After hitting the Pick 4 and giving out the winner of the final race on TVG yesterday with Ken Rudulph, a memorable weekend at Del Mar continues with the debut of Baby Bull in today’s seventh race.
Many thanks again to Ken for having me on set with him and I look forward to getting the opportunity again.
A pair of stakes races highlight today’s card. The Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo is not part of the pick 4 sequence, but the $100,000 Solana Beach Handicap is included, going off as race eight.
We’re off to the races!
Leg 1 – Race 6 (2,4,6,7) – Six furlongs for $20,000 claimers and we’ll go four deep.
No. 2 Good Brother moves to a new barn and gets Rafael Bejarano and his best from off the pace is definitely good enough here.
No. 4 Really Uptown chased some nice winners in his last three earlier in the year and is dangerous on the front end with a nice work tab off the layoff.
No. 6 Seeuat Sticknstein gets back to sprinting on the Poly and is a logical choice for high flying connections.
No. 7 Bold Type broke his maiden impressively and then broke from the rail in his first start against winners. Drawn outside today with PVal up he could be dangerous from on or near the lead.
Leg 2 – Race 7 (4,6,9) – As part owner of No. 9 Baby Bull, needles to say that I’m partial in this maiden special weight race for Cal-breds sprinting five and a half furlongs. However, I understand how difficult it is to win first time out so I won’t be myopic and only use him. He will be a big price, but his work times don’t indicate his level of talent and we haven’t experienced any major setbacks in getting him ready.
No. 4 Woodman’s Luck drops out of a decent try in the Graduation where he experienced trouble and is your likely favorite.
No. 6 Da Boomer brought a nice chunk of change at Barrett’s and is an impressive looking son of Da Stoops.
Leg 3 - Race 8 (4,5,8) – A mile on turf for fillies and mares and we’re left with only a field of six after a pair of scratches. We’ll play against the likely favorite, No. 1 U R All That I Am, off reports she hasn’t been training so well in the mornings.
No. 4 You Lift Me up is the other runner for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and can sit just off the pace and fire a big shot in her second start off the layoff.
No. 5 Ruffled Feathers always makes a strong late run and will be looking for her fourth win of 2010.
No. 8 Ultra Blend finished second in the only two turn effort of her career in last year’s Sandy Blue and is stretching out again after two solid sprint efforts.
Leg 4 – Race 9 (2,6) – As usual, bottom level $25,000 claimers close out the day and there is surprisingly no early speed whatsoever in this race. Often times pace predictions are difficult in maiden races as form for the horses is still evolving, however most of these runners have run more than a few times and none have been on the lead sprinting.
No. 2 Royal Import missed by a head here two weeks ago dropping out of maiden special weight for the first time. He can be somewhat forwardly placed today and should handle these.
No. 6 Courtside Action is my long shot special. He finally draws well in a sprint and has been only a couple lengths off pretty quick splits in the past. He could be out front early and could have enough to beat these.
Recap – (2,4,6,7) w (4,6,9) w (4,5,8) w (2,6) – Total cost of ticket = $36
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Yesterday’s Result – (+$95.65)
Total for meet – (-$584.80)