One last call to post to finish up strong at Del Mar for 2010.
The fourth consecutive ten race card to close the meet emphatically stamps this summer as a rousing success. Worries of lost days and short fields were a non-issue, as competitive racing gave the fans great races to wager on and watch.
The continued complaints regarding the Polytrack racing surface took a back seat as well, with a limited number of fatalities and only a few days of concern over an uneven track.
The Grade 1 $250,000 Del Mar Futurity for two-year-olds sprinting seven furlongs is the closing day highlight and is complemented by a pair of $75,000 six furlong sprints, with The CERF featuring fillies and mares and The Pirate’s Bounty showcasing older males.
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We’re off to the races!
Leg 1 – Race 7 (1,2,5) – A mile on turf for starter allowance fillies and there appears to be lone speed with No. 2 Lost Prophet. This will be her first start on turf, but she broke her maiden here on the main track by over eight lengths five weeks ago and has four solid works in the interim.
Should she falter, No. 5 Ruby Lane could get the first run. After breaking her maiden on the main track by two lengths sitting just off the pace on Opening Day, she chased a fast pace here in a similar race a month ago and finished second by a head. A pair of wins to book end the meet?
We’ll also use No. 1 Rising Honour, who stretches out after rolling home impressively from off the pace in a main track sprint in her first start off a long layoff. She was competitive going two turns against maiden special weight company last year, including once on the turf, and is an honest filly that always fires.
Leg 2 – Race 8 (4,7,8,10) – The Grade 1 Futurity sees No. 4 J P’s Gusto try to sweep the open two-year-old stakes races at Del Mar in similar fashion to what Bench Points did in the Cal-bred stakes. With PVal taking over for the injured Joe Talamo in the Grade 2 Best Pal, J P won from on the lead, however with a larger field assembled today and other speed in the race, he can revert to his off the pace tactics.
No. 7 Western Mood missed by a neck to J P in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile, before finishing four lengths back in third in the Best Pal. He gets one more chance to make amends for Joel Rosario in a race that could have riding title implications on the line.
Rafael Bejarano looks to keep pace with Rosario aboard No. 8 Indian Winter, who was very professional in his debut sitting behind horses and rolling to victory with a sustained run through the lane.
No. 10 Road Ready brought $300,000 at the Barrett’s March Sale, by far the most of any horse in the field, and won his only career start when he debuted in a stake at Golden Gate. He could be the upsetter.
Leg 3 - Race 9 (2,9,12) – Bottom of the barrel $12,500 claimers who have never won two races sprint six furlongs and we’ll go three deep.
No. 2 Fair Chase has her claiming tag cut in half and can sit just off an expected contested pace for Rosario and get first run on the closers.
No. 9 Miss Seamless drops to the bottom and can also win from off the pace. She’s been stuck with the inside post in three of four lifetime starts and breaks outside today.
No. 12 Dancing Lauren can win from far back in similar fashion to her maiden breaking score here on August 6. With Bejarano back aboard she rates a big shot if this race falls apart.
Leg 4 – Race 10 (4,6,7,8,9) – The meet closes with a maiden special weight affair for Cal-breds going a mile and a sixteenth in a wide open turf affair.
No.4 Sammartino led a long way on the lead in his first two turn try last time and could get there today from on or just off the pace.
No. 6 Tiz Argent can’t be ignored with Rosario aboard and John Sadler training and he missed by just a head in his second career start, but that was back in February at Santa Anita. He shows a steady work tab for his return.
No. 7 Tribal Nation is sitting on win for trainer Anthony Saavedra looking to break a long slump. His closing kick should be set up well with a contested early pace.
No. 8 Marino’s Star never got to do his best running last time after being in tight on the rail and can make amends today in his second start going long on the lawn.
No. 9 Real Lucky stretches out and moves to the grass after an even debut sprinting, in which he finished third in an above average heat.
Recap – (1,2,5) w (4,7,8,10) w (2,9,12) w (4,6,7,8,9) – Total cost of ticket = $90
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Monday’s Result – (-$72)
Total for meet – (-$807.30)