07/17/2006 11:00PM

Oceanside Stakes (division 2) preview


Porto Santo is a half-brother to the top-class Gorella, and he seems well-spotted for his North American debut in the second division of the Oceanside at Del Mar. He cost 105,000euros at public auction, and has kept top-class company overseas. Porto Santo was running well late in the Group 1 French 2,000 Guineas at this distance on May 14, and finished ahead of the highly-regarded Attima last May at Maisons-Lafitte. Trainer Julio Canani has been very successful with European invaders in past runnings of the Oceanside. He won this race with French invader Blackdoun in 2004, and finished second in the 2002 running with Dream Machine. Porto Santo should get pace to attack on Wednesday, and is the choice to run down the pacesetters under Victor Espinoza.

Ten Downing Street has yet to win in this country, but the Irish-bred gelding fought gamely to the wire in his last two races, and his good speed should propel him to the front early. He must address some distance questions, however, and a speed duel with the quick Blazing Sunset may be on the horizon.

Obrigato adds blinkers for the important third start of the form cycle, and he won twice at this distance in France last year. He should prove a late threat under Pat Valenzuela.

Quietly Go shows good works for his turf debut while Blazing Sunset owns gaudy Beyer Speed Figures on the main track.

1. Porto Santo
2. Ten Downing Street