Friday, July 22, 2016

California Chrome Returns in 2016 San Diego Handicap



Thursday, July 21, 2016






Hate to be chalk charlie......but Gunslinger is a single.........

          1. Gunslinger.......single   WON


Hess looks to have a talented filly.........Mai Tai........sired by Heatseeker who should relish the turf........bred to like two turns........She broke her maiden second time out.......She debuted with Enola Gray and filly that looks to be ready to climb the class ladder. In other words a future super-star. Kent re-rides her and strong pedigree and hot trainer and jockey combo makes me think that she might be over- looked by the public.......morning line is six to one.........good value bet across the board......

           1. Mai Tai

          Long shot closer do not dismiss   ( Lynne's Legacy)   WON
          include her in late pick 4

Friday, July 15, 2016


I played the winner.......old dude Accelerant....... the nine and nine year old in the first.......Jerry Fanning to place with the 2 year old in the second......then wheeled Jerry again to put a win and a place bet in the third......with Victor getting second with the 11 Lindante.....It has been a Fun Let's put together a late pick four......small ticket......

     7,8,4,3 WITH 2,4 WITH 4,5 WITH 11,9

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Great to get back to the turf.......big fields and of course Del Mar the graveyard of favorites.......I have been waiting for Path Of David to show up after he broke his maiden at Del Mar last fall meet then won the Eddie Logan at Del Mar........Tyler rides him which is a major plus.........He has tactical speed to sit near the speed and has a strong turn of foot down the lane when the it counts.......I expect Kristin to have him cranked up to out-run his morning line of 12 to 1........I like Path Of David.........contentious race..........but Let's play him.

            1. Path Of David


God It’s Friday, July 15, 2016, Opening Day of the 77th summer racing season.

An on-track crowd in the 40,000 range – where Del Mar has roamed for the last 11 Opening Days – is anticipated for the first Friday summer opener in 46 years. First post will be 2 p.m.

The traditional Opening Day feature, the $100,000 Oceanside, is the first of 43 stakes with combined purses totaling $7.55 million during the 39-day meeting, which closes on Labor Day, September 5.  Post time is 2 p.m. Opening Day and every day with the exception of Four O’Clock Fridays into late August, then there will be 3:30 starts on the final two Fridays of the session, August 26 and September 2.

Racing will be conducted five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday. The track will be dark on Monday and Tuesday with the exception of Closing Day, Labor Day Monday.

As usual, an array of racing talent, both human and equine, will be on display. The trainer roster is graced by Hall of Famers Ron McAnally, Neil Drysdale, Richard Mandella, Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer. Jockey regulars Gary Stevens, Mike Smith, Kent Desormeaux and Alex Solis also have plaques on the wall in the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., racing place of honor.

Two champions -- Hall of Fame-bound horses California Chrome and Beholder --  headline the more than 2,000 runners stabled either on the grounds or at nearby training centers like San Luis Rey Downs and Galway Downs.

The Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap on Saturday, July 23 is the target for California Chrome in his first start since a March 26 victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup. The California-bred was 2014’s Horse of the Year in a 3-year-old season that saw him win six stakes including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Now a 5-year-old, the son of Lucky Pulpit who is wisely handled by veteran trainer Art Sherman is 3-for-3 with earnings of more than $6.2 million thus far in 2016 following an injury-plagued 2015. Del Mar-based Victor Espinoza, who has been aboard the flashy chestnut in his last 15 starts, will be up again for the mile and one-sixteenth San Diego.

The strapping mare Beholder is being aimed for the Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on Saturday, July 30. The 6-year-old, multi-Eclipse winning daughter of Henny Hughes, trained by Mandella and ridden by Stevens, is the defending champion in both the Hirsch and the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic. She became the first female runner to win Del Mar’s signature race, putting 8 ¼ lengths between herself and the closest of nine male rivals on August 22, 2015.

Both Beholder and California Chrome could wind up in the TVG Pacific Classic, making it potentially an event of global magnitude in the sport.

The TVG Pacific Classic is one of six Grade I races during the season and race goers will have the opportunity to see them all with four trips to the track. The aforementioned Hirsch on July 30 will be followed by the Bing Crosby Stakes a day later. The Del Mar Oaks and TVG Pacific Classic are both part of the August 20 program. The Grade I Del Mar Debutante is slated for Saturday, September 3, and the Grade I Del Mar Futurity is the traditional Closing Day feature.

The Del Mar Futurity has done nothing but enhance its status by showcasing future Kentucky Derby winners the last three years. Nyquist (2015) and American Pharoah (2014) were Futurity winners while California Chrome was a troubled sixth in the 2013 Futurity in what was only the fourth start of a now-storied career.

Monday, July 11, 2016


Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally marked his 84th birthday on Monday. In a day or two, he is expected to be found at his usual post on the upper-level porch of Barn I in the Del Mar stable area which commands a good view of the track and the horses going through morning workouts.

McAnally has been coming to Del Mar since 1946, is headed for his 57th season as a trainer here, and has been headquartered at the same barn for all of them.

The native of Covington, Ky., inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in 1990, was passed by Mike Mitchell as Del Mar’s all-time leader for training wins and remains third on the list with 442 wins coming into Friday’s opening day of the 77th summer season.

Seventy-seven is, coincidentally, the number of stakes wins for McAnally at Del Mar, second only to Bob Baffert (113).

Longtime assistant Dan Landers was on site Monday, setting up the office and stables for a dozen horses planned to be campaigned here this summer. Del Mar has also been the summer home for Landers, 66, the son of trainer Dale Landers, who recorded nine Del Mar stakes wins from 1959-1974.

“This is where I grew up and I love it down here,” Landers said.

In April, Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca provided McAnally with his fourth victory in the San Juan Capistrano, Santa Anita’s grass marathon. A surface switch to the dirt and a start in the Grade III $100,000 Cougar II Handicap at 1 ½ miles on Sunday, July  24, is a possibility for Quick Casablanca.

“He won some big races on dirt in South America and the longer the better for him,” Landers said.


\Rafael Bejarano, who will be seeking his fifth straight Del Mar summer riding title, and sixth overall, won the crown for the Santa Anita spring meeting, completed Sunday, with 46 victories, six more than Flavien Prat.

It was the 15th title at Santa Anita, 27th in Southern California and 32nd overall for Bejarano, a 34-year-old native of Peru. Bejarano won his first Del Mar championship in 2008, notching 45 victories. His string of titles here starting in 2012 were accomplished with win totals of 52, 46, 42 and 39. Bejarano prevailed by nine over Prat at the 2015 summer meeting and won by two, 20-18, over Santiago Gonzalez at the 2015 Bing Crosby fall session.

D’Amato, who took over the stable of Del Mar’s all-time leading trainer Mike Mitchell two years ago, won both the winter and spring meet training titles at Santa Anita. He saddled 41 winners in the  winter and 25 in the shorter spring session, topping Bob Baffert by seven in the most recent.

D’Amato finished fifth with 14 wins, eight behind Jerry Hollendorfer, for the 2015 summer Del Mar season and second with 13 victories, two behind Doug O’Neill at the Bing Crosby fall meeting.


The close of entries and post position draws for Friday’s  Opening Day card will be conducted Tuesday morning at the backside stable office.

The 71st running of the traditional Opening Day featured Oceanside Stakes drew 34 nominees. It remains to be seen whether the $100,000 one mile turf run for 3-year-olds will be split into divisions – as it was  20 straight times from 1987-2008 – or run as a single entity, as it has been five of the last seven years.

Vice President of Racing Tom Robbins and Racing Secretary David Jerkens both consider a split unlikely, there being alternative races for 3-year-olds on Saturday and other days early in the  meeting.

With the Friday opener, Tuesday will be the first day for workouts on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. In subsequent weeks, turf workouts will be held on Thursdays and Sundays. The paddock will be open for schooling on Tuesday from 11-11:45 a.m.


Undefeated (8-for-8) 3-year-old filly Songbird and defending TVG Pacific Classic champion Beholder, the reigning Eclipse Award Juvenile Filly and Older Female champions respectively, are both settled in here to prepare for rapidly-approaching major stakes.

Songbird, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, dominated a field of five in the Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on June 18, and is headed for the $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 24 at Saratoga. The purse was raised from $300,000 to $500,000 as incentive for the standout filly’s participation.

Songbird worked six furlongs on Saturday at Santa Anita in 1:13.40 and shipped south that evening. She walked the shedrow here on Sunday and was back to the track Monday morning for light exercise.

Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward said Songbird would work once here, a day before travelling east. Transportation arrangements are still pending but the trip could be on Tuesday, July 19.

“She’s doing great,” Ward said.

Beholder journeyed here Monday morning after working seven furlongs on Saturday at Santa Anita in 1:26.20. Her Hall of Fame connections, trainer Richard Mandella and jockey Gary Stevens, were both on hand for her re-acclimation to accustomed Del Mar surroundings. The next serious exercise for the 6-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes, a three-time Eclipse champion, will come either Saturday or Sunday, Mandella said.

Beholder is slated for the Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch here on July 30, with Eclipse 3-year-old filly champion Stellar Wind a potential rival. Beholder is being pointed toward a TVG Pacific Classic defense on August 20 which could be a showdown with California Chrome.

California Chrome worked seven furlongs at Los Alamitos on Saturday and is scheduled to travel here Wednesday morning. The reigning Dubai World Cup winner and No. 1 ranked in North American polls, California Chrome will stretch his legs over the Del Mar track Thursday morning before trainer Art Sherman and other connections meet the San Diego press. California Chrome will work five furlongs Saturday morning in a special time frame when the track will be cleared for candidates to the $200,000 San Diego Handicap, Chrome’s target race.

Sherman heads a Chrome contingent to be guest panelists in the popular Donuts Day event on Saturday morning. Track announcer Trevor Denman will, as usual, emcee.

CLOSERS – Stellar Wind worked 6 furlongs in 1:14.20 Sunday at Santa Anita with jockey Victor Espinoza up. Stellar Wind was second to Beholder in the Vanity Mile on June 4 at Santa Anita … For the fifth summer in a row, Barretts Sales will conduct a “race ready” racehorse sale at Del Mar, providing opportunities for any and all – from first-time buyers to seasoned horsemen – to be involved in instant ownership and racing action during the summer of 2016. The sale, which will be held on the second Saturday of the meeting – July 23 – will take place in the track’s paddock beginning approximately 20 minutes after the day’s final race. A still-to-be determined number – estimated to be between 35 and 40 -- of runners of all ages will be offered during the session.


“I’ve been calling races for 44 years and I’ve never had one like this.”

The voice, that unmistakable voice, was Trevor Denman on the telly from his retreat in Minnesota. To be specific Kellogg, Minnesota, population 450.

And the thing he hadn’t encountered in more than four decades of manning microphones up high at racetracks around the world?

How about a break; a holiday; a complete shutdown. How about seven and a half months between his last call -- at Del Mar on November 29, 2015 -- and his next one to be – also at Del Mar on July 15, 2016.

“So very different,” Denman said. “I’m feeling fresh, feeling good. But maybe there’s just a little bit of trepidation, just a bit of apprehension about that first call back. It’s been a while now. Then again, when I think about it, how lucky can I be? I’ll be calling the first day at Del Mar, the best day on the California racing calendar. I couldn’t ask for better and I’m sure I’ll get right back into it.”

The South African expatriate surprised more than a few people – himself included – when at the end of last year he decided to call it a career, so to speak, at Santa Anita racetrack, where his distinctive style and tone had been heard since 1983.

“I just knew it was time,” Denman said. “It was getting to me. Los Angeles and the traffic; the cars that never end. Driving on the 210 freeway. All the people. Let me tell you a little story: In Minnesota I live on my farm about seven miles outside of Kellogg. When I have to drive into town to get something, I play a game of over under. I estimate the number of cars I’ll see along the way at four. And I am getting ready to drop it down now to three because the under is always winning. Many a time I don’t see a single car. It is just so very different.”

From Kellogg, it’s about another seven miles up the road to the “much bigger” town (2,495) of Wabasha (the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau movie “Grumpy Old Men” was shot there), where folks go to stock up on supplies.  Then if you travel on a bit – something Denman and his wife of 21 years, Robin, rarely find need to do -- you get into the “big” towns of Red Wing (16,513) and Winona (27,546).

The Denmans’ Minnesota farm, all 500 acres worth, is a place full of history (it was built in 1858), quiet and calm. They do share it, though, with about 40 dairy cows.

“This is dairy farm country and our farm has some beautiful pasture land that the cows love,” he notes. “We’ve got alfalfa and that’s like telling humans you’ve got ice cream. We rent some of our pasture space to our neighbors and their cows. You’ve got to have animals on a farm; they just give it that good feeling. All I do is feed them a bit and make sure they’re doing fine; that they’re not lame or anything like that. And they in turn just add so much to it.”

Robin is a native of Minneapolis, which was the key for them winding up in Kellogg. They both love the outdoors; they enjoy their friendly, intelligent and hard-working neighbors, and they both like the clean air and starry, starry nights.

When Denman announced that he was backing off of his year-round race calling routine, he used a lovely phrase to explain it: “It is time to stop counting dollars and to start counting the stars.”

“You just can’t believe the skies here,” he said. “I know living in L.A. if you looked up you were lucky to see any stars. But here on most any night you can see a billion of them – and that’s billion with a B. Then to take a set of binoculars and look up, you can see a hundred billion. It is simply spectacular.”

This weekend, the Denmans will head out on a three-day, cross-country ride that will bring them to Southern California. Then next Friday, Trevor will take up his perch on the Del Mar roof for his 33rd season at the seaside oval.

“You know, for me, I’m not a racing guy all of the time,” Denman offered. “When I’m away from the track, I’m away – all the way. I’m not watching TVG every day. I did see the Kentucky Derby this year, but it was a few days after it had been run. Next Wednesday, though, when I get the (Daily Racing) Form, I’m back in it 100%. But when I’m away, I’m not in it at all.”

The plan now, as Denman sees it, is for him to call races at Del Mar for its summer and fall meets, then to spend all the time in between in Minnesota.

“I think it is going to be just right for me,” the 63-year-old race caller said. “Del Mar is a wonderful place to be and working there will be good. And for the foreseeable future, I’m going to be there and in Minnesota. How much longer will it be that way? Of course, I don’t know. But if I had to put a number on it, I’d guess I’m going to do this for the next 12 years. That will take me to 75.  That used to sound old, but I don’t think that way anymore.

“In the end, it has to come from your soul. The thing with Santa Anita was just spontaneous. Del Mar is still good. It will be exciting to be back calling there again. I’m looking forward to it.”

Del Mar Racetrack - Documentary



Wednesday, July 6, 2016



An impressive first-out maiden winner going five furlongs, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Silver Assault heads a competitive field of six 2-year-olds going 5 ½ furlongs in Saturday’s $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes. Silver Assault’s primary competition would appear to be a pair of Doug O’Neill trainees, Secret House and California-bred Green With Eddie.

Originally run at Hollywood Park in 1938 as the Hollywood Juvenile, the Santa Anita Juvenile will be run for the third consecutive year at The Great Race Place and for the 77th time in its rich history on Saturday.

SILVER ASSAULT: Breaking from the far outside, this Kentucky-bred colt by the Distorted Humor stallion Maclean’s Music zipped to the lead in his debut June 25 and was an impressive gate to wire winner among a field of 10 here on June 25. Owned by Harvey Clarke and Paul Braverman, Silver Assault is headquartered with Hollendorfer at Santa Anita and looks like the post time favorite.

SECRET HOUSE: In a visually impressive debut of his own, this Kentucky-bred colt by Tiznow fairly toyed with four rivals as he skipped to a 3 ¾ length win going 4 ½ furlongs in 52 flat on May 27. Owned by Head of Plains Partners, LLC and Sheep Pond Partners, Secret House won in virtual gate to wire fashion and appeared full of run at the wire and galloping out into the Club House turn. He should appreciate the extra furlong and could be the horse to beat.

GREEN WITH EDDIE: Owned and bred in California by Paul and Zillah Reddam’s Reddam Racing, LLC, this bay colt by the red-hot sire Square Eddie was ultra-impressive in breaking his maiden versus six rivals by 3 ½ lengths here in a 4 ½ furlong test for state-breds on June 3 at odds of 3-5. Although he debuted in restricted company, his sizzling final time of 51.40 contributed to an outstanding Beyer Speed figure of 73 and a berth in Saturday’s Juvenile.


Race 8                                                                                              

Rebel War–Tiago Pereira–118
Green With Eddie–Flavien Prat–122
Secret House–Rafael Bejarano–122
Silver Assault–Martin Garcia–122
Right Hand Man–Stewart Elliot–122
California Diamond–Edwin Maldonado–122


Rockingham Ranch’s Chalon and Peter Cantrell’s Miss Southern Miss head a field of six 2-year-old fillies, five of which are recent maiden winner’s, in Saturday’s $125,000 Landaluce Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita.

Originally titled the Hollywood Lassie and named for the ill-fated daughter of Terlingua, who was trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Landaluce, with Laffit Pincay Jr., aboard, won the 1982 Hollywood Lassie by 21 lengths while stopping the clock for six furlongs in 1:08 flat, but never ran again as she succumbed to the effects of a fever several months later.

CHALON: Trained by Peter Miller, this Kentucky-bred filly by the Mineshaft stallion Dialed In fetched $110,000 at the Barretts March 2-year-old in training sale and she responded solid 2 ¼ length first-out maiden score going five furlongs here on June 23. Dismissed at 9-1, she showed good speed out of the gate and won in virtual gate to wire fashion while well within herself under Tyler Baze, who rides her back on Saturday.

MISS SOUTHERN MISS: Trained by Keith Desormeaux, this Kentucky-bred daughter of More Than Ready was bred by her owner and rallied strongly through the lane to win at first asking by 3 ¼ lengths going five furlongs here on June 9. Off at 7-1 in a field of eight, she split horses turning for home and galloped out many lengths clear of odds-on favorite Tap It All, who she will again face on Saturday. With Flavien Prat scheduled to ride her back, Miss Southern Miss would appear to have plenty of upside as she readies for her second career assignment.

THEONEWEWAITEDFOR: Owned and bred in California by Heinz Steinmann, this daughter of Creative Cause was a gutty first-out maiden winner in open company going 4 ½ furlongs here on May 26. Trained by Mike Harrington, she pressed the early pace and prevailed by a half length while getting the distance in a rapid 51.80. Based at Los Alamitos, she’s out of Steinmann’s productive Eastern Echo mare, Yolo Lady, and looms a big threat stretching out a furlong.


Race 5                                                                                            

Love a Honeybadger–Victor Espinoza–122
Tap It All–Santiago Gonzalez–118
Miss Southern Miss–Flavien Prat–122
Demigoddess–Brandon Boulanger–118
Cioppino Pasadino–Edwin Maldonado–122
Theonewewaitedfor–Rafael Bejarano–122
Chalon–Tyler Baze–122

Bottom Line Starter Handicap

Spring Fever Handicap

Thor's Echo Handicap

Saturday, July 2, 2016


My selections.........

   6th   4,7
   7th     7    bet
   8th   6,5
   9th    5......going to add 2

  4,7 WITH 7 WITH 6,5 WITH 2,5
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