08/27/2013 10:39AM

Closer Looks: Del Mar August 28, 2013


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Race 1

Shining Son
Toss last when declared a non-starter; his 2-back race was solid beaten less than 1 length for all the money despite a bobbled-gate break; his lone win was accomplished on dirt but has not been back on the main track since that March-stalking score; best races are when he breaks well and sits just off the main speed.
Stormin Lute
Style change 2nd-time out when rallying from mid-pack; he was claimed off a high-win-percentage trainer which is not a good win angle; also takes on winners for the 1st time which is often any runner's toughest assignment; the good news is the new rider yields 37% winners for the trainer at DMR since 2012.
Lone win was right on the lead and would like to make the front here; 30%-winning DMR jockey-trainer combo on another runner in the field who's done his best-speed figure work on dirt his career-best Beyer occurred on a wet-main track; DMR-bullet workout for this adds to the appeal.
Even finish 1st-time blinkers on in latest suggesting he may want more distance than 6.5F but cuts back in yardage for this; the debut victory for his previous trainer looks better since the show runner posted a Beyer 72 in his next-out PLN-$22,500-maiden claiming win; must find that missing late punch.
62-point 2nd-time-out Beyer improvement going gate-to-wire; with Brannaman view as a major pace presence here; the added distance, weight and facing winners for the 1st time are all serious issues; the 5F-DMR workout for this was not too inspiring.
Turn On the Brites
Exits a career-best Beyer at longer rallying from 7th; cutting back a half furlong does not add to the appeal off last although his lone win was at shorter than this; the DMR-4F workout for this was right on the money so expecting another top effort out of him today.
Topper's Ghost
Favored in the debut when when claimed by a 25%-winning trainer 1st-off-the-buy since 2012; broke slowly then rated just off the speed before taking over by the half-mile mark; new rider wins 32% for the barn since 2012; tons of upside for the class test vs. winners for the 1st time.
Run Hide
Claimed from his last 3 races but today is in an event where he can not be purchased; have mixed reviews from the DMR-synthetic surface workouts for this racing on synthetic for the 1st time today; beat the 2-back runner-up finisher who Beyered 90 in his next-out CD-30K-maiden claiming win.

Race 2

Quick and Silver
Gray showed good speed before fading first out here earlier in the month and now he'll add shades with the move to the fence; he blew out sharply at Hollywood last week and he'll catch a bunch with very little race experience; winless dam did drop a few winners including G2 SP, SW and 201K earner Karama and this guy's daddy did sire an impressive triple digit Beyer winning newcomer at Saratoga last week; expecting an improved try from this contender.
Rivers Run Deep
Barn has had some recent luck right out of the box and this guy went for more than 15 times his sire's stud fee at auction while in training earlier in the year; sire is 3 for 33 with his debut runners and the dam took 3 sprints prior to dropping 3 sprint winners from as many foals to race and they combined to win 18 races.
Papa's Paisley
He showed some early lick as well in his unveiling but had little to offer thereafter; he's one of just 2 in here with race experience and that can't hurt; dam dropped 2 winners but none of their 7 combined scores came sprinting; barn hasn't had a runner hit the board at the stand.
Sire is 2 for 13 with his firsters and the SP dam won 4 times going long or on the green while banking 92K; both sibs are winners; barn fires first out and this guy's been training here for a while with the last couple of moves being pretty sharp.
Sire is 6 for 79 with newcomers and the SW dam was 3 for 4 sprinting in her career while earning 92K prior to dropping 3 winners including G2 SW juvenile sprinter and 223K earner Millionreasonswhy; she's working in typical Baffert fashion of late and the barn's first call pilot is aboard a colt who went for a pretty good amiunt at auction this spring.
Muck N Grind
Sire gets 16% winners with his debut runners and this guy is the first foal to race out of a dam who won 3 races (1 sprint), earning 49K in her career; barn does a solid job with newcomers, but this guy's drills aren't much and his pilot has been blanked at the stand.
Sire gets 16% first out winners from his offspring and the G3 SP, SW dam won 3 sprints including her debut, on her way to earning 132K; one of this half million dollar colt's 2 sibs to race won 4 sprints; dam was kin to a couple of good ones - G1 SW sprinter and 759K earner Smoke Glacken and G2 SW sprinter Smokey Glacken who banked 656K; sharp drills on tap for an excellent debut outfit and Bejarano takes the call
Sire hits with 14% of his debut runners and this guy is the first foal to race out of a limited sprint winning dam; works are ok of late and a solid pilot will get aboard for a barn that has shown some recent first out prowess.
Papa Turf
Sire gets 14% winners right out of the box and the dam won 3 races (2 sprints) and 91K; lone sib was 0 for 1 on the track; starts outside which should help keep him out of trouble and the barn does boast a winner with a recent newcomers, but the works don't suggest there's lot of ability here.

Race 3

Classic Bobby
Zero for 5 since leaving Miller barn, runner nosedives today off some decent August drills; note it did take him over a month to record a published drill after the last race; 5th finisher in last took a $50K claimer next out and the winner repeated in the $200K Real Good Deal; 2 of his 3 wins are local and he has the speed to flee the fence; respect.
Bev N Bud
Never out of the exacta locally; nice; over 3 clear two back, game in the win last time and the extra sixteenth could work to his favor; trainer has been firing with everything but he'll again need help up front to get there; not sure the race sets up all that great for him for a repeat.
Mitchell has been winning off the claim for decades; gelding has the 3 races to draw from now and note the show horse was over 5 clear; note he beat double this priced class last year for this pilot; respect.
Half Dome Dude
Fact he won the racing debut gives him a right to fire fresh; half of his wins have been local and he has been caught wide in the last few races; would be careful before taking too short a price here.
Value in the gimmicks the last couple of times in the money and maybe that's his strength once again; apparently not much of a work horse but he did improve in last; the concern is the local slate and fact he will need a real good trip to get there.
Iron Joe T
Spawr won a 9-way shake to claim this runner; in the local win, runner made the lead going :22.91, got the half in :46.04 in the wire job in a $16K N2L seller with a 78 Beyer last year; Spawr claimed him that day; love the series of drills down here; back class is there off the last win; interesting.
Private Bounty
Gelding graduated in the second off the layoff run back in 2011; hung wide in last and he doesn't have to be 7th early on this time; Nakatani got a chance to figure him out; the hotter the pace the better here.
Marine Fog
Respect hot claim box item; race over the surface can't hurt and runner can be close up if need be; the 5/11 winner repeated in a $5K claimer, then lost next pair; consistent and dangerous.
The route may have help this guy's stamina; could see him getting a similar trip to the BHP finale; Jones good with this cut back move; this guy looks live.
Afleet Cowboy
Drops off the claim but you have to do that sometimes to get off the schneid; the 5/12 place horse took a $12.5K Northlands claimer; he has the race over the surface but runner must prove he can win on the synthetic; needs very best.
Flying Coastal
Invader has a penchant for finding the wire; the 6/22 winner lost twice in stakes company following the win, then beat $5K claimers 8/3 at Boise; trainer has spotted them great all year; surprise package.

Race 4

Seek First
Beginner was sired by turf star Kitten's Joy who won multiple G1 stakes and 207 million overall (his offspring have scored in 48 out of 293 debuts); the dam won 1 of 8 and 52K; there are no winning siblings to report.
Distinctive Cougar
No match for a blowout, and repeat, winner first time out; his sire won 703K including G2 success; the dam involved was unraced; among the winning siblings is 334K earner Quisiana; sharp workout on 8/19 suggests this one is worth considering.
Glitter of Silver
New face hails from 115K earner Fullbridled whose progeny are 2 for 15 in their first attempt; the dam won 3 of 25 and 67K; among the winning siblings is 83K earner Little Davey; above average a.m. drills of late.
Bro's Bro
Three respectable tries thus far, all involved a pace battle; his sire won multiple G1s and 1.73 million; the dam won 1 of 10 and 31K; among the winning siblings is 228K earner Bro Lo; switches to a red-hot veteran rider and must be respected.
Public Interest
Raced evenly in his second attempt when bet down heavily; his sire won 2 of 4 and 77K while the dam was unraced; winning siblings include multiple G2 victor Liberian Freighter who amassed 759K; puzzling item.
A pair of fine works at five-eighths during the last dozen days; his sire won 3 of 11 and 135K (descendants of Vronsky have won 5 of 52 initial starts); the dam won 2 of 26 and 35K; sib to 34K earner Mother Nature.
Quick Cielo
Vast improvement in that second venture but he draws wide again and must ascend to this class; the sire was a G3 winner who captured 872K; the dam did not compete; among the winning siblings is 153K earner Proud Patrolman.
Sidepocket Champ
See Accomplish, above, for information about the same sire; this gelding's dam never made it to the starting gate; among the winning sibs is 139K earner Sidepocket; fairly steady intervals to the workout regimen, a favorable sign.
Closed strong to just miss in his first local appearance and the subsequent blowout was sharp as well; son of G1 winner Atticus should be flying late if all runners go as another honest pace seems assured; major stretch factor.

Race 5

Truelee Scrappin
Drops below the price they paid for him after weakening late against better in his local debut run; 5 year old may have a move forward in him third time back from the long break and maybe he's able to secure a decent spot down inside while getting Gomez today; maybe for a share.
Chasing the Heat
Goes first off the claim by a barn that's yet to win a race on the year; he will get an equipment change for this and maybe that helps him improve, but he'll need to find a lot more to threat these on the win end; longshot.
Magic Beam
Scored over a notch better after getting a hot clip in front of him last time, a score which made him a career .500 hitter locally; field's highest last out Beyer earner may appreciate today's added half panel, but don't know that he's going to get a clip in front of him like he saw last time; contender, but prefer to look at alternatives.
Street Car
Came up empty late in his local return after recovering from a poor start from the fence; 7 year old has a right to move forward with that regression out of the way, though the guy who beat him quite handily last time returns in this spot as well and the win 2 back was the product of a pretty easy early top; last week's drill does give the indication this inconsistent runner is moving in the right direction, though.
Blue Jay Attack
He's been freshened since being taken again by an outfit that boasts some recent luck with this type; he is a synthetic winner and did run pretty well fresh here in a near miss last summer; recent bullet drill says an improved effort may be on tap.
Middle moved in his first local spin and now he'll turn back to sprint; 7 year old has earned plenty of minor awards over synthetic footing and though he hasn't run fast enough of late, maybe he'll have a little extra late kick to offer here and is able to get in the exotics mix at a big price.
Tones (IRE)
Hasn't been very competitive in his 2 starts this year, but now he'll drop in for a cheap tag; colt was pretty good on the green here last year, but it's clear that he's not longer that runner; class warrants him some consideration, but he'll need to offer a lot more to contend.
He's been popular at the claim box of late and now he'll step back up to this level off the going away score in his local return; gray will get an extra half panel today as well as a weight break with the bug named and the pace in front of him should at least be honest; repeat threat.
Tiz Point
Fresh gelding drops in half in claiming price for his second start of the year after faltering late in the Hollywood turf route a few months back; he's done much of his running going long, but his recent drills are quick and the outfit does nice work with its runners off this type of break.
Gelding hasn't been as good as he was earlier in the year since claimed by this outfit in the spring; he is a 2 time local winner and got used in a quick clip in his return to this venue; has an extra half panel with handle here, but if they send him hard again maybe he's able to clear and that could help him last a lot longer.
Gutshot Straight
He'll drop a notch off this outfit's claim while going back to Bejarano who was aboard for his open lengths score in the fall; gelding took a step back last time, but with a couple of sharp interim drills in tow he looks set to bounce back from tracking range; one to beat.
Goes first time for another new barn after getting beaten just a couple of lengths for this price last month; trip score 2 back over cheaper was ok, but it earned a number that's a little light of what the better ones in here can run; have to limit his use to underneath in exotics.
AE goes first off the claim by an outfit's that profitable with this type; he was used in pace when beaten by some of these 2 back at Hollywood and maybe he'd have a little more luck from this outside stalking slot if he gets to go.
Russel's Run
Cal bred switches surfaces if he draws into this spot; AE won sprinting 2 back at Hollywood, but that came against limited winners and he'll be catching a much more accomplished bunch in here; has to pass on him if he gets in.

Race 6

Christopher Street
His lack of early speed is eligible to leave him with a lot of work to do when they hit the top of the stretch and this gelding has been beaten by a couple of today's rivals in his recent starts; prefer to keep looking around in here.
Heat Streaker
This colt has a strong pedigree for turf and he earned a stakes placing in his latest outing while making his first start after a layoff; viewing it as a sign of confidence from his connections that they are shipping him here for this.
Sizzlin' Joe
His four starts routing over turf have been solid performances and like to see that he earned a career best Beyer Speed Figure in his latest outing; third place finisher from latest returned two win next out here on 8/24 going 1m over turf vs. starter alw. rivals with a 76 Beyer.
Surf N Ski
Sire wins with approximately 6% of his turf starters and dam won 2 of 16 starts for 38k, including 1 of 7 turf starts for 21k; like to see the early speed that he has to employ in his turf debut.
Exotic Slew
Maybe he isn't going to be as effective routing as he is sprinting, but this is a consistent performer who appears to be in good form at the moment; third place finisher from latest returned to win next out here on 8/16 going 5f over turf vs. 25k OPC's with an 86 Beyer.
Uncle Dick
He might have to worry about being involved in a fast and contested early pace, but he's clearly a good fit at this level of competition, and he's run well when chasing today's rival Turn On The Pumps in his last two starts.
Turn On the Pumps
He may very well prove to be the one to deny in this spot as a number of his recent starts are strong enough to make him a legitimate threat for the top prize against these; however, it might be worth noting the number of runner-up finishes he has settled for along the way.
He's run well in back-to-back starts since being returned from a layoff two races ago and he might appreciate being stretched out in distance after trying a turf dash in his latest outing; he's not out of the question with Gomez at the controls.
He can prove to be an early pace player while making his first start in a turf route, but a comfortable early pace doesn't seem likely, and it looks like he's going to need to produce his sharpest performance to date if he's to see his number posted on top after this one is run.
Keep Movin'
It took this 5-year-old a while to get to the races but have to respect the improvement he showed at second asking and he followed that effort up with a strong performance in his turf debut in his latest outing; if his most recent effort is a sign of what's to come, he'll be tough to deal with.
Senator Bob
He needs to see a scratch from the main body of this race in order to draw in, and even though his recent form hasn't been his best, he's a little interesting when seeing what he's done over turf in the past, and when considering that it looks like he's been working well in preparation for this.
Romeo Royale
Not wild about what he's done in his three most recent races since being returned from a layoff, but he's clearly capable of making some noise in this spot if he can find his way back to one of his better performances.
Husband's Folly
He figures to appreciate the slight turn back in distance for this, and this is a late running type who figures to see a favorable early pace scenario; that said, this does appear to be a tough group for him to the meeting up with.
Jim's No Preacher
He's been very sharp in his two most recent races, and not only has he run pretty well in his two starts sprinting over turf in the past, but he has a fine pedigree for turf; he's worth keeping an eye out for in the event that he draws in.

Race 7

Time for Angie
Twice stakes placed, yet has done so without running better than a 57 Beyer; was fourth of seven in her only race over this track July 19 and has to ship down here after training at Hol.
Sunday Rules
Fast time from her maiden win has been validated by the performances of 3 returnees left in her wake; 2 returned to win maiden races (including Feature Attraction, in here), and the one loser was 3rd in a race won by one of those returnees; should repeat.
Bejarano and Jerry H are a winning combo and already teamed up to win with this miss; impressed by how she closed despite traffic issues; should benefit from the usual hot pace that unfolds in 2YO stakes races.
Moving Desert
Graduation runner up has shown a liking for this track with a maiden win here in addition to that aforementioned stakes placing vs. the boys; last 2 figures are 2nd best in here behind the 81 Sunday Rules ran 1st out; tactical speed a plus.
Didn't earn much of a figure for that Calder win; 2 of the 5 behind her won next out, with one winning a MSW and another taking a maiden 16K; none ran higher than a 49 Beyer next out, though; did overcome trouble in her debut, getting steadied into the turn.
Feature Attraction
Was away poorly and couldn't keep up with Sunday Rules first out, but she improved second out and appreciated facing a rival not so fast Aug. 17 - winning from off the pace; this marks her 3rd race since Aug. 3.

Race 8

Huera Bonita
This miss is starting to figure it out; the rail has been live at this distance this meet hitting with 7 of 33 or 21%, same as post 5; slight improvement and she should be around the wire again.
Tap Tap Ur It
She flashed some semblance of speed in the 2012 finale but has gone backward since; winner 5/27 repeated in a $16K N2L fray, was 2nd beaten over 4 in an open $10K claimer here 8/10; needs a huge rebound here.
Maddog Maddie
Bred by the trainer, the last 2 races in Inglewood were decent but she gave way rapidly in last; she has a ton of work to do to match top kin and near $400K earner Getback Time; look for P Val to send hard and hope for the best.
Proud Maureen
Proud Tower Too 0 for 24 with firsters; G1 winning sire won at 2, took 7 of 22, banked over $1.7 million; stakes placed dam took debut at 2 for only score; this is her first to race; homebred does look fit enough.
Indian Lotus
Indian Country 0 for 22 with debuters; SW sire took 5 of 11, banked over $200K; dam was unraced; this is her first to race; love fact she drilled farther than this race is carded.
Make More Money
This gal rates a legit look; Mullins has cashed with these kind over the years and nothing wrong with the drill on the 14th; trainer is 10 for 37 or 27% the last 5 years with MSW to maiden claiming moves; /27 place horse took a MSW next out, then beat N2L allowance runners at ARP 7/26 with a 68 Beyer; dam just one for 11; two of 3 siblings won, each won just once; look out.
Rich in Tradition
What happened to the speed she flashed in the good race here in her local debut last year?; backers can point to the fact that top ki Trilliant did bank over $100K; a slice may be the ceiling.
Krazy for Kugel
Sherman 1 for 43 the last 5 years with debuting maiden claimers but 9 others ran in the money; Indygo Shiner 4 for 73 with debuters; sire won at 2, took a Grade 3, banked nearly $450K; dam 0 for 9; one of 3 siblings won; that runner, Writer's Cramp, took 7 of 42, earned less than a grand a start; barn has been firing and miss at least drilled 6 furlongs.
Magic Number
New game going short but at least she got a feel of the surface; Biancone 3 for 16 or 19% the last 5 years with maiden claimings cutting back and 3 ran second; she got a boost when the winner of last repeated here 8/17 in a $16K N2L fray with a 65 Beyer; look for bug to try to get her to relax early, then make the one run.
Nonna Reese
Got away with some sluggish splits, still gave up the ghost; nice to see Berrio back and he has had great success for Avila over the years; nice move last Saturday says she is feeling pretty good about herself.
Pender 3 for 33 the last 5 years with debuting maiden claimers with a median payoff of 9-2 and 3 ran second; In Excess about 16% with first-timers in a 720-horse study; sire won his debut in Europe at Lingfield at 2, was a multiple Grade 1 winner, banked $1.7 million; dam out of the money thrice; lone half sis to race was just one for 7; she does seem comfortable with the surface.
J K's Mischief
After the promising debut, it's been pretty much downhill; just a length and a half off the pace in the grass sprint; overdue.
Swear for Roses
Dominguez great with this move; he is 21 for 68 or 31% the last 5 years with MSW to maiden claming moves and 19 others ran in the money; interloper has more speed than she just showed; note the 9th finisher in the 11/17 race beat $12.5K maiden claimers next out, was third beaten over 7 in a $5K Charles Town claimer in her last outing; stakes winning 9 for 37 dam banked nearly $700K; 3 of 4 siblings won; the best was probably Venado, who took 3 of 15, banked $90K; must be given legit look on the drop alone.
Classic Candy
Backers have to hope the drop shakes her up but she's still in for 11 grand more than purchase price; there are a couple of winners in the tree, but none were special; like the series of drills since the local debut including the snappy move on 8/10; a player if she rolls.