08/23/2013 3:09PM

Closer Looks: Del Mar August 24, 2013


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Race 1

Took a long time to break through the n2l condition but earned a personal best Beyer when doing so; doubt that the cutback to this distance works in his favor though as he is facing rivals who are multiple winners at this trip; seems in a bit deep.
Legal Separation
Exits a very useful effort where he gained ground in the final moments after racing wide throughout; drilled a fine half-mile recently and this versatile runner should give a better account of himself at this dime level.
Love That Action
He encountered trouble in his local debut last month but the fact remains his best performances have been on the turf; latest a.m. move was fair but he spots much in the way of experience today; cannot endorse as the one to key on top.
Buds Pal
Still looking for his first tally at this oval and distance; has shown a fair first gear in the past and the defeat 2 races back involved a prolonged speed duel; will have to deal with some serious pace pressure here; difficult call.
Teasing Bernie
Gets rid of the blinkers but it may not matter as he is still eligible for weaker n3l company and is facing some true veterans of the game today; work tab this month is only fair and a major improvement seems unlikely.
Pack Your Bags
Quit early in the last run but the warhorse has an extensive record including multiple scores at this course; workout regimen is average for the most part during the last month and he cannot be recommended until he shows more firepower.
Sports a fine lifetime batting average but has raced only 4 times this year; reverts to Talamo who has been aboard for several of this gelding's victories; might last longer than many anticipate today if not challenged early.
Northern Poptart
Goes for the hat trick but it will not be easy against this lot; encouraged by the latest half-mile drill and the win percentage on the year of the trainer involved; remains a difficult runner to decipher.
Always the Same
Should benefit today by all the speed to the left; did not have a smooth beginning in his first attempt over this course yet was still good enough to capture minor spoils; can earn a share once again if the pace is accommodating.
Hustlin Nu
Keeps improving and despite the light portfolio, he has legitimate chances today; showed much determination in the latest tally at the course and distance while the 3 to 2 favorite; would appreciate some late scratches among the others intent on the lead.
Two Violins
The latest sizzling half-mile workout suggests he is at the ready; he finished off the board in all recent starts at Arlington but those efforts were against much stronger stock and involved some excuses; distance specialist should be respected.
It Doesn't Add Up
Beaten favorite tries blinkers for the first time in his career but must deal with a demanding post position; picks up Gomez who has an excellent record for these connections and might be able to secure ideal stalking position; playable.

Race 2

Sorry, there is just no upside after 21 defeats; no speed makes matters worse and then there is the rail to deal with; can't endorse.
Higher Mandate
The drop is logical; trainer can pop at a price on occasion but the only time this guy was in the money he really didn't threaten the winner; he has a shot to mature with grace as kin Regalo Mia took a Grade 3 at 4 and earned over $350K; looms late threat if at all.
Trial Spin
Must be respected on the class drop alone; between horses in last, he doesn't have to be 8th early on today; 4 solid drills since last effort; runner looks well intentioned.
Candy Sweetheart
Nice bit of training to have this guy run so well off the extended vacation; he has some work to do to match full sis My Gal Candy, who earned over $200K; major player.
Crazy Cozzy
Double digits on the board every time, is looking at the same fate; soph caved in on the slow pace in last and would have liked to have seen some local works; 6th finisher in last won for this price at GG next out and the 5th finisher took a maiden $32K seller there; still passing.
Devilish Dylan
Pleasant Tap about 6% with firsters in a 634-runner sample; sire graduated in a 7-furlong stakes in third start, won multiple G1 races; dam was one for 7; both siblings won; they are a combined 3 for 14 and earned over $100K combined; trainer has spotted them great with limited stock but you usually see his runners showing more a.m. speed;
Tap It In
Carefully placed, and that's par for the course for patient Ellis; local drills ideally spaced and although this runner may have issues, the blowout on Wednesday should have him on his toes; backers can say all 3 siblings won; the one to beat.
Spot of Thunder
Yet to beat a horse to the line; dam out of the money twice; this is her first to race; he had to be off for over a year for a pretty serious reason; not thrilled with chances.
Jeffery's Pride
Similar to the rail, just too many chances to get overly excited about; lack of speed makes him his own worst enemy at times; never thrilled to see multiple beats at Pomona either; passing.
Could be more focused with the blinkers today; 1 for 8 dam took a route; this is her first to race; capable barn due for a bit of luck.
Sir Searsucker
Soph has much more speed than he just showed; lone sibling that won was just one for 11; gelding has the 2 races to draw from, Gomez and Mitchell have been solid together in the last year or so, rates long look in all the slots.
Heza Great Friend
Hung wide from the marooned slot, but he was inching closer; 2 for 10 dam earned nealry $60K, took debut at 2; lone sibling Unstoppable U took 4 of 10, earned nearly $200K; no reason why this guy will not improve.
Regally Soul
Forced to steady while gaining a bit of ground late; at least he got a feel of the surface and you could build a case for a stalk and pounce journey; a slice?
Saint Leo
Leo has shown some lick but no stick; he's lost ground in the lane every single time; you get the feeling if somebody looks him in the eye, he'll blink.

Race 3

Black N Beauty
Drops well below the price of this outfit's 2 back claim after failing to factor on the stretchout over the local lawn; gelding doesn't have much early foot so don't know that the move inside will help and he's clearly no longer the runner he was on dirt last year; prefer others on the win end.
Shediak (FR)
Eight year old wasn't a threat in his first start off this outfit's claim when returning at this level; he'll get a switch to a triple bug for this one and is another who is clearly no longer what he once was; maybe he moves forward enough with the move inside to contend for a share as he has run well going long in the past.
Reach a Decision
Wasn't close on the stretchout in his return from the freshening and now they'll drop him in class; gray could go better second time over this footing, but when on his game he's much better on the lawn than he is this surface; there's not a lot of lick in here which could work to his advantage, but we still have to pass on him.
Only the Gold
He'll try a notch cheaper after middle moving in his return to synthetic footing; gelding was aimed high prior to that, but offered little in the turn marathon and even Golden Gate allowance runners were too much for him to handle; looking elsewhere for the winner.
Stone Hot
He's never been on the board in 3 spins over the local main track and now he'll move back to it off a weak sod spin with better; he's back in for the price this little known outfit paid for him 2 back, but he wasn't much of a threat in that sprint heat either; tough to make a case for him off what he's done of late.
Royal Import (GB)
Earned a nice number when fourth on the drop to this level in his local return earlier in the month; he has a right to be tighter with his first start in 4 months behind him and he was quite good at Golden Gate earlier in the year; his local career slate warrants him consideration here.
Offered little against limited winners in his local debut and now he'll step up to face open claimers; he does draw a little better and maybe he's got some more to offer second over the track, but he looks to have his work cut out for him in this spot; just watching him.
Royal Encounter
Fresh gelding makes his first start for a new outfit in his local return; these are better than he's been facing and he doesn't have much early lick, but he does own a local score and maybe the return to this venue helps perk him up some at what figures to be a big price.
Deal' Em
Found himself much further out of it than usual in his local return and just had too much to do late to factor; maybe he's closer to the top in this one as there's not much pace signed on and that could make things a little easier for him late; barn's been on a poor run here put this guy is one to consider.
Moment of Weakness (IRE)
Starts from the outside draw in his second local spin after a tracking the pace in his first start for this outfit; expecting the capable new pilot will be more aggressive with him early in a field devoid of early lick and maybe that helps make the difference; draw is tough, but he boasts a sharp interim drill and with a hard send could get the jump on this bunch.

Race 4

Great sign that his 1st race for a new trainer and racing on DMR synthetic for the 1st time represents a career-best Beyer speed figure; the added half furlong for this adds to the appeal; looked like a brand-new runner without front wraps and 1st-time Bejarano riding locally; saves ground and makes one big run.
Handsome Dennis
His 2nd-career race Beyer speed figure regression does not help the confidence level much; the debut winner repeated with an 85 Beyer taking a 72K event on his way to 5 in a row culminating in an 86 Beyer taking a 74K stakes; posted a steady-DMR worktab for his 1st-synthetic surface start; off 1st pair the added distance can only help the cause but must show more.
Navarre (GB)
1st-time Import idle 59 days since a 4-5 odds-on loss when racing well in defeat; has never been this far noting the 2-back winner repeated in a 21K alw; 3-for-10 DMR rider for the trainer Talamo gets the call but O'Neill is 1-for-10 since 2012 with 1st-time imports; scary if ready for best.
Midnight Casanova
1st time on synthetic with steady workouts for this; has not raced past 6.5F yet; sire won 8-of-15 dirt routes including Grade 1's at 1 Mile and a Quarter; is out of a stakes-placed dam who won 1-for-3 dirt routes (33K) taking an AQU-optional claimer; her only other foal to race Tap a Keg (1-for-5 dirt routes 8K) graduated on TAM dirt at 1 Mile and 40 yards; debut runner-up Beyered 77 in his next-out EMD graduation.
Imperial Fortune
Has not raced past 7F yet but that race 2-back is a field-best Beyer; sire won 4-of-8 dirt routes (1.9M) taking the BEL Stakes at 12F; is out of a 5-for-14 dirt route Grade 2-dam (779K); her only other foal to race 1-for-5 Splendid Fortune (69K) did not race past 6.5F.
Storm Power
The show runner from last Beyered 93 in his next-out DMR-MSW graduation; has not raced past 6.5F yet; sire won a Grade 2 at 1M and 16th on the main track (2-for-4 dirt routes, 226K); is the 1st foal out of a dam who won her only dirt route an LS-1Mile MSW event.
Sire is 15-for-143 with 1st-time starters and racing went 2-for-2 on synthetic surfaces and 4-for-9 in dirt routes including the G1-Haskell at 9F; Grade 2-dam won 3-of-14 dirt routes (233K) producing 6 winners from 7 other foals to race including Sweet and Flawless who finished 2nd in a Grade 3 synthetic-surface route.
Blinkers on after being outfinished at shorter in last when making his 1st DMR attempt; new rider seeking answers off his middle-move over the track then flattened out; best Beyers are when he breaks sharply and stalks hoping the new hood will keep him closer to the pace for this.
Street Choir
Debut-rider on Crucero; was screaming out for more distance 1st-time out and gets it here; has not raced past 6.5F yet; sire won 4-of-6 dirt routes including the Grade 1 Cigar Mile; is out of a dam won at 1 Mile on grass but went 0-for-2 in dirt routes (6K) producing 0-for-5 synthetic-surface router (4-for-43) Magnificent Mile.

Race 5

Cinco de Mario
He's run well in back-to-back starts since being returned from a layoff two starts ago but he did have to be dropped to the 30-28k maiden claiming level to break his maiden in his latest start, and this might prove to be a tough assignment for his first attempt against winners.
Brown Boss
Sire wins with approximately 13% of his turf starters and dam won 3 of 26 starts for 116k, including 0-for-7 over turf; this gelding is a 1/2 to No Peso No Dance (10-30, 140k, including 9 of 19 turf starts for 120k); he's tough to ignore in his turf debut after seeing the way his form has improved with the addition of blinkers.
Blazing Lute
Sire wins with approximately 8% of his turf starters and dam won 5 of 27 starts for 107k, including 3 of 9 turf starts for 46k; turf and distance are concerns, but have to respect what he's shown in his first three starts.
Two Term Leader
This is an outfit that can be live with a fresh horse, and if his workouts on August 4 and August 10 are any indication, they might have him cranked up to run a good one; winner from latest returned to win next out here on 7/27 going 1 1/16m over turf vs. N1X alw. rivals with an 89 Beyer.
He's been a pretty consistent performer, but his career best Beyer Speed Figure was earned racing over dirt surface, and he has been beaten by a couple of today's rivals in his three turf starts; perhaps a minor award is the ceiling.
Very Unusual
Even with the blinkers coming off, he figures show a good deal of early speed, but it looks like he'll meet up with enough early resistance to make it difficult for him to carry his speed today's one mile distance; leaning toward others.
He's steadily improved his game since day one and have to respect the performance he showed up with in his first start over turf in his latest outing; note that he's making his first start for a barn that has put a lot of live horses on the track at this meeting.
Tommy O
East coast shipper is lacking in the early speed department but he recorded a couple of quality starts prior to shipping west; runner-up from latest returned to win next out at Sar on 7/26 going 1 1/16m over turf vs. 20k claimers with an 80 Beyer; must consider.
He's run some nice races over turf in his career and not going to be at all surprised if he's ready to take a step forward while making his second start back from a layoff; he has a live look to him in this spot with Bejarano in the pedals.
My Friend Jimmy
He's one of two interesting looking options to consider in here for the Proctor barn, and this is an outfit that can have a new acquisition ready to fire; third place finisher from latest returned to win next out at Sar on 7/29 going 1 1/16m over turf vs. 20k claimers with a 69 Beyer.
This One's for Mel
He needs to see a scratch in order to draw in, but he's been in good form lately, and really like to see the effort he showed up with in his first start over this turf course in his latest outing; Gomez has won with 16 of 50 (32%) mounts for this barn in 2013.

Race 6

Offered some improvement here second time off when a little over a length off the runner up behind an open lengths winner last month; colt blew out well at his Hollywood base and he is a quick breaker so maybe the inside draw coaxes some more early interest out of him today; still, he's got a lot more improving to do to step with these.
Seeking the West
Sire is 2 for 41 with his debut runners and the unraced dam's lone foal to race was 5 time sprint winner and 105K earner Buckeye Heart; he's worked the trip a handful of times, but the barn doesn't do its best work first time out and they've been blanked at the stand thus far.
Scarly Charly
Earned a couple of big numbers at Santa Anita this winter and he'll make his first start in 7 months in this spot; guy who nosed him out last time returned to win twice with Beyers of 97 and 93, validating this guy's big effort; recent drills suggest he'll have little trouble handling this new surface and his returning pilot is having and excellent stand; one to beat.
Chief Lion
Recovered from a poor start to show good speed before tiring in his well supported local debut run late last month; he'll get Gomez and shades with the initial experience behind him and the outfit boasts some solid recent numbers second time out; all 3 of his sibs to race are sprint winners including 2 who each won 7 times sprinting; expecting he'll last longer this time.
Dragon Dance
Sire gets 9% first out winners from his offspring and his SP dam was a 6 time winner (none sprinting on the main track) who banked 170K; his 2 sibs to race were a combined 0 for 16 on the track; boasts long drills for his unveiling for an outfit that wins with its newcomers.
Cat Burglar
Sire hits with 13% of his debut runners and the unraced dam's lone foal to race was a limited route winner; they paid over 400K for this guy but it's taken them a while to get him to the races; he's working in typical Baffert fashion for his debut and they certainly know how to get them ready.
Ran well to get second money when in with claimers first out at Hollywood and now he'll try MSWs; interim drills aren't much, but the barn does boast some recent luck with its second out runners; pilot has had his troubles at the stand; maybe for a share.
Running Water
Sire gets 9% first out winners and the limited sprint winning dam dropped 5 winners including SW and 111K earner She's a Mugs, a 3 time sprint winner; barn hasn't had a lot of recent luck right out of the box, but they are profitable with their newcomers.
Wild Dude
Earned a pretty big number for a juvenile second time out at Santa Anita last fall after running into a good one and settling from the runner up spot in his local debut run last summer; colt has been working regularly and well up North for his first start in nearly 11 months here and the sharp barn brings them back ready; with Bejarano taking the call he's likely set to fire; contender.
Sweet Sunshine
Slow break from the local fence did him in first time out and now he'll move to an outside slot with the experience behind him; colt has worked pretty well in the interim and all 3 of his sibs to race are sprint winners including 169K earner Celebrity Sighting who won 5 times.
Drover Crazy
Flashed improved early lick second out at Hollywood in his first crack on synthetic footing; fresh gelding draws a solid stalking post for an excellent fresh outfit that improves its runners with racing; kin to 6 winners including multiple GSW and millionaire Crafty Shaw, he may prove to be the main danger.

Race 7

Tribal Spy
Improved runner off the February claim now switches barns to a 20%-winning trainer 1st-time out with newly-acquired runners; light-weight package again and in a race lacking defined pace she could very well be the one to catch; wired the field 2-back at longer defeating the show runner who posted a 66 Beyer speed figure in her next-out BHP-30K-maiden claiming win.
Swiss Bliss
Reunites with the 2-time rider (2-for-6 overall); she was claimed off a career-best Beyer then displayed nothing in last pair beating 2 runners combined; won on DMR synthetic at 6.5F August, 2012, in a 35K-maiden claimer.
Tribal Chatter
Exits a career-best Beyer at longer when just missing at 27-1 odds; latest was just her 2nd-career start on a synthetic surface but nearly shocked the field; cuts back to 6F which adds to the appeal noting her grass win was also at 6F.
Noise of the Crowd
Her last synthetic-surface start was a win; her best races are when she breaks on top or sits 2nd just off the lead and figures to track Tribal Spy from the gate; 28%-winning 1st-off-the-claim trainer since 2012 adds to the appeal; the 3-back runner-up finisher Beyered 85 in her next-out PLN-alw. win.
Goldilocks Planet
Love that she won her DMR-synthetic-surface debut gamely upstting the field with another posted career-best Beyer; worked a smart-4F for this with lots of upside seeking the repeat; 2-time win rider sides with Tribal Spy for this; the debut winner repeated in a BHP-16K claimer with a 58 speed figure.
Win rider sides with Swiss Bliss off the long layoff; she has been working like she will fire big off the bench but has never raced with this long of a layoff ever; rallied well in her last-synthetic surface start but getting up in time to win it all seems a big issue.
Nava Nataly
Was outfinished in last vs. the runner-up finisher who Beyered 75 in a next-out DMR-optional claiming win; her best Beyer was posted on turf; she hasn't won since the career debut on synthetic beating the runner-up finisher who graduated next out in a GG-MSW race with a 68 Beyer.
Power of Ten
Tribal Chater handled her in last getting her 5th different rider in as many races; today gets her win and career-best Beyer jockey; offers a good-closing kick on her best day but cuts back in distance; off last have her ranked a notch below the top contenders.
J and S Express
1st race off the claim produced her lowest Beyer since January; 2-back win at DMR was strong beating the runner-up finisher who Beyered 82 in her next-out DMR-32K-claiming win; clearly has something to prove for this barn and drawn widest she is sure to lose ground.

Race 8

Lucayan (FR)
Had the misfortune of running into Obviously, the West's top turf miler, in first 2 U.S. starts; then was well back off a hot, hot pace here Aug. 1; did close well but left himself with too much to do; certainly showed talent in France in 2012 (won a G1), he faces no one like Obviously here and there are 3 works since that Aug. 1 to indicate he's doing well.
Holding Glory (BRZ)
May scratch to instead dive into the deepest end of the pool, the G1 Pacific Classic Sunday; certainly shown ability - he was a G1 SW in Brazil in March and his first U.S. try was an excellent rallying 2nd on the main track here Aug. 3; turf may actually be his best game, too; worked well since but even if he stays here this is not piece of cake and note Espinoza took the call on Vagabond Shoes today instead, so read into that what you will.
Mr T Bird
On the surface he appears in too deep; but if you ignore his form prior to the long layoff he appears to have come back a brand new horse; super win on the BHP sod June 29 (which was flattered) and then was by no means disgraced in the G3 Cougar II on the main track here July 26; back to turf and it's a great sign not only that Bejarano takes the call but there are 2 nice recent works including a snappy 5fs here Aug. 18 (1:00, 2nd fastest of 10 that day); intriguing.
Old Time Hockey
Won the G2 La Jolla here last year and was a solid 5th (beaten just 2 1/2 lengths) in the G1 DMR Derby here last year, too; action has been spotty since but it's nice to see Proctor opted for a tough spot like this; 4yo was gone 2 months and now has 2 races under his belt so maybe that can add up to a return to top form....maybe.
It's most encouraging Abrams scratched this guy out of a seemingly much easier spot here Wednesday; that's a big thumbs-up; comes off a fine main-track try but this (turf) is surely his best game; darn near won the Crystal Water at SA this winter so he's got quality and 2 nice races after nearly 4 months may mean he's ready to peak, particularly as he posted a big bullet 5f work here Aug. 15, too (:58.80, fastest of 54 that day); food for thought.
Fire With Fire
Wire-to-wire winner of a turf stakes at SR Aug. 4; that looks even nicer when you note it came after over 3 months off; that being said, he got away with quite a bit up front - in all likelihood he won't be able to have things quite so easy up front here; then again, he doesn't HAVE to have the lead and he's also multiple G2 SP, including 3rd in this last year, so there's ample quality to be sure.
Vagabond Shoes (IRE)
Came from Europe with a very nice reputation but things didn't go so well early in the U.S. - his first 3 outings weren't very pretty; in his defense, at least Sadler thought enough of him to try a turf G2, turf G1 and synthetic G2 for those first 3; Sadler then regrouped and that did the trick - a fine 2nd to G1 SW Willyconker on the BHP sod May 25, then 2 months off and a fine 2nd to top-class Jeranimo in the G1 Eddie Read here July 20; looks as though he's acclimated and comfortable here and while it's a new distance he's bred to handle it no problem and he doesn't see anyone like Jeranimo in here; lots to like.

Race 9

So She Dances
Drops a level after failing to offer much on the turn back in his local return; mare moves to the fence and doesn't have much speed which won't help her in a big field; siding with others for the money slots today.
Always a Chance
Statebred tries open claimers after a decent try in her return from 4 months on the shelf; while she's run ok in her tries on synthetic footing she's yet to win over the stuff; barn has been blanked here and her returning pilot hasn't had a very good meeting either; prefer to limit her use to underneath in exotics.
Beaten last out chalk steps back up to this level after a poor break did her in on the drop; she hasn't won in a while but her best puts her right in the thick of this and a clean start does figure to give her a much better shot; nice to see Bejarano stick with her but the new barn hasn't won a race all year.
She's All Yours
Steps up seeking her third straight off the claim by an outfit that's done quite well with its limited starters this year; she's quick early and it looks like the top could be hers on the stretchout to this trip; mare is a perfect 2 for 2 over the local main track and gets the nod to keep the run going today.
Secret Genius
Hasn't been a serious factor in any of her last handful of starts and has yet to hit the board in 4 total local starts; maybe getting off the fence helps, but she's going to need to step things up some to go with these; siding with others.
Inner Groove
Outfit reached in and paid more to re-claim her from the last out route spin and now they'll turn her back to sprint; she won both of her prior local starts and the return to one turn racing should be to her benefit; consider.
Brooklyn Rose
Fresh filly was aimed a bit high off this outfit's claim and didn't have enough to offer late in that Hollywood route spin; she won sprinting here last summer and should have some bottom late for this; if the pace heats up she figures to be rolling late.
Appealing Resume
Catches a softer field and an added half panel after coming up short in her local return; she did beat cheaper here last summer and maybe she finds this level easier; if she gets some pace in front of her the price may warrant her some consideration.
Filly drops below the level of this barn's 2 back claim after tiring from an inside pace run a couple of weeks back; move towards the outside can help and she's versatile enough to fire both on the lead and from tracking range; contender.
Ran away from cheaper here while making her first start since the fall; filly earned a big number in that one but she got a hot clip in front of her in that one and now she'll go for twice the price she was offered at that day; siding against the repeat.
Sleep Tight
Switches surfaces after getting her nose down to score on the drop to this level in her Hollywood finale on the lawn; she's pretty good on synthetic footing as well and she's had time to get over that last one; with a recent bullet drill in tow she can't be overlooked.

Race 10

St. Valentino
Inside again but there are some red flags, like the extended layoff; local drills so-so and the winner of last repeated in a $40K starter at Santa Rosa with a 70 Beyer; can't boost this guy.
Excessive Tequila
Troubled twice, the added distance should only help; dam just one for 14 and it was a route; this is her first to race; if the hustling bug can get him to break, it could be a whole new ballgame.
Juan's Corazonsito
Local debut nothing to write home about; 2nd and 5th finishers 3/24 graduated next out and the winner that day has won three in a row since including a $40K Ruidosa stakes and was out of the money in a split of the Oceanside here; backers can point to the fact there is a stakes placed near $100K earner in the family; hard to adore off the last fiasco.
Vronsky 5 for 52 with debuters; sire took 3 of 11, all on grass, banked over $135K; dam 0 for 3; this is her first to race; like fact he at least drilled this far.
Tower Hour
Maybe he was intimidated by the rail; dam was unraced; 2 of 4 siblings won, both won thrice, one earned almost $50K; needs a total reversal of fortune.
Indian Spirit
Brief factor when in tight; runner did catch a live pace in last; maybe he'll prefer the extra real estate here; price should be right.
The Gatekeeper
Race over the track can't hurt now can the best of 71 bullet move on the 18th; the 5/11 winner repeated in a $16K N2L, then lost next pair; off a career Beyer, he seems to be figuring it out now.
Grand Gambler
He should be fit enough by now and at least he has been flashing speed; the 7/17 winner repeated in a $40K starter here with an 80 Beyer; a couple of winner in the tree but top kin needed 28 starts to make over $50K; he's getting the feel of the game.
Dogleg Left
Grand Slam has hit with about 12% of his first-timers in an 912-horse sample; precocious sire won juvenile debut at BEL by 11 with a 94 Beyer, earned just under a million; stakes placed 4 for 30 dam banked nearly $150K; one 3 siblings won; that runner took one route, banked about $35K; drawn right and a draw into this dogleg would work.
Warren's Tyler S.
Left with too much to do the first time for this price; no real help from lone sibling to win who was just 2 for 28; Bejarano strings along; the hotter the pace the better.
Cruel Spirits
Colt exited the live race the last time he cut back; he has a shot to mature with grace as kin Leah's Secret took a stakes at 6 on way to millionaire status; just may be the bomb in the gimmicks.
He should have his sea legs under him by now; off a career Beyer, runner was right there early on, maybe the route will have helped the stamina; wide the last time at this distance; rates upset glance.
Supersonic Heat
Got rolling late to complete the $853 trifecta; has some work to do to match top full bro who banked over $250K; get an extra sixteenth to try to run them down; overdue.
Hope 'n Pray
Only beaten a half the other time for this price; 7/17 show horse graduated next out with an 83 Beyer; hung wide in last, could be looking at the same fate from this post.