08/08/2013 12:26PM

Closer Looks: Del Mar August 9, 2013


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Race 1

Exotic Slew
Stakes placed gelding has run well in both of his starts sprinting over turf and the winner from his latest race returned to win next out here on 8/2 going 7f in a 200k stakes with a 91 Beyer; he has a live look to him while getting a rider switch to Bejarano.
Really like the way that he stepped up his game at second asking with a move to turf, the problem is, that race was back in April 2011; it does appear that he's been training well lately, but prefer to give him a race after the long absence.
Great Friends Rule
If you don't count the figure earned by Hagibis more than two years ago, this gelding sports the best last race Beyer Speed Figure in here, and it's worth noting that he earned that figure while making only his second turf start; must consider.
When considering the long layoff, his two most recent races have been decent performances, but he will need to find a way to step up his game if he's to turn the tables on rivals that have gotten the better of him in those starts.
Free Time
He looks like he can prove to be the dominant early speed in here, and that can be a key in a turf dash like this, but don't like to see that he gave up a clear late lead in his latest outing; regardless, he has to be considered a gate-to-finish threat.
Russel's Run
Like to see what he did the first time he raced over turf in breaking his maiden, even if it was against maiden claiming competition, but this is the first time he's been asked to sprint over turf, and prefer to lean toward those with established turf sprint form.
Toledo Eddie
He's shown enough in his three turf starts to be given a competitive look in this spot, especially if you only focus on his two starts sprinting over turf; it is interesting to see Bejarano aboard another in here, but he can't be ignored with blinkers going back on.
Star Rocker
He really hasn't run a bad race from seven starts and like to see what this stakes placed 3-year-old did in his turf debut off of a layoff in his latest outing; this really doesn't look like a bad spot for him to land in after getting that maiden win out of the way.
Red Man Run
He needs to see a scratch from the main body of this race in order to draw in, and even though he does have some respectable form sprinting over turf on his card to consider, he might need more distance than today's five-furlong assignment offers.
Field Report
Can't ignore the fact that he's settled for more than his share of minor awards through his first 12 starts while recording just a single victory, but he's developed a nice level of consistency to his game, and he's clearly fast enough to run with these.
Ballard Ruler
Sire wins with approximately 15% of his turf starters and stakes placed dam won once from six starts for 20k, and she didn't make a turf start; lightly raced colt has a stakes placing to his credit and Leparoux has own with 4 of 8 mounts for this barn at the current meeting.
Magic Castle
Sire wins with approximately 6% of his turf starters and dam won 3 of 46 starts for 20k, including 0-for-12 over turf; runner up from latest won next out here on 8/3 going 6 1/2f vs. 16-14k N2L claimers with a 71 Beyer.
A Kings Life
He seems to be more comfortable racing over dirt or synthetic surfaces than he is over turf, and not sure that his best effort is quite strong enough to get the job done in this spot.
Space Runner
Sire wins with approximately 8% of his turf starters and this is the first foal from a dam who won two of three starts for 24k, and she didn't make a turf start; the next time he runs a bad race will be the first time, and it's interesting to see the Keen barn go right to turf with him after a 16k claim.

Race 3

Deli Dude
Draws inside while boasting a couple of sharp recent drills for his unveiling; sire gets 6% first out winners and the SW dam's 3 wins all came on the green while banking 113K prior to dropping a 2 time sprint winner; not a lot of lick from those who have run in here so maybe he's able to get a jump on them with a clean start.
Easy Topper
Wide trip didn't help him much first out at the level upstate and now he'll try synthetic footing; gelding did work well for the gate here this past weekend and his SP dam was a 5 time sprint winner and 217K so maybe he's got some more to offer with the initial experience behind him.
Tries MSWs first time out but offered little from a wide spot in that key heat; barn moves them up both on the drop to this level and with the initial experience behind them; he's the first foal to race out of a limited sprint winning dam; expecting better out of him in his first local try.
Private Money Game
Sire gets 11% first out winners from his offspring and the dam was a limited juvenile sprint winner who dropped 3 sprint winners including SW and 337K earner Ribo Bobo; works aren't much, but the barn does great work right out of the box so this cheap yearling but figures to be set to offer his best.
Brighton Star
Broke from the fence first out and got on track too late but was able to grab third money at the level; barn's second out numbers aren't much, but this guy has drilled several times over the local footing and should be better with his debut run behind him; contender.
Silent Ruler
Sire gets nearly 12% winners from his debut runners and the dam was unplaced in 2 starts prior to dropping sprint winners from each of her 2 foals to race; barn hasn't had much recent luck right out of the box but this guy's drills have been a little better since arriving here.
Pleasanton dirt debut was solid and now he'll try synthetic footing against claimers; barn doesn't do so well second out, but they have had some recent luck on the drop to claimers and this guy is the first foal to race out of a SP dam who won twice and banked 112K, so maybe he improves quickly; consider.
Drops a bit in price after offering a little bit of lick in a couple of his starts, but he wasn't close at the finish of any of them; barn enters this one winless on the year and this guy's interim drills don't suggest he's going to take a big step forward in his local debut; have to pass on this longshot.
Behind the Bossman
Argued solid splits in his turf debut run against MSWs at Hollywood and now he'll try synthetic footing in his local debut; barn hasn't been going too well at the stand, but they'll call upon a top pilot for the drop to this level and this guy is kin to several multiple main track winners though they did most of their damage either going long or on the lawn; if he can transfer his lick to this footing he could prove tough to run down at a likely short price.

Race 4

Husband's Folly
Has never been this far; was claimed off the favored-synthetic surface loss vs. Casa de Cambio; grass win was posted Feb. 2012 at 6.5F on SA grass with rider Bejarano who has Matto Mondo for this; the 2-back runner-up finisher posted a 77 Beyer speed figure in his next-out BHP-optional claiming win.
Late Night Sky
Adds blinkers for the 1st time off the last-place finish when sent on DMR turf for the 1st time; gets another chance on this grass course hoping the new hood will help him carry his speed but the outside pacesetters seem quicker; the trainer is 31% with the blinkers-on angle since 2012; view as a pace presence for part.
Olympic Blue
Good sign that his only DMR grass race is a career-best Beyer performance; he has never been this far and was outfinished in latest at shorter; exits a career-best Beyer in the 3YO event but takes on older rivals for the 1st time today; his May win was a good-looking score sitting just off the pace; see some upside but getting 9F is a question mark.
Stone Hot
October, 2011, finished 5th-beaten 6 lengths in the only route race of his career at 1M on SA grass in a MSW loss; stretches out 3F for this off latest when claimed off a high-win percentage trainer which is not a good win angle.
Trucial State
Like Stone Hot was purchased off a high-percentage win trainer which is not a good win angle; finished last the last time seen on turf at 3F longer than this; his grass win was posted March, 2012, a 1M SA turf 75K-maiden claimer.
World Renowned
11-0-2-0 record with blinkers off; the hood is removed for this 1st off the claim; new trainer is 2-for-6 first off the purchase since 2012; away since the even finish passing a few late on synthetic sprinting; faded the only time racing at 9F.
Cardio Royale
Has never been this far but appears to have been screaming out for more distance in recent rallys and gets it here; the 3-back winner repeated with a 65 Beyer then made it a 3 in a row with a 74 taking a 20K claimer; wish the barn was better 1st off the claim and he won on turf at least once before during career.
Casa de Cambio
Great sign that his 1st race for the new barn represents a career-best Beyer; 29%-winning 1st-grass trainer since 2012 adds to the appeal; sire is 29-for-253 with 1st-turf starters; is out of a 6-for-27 grass SW dam (196K); no foals raced on grass; grandsire is a top turf producer.
Matto Mondo (CHI)
11-for-23 turf record leaps off the form at you; DMR-turf winner finished last when racing in 2012 over the local green; comes into this off 3 in a row all at shorter in Texas while working smartly and attracting Bejarano who seemingly had other options here; is 0-for-4 in races at 9F or longer during career.
Is the one to catch setting the pace at shorter than this and hopes to get loose on an easy lead but has Matto Mondo and Olympic Blue to battle with from the gate; has never been this far; the 2-back winner repeated in a DMR alw. with an 89 Beyer; know him early but unsure about late.

Race 6

Full of Spice
Beginner was sired by High Cotton who won a G3 stakes and 462K overall (his offspring have scored in 11 out of 72 debuts); the dam won 1 of 12 attempts and 50K; there are no winning siblings to mention.
Bluegrass Girls
Progeny of Bluegrass Cat, who won a G1 stakes and 1.76 million, are 12 percent winners first time out; the dam involved never made it to the starting gate; among the winning siblings is 152K earner Z Dager.
Rockin Girl
Note that sharp a.m.drill back on 7/26; her sire won multiple G1s and 1.87 million in total; descendants of Rock Hard Ten have won 26 out of 228 initial starts; the dam won 6 of 23 and 219K; there are no winning sibs to highlight.
Upgraded in that second attempt when facing 13 opponents; her sire won multiple G1s and 7.61 million; the dam won 3 of 16 and127K; winning siblings include 113K earner Nacho Business; latest work was fair.
Love Salah Dancer
Has not been close since that maiden voyage back in May; did have some traffic trouble in the last encounter but doubt today is her breakthrough race; cannot be endorsed for the top spot.
Silver Gun Girl
In need of the last outing, the mare displayed only brief speed but was jammed up between rivals when doing so; subsequent workout was fair and perhaps that can help the endurance levels; note short odds in the first 2 races.
Toppers Jackie
Game in defeat first time out when losing a blanket finish; her sire won 8 of 21 and 596K while the mom won 6 of 24 and 118K; there are no winning sibs to mention; gives up rail position but still warrants respect.
Jeanne Marini
Similar to the previous runner as she lost by inches following a race-long duel; has obviously found the right level of competition and is worth some follow-up today; faced repeat winners in her first 2 attempts.
Luna's Light
Adds blinkers after being compromised by the outermost post in her first outing; her sire won a G1 and 761K while the dam won 9 of 47 and 69K; this is her only foal to compete; the betting value will certainly be there.
Meet Me for a Kiss
Steady work regimen for this grey; her sire won 8 of 29 and 173K (progeny of Bound to Be M V P are thus far a perfect 2 for 2 in debuts); the dam won 3 of 12 and 52K; sib to 22K earner Catsilverandgrey.
Harlan's Trick
Unlucky lass finished strong in the last showing despite a bumpy journey; unfortunately draws wide again and will have to get into the race sooner; recent a.m.activity is way above average; consider.
New face in this big crowd was sired by 294K winner Marino Marini whose descendants are 24 for 168 as far as winning their first test; the dam went zero for 4 lifetime; this is her sole foal to start.
Journey On
Quit early when caught up in an early pace battle in her first assignment; her sire is G1 type Good Journey who amassed 1.73 million; the dam won 1 of 6 and 26K; sib to 220K earner Bella Viaggia; some very sharp works of late.
Upgraded when dropping down to this class nearly a month ago; her sire won a G1 and 1.91 million; the dam won her only start and 4K; winning sibs include 17K earner Vicola; excellent drill on the morning of 7/31; dangerous if in.

Race 7

Magical Band
Ample speed here to be sure; trouble is, she's facing ample other speed and doing so on a surface which may not be her forte; then again, you can't say she can't turf based on just 1 effort, and on that day she dueled heard down the hill at SA in a tough spot before faltering; well, she could end up dueling again here but it's nice Palma picked a tough spot like this for her return and she worked splendidly over this course July 25 (bullte 4fs in :47.60) to encourage.
Belle de Lune (FR)
Has something of which only Tasty Treat can also boast - a win over this course this meet; not only did she win nicely here July 18 but this situation may play to her strength as well as despite the fact it's surely a tougher spot she may be the right kind of set-up with plenty of speed types signed up to give her the brisk, contested pace she surely wants.
Kinz Funky Monkey
Only turf start was not only a win, but a stakes win to boot; that came at BHP June 8 after 9 months off, too; freshened since and she's obviously proven off the bench with loads of speed in her arsenal; that being said, she's facing not only a ton of other significant speed, but it's first time vs. elders, too, some real tough elders at that.
Tasty Treat
Awful game wiring a nice bunch on this course July 18; that means she's started twice on this course, both at this trip, and won both; that being said, she controlled the pace in each; that won't be as easy this time what with a bunch of sizzlers lined up against her; but hey, at least you know she comes here on top of her game and note a claiming win way back in March 2012 from OFF the pace so she's by no means some one-dimensional speed ball.
Gave top-class Include Me Out a big scare in a main-track stakes at BHP June 16 when 2nd, and behind her was top sprinter Teddy's Promise so she's run against top company and handled it well; tossed in a clunker here July 18 but that was a very tough race, she dueled early through hot splits and paid the price; love that there's no layoff since and this is surely an easier spot; it's back to turf, yes, but remember before she came to the U.S. she did just fine on turf in England so that should be no issue; shown she can sit and finish, which figures ot play well here and a bullet :35.40 work July 28 and sharp Aug. 3 drill say there are no ill effects from that last dud.
Givine (FR)
A couple years ago she would have been awfully scary in here but things just haven't gone so well the past 18 months or so; ran 8th in this last year off a layoff; this year she was pulled up at BHP May 26 and hasn't run since; good news is she's working well for Julio and he knew who he'd be running against here so it's encouraging he still opted to give this spot a try with her; but she certainly needs to turn back the clock and even that might not be enough.
Plus One
Super first try on this course, no real surprise considering she's handled all sorts of footing in different places including turf; wasn't far behind 'Lune who she faces again today; ample speed to get a good trip, but she's by no means a need-the-lead type so she may be in a good spot stalking, and with that July 18 run under her belt, a feel for the course and a big :47.20 work on thsi course July 28 she got upset potential.
Disko Dasko (FR)
Sure made a nice first impression when she won her U.S. debut down the hill at SA March 15 after 5 months off and coming in from Europe; things haven't gone so well since though in her defense she tried stakes company in all 4 starts since; well, must deal with stakes foes again today but she's back sprinting which may help; of course, she's also facing elders for the first time, another significant hurdle.
Twitter Pie
AE's sire Harlan's Holiday gets over 12% first time turf winners, over 11% overall turf winners, according to DRF sire stats; sire won 9 of 22 for $3.6 million, won G1 Florida Derby, G1 Blue Grass, G1 Donn, multiple G1 SP, never tried turf; dam won 6 of 17 for $92K, was SP, had 2 2nds in 3 grass tries; 2 sibs to race are Birdie Beats Par (7 wins, 3 on turf, $216K) and Red Hot Tweet (2 wins, won only turf start, $56K); comes here sharp from NoCal but it's not only first time turf it's first time vs. company this strong - most of whom consider this footing their forte.

Race 8

Beautiful Spirit
She did everything but get unsaddled but they were all together on the line, sometimes a sign of just an ordinary race; on the other side of the penny, the race two back was super live as 5 exited the race to graduated next out; 1 for 3 dam earned nearly $30K; all 3 siblings won; top kin Small But Mighty took 8 of 36, banked $140K; respect.
Hot Cakes
Blincoe one for 8 the last 5 years with second shooting maiden claimers but one ran second beaten a length at 28-1; must be respected on the drop and the blowout on Sunday says she is feeling pretty good about herself; dam out of the money in only start; lone full bro to race Carlsbad Lagoon took a minor stakes at Portland, earned just under 20 grand; expect better result.
Tony's Pinguini's
This miss seems to have some issues, like her dismal local slate; beaten double digits in the last 2 return efforts but the last race came back ultra live as the 2nd and 3rd runners won at this level in next, 6th finisher took a maiden $8K SAC fray, 9th finisher took a maiden $3500 Los Al race, 10th finisher took a maiden $40K claimer and the 7th finisher was 2nd a head at this very level; long overdue.
Rest Lake
She seems to be approaching her proper level; dam was 0 for 4; 2 of 3 siblings won including $120K earner Carlsbad Lagoon; two clever drills here are a positive sign; she has the speed to compete.
Secret Sorority
Miss tried hard in a pretty nice debut; dam lost 8 times; the sibling to win was just one for 11 and earned less than $500 a start; figures to be coming on strong late if at all.
Kevin's Kool Kat
Love the work pattern and the solid local drill; agile enough to get rolling in last after the poor start; look for Garcia to put this gal into the race from the sound of the bell; miss looks live.
Sophie's Secret
Sadler great with this kind of a move; he is 18 for 65 or 28% the last 5 years with MSW to maiden claiming moves; in for $130K less than purchase price; she has some work to do to match top kin Topper's Movin, who banked nearly $125K; note her career best Beyer was local; look for 10-pound bug to send hard and hold on tight.
Shamefully Sinful
A bit more keen to run early in last; 1 for 11 dam earned over $50K; family is solid; all 7 siblings won; two banked 6 figures including double stakes winner, 10 for 28 racer and over $350K earner Peppi Knows; if you figure she was just dead short, then you can build a case for a move forward.
Somewhere Secret
Was an ice cube on the board and she melted early; debuting at 5 also raises some red flags; dam was unraced; this is her first to race; needs a turn around.
She has to be off for over a year for a pretty serious reason; try to get a good look at her on the track before taking a swing.
Pederson sensational with these types; he is 13 for 45 or 29% with debuting maiden claimers with a median payoff of 3-1 and 8 ran second; Tribal Rule about 14% with debuters in a 337-runner grid; sire graduated as older horse, took 2 of 4, banked nearly $80K; stakes placed 3 for 19 dam banked over $100K; both siblings won including Bila Shaka, who took 3 of 17, banked over $60K; in good hands and like the fact she drilled farther than this race is carded.
Gorgeous Gaga
Rates valid look on the drop alone; dam just one for 38 on the track; lone half bro to race Cheezy Breezy took 4 of 23, earned almost $60K; trainer has spotted them great all year.
Nearly dunked on her foes the first time for a tag; dam out of the money in only start; 2 of 3 siblings won including over $100K earner Jilly From Philly; note show horse in last was clear for fun; a player if she rolls.
Charger Girl
Even if you figure she hated the rail, mare has not shown much stock; 2 for 6 dam banked $60K; 5 of 6 siblings won, none were special; looking elsewhere for a key top horse.