08/01/2013 11:50AM

Closer Looks: Del Mar August 2, 2013

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Race 1

Storm Reveler
Debut wasn't much but hey, it was just his debut and you can always forgive a first run; also, he blew the start but at least kept to his task well to pass a number of rivals; it came at this level, too, so there's no drop and now he has some experience and a race over the track, so wouldn't be surprised to see a nice move forward - so long as he breaks better.
 
Sharkbait Willie
Sire Unusual Heat gets about 9% 2yo debut winners, according to DRF sire stats; sire won 6 of 16 for $142K, had 3 SWs, G3 SP in Ireland; dam's only foal is full-bro Inquisitive Son (1 win, $70K); dam won 3 of 48 for $191K; snappy :35.60g work here July 27 encourages.
 
Unusual Don
Sire Unusual Heat gets about 9% 2yo debut winners; sire won 6 of 16 for $142K, had 3 SWs, G3 SP in Ireland; dam's lone sib to race was off board in first 8 starts for $2K; dam won 2 of 19 for $170K; plenty of works for a trainer strong first out (25%).
 
Boston Charley
Sire Rocky Bar 7 for first 38 (18%) with 2yo firsters; sire won 5 of 24 for $236K, was SW, multiple SP including 2 G3s; dam has 4 winners from 6 foals to race including Country Cop (5 wins, $62K) and Candy Pull (5 wins, $208K, 3-time SP); dam won 6 of 32 for $338K, was SW, multiple SP; some solid works.
 
Mondai Mondai
Slow into stride in his debut at GG June 8 and never got involved; that was just his debut and it also came vs. straight maidens from a very tough post for the distance; freshened, drops and he comes south with blinkers added; too early to give up on.
 
The Mad Hungarian
Sire Dixie Chatter is 0 for first 9 debuting 2yos; sire won 4 of 13 for $464K, won G1 Norfolk, also a G2 SW, G1/G2/G3 SP; dam's only foal is Ore Pass (2 wins, $69K, SW); dam won 1 of 11 for $67K; some snappy drills hint there's speed here; don't have to be just an Al Hrabosky fan to like this guy.
 
Sailors Brother
Debut was quite encouraging - broke slowly but still got stalking position and made a nice run the rest of the way to finish a clear 2nd; that being said, that came on dirt (PLN) and vs. cheaper ($25k) so he's up in class while facing different ground, no small matter; but at he's shown some ability whereas many of his rivals are question marks.-Michael Hammersly

Race 2

Warren's Judy
Although stepping up in claiming price, bear in mind that this N2L condition pretty much offsets that; the bad news is that this one has not recorded rear-half finishes in each of her three starts in 2013 after a long layoff; seems to have lost multiple steps.
 
Cavalla
Rates as a clear choice following a pair of on-the-board finishes against similar opposition; came up a little empty in the stretch last time when routing; so its back to sprinting for her; consistently posts Beyers in the 50s when racing on synthetic tracks, and even ran a 61 once on turf; two easy works sine that last start; one of the few in here that has shown that she can pass horses - in sprints at least.
 
Cori Celesti
Looks like a pace factor but nothing more; her only win came when she got loose in a race at Fpx when sprinting four furlongs; figures to get gunned to the lead; theft looks like her best chance at an upset.
 
Brandon's Princess
Tries winners for the first time after a game win against maiden 20K stock; is aggressively spotted right back, and with good reason given the slow winning time of her last race, which earned her just a 41 Beyer.
 
Hello Stormy
Took 12 starts to break her maiden and then did so by a rather narrow margin and in slow time; should be prominent early but seems likely to weaken in the stretch against this better field of N2L runners.
 
Beautiful Strike
Grew tired in her latest, fading to fourth after dueling for the lead, but she was still in second place until the eighth pole; needs to make up a little more than 2 1/2 lengths on Cavalla, who finished in front of her in that spot; in this one's defense, she pushed a hot pace and now cuts back in distance; would be more appealing if she weren't off for two months with just 2 works in the interim.
 
Jolly Green Bean
Two dismal starts in 2013, and therefore hard to endorse based on that; at least dropping in class and perhaps will be stronger following that recent start; still, given the year and a half off - no assurances this filly is what she once was.-Byron King

Race 3

Proud Bok
Late runner should work a ground-saving trip then make one-big late run; clearly a great sign that she saved her best Beyer speed figure for last which was her 1st start ever over the DMR-synthetic surface oval and 1st time piloted by this apprentice rider; the 3-back winner repeated in an SR-$12,500-maiden claimer with a 56 Beyer; wish there was a lot more pace signed on to help the late punch.
 
Angel Be Quick
New trainer takes over from an 0-for-48 barn; raced on the lead 3-back when sent this far; projects to be a major-pace presence here; just once race without blinkers was her 6th-place debut finish; races without the hood today trying to shake up the form.
 
Tiz a Funtime
Has not defeated 1 runner in 2 career losses; the runner-up finisher from last Beyered 70 in her next-out DMR-MSW win; the debut runner-up graduated in a BHP-MSW race next out with a 68 speed figure; drops from MSW-to-maiden claimer; the trainer is 0-for-10 since 2012 with this angle.
 
Music and Me
Has not raced past 5.5F; sire took the Kentucky Derby, Travers and BEL Stakes banking 2.8M in dirt routes; is out of an unraced dam who produced 1-for-2 dirt router Irene's Bonus (49K) who did not race on synthetic but scored the stakes win at 1 Mile.
 
Warren's My Queen
Best Beyer on turf but in 2013 has not attempted grass; was no match at long odds vs. similar rivals in recent losses; is ranked several notches below the top contenders; new rider is her 5th in the last 5 starts which is not a good win angle.
 
Jaya Roo
Saves best Beyer for last with 1st blinkers; has not raced past 7F; sire went 2-for-2 in French-synthetic-surface Mile events; longest turf win occurred at 1 Mile; she is the 1st foal from the dam who won 3-of-23 taking 2 turf wins at 1M and 1M and 1-16th going 0-for-3 in synthetic-surface routes.
 
Paris Affair
Wish we were more convinced she wanted to race this far off last 2 fades when stretched out into routes; bet hard in last then was troubled at the gate break; 4%-winning fresh trainer since 2012 suggests we take a wait and see approach.
 
Liar Liar Liar
Declining-career Beyer pattern with her best number on turf; fits with these off latest class drop to this level which produced her 1st exacta finish; late runner hopes for a hot pace; she wants Angel Be Quick and Top Knot to battle for the lead with Jaya Roo and Music and Me streching out off sprints; all this would need to occur to help set up her late punch.
 
Top Knot
Flashed gate speed in sprints and figures to be a major pace presence in an event lacking defined pace; the addition of Lasix and blinkers for the 1st time in last saw her bet to favortism but lacked the finishing punch; best Beyer was posted at today's distance on synthetic; know her early then hopes to hang on late; the runner-up and show finishers from the debut both graduated next out in a SA-MSW races with 79-76 Beyers.-Art Gropper

Race 4

Lanida
Mare has enough speed to flee the rail and the inside has been golden so far this meet; the 6/7 winner repeated in a $16K claimer with a 70 Beyer; she graduated here in the second career start going and a half with a 77 Beyer; right back?
 
Rossi Reserve
The local win came for this very price when miss had over 5 at the top of the lane but won by less than 2 with a 61 Beyer; nearly 4 clear in last, best when sent along, trainer has spotted them great all year; far too sharp not to take seriously.
 
Ebony N Ice
At least she has the two races to draw from now; mare beat the smallish Phoenix field for the lone win this year; must find a way to turn the tables on the rail among others.
 
Halfapondarosa
Respect hot claim box item; the 6/7 place horse won for this price next out with a 65 Beyer; miss graduated here in the debut drawing away with a 68 Beyer; there seems to be enough speed in here to help the cause; the hotter the pace the better.
 
Easy Goes By
Wonder if connections had this race in mind all the time as she was brougth back on the conventional dirt highway known as SAC; hung wide here with that 78 Beyer; and the show horse in the GG finale took a $12.5K seller next out, ran out of the money twice; trainer has spotted them just fine all year.
 
Magic Mama
Repeatedly proven vs. tougher, you got to put them where they belong in this game; beaten a length and a half at this very level in the best local result, mare can be her own worst enemy since she has limited speed; 5th finisher in last cashed in a $16K seller next out and the winner repeated vs. $25K claiming foes; be patient and look for her late if you believe in Magic.
 
Raisin' Cain
Maybe the win in Orange County gave her a confidence boost; she basically flattered the rail with the victory though; steadied for this price two back; needs to be send hard and that figures to be the instructions to the bug boy.
 
Samurai Jess
Forced to steady in last and lost best shot; place horse two back cashed next out in a $16K N2L, then ran 7th; sometimes when a barn is struggling, dropping a runner and getting a win can turn things around; that may be in the mix here.
 
Lady Rochelle
Versatility could be her best asset; she can lead and succeed or track and get up; they were all together on the line in last, sometimes a sign of just an ordinary race; should be within striking distance from the sound of the bell but may need softer to show top talent.
 
Mary Contrary
A late third when losing a little ground in the lane in the other try for this price; could see her sitting a nice stalk and pounce journey and note here career top Beyer came here in the $25K optional; due.
 
Eltoninadress
Miss stalked to no avail in last; one concern is she had to take 2012 off; place horse 6/22 took a $20K claimer next out by a head with a 69 Beyer; could see her forcing the issue, not sure she will be around at the end. -Brian Mulligan

Race 5

Street Car
Tries better off a front running score in his Hollywood return from the break; gelding win impressively on the front end here last summer and he has had 4 weeks to get over the big Beyer effort last time; won't be easy to repeat, but expect to see him flaunting his lick from this inside slot.
 
Magic Beam
He's been popular at the claim box this year and now he'll step up a notch off the near miss in his local return; gelding likes it here and the pace in front of him does figure to be solid, but he'll again catch the guy who wired him last time; consider.
 
Night Tide
Shipper tries open claimers off a decent placing in a protected spot at Lone Star Park; he was defeated at odds on the last time he tried the local main track last summer, but he does own some back synthetic efforts that would make him a big threat from close range in this spot; can't be overlooked.
 
Courtside
Removes the hood for his local return after coming up empty late off a wide trip in his Hollywood finale; gelding has run big here in the past and he was pretty good getting third money at this level 2 starts back; rebound type of effort puts him in the exotics mix her for a barn that's winless on the year.
 
Runaway Wildcat
Ships down from upstate after getting beaten again as the chalk, this time off this barn's re-claim; gelding gets a solid pilot and he's been right there in each of his cracks over the local main track; prefer to limit his use to underneath in exotics in this spot.
 
Whining
Makes his first start here for a new barn after being given nearly 4 months since last meeting the starter in New Mexico; gelding has yet to try synthetic footing and his recent local drill doesn't exactly suggest he likes this type of footing; prefer to watch him today.
 
Diamond of Blue
Took them every step of the way on the slight drop in his local debut and now he'll step back up to this level; gelding doesn't need the top to fire and maybe he finds himself tracking the rail drawn speed from this draw; threat right back.
 
Let's Get Crackin
Absentee makes his first start in a year while going first time off this new outfit's claim; gelding was beaten chalk when last sighted here and now he'll try older rivals for the initial time; been a long time since that maiden score; his best numbers fit, but he may just be better next time.
 
Gutshot Straight
Dropper gets a new pilot for his second crack at the stand after getting on track too late from a wide spot last time; gelding should find himself within striking range of the front runners early and gets the call to get back on track and run them down in the lane; one to beat.
 
Sandys Diamond
Emerald shipper worked well here last weekend for his local debut; outfit knows him well and he was a decent sprinter against limited winners in Washington, but this late runner could find himself well out of this one early which means he'll have plenty of ground to cover late; siding with others on the win end.
 
Frenemy
Outside drawn gray didn't do much in his local return against better and now he'll drop; he offered a nice late kick at the trip here last summer and maybe second back from the freshening he'll have a little more to offer from the bell today; with Bejarano getting aboard the price warrants him a look. -Steve Grabowski

Race 6

Zanbo
Like fact miss graduated here off a similar layoff; the 5/19 winner repeated in an $80K optional with an 83 Beyer; may have to come from a bit off the pace this time as runner on the direct outside has :43 and change zip; Bejarano enticed for clever barn that is due to get rolling.
 
Noise of the Crowd
Runner took a look at a similar spot at SR on Thursday; only out of the money once on grass, respect her speed and she is in good hands; the 4/7 place horse took an N1X next out at PLN with an 85 Beyer via DQ; love the spacing of the return drills; look out.
 
Joint Attempt
Three exited the debut to graduate next out; 6th horse in last cashed next out in a maiden $25K claimer, then was 3rd beaten 3 in a $25K N2L fray; she has gotten a little late in both starts and now has to go farther; connections have the 'ship and win' incentive going; respect.
 
Market Quote
Tends to break slow and that must be addressed; she has worked fast for this and the 3/23 winner repeated in an N1X and then a couple of races later took a $62.5K optional with an 83 Beyer; can't fault those that are a bit gun shy with three consecutive chalk flops.
 
Roses for Joni
Several taxing races in a row may have taken a toll on this one; fully extended for the last win and not sharp at all this season; miss has a right to be more into running early on the stretch out; Couton got a chance to figure her out; surprise package.
 
Krazypapaya
She has been sharp as a tack since she has graduated; miss has shown the ability to pass horses but must find a way to turn the tables on the Shirreffs runner; a couple of local drills can't hurt and slight improvement and she will be in the thick of it.
 
Tiz a Classy Lass
Flattered arch foe on the direct inside with the score in last; she may have hated the rail in the debut when she walked out of the gate; nothing wrong with the July drills but would have liked to have seen a local spin; look for her in the late stages if at all.
 
Clearly Anointed
Took a shot on the conventional but hooked a freak; the 6/2 winner repeated against $40K starter foes, then was third beaten over 3 in a $55K SR stakes; miss got the ideal three hole trip vs. the cheapies to open the career; could see her pushing the splits, not sure she will be able to take the heat of a duel.
 
Warren's Rosebud
Outfinished by the Kruljac runner last time as Stevens is enticed; only poor effort came when she broke poorly in the debut; renewed energy in the drill last Sunday; pace was quite a bit slower in last and she could not quicken in time; contention goes long. -Brian Mulligan

Race 7

Omega Star
Late-running sprinter has been away since fading in a key race when racing on a synthetic surface for the 1st time; today is the 1st time for a new trainer winning 23% with this angle since 2012; new rider had seemingly had other options but lands here; he posted a bullet-DMR gate workout for this; the winner from last repeated in a GG-100K stakes with an 85 Beyer speed figure; the show runner from last Beyered 86 in a next-out BHP-Grade 3 stakes victory.
 
Tiz a Minister
Major-class relief from graded stakes into a Cal-bred event; some of these just broke their maiden; the last time racing this short of a distance was a December 4th-place finish when rallying too late; getting up at today's s 7F-stamina test is the main issue; the 3-back key race saw the winner repeat in a GG-100K event with an 85 Beyer.
 
U'narack
Debut race over the DMR synthetic was super setting the pace vs. the winner who repeated in an SA-100K stakes race with a 79 Beyer; has never been this far of a distance but has shown good gate speed but more importantly also the ability to rate just off the gate speed if needed; view as a major pace presence for this hoping to sit just of Follini before getting 1st run on the closers.
 
Follini
On the lead in 4 of 5 career races he is the one to catch again; favored winner of last he is another who may have issues getting the final yards for this; racing at his longest-stamina test ever does not add to the appeal; pretty obvious his best races are playing catch me if you can from the gate.
 
Myfundsarelo
Debut win was not a surprise bet down to 3-1 odds then despite breaking slowly rallied past the field with a massive-cleap leap today for start 2; some runners move forward dramatically off the debut race and he has plenty of room to improve.
 
Raised a Secret
Stakes-placed at today's distance; was nosed in last when heavily bet vs. alw. foes and this is much tougher; is still eligible for a non-winners of 2 lifetime allowance event; sees the rider of last siding with Omega Star which does not help the confidence level that he will make amends to beat this clasier group.
 
Lucky Cotton
Ambitious placement right off the maiden breaker; he won right on the lead in last the 1st time he's ever made the front; 12%-winning fresh trainer since 2012 does not add to the appeal; rallied 2 back vs. Follini who follows him here and would have to beat that one to the front to make the lead again; has been working well for this but will be taking a wait and see approach.
 
Ambitious Brew
Scored right on the lead in last showing much-improved gate speed off the debut loss where she broke a beat slowly from the gate; the debut race looks better since the runner-up finisher Beyered 74 in his next-out BHP-MSW victory.
 
Hazardous
Won 1st off the claim racing over a conventional-dirt surface but produced a 5-0-2-0 record since; the latest loss was his best Beyer since his dirt-stakes loss; 0-for-4 since winning the career debut on GG synthetic; his trainer is 1-for the last-38 with synthetic-surface starters. -Art Gropper

Race 8

Tower Hour
Proud Tower Too 0 for 21 with firsters; G1 winning sire won at 2, took 7 of 22, banked over $1.7 million; dam was unraced; 2 of 4 siblings won, both won thrice and banked nearly $50K a piece; he sure looks fit enough.
 
Gonna Play
Unraced Game Plan has hit with about 12% of his first-timers in a 306-horse study; stakes winning 2 for 19 dam earned almost $70K; lone half sis took one of 8, earned less than a grand a start; could need experience.
 
Juan's Corazonsito
These kind of shippers have succeeded here this meet; 3 clear two back and he has been wide in the last pair; like fact he got a feel of the surface on the 19th; he s one of a few in here up for sale for the first time, any are eligible to run big; there is a near $100K earner in the tree; may like it here.
 
Arizona Wildcat
No speed last year but could be more involved early with the blinks this time; wonder if they were on for the solid drill last Saturday; the winner of the day won twice since, the last in a $5K seller at Los Al; SW 3 for 20 dam banked about $90K; both sibs won including 6 for 16 racer and near $100K earner Hi Card Gambler; trainer has spotted them great all year.
 
Mr. Cappuccino
Runner was 8th of 12 in a state-bred MSW in the other local start; backers have to hope they go bonkers early and the race falls completely apart.
 
Excessive Tequila
Been given time since walking out of the gate; dam just one for 14; this is her first to roll; could run much better this time.
 
Hard Play
This is a first-time gelding; over 3 clear two back and the winner that day repeated in an N1X, then was third beaten a length and a quarter in a division of the Oceanside; place horse in last took a maiden $50K claimer and the 4th finisher won at this very level; 3 for 25 dam banked over $100K; 4 of 5 sibs won including double Grade 3 winner and near $500K earner Straight Line; just may forget to stop.
 
Concorde West
Soph has teased a few times and he has the speed to be in the thick of it from the get go; the 3rd and 7th finishers of the OP finale graduated next out and the winner that day repeated in an N1X, took a $62.5K optional, then was 2nd beaten nearly 4 in a $100K SAR stakes on 7/25; barn has been sending out live stock.
 
Indian Spirit
He's lost ground in the lane in every race since March; off one of his better Beyers but he needs to find a lane to rally into in time.
 
El Tovar
Brings speed and the blowout last Sunday should have him on his toes; dam out of the money in lone start; 4 of 5 sibs won including double stakes winner and near $300K earner Lady Gamer; don't sell too short.
 
Dramatic Allan
Must deal with arch-rival on the direct inside again; the 7/6 show horse graduated at this level here on 7/20 with a 56 Beyer; at least there are a couple of multiple race winners in the tree; note the improvement in the drill last Sunday; watch.
 
Advisory
Was not keen to break and then it got worse; SW 4 for 16 dam banked over $300K; this is her first to race; clever barn due to get rolling.
 
Regally Soul
This is a first-time gelding; overmatched in the first pair but he s a player if you key off the 4/25 effort; decent move going 4 furlongs last Sunday; rates upset look if he gets a shot to roll.
 
Di Conti
Colt could be more relaxed without the blinks today; SW 7 for 11 dam banked nearly $125K; several multiple race winners in the tree including champion, 6 for 8 racer and over $1.9 million earner Boston Harbor; respect if he suits up.-Brian Mulligan