07/27/2013 11:18AM

Closer Looks: Del Mar July 28, 2013


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Race 1

Secret Compass
Educated in the debut, could run much better with the blinks; 4 for 28 dam earned $125K, didn't go at 2; both siblings won, one cashed at 2 and earned almost $25K taking 4 of 25; major player.
Abide in Me
Finished with interest in nice bow; dam out of the money in only try; lone half bro to race Triple Cross was stakes placed, won debut at 2, banked $170K taking 3 of 13; just might be all Me.
Be Proud
Proud Citizen about 10% with debuting juveniles in a 186-runner sample; sire graduated at 2, took a G2; stakes placed 2 for 18 dam earned about $60K, won at 2; the sibling that won once was 2nd in best juvenile result; several gate moves, is there an issue there?
Tiz the Key
Tiznow about 8% with debuting juveniles in a 283-runner sample; sire did not race at 2, earned over $6.4 million as a double BC Classic hero; SP 3 for 12 dam earned about $65K, was 2nd twice in best juvenile moments; lone half bro to race War Academy took debut at 2, won 2 of 4, earned about $75K; love fact she trained this far.
Colonel Joan
Maybe she hated the rail; dam 0 for 7; the sibling that won once never raced at 2; barn has spotted them just fine with limited starters this year.
Spy Girl
A tad short but she seems to like this strip; 2 for 11 dam did win at 2; both siblings won once; one took debut at 2 over 3 foes going 7 furlongs on grass; should at least push the splits.

Race 2

Too Fast to Pass
Saved ground while stalking The Whole Deal-Tizaplayer speed duel then hopes to wear them down in deep stretch; just 1 other synthetic-surface start saw him fade at today's distance posting his 2nd lowest Beyer speed figure of 2013; solid 23%-winning turf-to-synthetic trainer but has much to prove on this type of surface.
Away since posting his lowest Beyer since March; wish the worktab sparkled a lot more for this; all 3 wins at 5.5F so the final yards for this are a serious concern; new rider after the win streak ended when favored with the all-time win pilot; others appeal more.
Laugh At Life
1st-time racing on a synthetic surface and 1st-time Bejarano riding; was claimed off an odds-on turf loss; worked better on dirt than synthetic; the trainer nails 21% winners turf-to-synthetic beginning the DMR meet on a 1-for-21.
A win and last-place finish in 2 races off the claim; the gate break from last proved costly; his game is to make the lead then play catch me if you can; may just have the best gate speed here and should be tough to catch if loose; The Whole Deal has blazing gate speed also with a bunch of inside speedsters all trying to compromise his gate-to-wire win hopes.
Mystical Mark
Would have to be scratched from an easier 25K DMR 6F-synthetic-surface claimer Saturday to race here; saved best Beyer for last when returning from a 47-day layoff; away 44 days for this; steady worktab on display; wish the trainer yielded better than 4% winners with runners 2nd time off the layoff.
Jets to Brazil
Working like he will love the DMR synthetic surface; 1st time not on turf with mixed reviews from 1st pair; cuts back to his shortest distance test ever and has a big late kick but needs the speed to fall apart late as he figures to race far behind in the early stages.
The Whole Deal
Projects as a major pace presence in a field loaded with other frontrunners especially Tizaplasyer; exits his best Beyer since March when finishing last for the 2nd straight start; his 3-0-0-0 DMR synthetic record does not help the confidence level although his last race here was in a Grade 1 event and class drops up for sale for this.
66 days since his 2nd straight dull effort finishing evenly beating 1 runner home; ran well in defeat vs. DMR maiden claimers last summer; has been very best on dirt and the DMR-synthetic workouts for this are not very enticing; best game is flashing gate speed and figures to press it wide for this.

Race 3

Little Unusual
Difficult to place confidence in him for the top spot when seeing his 0-for-22 career race record, but his best effort is fast enough to run with these, so this really isn't a bad spot for him to land in.
Sire wins with approximately 15% of his turf starters and dam was winless from two starts, including one turf start; a poor start didn't help him in his career debut when finshing second behind a runaway winner and his connections waste little time in getting him over turf.
Heat Du Jour
A little concerned about him at today's distance when it looks like he might be best as a late running sprinter, but he had every right to need his latest start after a layoff, and a few of his starts sprinting over turf look okay when compared to what he's in against today.
He figures to be involved in the early running while making his first start beyond six furlongs and he was last seen in a productive race; winner from latest won next out at BHP on 7/12 going 6f over turf vs. N1X rivals with a 75 Beyer, and runner up won next out here on 7/24 going 6f vs. MSW rivals with a 74 Beyer.
Coconut Cream Pie
All three of his turf starts have been in the neighborhood of what it might take to win this and this has to be considered an ideal spot for him to make a serious bid at his first career win; Talamo has won with 4 of 13 (31%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Vanilla Shake
He exits the same race as today's rival Keldy and this half-brother to stakes winner Catsalot (5-27, 247k, including 4 of 19 turf starts for 171k) is eligible to be ready for better at second asking.
Rosies Rascal
Sire wins with approximately 15% of his turf starters and dam won 2 of 5 starts for 13k, and she didn't make a turf start; this filly is a 1/2 to Grasp (2-44, 105k, including 1 of 9 turf starts for 33k); new connections see fit to go right to turf with her after a 28k claim.
Tiz Zoe Cee
It would have been nice to have seen her show more in her career debut, but this is an outfit that can be live with a fresh horse and they've done well with horses making their second career start in maiden races.

Race 4

Real Heat
Don't be too harsh about last; it's an adjustment facing winners; proven at this demanding trip and the show horse in last cashed next out in a state-bred $25K optional with an 82 Beyer; runner has some semblance of speed but can't see him clearing if the runner on the extreme outside has anything to say about it.
No Contingency
Drilling fast and steadily for barn that has spotted them great all year; runner has natural speed, could show more with the blinks and wonder if they were on for the best of 43 spin on the 16th?; the 4/4 winner repeated in an $80K optional, ran 7th twice; this guy looks live.
He's Not too Shaby
Cleverly named runner hung wide in last in his only poor effort; love fact he is proven for the price and the show horse in that win two back cashed next out in a $40K seller, then was 2nd beaten a neck in the slightly slower division of the Oceanside; respect.
Scherer Magic
If you believe in Magic, you will likely get some value; runner wanted no part of the route in last but note he was a decent third at this distance here last year in the stakes; several drills since last race and nothing wrong with the local spin; the hotter the pace the better for this guy.
I Don't Care Who
Trainer has had some nice meetings down here over the years; note it did take him a full month to post a recorded drill after the last race; he posted his career best Beyer the last time offered for sale; could see him in the picture late with hot enough splits.
Anytime Magic
The old pops to son handoff here and soph is going great guns; show horse in the 2012 closer took a $75K stakes next out, then won the $100K Cal Derby with identical 81 Beyers; rider has had success when getting a leg up from Hess; respect.
Connections thought enough of him to put him on the Triple Crown Trail this year; steadied the last time at this trip but the career Beyer came at this distance when the got the garden journey; say he hated the synthetic in last, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
This little gun was far from disgraced in the local debut; bothered early in last and he never got untracked; place horse in the last win cashed next out in a $40K starter with an 80 Beyer; look for rider to send and try to steal it.

Race 6

Germany Bay
Hollendorfer had to be thrilled with the way that this gelding responded while making his first start back from a long layoff in his latest outing; however, that was over dirt, and perhaps he's not quite as effective over a synthetic surface.
Gnarly Dude
He appears to be on top of his game right now and he's making his first start after a 32k claim for a barn that can move one forward; he's in a tough spot for sure, but not willing to ignore him and it's interesting to see that he's a winner over this surface.
Real Conundrum
Nothing wrong with what this stakes placed runner has been doing lately and like to see what he's done in his two most recent workouts over this surface; winner from latest won next out here on 7/21 going 1 1/16m vs. 40k OPC's with an 83 Beyer.
Yankee Rebel
He's a nose shy of being two-for-two to begin his career, but the time off between starts is a concern, and he's going to need to really step it up along the Beyer Speed Figure scale to threaten the top contenders in this one.
Gonna Fly Now
Since getting Lasix at second asking, his form has been terrific, and even though he's meeting up with a tough bunch for his first start since early June, it's probably a good idea to respect him as a top contender.
Heir of Storm
Obviously the long layoff is a concern, but can't ignore the promise he showed in his first two career starts before taking a shot in the G1 Del Mar futurity; prefer to give him a race after the long absence and try to guage what he might be capable of going forward.
Industry Leader
He has a G3 stakes placing to his credit, but don't like to see the 1-for-16 career mark, and he's winless in his last 10 starts going back through 2012; don't feel that a minor award is out of the question, but looking elsewhere for the top spot.
Looks like he might have been shipped here specifically to run over the synthetic surface, and even though he's making his first start for the Desormeaux barn, he's been owned by Martin Racing all along; runner up from latest won next out at Ind on 7/9 going 1m over turf vs. MSW rivals with a 77 Beyer.
Very Elusive (IRE)
His one win was earned over a synthetic surface racing in Ireland and he exits a productive race; winner from latest won next out at BHP on 6/22 going 1 1/16m over turf vs. 62k OPC's with a 90 Beyer and 3rd finisher won next out at BHP on 6/9 going 1 1/16m over turf vs. N1X alw. rivals with an 88 Beyer.
He's been very sharp in back-to-back starts to begin his career and the 97 Beyer Speed Figure he earned in breaking his maiden at second asking represents the best figure in this field; he's tough to ignore while going out for Peachtree and Baffert, and Garcia has won with 5 of 12 (42%) mounts for this barn at the current meeting.
Hy Hand Poker
Have to like what he's done in winning all three of his starts this year, but he's taking a serious step up in class for this, and he isn't going to like the level of early speed that he sees in this event.
Midnight Officer
He's yet to run a race that is anywhere near fast enough to suggest that he can threaten the top contenders in this spot; runner up from latest won next out at Arp on 6/1 going 6f vs. N2L alw. rivals with a 56 Beyer.

Race 7

Multiple stakes placed miss was last seen taking a shot in a G2 event and she'll appreciate dropping back in with N1X rivals today; however, this is a solid bunch she's meeting up with and a career best effort will be required.
Scooter Bird
This looks like a tough assignment for her first attempt against winners but her turf form has been solid and it looks like she's been training well in preparation for this; third finisher from latest won next out at AP on 6/8 going 1m over turf vs. MSW rivals with a 73 Beyer.
Fine Assay
Like to see the way that she improved with a move to turf three starts back, and this miss is a 1/2 to stakes placed Catchy Tune (3-10, 128k over turf); however, she appears to be another in here who will have to show more in order to contend.
Bonnie Lesley (IRE)
She's been beaten by a few of today's rivals in her two most recent races, but she certainly hasn't disgraced herself in those performances, and at the very least, she merits some consideration underneath in the exotics.
Sassy Badger
Sire is 0-for-7 with his turf starters and dam won 6 of 25 starts for 97k, including 0-for-3 over turf; Lone Star Park shipper finds herself in a very tough spot for her turf debut; she has the look of an outsider.
Smooth Talker
She put together a sharp winning performance while making only her second start over turf in her latest outing and she commands respect in her first attempt against winners based on that performance; a top turf barn helps add appeal.
Have to respect the ability she's displayed in her first two starts and the winner from her latest race won next out at BHP on 7/12 going 1m over turf vs. N2X alw. rivals with an 89 Beyer; she's out of a stakes winning dam who won 4 of 12 starts for 324k, including 2 of 6 turf starts for 171k.
Tres Belle
Sire wins with approximately 21% of his turf starters and dam was winless from four starts, including two turf starts; she's by a strong turf sire and she's shown a good deal of ability in her first three starts; Garcia has won with 5 of 12 (42%) mounts for this barn at the current meeting.
Harlan's Sweetie
Two of her three turf attempts have been solid performances but this has to be considered a tough spot for her to get over the Del Mar turf for the first time; going to give the nod to others in this one.
Sire wins with approximately 21% of his turf starters and stakes placed dam won 4 of 18 starts for 189k, including 0-for-1 over turf; winner from latest won next out here on 7/24 going 1m vs. 62k OPC's with a 99 Beyer; one of two live looking horses signed on in here for the Proctor barn.
Broken Sword
She needs to see a scratch from the main body of this race in order to draw in, but this filly is worth keeping an eye on as she's yet to run a bad race and she owns the early speed to take it right at this field after breaking from the outside.
Royal Empress (IRE)
Her form racing overseas appears to be so-so at best and this looks like it would be a tough spot for her first start in America, especially with an extreme outside post in play.

Race 8

Coach Bob
Has to outbreak Goldencents and Comma to the Top to make the front with these; not a good sign that he did not break on the lead vs. lesser in 2 of last 3 races; his last synthetic-surface start represents a career-best Beyer speed figure when loose on the lead at GG beating the show runner who Beyered 88 in his next-out GG-optional claiming win.
1st race with blinkers today; it's been all graded stakes since his Del Mar debut win at shorter than this when racing on the front then was gone; Comma to the Top and Coach Bob both should provide some early gas but clearly his game is to be on or near the front; working sharply for his 1st start vs. older rivals for a 7%-winning fresh trainer since 2012.
Majestic City
Happy to see the winner from last not here as he was clearly 2nd best in a race where he posted a new Beyer speed figure Top; just missed in a Grade 1 over the track in 2011; did not break alertly from the gate 2 back when chasing Comma to the Top; winless since 2 summers ago trying to end the drought in a tough spot.
Comma to the Top
Stakes winner over the track rated in that win but his game is playing catch me if you can; 5 straight races 1st at the 1st call; has to outbreak Goldencents and Coach Bob to make the front here; defeated the 2-back runner-up finisher who came back to beat him in last; BHP form was rock solid with a 4F-bullet drill for this.
Jimmy Creed
On best day should work out a great trip stalking the inside speed; favored off the bench but exits a career-low Beyer when finishing last behind this same bunch; allowance winner over the Del Mar oval has been working steadily for this but needs to bounce back with very best to make amends; 1st-time Bejarano winning 29% for the barn since 2012.
Points Offthebench
2011 DMR-synthetic surface graduate looked like a good thing in last winning off the 51-day break at BHP stalking a strong pace then flying home like a fresh horse; 1st time in a stakes and picks a tough Grade 1 but has never been better; DMR-bullet workout for this; 1st-time Smith to ride and will break widest like his SA win; fresh and dangerous.

Race 10

Layton Register
Off a career effort, like fact this guy was clear of nearest foe as was the show horse; trainer has spotted them great all year and note Nakatani has had success for this barn; lone winning sibling was third in best turf result beaten over 4 and a half in an N1X fray; may like it here.
Spotty race record a concern and he's had wraps since Day One; this is also not your typical work patter with the gap till 6/22 and then again to 7/21; backers can point to the fact that the third and 5th finishers in last won at this level next out; the 3/24 show horse took a maiden $75K seller, then was out of the money in a $40K optional; look for him late if at all.
Artic North
Off poorly in the debut and basically passed tired horses; 4 for 17 dam earned over $100K, won twice on grass; both siblings won multiple times including 12 for 31 turf performer and near $500K earner Major Marvel; he only cost 2 grand.
Broke in again and maybe he disliked the rail; show horse two back graduated 7/6 with an 82 Beyer; blood is solid as top sibling New Normal took a Grade 3, was 3 for 9, earned over $200K, was grass only; has to start running to pay back that $650K purchase price.
Has to not only break with his field but may have to deal with Money Machine; 1 for 8 dam took a route, was out of the money twice on grass; this is her first to race; has to break with his field to have any legit chance.
Brings natural speed and could be more relaxed without blinks; dam was 0 for 8; two of 3 siblings won, neither raced on grass, one banked nearly $135K; off a career figure and the tactical speed will give him first run on the deep closers; respect.
Corinthian's Song
Got to lugging in last and that is always a concern; Talamo got a chance to figure her out; he has more speed than he just flashed; key off the May finale and he has to be left in the mix.
Apostle Paul
He's been around the wire several times, has to find that killer instinct; he s been consistent in the last several races and Bejarano re-hired; contention goes long.
Mi Hijo
Harlan's Holiday about 12% with first-time turf runners in a 257-runner sample; sire won 4 times at 2, banked $3.6 million, never turfed; sprint only dam banked over $100K, was 2nd in best turf result; lone half bro took 6 of 22, earned nearly $80K, lost only turf out; may need softer to shine.
Maxx the Giant
Gelding moved up with the blinks but he has also failed repeatedly for a tag; 5/31 place horse graduated 7/11 with a 92 Beyer; show horse 5/31 went wire-to-wire to graduate with a 97 Beyer; contention goes deep.
Midnight Casanova
Pleasantly Perfect about 11% with first-time turf runners in a 116-runner sample; sire didn t run at 2, lost twice on grass, took BC Classic on way to over $7.7 million career; 3 for 11 dam never turfed, earned over $100K; lone half sis to race Tap a Keg won 3 times in the minor leagues, never turfed; late-running sprinter needs very best.
Money Machine
Mirror races so far and he has a right to show more speed on the stretch out; dam won 3 times and banked over $100K but lost twice on grass; all 3 siblings won but all tried turf to no avail; top kin Homeboykris took a Grade 1, banked nearly $450K; wide twice, could be looking at the same fate.
Angel Charge
Keen to run in the last pair but there are some stamina issues; connections would love to see him start acting like top sibling Heavenly Landing, a G3 winner, 4-race turf winner and over $300K earner; rider has had good success for this barn.