run off last to upset these.
Den's Legacy
Is 0-for-6 in races at today's distance or longer; stalks the speed saving ground then hopes to find more late punch then he did in the Oceanside when defeated by Si Sage as the favoritre; his 2 win riders land on Dice Flavor and Pure Loyalty.
Uno Dos Adios
2-time win rider lands on Freakin Rocket for this; 1st-blinkered run was a co-career-best Beyer when scoring nicely at today's distance; today is 1st time on DMR turf but worked an August 1st bullet for a 27%-winning fresh trainer since 2012; see some upside.
Dry Summer
Returns for grass horse for the course winning a DMR stakes in 2012 but have not seen him on grass since the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf when defeated by the runner-up finisher (now 4-for-7) who Beyered 84 in his next-out TAM alw. win then captured a CD-G2 with an 86; posted steady workouts for a 33%-winning DMR-jockey-trainer combo; scary if ready.
Greeley Awesome
Deep closer off a career-best Beyer 1st off the claim when just missing over the DMR green; graduated at today's distance and clearly a great sign that he fired so well for the new barn; worked smartly on DMR synthetic for this; hard to leave out.
3 of his 4 wins were on the lead but faded in last and has an extra half furlong to try to negotiate for this; worked a 3F bullet for this suggesting we will once again see his prominent gate speed playing catch me if you can; beat the 3-back runner-up finisher who Beyered 86 in his next-out SA-72K stakes win.
Freakin Rocket
Smith stays here when seemingly having other options to ride; 2nd-time Long is an improvement angle but adds a half furlong after tiring at shorter 1st time on turf with a career-low Beyer for the DMR green; was superb in the synthetic sprints 2-back beating the show runner a next-out 89 Beyer DMR-optional claiming winner.
Dice Flavor
Graduated at today's distance on turf; heads back to grass for the 1st time since a close defeat on SA green in February; was too late vs. Den's Legacy on synthetic at today's distance 2-back and does his best work when settling in from mid-pack then making 1 run.
Pure Loyalty
1st-time Bejarano riding off his lowest 2013 Beyer when unable to find the missing late punch in his 1st-DMR grass start at today's distance; rematch with Rosengold who wired him 2-back at 1 Mile; April graduation was super beating the runner-up and show finishers who Beyered 97-82 in next-out BHP MSW wins.

Race 9

Possible (GB)
It's a little bit of a guessing game as to how she'll handle a synthetic surface for the first time but it looks like she's trained well here; winner from latest returned to win next out at BHP on 5/19 going 1m over turf vs. 62k OPC's with an 89 Beyer.
She disappointed as a heavy odds-on favorite in her career debut, but she really put together a nice run at second asking with the addition of blinkers, and this lightly raced 3-year-old is plenty eligible to have more to show us; Bejarano has won with 19 of 73 (26%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Warren's Internet
She usually shows up and runs her race and this filly has a stakes win to her credit; however, she needs to generate a performance that earns her a career best Beyer Speed Figure to win this, and it might be worth noting the presence of Maldonado aboard another in here.
Unseen Visitor
Tough to argue with anything she's done in her two most recent races and it looks like Maldonado had other options to consider in here; third place finisher from latest returned to win next out here on 8/1 going 6f vs. starter alw. rivals with a 74 Beyer.
Late running filly is making her first start over a synthetic surface, but if her recent workouts are any indication, it doesn't look like it will slow her down; Leparoux has won with 4 of 9 (44%) mounts for this barn at the current meeting.
Ms Pianist
She's a little bit interesting from the standpoint that she's making her first start for a new barn and it does appear that her most recent workout was improved, and perhaps she'll respond favorably to blinkers coming off; nevertheless, others entice more.
She's a Go Girl
She was in good form when last seen and she earned a career best Beyer Speed Figure the last time she was seen racing over a synthetic surface; this is a tough spot for her return to action, but she might be ready to give a good account of herself in what can basically be viewed as being her first start as a 3-year-old.
Mum's Truckee
She's been a very consistent performer and she has her share of appeal while making her first start back from a layoff for the Miller barn; runner-up from latest returned to win next out at BHP on 5/23 going 1m over turf vs. N1X rivals with an 87 Beyer and 3rd finisher won next out at SA on 4/20 going 6 1/2f over turf vs. 40k OPC's with an 82 Beyer; Gomez has won with 13 of 43 (30%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Glorious Luck
She's been sharp in recording back-to-back victories to begin her career, but both of those attempts were over turf, and now she has to prove that she can be as effective racing over a synthetic surface; have to view her as being a contender, but this does appear to be a challenging spot for her.
Her recent form has been strong enough to give her a competitive look against these but feel that it is fair to wonder if she's capable of being at her best at today's 6 1/2f distance; regardless, a top barn and rider help give her appeal.
Wild in the Saddle
In a race where it looks like the winner will earn a Beyer Speed Figure in the 80's, this filly has topped out at 72 through 24 starts; she might find this group to be a bit too tough for her to tackle.
Bench Glory
Multiple stakes winner has proven that she can run well when fresh, and if she does feel up to one of her better performances, she'll be tough to deal with; runner-up from latest returned to win next out here on 7/18 going 5f over turf vs. 62k OPC's with a 90 Beyer, and 3rd finisher won next out here on 7/18 going 5f over turf vs. 62k OPC's with a 77 Beyer.

Race 10

Supersonic Heat
This is a tough seell since he has yet to run in the money; show horse two back graduated next out and the winner that day repeated in a $40K starter with a 75 Beyer; connections still hoping he matures like full bro and over $250K earner Ballistic Heat; can't boost.
One of several in here taking the huge drop and any are eligible to run big; 1 for 8 dam took a route; this is her first to race; still in for $8K more than purchase price.
Trouble X Two
Two excuses in last, the company and the MSW foes; the winner of last repeated in a state-bred $25K optional when put up by the stewards; 6 for 25 dam banked nearly $150K; all 4 siblings won and top kikn Rice 'n Spice banked nearly $100K; he has several local spins as Talamo strings along.
Wheeler Gorge
Checked in the debut and the shorter trip figures to help; dam out of the money thrice; both siblings won twice including 2 for 11 performer and near $100K player Armenian Summer; may like it here.
Milk Man Ray
Nearly 3 clear in last as runner is long overdue to get there; he did get a feel of the surface and was inching toward the winner in last; must be left in the exotic conversation at least.
Wildcat Candy
Very nice effort in last considering the extended layoff; it was even a better performance when you figure the runner got loose before the race; 4th finisher in last won at this very level next out and the winner repeated in a $40K starter with an 80 Beyer; 3 for 19 dam banked $45K; 5 of 6 siblings on including full sister, Grade 1 winner and over $600K earner Evita Argentina; tab two snappy moves since the return.
In Excessiveness
Like the series of drills since the debut accentuated by the blowout on Wednesday; show horse in debut beat up on state-bred MSW foes next out with a 76 Beyer; stakes placed 1 for 17 dam earned over $65K; 2 of 4 siblings won including stakes winner and near $250K earner She's an Eleven; this guy looks live.
Cinco de Mario
If you figure he just needed the last, then you can make a case for a move forward; should be in the first flight and if he can improve just a tag, he should be around the wire.
Sheriff Hutton
This is a first-time gelding with blinks that is entered not to be claimed per CHRB rule 1634 which allows no claimed because runner has been laid off and has not started for a minimum of 180 days since its last race; lack of speed so far is a concern; 1 for 8 dam earned $32K; several multiple race winners in the family including 1 for 14 near $80K earner Red Hot Flame; would take a badge of courage to take too short a price here.
Dark Timbers
Grinder at least got a feel of this demanding distance in last; off the rail this time but must deal with the Stein charge among others; will be rolling late if at all.
Big Macher
It could be a whole new ballgame if he can break with his field; dam was unraced; all 5 siblings won; top kin Canali took 10 of 65, earned nearly $140K; Baltas has made some very profittable claims over the years.
Soul Crusher
Johannesburg has hit with about 10% of his debuters in a 483-horse sample; millionaire sire took debut at 2, won multiple Group 1 races on grass; 2 for 9 dam banked $40K; 2 of 3 siblings won including 6 for 14 over $100K earner Tiz Rising; gelding looks fit enough.
Cruel Spirits
Wide in rather dull comebacker; he still has a shot to grow into his skin as kin to multiple G2 winner and over $1.1 million earner Leah's Secret; value should be there.
Business Section
After Market 14 for 98 with debuters; sire took debut at 2, won two Grade 1s, banked over $900K; dam was unraced; 2 of 3 sibs won, both earned 6 figures; top kin Winter Camp took a stakes, won 9 of 21, earned $140K; homebred seems to have a solid foundation.