08/15/2013 9:50AM

Closer Looks: Del Mar August 16, 2013


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Race 1

Bob Consultation
Cuts back from a failed run in his first local appearance which featured a slow getaway; cannot afford another tardy beginning especially from this slot; on the plus side: he reverts to the handling of Gomez who was aboard for the sole victory.
Hurt by a wide post and racing path in the last assignment, he draws far more comfortably today and should upgrade; although mired in this n2l class for a while, he has appeared (and earned several checks) in some added money events; seems capable on best of grabbing a major share.
Hey Yup
Game in defeat earlier this month in that turf debut where he closed belatedly; previous appearance was deceptive where he was involved in a lengthy pace battle; must avoid a duel with Dockweiler in order to prove effective.
Hustlin Nu
Failed at 7 to 5 last month but that was only his second venture since 2011; should be far tighter for this assignment and can return dividends to the new connections; worth some follow-up today if the odds are more appealing.
Cunning Ride
Used up in a duel more than 2 months ago, he faded in the final furlong; returning workout pattern shows some life and perhaps that can enable him to change tactics and make first run on the pacesetters; interesting item.
Has a better first gear than most of this field; will prove dangerous now if clearing the inside speed and allowed to set a slower tempo; seems worth inclusion in your exotic wagering plans regardless of late scratches.
Mayan Eyes
Flashed good fighting speed in the last run and draws a favorable slot today, right outside of the primary pacesetter; returns to his winning distance and appears to be a legit contender despite the ordinary work tab this month.
Salah Champ
In his only start of the year, he stayed on fairly well even though he did not have the cleanest of trips; should obtain striking stalking position without difficulty and could prove the right value play in this apparently well-matched group.

Race 2

Red Man Run
He was beaten by a couple of today's rivals in his latest start, a race that saw him go to post at 24-1, and he's going to need to show more than he did that day if he's to get the job done in this spot, and now he has a tricky rail post a deal with.
Crimson Giant
Not wild about the 1-for-31 career mark, and he's winless in his last 19 starts going back through 2012, but if there is a positive to consider, it's what he's done with his three starts over the Del Mar turf.
Field Report
He finished right behind today's rival My Slew in his latest outing, a race that saw him go to post as the favorite, and it looks like that level of performance can make him a player in this spot; note that My Slew is three deep on the Also Eligible list.
A Kings Life
Not sure that his best race is strong enough to get over on the top contenders in here and he was beaten by a few of today's rivals in his most recent start; he looks like more of an outsider.
Old Man Lake
He earned a career best Beyer Speed Figure in winning his turf debut in his latest outing and feel that he commands respect against these based on the performance; third place finisher from latest returned to win next out here on 7/28 going 6f vs. 32-28k claimers with an 80 Beyer; Maldonado has won with 16 of 34 (47%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
He appears to be on top of his game at the moment, but this is a 5-year-old who needed 12 starts to get to his first victory, and now he's facing winners for the first time; respect the presence of Gomez, but others entice more.
Ballard Ruler
Sire wins with approximately 14% of his turf starters and dam won once from six starts for 20k, and she didn't make a turf start; stakes placed colt makes his turf debut for a barn that has put a lot of live horses on the track at this meeting.
Great Friends Rule
He's run well since been placed back over turf two starts ago and he has a good deal the early speed to throw at these after breaking from an outside post; he can prove to be legitimate gate-to-finish threat, especially if none of the speed draws in off the Also Eligible list.
Space Runner
Sire wins with approximately 8% of his turf starters and this is the first foal from a dam who won two of three starts for 24k, and she didn't make a turf start; he owns the type of early speed that can come in handy in the turf dash like this.
D' Obsession
He really hasn't run a bad race through his first six starts and like to see what he's been doing since being placed over turf three races ago; if he draws in, he'll boast the best last race Beyer Speed Figure in here.
My Slew
Have to respect what he's done from three starts sprinting over turf, especially his latest outing over this turf course when getting the better of a few of today's rivals; he'll merit top contender status if he gets to go in this spot.
Obviously he hasn't been quite the same since needing to take a break between August 2011 and December 2012, but like the idea of him getting back over turf; can't ignore the impact that his early speed can have on the way that this race shapes up.
Red Defense
Tough veteran might appreciate getting back over turf for the first time since February, and it doesn't hurt to see that he's done some nice work over this turf course from three starts; feel that he's still capable of showing up with a competitive performance at this level of competition.

Race 3

Warrens Lil Margie
Sire is just 1 for 38 with his newcomers and the unraced dam dropped 1 winners from 5 foals to race; worktab is light and the barn names a bug who is winless at the stand, but they do boast some recent luck right out of the box; rail draw isn't easy for an inexperienced runner.
Beth's My Babe
Bejarano takes the return call for her second crack at the local level following an ok third here last month; she's worked a couple of times since and maybe she's able to break better second time in shades; price should be ok as well; consider.
Marla Hooch
Sire is 0 for 12 with his runners right out of the box and the unraced dam dropped 2 winners from as many foals to race, one of whom took 3 sprints; barn is capable first out and this gal has been working long of late upstate for her unveiling so she shouldn't be short.
Sky Forever
Adds the hood for the initial drop to claimers in this spot; she showed some solid early foot 2 back at Hollywood and has been working pretty well of late here, presumably in the new equipment; barn is having a rough go of it here, but at this level she's a legitimate contender.
Grammy Big Mouth
Sire gets 9% winners from his firsters and the dam's 2 wins came from as many tries on the lawn; she's kin to 2 sprinter winners including 178K earner Grumpy Small Mouth whose 4 wins included 3 on the green; pilot named hasn't had a very good stand, but the barn boasts sharp numbers with its debut runners.
Sweet Lips Pooh
Took a good step forward on the move to statebreds in her local debut and now she'll return at the level; filly has been a pretty good breaker and that's a plus in maiden heats; SP dam's 2 other foals to race are sprint winners; can contend for a share of this one.
Sire gets 13% winners from his debut runners and the dam was a limited turf winner whose lone foal to race was SW and 228K earner Bench the Judge who won 6 times (4 sprints); works aren't much but this outfit is certainly capable of getting a newcomer set to fire.
She's Flush
Gets another new pilot for her second crack over the local main track after failing to get to some of these from a ground saving spot last time; she has returned to work well but has also had the most chances of any of these and will need to take a good step forward to contend.
Yodel Up a Storm
Just missed getting her nose down first out against open company at Hollywood a couple of months ago and has been idle since; new barn excels with its claimed runners first time back and they'll line her up with statebreds in her local debut; last week's drill suggests she's on her toes and if she just runs back to her debut effort she'll be tough to handle; one to beat.

Race 4

Passionate Diva
Returns to the her best surface; raced on the lead in last 2 races including her career-best effort 2-back; cutting back in distance off the grass debut is a plus and 1st-time Gomez who wins 26% for the barn since 2012; view as a major pace presence in a race filled with gate speed.
Iconic Spirit
Benefits being a closer in a race top heavy with gate speed; both synthetic-surface starts were solid closing well at longer 2-back with a career-best Beyer speed figure attached beating the show runner a next-out 84 Beyer BHP-MSW winner; did not show anything on turf but likely to improve for a 22%-winning barn 2nd time off the bench; saves ground and makes a strong-closing bid.
Renegade Ride
Some runners improve dramatically 2nd-time out and she has plenty of room to move forward for this; faded from a stalking spot on grass with a sharp-DMR half-mile workout for this suggesting she will be a big-early factor then hopes to hang on late for a share.
Intoxicating Move
1st-time on synthetic working steadily for the surface switch and 64-day absence; the 2-back show runner Beyered 73 in her next-out AP-MSW win; best Beyer and lone exacta finish at longer than 1 Mile so will be taking a wait and see approach.
Sheza Dish
42-1 odds in the lawn debut then faded behind the runner-up finisher who graduated next out in a DMR-MSW race with a 70 Beyer; adds to the pace here although the DMR workouts for this are not inspiring; the barn is superb 27% winners on synthetic but she would be a surprise here.
Rosies Ready
1st-time at 1 Mile; sire was a Grade 2-sprinter but went 2-0-0-0 in dirt routes (12K); dam finished 4th in her only dirt route she finished off the board in 3-grass routes; none of her 5 winning foals won going long on synthetic.
Hero's Marine
Has been working like she will fire an improved effort off the 8-week break; 1st-synthetic and blinkered race last out is a career-low Beyer; gets in with her lightest-weight assignment ever seeking answers; tough call at 1 Mile off the loss to Iconic Spirit in March.
Humor Me
Troubled at the gate break in last but keeps Bejarano who likely directs her right to the front playing catch me if you can; 1st-time at 1 Mile; sire took the Santa Anita Derby; dam won 2-of-4 synthetic-surface routes with her only losses in G2 and G3 events; her only foal foal to race Trashi Diva never ran past 6F and only raced on dirt.
Right style being a closer in a race packed with gate speed; that August 4 DMR-synthetic workout was super; was screaming out for more yardage in the debut and gets it here; 1st-time at 1 Mile; G2-sire won 6-of-10 dirt routes (370K); 0-for-7 dam finished 4th in her only synthetic-surface route race and finished twice off the board in 2 turf routes; none of her 4 foals are winners or have raced in the USA; hot-DMR barn adds to ther appeal.

Race 5

Showed enough to his connections this spring to earn a couple stakes shots; those didn't go so well, and then came a sizzle-and-fizzle on the CD sod June 28; freshened since to try and get him back on track, and he also returns to SoCal and to Gallagher; at least nice to see no tag attached to his return and he sure has worked well; but still, save for that maiden win he hasn't shown enough game yet to make you believe he can beat these - at least not yet.
Awfully game winning for $20K at BHP June 28; have to like that Spawr brings him back in a spot where he can't lose him via a claim, too; lone local start wasn't very pretty but hey, that was justhis 2nd career start - he's a lot better horse now than he was then; question is, is he better enough?
China Prince
Seemed headed the right way when 2nd to SW Surfcup on turf at SA March 1; so, considering he moved forward so nicely that day, why hasn't he been seen since, hmmmm?; we're talking now over 5 months off so that's worrisome; does return without a tag, with good works and blinkers on and at least he's shown synthetic ability - after all, his best race (maiden win) came on GG's synthetic track last fall.
Romance Is Sosa
Ratted off 5 straight wins at GG so he's been superb this year; then tried dirt and tougher at PLN July 6 and while he got beat (ran 3rd) he was by no means disgraced (beaten just 1 1/4 lengths); also, that run looks better, too, when you note 2 he beat that day came right back to win; worked sharply since and it's great to see Bejarano take the call; it's first time shipping to SoCal and first time here but he's handled GG synthetic, SAC dirt, SR dirtr and PLN dirt so odds are he'll handle this place.
Sizzlin' Joe
Kept to his task decently to be 3rd in a spot like this here July 20; trouble is, he was no factor at all (beaten 7 1/4 lengths) and finished behind today's foe Brown Boss; at least wasn't FAR behind 'Boss (3/4 of a length) but this guy's lack of speed is his main issue as he frequently leaves himself with too much to do; at least has a feel for the track, has worked well since and GG sees fit to give it a go.
Brown Boss
No match for freaky winner Soi Phet in a spot like this here July 20, though at least Soi Phet came right back to win easily again and is now destined for stakes ranks; that was this guy's first route and first try vs. winners so you can certainly be forgiving and see where he might improve; worked twice since and there's tactical speed here to give Talamo some options.
Jim's No Preacher
Loved his big win here July 24 and the fact Miller moves him up multiple levels; it's a great sign when a sharp trainer does that as it speaks of optimism and tells others that if they want to claim him they have to pay top dollar; looked smashing romping July 24 and the Beyer was huge (95); he's done stuff like that before so it wasn't completely out of the blue and may instead be a sign he's back to the type of strong form he showed in 2011; also, the horse he whipped easily back into 2nd (Bev N Bud) came back to win gamely here Sunday.
Awesome Indy
Awfully promising in 2011; alas, then came over 2 years on the bench and his 3 return tries at BHP this spring were so-so at best; at least it's nice to see no panicky drop in for a tag but he's still facing some toughies, it's first time routing, he's stuck way outside and again his 3 outings since the long, long layoff don't exactly get the pulse racing, do they?

Race 6

Oscar Party
If you're looking for the best last race Beyer Speed Figure in here, you don't have to look any further, and the winner from her latest race returned to win next out at Sar on 7/24 going 1 1/16m over turf in a G2 with a 90 Beyer.
Since winning her first two turf starts, including a G3 at BHP, her form hasn't been very encouraging, and it does look like a career best run will be needed to get the better this field.
Majestic Warrior has been a poor influence as a turf sire but this filly has done some nice work from five starts over turf, including a G2 stakes placing two races back at BHP; Bejarano has won with 40 of 90 (44%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Charlie Em (GB)
Grade 3 winning filly has run well in three consecutive starts since arriving in America and she certainly looks like she fits right in with this group; note that she's being reunited with Gomez who was aboard for the G3 score in her first start in America.
Ighraa (IRE)
She has her share of appeal while making her USA racing debut and it looks like she gave a good account of herself in three consecutive group events prior to coming here; like to see the addition of Lasix for this.
Redressthebalance (IRE)
Like to see the improved performance she showed up with when outrunning her odds in her first start back from a layoff in her latest outing, but she is going to need to be ready to produce an even sharper performance if she's to get the better of these.
Miss Lucky Sevens
She has a strong pedigree for turf and like to see what she did the last time she was entered after a layoff; she exits the same race as today's rival Oscar Party, and still feel that her best races are likely to be in front of her.
She earned a G2 score two races ago and she just missed a G1 stakes placing in her latest outing; she owns the tactical speed to adapt to any early pace scenario and she has every bit the look of a top contender against these.
Miss Empire
Multiple stakes winner ran well the first time she raced over turf, but she was a heavy odds-on favorite in that race, and it would have been nice to have seen her have more to offer in her two turf starts since then; leaning toward others.
War Front has established himself as a top turf sire and this filly certainly ran well in her turf debut in her latest outing; they might have only scratched the surface on her talent at this point, so not going top be shocked if this lightly raced 3-year-old handles the class rise.
She's yet to run a race that is anywhere near strong enough to suggest that she can be competitive in this spot, but it is worth noting that her recent workouts have been solid, and that she's making her first start for a new barn that is having a fine year.
Bares Tripper
She's a stakes winner on dirt, and her turf form hasn't been bad at all, but it is fair to question if she can be at her best at today's one mile distance; winner from latest won next out here on 8/9 going 5f over turf in a 111k stakes with an 80 Beyer.

Race 7

Hair On Fire
Fresh, dangerous and she has legit speed; the third and 4th finishers in last took MSW events next out; there are 2 in the family that won multiple routes; she has enough speed to dictate her own terms; respect.
I'm No Patsy
Must be given legit look on the huge drop alone; Grade 2 placed 3 for 11 dam banked over $300K, carried speed long on grass; lone full bro took 3 sprints, lost only route try; if she can run at all, she figures to show it here.
Mirror races in last pair and at least she has a couple of local drills; both siblings won but were both turf only; miss was over 9 clear in last; just may have found the right field today.
Magic Maya
Runner seems fairly comfortable looking at the recent drills here and she was not disgraced at the beach last year; 3/31 place horse won at this level, then was 2nd beaten 3 quarters in a $25K N2L spot; would find it hard to pull the trigger here.
Proud Bok
Grinder needs things to break just right; Miyadi has been sending out live stock this meet but miss can be her own worst enemy since she has no speed and is at the mercy of how the race sets up; look for her late if at all.
Tropical Moon
Eventful debut when in tight and forced to steady; million sire carried speed long with ease; dam was 0 for 10; there are several winners in the tree including an over $100K earner that carried speed successfully long on grass; expect better effort.
Liar Liar Liar
Pushed out last time, but has the two races to draw from now; the sibling that won once did so in racing debut on grass at HOL with a 77 Beyer; key off the July race and she's a player.
Warren's Chaser
New game going long; sire lost 4 times; dam was 0 for 5; a couple of sibs won but they were sprint only in the minor leagues; has some things to prove.
Speedy Vixen
Once they start piling up 15 or 17 beats, it's just hard to find the upside; only beaten a length going short here last year, and mare has been value in the gimmicks several times; maybe that is where her strength may like once again.
Little Bit Cactus
Pushed wide in last, you can build a case this is a better distance for her; at least there is a double route winner in the family; if you figure she just needed the last, you can build a case for a move forward.
Little Unusual
Will the 24th time be the charm?; could be but if you take a relatively short number and she comes up empty again, one could say the writing was on the wall; the positive include the two races now and the pivotal rider move to Gomez; still, not my kind of play.
Charlsie's Song
Best race came on the conventional dirt and she could be compromised by the slot this time; 4/11 winner repeated in a $16K N2L event with a 73 Beyer; wraps added in last, try to get a good look at her in the post parade.