08/24/2013 12:50PM

Closer Looks: Del Mar August 25, 2013


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Race 1

He's two-for-two sprinting over turf, and even though he finds himself in a tough spot today, he commands his share of respect when looking at those performances; 3rd finnisher from latest won next out here on 8/21 going 6f vs. 25k OPC's with an 89 Beyer.
On the Fence
He's done some nice work from off the pace in his two starts sprinting over turf, but that was going 6 1/2f, and he might find himself far outrun soon after the start and left with a lot of work to do when they hit the top of the stretch.
Laugh At Life
He has some early speed to employ, and his new connections see fit to call upon Rosario for this, but this might prove to be a tough spot for him to make her first start for this barn after a 32k claim.
Dixieland Blues
Half-brother to G2 winner Compari (7=17, 483k over turf) has basically been a model of consistency and he's capable of making noise against competition of this caliber as long as he gets a fast and contested early pace to work off of.
Wild Media
He hasn't run a bad race from eight career starts and he showed us that he can handle turf just fine in his first start back from a layoff in his latest outing, a race that saw him finish close behind today's rival Sacred Ovation.
Sacred Ovation
He brings a lot of early speed to the table with him, and even though he's seeking his first turf victory, he commands plenty of respect based on what he's shown us in his five turf starts; if anyone in here is going to lead this field every step of the way, this might be the one to do it.
My Slew
He responded in a positive way when returned to turf in his latest outing and this gelding is a 1/2 to stakes winner My Summer Slew (3-15, 206k over turf); prefer this one of the two Miller-trained horses in here.
D' Obsession
He may very well prove to be the one to deny in this spot and like the idea of him sitting a favorable trip while racing in the clear after breaking from an outside post; note the success that this barn has had with turf sprinters and when returning horses from this type of a layoff.
Crimson Giant
Tough to ignore the 1-for-32 career mark and this gelding is winless in his last 20 starts going back through 2012; he needs to see a scratch from the main body of the race to draw in, and he has the look of an outsider.
Half-brother to Ultimate Eagle (4-6, 384k over turf) was beaten by a couple of today's rivals in his first attempt against winners in his latest outing and he will need to show up with a sharper performance to get the better of this field.
Teton County
He's two-for-two to begin his career after making his career debut as a 5-year-old, but he's obviously going to need to be ready for a much sharper performance if he's to get the better of this tough bunch.
He's four deep on the Also Eligible list, but he'll have the look of a top contender if he finds his way into this contest based on what he's done since being claimed by his current connections.

Race 2

Lady Asano
Connections made a bold claim for 75K, taking this one as a first timer, but she's worked out, winning a pair of races for her new connections; proved the ability to handle synthetic last time out; got a hot pace up front to aid her rally but was able to sit closer to slower splits in her races at SA; steady works since her last start; contender.
Prior synthetic experience came at Hollywood on the Cushion; and many believe the Poly is a little kinder to turf types (like her) than the Hollywood surface; needs to step up her game after a couple of lackluster efforts.
It was game over at the start last time out; best to toss that race out and consider it a fitness-building experience; would like her more in a shorter race; her experience has come racing one turn, though she has gone well in lone one-turn events.
Camryn Kate
Faces much better after winning on the turf last time; as in her maiden win, she opened up a clear edge and then seemed content to not fully extend in the final furlong; gets yet another jock change; picks up Rosario with Stevens on Ismene.
High Jinks (BRZ)
Showed some quality in Brazil but has gone unplaced in her last four starts including her first two in the stats; beat just a single horse last time out, although she only lost by 2 1/2 lengths; an unknown on the Poly; pass.
Magic Union
Was bought privately off the second in a very well rated allowance June 20 at CD; even more appealing about that race, this miss ran that fast going one turn; her best races previously had come in two-turn races; training well for her SoCal bow; and with the extra purse available to her with the ship-and-win program, you have to believe she is fully cranked; unknown on Poly, but giving her the edge.

Race 3

Scheduled to go back to blinkers after racing wide without them in his local debut; gets huge class relief today and the latest workout suggests he is at the ready; worth some play if not overbet because of the major shift in competition.
Suances Candy
Set way too fast a clip when trying a route for the first time this year; there is not really that much pace opposition on view (unless Cunning Ride breaks in from the AE list) and he may be able to handle this turnback successfully.
It is always worth consideration to back runners who are trying this soft n2l class for the first time; this gelding has been clearly overmatched since breaking maiden last September; he returns to the winning pilot and may be a rallying force of concern.
Just Irish
Looks like a wise claim based on his last performance where he closed with a rush, at the course and distance; not sure if he will receive such a swift pace to benefit him today, but he still warrants respect and can return dividends for the new connections.
Master Rudy
On vacation for more than a year, the returning workout pattern is fair and he lands into a field that is not overpowering for the class involved; he is one of the few in this line-up whose sole victory was at today's distance; can be a late factor.
Can be forgiven the defeat last month when involved in a multiple speed duel; looked good in graduating 2 races back especially in light of the layoff involved; looks like one of the legitimate speeds here and is worth some backing.
Bob Consultation
No match for Cunning Red 9 days ago but he might have been compromised that day by breaking from the rail; has not come close, however, to the Beyers he achieved earlier this season; may have to settle for minor spoils once again.
Life Rule
Finished strong to score at first asking last month and although the final time was not particularly fast, he can be a factor here if the pace is proper; extra distance today should help his cause although the workout regimen this month seems lacking; conflicting signals.
Warren's Parolee
He suffered through a troubled trip in his only start since May and is much better than that performance line indicates; defeated 13 opponents on graduation day and from a difficult post to boot; improvement is expected here.
Valid But True
One of the few pure speeds to consider in this event, he has improved several levels since the blinker addition 2 starts back; extra sixteenth of a mile should pose no problem especially if the early splits are ordinary; any scratches to the left would be appreciated.
Baby Blake
The best Beyer of his career was earned at today's distance (although he had the rail advantage in that particular performance); drops off the purchase price and can middle move effectively if somehow avoiding the loss of significant ground.
Opened up quickly when stretching out 11 days ago; the trainer has fared well with a limited number of turnback runners such as this; despite this wide slot, this runner seems a true contender if middle moving at the appropriate moment.
Cunning Ride
Exits an above average race where he was the clear-cut second despite the lengthy pace battle; pay close attention to the late scratches today as his presence, or lack of it, will dramatically affect the pace and final outcome.

Race 4

Showed some solid early foot before backing out of it in her debut run here a few weeks back; she's worked a sharp half mile in the interim and is the first foal to race out of a minor SW dam so maybe she has some more to offer with the initial effort behind her; maybe the move to the rail helps her keep her mind on business and she is just one of a few in here with race experience under her belt; consider.
Candy Eye
Sire gets 12% first out winners and she's the first foal to race out of a limited route winning dam; they paid signfiicantly less for him at auction than his sire's stud fee and the barn doesn't do its best work first time out.
Be Proud
Got within a length of the winner while facing just 4 foes first time out; she earned a big number in that trip effort last month and she's since worked well for a barn that hits at a big clip with its runners who have had a race; SP dam's 2 wins did come going long, but she dropped a sprint winner; like the fact she's capable of passing runners and in a field filled with inexperience that could prove to be a big plus; one to beat.
Lady Bugatti
Sire gets 10% winners from his newcomers and the dam was a G3 SW juvenile whose 3 wins all came as a baby while banking 259K prior to dropping one runner who was winless from 2 starts; barn's second runner in here has been working steadily for his unveiling and they certainly know how to get them ready to roll.
Sire hits with 11% of his newcomers and the SW dam was a 5 time turf winner and 218K earner who was off the board in her lone main track try; lone sib was a limited winner in Japan; they tightened the screws on this 450K yearling buy from the local gate last weekend and a visiting Kentucky Derby winning pilot takes the call; expect she'll be pretty live.
Alison Marie
Sire gets 10% winners right out of the box and the dam was winless from 5 starts prior to dropping 3 winners from 4 foals to start; works are nothing special, but the barn is profitable with its newcomers and she'll get a solid pilot for her unveiling.
Del Mar Dixie
Sire gets 12% first out winners and the limited route winning dam dropped winners from both of her foals to race including Swakopmund, a 142K earner whose 6 wins came either going long or on the lawn; barn does well with firsters and they did work this gal 6 panels here last weekend.
Cause Im a Bigshot
Sire gets about 11% winners from his debut runners and she's the first foal to race out of a dam who finished off the board in her lone start; barn's second runner in here gets a pilot who does well for them and the worktab is steady of late for this.
Silver Sails
Sire s 3 for 30 with his newcomers and the G3 SW dam banked 133K and was 3 for 4 in main track sprint tries; 4 of her 5 sibs to race are winners including 138K earner Elusive Value; barn hasn't had a lot of recent luck first out, but some of the local drills are interesting.
Elite Eight
Gets a new pilot after encountering some trouble first time out; she draws outside here which could help her get a clean run on the slight stretchout and there is some pedigree here as her SW dam, though better on the green, did win a main track sprint while banking 206K prior to dropping 6 winners including SW and 258K earner Trainee whose 5 wins included 2 sprints; can go better in this spot.

Race 5

He Be Fire N Ice
Really come into his own this year, winning 4 of his last 5; the 4 wins came in his 4 turf starts, too, the lone loss coming on BHP's synthetic; looked good gamely prevailing in the California Dreamin here July 21, and the guy he edged (Rock Me Baby) came right back to win to flatter him; trouble is, now he's in the deepest end of the pool facing Obviously; but hey, what if Obviously doesn't fire or gets into a duel with El Commodore, hmmmm?; hey, stranger things have happened and this guy showed he holds his edge with 2 strong recent works.
Tigah (GB)
Game win in the G3 San Fran Mile at GG April 27, and off a freshening he was a nice 3rd to Indy Point in the Wickerr here; of course, that effort looked better before Indy Point went back for the G1 Arlington Million and as the favorite barely picked up a hoof; still, the Wickerr run here was sure nice and you know what style this guy will employ; surely needs help (i.e. Obviously tiring in the lane) but this guy has turned into a legit graded stakes miler this year.
2 good tries to Suggestive Boy at SA this winter, and at the time 'Boy was the best turf miler out West (Obviously hadn't come back yet); then went to KEE April 12 to take on reigning HOY Wise Dan; well, that didn't go well, though in his defense he was shipping for the first time and oddly enough ended up on the pace; Mandella has given him plenty of time to regroup, the works are strong, it's a great sign he brings him back in a spot like this and surely he'll be back to his stalk-and-finish tactics today what with sizzler Obviously and a quick El Commodore signed up...all of which may add up to a big effort.
Obviously (IRE)
Really began his emergence as the West's top miler (and maybe country's 2nd best miler behind Wise Dan) here last year when he won 2 races including this one, both in course record time; looked good as ever winning the G2 American and G1 Shoemaker Mile at BHP this spring; been freshened and this is a launching pad toward another swing at 'Dan; well, first things first - you know what to expect stylewise but the horse to his right is pretty darn quick, too, though surely if Obviously wants the lead, he'll take it; race goes through him and if he runs his race, the rest are running for 2nd...but you can be forgiven for wondering if 'Commodore might just soften him up a smidge, allowing 1 of the 3 closers to take advantage; hey, it can happen.
El Commodore
Plenty of good work back East and his first try out West here Aug. 1 was super - went right out to the lead, set fast splits and jsut kept going; that was a nice bunch he beat, too; nice to see Machowsky now feels good enough about him to try this - hey, he knew he'd be tackling Obviously; while this guy has speed, Obviously can surely be quicker if need be so maybe this guy tries to sit off Obviously's hip and take a run at him turning for home; well, that may be the plan at least but Beyerwise this guy still hasn't run a race that beats Obviously even if Obviously regresses a couple lengths.

Race 6

Sire is 44-for-369 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of a 3-for-5 dam (69K) who produced 5 winners from 7 other foals to race including stakes-winner Patrotic Flame (8-for-42, 291K) and G1-Sweet Symphony (4-for-11, 646K).
Primal Instinct
Sire is 26-for-270 with 2-year-old debut runners; is the 1st foal out of a stakes-winning dam (5-for-18, 294K); 23%-winning 1ster trainer since 2012 and the DMR-bullet gate workout for this stamp as a contender for win honors at 1st asking.
Sire is 57-for-337 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of a SW dam (3-for-8, 132K) who produced 1 winner from 2 other foals to race (4-for-30 Ivy Connection 87K); August-BHP bullet workout on display for a 21%-winning 1ster barn.
Gift Exchange
Sire is 36-for-252 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of a SW dam (5-for-25, 364K) who produced 4 winners from 5 other foals to race including 546K-earner G3-SW Easter Gift (6-for-12); has been outworked by some of the other 1sters.
El Desperado
Sire is 23-for-286 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of an 0-for-6 dam (10K) who's only other foal to race is 5-for-37 Shoefly Sheoefly (36K); the worktab is a notch below the others here for a 7%-winning-debut trainer.
The bullet workouts and Bejarano landing here are obviously-very good signs; sire is 54-for-505 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of an unraced dam who produced 3 winners from 4 other foals to race including 95K-earner Forest Warfare (4-for-21).
Candy's Shoes
Sire is 23-for-169 with 2-year-old debut runners; is the 1st foal to race out of an unraced dam; has been working steadily for the 26%-winning 1ster trainer since 2012.
I Earned It Baby
Sire is 7-for-96 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of a 1-for-6 dam (72K) who produced 2 winners from 2 other foals to race including 38K-earner Theogony (1-for-4); the others have been working quicker in the mornings than this one.
Van Fraassen
Sire is 26-for-270 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of a 1-for-7 dam (44K) who's only other foal to race Dixie Dice finished off the board in his only start; 12%-winning 1ster barn with a steady worktab for this.
Run the Show
The 0-for-33 debut trainer since 2012 leaps off the form at you; sire is 13-for-58 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of a 1-for-12 dam (37K) who produced 1 winner from 3 other foals to race (1-for-18 Tic Toccet 22K); will be taking a wait and see approach.
Papa's Paisley
Lacked stamina in the DMR debut 29 days ago with a steady worktab on display noting some runners move forward dramatically 2nd-time out; 2 other also eligibles also have experience and fired better than him 1st-time out.
Sire is 42-for-287 with 2-year-old debut runners; is the 1st foal out of a 1-for-10 dam (33K); has been working well at DMR for this and prefer 1sters breaking outside rather than bogged down along the rail.
Quick and Silver
1st blinkers and is the one to catch after unable to handle Touchdownwilson in the debut; the added half furlong for this does not help the cause but worked a 3F bullet for this; any runner loose on the lead can get brave which is what he hopes to accomplish here today.
Scary if in after bumped at the start in the career debut then held on pretty well overall in an even-educational unveiling; couple of sub-minute 5F workouts for this suggests he is sitting on a big race 2nd-time out.

Race 7

Some quickies like Zany Tactics and Lit de Justice have won this race over the decades and last year Capital Account prepped with a third in the Crosby here before coming from 5th to win this race with a 100 Beyer for Baffert; place horse in this race last year Coil took a Grade 1 at Anita next out and also opened this year with a G2 victory; note pro beat allowance foes in the second off the layoff situation last year; look for him late if at all.
Gonna Fly Now
Sharp as a tack now, note place horse was clear in last and Marchman exited last race to beat $40K optional foes next out with a 93 Beyer; two solid drills since the last effort and he doesn't have to be 7th early on; must prove he can step up and beat Graded winners.
Did everything but get unsaddled last time in a tough beat; two fast drills since; the slowest drill on the 17th at 6 furlongs was 1:16.20 and the average was 1:13.51; toss the Kentucky Derby as the pace was ridiculous that day; colt has responded off the R and R layoff and he has the ideal prep to build on with Rosario calling shots; former rider about last race, Krigger: "I didn t have the best of trips out there. When we turned for home, they were fanned out in front of me and I had to make a choice. I thought for a second about trying to go down inside, but then I went out. I didn't want to get stopped"; primed.
Great Hot (BRZ)
Troubled the last time at this distance as mare could have helped her stamina last time setting the table for Lady of Fifty; 2nd in a division of a $50K Pomona stakes in the last cut back situation; could see her sitting off the pace here, trying to save ground and hoping the leaders crack.
Majestic City
Colt won his first three races and ran his eyeballs out in defeat at this trip as a juvenile; over 6 clear two back but he just could not quicken in time in the Crosby; love the August drills accentuated by the blowout on Wednesday; runner has to find the way to win again.
Fed Biz
Only one of the 4 wins came on the synthetic but note he kicked off this season winning in the second off the layoff run; runner beat 3 to the wire in the last cut back effort; runners hand was forced last time when challenged early but the race should have him fitter; don't ignore.
Handsome Mike
Steadied in the Big 'Cap, off poorly in the Churchill finale and may have just been a bit overmatched in last; Met Mile show horse took the Grade 2 Suburban next out with a 107 Beyer and the place horse won the G1 Whitney with a 108 figure; place horse in the last win has not race back and show horse 4/13 is 0 for 3 since; must hurry.
Wine Police
Nice bit of training to have this guy on his game off the extended layoff; now the waters get much deeper; he has lost ground late in both tries at this demanding distance and is coming off a career Beyer; like fact he has speed but doesn't need the lead to win and note winner of the 2011 closer took the G2 San Carlos, lost next 3; Gomez enticed, gets the acid test.
Batti Man (ARG)
Been on a route diet of late, will probably have to come from pretty far off the pace to cash; his rider on the San Diego, Blanc: "He s a courageous horse. And he really, really handled this track well today. His race was excellent"; value will be there again.
Distance specialist also loves this layout; he's pretty much run the same race all year; 5/25 winner repeated in the G1 Shoemaker with a 106 Beyer and 5/25 show horse took a classified allowance here then was out of the money in the Eddie Read; he got the ideal trip in the last win at this distance but splits should be faster here; needs a rebound effort.
No Silent
Colt could be a little fragile as the races are spaced; runner has been solidly managed and hitting the exacta in 10 of 13 is as consistent as it gets; you can build a case he's never been better but he still has to proven he can ramble with true Graded winners.
Royal F J
Must prove he can win on the synthetic; life and death for the last win and just some slice since; he did run his eyeballs out in defeat in the last comeback try and the place horse in last cashed next out in a $62.5K optional; nearly 5 times more slices than wins; not sold on chances.
Morning Line
Tons of back class to fall back on for this pro; nothing wrong with hitting the exacta in 9 of 15; repeatedly proven fresh including the win in the G1 Carter back in the day; no disgrace getting beat by the Dude in the 2012 closer; surprise package.

Race 8

Macaabra (IRE)
Like to see that she's gotten the job done in three of five turf starts, and it's interesting to see that she's attracted a good deal of wagering support in a few of her recent races, but it does look like her form racing overseas has only been so-so at best.
Include the Aussie
She hasn't finished worse than third from five starts over turf and really liked what she showed us in her latest outing when coming up just a little bit short; winner from latest returned to win next out at AP on 8/9 going 1 1/16m over turf vs. 30k OPC's with an 80 Beyer; Stevens has won with 10 of 43 (23%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Lilbourne Eliza (IRE)
She really hasn't run of bad race in her career and she figures to appreciate dropping out of the graded stakes ranks for this; she owns the ability to get herself forwardly placed right from the break and going to look for her to be involved in the running every step of the way.
Bonnie Lesley (IRE)
She's been beaten by today's rival Lilbourne Eliza in a couple of her starts since arriving in America and she is going to need to dial it up a notch or two if she's planning on turning the tables on that opponent in this one.
Have to respect the level of consistency that she's developed and she's been at her best in her three starts over the Del Mar turf course; feel that she merits respect as a strong contender in this spot.
Madre Luna
She's another who scores well in the consistency department but this will be her first start beyond 6 1/2f and prefer to see what she can do in a route before backing her; runner-up from latest returned to win the next out here on 8/21 going 5f over turf vs. 40k OPC's with a 92 Beyer.
Tap the Magic
She's a little interesting while making her first start wearing blinkers but she does appear to be more comfortable at distances shorter than today's one mile assignment; winner from latest returned to win next out at BHP on 7/12 going 1m over turf vs. N2X alw. rivals with an 89 Beyer.
She has been known to step up with a decent performance when least expected and it is interesting to see that she's making her first start for the Dollase barn today; leaning toward others, but have to respect her for what she's capbale of on her best day.
Special Charm (IRE)
This filly has a strong turf pedigree and like the idea of her getting back over grass for this, but she has had many chances to show us what she can do, and a minor award might be the ceiling for her against these.
Lady's Plan
She's one of two in here who can boast of having three turf wins next to her name and she's been in good form lately; that was a solid allowance field she faced in her latest start and it's interesting to see Rosario aboard for this.
Warren's Flasher
She needs to see a scratch from the main body of this race in order to draw in but like the idea of her being ready to give a good account of herself while making her second start back from a layoff; Bejarano has won with 7 of 19 (37%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Mary Fildes (IRE)
She ran well in her latest start while making her first start back from a layoff and that was a sharp winner that she chased to finish; she's another sitting on the Also Eligible list who is worth keeping an eye out for in the event that she draws in.
Royal Empress (IRE)
Her first start in America can be viewed in a positive light and feel that she is the more interesting of the two Biancone-trained filly's in here; not going to be at all surprised if she's ready for better in her second start in the States.
Ms Pianist
She's another in here with a very nice pedigree for turf and like to see that she earned a career best Beyer Speed Figure in her first start for this barn in her latest outing racing over the main track here.

Race 9

Has 35 all-weather workouts during career for his 1st-ever synthetic surface start; what a tough spot to try synthetic on with serious stamina issues never racing this far and fading in last at a quarter mile shorter than this; figures to save ground stalking the outside speedsters; the DMR bullet workouts are a plus; the 2-back winner repeated in an IND-101K stakes with a 92 Beyer speed figure.
Exits his lowest Beyer since April, 2012, when looking like he was in a good spot early racing 4th behind odds-on Paynter and 2 other pacesetters; he middle-moved down the backstretch then was passed by Kettle Corn when the real running began showing nothing; did not fire his best shot in his other DMR-synthetic loss so maybe he just doesn't like the local oval?
Holding Glory (BRZ)
Would have to scratch from an easier spot Saturday in the Del Mar Handicap at 1 3/8 Miles on turf a G2 with a 200K purse to race here; all 4 of his wins occurred on grass; would be getting a negative 2-pound weight swing off the Mile rally loss in his synthetic-surface debut vs. You Know I Know who follows him here.
Farraaj (IRE)
The 121-day layoff is the main issue but willing to excuse the grass loss when favored; his 2-back G3 at today's distance on synthetic was superb and he is perfect on this type of surface; hopes for a similar trip stalking 3rd like in the Breeders' Cup Juveniles Turf sitting just off a hot pace then hopes to wear them down in deep stretch; scary if ready.
You Know I Know
Claimed off his February, 2012, career debut for 50K this 209K-earner takes the class leap to make his stakes debut in a Grade 1; clearly a good sign that his career-best Beyer was in his DMR-synthetic surface debut but has never been this far although his late-closing win over the track suggests he could like 2F added on; must pass the class test.
Richard's Kid
Mid-pack runner loves this race capturing the 2010 and 2011 Pacific Classics winning for Baffert-Smith then finished 3rd in this event in 2012; 1st-time Talamo riding for last and back at DMR was a winner posting his best Beyer since November; would be a big-stretch factor on his best day.
Kettle Corn
Has been superb in 2 races with blinkers on; very-patient handling by Espinoza in last who sat on the rail then swung out for the drive wearing down 3-5 Paynter; won't get that dream kind of trip breaking from post 7 today; rematch with Game On Dude from the HOL Gold Cup at today's distance but an 11-pound negative weight swing for this does not add to the appeal.
Byrama (GB)
Broke sharply in last but was wrangled back to 7th then saved ground; she moved up willingly after following the 43-1 and 31-1 pacesetters but was boxed in; finally slipped thru along the rail but it was too late; today is a huge class leap and she has never been this far while a filly vs. the boys getting a 5-pound weight break from each of her male counterparts.
Defending champion did not come into the 2012 Pacific Classic with stellar form but ended up producing a career-best Beyer speed figure in this event; 1st-time Bejarano who seemingly had other options to ride here; likely going to be last early with Jeranimo hoping Delegation-Game On Dude and Blueskiesnrainbows duel each other into defeat.
Toyed with the field 55 days ago at today's distance with a career-best Beyer; last looks better since the show runner Beyered 91 in his next-out WO-G3 win; when he makes the lead he wins at least that's the case with his last 4 pictures; has to fend off Blueskiesnrainbows and Game On Dude early then hold off the closers.
Game On Dude
Could not have made an easier lead in the Gold Cup 25 opening quarter and while it looked like Kettle Corn had dead aim on him he could not get past this one carrying 11 pounds more than his nemesis in last; gets him at equal weight for this; Blueskiesnrainbows and Delegation pressing him for the front doesn't help the cause trying to make amends from his favored-loss in the 2012 Pacific Classic and a 4th-place finish in this event in 2011.
In his 2 races at a mile and a quarter on synthetic he finished 4th in the 2010 Big Cap and 8th in the 2011 Pacific Classic; trailed down the backside in last but was helped along as they went fast early and the top 2 battled hard; skimmed the rail with 3F left then swung out for the drive, found a seam and exploded late under slight urging by the 4-time win rider who lands on Dullahan for this.
Last 3 wins right on the lead but Is drawn outside of Delegation and Game On Dude so getting the front here figures to be a massive challenge; negative 5-pound weight swing from the loss to Richard's Kid in his 1st-DMR synthetic start; know him early but unsure about late.

Race 10

Race 11

Format V.
Goes first time off this barn's claim while returning for the same price they paid for him 4 months ago in the Hollywood score; gelding doesn't have much early foot so the move to the fence doesn't figure to help him all that much, but he is a local winner and with some stretchout sprinters in here the clip in front of him should be honest; contender.
Bobby Handy
He was beaten chalk behind today's rail runner the last time he made it to the track and was also claimed from the effort; new barn hasn't had any recent luck with this type right back, but this guy has shown some more early interest than that one and maybe that again allows him to get the jump on him at this slightly shorter trip; consider.
Barney Rebel (IRE)
Five year old was used in pace when dropped to this level on the stretchout here Opening week and he's been given a little time since; interim drills are on the slow side but with some quicker ones in here maybe it benefits him to be a little less aggressive early; while he's not the same runner he was when shipped here last year, maybe he'll have more to offer from a tracking spot at a price today.
Hasty Trend
Boasts a bullet drill for the slight class rise in his return from the brief freshening; 7 year old may find himself a little more involved early on the stretchout, but it's been a while since he's seen the winner's circle; prefer others.
Forever Freedom
Lightly raced gelding makes his first start off the claim by an outfit that hasn't won a race this year; he's had problems at the break of each of his starts this year, but he's unleashed a powerful late kick each time ; maybe he has a move forward in him second time going long and it's nice to see Bejarano take interest, but he earned a career best number by a big margin last time and it may be tough for him to keep moving forward while returning in just 3 weeks against this much more accomplished bunch.
He's cut in half in price after failing to mount a serious threat in his local return on the lawn; 8 year old owns a couple of synthetic wins and though he hasn't won here he does own a few minor awards over this footing; worth a look.
Goes for a tag for the initial time after being given some time off his last; he's working ok for this, but he's not as good as that sharp late running score into a hot clip 2 back; barn is having a pretty nice stand thus far, however.
Diamond of Blue
Speedy sprinter stretches out with a sharp recent drill in tow; he held on for this price 2 starts back, but now he'll try 2 turns and this trip may just prove to be too far for his liking; they'll have him to catch, but don't think he'll prove capable of taking them all the way.
Smokin' Cat
Tries better after running down a quick clip in his first start off a year on the bench; 7 year old doesn't figure to get a hotly contested pace in here but the fractions should be solid and given a clean start he'll likely find himself closer to the top early in this one; repeat threat.
Bank the Eight
Baffert 6 year old draws outside as he continues his way down the class ladder following a weak sprint spin in his local return; he's clearly no longer the runner he once was as his figures are going the wrong way, but he has the bark efforts to suggest he shouldn't be completely dismissed.
Russel's Run
AE stretches out while moving in with open company on the surface switch; he was ok beating limited winners at one turn 2 back on the Hollywood main track, but don't think he'll be able to handle the route from the outside slot with this bunch; passing.
Casa de Cambio
AE fired first time for this barn in his local debut 2 back against cheaper and the wide trip hurt him when subsequently moved to the sod; he'll start from a tough slot if he draws in here, but he does have the tactical foot to secure a tracking trip and Rosario will get back aboard.
Late Night Sky
AE removes the hood following a couple of weak efforts on the local lawn; he wasn't bad in his lone synthetic try 3 back at Hollywood but would need to improve in order to get in the exotics mix if he were to draw into this heat.
Sky Cape
Eight year old is mired on the AE list and not likely to make his second start back from a year on the shelf; he was quite good on the local sod against better last summer and he has local main track experience; has a right to move forward with the return try behind him, but he'll need to prove he hasn't lost a step with age and this won't be an easy spot from which to break.
Mr Lemon Tree
Suave 4 for 87 with first-time turfers; G2 winning sire 7 for 27 sire won at 2, banked over $1.3 million, never turfed; dam took one sprint, never turfed; lone half sis lost twice; Bejarano enticed, look for him to be aggressive and try to steal it from cozy slot.
Rob's Pal
The 2012 closer screams off the canvas but they were all together that day, sometimes a sign of just an ordinary race; backers can point to the fact there is turf success in the family and also near $200K sibling Charlie and Chris; barn due for a bit of luck, check out the 10 slices this meet.
Starry Shark
Onebadshark 1 for 7 with first-time turfers; sire won at 2, took a couple of stakes, banked over $200K, was out of the money in only turf out; dam 0 for 8; 3 of 5 siblings won; 2 tried turf to no avail; 4th new pilot, look for him to be on the gas hard early.
Salt of the Earth
Salt Lake about 6% with first-time turfers in a 329-horse study; won juvenile debut by a dozen, won multiple Graded stakes including the Grade 1 Hopeful, lost only turf try; dam lost 4 times; several multiple race winners in the tree including 6 for 14 grass performer and near $300K earner Beautiful Balance; the extended layoff is a concern.
Race over the course was not all that bad; 7/14 winner repeated in a state-bred $25K optional with an 87 Beyer; been knocking on the door, is due to blow it off the hinges; respect.
Awesome Okee
Toccet 6 for 103 with first-time turfers; sire won 6 times at 2 including 2 G1s, banked over $900K, was 0 for 3 on grass; 5 for 16 dam earned nearly $75K, won thrice on turf; all 3 sibs won; 2 won on grass including stakes placed triple grass winner and near $400K earner Seminole Native; he has drilled steadily for this.
All Star Bell
Improved a bit and has the 2 races to draw from now; 2 siblings tried grass but failed on turf; figures to at least muddle the pace, not sure he'll be around at the end.
Deal Master
Mr. Broad Blade 1 for 33 with debuters, 2 for 15 with first-time turfers; sire graduated at 2, took a stakes in NoCal, earned nearly $200K, was 2nd in best turf moment; Grade 3 placed 5 for 29 dam banked nearly $300K, won thrice on grass; the 4 siblings to race are a combined 0 for 20; never easy winning long at first asking.
Empty Headed
Love the spacing of the return drills; he has a ton of work to to do to match full bro and double grass winner Mensa Heat, who banked over $500K; best of 27 bullet last Tuesday says he's feeling pretty good about himself; maybe Gomez can shake him up.
Wings of Mojave
Hooked clear winner in the debut, hung wide from marooned slot in last; dam out of the money 8 times; this is her first to roll; respect barn but this guy must hustle.
Mojave Desert
Beaten over 21 the last time in a MSW; not good; he was getting to the winner but this is a much tougher assignment; not sold on him this time.