11/21/2011 1:38PM

Trip Notes: Discovery Handicap, Delta Jackpot stakes replays


Saturday, November 19

Discovery Handicap, Race 8

Redeemed continued his strong form and hinted he could a 4-year-old that needs to be taken seriously next year as the son of Include notched his first graded stakes win. He ran second in the Grade 2 Amsterdam and won the Oklahoma Derby over a good group of peers but got his biggest win here by getting a nice trip chasing pacesetter Ghost Gunner, easily moved to the lead, opened up into the lane and didn’t have a nervous moment from there. There was never really any doubt he was much the best. Socialsaul was 4th, only a length behind Redeemed in the Oklahoma Derby, and he helped flatter that form with another good effort here. He used his speed to be just behind Redeemed from the start, didn’t accelerate as quickly as that rival but once under pressure kept to his task well. He was no match for the winner but was clearly best of the rest. Raison d’Etat, a regally bred son of A.P. Indy and top-class mare Sightseek, sat 4th early and kept on steadily without really threatening. Arthur’s Tale, sharp 2nd in the Grade 1 Wood then 4th after nearly 6 months off in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby, lagged back and could make only modest headway. Ghost Gunner broke down after getting passed by the eventual winner and was vanned off.

Delta Downs Princess, Race 6

Now I Know ran her career record to a perfect 5 for 5. She bounced right out to the lead, took some pressure from Delightful Magic and favorite Candrea, but obviously had plenty in reserve as she spurted away in the lane to win easily. Inny Minnie, a smart maiden winner at Keeneland Oct. 8 and daughter of top-class Hard Spun, was midpack early but steadily advanced and kept to her task well though she never really scared the winner. Yvete Sangalo was well back early, still far back turning for home but finished well to just miss 2nd. Candrea, the favorite, appeared to be in a good spot stalking in 3rd early, moved up to briefly look threatening turning for home but then fell apart and gave way badly.

Delta Jackpot, Race 7

Sabercat made it 3 in a row as the son of Grade 1 winner Bluegrass Cat continued his ascent with a powerful performance. He lagged well back early off modest splits, looked in deep trouble as he began his move on the far turn only to then have his path blocked by tiring rivals, had to wait for room and then surged through when in materialized. From there he powered home to win easily. Basmati lagged back, came with a smart run to briefly look a threat but couldn’t stay with Sabercat while clear of the others. Longview Drive was last early and finished well without being a threat. Jake Mo pressed the pace but gave way. Drill, the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity winner and favorite coming off a dull run (10th) in the Grade 1 BC Juvenile, ended up dueling, was still there turning for home but then gave way badly. It may be back to the drawing board as blinkers didn’t get him back to form.

Hollywood Turf Cup, Race 8

Sanagas, a proven stayer back East, shipped West and not only proved his quality but also showed the relative weakness of the California turf distance set with an impressive victory. He stalked the very slow pace set by mare Miss Match, surged to the lead into the lane, quickly shot clear to close the door on his rivals as he cruised home. Bourbon Bay, one of the main fixtures among the West Coast turf distance group the past couple years, lagged back, came with a steady run but was never really a threat. Falcon Rock likewise lagged back and kept to his task well without being a danger. Norvsky dogged pacesetter Miss Match from the start but gave way. This distance may be outside his scope.

River City Handicap, Race 9

Blues Street has always been just a cut or two below the best turfers around but he showed the 7-yer-old veteran can still unleash a super run. The son of Street Cry bided his time toward the back, swung wide coming off the far turn and blasted past a bunching-up field and quickly drew away to win easily. Allie’s Event was last from the start after a slow beginning, still last turning for home but came with a smart wide run though the winner was powering away from him so he was no threat to that foe. Gleam of Hope likewise sat back, made a nice move on the far turn and into the lane but was no match for the winner and then couldn’t fend off the runner-up. Tajaaweed, the favorite, had a tough trip. He lagged back, moved to the inside to save ground but was hemmed in and got shuffled back turning for home and once he was able to extricate himself he was unable to muster the necessary run.