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Closer Looks: Del Mar August 30, 2013

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Race 1

Ribot Belle
The win at this distance did come vs. higher-priced foes; note in that score in March, runner was also stretching out; a bit more keen to work last Saturday, in good hands, this rider up for last win but she needs pace to run at in all likelihood; not sure the race sets up all that great for her.
 
Splendiferous Moon
Miss could be a big fragile as the races are spaced but she sure took to the local surface like the proverbial duck to water; 3 solid drills since but it's never simple to concede 10 or 12 lengths and get the job done; probably has to improve to repeat.
 
Tornado Allie
Miss got good for about 7 weeks last year as she put wins together; the last score was in a $40K starter here on grass at 10-1; if you figure she just needed last, and she may have as she had dead aim at the top of the lane, then you can build a case for a move forward; Berrio has been the guy for this cagey barn over the years.
 
Lilly's Perfect
Note show horse was well clear two back and the place horse in last flattered this mare by beating $25K claimers next out; could envision her sitting a pretty nice trip, maybe 3 or so off a moderate pace; repeat well within the scope.
 
Bellamine
It can't be easy moving a horse up from a 31% trainer; checked in the race after the May score last year and she has been off her game since; would have also liked to have seen some local works; drop is also a bit suspicious; try to get a good look at her on the track.
 
Bonita Star (GB)
Proven vs. tougher, rates long look off just the Mitchell claim; winner 6/7 clicked right back in a $16K claimer, then ran out of the money for that same price; the 6/7 place horse won for $8K in next, was out of the money twice; 5th finisher 6/7 took a $10K claimer, was out of the money twice; backers have to hope they go bonkers early and the race falls apart.
 
Candy Trophy
Bet like a good thing on the drop in last but never was herself; now she nosesives; probably not the best of signs; not sure what to make of the drill on the 19th and she will be trying to do something she only attempted once and that's win on the synthetic; has some things to iron out.

Race 2

Susans Express
Beginner was sired by Decarchy who won a G2 and 703K (his offspring have won 29 out of 198 debuts); the dam involved won 1 of 2 starts and 11K; among the winning siblings is 85K earner Oscillator.
 
Cabbage
Woke up when racing for this price tag in June; her sire won 837K including G1 success; the dam won 1 of 5 and 21K: winning siblings include 23K earner Mo Dular; fair half-mile drill of late helps her prospects.
 
Grazenette
New face is among the first crop to race from G3 type Grazen who amassed 245K; the dam won 3 of 10 attempts and 100K; among the winning sibs is 93K earner Gracias; shows a mild work tab this month.
 
Papa's Flashy Girl
Her sire won a pair of G2 stakes and 1.12 million in total; descendants of Papa Clem are 1 for 6 as far as winning their first test; the dam never competed; winning siblings include 37K earner Rockinarz Recruit.
 
Full of Slew
Did not have the smoothest of trips first time out; her sire won 5 of 23 and 342K while the dam scored in 1 of 8 races earning 15K; this is her only foal to make it to the starting gate; makes the dangerous first visit to the claiming realm.
 
Charlie Time
Offspring of the versatile McCann's Mojave, a graded stakes winner who notched 1.51 million, have tallied in 3 of 27 debuts; the dam won 1 of 10 starts and 18K; winning siblings include 100K bankroller What's for Dinner.
 
Another Victoria
Steady work tab for this new arrival, daughter of G1 victor El Corredor who netted 727K (his progeny have won 9 percent of their first races); the mom won 14 of 60 and 211K; there are no winning siblings to mention.
 
Glorious Rebecca
Begins her career with a decent gate workout in the bank; her sire won multiple graded stakes and 715K; descendants of Kafwain have won their first test at a rate of 10 percent; the dam won 4 of 13 and 107K; winning sibs include 22K earner Glorious Valentine.
 
My Lucky Rose
Flashed some respectable prompting speed in her second venture; her sire won a G3 and 484K; the dam won 2 of 8 and 30K; sib to 60K earner Flamboyance; latest sharp blowout suggest a further upgrade is in store.
 
Mon Petite
See Pap's Flashy Girl, above, for information about the same sire; the dam involved 2 of 31 and 87K; among the winning siblings is 72K earner Le Heat; fair workout regimen may enable her to overcome this wide draw.
 
Shoot Me Another
She was sired by G2 victor High Brite who garnered 1.15 million and whose offspring have won 74 out of 705 inintial starts; the dam won 1 of 5 and 21K; winning siblings include Pack Your Bags who compiled 330K.
 
Vegas Bound
Earned a personal best Beyer when trying the statebred ranks for the first time earlier this month; should be a pace factor if somehow escaping the AE list today; shorter distance may help as well.
 
Debt Free Abby
No match for Vegas Bound last time with no known excuse; doubt she can turn the tables even with a respectable set of a.m. moves since the last run; will likely have to wait until another day.
 
Raja's Rose
Captured the place despite some troubles in her last test; overall Beyer pattern comes up way short of the mark and she is most unlikely to make it to the gate anyway; improved a tad in the latest half-mile drill.

Race 3

Ms Pianist
Considering the poor start, she ran well in her first outing for this barn in her most recent race, and she certainly has plenty of turf in her pedigree; that said, this does appear to be a pretty tough bunch for her to be meeting up with.
 
Vionnet
Multiple stakes placed miss is another with a strong turf pedigree and she did some nice things racing over turf as a 3-year-old; her most recent start after a long layoff looks like it was designed as a steppingstone to this and going to look for her to be ready to give a much sharper account of herself this time around.
 
Seolan (IRE)
Not wild about what she showed us in her first start in America in her latest outing, but based on the way that she performed in her first two career starts, it's probably a good idea to expect her to show up with a better performance today.
 
Jolly Days
Stronach-homebred has run some nice races over turf from eight starts and it's very interesting to see her being sent out with Lasix for the first time; she deserves to be respected as a contender while being reunited with Gomez.
 
Blues and Silvers
She's won nine of 13, including eight of 11 over turf, and she made her debut over the Del Mar turf a winning one in her latest outing; she owns excellent positional speed and have to respect her chances while stepping up in class.
 
English Crossing
She appears to be on top of her game entering this race and she's gotten the job done in three of her last four starts; however, she is going to need to be ready to take her game to another level to get the better of this field and it looks like Talamo might have opted to pilot another in here.
 
Gulsary (IRE)
In a race that is turf pedigree strong, this filly can be added to the list, and she's making her first start in America for a barn that does some of their better work with turf starters; she looks like she's been doing some nice work in the a.m. and viewing the presence of Stevens as a positive indicator.
 
Perfecta
She's been a pretty consistent performer through her first seven starts and like to see that she earned a career best Beyer Speed Figure in her first start back from a long layoff in her latest outing; note that both of her wins have been earned over this turf course.
 
Fantastic Mizz
This filly gets high marks for consistency as well and she's proven that she can be at her best when fresh; like Blues and Silvers, she owns excellent tactical speed, and it wouldn't be a shock to see this miss involved in the running throughout.
 
Double Ante
A little concerned by the sub par performance after a layoff in her latest outing, but the winner of that race won her next start at Sar in a G1 going 7f with a 91 Beyer, and this filly might appreciate getting back over turf for this; not willing to count her out of it.

Race 4

Quick Approval
Sire is 21-for-171 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of a stakes-winning 5-for-23 dam (207K) who produced 1 winner from 2 other foals to race (5-for-23 Omamaomama 72K); posted a 3F-bullet workout in July so expect some early speed.
 
Peggy Lynn
Sire is 5-for-53 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of an unraced dam who produced no winners from 3 other foals to race (0-for-9 combined 9K); the 1-for-28 debut trainer since 2012 is not easy to take but her August 9 five-furlong drill was super.
 
Best in Class
Sire is 7-for-29 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of a 3-for-15 dam (28K) who produced 2 winners from 3 other foals to race including 78K-earner WIndy Corner (5-for-26); despite the sire's good win stats would be a surprise for her 1-for-45 firster trainer since 2012.
 
Mia's Storm
5-week absence for start 2; one of 2 in the field with experience giving this one a big edge; figures to break fast and should be tough to catch; the workout for this was not very enticing for a 5%-fresh trainer who is 0-for-38 since 2012 on synthetic surfaces; the good news is Talamo is back and wins 22% for the barn.
 
Shopping Savannah
Sire is 3-for-46 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of a stakes-placed dam (3-for-15, 110K) who produced 1 winner from 3 other foals to race (2-for-13 Southern Star 23K); the trainer is 2-for the last-25 with 1sters.
 
Elegant Trick
Sire is 6-for-68 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of an 0-for-3 dam (1K) who produced 4 winners from 4 other foals to race including 82K-earner Changethechannel (2-for-7); has been outworked in the a.m. by a few of these.
 
Nikki Allyn
23%-winning debut trainer with steady workouts; sire is 32-for-260 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of an unraced dam who produced 4 winners from 6 other foals to race including 676K-earner Group 2 Duff (9-for-59).
 
Gracie Ragazza
25%-winning MSW-to-maiden claiming trainer; she ran to the 23-1 debut odds beating 1 runner home; just 1 other runner in the field has racing experience so expect an improvement and clearly should benefit with the unveiling behind her.
 
Take One
Sire is 13-for-127 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of an 0-for-2 dam (5K) who's only other foal to race is 2-for-7 Dance in the Snow (20K); the worktab does not impress but her trainer wins 25% with maiden claimers and 21% overall with 2YOs since 2012.
 
Goodhumorgirl
20%-debut trainer is a plus; sire is 19-for-128 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of an 0-for-6 dam (1K) who produced 6 winners from 7 other foals to race including 58K-earner Riverwalk Jazz (1-for-15).
 
Blameitonthecat
Sire is 1-for-24 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of a 2-for-7 dam (42K) who produced 2 winners from 2 other foals to race including 61K-earner Repossee (2-for-21); has been outworked by several of ther debut starters.
 
Hitchslap
Sire is 22-for-292 with 2-year-old debut runners; is out of an unraced dam who produced 1 winner from 2 other foals to race (1-for-7 Singing in Key 20K); the trainer yields just 5% debut winners since 2012.

Race 5

Salah Champ
Draws the fence for the stretchout after coming up empty late from a wide spot in her second start of the year; new outfit looks to find a spot in which there's little early foot so expect they'll send him and though the dam's side of the pedigree is all sprint, his sire's half suggests 2 turns should be within his scope.
 
Bardy
Recent graduate tries winners for the first time in this spot; like the way he buckled down to run past a few rivals in the lane in that one and he's since returned to work a solid half mile; price warrants him a look right back.
 
Seven Bridges
Gelding was gaining as the wire approached on the stretchout second back from the break; he doesn't have any early foot so he'd appreciate a little help in front of him and he's not the runner he was before the time off but he shoudl again be coming in the lane.
 
Cardio Royale
Late runner switches surfaces for the class drop while getting a switch to a sharp pilot; he doesn't have early foot and will need some help in front of him to set up his kick; maybe for a minor share.
 
Afflication
Tries winners for the initial time after easily handling cheap maidens on the drop at a short price; number he earned 3 back at Hollywood would make him a scary presence in here and maybe with the confidence builder in him he has a move forward in him; Bejarano goes elsewhere, but he can't be overlooked.
 
Amp and Adrenalin
Wide trip kept him from finishing in front of a couple of guys he'll catch against in this spot; expect he'll be more involved early this time and maybe that helps make the difference; one to consider.
 
Hoosier Diddy
Hasn't been close since shipping down here to try winners; he'll step back in to face older in this spot and has yet to run a number that would put him in the picture here; looms another big price.
 
Frenemy
Bejarano sticks on the drop after he ran ok late while not threatening the top 2 on the stretchout; he'll need some help in front of him and his solid back numbers will take strong tote support, but he should be rolling in the lane.
 
Localsucess
Got used in pace when stretched back out to this trip last time; his speed should again be prominent from the bell but there's some other lick in here so don't know that he'll be able to clear and he has had his stamina issues.
 
Hurry Home Clover
Beaten chalk came up short late after making the lead turning for home on the stretchout; speedster draws the outside slot for his second start under this outfit's care and that may help him secure a good tracking spot from the bell; contender.
 
Tuckers Point
AE broke through in career start number 16 and now he'll tackle winners; deep closer owns figures that fit with these but he'll likely be left with a lot of work to do late so he'll need some pace help if he gets to go.
 
Cover Trick
Colorado bred ships in from a minor venue to go for a tag for the initial time if he draws in here; AE boasts light numbers and doesn't figure to threaten if he gets to go; have to pass on him.
 
Sarangani
AE goes for a tag in his first start since Opening Day at Santa Anita this past winter; he ran big going long on the front end at Hollywood last year and if he's close to that runner he could have an impact in this spot.
 
Twin Six
He's mired on the AE list for his return from the freshening off a near miss at the level at Hollywood; don't know that he's going to get lucky enough to get in here, but his drill a couple of weeks back suggests he's on his toes and even from out here could prove tough if he does.

Race 6

R S Watson
Very simple his best game is being right on the lead; but has Cacau among others to contend with from the gate; exits his career-best Beyer speed figure at today's distance over the DMR track; the 2-time win rider lands on Tree of Life for this; view as a major pace presence.
 
Tiz the Truth
26%-win trainer with long-layoff runners; wish his only synthetic-surface start was better in the debut when defeated by the show runner who Beyered 91 in his next-out SA-MSW win then 2 starts later Beyered 109 capturing a BHP-71K event; got loose on an easy lead in last then kept on going; the pace here with R S Watson and Cacau figures mighty hot.
 
Spring Up
His-closing kick benefits greatly from the hot pace projected here; great sign that his 1st race off the claim represents a career-best Beyer speed figure; been a new horse since racing on a synthetic surface and see plenty of upside here.
 
Fury Kapcori
Beaten-favorite when off slowly, steadied and screaming out for more distance which he gets for this; Grade 1-placed to end his 2-year-old season figures primed for a huge effort 2nd time off the long layoff; projects to stalk a hot pace; has been working like he is going to fire a huge race.
 
Manando
That May-fresh 108 field-best Beyer at BHP obviously took something out of this guy with a 3-0-0-1 mark since with a best speed figure of 84 since; tired at 2.5F shorter in 2012 in his only other race on DMR synthetic; adds more gate speed into this event.
 
Pataky Kid
Projects for a great trip rallying strongly into a hot pace; his only loss on a synthetic surface was in a Grade 1 event; 48 days since winning a key race defeating the 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th-place finishers who Beyered 96-88-86-65 in next-out AP alw., and ELP-CBY-PID-optional-claiming wins.
 
Tiz a Minister
Just hasn't been in his best form when racing on DMR synthetic but was the betting choice here in last breaking last then rallying mildly; G3-SW at longer; he has a dirt stakes win at 1 Mile; still has plenty to prove on the local DMR strip.
 
Holy Lute
Beat the runner-up finisher in last who Beyered 82 in his next-out DMR-MSW win; has not raced beyond 6.5F; Grade 1-sire went 0-for-3 in races at 1 Mile or longer during career winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint on a synthetic surface; his grandsire came inches away from winning the Triple Crown; dam was stakes-placed and 1-for-3 in dirt routes (30K); her only other foal to race 0-for-3 Ducky McClean who did not race past 5F.
 
U'narack
Stakes winner has not raced beyond 7F but rated kindly in last; sire's 5 of 6 wins occurred in races at 1 Mile or longer; Grade 3-placed dam was 3-for-28 in dirt and turf routes (218K); kin to 239K-turf router Tamarack Smarty however SW Luckarack (11-for-36, 451K) went 0-for-5 in races at 1 Mile or longer.
 
Cacau
Best Mile effort was his last; 1st time on synthetic today but has worked quickly for this; on the lead in 4 of his last 5 races but has sees plenty of inside pressure; he figures as the one to catch; win rider Espinoza takes R S Watson another speedster; know him early then hopes to hang on late.
 
Tree of Life
DMR-synthetic surface graduate's last race on synthetic was a career-best Beyer show finish in the Cal Derby when troubled; his 3-back troubled-turf loss saw him beaten by the runner-up and show finishers who Beyered 83-78 in next-out DMR-112K-stakes and GP-optional-claiming wins; back on his best surface ready to avenge the loss to Cacau.

Race 7

Tickle Again
At least she got a feel of the course; 2 siblings tried grass to no avail but one did bank over $100K; look for P Val to send hard and if you figure she just needed the last, then you can build a case for a move forward.
 
Gypsy Friday
Miss has teased several times, is overdue to hit paydirt; backers can point to the fact there is a double turf winner in the family; would expect her to be forwardly placed on the stretch out; must be left in the hopper.
 
Tribal Valentine
Tribal Rule about 14% with debuters in a 342-horse sample, about 16% of his first-time turfers in a 145-horse sample; sire graduated as older horse, took 2 of 4, never turfed; 1 for 8 dam did cash on grass; both sibs won multiple races; full bro Leaving New York was a double winner on grass, banked over $230K; she looks fit enough and has drilled this far.
 
Warren's Dixi Bell
Affirmative 3 for 22 with first-time turfers; sire lost all 4 starts; dam was unraced; lone half bro to race took 3 sprints, was out of the money in only turf try; got a feeling we have not seen the best of this one.
 
Cee's Tizzy Belle
Cee's Tizzy about 9% with debuters in a 511-horse sample, about 12% of his first-time turfers in a 214-horse sample; sire won second start, got through the N2X level, was seventh in only grass effort in a section of the Oceanside; dam was unraced; both sibs won, one was a full sibling; top kin Tiz Flirtatious took a couple of Grade 2s, banked nearly $625K; drills are ideally spaced.
 
Van Dien Avenue
Off a career Beyer and clearly seems to prefer grass; she has a shot to grow into her skin as kin to The Usual Q. T, who took a G1, was G2 placed at 6, banked over $1.5 million; she has the 2 races to build on here; respect.
 
Sri's Red
Redattore 9 for 78 with first-time turfers; sire didn't race at 2, took 2nd career start, won multiple Grade 1s on grass, went on to bank over $1.7 million; dam was unraced; this is her first to race; has some things to iron out.
 
St. Malo's Gate
Gaines assistant Quinn has spotted the runners just fine this meet; 3 for 6 dam earned nearly $100K, was turf only; 3 of 4 sibs won including multiple G1 winner Nashoba's Key, who cashed over $600K on grass and over $1.2 million overall; the blood sure is there.
 
Peggy Sue's Loose
Note it took her over a month to record a published drill after the last race; 2 for 9 dam cashed on grass once; this is her first to race; would expect hher to be pushing the splits at least.
 
Lady Ta Ta
Lake George 3 for 101 with debuters, 2 for 37 with first-time turfers; sire won in third start, could win short or long, won a division of the Oceanside on grass; stakes winning 5 for 28 dam banked over $350K, won 4 times on grass; both siblings won including double grass winner and near $150K earner Warren's Tony R; homebred has trained steadily.
 
Seeking Bliss
Unraced Sought After 2 for 19 with first-time turfers; dam just one for 27, a dirt route; this is her first to race; she was never in it after breaking poorly; look for bug to be ready to send hard this time.
 
Sidepocket Run
Hung wide from the marooned slot; backers can point to the fact that the top kin did win on grass once; grinder should get an honest pace to rally into if she gets a shot to suit up.
 
Cravin' the Heat
Finally off the rail, would expect her to be on the muscle early; at least 2 siblings were double winners on grass; could need maiden claimers to shine.
 
Dow Diva
She was pressured every step of the way, just could not take the heat; the sibling that tried grass was out of the money twice on turf; been knocking on the door, is overdue to push it on down.