08/21/2013 10:21AM

Closer Looks: Del Mar August 22, 2013


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Race 1

Real nice try in a spot just like this here July 24, which stamps him a big player; that being said, this spot looks tougher as some of his rivals have ability; at least you already know he handles the trip, the track and fits well at the level, and a couple nice works since bode well, too; solid.
Money Cannon
Ran on decently to be 4th sprinting here July 19; while he's been sprinting note a win routing (on turf) at EVD May 1 so he handles this trip; that being said, he is asked to move up a bit in price in a race that came up pretty salty for the levle; but it's also nice to see 3 works since that last run, too.
Beast of Bourbon
Ellis superb off the claim (4 for last 11, 36%) and he snagged this guy for $16K off a fine 3rd at this trip here July 31; yes, that was vs. restricted foes and he's facing open rivals today but he comes here sharp and it's no small matter that after chasing elders in his last 2 he's back in vs. peers only today.
Last couple weren't very pretty, yes, but remember they came vs. tougher, one on turf and one sprinting vs. elders, and they sandwiched a 2-plus month layoff; well, there's no layoff this time, he drops and faces 3yos only and a real sharp trainer adds blinkers; oh, and that :59.60 move here Aug. 10 encourages, too; food for thought.
Penny Maker
Finished well behind Hardliner (2nd) in a race like this here July 24 but Autrey saw fit to claim him and gets Talamo to ride; proven he can route and a wide trip certainly didn't help in that July 24 outing; worked nicely since, too.
Has his value cut in half after a dull turf try here July 20; sure those last 2 weren't too hot but those were not only his first 2 tries vs. winners but his first 2 routing and first 2 on turf; now with the drop he moves to the main track, though this marks his first synthetic try, so he remains a question mark on this ground; if he handles it, though, he's got sprint speed which can make him prominent from the start and pedigree-wise there isn't a reason in the world he shouldn't go at least this far.

Race 2

Mitchell, as is his custom, spots this one aggressively in the claiming ranks; first start for him was a little disappointing, though this miss was still only beaten two lengths in the end; although most experienced on turf, not Poly, she is a good fit classwise and is 4-1-1-1 on synthetics, a record that includes a third here; class of the race; choice.
Would be a surprise in here; she's done her best work on traditional dirt (9 for 18) - far better than on synthetic, where she has gone unplaced in four starts; shaky classwise at this level, too; unlikely to be more than a pace factor.
Our Heat
This is an honest miss, and offspring of Unusual Heat typically like racing on the synthetic; this one also ran second on the Tapeta surface at GG; needs to make up 1 1/4 lengths on Toomanytomatoes, who finished in front of her last time out; sharp recent work and Sutherland is having a strong meet.
Only Josie Knows
Gives up considerable experience, and is stretched out to an unfamiliar distance off a career-best figure; that increases the chance of a bounce; on a positive note, the barn has great numbers with stretch out horses and those seeking repeat victories.
Suances Pride
Lone win came in a maiden race in August, and even at Del Mar, such races are easy in mid-summer for 3-year-olds and up; the better maidens have long since cleared the maiden condition; prefer others.
Cotton's Point
Also comes off a maiden win, but her score came in faster time than Cotton's Point; she also has experience vs. winners, having twice hit the board in stakes; fone of this track with 3 exacta finishes here form as many starts; lone route fig wasn't much but came on dirt.
Hey Cowboy
Has won two in a row and was an eye-catching winner in that July 27 race by drawing away to over a 4-length triumph; is clearly fond of racing on the synthetic and seemed to elevate her game on such a surface last time out; can stay the distance; only finishes out of the exacta in 7 starts came on turf and in her debut; threat.

Race 3

3rd to top-class filly Marketing Mix in the G3 Sunset at BHP July 14, though he wasn't really a factor (beaten 7 3/4 lengths); yes, 'Mix came back to run so-so in the G1 Beverly D. but there's no denying her quality; class drop today helps, and his last win came on this course, though that also came 2 years ago, there was a near-19-month hiatus after he was a sharp 3rd in the G1 DMR Derby here in Sept. 2011 and his 3 return races don't exactly get the pulse racing; at least there's no layoff, he's run well here and maybe with 3 races under his belt after that long layoff he's ready to move forward....maybe.
Toss that 7th on SA dirt in the G3 Tokyo City Mar. 23 and you're left with nothing but good races going back to last summer; best work has come on turf, too, and the way he handled 10fs in the fall/winter says he'll handle today's game; that being said, he's burned some money of late so while he has talent and fits well here could it be he's simply always going to find someone a smidge too tough for him at this level, hmmmm?
Starspangled Heat
Back in a hurry for Abrams, who has had ample success when coming back so quickly (21% coming back in a week or less); that being said, this guy's late burst has served him well sprinting and going a mile - he faces a much longer task today and you wonder if he'll be able to produce the same burst going this much farther; also, whil ehe's done plenty of good work the past 20 months or so he is just 2 for his last 17, and those 2 wins came in 2012 meaning he's 0 for 9 this year.
Irish Surf
Appears to have turned the corner with blinkers added; whipped maidens at BHP July 6, then came here and gamely beat a nice bunch July 25, a win that looks even better when you note 2 he beat that day came right back to win; royally bred so no surprise he has ability and while he's facing tougher that last shows he's quite comfortable at this type of trip and on this course.
Last 2 were ugly, yes, but his June 13 run at BHP came after 2 months off and his July 26 outings came in a stakes here; both came on synthetic footing and while he's handled that could be he's better on today's ground (turf); also very nice to see Bejarano take the call and that there's no huge panicky drop by Autrey.
Hasn't won in almost 11 months but there's still plenty to like here; comes off 2 nice outings this meet, those after 4 months off; logner trip may actually be more to his liking and you have to love that bullet :58.80 move here Aug. 15 as it says he's feeling pretty darn spry these days.
Finished full of run, despite trouble, to end up 2nd in a race similar to this here Aug. 15 - and he got the win via a DQ; that shows he likes it here, comes here sharp and handles this trip; that being said, Bejarano was up for that big effort but today ends up on Grandstand instead, so read into that what you will; have to also like the fact sharp trainer Pender wheels him back in a hurry (2 for last, 6, 33%, coming back in a week or less).

Race 4

Deli Dude
Steady workout pattern for this son of Mineshaft who won multiple G1 stakes and 2.28 million (his offspring have scored in 17 out of 274 debuts); the dam won 3 of 20 and 113K; among the winning siblings is 19K earner Little Ruler.
Back to reality after aiming high 12 days ago yet running quite well despite the extra-wide trip; should work out a better journey here; faces a host of untested runners here and may fly under the betting radar.
Makes his first start for a tag after finishing far back in an added money event; his sire won a G1 route specialist who amassed 2.53 million; the dam won 5 of 33 and 221K; this is her only foal to make it to the races.
Uptown Big Brown
Newcomer was sired by Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown who banked 3.61 million and whose progeny have won 11 of 52 initial starts; the dam lost her only race; there are no winning siblings to mention.
I'll Wrap It Up
This grey was sired by Tapit, a G1 victor who netted 557K (his descendants are 50 for 409 as far as winning their first assignment); the dam was a G3 winner who notched 330K; there are no winning sibs to report.
Smokin' Ten
Above average workouts of late for this newcomer, son of G1 type Rock Hard Ten who won a total of 1.87 million (his progeny have scored in 12 percent of their debuts); the dam went 10 for 25 earning 324K; sib to 50K earner Fire Wise.
Hobbits Hero
Respectable drill from the gate only 4 days ago; his sire won multiple G1s and 1.52 million; offspring of Aragorn have won their first race at a rate of 10 percent; the dam involved was zero for 7; sib to 74K earner Fifie's Fantasy.
Mr. Cactus
Prompted the issue in his last try over the lawn; the colt's sire was a G3 winner who garnered 187K while the dam was unraced; this is her only foal to make it to the starting gate; can improve suddenly with the surface switch.
His sire was a G1 sprinter who captured 818K; descendants of City Zip have won 79 out of 497 debuts; the dam won 2 of 10 and 46K; among the winning siblings is 38K earner Ruthless Mama whose 3 career scores were all in routes.
Market Notes
Game in defeat in his unveiling last month; his sire won multiple G3s and 373K; the mom won 3 of 33 and 79K; this is her only foal to compete; can overcome this slot with the addition of blinkers.

Race 5

Totally Blonde
Cuts back to the win distance after 2 routes; faces multiple winners; her lone-career victory was posted at today's distance on DMR synthetic in 2012 when sitting just off the speed; the 3-back winner repeated in a DMR-10K claimer with a 73 Beyer speed figure; new rider began the meet on 1-for-27 run; figures to be forwardly placed then hopes to find missing stamina in deep stretch.
Was an also eligible August 21 DMR 3rd at today's distance in an 8K claimer; finished 4th, 7th and 7th in 3 DMR-synthetic surface defeats; defeated Totally Blonde 2-back as they chased a 73 Beyer repeater; best game is when she breaks fast but came out of the gate 5th in last but the effort produced a new career-best speed figure; still has much to prove on today's Del Mar oval.
1 win of 6 occurred off longer than a 30-day freshening; she does her besy work off short rest; has been away 137 days for this; in her last synthetic-surface start finished 5th December, 2011, at HOL at 5F in an 8K claimer; in the 2010 DMR races finished 3rd and 10th for 25K-claiming price tags; the 3-back winner repeated in a TUP-7K event with a 66 speed figure while she defeated the show runner a next-out 68 Beyer TUP-$12,500 claiming winner; will be taking a wait and see approach.
Exits her lowest Beyer since October; latest did not give the impression she wanted to go added yardage fading at 6F; the 3-back winner repeated in a BHP-16K-claimer with a 67 speed figure; her DMR-synthetic win was 2011 in her 2nd-career start a MSW event at today's distance.
Not a good sign that she exits a career-low Beyer in her 1st DMR-synthetic surface start ever; cuts back to the win distance seeking answers; winless since a March, 2010, SA-turf optional claimer at 6.5F; her synthetic MSW win in '10 was at SA at today's distance.
Warren's Judy
Lone concern is that she has never raced this far but latest off-the-pace style suggests it won't be a problem; major player is 2-for-3 on the DMR synthetic surface and 0-for-6 on everything else; horse for the course saved her career-best Beyer for last on today's oval.
Koko Loca (IRE)
Has raced this short of a distance just once during career and that was a turf-stakes loss; massive-class relief off her last DMR-synthetic start in 2012 a stakes defeat where she was favored then rallied well; the 3-back runner-up finisher Beyered 89 in her next-out CD win then repeated in a Grade 3 at AP with a 90 speed figure; getting up in time is a major concern.
Nicos Memory
Was screaming out for more distance in last and gets an extra half furlong today; all 4 wins at 6F but recent races suggest she would be better suited at a lot longer; trying to remember her career-debut win over the track from 2 summers ago.
Sean S
6 straight off-the-board finishes and 4 straight double-digit length defeats heading into this; good sign that she stays with the 2012 win rider even off latest loss over the track; is eligible to improve 2nd time off the 48-day layoff with plenty of room to move forward off most-recent race.
Full's Figurehead
3 straight starts racing 1st at the 1st call no doubt what the strategy is for this; faded at shorter in her 1st-ever DMR synthetic-surface defeat; rider is 3-0-0-1 on this filly and seemingly had other options but stays here; has won at longer than this; know her early but unsure about late.
Dilly's Dancer
Returns to synthetic where she was claimed off a 2-back last-place finish; last win was going long on turf which is what she attempted for the new barn in last; career-best Beyer was a WO-7F synthetic 40K-claiming win also the distance and surface of her MSW-2010 win.

Race 6

Lets Get Frisky
Wasn't beaten much in either of her last 2 cracks at the level but now she'll lose Bejarano; maybe the move inside coaxes some more early foot out of her and she did work a sharp half mile here last week for this; consider.
Midnight Lady
She's another who worked sharply for this last week, but she enters this off a near miss at the level in her first local spin; filly gets off the fence here and she lures the top circuit's top pilot today; with just a few starts under her belt she certainly has a right to move forward quickly; giving her the nod to beat them home.
Here's to Rose
Earned the field's highest last number in the maiden breaker first time over the track; she'll tackle winners for the initial time here, but she's had nearly 4 full weeks to get over the big effort and the pace in front of her does figure to at least be honest; one to beat off her last.
Summers Dignity
Fresh filly tries synthetic footing again after getting used in pace second time at this level; initial crack in shades did bring out some early foot in her, but she's yet to run anything that would put her in the mix with these; siding with others.
Citizen Jane
Last out graduate looked pretty good beating those cheap maidens at a shorter trip, but the number came back ordinary at best and now she'll tackle winners; maybe now that she's figured things out she'll have more to offer, but she'll need to improve a bit in order to have any say in the outcome here.
Psalm Sixteen
Turns back to sprint while moving back in with her own sex after forcing the pace on the stretchout against the boys; front end maiden score 3 back at Hollywood was ok and maybe she'll be better with the return to this trip and level, but she's got some improving to do off what she's shown of late.
Real Bright Boots
Didn't disappoint when bet down to 5-2 on the move to open company in her first start in nearly 10 months; filly should again show early foot but don't know that she'll be quick enough to clear these; though her interim drills are solid, the fact Bejarano opts off has us looking at others on the win end.
Jen's Hot
Did what she needed to in order to get the job done when well supported at the windows first out here late last month; filly tries winners with a couple of sharp interim drills in tow and she's proven she has no problem passing runners; with the initial experience behind her a move forward is far from out of the question and that could make her a threat.
Absentee starts from an outside slot while making her first start in 9 months here; filly showed solid early lick on the East coast last year and she draws a good post from which to stay out of trouble here; she'll have to prove herself while making her first start for a new outfit with these winners and there is other early foot signed on which won't make things easy for her.

Race 7

Excuses can be made for her recent form; he was sidelined after that Aug. 30 - so maybe something went wrong physically - and last time he was returning from a layoff at a distance shorter than his best; still gives the impression of a horse at his best at 6f or 6.5f - so the mile seems as tretch for him.
Stakes dropper ran a close second the last time he raced in an allowance back on July 5; he also is a horse that has been competitive in graded sraces from time to time; he was third in a G1 in March of last year; classy and 8 wins to his credit, including 7 on turf.
Winning Prize (ARG)
Was a Grade 1 winner in Argentina at this mile distance against a field of 18 opponents; is still a tough horse to evaluate; South American's stars are hit and miss in the states; some come here and prove just as effective, while others don't adapt; moderate works; Bejarano lands aboard, though he's not Drysdale's typical go-to jock.
This horse was plagued with seconditis through his 4-year-old year, but after a confidence booster Jan. 20 this one has continued to produce wins; he has 4 wins htis year, including vs. N2X company; well suited to the distance but has to deal with some stakes droppers here; gets his class test; hot-riding Stevens sticks.
Boat Trip
Finished full of run in his first start of the meet, losing by just a half length in a blanket finish; that was a very good effort - as it's tough to make up 9 lengths in a five-furlong dash; now he stretches out in distance to a mile; he did win a stake at this distance in June of 2012; quick return is the lone criticism.
Chips All In
Was a Grade 3 winner going down the hill in April and that fourth in the Wickerr was a nice race behind Indy Point - who despite bombing in the AP million, sure acts like a nice horse; excels at a mile and has tactical speed; has averaged a 100 Beyer over his last 3 starts; choice.
Irish Art
Adds blinkers off the flat comeback; he was position but then ran into some traffic proems and came up empty; more likely to improve from having made a recent start; he's making his second start off the bench; capable of Beyers in the low to mid 90s when he fires; some things to like.
Venomous (GB)
Has been out of action for over a year and would seem unlikely to beat a field of this quality after such a long hiatus; just one top-3 finish since coming to the states; let's wait for a positive race this year before considering backing this one.

Race 8

Madame Heat
Unusual Heat about 9% with juvenile first-timers in a 161-horse study; sire won juvenile debut going short in Europe, was grass only; 1 for 10 dam cashed as an older horse; 4 of 5 siblings won; all were fulls, none won at 2; top kin Mr. Chairman took Cal Cup Classic, banked nearly $350K; plenty of works.
Jade and Sauci
Belvoir 9 for 38 with debuting juvenile maiden claimers in the last 5 years; Pomeroy 10 for 85 with debuting juveniles; sire took debut at 2, won a couple of G1s, banked almost $850K; dam 0 for 2; this is her first to race; in for $25K more than purchase price.
Monstro Ness
She has some semblance of speed but not sure she can clear here; stakes winning 2 for 15 dam banked $70K; this is her first to race; should at least muddle the pace.
She tracked to no avail in the debut; dam 0 for 4; the sibling that won took 2 routes as older horse in the minor leagues; this one figures to improve.
March Majesty
Bothered when overmatched in the debut, still in for $13K more than purchase price; dam was unraced; this is her first to race; must display more.
Wild Marini
Marino Marini 9 for 85 with debuting juveniles; sire won first 2 starts at 2 including a stakes, banked nearly $300K, all on grass; 11 for 66 dam earned nearly $135K, was 2nd in best juvenile result; one of 4 sibs won; that runner, Ben and the Twin, took a $75K stakes, won twice at 2, earned $125K; improved energy in the drill on the 9th.
Sweet Millicent
The drop, blinks and race over the surface should only help; dam was unraced; 3 of 4 sibs won; 2 won at 2 including a debut winner, one banked nearly $90K; backers have to hope the drop shakes her up.
Ivana Come Home
She have have hated the sealed sloppy strip to kick it off; dam was unraced; this is her first to race; rates upset glance.
Over 4 clear in the debut and well ahead of the 4th finisher in last; 2 for 16 dam earned nearly $125K, was 3rd in best out at 2; lone half sis to race took 2 of 5, earned nearly $50K, didn't go at 2; miss looks well intentioned.
Yvons Dixie Melody
Pearson 0 for 7 the last 5 years with second shooting juvenile maiden claimers, 3 ran in the money at odds between 5 and 9-1; never recovered after the slow break; 1 for 3 dam did win at 2; 1 sibling lost 15 times, the other took 3 of 34, banked nearly $40K, lost 8 times at 2; bred by U of A, must hurry.
Silver N Sassy
She nearly overcame the bobble two back; there are a couple of winners in the tree including a near $100K earner; wraps added in last, try to get a good look at her on the track.
Bet like a good thing but miss was hung wide; 1 for 6 dam graduated as older horse; family solid, all 4 siblings won; 2 won at 2, one banked nearly $130K; at least she flashed speed, maybe she was just short.