08/17/2013 12:33PM

Closer Looks: Del Mar, August 18, 2013


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Race 1

Flashy Bull has been a poor influence as a turf sire, and despite flashing some early speed, this filly really didn't show much in her only turf attempt; prefer to keep looking around in here.
Boller Bomb
This appears to be the stronger of the two Miller-trained horses in here and this will be her first start for him after a 40k claim; viewing the presence of Gomez as a positive indicator and he's won with 13 of 45 (29%) mounts for this barn in 2013; 3rd finisher from latest won next out at Dmr on 8/8 going 1m vs. 32-28k claimers with a 71 Beyer.
Majestic Warrior is another poor turf sire being represented in here and this filly is going to need to be ready to step up with her sharpest performance to date if she's to prove to be the one in this spot.
Upward Spiral (GB)
She just missed a G1 stakes placing in her final start racing overseas prior to shipping to America, and it looks like the addition of blinkers helped serve as a little bit of a wakeup call in her latest outing; she has her share of appeal while dropping in class for this.
Holiday N Newport
Sire wins with approximately 12% of his turf starters and dam won once from four starts for 12k, and she didn't make a turf start; her form has headed in the wrong direction since her career debut, but this isn't a bad spot to find out what she can do over turf.
Buckingham Bull
Not wild about Flashy Bull as a turf sire, but this filly has shown a little something in her seven turf starts, and she looks like a decent fit at this level of competition; third finisher from latest won next out at Del on 8/12 going 1m 70y over turf vs. 16k OPC's with a 74 Beyer.
Harlan's Sweetie
This filly has a little bit of quality to her pedigree, and if she can remember the way that she performed the first time she raced over turf, she's eligible to make some noise in this spot; however, she does need to bounce back from a couple of sub par performances; Maldonado has won with 10 of 39 (26%) mounts for this barn in 2013.

Race 2

Ol' Steely Blue
Just one race at least this far was an 8th-place finish in a 1 Mile GG-turf loss; adds 1F onto latest wins exiting a career-best Beyer speed figure 1st-time racing on dirt; was claimed by a barn that rarely purchases just 0-for-2 first-off-the-buy since 2012.
Royal Meridian
Missed just 1 exacta in 6 synthetic-surface starts; beat the show runner from last who posted an 89 Beyer speed figure in his next-out DMR $22,500-claiming win; the added half furlong seems ideal for this late runner noting his win here last summer; lone knock against is the 3-time win rider lands on Keyboard Courage.
Centenario de Oro
Best Beyer on turf but both wins on synthetic surfaces including latest via DQ; was able to win from post 11 in last over a lesser-non-winners of 2 field and gets a massive-class test; the 2-back runner-up finisher Beyered 71 in his next-out 16K-claiming win; would have to up his game to a brand new level to take this.
Metropolitan Man
5-0-0-0 record since the March, 2012, claim which is not easy to take; 23%-winning fresh trainer since 2012 adds to the appeal; he's won off the bench before and off recent form likely needed the time off; finished last behind the winner from last who Beyered 95 in his next-out BHP-optional claiming win.
Keyboard Courage
Claimed off a good-Mile DMR try cutting back to his shortest distance test since the career debut win on dirt; new barn has been hot at DMR but yields just 13% winners 1st-off-the-claim; can do it from anywhere; last win was right off the pace but went last-to-1st in his win at today's distance.
Reunites with the rider of his last 2 wins; drops in price off the purchase an aggressive move; 23%-winning 1st-off-the-claim trainer since 2012 is a plus; career-best Beyer occurred at today's distance April, 2012, for Talamo; would need a major form reversal off 5 consecutive out-of-the-money finishes to take this.
Red Defense
Scratched from a much-tougher spot at 20-1 morning-line odds Friday as an also eligible in a 5F-turf optional claimer; broke poorly in his DMR-synthetic debut last out not showing the same late spark as the 2-back win at today's distance defeating the runner-up finisher a next-out 66 Beyer SR-8K-claiming winner.

Race 3

Quiet Command
Drops a notch after tiring from his pace efforts in his local debut run a couple of weeks back; gelding moves to the fence so his early foot figures to be on display and there doesn't look to be a whole bunch to go with him early in here so maybe he's again able to control things, but he'll have to prove he can handle this type of footing before we'd get excited by his chances of taking this; prefer others.
Fear the Beard
Bejarano sticks with a colt who made a big middle move to the leaders after getting a solid clip in front of him last time; he's another dropping a level for this but he may just be better on other footing as well as he's been off the board in each of his 3 local starts; maybe for a minor award.
Rock This Way
He's got plenty of early foot but didn't use much of it when beaten chalk first off this barn's claim in his local return last month; he'll drop in for less than they paid for him in here but he goes back to the pilot aboard for his 2 back score and he has run well in each of his 4 other starts over the local main track including a score off a pace pressing trip around this time last year; can go better in this spot.
A Day Away
Beat limited winners while making his first start in 10 months at Hollywood and now he'll return to a venue at which he's yet to finish out of the exacta in 2 spins; gelding may not be as fast as some of these, but he has given a good account of himself in his last handful of starts and if things heat up in front of him maybe that's enough to get him in the exotics mix here.
Kingman Kid
Statebred failed to factor when shipped to Hollywood and turned back to sprint in his first off this low percentage outfit's claim; he was pretty good prior to that while facing cheaper up North earlier in the year and he's been working ok over synthetic footing at Hollywood in the interim, but have to side with others on the win end.
Winsome Charm
Eight year old will try cheaper while dropping in company for his return to synthetic footing for the first time in over 2 years; he's shown some early interest on the lawn of late and he did earn some solid numbers on synthetic footing earlier in his career so the surface is far from foreign to him; hasn't won in a long time but in here he may be worth a look.
Big Wags
Made a wide move into a quick clip and was only able to last for third money in his first off this barn's claim; they'll drop him a notch for this and he's not far removed from a couple of pace tracking tries at Hollywood that would easily handle this bunch; this hasn't been his preferred venue and maybe the slumping outfit misjudged what they could do with this guy, but with a bounce back type of effort he may prove to be the one to beat in this spot.
Go to the Pulpit
Outside drawn gelding adds the hood for his first crack off this outfit's claim; he's been working sharply for this and maybe that means an improved try will be on tap, but the barn hasn't had any recent luck with this type and he was defeated handily by a couple of these just 3 starts back.

Race 4

True horse for the course has tons of back class, 2 of her 3 highest Beyers have been here and both times she had the rail, she succeeded; not one rival in the field has posted a triple digit Beyer yet; she appears to have commanding speed; gone?
Winding Way
Defending champ has trained well locally for the defense including the best of 18 bullet on the 13th; show horse in the 2012 closer won 3 times since, the last in the Hirsch here with an 87 Beyer on 8/3; needs wake-up call.
Mare is coming off a similar Beyer as she did going into last year Rancho; Grade 1 placed last year, she loves this layout, has drilled sharply for Hall of Fame trainer as Stevens enticed; place horse in last took a $72K stakes next out in Inglewood, 10th finisher took a $55K stakes at SR and the winner was 2nd a neck in the $102K Osunitas; don't sell short.
Curvy Cat
She is the lone stone-cold closer in the group as she makes her Graded debut; miss graduated in a maiden $8K claimer so this is a success story no matter what happens today; she does have an extra sixteenth to try to run down the rail; backers have to hope a duel develops and the leaders cough it up.
Sweet Marini
Broke poorly in the lone off effort; she did sit just off the pace in the winning debut and that may be how it shakes out today; like the way she was extending in last; should give a very good account of herself today.

Race 5

Kid Dreams
He's run well in all three of his starts over turf and he earned a stakes placing via disqualification two races back at Woodbine; however, this isn't a soft group of 40k OPC's he's meeting up with, and it looks like Leparoux might have opted to pilot another in here.
Trucial State
He was claimed for 10k just two starts ago and he's going to have to find a way to dial up a career best performance if he's planning on putting any pressure on the top contenders in this spot.
Can't ignore the early speed that he brings with him, but he doesn't figure to be able to get loose on an easy early lead, and not wild about what he showed us in his one turf attempt prior to this.
Somethings Unusual
He seems to be getting better with each passing start, and in a race that figures to have a lively early pace, his late running style should play quite well; he shares the best last race Beyer Speed Figure in here with a few of these, and like to see Bejarano get the call.
Motown Men
He's a good fit at this level of competition, and he is capable of a sharp mile on his best day, but it does look like the early pace will be fast and contested, and that might work against him; not counting him out of it, but race shape is a concern.
U S Citizen
Despite only having won his career debut, he's really done little run through his first six starts, but today will be the first time he's raced beyond six furlongs; not sure how he'll handle the added distance, but he certainly figures to be a part of the early pace scenario which is likely to be fast.
Tom's Tribute
He's recorded three consecutive quality starts to begin his career and like to see the way that he performed when employing rating tactics in his turf debut in his latest outing; he has a live look to him in this spot with Leparoux taking over.
Mambo Man
He was geared up for a sharp performance after a layoff in his latest outing and he finished right behind a few of today's rivals in that contest; it looks like he's going to benefit from a favorable early pace scenario once again, so won't be surprised if he's moving in on them through the lane.
My Samurai Warrior
He was involved in a blanket finish that involved a number of today's rivals in his latest start, and if he can come right back with that level of performance, there isn't any reason why he can't find himself in the mix this time around.
Te Rapa
This might prove to be a tough step up in class for this 5-year-old, but he is a bonafide horse-for-course, and his ability to run his race from off the pace can serve him well in a race that figures to have some hot early fractions.
Midnight Crooner
Stakes winning veteran has won five of 13 career starts, including four of nine turf starts, and he's certainly worth keeping an eye on in the event that he draws in; he's another who is capable of sitting out the early running and moving in on tired pacesetters through the lane.
Stoney Fleece
Grade 3 winner has run well in both of his starts over the Del Mar turf course, including a win in his latest outing, and he's another sitting on the Also Eligible list who is worth looking out for.

Race 6

Malibu Knight
Makes his first start in a year while dropping in for a tag in his initial synthetic spin; 6 year old doesn't have any early lick, but he does catch his cheapest bunch yet here and he has been working regularly for his return try; still, have to think he'll need at least one before we see the best he has left.
Dress Code
Drops back in for the price they paid for him 2 back after failing to factor from the local fence first off the claim; 7 year old packs a nice late punch and he's usually right there at this trip; pace in front of him should be solid and that may be enough to help get him back on track, but the guy who beat him 2 and 3 starts back returns in this spot as well; contender.
Hy Hand Poker
Offered little from a wide spot in his local return and now he'll drop in for a tag; gelding has shown some speed out of town this year so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him mixing it up early, but he doesn't appear to have enough to go on with these late; passing on this price.
Relentless Heat
Makes his first start off the claim by an outfit that's had no luck at the stand; maybe he's better second time back from the break and this barn hits at a big clip with this type; gelding earned each of his 4 wins on the green, but he packs a nice kick regardless of surface and if things heat up in front of him he could prove a factor at a price.
First Strike
Returns from nearly 5 months on the shelf with a solid drill in tow for a barn that does well off this type of break; gelding does own a local score and he runs ok fresh, but he wasn't much of a threat for this price 2 back at Santa Anita; prefer to look elsewhere.
Last out runner up drops a notch to the level at which he was defeated by 3 of the guys who show up in this spot as well; he likes the local main track, but he gets another new pilot for this one and don't know that the added half panel will really benefit him; maybe for a minor share.
Dashing Ash
Steps up seeking his third straight score after narrowly holidng on in his first with winners at Hollywood; gelding doesn't look to be as quick as some of these more accomplished runners and figures to have his work cut out for him today.
Gnarly Dude
Tired from his pace efforts when stepped up to the allowance ranks in his first crack off this sharp outfit's claim and now he'll return to the level of his gate to wire score 2 back at Hollywood; gelding worked sharply earlier in the week for this and he's proven he doesn't need the top to be effective; one to beat.
Coo Cachoo
Finished behind a couple of these when third at Hollywood while returning from the break; 6 year old did win here last summer and maybe getting off the fence helps him today, but prefer to limit his use to underneath in exotics.
Let's Get Crackin
Gelding returned from a year on the shelf in a protected spot and ran ok in that slightly shorter heat; he returns in just 16 days and will have an added half panel to deal with in here; he kept good company last year, but is not the runner he was then and could have some trouble moving forward while coming back so quickly.

Race 7

Modest works for this daughter of Pulpit who won multiple G2s and 728K (his offspring have scored in 68 out of 591 debuts); the dam won 8 of 49 and 367K; among the winning siblings is 424K earner Harlan Street.
Belle of the Fleet
Firster hails from Northern Afleet, a multiple G2 winner who banked 626K (his progeny have won 76 out of 570 initial starts); the dam won 2 of 9 attempts and 49K; winning siblings include 25K earner Julio's Gold.
Miss Scatalicious
Steady workout regimen for this lass; her sire won multiple G1s and 1.33 million; descendants of Scat Daddy have won 12 percent of their first races; the dam went 8 for 25 earning 247K; sib to 44K earner Urquia.
On the Right Side
Offspring of Indygo Shiner, a G3 winner who notched a total of 444K, have scored in 4 of 70 debuts; the dam went zero for 2 lifetime; winning siblings include 16K earner Bella Carolina.
Bold Decision
Quit in her maiden voyage when burdened with the outermost post; her sire won a G1 and 1.22 million; the dam went zero for 4 lifetime; among the winning siblings is 50K winner Cats on Tour; blinker removal can help the cause.
Sunset Strip
She was sired by multiple graded stakes winner Hard Spun who captured 2.67 million and whose descendants have won 10 percent of their first tests; the dam was unraced; among the winning sibs is 122K earner Manando.
Spring Again
This filly was training very well in Kentucky before shipping west; her sire won a G1 and 633K; offspring of Sky Mesa have won 45 out of 340 initial attempts; the dam won 8 of 29 and 246K; sib to 44K earner Strange Luck.
La Quintessa
The sire involved won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and 1.31 million; descendants of Unbridled's Song have scored in 110 out of 823 debuts; the dam was also a G1 winner who notched 1.05 million; sib to 288K earner Mi Sueno.
Improved in the latest drill at five-eighths; her sire won multiple G1s and 831K (offspring of Street Boss have won 16 out of 75 debuts); the dam won 1 of 11 and 38K; sib to 78K earner Meditations.
Wild Caroline
Her latest a.m. move was one of her best; her sire won a G1 and 424K while the dam won 1 of 16 and 17K; descendants of Wildcat Heir have done well first time out, winning 46 out of 276; winning siblings include 137K earner Peachy Kiss.

Race 8

Unusual Hottie
Multiple stakes winner is a neck shy of being a perfect four-for-four since moving into this barn and she's proven that she's quite comfortable racing over this turf course; she projects to sit a favorable ground saving trip after breaking from the rail post and her best effort is clearly good enough to put in a serious bid for the top prize.
Halo Dolly
She carries multiple graded stakes winning credentials with her, something that none of her rivals in here can boast, and she's being reunited with Bejarano who was aboard for a G3 win three starts back; Bejarano has won with 40 of 91 (44%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Both of her starts over turf have been solid performances, and she's out of a dam who won 8 of 16 turf starts for 103k, but this does appear to be a tough group for her to be lining up against; looking toward others.
Heat Trap
She's two-for-two racing over turf, and she ran well in her synthetic surface debut over the main track here in her latest outing; however, this is easily her toughest test to date, and this will be her first start beyond six furlongs.
Bella Viaggia
Have to respect what this stakes winning filly has done in her first six starts while recording four wins and a couple of runner-up finishes, and like to see the route experience she gained in her most recent outing; this is a tough spot for her first route attempt over turf, but still feel that she merits contender status.
Spring Bloom
Her form has clearly headed in the right direction since being claimed by her current connections, but she's being handed a very difficult assignment today, and she will need to be ready to take her game to another level get the better of these.
Warren's Flasher
Like to see the improvement she showed when placed over turf the number of starts ago and perhaps her most recent race will serve as a useful conditioner for this; regardless, she's in a very tough spot today and it will take a new career best to threaten the top contenders.

Race 9

Takem by Surprise
Unfortunately, he has gotten into speed duels in both attempts thus far; his sire won a G3 stakes and 285K while the dam went 2 for 13 earning 50K; among the winning siblings is 270K earner Tap Tap I Win.
Eleven Zip
Sired by G1 sprinter City Zip who amassed 818K and whose descendants have won 79 out of 495 debuts; the dam won 1 of 22 attempts and 55K; this is her only foal to make it to the starting gate.
Upgraded in the latest a.m. move; his sire won 2 of 4 and 77K; progeny of Tribal Rule have won 47 out of 338 initial starts; the dam won 6 of 12 and 136K; sib to 26K bankroller Platinum Rules.
Time to Go Robo
Steady gate works of late; his sire won a G3 and 150K overall (offspring of Time to Get Even are 2 for 12 as far as winning their first effort); the dam won 2 of 12 and 47K; sib to 111K earner Unhitchthetrailer.
Sharp try nearly a month ago when a clear-cut second; his sire is multiple G1 speedball Bertrando who netted 3.18 million; the dam won 3 of 29 and 218K; winning siblings include 451K earner Luckarack.
Prince of Paris
Progeny of Papa Clem, a multiple G2 victor who earned 1.12 million, have scored in 1 of 6 initial attempts; the dam won 2 of 15 races and 15K; winning siblings include 39K earner King of Bling.
Electric Eddie
Best recent workout was on the morning of 8/2; his sire won a G1 and 837K overall; progeny of Square Eddie are zero for 4 in their debut attempts; the dam won 1 of 7 races and 24K; this is her only foal to compete.
Now You're It
This colt was sired by G2 victor Run Away and Hide who captured 224K and whose offspring have won 5 of 43 initial starts; the mom won 6 of 22 and 120K; winning siblings include 46K earner Distorted Alice.
Johns Journey
Suffered through heavy pace pressure first time out before tiring in the last furlong; his sire won a G1 and 1.73 million; the dam won 2 of 7 and 16K: winning sibs include 76K earner Belle's Big Boy; worth some follow up here.
Even to the Moon
Upbeat workout regimen for this new face; his sire won a G3 and 150K; progeny of Time to Get Even have won 2 of 12 debuts; the dam was without a tally in 5 attempts; this is her only foal to start.
The gelding's sire was a Group 2 winner who amassed 317K and whose offspring are 1 for 26 in their first go; the dam was zero for 3 lifetime; winning siblings include Warrensmysterydice who earned 66K.
Oh Daddy Oh
Excellent work from the gate turned in 4 days ago; his sire won multiple G1s and 1.33 million; Scat Daddy's descendants have won 12 percent of their first races; the dam won 6 of 33 and 315K; sib to 7K earner Mighty Craic.
Charisma Code
No chance last time when steadying out of contention; turned in a solid showing the time before and would prove an interesting item if somehow escaping AE imprisonment; latest half-mile work was modest.

Race 10

Apostle Paul
Pushed wide when possibly just dead short; may have to find a way to turn back the Garcia charge among others; Bejarano bails for the well-bred O'Neill charge; still must be left in the mix.
Just Fishin
Colt has teased several times and is due; he has some work to do to match top kin Cinco de Mayo Mio, who won thrice, banked about $130K, never turfed; homebred has trained steadily of late; due.
Maxx the Giant
Closest for a tag, maybe that is where he belongs; his tactical speed will give him an edge on the deep closers; should be fit enough by now; contention goes long.
Citron Kid
Players didn't bite on the drop last time and they were dead right; back to the original rider, and he was a little bit more keen to run in last; value should be there.
Red Vine
Promise in New York, may like it here; 2 for 10 dam banked $45K, was turf only; both siblings won multiple times, both tried grass to no avail; respect everything from this classy stable.
Self Confident
This is a first-time gelding; hung wide when bet like a good thing in the debut; 8th finisher in bow took a maiden $50K claimer, winner repeated in a $60K stakes and three others ran second; dam was unraced; 3 of 5 siblings won; top kin Beautiful Daniele took a stakes on grass, banked over $150K, was turf only; looks fit enough after the foundation move on 8/6.
Angel Charge
Colt could relax more without the shades today; 5th finisher in last took a maiden $20K claimer next out and the winner repeated in a $40K optional; he has a shot to mature with grace as kin to Heavenly Landing, who took a Grade 3 won on grass 4 times, banked over $300K; backers have to address the stamina issue.
Rock Hard Ten about 12% with first-time turfers in a 180-runner sample; sire didn't run at 2, took soph debut at SA with a 101 Beyer, won multiple G1s, banked over $1.8 million, never turfed; dam was unraced; the half sister to win Star Billing took a G1 on turf, banked over $400K; runner ran well in bow considering he walked out of the gate and the race came back ultra live; place and show runners won at this level next out, 8th finisher took a maiden $30K claimer and the winner clicked right back in an N1X with a 93 Beyer; got a feeling we have not seen the best of this one.
Exchange Rate about 11% with first-time turfers in a 256-runner sample; sire took debut at 2, took G2 Tom Fool, won twice on grass, earned nearly $500K; stakes winning 5 for 17 dam banked over $100K, won once on grass; both siblings won including G3 winner, over $900K earner Gottcha Gold, who was 0 for 3 on grass; soph steadied in the debut and note show horse won at this very level here 8 days ago with a 93 Beyer; must hurry.
Sir Sophie
Sky Mesa about 13% with first-time turfers in a 205-runner sample; sire was unbeaten in 3 juvenile starts, took the G1 Hopeful, earned over $600K, never turfed; SW 4 for 16 dam banked nearly $135K, lost 4 times on grass; lone half bro to race My Samurai Warrior cashed on turf once; has shot to show speed on the stretch out.
Navarre (GB)
Colt was in the world-class hands of Andre Fabre and runner has teased several times; the 5/26 winner, a mare, repeated beat 6 next out in a $27.6K allowance, then ran third beaten just over 3 in a Group 3; Gelding seems to be figuring it out; pedigree solid as top kin Proviso took multiple Grade 1s, earned over $1.7 million as grass monster; has to find that killer instinct.
Money Machine
Runner should have his sea legs under him by now; SP 3 for 16 dam earned $100K, lost twice on grass; all 3 siblings won but all tried grass to no avail; Gomez enticed on the long-fused runner.
Corinthian's Song
At least he got a feel of the course and he almost overcame being forced to steady; off a career Beyer, one more move forward and it could be his turn.