Sunday, August 2, 2015

SUNDAY







Saturday Race 9 $20 to Win The Space  ROI $110.00

                         BANK  $577.00





RACE 3

          1.  Tough Sunday
          2.  London Legacy   (won)
          
          Long shot  Smokey's Legacy




RACE 5

          1. Gimme Da Lute  class edge!   (won)
          2. Rocko's Wheel                         (place)
          3.  Grazen Sky                             (show)


Bet Daily Double




RACE 6


          1. All Run

          2. Silver Torch

          Long shot  Fancy Shoes




RACE 8


          1. Royal Temptress

Bet Daily Double


RACE 9


           1. Flat Gone

            Long shot Cowtownmary

Saturday, August 1, 2015

DEL MAR NOTES



SUNDAY COULD PROVE TO BE A REAL GOOD DEAL FOR BAFFERT

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has the odds-on favorite in a big race for 3-year-olds on Sunday.

Yeah, yeah we know, Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, 1-5 on the morning line in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

No. Gimme Da Lute, 4-5 on oddmaker Russ Hudak’s morning line in a field of six for the $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes here at Del Mar.

Baffert, his top assistant Jim Barnes, owner Ahmed Zayat and family will, of course, all be in New Jersey, having traveled from Del Mar in the past few days.  Barnes made the trip with American Pharoah on Wednesday and has been there through a  media blitz upon arrival and a reported 5,000 on hand to watch American Pharoah gallop Friday morning.

The eyes of the racing world will naturally be on American Pharoah when he takes on seven rivals in the  1 1/8 mile race which has a scheduled post of 2:52 p.m. Pacific time, making it fall between the second and third races of nine on the Del Mar card.

Back here the eyes of jockey Martin Garcia, who exercises American Pharoah and is the go-to rider for many of Baffert’s stakes standouts, will also be trained on the Haskell. Then he’ll suit up for the Real Good Deal, the fifth on a nine-race card with an approximate post of 4:10 Pacific.

“We’re excited and looking forward to it,” said  Tony Matos, Garcia’s agent.

Gimme Da Lute, a son of Midnight Lute owned and bred in California by the partnership of Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, was unraced as a 2-year-old but has four wins in seven starts in a career begun on January 31 of this year. Gimme Da Lute comes in off victories in the Grade III Affirmed at Santa Anita and the Grade II Los Alamitos Derby.

For the record: Baffert  has won the Haskell seven times, the Real Good Deal three with the last one coming with Stormy Jack in 2000. Baffert is the runaway leader in career stakes victories at Del Mar with 108 but the stable has seen limited success (1 for 18) in the first 12 days of the meeting.

Gimme Da Lute is the only graded stakes winner in the field, but three rivals also won their most recent starts – Smack Talk and Rocco’s Wheel at Los Alamitos, Neveradoubt at Del Mar in the rain on July 18 in a race that was taken off the turf and run on the main track.

“Just taking a shot,” said trainer Mike Puype  of Neveradoubt. “Cal-bred 3-year-olds and where else am I going to run him? He ran well on the wet track and it might be different on dry dirt. But the best horses don’t always win and for $200,000 it’s worth taking a shot.”

The field for Real Good Deal, which goes as the fifth on a nine-race card, with an approximate post time of 4 p.m. is: Richard’s Boy (Fernando Perez, 6-1), Rocko’s Wheel (Joe Talamo, 5-1), Neveradoubt (Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1), Grazen Sky (Rafael Bejarano, 4-1), Smack Talk (Flavier Prat, 12-1) and Gimme Da Lute (Martin Garcia, 4-5).


HOLLENDORFER REFLECTS ON EARLY MENTOR JERRY DUTTON

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is in Charlestown, West Virginia to saddle Iron Fist in Saturday afternoon’s $750,000 West Virginia Derby. Contacted by phone Saturday morning, Hollendorfer reflected on an early mentor, Jerry Dutton, who died Thursday.

“Jerry was one of the very first people I worked for when I came out to California,” Hollendorfer said. “I learned a lot from him and my methods, what I do today, I incorporated from him.

“One thing nobody could outdo Jerry on was work ethic. You worked for him, you worked hard and long hours and so did he. I was proud to have worked for him and trained for him over the years.”

Dutton, a prominent Thoroughbred trainer in California for more than 50 years, died Thursday in his native Idaho, where he and his wife Barbara had resided since his retirement in May 2006.

Dutton was 87 years old.

Dutton saddled four stakes winners at Del Mar: Linda Card (1989 Fleet Treat), I’monfireforyou (1998 I’m Smokin’), Wild Babe (2004 Oceanside first division) and Senor Fango (2004 Graduation).

Dutton’s last official starter as a trainer was at Hollywood Park. According to Equibase, his trainees earned more than $20 million since 1966 with 1,624 winners from 12,645 starters.

Among Dutton's stakes winners were Century's Envoy, Zama Hummer, Starry Ice, Elaine's Angel and Wild Babe. He saddled Confederate Yankee in the 1974 Kentucky Derby to a 12th place finish in a 23-horse field.

He was also an active breeder and bloodstock agent. Among the horses he bred were Grade I Carter Handicap winner Forest Danger (2005), Golden Ballet and Tales In Excess.

With wife Barbara Jean as his partner, the Dutton Stables remained active as owners and breeders through December 2014. They owned horses in partnership with Tom Kessler, Rick Awtrey, Tom Capehart, Harry Bettis and other longtime friends and clients.

Dutton was inducted into the Idaho Thoroughbred Association Hall of Fame in 2007. Barbara Dutton served on the Thoroughbred Owners of California Board of Directors from 2002-2005.


DEL MAR RETURN OF BEHOLDER HIGHLIGHTS HIRSCH

Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder’s first race at Del Mar in nearly two years is the highlight of the featured  Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, a “Win And You’re In” Challenge Series event for the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, on Saturday’s program.

Beholder, voted the top  2-year-old filly of  2012 and top 3-year-old filly of 2013, last raced here in September of 2013, winning the Torrey Pines Stakes. Beholder has six wins in seven starts since then, among them the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Distaff but missed the 2014 Del Mar summer season with an injury.

Beholder could provide Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella with the first Clement Hirsch victory of  his career.


WHAT’S IN A NAME – CLEMENT L. HIRSCH STAKES

The Clement L. Hirsch Stakes honors the memory of one of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s founding directors. During a long career as a an owner and breeder he campaigned stakes stars June Darling and Figonero.


FOUR-WAY TIE FOR LEAD IN JOCKEY STANDINGS

Tyler Baze won three races Friday, Flavien Prat and Rafael Bejarano one each.  And voila, a four-way tie for the lead in the jockey standings. Baze, Prat, Bejarano and Joe Talamo, who went into Friday’s card with a solo lead, all have 11 victories in the first 12 days of the meeting.

Baze, 32, ended July with a rush and can hope that August proves as pleasantly memorable as was August of 2014. On August 2, Baze and his wife Christina welcomed daughter Emilia into the world and on August 14, Baze recorded his 2000th career win aboard Kate’s Event.

Friday’s triple raised Baze’s career win total  to 2,160 according to Equibase statistics. He ranks 10th in North America for 2015 with earnings of more than $5.9 million.


PENDER HAS PRIME PROSPECT FOR BEST PAL

Trainer Mike Pender is just getting to know Payne’s Prairie, having only purchased the 2-year-old son of Tale of Ekati a little over a week ago. But Pender said he likes what he sees in a colt that won a maiden race in his third start for trainer Steve Asmussen on July 4 at Belmont Park.

Prior to that, Payne’s Prairie had been second in a maiden race at Churchill Downs on May 23 and second, 13 days later,  in the Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park.

“The horse really impressed me in his three races,” Pender said. “For him to run in a stakes in his second start, moving from Churchill Downs to the Big Sandy, Belmont Park, in two weeks and from a maiden race to a stakes in two weeks. Not a lot of horses can make that transition.

“Everybody knows that Belmont Park, with its sand base, is one of the most tiring tracks in the country. And he handled it with aplomb. Then when I watched him break his maiden with ease, I knew I had to have him. There aren’t a lot of good 2-year-olds for sale. When you’ve got one, you hold on tight. But they were willing to sell and we were willing to buy.”

Payne’s Prairie was purchased for an undisclosed price for owner Jack McShayne.

The purchase was quickly completed, Pender said, on July 24 and the colt, who stands 16 hands high, was quickly brought to Del Mar. Payne’s Prairie worked four furlongs in :48.20 on Wednesday.

Payne’s Prairie is nominated to the $200,000 Grade II Best Pal Stakes on Saturday, August 8. Pender said a rider has “yet to be determined.”


CLOSERS – Del Mar is hosting a group of 56 members of the Tokyo Horse Owners Association on Saturday. The fourth race on the program is named in their honor…Ship and Win eligible horses on Saturday’s card are: Nutty Futty (3rd, Edward Freeman, trainer) and Lamontagne (6th, Wesley Ward)…Jockey Edwin Maldonado, approaching 1,000 career wins,  has 994 entering Saturday’s program and five mounts on the card…Trainer Sam Scolamieri said Obey came out of  Friday’s CTBA Stakes well. It was the first Del Mar stakes win for Scolamieri, jockey Tiago Pereira and owner Ted Serna.


DEL MAR STATISTICS

Jockey Standings
(Current Through Friday, July 31, 2015 Inclusive)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Tyler Baze 72 11 13 9 15% $654,858
Rafael Bejarano 58 11 9 8 19% $685,802
Flavien Prat 66 11 6 10 17% $828,320
Joseph Talamo 63 11 4 4 17% $575,950
Mario Gutierrez 34 9 5 1 26% $404,686
Santiago Gonzalez 44 9 2 5 20% $469,344
Mike Smith 31 5 6 4 16% $590,280
Kent Desormeaux 40 4 4 7 10% $242,144
Drayden Van Dyke 35 4 2 6 11% $222,094
Tiago Pereira 31 4 2 1 13% $147,480

Trainer Standings
(Current Through Friday, July 31, 2015 Inclusive)
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Doug F. O'Neill 35 8 7 3 23% $395,960
Peter Miller 48 6 6 6 13% $430,036
Jerry Hollendorfer 29 6 4 1 21% $472,992
Richard Baltas 22 5 3 6 23% $272,510
Philip D'Amato 17 5 2 1 29% $270,950
Jeff Mullins 13 4 2 1 31% $412,442
Mike Puype 25 4 1 5 16% $198,070
John W. Sadler 16 4 1 3 25% $90,030
Richard E. Mandella 14 3 3 4 21% $376,360
Vann Belvoir 17 3 3 1 18% $104,820

Winning Favorites Report
(Current Through Friday, July 31, 2015 Inclusive)
Winning favorites
27
106
25.47%
Winning favorites on dirt
20
75
26.67%
Winning favorites on turf
7
31
22.58%
Winning odds-on favorites
2
10
20.00%
In-the-Money favorites
2
10
20.00%
In-the-Money odds-on favorites
9
10
90.00%

SATURDAY




                  BANK  FRIDAY $2O WIN W. GILES 

                         BANK $467.00



RACE 3




            1.  Dynamite Ride        (place)
            2.  Currency Exchange
            2.  Global Magician

           Long Shot Rockin Robin......  (show)
            




RACE 4


            1.  Mothernaturespell 

            Long shot   Little Emma    (won)


     
RACE 5


            1.   Look Me In Your Eye   (place)
            2.  Tengas Random             (show)
            3.   Senator Roberts
          
            Long Shot Speedin With Eddie






RACE 6


            1.  Sweet Spell
            2.  Pattitude         (won)
            3.  Sensitively 






RACE 7


            
            1.  Shakti
            2.  Two Steps Of Glory
            3.  Oh Great Idea

            Long Shot   Seaside Glory

 





RACE 8


              1.  Beholder   Her race to win!
              2.  Thatgirlinthatsong
              3.  Honey Ride

If speed dual then if Warren's Veneda like the Del Mar dirt like Santa Anita beware!



RACE 9



             1. Old Man Lake    (show)
             2. Saint Demont
             3. Smooth Roller     (won)








RACE 10


              1.  Win The Space   BET   (won)  ROI $110.00
              2.  Rosicky
              3.  Dylan Ward


             Long Shot Tequila Tekati


Friday, July 31, 2015

FRIDAY SPOT PLAY

RACE 8


On my watch list coming back is W Giles......never been this low.......has speed and can fire fresh......good value bet at six to one......


            1. W Giles  BET

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEL MAR



DEL MAR STATISTICS

Jockey Standings
(Current Through Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Inclusive)
Jockey Mts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Flavien Prat 57 10 5 10 18% $785,440
Joseph Talamo 53 10 3 3 19% $543,800
Rafael Bejarano 49 8 7 6 16% $517,652
Mario Gutierrez 29 8 4 1 28% $366,536
Santiago Gonzalez 36 8 2 4 22% $428,554
Tyler Baze 59 7 11 9 12% $514,608
Mike Smith 29 5 6 4 17% $588,030
Kent Desormeaux 34 4 4 7 12% $234,810
Drayden Van Dyke 28 4 1 5 14% $191,594
Fernando Perez 36 3 8 4 8% $173,906

Trainer Standings
(Current Through Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Inclusive)
Trainer Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Win% Money Won
Doug F. O'Neill 32 8 7 3 25% $393,890
Peter Miller 44 6 5 5 14% $400,276
Jerry Hollendorfer 24 6 3 1 25% $462,742
Jeff Mullins 12 4 2 1 33% $410,042
Philip D'Amato 14 4 2 1 29% $257,740
John W. Sadler 14 4 1 2 29% $83,780
Richard Baltas 13 3 3 4 23% $192,620
Richard E. Mandella 13 3 3 3 23% $371,680
James M. Cassidy 18 3 2 1 17% $245,790
Mike Puype 23 3 1 5 13% $173,820

Winning Favorites Report
(Current Through Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Inclusive)
Winning favorites 27 90 30.00%
Winning favorites on dirt 20 65 30.77%
Winning favorites on turf 7 25 28.00%
Winning odds-on favorites 2 9 22.22%
In-the-Money favorites 53 90 58.89%
In-the-Money odds-on favorites 8 9 88.89%

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WEDNESDAY PLAYS



                          UPDATE ROI 

                  WEEK THREE $420.OO


RACE 1

A maiden 40 G allowance sprint for three year old and up on the dirt track.


ANALYSIS'

           1. He Will
           2. Prodigious
           3. Oil                 (place)

           Long shot  Hey I'am Jack   (won)




RACE 2

Six furlong state bred maiden special weight for three year olds and up!


ANALYSIS'


           1. Where Was Eddie     (show)
           2. Mr. Zippers               (won)
           3. Worldwide                (place)







RACE 3

                 START OF THE PICK SIX

Five furlong dash on the turf optional allowance claimer! Three year olds and up


ANALYSIS'


                  1. Jimmy Bouncer     (won)
                  2. Serbian Syclone
                  3. Well Maybe

                 Pace .......Clever Royal
         





RACE 4

Two year old filly maiden 30 G claiming five furlong sprint on the main track.



ANALYSIS'


                  1. Gusto's Gal   (show)
                  2. Lov Fool
                  3. Rich Girl






RACE 5

On mile maiden special weight for two year old fillies on the turf!



ANALYSIS'



                 1.  Land Over Sea    (won)


Pick 4

        3 with 4,8 with 3,4,5,10 with 9,10

Cost $12.00    OUT.....MINUS ROI $408.00 BANK




RACE 6

Six furlong optional claimer for 20 G's bred in California for fillies and mares!


ANALYSIS'

Mike Puype looks to have Anita Marie ready to fire.......She has been freshen up.......I like her long drills in the morning........She has tactical speed that can go out early then draft into a good stalking position for jockey Corey Nakatani........Puype has strung together 12 works in the morning........She has not miss a beat.......nice long works indicates to me that she should give a good account of herself after a year lay-off........morning line is 5 to 1........


                 1. Anita Marie
                 2. Temperature Runnin





RACE 7

For three year old fillies one mile on the turf at the asking price of 40 G's.


ANALYSIS'

A full field of three year old fillies which is a real grab bag handicapping this race.......


LONG SHOT Queenofthecastle

            1.  Kyankes                    (show)
            2.  Lookin For Money   (won)
            3.  Backstreet Lisa
             





RACE 8

Six and a half furlongs non winners of three claiming price of 16 G's three year olds and up ends the third week card.


ANALYSIS'


             1.  No Ez Money
             2. Jimmy Date
             3. Mighty Browm




Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LOOK BACK ,LOOK AHEAD BY ED Z SAN DIEGO UNION

DEL MAR — Stakes: It was a week of upsetters as not one favorite won any of Del Mar’s six stakes races during Week Two. In fact, Richard Mandella’s Gas Total, who won the Osunitas Stakes on July 18, is the only favorite to win a stakes race through the first 10 stakes run in two weeks. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Wild Dude, with co-leading rider Flavien Prat, was the big upsetter ($24.60) over Masochistic in the Grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, Weewinnin ($21.60) was a big price, too, in the California Dreamin’ Stakes as co-leading rider Joe Talamo stole it for trainer Brian Koriner.
Saturday’s big winners were Catch a Flight, third in the betting, taking the Grade II, $200,000 San Diego Handicap for trainer Richard Mandella and with jockey Gary Stevens. Big Book, fourth in the betting, won the $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for trainer Tim Yakteen and with jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard.
Big John B upset favorite Sky Kingdom Friday night to take the $100,000 Cougar Handicap for trainer Phil D’Amato. Bejarano rode. And Doug O’Neill’s Pure Tactics ($9.40) started it all with a mild upset in the $80,000 Wickerr Stakes, beating favorite Kulik Lodge on Wednesday.
Horses: Del Mar lost its first two horses of the race meeting. Fit to Rule, a 6-year-old, well-raced (23rd race) gelding trained by Gary Stute and ridden by Flavien Prat, suffered broken sesamoids mid-way through the second race Saturday in the 1 1/8th miles race.

On Sunday, Rush In, after some questionable activity before the fourth race and a delay in getting jockey Eswan Flores aboard, took a bad step after the finish line and broke a cannon bone in his left front leg. Like Fit to Rule, Rush In was well raced and making her 29th start.

Human failure: Starting gate mishap cost Del Mar $306,638. Starter John Lopez took full responsibility for opening gate early and catching his assistant starter and the No. 9 horse, Admiral Jaxon, not quite loaded. Horse was declared a non-starter.

Jockeys: Mario Gutierrez won five races Bejarano, Joe Talamo and Santiago Gonzalez won four races each. Talamo and Flavien Prat are tied at the top with nine wins.

Trainers: John Sadler and Hollendorfer won back-to-back races Sunday with Sadler taking the first two and Hollendorfer winning the sixth, the Bing Crosby, and following it by taking the seventh with his impressive filly Songbird. Hollendorfer’s horses went 1-2 twice last week, with Songbird and Tiz a Tommy Town in the seventh on Sunday and with Missing Groom and Chief of Staff in the second Friday night. Hollendorfer is tied with Peter Miller at the top of the trainer standings with six wins.

Look ahead to week two

Stakes: $100,000 CTBA Stakes Friday; Grade I, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Saturday; $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes Sunday.

Pari-mutuel: Second Pick Six carryover of the meeting, with $562,765 to start the pool on Wednesday in what likely will be a nearly $2 million Pick Six pool by post time for the third race.

READ THE ARTICLE IN THE SAN DIEGO UNION SPORTS PAGE

HASKELL AMERICAN PHAROAH





American Pharoah worked a half mile in :48.80 seconds Tuesday morning at Del Mar in the Triple Crown winner’s final serious exercise for Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.

Del Mar’s clockers timed American Pharoah, who was ridden by Martin Garcia, in splits of :12:60, :25.20 and :37.00 for the first three-eighths and had him galloping out five furlongs in 1:01.00 and 1:14.40 for  six.

“He went smooth. He’s ready. We just need a good ship,” said Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.”

American Pharoah ships to New Jersey early Wednesday morning with a scheduled arrival at Atlantic City International Airport at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Owner  Ahmed Zayat, who has been at Del Mar, travels to New Jersy on Wednesday as well, while Baffert’s planned arrival is Saturday.

American Pharoah is scheduled to return to Del Mar either Monday or Tuesday. “I’m on the Pharoah tour now,” Baffert said. “My job is just to keep him in form; keep him happy. I need to make sure he’s ready for anything they throw at him. That’s it now – just keep him healthy and happy.

“Of all my big horses, he’s the easiest (to deal with). You don’t worry about him; he’s easy. You work him, you put him back in his stall, and you don’t have to talk about him the rest of the day. Some of my horses, you’re worrying about this and worrying about that, but him – he’s easy.

“I haven’t looked at the weather back there; it’s usually hot. But it won’t matter. He can handle it.”

Clocker Dane Nelson said: “His usual good work. He went nice and easy with it.”

An estimated 300-400 fans were in the grandstand (a normal morning might see one to two dozen folks out). There were a dozen fans with cameras at the ready at the Baffert barn 15 minutes before American Pharoah emerged from the stall and both backside viewing stands were filled to maximum.

American Pharoah drew a round of applause at the end of his work, a probable first at Del Mar.

Garcia termed the work “smooth and easy.”

Asked if American Pharoah was ready, he smiled and said: “He’s always ready.”

COUGAR 11 HANDICAP





Big John B, winner of 12 of 28 career starts on grass, including the 2014 Del Mar Handicap, showed another dimension to his ability Friday as he scored his first victory on a dirt surface with a come-from-behind triumph in the featured Grade III $100,000 Cougar II Handicap.



With Rafael Bejarano in the saddle, Big John B rallied on the rail entering the stretch and outgamed 12-1 longshot Bailoutbobby in the final furlong to score by a half-length in 2:31.62 for the mile and one-half. Big John B had competed twice on dirt early in his career without finishing in the money.



Sky Kingdom, the 6-5 favorite, was in front turning for home but faltered in the stretch to be third, four and one-quarter lengths back of the runner-up and a half-length in front of Lideris. Cat Burglar, the pacesetter until the far turn, was fifth and last as the 3-2 second choice. Scratched were Point Piper and Solid Wager.



Big John B, owned by Michael House and trained by Phil D'Amato, earned $60,000 with the 13th win of his career and returned $8.40, $4.80 and $3. His bankroll now is $567,175.



Bailoutbobby, who was piloted by Flavien Prat, paid $7.60 and $2.80, while Sky Kingdom, second in the Cougar the past two summers, returned $2.20 to show.



With a two-day carryover of $235,618, Friday's Pick Six attracted $1,128,186 in "new" money for a total pool of $1,363,804. There were four perfect tickets and each was worth $209,576.60.





RAFAEL BEJARANO (Big John B, winner) – The two up front were going slow on the lead, so I waited. I was stuck down inside and he was pulling on me to go at the six (with six furlongs left to run), but I didn’t want to go with him just yet. I watched for my chance and at the three-eighths (pole) I saw the 2 (Cat Burglar) come out. I went through inside and he went right for it; no problem. Good race for him. Good trip. The second-place horse (Bailoutbobby) was running at the end, so it was good we got through. But my horse loved it; he loved the dirt.”



FLAVIEN PRAT (Bailoutbobby, second) – “I had to go outside with him for room. He’s so one-paced, I couldn’t take the chance inside. He ran very well; tried very hard. The winner just got through and had the better trip.”



MARTIN GARCIA (Sky Kingdom, third) – “He just got a little tired.”



PHIL D’AMATO (Big John B, winner) – “He trained so well on the dirt track at Santa Anita and just as well on the dirt track here at Del Mar. The distance was right. The timing was right to get him a prep for the Del Mar Handicap (of which he’s the defending champion). We took a shot. Rafael (Bejarano) said they put him in tight at the quarter pole but it didn’t bother him, he bulled his way through and won with something left. The Pacific Classic is definitely not out of the realm of possibility but right now I’d say we’re leaning more toward the Del Mar Handicap. ”





FRACTIONS:  :24.60  :48.73  1:14.04  1:39.81  2:05.73 2:31.62





The stakes win was the first of the meet for rider Bejarano.  It was his second win in the Cougar II and his 44th overall stakes tally at Del Mar.



The stakes win was the first of the meet for trainer D’Amato, as well as his first in the Cougar II. He now has five stakes wins at Del Mar.



Big John B is owned by Michael House of El Cajon, CA.



This was Big John B’s first victory on a dirt track. 

DEL MAR

Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 BING CROSBY STAKE





Wild Dude, dismissed at 11-1 odds by Del Mar bettors, overhauled 2-5 favored Masochistic in the final sixteenth of a mile to score a stunning upset in the featured Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes Sunday.

With hot-riding Flavien Prat in the saddle, Wild Dude closely trailed Masochistic, who had taken the lead from the pacesetters, turning into the stretch and proved best through the lane to win by a length and one-quarter in 1:09.51 for the six furlongs.

Masochistic, a winner of six of eight lifetime starts and the number two ranked sprinter in America coming into the Bing Crosby Stakes, appeared to be in total command when he surged to the front under Tyler Baze in the upper stretch but he was unable to withstand the determined challenge of Wild Dude.

Kobe’s Back, the 4-1 second choice in the field of five sprinters, swerved at the break and was far back early under Gary Stevens but rallied to be a fast-closing third, a length and one-half behind Masochistic and a length and one-half in front of Caminetto. Distinctiv Passion completed the line-up in fifth. Appealing Tale was scratched after having finished second in Saturday’s San Diego Handicap.

The Bing Crosby Stakes is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” series with the winner earning a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in late October as well as qualifying for a travel allowance plus the payment of entry fees. Wild Dude is not eligible to the Breeders’ Cup and it would require a payment of a $100,000 fee to allow him to compete.

Wild Dude, a five-year-old son of Wildcat Heir owned by the partnership of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Green Smith, Jr., of Bryan, Texas, scored his sixth victory in 16 starts and first money of $180,000 increased his earnings to $724,887. To his backers in a crowd of  13,643 , he paid $24.60, $5.20 and $2.60.

Masochistic, suffering his first defeat after three straight victories, including the Triple Bend at Santa Anita a month ago, returned $2.40 and $2.10. Because of heavy wagering to show on Masochistic, there was a minus pool of $41,688. Kobe’s Back paid $2.40 to show.

In Sunday’s supporting feature, the $150,000 California Dreamin’ Handicap, longshot Weewinnin prevailed by a neck in a blanket finish at the end of the mile and one-sixteenth over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Rock Me Baby, the 8-5 favorite, was second, a nose in front of Poshsky, who was a half-length in advance of fourth-place Aotearoa in the field of nine horses.

Weewinnin, with Joe Talamo in the saddle, ran the distance in 1:41.14 and returned $21.60. First money of $85,500 for the five-year-old horse’s fourth win in eleven starts increased his earnings to $395,480.

For the second straight day, there were no perfect tickets in the Pick Six. Thus, Wednesday’s program will have a carryover of $562,765. Post time for the first of eight races will be 2 p.m.

FLAVIEN PRAT (Wild Dude, winner) – “The last time I rode him (Triple Bend June 27 where he finished third), I let him get a little too far back. This time I was closer and the pace was a better one for us. They were going quickly. When I came around the turn, I knew I had horse, but I could see that other one (favorite Masochistic) out front and I know how well he’s been running. I wasn’t sure if I could catch up to him. But my horse leveled and he went right on by. He’s impressive.”

TYLER BAZE (Masochistic, second) – “He ran well, even though he got beat. It was a good race for him. This track is a little loose and I think that might have affected him. Ron (trainer Ron Ellis) and his crew have done such a good job with him; teaching him to relax and be more professional. He’s a good horse and he’ll be back to fight another day.”

GARY STEVENS (Kobe’s Back, third) – “He wasn’t standing in there (the gate) too well and his left hind leg went out from under him when we broke. Then he ducked in pretty badly on me and we spotted them a bunch. He still ran a heckuva race to finish third. I'm mad. And I think he’s just as mad as me.”

MARTIN GARCIA (Caminetto, fourth) – “The other horses ran faster today.”

EDWIN MALDONADO (Distinctiv Passion, fifth) – “I blame it on the track. He didn’t like the track.”

JERRY HOLLENDORFER (Wild Dude, winner) – (Asked what was the difference between the Triple Bend, third beaten 6 ¼ lengths by Masochistic and today) “Flavien (Prat) knows the horse a little better now. He wants to lay a little closer than he was then. This was a ‘Win And You’re In’ (for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint) and that’s the goal, but it won’t change (campaign scheduling). We wanted to win the Crosby, then look at some other races.”





DAUGHTER OF SIDNEY'S CANDY






Always Believe Inc.'s Sooner Time became the first winner for sire Sidney's Candy   with a 3 1/4-length victory in the first race at Del Mar July 23 .........

Sooner Time, ridden by Mario Gutierrez for trainer Peter Eurton in her debut, went three wide in the turn of the 5 1/2-furlong maiden claiming race for 2-year-old fillies and drew clear to win comfortably at odds of 5-1.

Sooner Time was bred in Kentucky by White Fox Farm, out of the Cat Thief mare Debit or Credit.

Sidney's Candy was a six-time graded winner, and swept the Santa Anita Park preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) during his 3-year-old season in 2010, capturing the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II), San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), and Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) before finishing 17th in the first jewel of the Triple Crown.

The son of Candy Ride   went on to win the 2010 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar and the Sir Beaufort Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita to wrap up his sophomore season, then won the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) in 2011 before being retired as a 4-year-old.

Sidney's Candy stands at WinStar Farm in Kentucky for a 2015 fee of $15,000, stands and nurses.
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