08/14/2013 12:14PM

Closer Looks: Del Mar August 15, 2013


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Race 1

Jedi Mind Trick
Looked super blasting maidens under wraps at SAC July 19, earning a Beyer (70) which towers over these; that being said, that fig was earned on dirt at SAC - today it's synthetic, first time vs. winners and first time shipping but at least he showed talent, Bejarano rides and that bullet at BHP Aug. 9 bodes well for handling this place, too; 3 of 5 sibs are winners including Elegant Ice (2 wins, $89K, SP).
Easy Solution
Came out firing to win his debut; that came at WO, yes, so he's in new surroundings but it's the same surface and it's nice to see that while they offered him for a tag for that debut run they take no such risk of losing him today; worked steadily over this track though Beyerwise he's got some work to do to catch the rail horse; 2 sibs to race are winners including Quick Notice (5 wins, $114K, G3 SP).
Blew the start in his debut at BHP July 4 but it didn't matter - as the favorite he bided his time and put in a solid, sustained rally to get the job done; worked very nicely over this track; needs a big boost Beyerwise but that's hardly out of reach when you're talking about young 2yos.
Echo Zulu
Off the nice maiden win at GG they thought enough to next try a stakes at PLN; was no match for a big winner but still ran 2nd in a field of 10, so that's quite promising; that was on dirt and now he's back to synthetic, and he's worked very nicely over this track of late, too; Miller adds blinkers (18%); all 3 sibs are winners including I C Sputnik (2 wins, $31K).
Snowmass Village
The rail horse's Beyer edge aside, this may still be the guy to beat, dueled and then drew off to win easily in his BHP debut July 12; they risked him for a tag that day but take no such chance of losing via a claim this time; also nice to see 3 works since over this track including a sharp :47.60 move Aug. 7; 3 of 4 sibs are winners including Church Avenue (11 wins, $238K).
Flashed promise at GG with a couple nice runs to start his career, then came here and gamely prevailed over maidens; not only does that mean he's the only 1 in here to win over this track but he's the only 1 to have even run over it so that may be an edge; even so, the 3 Beyers weren't any great shakes (49, 44, 45) and while Bejarano was up for that nice July 18 win today he ends up instead on the rail horse, so read into that what you will; lone sib is Milady Maid (2 for 3, $16K).

Race 2

Late runner should appreciate the extra half furlong in distance for this; 35-day absence for a 7%-fresh barn since 2012; was bet hard in the career debut then broke poorly but overcame everything to win showing plenty of upside for start 2 with a steady worktab for this for a 26%-winning 2-year-old trainer.
One More Wild Ride
The prior barn had high hopes for this one trying stakes company right off the graduation; leaves a 44%-winning trainer which is not a good win angle; 1st time today on a synthetic surface noting her lone win was from just off the pace which is a trip likely again today; wish the synthetic-surface workouts were flashier.
Pay the Debt
Class relief today leaving stakes company and now in a race where she can be claimed from; did not show much run vs. Pleasant Miss when they traveled today's distance in June; good DMR-4F workout from the gate for this so expecting her to show better gate speed but Analemma and Pleasant Miss will be tough to catch up top.
Evening News
Finished behind Pay the Debt trailing throughout as she was badly troubled when ambitiously placed off the gate-to-wire debut win; deserves a chance to leave cleanly then hopes to outbreak Analemma and Pleasant Miss; know her early but unsure about late.
All the way on the lead at shorter with a career-best Beyer speed figure attached; was claimed off a 32%-win trainer; leaving a high-percentage barn is not a good win angle; the jockey from the victory lands on Rovenna; good-4F workout for this and gets a rider known for gate speed; the one to catch and beat.
Sat just off the pace in her debut key-race victory defeating the show and 6th-place finishers who Beyered 49-38 in next-out CRC-MSW and 16K-maiden claiming triumphs; her 23%-winning trainer 1st-time out with newly-acquired runners adds to the appeal for her 1st synthetic-surface start posting a good DMR drill for this.
Pleasant Miss
Cuts back in distance which adds to the appeal; she keeps the rider of her stakes in-the-money finishes; her lone win was on the lead and figures to have to catch Analemma from the gate then hold off the closers; the 2-back winner repeated to make it 3 in a row in a 100K stakes with a 66 Beyer.
Sensational Nikki
Projects to work out an ideal trip stalking an Analemma-Pleasant Miss potential speed duel; best Beyer on a synthetic surface while showing no run dirt in last; the worktab for this was steady getting Gomez to ride for the 1st time yielding 33%-DMR winners for the trainer since 2012.

Race 3

She's a Minx
Did not recover from a slow break in her last but today marks the all-important first visit to the claiming ranks; workout tab this month is above average and a sudden upgrade is not out of the question against this group.
Lucky Student
One of the main speeds to consider today and she might have been best last month if not for drifting; draws a comfortable slot now and drilled a decent half-mile 8 days ago; logical for inclusion in your exotic wagering plans.
Newcomer hails from G3 victor Closing Argument who banked 986K and whose offspring have won 37 out of 227 debuts; the dam won 2 of 11 and 103K; this is her only foal to make it to the starting gate.
Two Blue Hens
Has tailed off on the turf since his promising maiden voyage back in March; the most recent work at five-eighths is superior and this being her first drop to claimers should help her cause as well; major upgrade expected.
Journey On
Flashed only brief speed in her first run but gained good education racing between rivals; her sire won a G1 and 1.73 million while the dam won 1 of 6 and 26K; winning siblings include 220K earner Bella Viaggia.
Elegant in Silk
Cuts back from a solid placing and she has been working steadily since; should be within striking range without much difficulty and can be a major presence if the middle move is timed properly.
Bright Town
Progeny of Speightstown, a Breeders' Cup Sprint winner who notched 1.25 million, have done well first out winning at a 16 percent clip; the dam involved won 3 of 15 and 65K; among the winning siblings is 109K earner Cutter.
Visions of Candy
Decent first effort was followed by an unlucky run where she had a troubled getaway; her sire was undefeated, a multiple G1 victor who amassed 749K; the dam won 4 of 12 and 114K; winning siblings include 147K earner Revealed.
Pearl de Vere
Keeps earning checks but must avoid a slow getaway which cost her last time out; should benefit from that tightener, first start under new management, and the latest half-mile drill was favorable as well.
One of several in this line-up descending from special weights for the first time; her sire won a G1 and 1.39 million; the dam was unraced; sib to G1 winner Dream of Summer who captured a total of 1.19 million.

Race 4

Lone win when stalking the leaders but her gate speed has been missing from recent starts; cuts back to her shortest distance test since March so getting up in time is a huge concern; the 3-back runner-up finisher posted a 54 Beyer speed figure in her next-out 16K-claiming win.
Pennies From Denny
Horse for the course fired a career-best Beyer in her return to DMR synthetic for last; the lone victory was August, 2012, in a DMR-synthetic surface 18K-maiden claimer rallying from 5th at today's distance; figures for a similar trip again from post 2 and gets a hot pace to rally into here; if repeats last seems the one to beat.
Has not run back to the Beyer from her career-debut win on dirt at today's distance when scoring from just off the pace; has never raced without blinkers but does so 1st off the claim; the barn is 2-for-7 first-off-the-purchase since 2012; the 2-back runner-up finisher Beyered 73 in her next-out LS-optional claiming win.
Cat Pirate
Has never raced on a synthetic surface while cutting back to her shortest distance test ever; reunites with the win rider following the nearly 5-month layoff for a 9%-winning fresh trainer; lone win was just off the pace on dirt; the winner and runner-up finishers from both Beyered 72 in next-out SA-25K-claiming wins; will be taking a wait and see approach.
Stalked the pace in her lone win but showed zero stamina in latest when racing on DMR synthetic for the 1st time; adds 7 pounds off last when no match for Pennies From Denny; best Beyer was on turf and has shown her weakest form on synthetic surfaces.
Last-place finish racing 2nd off the claim with recent Beyers coming back very light; lone win on dirt in a SA-MSW February, 2012, gate-to-wire; takes off the blinkers and the 3-0-0-1 record with blinkers on suggests this is a positive move; needs to break fast for best hope of posting the upset..
Disco Lemonade
Claimed off the maiden breaker with the huge class test facing winners for the 1st time; has gate speed in a race with other early zip breaking outside of her; the trainer is just 1-for-10 first-off-the-purchase since 2012; know her early then hopes to hang on late.
Vindicted Ruler
Claimed off the gate-to-wire score and seems to own the best gate speed among Discon Lemonade and Briteness who both project forwardly placed; lone win on dirt; new barn pops 32% winners with the 1st-off-the-claim angle; the 2-back runner-up finisher Beyered 85 in a next-out FNO-MSW win then repeated with an 88 speed figure taking a GG allowance.
Returns to DMR synthetic the oval of her debut win gate-to-wire which represents a career-best Beyer effort; figures to fly early with Vindicated Ruler, Disco Lemonde and Briteness; enters off 3 consecutive last-place finishes; the DMR win is her only race on a synthetic surface until today; the 3-back winner repeated in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile FIllies with a 95 Beyer.
Silent Deposition
Debut win was a last-to-1st rally; returns to the win distance cutting back to her shortest test since January getting up in time is a concern; removes the blinkers today noting she's hit the board in both starts without the hood; the runner-up and show finishers from last both Beyered 66 in next-out GG-$12,500-claiming wins.

Race 5

Italian Mirage
No shot last time with the tardy break from the fence which he unfortunately draws again; his sire won multiple graded stakes and 1.5 million; the dam scored in 5 of 12 appearances earning 164K; among the winning siblings is 404K earner Kalookan Dance.
Preacher's Bluff
Prompted the pace a bit in that tightening effort of a month ago; his sire won 3 of 22 and 209K; the dam won 3 of 14 and 181K; among the winning sibs is 75K earner Always a Chance; should be in the early mix at the least.
Apache Ambush
Broke alertly and captured the place in a solid debut effort; the grey's sire won 3 of 16 attempts and 294K while the dam was unraced; there are no winning siblings to highlight; upgraded in the latest drill at five-eighths.
Full's Kris S.
On the shelf for more than 15 months, the returning workouts are only fair; the five-year-old may be in serious need of a tightening race or two; suggest a wait and see betting approach for now.
Starry Shark
Displayed much more fighting speed and endurance in the latest run; his sire won 6 of 23 and 218K while the dam went zero for 8 lifetime; among the winning siblings is 42K earner Exactly; playable.
Wheeler Gorge
Has proven gate speed but no staying power; his sire won a G1 and 501K in total; the dam was zero for 3; among the winning siblings is 97K earner Amenian Summer; can surprise if slowing down the early fractions.
Topper's Ghost
New face in this crowd was sired by multiple G3 type Old Topper who captured 655K and whose descendants have won 58 out of 390 debuts; the dam won 1 of 9 and 21K; among the winning siblings is 22K earner Girls Lacrosse.
Supersonic Heat
Yet to finish in the money though he wheels right back today; did show atypical early speed 2 starts ago but then raced into a major pace transition recently; cannot endorse as a major player at this time.
Hope 'n Pray
Tries blinkers after attending the pace against better company a month ago; note strong improvement to the most recent a.m. move at five-eighths; makes only second attempt for a tag and seems like a good fit against this caliber.
Firster was sired by Perfect Mandate who was zero for 2 in his career but whose offspring have won 19 out of 168 initial starts; the dam was unraced; among the winning siblings is 76K earner Iron Joe T.
Quick Cielo
Respectable first effort, losing more ground than the margin of defeat; his sire won multiple G3s and 872K while the dam was unraced; among the winning siblings is 153K earner Proud Patrolman.
Caliente Cat
Quit early in his first start in many a moon and now draws demanding post; most recent workout does not inspire and an extra-wide journey seems unavoidable; cannot recommend at this point.

Race 6

Bet like a good thing in last and he just left no doubt; runner kept his legs moving with the drill on the 8th; two exited the race two back to graduate next out and the winner repeated in a $50K claimer with a 94 Beyer for Baffert; one concern: the rail this meet at this trip is one for 18.
He only beat 3 foes for the lone win; steady drills for this and he has more speed than he just showed; dam was sprint only but was beaten a half-length at this distance once; this is her first to roll; rates upset glance.
Seven Bridges
At least he got a feel of the track; that was a career low Beyer in last as he was hung out to dry; note the trouble in the SA finale; one angle to think about: lone win did come in a stretch out situation.
Big Hands Al
Gelding lost 6 lengths in the lane in the other route; 7/6 place horse won at this level next out with a 71 Beyer; backers can point to the fact one sibling was a double route winner; still, not seeing it.
Lite That Baby Up
Despite the layoff, runner recorded his career Beyer in the tough beat last time; the 1/24 winner has won 3 times since, the last by a nose in a $20K claimer 6/28; gelding has picked it up since putting on the blinks; the one to beat.
Shades off, P Val on; 7/12 place horse won at this level next out with a 75 Beyer; runner was inching toward the winner in last and got to expect rider to send hard and try to discourage the other speed; expect a brief thrill at least.
Jay's Firetruck
With his style, he needs plenty of help up front; Sadler gives the bug a shot here but runner has to deal with the Cerin runner among others; key off the BHP finale and he must be left in the mix.
Amp and Adrenalin
His tactical speed will give him first run on the deep closers at least; 6/30 winner repeated in a state-bred $25K optional, then took an N1X here 5 days ago with a 93 Beyer; like fact he got into the blowout on Sunday; looks very well intentioned.
Noble Kent
Nosedives as he is in for half of his purchase price; runner can give you a :45 and change half if in the mood; backers have to hope the drop shakes him up.
Blue Collar Boy
Workmanlike in the debut, but why did he have to take 2012 off?; sire won over $500K routing; dam was 0 for 4; capable barn due to get rolling.
Three Lions Racing was named as owner for the last race; colt makes his synthetic debut but he sure was coming late in last; show horse last time cashed next out in a $15K N2L Indiana claimer with a 74 Beyer; legit player if he gets a chance to suit up.

Race 7

Bench Light
His best effort is in line with what it might take to win this and he didn't finish all that far behind a couple of today's rivals in his latest race while making his first start after a layoff; the horses in the main body of this race are limited winners and this gelding has four wins next to his name.
If he can find his way back to one of his better efforts from 2012 he might be able to have a say in the outcome, but he's struggled in his first two starts of 2013 after needing a lot of time off; respect the fact that he's a son of top turf sire War Front, but going to look toward others.
Nobilis (GB)
She's multiple graded stakes placed racing overseas, and her first three starts in America indicate that she has the ability to be competitive against competition of this caliber; however, it is worth noting that she's moving in with boys today.
Vibrato Jazz
Stakes placed colt is light on winning form after 14 starts, but his best effort is clearly strong enough to get him into the mix against these, and he's run pretty well again some familiar foes in his most recent races.
His complete lack of early speed is always a concern and it does look like he's going to need to see a lot of pieces fall into place in order to come out on top in this spot; on a positive note, Bejarano is three-for-three riding for this barn at the current meeting.
Father of Science (IRE)
Half-Brother to multiple G1 winner High Chaparral (10-13, $5.3 million, including 2-for-2 over turf in North America for $2 million) has only been so-so in his first two starts in America, but with only five starts behind him, he may very well still have more to show us.
Based on what he's done in his three starts over turf, he's tough to back, but it is interesting to see the much improved performance he showed up with in his latest outing over the synthetic surface here when dropped in with maiden claimers; he's a 1/2 to multiple stakes winner Tamborim (5-32, 186k, including 3 of 12 turf starts for 145k).
Unusual Beam
He figures to be forwardly placed through the opening stages, and although he has just two wins after 27 career starts, he has been a pretty consistent performer; at the very least, he's worthy of consideration underneath in the exotics.
His recent turf form has been solid and note that the last time he was sent out for his second start back from a layoff he recorded his first career win; he's a little interesting while stretching out in distance after a useful return performance.
He was last seen racing in Saratoga and he's going to have to be ready for a much sharper performance if he's planning on making his return to Southern California a winning one; prefer to look toward others.
Lime Rickey
Multiple graded stakes placed veteran was in fine form when last seen, and if he's ready to pick up where he left off, he can make some noise in this spot; he's capable at the distance and note what he's done from three starts over this turf course.
Shadow Runner
He usually shows up and gives a solid account of himself, and although he might not be at his best going this far, he really shouldn't be counted out of the mix against these; he's another who has proven to be quite comfortable over this turf course.
Stoney Fleece
Grade 3 winner is unproven at the distance but he's been in good form since being returned from a layoff three starts back and he shows up for a barn that has been very live at this meeting.
Lumberyard Jack
He appears to be heading in the right direction entering this event and he's a neck shy of being two-for-two over the local sod; he's four-deep on the Also Eligible list, but he's worth looking out for in the event that he draws in.

Race 8

Pioneering about 13% with debuters in a 415-runner sample; sire won in second start, was 2 for 6 overall, was sixth in both stakes tries; 1 for 7 dam banked $55K; this is her first to race; PA-bred may need one.
Dani's Birthday
Soph has had his chances but that was a nice drill 11 days ago; only one winner in the tree and that one was one for 16; in for $14.5K more than purchase price; look for bug to send hard and hope for the best.
Stormin Lute
Over 3 clear, now one and done in MSW land; maybe connections of the homebred just want to win and move on; stakes winning 2 for 7 dam banked over $150K; all 3 siblings won, two banked 6 figures including stakes placed 5 for 28 racer and $180K earner Del Conte; could very well make amends for flop as chalk.
This is a first-time gelding; SP 2 for 30 dam banked $175K; 2 of 3 siblings won multiple times, one banked over $70K; would have liked to have seen some local spins; would be careful here.
Gonna Play
Was an ice cube on the tote and ran like one; SW 2 for 19 dam banked $70K; lone half sis was one for 10, earned less than a grand a start; not sure how you spin the debut in the right direction.
Warren's Adam
Mirror races so far and none were pretty; dam was 0 for 3; 2 of 4 siblings won; the double winner banked about $34K; apparently not much of a work horse; lean toward watching here.
Di Conti
Must respect on the drop alone; SW 7 for 11 dam earned nearly $125K; several multiple race winners in the tree including champ, sire and over $1.9 million earner Boston Harbor; no reason he won't run big.
Nicholas M
Cat Dreams 5 for 69 with debuters; sire took only start, his juvenile debut at CD in a MSW by 8 with a 75 Beyer; one for 9 dam earned almost $30K; all 3 siblings won; one cashed thrice, banked about $45K; soph sure looks fit enough.
Not many positive to reveal here; close up on the slow pace in last, it should be faster this time; not seeing it.
Jimmy the Whip
Brief speed twice, two exited the debut to win next out; 4th finisher in last won at this very level next out and the winner repeated in a $40K starter; 1 for 5 dam cashed on grass; all 4 siblings won including 6 for 25 racer and $145K earner Officer's Dream; expect better effort.
Hard Play
At least he got a feel of the surface; backers can point to the several winners in the tree including double G3 winner and near $500K earner Straight Line; has a shot to be more on the muscle with the blinks.
Saint Leo
The stamina issue has to be addressed; got to expect him to be gunning early trying to steal it; but you get the feeling if he is looked in the eye, he'll blink.
Dramatic Allan
He has a tendency to get late at crunch time; has some work to do to match top kin Sweetrayofsunshine, a 6 for 10 near $90K player; might be more relaxed without the blinks this time.
St. Valentino
The extended layoff raises the red flags automatically; off the rail this time but the comebackers leaves much to be desired.