Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THANKSGIVING DAY DEL MAR HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP


Eleven distance-loving grass Thoroughbreds will tangle Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, in the Grade II $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup, kick-off event of Del Mar’s fall Turf Festival.
Post time for the first of eight races on the holiday will be 11 a.m.

The Hollywood Turf Cup will be the first race in Del Mar history to be contested at the distance of a mile and one-half on the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Previously, the longest race over the Del Mar grass was a mile and three-eighths.
The line-up, in post position order, with riders:


Stoney Fleece (Tiago Pereira), Holiday Star (Mike Smith), Finnegans Wake (Victor Espinoza), Mystery Train (Joe Talamo), Patrioticandproud (Corey Nakatani), Irish Surf (Elvin Trujillo), Alakazan Alakazan (Rafael Bejarano), Bench Light (Kent Desormeaux), Little Jerry (Martin Pedroza), Power Foot (Tyler Baze) and The Pizza Man (Florent Geroux).


 





CALIFORNIA CHROME FACES FILLY LEXIE LOU


Eleven years ago, Del Mar staged a match race between jockeys Julie Krone and Patrick Valenzuela and called it “Battle of the Sexes.” A redux in 2011 was nicknamed “Battle of the Exes” and Chantal Sutherland and Mike Smith, who were formerly engaged.
On Saturday, the seaside track could have an equine version of those races when California Chrome, a 3-year-old champion colt, lines up against Lexie Lou, a 3-year-old champion filly, in the Grade I, $300,000 Hollywood Derby.
Adding more intrigue to the race is that California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and Lexie Lou beat a field of 3-year-old colts to win the Queen’s Plate, Canada’s version of the Kentucky Derby. This won’t be her first dance with males.
Del Mar racing secretary David Jerkens said he’s hoping for a couple more Hollywood Derby entries, but as of Monday morning, he could count only five horses that definitely will be entered Wednesday in the race at 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. The list, Jerkens said, includes trainer Art Sherman’s California Chrome, Mark Casse’s Lexi Lou, Patrick Gallagher’s Flamboyant, Kristin Mulhall’s Sawyer’s Hill and John Sadler’s Talco.
Long On Value, trained by Bill Mott, and Awesome Return, trained by Mike Puype, are possible starters, Jerkens said.
Awesome Return has won three races in seven starts this year, including the Let It Ride Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 8 at one mile on the turf course. He finished third in an $80,000 allowance race on July 19 at Del Mar.
Long On Value has won his last two races, including the Grade II, $200,000 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita on Oct. 31.
Of the possible challengers to California Chrome, Lexie Lou is the most accomplished and intriguing. The 3-year-old daughter of Sligo Bay has won four of seven starts this year, including the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine. Casse, a six-time trainer of the year in Canada, won the prestigious race for the first time. Casse had said California Chrome’s entry in the Hollywood Derby wouldn’t stop him from sending his filly to Del Mar.
“I got to tell you, I think our filly is pretty tough,” Casse said. “She hasn’t beaten California Chrome, but she has beaten the boys before. Actually, I think it’s kind of intriguing.”
Casse added that he thinks his filly has an edge going in because he knows she can run on the turf. California Chrome has never raced on a turf course before.
Lexie Lou’s most recent win came on the turf, the one-mile, Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 25. She also won on the Woodbine turf course in the Wonder Where Stakes at 1¼ miles on Aug. 10. But she finished 10th and last on a Woodbine turf course listed as “good” in the Grade II Canadian Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Sept. 14.
Chrome ‘on schedule’
Sherman said Monday morning that California Chrome came away from his half-mile breeze on the turf course in good shape and that “everything is on schedule” for the colt to run in the Hollywood Derby. The colt walked 40 minutes Monday, but will return to the track Tuesday for morning jogs.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

SUNDAY FREE PLAY

RACE 1


             1. Guyfromtheskyfive
             2.  Guy Code

              FTS    Dudley Studley


RACE 2

             1. Zanbo
             2. Belonging


RACE 3


              1. Slapshot Man
              2. Litigation Road
              3. Hot Lightning



RACE 4          START OF THE CARRY-OVER PICK 6


              1.  Stole A Kiss
              2.  Cravin The Heat
              3.  Nighttiming 


RACE 5


              
              1.  Candy Anniversity
              2.  Blackford
              3. Grandstand




RACE 6


              1. Derringer
              2. Kristo




RACE 7

              1. Dancingthenightaway
              2. Moving Desert



RACE 8


              1. Big Macher
              2. Patriot's Rule



RACE 9


              1. Joemelo
              2. Micell









Saturday, November 22, 2014

SATURDAY'S FREE PLAYS




RACE 2

             1. Shysheisnot
             2. Diaminda
             3. Kadesna

RACE 3


             1. Cloud Hopper
             2. Broadway Nika



RACE 4


             1. Air Of Royalty

             Long-Shot  Belle Of The Fleet



RACE 5


             1. Secret Command
             2. Intaxication
             3. Mahald Arturo



RACE 6


             1. Benba
             2. Indian Nate
             3. Buymeabond


RACE 7


             1. Gotham News
             2. Bird E. House
             3. Secretsatmidnight


RACE 8


             1. Winning Rhythum
             2. Appealing Cat
             3. Hilra



RACE 9


             1. Tizaddictedtolove
             2. Faringdon Love

            Live First Time Starter   Sayesso









Friday, November 21, 2014

FRIDAY FREE PLAY

LATE PICK 4      3,5,8, WITH 1,6 WITH 9,4 WITH 2

RACE 5


         1. Gabby's Purim
         2. Romantic Wish
         3. Cayanna



RACE 6


         1. Bench Warrant
         2. Mischief Clem
         3. Peaceluvpeaceluv




RACE 7

             1. Stars Above Me
             2. Sam's Sister





RACE 8

             1. Warrior's Ridge
             2. Thesheetguy
             3. Dead Easy















Thursday, November 20, 2014

THURSDAY'S SPOT PLAY






RACE 5

One mile race on the all weather poly-track is this two year old maiden special weight affair.

ANALYSIS:

Pioneer Of The West sired by Empire Maker out of the mare Forestry and trained by Mark Casse with Corey re-riding shortens up in distance.......He has tactical speed to press the pace or just stalk the speed before kicking it into gear when the real racing begins turning for home. A major player.

Jerry Hollendorfer holds a hot hand with both Cryus Alexander and Madiba running today. He takes off the hood and Bejarano who has ridden a number of maiden horses in this race.......picks this two year blue-blood who is kin to the 2010 Kentucky Derby Winner........and  as a year old cost over a million dollars. He finished in his debut going seven furlongs and strong third over the dirt.....He ran like he needed that race and needed more ground. He gets that today!

Madiba is the other Hollendorfer entry.......He has been a money burner the last two starts as the beaten favorite......He is a blue-bloos that cost 700 G's as a yearling.....His debut at this track was good.......He gets back to the poly track where he can stalk the speed and get to the rail quick before losing ground.......He will need to get good position early to win this race.....If he runs like he did in his debut he can win with Elvis riding!

Milton exits two key races......Dortmund and Lord Nelson.......both are talented keepers that we will see in the near future running in stake races.......The Dortmund races already has a winner coming out of that race.......

A tough talented maiden special weight race where pace coupled with the surface will make this race.


             1. Cryus Alexander
             2. Poineer Of The West
             3. Milton

             Very Live Long-shot Madiba



LATE PICK 4  $1.00       1,3 WITH 3,6 WITH 4,6 WITH 3

PAID $838.69









Sunday, November 16, 2014

SUNDAY'S FREE PLAYS AT DEL MAR





RACE 4


                1. Public Policy
                2. Crux
                3. Toasheen

                Long-shot Pefiolo



RACE 5


              1. Smokeys Legacy
              2. Dunn For Now


RACE 6


              1. Rosie's Hurricane
              2. Dynamo Dixie
              3. Echo Zulu



RACE 7


             1. No Comparision
             2. Fast Magoo
             3. Wild At Best

RACE 8


             1. Eddies First
             2. Law Dog


RACE 9


             1. Dr. Seur.......exits Cornbread Reds race......!
             2. Price Of Glory


















Saturday, November 15, 2014

DEL MAR SATURDAY FREE SPOT PLAY

Late Pick Four 4        2,4,8,9 WITH 2,4,8,9 WITH 6,9,3 WITH 6   COST $24.00



RACE 9



ANALYSIS:


A tough race to select or land on a horse if Hadfunlastnight runs a sub par race......in this 32 G claiming sprint race........Today the card is one of the best I have seen if some time.......great for the bettor's.........Hadfunlastnight loves this surface and is a game gelding that just wins races. Victor Garcia is outstanding as a trainer who has his main man up in the irons.........Elvis Trujillo who has been red hot at this fall meet. Corey re-rides Ranulf who if he takes to the poly-track third time around looks to me to be very live as the morning line is 12 to 1. Life A Riley is another live horse that I have bet in the past.


                    1. Ranulf
                    2. Life A Riley
                    3. Hadfunlastnight








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