07/26/2013 11:43AM

Closer Looks: Del Mar July 27, 2013

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Race 1

Inner Groove
Perfect on the Del Mar synthetic surface winning here last summer at today's distance; figures for a similar trip today chasing Night Dance to the lead then hopes to have enough left to hold off the closers; away since posting rock-solid form on dirt and BHP synthetic; horse for the course has been working well for this; 4-time win rider Bejarano lands on Lilly's Perfect.
 
Night Dance
Projects as the one to catch with Inner Groover breathing down her neck from the gate break; away since posting her lowest Beyer since the February claim when no match for Chestnut Moon who follows her here; new rider wins 22% at DMR for the trainer; synthetic win occurred at a half furlong shorter than this so the final yards will be the main issue.
 
Skinny Genes
Leaves a high-win-percentage trainer and goes into a hot DMR barn for this; 1st time on a synthetic surface today is an issue; she adds blinkers (31% win angle for the trainer) for the 1st time during career trying to shake up the form; best Beyer was at 10F on turf; the show runner from last Beyered 76 in a next-out BHP-optional claiming win.
 
Hey Cowboy
Big race last time on synthetic a head loss 2-back vs. the winner who repeated in a GG starter alw. with a 69 Beyer; she beat the show runner a next-out 47 speed figure $12,500-maiden claiming graduate; stamina questions; synthetic triumph was over much lesser June, 2012, at much shorter than this.
 
Lilly's Perfect
Some-quick dirt workouts posted for the 1st off the claim following a new career-best Beyer when racing on turf; last looks better since the runner-up finisher Beyered 77 in a next-out 25K-claiming win; good sign that the win rider stays here despite the barn change and seemingly having other options; 2 summers ago she finished 9th in a DMR-synthetic surface optional claimer which represents her only start over the track.
 
Chestnut Moon
Winless on synthetic surfaces including her 2012 Del Mar defeat when breaking slowly then not making any significant rally; best Beyer was on fast dirt but posted the turf graduation in March with a 4-0-1-0 record since; the 3-back runner-up and show finishers Beyered 86-80 in next-out BHP-optional claiming and GG alw. wins.
 
Romantic Wish (GB)
Returns to the Del Mar synthetic surface which is the oval of her win last summer the last time she raced on synthetic; 28%-winning 1st-off-the-claim barn for a 22%-winning jockey-trainer combo since 2012; exits a race where she was purchased for the 2nd straight start but exits 3 consecutive off-the-board finishes; wish the worktab for this stood out more.

Race 2

Harbor Fever
Sire gets 10% first out winners from his offspring and the dam was winless from 5 tries prior to dropping a limited route winner; barn fires with its newcomers and this guy has had a local move to get acquainted with the surroundings, but the rail can be tricky for an experienced runner.
 
Forever Juanito
Earned a solid number while making a nice late run to get third money first out on the Hollywood lawn; barn hasn't had much recent luck with its second out runners, but this guy did blow out well over the local main track the other day so expect he'll take to the new footing.
 
Little Shack
Sire is 0 for 1 with newcomers and the limited sprint winning dam dropped 2 winners including 200K earner Mylilsecret who won 5 times (4 sprints); colt went for 24 times his sire's stud fee in training this spring and he's worked as if he'll be set to offer best here.
 
American Pride
Took all the money first out and tired only late after being looked in the eye from the bell in that one; colt returned to drill well here for an outfit that does great work with its second out runners and he's a quick breaker so he figures to again be gunning from the bell; he's the one they'll have to catch and beat.
 
Bond Holder
Connections aimed this guy high first out but he didn't do much money in that stakes heat and now he'll drop in to face fellow non-winners; both of his sibs to race are multiple winners and his multiple SW dam took 8 sprints and banked 337K on the track; expecting a much improved effort with the experience behind him.
 
Papa's Paisley
Sire gets about 14% debut winners from his runners and the unraced dam dropped 2 route winners from 3 foals to race; colt has worked sharply here of late for his unveiling and the barn has had some success from a limited amount of starters this year.
 
Bourne Hot
Sire gets 10% first out winners and the unraced dam dropped 3 multiple sprint winners from 4 foals to race; barn's second runner in here attracts Bejarano and he does boast a couple of solid recent dirt drills for this.
 
Oh Brother Go
Sire is 4 for 34 right out of the box and the SP dam's 2 wins came going long before dropping 7 winners, though only 2 did so sprinting; colt starts from the outside slot for the barn that does a decent job with firsters; Hollywood works don't offer many clues to his ability.
 

Race 3

Katey Pie
Nowhere in that first run on the lawn; her sire won multiple G2s on the main while earning 899K; the dam won 13 of 41 attempts and 663K: among the winning siblings is 196K earner Proud Charm.
 
Rockin' Hard Gals
Hurt by a wide post and racing path in the last venture, she draws much more favorably now; turned in a solid placing 2 back and may secure a similar journey here; switches to apprentice handling for the first time.
 
Secret Memo
Beaten favorite lost serious ground in her only start of the year; flashed steady early speed throughout her 2-year-old season and was compromised in several of those efforts by difficult post positions; can atone today.
 
Glad's Gals
Down the tubes at 7 to 5 recently, first outing in exactly one year; her sire won a G2 and 1.3 million; the dam involved was unraced; this is her only foal to make it to the races; should be much tighter for this assignment.
 
Julio's Gold
Rested since early April when a clear-cut second; she ran into a repeat winner that day but may have trouble clearing her inside rivals now; would move up her chances significantly if Secret Memo happens to scratch; tough call otherwise.
 
Soothe My Soul
Steadied out of contention in her maiden voyage recently; her sire won multiple G1s and 1.33 million; the mom won 3 of 25 and 112K; sib to 397K earner More Angels; drops several rungs on the ladder and should upgrade as a result.
 
Poppy Love
Adds blinkers after that ineffective first run at big odds; her sire won a trio of G2 stakes and 636K; the dam won 1 of 7 and 11K; sib to 89K bankroller Bell Zone; fair workout regimen this month should help her cause.
 
Maddog Maddie
Granted many chances already, yet she seems capable of hitting the board against this group; in her favor is an atypically fast workout a week ago, perhaps the quickest a.m. move of her career; worth some inclusion based on that.
 
Scary Fast
Solid try earlier this month, a brave effort considering the long layoff involved; her sire won multiple G1s and 3.26 million while the dam was unraced; among the winning siblings is 620K earner Green Tea; playable.
 
U R My Candy Girl
Failed while 4 to 5 earlier this month and unfortunately draws wide slot yet again; seems probable that she will have to overcome swifter early fractions today and that might pose too many problems; solid record though for the new trainer.
 
Warren's Pepper
Newcomer hails from Affirmative who went zero for 4 in his career (his offspring are 1 for 37 in their first test); the dam won 1 of 6 starts and 3K; sib to 93K earner Warren's Dr. Yang; faces long road and cannot be given main vote.

Race 4

Warren's Veneda
2 nice wins at BHP this spring including one sprinting on synthetic, the same situation as today; that being said, the water is a lot, lot deeper this time; freshened since a decent turf stakes try at GG but even if she returns to her best form here her lone synthetic Beyer (65) leaves her with a lot of work to do to threaten these; still, it's nice to see Talamo take the call and Lewis is no dummy so the fact he opts for a spot like this encourages.
 
Tribal Peace
May have turned the corne;r was no match for 'Marini and 'Petals at BHP May 26 but that was also her first start in 10 months; her next 2 were very sharp including a big sprint win there July 14; ran well in a stakes here a year ago, too; all that being said, she no only faces 'Marini and 'Petals again but some real toughies including G2 SW Doinghardtimeagain.
 
Zuzu's Petals
3 very encouraging outings to start her career; certainly handles the synthetic sprint game fine and while she got beat in her last 2 at BHP the Beyers came back solid (85, 81); even so, 'Marini handled her fairly easily May 26 and then this gal must also deal with G2 SW Doinghardtimeagain so this spot is much tougher; still, it's nice to see a sharp guy like Jones opts to give her a shot at these.
 
Sweet Marini
3 of her 4 Beyers were superb (93, 92, 91) and obviously the lone dulling you can just toss as she's since run big and that was also her first outing in nearly 5 months; plenty of speed here and while she's lost twice to Doinghardtimeagain one of those losses came at 1 1/16 miles - today's shorter game figures friendlier to this gal; freshened and working well.
 
Swiss Bliss
Kinda interesting as a longshot play for the exotics; remember, she broke her maiden here last year and while she was no match for 'Marini and 'Petals at BHP May 26 she came back with a nice 2nd there, Stute saw fit to claim her and it's a great sign he not only does not again risk her for a tag but gives her a shot at these tougher gals; of course, the very nature of the class hike means she's in awfully tough but you know she likes it here and there's a big bullet 3f move (:35) July 18 to say she's feeling spry.
 
Doinghardtimeagain
No doubt holds a strong hand as she comes here off a G2 SW, so it's a significant drop for this; sure, that and her Melair win came routing but note a big sprint SW on SA dirt March 30, a sprint SW on BHP synthetic Dec. 9 and a sprint maiden win there last Nov. 9; oh, and she ran pretty darn well in her only try here last summer (2nd); routers with speed are also very attractive when cutting back to this trip and what's more, she posted a bullet :35.40 move July 23 so say she holds her edge; lots to like, well, except the expected short price.
 
Qiaona
Finished behind Doinghardtime the 4 times they met, and unfortunately it usually hasn't been close as she's been beaten by that gal by 9 1/4, 2 1/4, 10 and 3 3/4 lengths; 2 wins came routing (mile) but she's sprinted decently before so she's not out of her element distance-wise; still, it's obvious she needs to find more than a few lengths to handle Doinghardtime but hey, as they say, you never avoid a race just because of 1 horse so if by chance Doinghardtime flops or gets lost on the way to the paddock, well, then suddenly her task isn't nearly as tough, is it?

Race 6

Sweet Sunshine
Candy Ride about 13% with debuters in a 341-runner sample; sire didn't race at 2, was unbeaten in 6 outs, took G1 Pacific Classic; stakes winning 2 for 3 dam banked nearly $90K; all 3 siblings won; top kin Celebrity Sighting took 5 of 14, earned about $170K; he has not missed a beat in the mornings.
 
Quality Plan
Cut back is logical the way he has been tiring; Baffert 7 for 29 or 24% the last 5 years with route to sprint MSW runners and 4 ran second; dam was unraced; all 3 sibs won including Dixie Emperor, who took a Group 1 in S. American, banked over $300K; local drills not the typical Baffert sizzlers.
 
Chief Lion
Barn on patient side; Harty 3% the last 5 years with debuting MSW starters in a 128-runner study; Wildcat Heir about 17% with debuters in a 274-runner sample; sire took debut at 2, went on to bank over $400K; dam 0 for 2; all 3 sibs won; top kin Kairos took 7 of 29, banked about $125K; love fact he trained this far.
 
Tasha's Courage
Medaglia d'Oro has won with about 10% of his debuters in a 351-horse sample; sire was 2nd in only juvenile out beaten just over 2 at TP with a 81 Beyer, went on to earn over $5.7 million; Grade 3 winning 3 for 11 dam banked nearly $400K; this is her first to race;
 
Sir Sophie
Sky Mesa about 13% with debuters in a 331-runner sample; sire was unbeaten in 3 juvenile starts, took the G1 Hopeful; SW 4 for 16 dam banked about $135K; lone half bro to race took 2 of 14, banked about $85K; homebred cost 30 grand.
 
Practical
Backers got to scream for about 22 seconds; dam took debut at 2, lost next 9; all 4 siblings won including an over $70K earner; eased in the 4 horse field; not good.
 
Power Ped
Three exited the 2012 closer to graduate next out and the winner took the Grade 2 Lewis next out and then was SP in Graded company twice; backers can point to the fact that lone kin won twice, banked over $100K; trainer had success here with three winners on Wednesday.
 
Magic Daddy
Scat Daddy about 12% with debuters in a 137-runner sample; sire took debut at 2, won multiple Grade 1s, earned over $1.3 million; dam was unraced; this is her first to race; colt looks half past ready.
 
Carrytheteam
See rail for sire stats; 1 for 4 dam took a route; this is her first to race; Sadlers bookend the field and this one cost a ton; drill on the 20th was at least local.

Race 7

Motown Men
Stakes placed gelding has displayed sharp form in 2013 and have to respect the fact that he's making his first start for the Mitchell barn today; runner up from latest won next out here on 7/21 going 1 1/16m vs. 40k OPC's with an 83 Beyer.
 
Tom's Tribute
Sire wins with approximately 9% of his turf starters and stakes placed dam won 5 of 23 turf starts for 96k; 310k purchase commands respect in his first turf start based on the talent he's displayed in back-to-back starts to begin his career over the synthetic surface at BHP.
 
Sumerian
He ran well in consecutive turf starts back in March and April, and he shows up for a capable turf barn that can be live with a fresh horse; like the idea of this gelding falling into a comfortable ground saving trip in behind the early speed of Motown Men and Tom's Tribute.
 
American Tanker
There is a chance that a few of these will create a fast and contested early pace, and that might help this gelding get a setup similar to the one he benefited from in breaking his maiden over this turf course two starts ago; nevertheless, he needs a career best effort if he's to come out on top against these.
 
Somethings Unusual
Like the steady improvement he's shown since day one and he's another late running type who wouldn't mind seeing a fast and contested early pace materialize; not going to be shocked if this lightly raced 5-year-old rallies himself into the mix.
 
Bio Pro
He has a really nice pedigree for turf and like to see the rating ability he's displayed as that can be a key for him in avoiding an early pace confrontation; this is a tough test for him, but his sharp recent form commands some respect.
 
Swift Eagle
Not that he hasn't run well from off the pace in his career, but he's more of an early speed type and he seems to be at his best when he's allowed to grab the early advantage; have to view him in the light of a contender with Bejarano aboard, but leaning toward others for the top spot.
 
Mambo Man
Lightly raced 4-year-old ran well in his turf debut after a layoff at second asking and he's being reunited with Talamo who was aboard for the maiden breaker two starts back; he's another in here who can benefit from a projected swift early pace.
 
My Samurai Warrior
He's done some nice work sprinting over turf this year but not sure that today's 1 1/16m distance is what he's looking for; perhaps he'll be better meant the next time around with a turn back in distance.

Race 8

Kettle Corn
Entered in the longer G3 Cougar II here Friday, and may well have gone favored there; that won't be the case here, so it's most encouraging if Sadler opts to try this spot instead since he knows the water is deeper; super G1 Hollywood Gold Cup try last out July 6; has won here, yes, but his best work has certainly come in Inglewood and if Paynter is really all the way, well, then this guy has some work to do; but boy, blinks added brought about a career-top Beyer last time (112) so could it be he's found something at age 6?
Batti Man (ARG)
Significant speed in his arsenal, but remember, 3yo Chief Havoc has early zip and Paynter ain't exactly slow early either, so he figures to take pressure from the start; just 1 for last 13 but at least it was a game win just 2 months ago; still, he's facing some real toughies today so while he figures prominent from the start furlongs 8 and up could be a tad dicey.
Paynter
Not only was his June 14 win at BHP a wonderful story considering he was near death last summer, but the effort was sensational; didn't just win, but he won easy, and did so geared down earning a career-top Beyer (114); again, not only does that show he's back and healthy but could be he's back and better; it's his first time here but at least has worked well over this track and he's handle dSA dirt, CD slop, PIM dirt, BL dirt, MTH dirt and BHP synthetic so odds are he'll handle this place; lots to like, well, except the short price, and it's not as if he has much margin for error should he regress off that big return win.
Liaison
Came back very nicely after the long layoff with 2 SWs this spring (including the G2 Mervy LeRoy) and nice 2nd in the G2 Californian; Baffert opted to skip the Hol. Gold Cup and it's most encouraging he enters him here, particularly as he knows his other entrant (Paynter) is the one to beat; could be synthetic is what he's wanted all along and he's got some tactical speed and some guts to keep to his task nicely.
Chief Havoc
Looked good wiring foes to win the G2 Swaps at BHP July 4; that being said, those were 3yos only - he's facing some top-class elders today, and it wasn't the strongest Swaps renewal we've seen; they thought about shipping East for the G2 Jim Dandy or G1 Haskell but opted to stay home; that's nice, except he's facing some top-class elders but you have to like that Miller puts him here and that bullet :59.20 move here July 21 says he's feeling pretty darn good; speed is his main weapon but won't Batti Man cause him problems, hmmmm?
Clubhouse Ride
Ran into top elder Game on Dude in 4 of his last 5 starts; the lone time he didn't see that foe he won very nicely, and he scared that rival at least once; that being said, his G1 Hollywood Gold Cup (4th) wasn't too inspiring as he gave way in the lane and was no factor; could it be after those hard races chased that brutal foe he's on the downside of his form cycle?; could be, but it's encouraging he worked well here July 17 and that Lewis feels good enough about him to take a swing here; certainly his best makes him a threat, but after all those tough races is that what we're to expect, hmmmm?

Race 10

Jazz On The Beach (GB)
Hung wide in two of the 3 efforts in the states, if you figure she was just short in last then she has a shot to move forward; cozy slot but she will likely have to come from left field to get there; would be careful here.
 
Hollywood Heroine
Medaglia d Oro about 10% with debuters in a 351-runner surver, about 9% of his first-time turfers in a 248-horse sample; sire was 2nd in only juvenile out beaten just over 2 at TP with a 81 Beyer, won Grade 1s, went on to earn over $5.7 million but never turfed; G1 winning 4 for 27 dam earned over $1.1 million, was third in best turf result; lone half bro to race Hoorayforhollywood banked over $200K, lost only turf out; homebred looks fit enough.
 
Woodys Wharf
Pushed along on the moderate pace, she just had nothing left; dam handled grass, won over $75K; several multiple race winners in the family including Leprechaun Kid, who took a G2 here, banked over $500K, was turf only; she should be fit enough by now.
 
Renegade Ride
Tiznow about 8% with debuters in a 560-runner survey, about 8% of his first-time turfers in a 333-horse sample; sire did not race at 2, earned over $6.4 million as a double BC Classic hero, was never on grass; 3 for 10 dam earned over $150K, won on grass once; this is her first to race; love spacing of the drills.
 
Charm Catcher
Miss has teased several times and is due to punch it on in; been given time since wide trip in last and the third and 4th finishers in last won at this level next out; connections would love to see her mature like kin Charm the Giant, a G3 winner and near $350K grass earner that was trained by McAnally; due.
 
Winning Rhythm
Miss wanted no part of the sprint to kick it off, was steadied, and then finished with interest; G2 winning dam took 8 of 9, banked nearly $350K, never turfed; all 6 siblings won; several cashed on grass and top kin Spring Waltz banked over $400K; she is coming around quickly.
 
Iconic Spirit
Beaten chalk the other time on grass; note miss stumbled two back and the winner that day repeated in an N1X, then was third beaten 3 in the Grade 2 HOL Oaks; show horse in last graduated at this level with an 84 Beyer beating rival on direct outside; fits very nicely here.
 
Twisted Purpose
Limited speed a concern and she is facing a few that have had her number; 3 in family earned over $230K including SW, 4-race grass winner and $425K earner Beau Dare; look for her late if at all.
 
Tappingintherain
Kruljac 2 for 6 the last 5 years with synthetic to turf MSW runners and another ran second beaten a length at 12-1; miss did everything but get unsaddled in last; would expect her to be on the motor early on the stretch out; solid drill on the 20th, but would have liked to have seen a local spin; winner of the debut repeated in an N1X with a 93 Beyer; dam s lone win was on grass; this is her first to race; could get brave with lonely lead.
 
Passionate Diva
Street Cry about 11% of his first-time turfers in a 202-horse sample; sire won at 2, banked over $5 million, took multiple Grade 1s; G2 winning dam won 6 times on grass, earned nearly $500K; this is her first to race; show horse in the debut was making her first start and has not raced back; the winner 1/25 was making only start; may like it here.
 
Lake Maracaibo
Youngster has more speed than she just flashed; she bobbled early and just never got untracked; like the spacing of the return drills; backers can point to the fact that kin Palm Princess was a double turf winner; can't fault those that are gun shy with the 5 chalk misses.
 
Ginger Tap
Educated in the debut and the last race was solid considering she conceded so much early; SW 5 for 16 dam earned nearly $150K, adored grass; 2 of 3 sibs won but they both only one once and failed on grass too; late threat if she suits up.