07/22/2013 2:22PM

Closer Looks: Del Mar July 24, 2013

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Race 1

Cotton's Point
Been knocking on the door for over a year now and may be ready to bust through; remember, they thought enough of her here last year to try the CTBA Stakes, and she was a very nice 2nd to the talented Tilde; also ran 3rd in the Cal Cup Juv. Fillies at SA; wasn't seen again for 8 months but she came back to be 2nd on turf at BHP June 15 and the tal she chased (Glorious Luck) came right back to beat winners; back to synthetic with 5 real nice works since and the rail has been just fine so far this meet.
 
Cravin' the Heat
Big step forward when last seen as despite a lousy start she rushed up to set the pace, took pressure and finished 2nd; trouble is, 'when last seen' was March 16 at SA; let's face it, you don't normally take a horse who looks like she's putting it all together and put her away this long (4 months) without good reason; the good news, though, is she does not return with a tag attached, you know she has speed and she's worked quite nicely here.
 
Rsweet Serendipity
Sire Snow Chief gets over 5% debut winners, according to DRF sire stats; sire, of course, one of the best Cal-breds ever - won 13 of 24 for $3.3 million, multiple G1 SW including the Hollywood Futurity, Norfolk, Preakness, SA Derby, Florida Derby, Strub; unraced dam's 5 foals to race are all winners including Drought Breaker (6 wins, $213K, SW); lots of works so she should have plenty of bottom, though those works don't indicate much speed.
 
Air of Royalty
Sire Anziyan Royalty is 1 for first 18 (over 5%) with debut runners; sire won 6 of 20 for $331K, was a SW, G2 SP; unraced dam's 2 foals to race are Anziyan's Song (6 wins, $158K) and Anzisong (14 wins, $162K); plenty of worsk so there appears to be a foundation here.
 
Sophie's Secret
Plenty of good work to start her career with 4 nice outings inclduing 2 3rds here last year; but then came a dull 9th as the 9-5 favorite at SA Jan. 1 and she hasn't been seen since; that type of layoff, off that result, is disconcerting to be sure, but Sadler has been strong off the bench, there are plenty of works and he does NOT return her for a tag, which is a good sign; as mentioned, she ran well over this track last summer.
 
Miracle Merger
Ran 4th and 6th in a pair of outings here last year but she hasn't been seen since; as with some of the others, that type of layoff is worrisome to be sure, but she's really run just 1 strong race in 6 starts, and 5 of those outings came for a tag so she must not only deal with the long layoff but she's up in class today, too; at least as been working well of late, though that came on SA dirt, the site also of her best outing.
 
Marina Del Heat
First 2 outings weren't very pretty; was really no factor at any point; those came at SA at the start of the winter meet and she hasn't been seen since; so, she's another facing a long layoff; those 2 outings also came vs. maiden claimers so she's up in class; one thing that may work in her favor is those 2 outings came on dirt and while the Unusual Heats run on anything they really seem to love synthetic and her bullet :35 work here July 15 hints this may be the footing she wants; that being said, we still don't know if there's any talent here, do we?
 
Tiz a Kiss
Debut wasn't much but hey, it was just her debut and you can always be forgiving about a first run; she did take money (5-1) so somebody saw something they liked; as with many of her foes, though, she's dealing with a long layoff - that lone run came last Oct. 13 and she hasn't been seen since; has been working well for a trainer who can fire off the bench.
 
Heat Du Jour
Signs of life shown down the hill at SA Feb. 24 when after 4 dull outings she was a nice 3rd; that seemed to hint she might be getting things figured out; alas, then came 2 dull outings on turf there, a layoff (3 months) and a so-so return on turf at BHP July 13; Espinoza sees fit to stay and she's bred to love synthetic; of course, she's also bred to love turf and that hasn't really helped, has it?; tactically her lack of speed has been putting her behind the 8-ball more often than not, too.

Race 3

B. B.'s Bandman
Sire is 4-for-82 with 1st-turf starters; dam did not race on grass; her only other foal to race is Turn and Knock who finished off the board in his only grass start; mild rally in last suggesting 1 Mile may be right up his alley; leaps up in class off the losses not a good win angle for a 1-for-15 DMR jockey-trainer combo since 2012.
 
Taelyns Prince
Try to catch me; figures to be loose on the lead for a 28%-winning 2nd-start trainer; stretches out beyond 5F for the 1st time; sire was a Grade 1-SW on turf at 1M and a half; Grade 1-sprint dam (14-for-23, 762K) posted a 1-for-7 record in races at 1 Mile or longer.
 
Be You
Sire is 1-for-11 with 1st-turf starters; 4-for-28 with debut runners; is out of a 3-for-27 dam (83K) who did not race on grass; her only other foal to race is 1-for-4 Silent Saga (45K) who did not race on the lawn.
 
Mr. Cactus
Stretches out beyond 5F for the 1st time; 4-for-4 sire won his only start at 1 Mile in a Grade 3 on dirt; is the 1st foal out of an unraced dam; adds blinkers seeking answers off the outrun-debut attempt vs. similar rivals.
 
Oso Smart
Sire is 3-for-22 with 1st-turf starters; is out of a 2-for-7 grass dam (70K); who produced 5 turf winners from 10 other foals to attempt the lawn including Grade 3-SW A La Reine (4-for-7 turf, 199K); was claimed for this after being outrun throughout on synthetic.
 
Lapua
Sire is 47-for-393 with 1st-turf starters; is the 1st foal out of a 1-for-4 grass dam (9K); bet down to 9-2 odds and claimed from the debut so a lot more was expected from the off-slowly educational unveiling; mild-worktab for this.
 
Settheworldonfire
Stretches out beyond 5F for the 1st time; sire won at 1M and an eighth on turf; dam went 1-for-5 in all races at 1M or longer graduating on HOL grass at 1 Mile; full to Grade 2-turfer at 1M and 1-16th Burns (3-for-8 turf, 197K).
 
Station House
Sire is 21-for-174 with 1st-turf starters; 25-for-220 with debut runners; is out of a 2-0-0-0 dam who race exclusively on turf; 4 of 5 foals to race are winners (SW Pamona Ball 3-for-11, 185K) who produced 1 runner to race on turf (3-0-0-0).
 
Sunny Kat
Stretches out beyond 5F for the 1st time; sire won at 12F on grass; dam finished 10th twice in 2 races at 1 Mile or longer; was bet down to under 3-1 odds in the debut where bumped and troubled at the gate break; see plenty of upside.

Race 5

Tom Kha
Drops significantly now after that troubled start last month; her sire won 5 of 21 including multiple G2 stakes and 626K; the dam went 4 for 12 earning 193K; this is her only foal to make it to the starting gate.
 
Yvons Dixie Melody
Beginner hails from Chelokee who won a G3 and 385K overall (his offspring are zero for 11 as far as winning their first test); the dam won 1 of 3 and 6K; among the winning siblings is 39K earner Tribal One.
 
Thunder Bonnet
She was sired by G2 type Kafwain who amassed 715K and whose progeny have won 10 percent of their debuts; the dam won 2 of 8 and 24K; sib to 45K bankroller Pixie Stix; fair gate workout earlier this month.
 
Wickedly Sassy
Her sire won 1.13 million including G2 success (descendants of Master Command are 10 for 99 in the winning first time out department); the dam went zero for 3; sib to 190K earner Claresmiezie.
 
Irish Street
Has been working at weekly intervals, a favorable sign; her sire won 4 of 21 and 111K; progeny of Proud Irish have won 16 out of 222 initial starts; the dam was without a tally in 4 attempts; this is her sole foal to start.
 
Up the Alley
Offspring of Flower Alley, a G1 winner who captured 2.53 million, are thus far 11 out of 151 as far as winning their first try; the mom won 1 of 10 and 17K; winning siblings include 38K earner Lavender Lane.
 
Ryleigh Ruler
New face in this crowd is from Roman Ruler who garnered 1.22 million and whose descendants have won 12 percent of their first races; the dam was zero for 7; among the winning siblings is 113K earner Our Dahlia.
 
March Majesty
Far back in her unveiling earlier this month but was meeting far better stock and did not have a smooth getaway; her sire won 239K including G1 success; the dam was unraced and this is her sole foal to make it to the starting gate.
 
Sweet G
Similar to the previous runner in that she did not get a fair shake in her first try; this grey's sire won 2 of 6 and 98K; the dam won 1 of 12 and 39K; winning siblings include 98K earner Sweet Tigger; should improve at this lower level.
 
Slewthatflew
Modest work tab for this beginner; her sire won a G2 stakes and 105K (descendants of Blazonry have won 1 of 24 debuts); the dam went zero for 6; there are no winning siblings to mention; faces long road from this slot.
 
Monstro Ness
Flashed decent early speed first time out before fading; her sire won multiple G1s and 1.87 million; the dam was a G1 winner in South America earning 70K: this is her only foal to make it to the races; interesting item if escaping the also-eligible list.
 
Adriatic Lass
Sired by Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch who earned a total of 2.91 million (his progeny are 66 for 744 in debuts); the dam won 1 of 9; among the winning siblings is 33K earner Pedacitos; shows a mild work tab.
 
Sunrisa Sunrisa
Drops down the ladder after a pair of failed efforts; her sire won a G3 and 285K while the dam was without a tally in 7 attempts; winning siblings include 154K earner River Kiss; pass until further notice.
 
Lovely Instinct
Failed to recover from a slow breake first time out; her sire won multiple G1s and 1.12 million; the dam won 4 of 20 and 205K; sib to 285K earner Ballado's Thunder; will likely have to wait until another day.

Race 6

Ondine
Faces older for the first time following a solid effort in the G2 Hollywood Oaks; runner up from that heat returned to get third money in the grassy G2 San Clemente here last weekend; there's some speed in here so expect she'll be able to sit a nice spot behind them down inside from this draw and she did run well in her local debut last summer so we know she can handle this footing; one to beat.
 
Double Ante
Fresh turfer tries synthetic footing for the first time this year with a couple of solid recent surface drills in tow; broke her maiden first out while sprinting here last summer so we know she can fire off drills and the pace in front of her figures to be agreeable; price should be right.
 
Sweet Lulu
She's perfect thus far and now she'll stretch out while taking the next step up the class ladder; filly continues to work well and though her pedigree does appear sprint tilted, her dam was a G3 SW one turn miler who was G2 SP in her lone 2 turn try and this gal has shown that she's capable of passing runners so maybe she takes to this trip; contender.
 
Bella Viaggia
She's run off 4 straight since coming up short late in her Hollywood sprint debut; statebred will tackle 2 turns for the first time here, but she did take both of her local sprint starts last summer and her sire was a G1 SP, G2 SW middle distance turfer; consider.
 
Self Preservation
Gets off the fence for the stretchout after failing to factor against stakes sprinters in her first crack of the year; she did keep good company going long a couple of summers back and won from well out of it sprinting here last year, but will have to take a good step forward to have a say in the outcome.
 
Plaza de Indias (CHI)
Goes first time for an outfit that's going well here and boasts a solid recent drill for her local debut; mare hasn't won in quite a while and even though she earned a career best Beyer 2 back on synthetic footing at Hollywood, each of her 2 scores did come on the lawn; prefer others for the top spot.
 
Jolly Days
Makes her second start back from the break after getting little pace to run into on the Hollywood lawn; lone synthetic spin wasn't much, but it did come in a local stake; still, she looks to have her work cut out for her against this bunch.
 
Royal Tiger
Speedy mare set the pace while returning just 13 days off a career best Beyer score in the G1 Vanity last out, but didn't have much to offer when her rivals came to her; she's been given some extra time to prepare for this and worked last week at Hollywood like she's ready for a move forward; there is some stretchout speed in here so she may have to work a little harder from the outset from out here, but if she's able to clear she could prove tough to run down.
 
Ticket to Broadway
Barn's second entrant in here also makes her first start under their care; never got involved in the Ruidoso stake last time after running off 3 straight scores at other minor venues and the synthetic spins earlier in here career weren't much; passing.

Race 7

Hudson Landing
Multiple graded stakes winner is capable of dialing up a pretty sharp run on his best day, but he'll probably need to see a few of these show up with less than their best to have his best chance at the top spot; going to look toward others.
 
Indy Point (ARG)
Have to respect what he's done racing in Argentina while winning five of 12 starts for more than 500k and it looks like he's been training well in preparation for his first start in America; this barn has been having a strong year and they see fit to call upon Stevens for this.
 
Tigah (GB)
Stone-cold closer was last seen securing a G3 victory and that level of performance can play well in this spot; runner up from latest won next out at GG on 5/27 going 1 1/16m in a G3 with a 97 Beyer.
 
Endorsement
Sire wins with approximately 13% of his turf starters and multiple graded stakes placed dam won 4 of 15 starts for 256k, and she didn't make a turf start; this is a tough spot for his turf debut but he's a multiple graded stakes winner over dirt and he adds some intrigue to this event; winner from latest won next out at Ind on 7/20 going 1 1/16m in a 101k stakes with a 95 Beyer.
 
Corporate Jungle
He's capable of a very strong mile over turf on his best day and feel that if he brings his "A" game to the table that he can prove to be very tough to tackle; this barn has had some success with their west coast starters over the past year or so and like to see Bejarano get the call.
 
My Best Brother
He's a Grade 2 winner over this turf course, and although today marks his first start as a 4-year-old, he appears to be well meant while getting back over the Dmr turf; runner up from latest won next out at BHP on 12/15 going 1 1/2m over turf in a G2 with a 95 Beyer.
 
Chips All In
Grade 3 winner has a number of fine turf starts on his card to consider and it's quite a feather in his cap to have beaten Obviously in his latest start; that rival won his next outing at BHP on 5/25 going 1m over turf in a G2 with a 107 Beyer; he's run well enough routing over turf in the past to take his chances very seriously in this spot.
 
Wilkinson
He's another in here carrying a G2 winning credential with him and he's certainly capable at today's distance as evidenced by that victory when getting the better of Mr Commons last year at BHP; going to look for him to be ready to give a good account of himself while making his second start back from a layoff.
 
Second City
Respect the fact that he's won four of nine starts and that he's a G3 winner, but this has to be considered a tough spot for him to be seeking his first turf victory; third place finisher from latest won next out at BHP on 6/21 going 5f over turf vs. alw. rivals with a 96 Beyer.
 
Holding Glory (BRZ)
He's one of two in here making his first start in America, and this lightly raced 4-year-old, October foal, has had some success racing in Brazil while winning four of six to begin his career; he'll be worth paying some attention to pre-race, especially with regard to tote support.
 
Camp Victory
Grade 1 winner needs to see a scratch from the main body of this race in order to draw in and it's interesting to see Mitchell going back to turf with him and removing blinkers; it's probably a good idea to keep an eye on this runner in the event that he draws in.

Race 8

Indycott
Mandella great with this move; he is 10 for 36 the last 5 years with MSW to maiden claiming moves and 7 ran second, 3 lost close photos; forced to steady two back and had number placed third; she was probably just overmatched here last year and must be respected on the drop alone; the sibling that won twice was sprint only but was 2nd beaten 5 in a dirt miler at CD; this guy looks live.
 
Warren's Cliff S.
Maybe he just wanted to go this far all the time; note show horse in last was clear by daylight; backers can point to the fact that a half sister won routing the only time sent long; legit trouble two back; rates long look in all the slots.
 
Point Happy
Gelding was inching toward the winner in both the route attempts; runner has sneaky speed but why did he have to take 2012 off?; that is a legit concern and would tread lightly here.
 
Alkaray
Colt stumbled early the first time for a tag; the shades didn t seem to help; place and show horses 5/26 graduated next out and the winner repeated in a state-bred N1X with an 84 Beyer; homebred could be more involved early this time.
 
One Mint Julep
Can't be too thrilled about the synthetic debut; 8th finisher in last took a maiden $40K claimer next out, and the winner repeated in a $40K starter; checked two back but he still tried till the end; connections would love to see him mature like top kin Awesome Gem, a Grade 2 winner and over $2.8 million earner; don't sell too short.
 
Jazillionaire
He's been a bad actor at the gate so far; dam was unraced; lone half bro to race Fine and Rare took 4 sprints, was out of the money in only route try; bred to route top and bottom; surprise package.
 
Puerto Williams
In career cheap spot but maybe he belonged here all along as a $1,300 purchase; several siblings have won routing; would be careful here.
 
Dutch Courage
Sire won multiple Grade 1s going long; dam was unraced; lone half bro to race Pressor took 4 of 30, earned less than a grand a start, was sprint only; look for bug to send hard and try to steal it.
 
Rocabar
Barba 5 for 27 or 19% the last 5 years with turf to synthetic runners and 6 others ran in the money; in career soft spot on the cut back today; note runner was pulled up three back; best race by far was the synthetic route in the second start; has to move forward.
 
Will He Amaze
Cerin potent with this move; he is he is 36 for 38 the last 5 years with MSW to maiden claiming moves and 6 ran second; due for a trip after two eventful journeys; 2 for 17 dam was turf only; family is solid; 8 of 9 siblings won; 3 won at least $150K including multiple Grade 2 winner and over $700K earner Willow O Wisp, who won routing on grass with ease; note rider 23% for Cerin in the last year or so.
 
Tuckers Point
Huge middle move to get within a head of the lead, just could not carry on with the momentum; note place horse was nearly 11 clear; he got a boost when the winner of last repeated in a $40K starter with an 83 Beyer; like fact he got a spin over the strip for barn that has been sending out live stock; he has some work to do to match top kin Tyrana, who banked over $200K; can't fault those that give him another shot at glory.
 
Supersonic Heat
New game going long but like fact she has a couple of local spins under the belt; show horse in last took a maiden $30K claimer and the winner repeated in a $40K starter; sire carried speed successfully long on turf; dam won 9 times, was sprint only; most of his full siblings won including an over $250K earner; must pick it up.
 
Triple Jeopardy
Hung wide from the marooned slot the other time for a tag; the local debut came back double live and the show horse 3/24 took a maiden $75K seller, then ran out of the money; could be compromised by the slot.
 
Dickery Do
Sire was unraced; 2 for 14 dam was sprint only; the sibling to win did cash routing but was only one for 16; off poorly in three of 4 and that is not a good trend; can't endorse.