Thursday, August 16, 2018

$300,000 Del Mar Oaks (G1) – Del Mar

Race 8 (Saturday, August 18, 2018: 8:40 p.m./ET; 5:40 p.m./PT)

Mile and an eighth on the turf (three-year-old fillies)

The Del Mar Oaks (G1) drew a cast of a dozen three-year-old fillies set to contest the nine-furlong distance on the lawn. Let’s dig down deep, analyze this contentious field and hopefully come up with some winning selections and plays:

#1 MS. PEINTOUR adds blinkers for trainer Brian Koriner after an eighth place finish in the San Clemente (G2). This gal was also beaten by five lengths to #6 PAVED and #12 ANIMOSITY in the Honeymoon (G2) two starts back. Hopefully the blinkers help her improve because she will need to really pick up her feet to be competitive against this tough group of fillies.

#2 STREETWITHNONAME wheels back in just 13 days for a try at a Grade 1 placing. The Eoin Harty trainee was recently seen at Santa Rosa defeating colts and geldings in the Robert Dupret Derby. Even though she gets back to facing fillies, this is still a much more talented group than what she saw two weeks ago. Another one that needs to kick it into a higher gear in order to hit the board.

#3 FOOL’S PARADISE was beaten by 17 lengths by #4 OLLIE’S CANDY in the Summertime Oaks (G2) on dirt at Santa Anita. She freshens up for this start and makes her second career afternoon appearance on turf, but her only previous turf race (sprinting) resulted in a nine-length loss. Looking to use others.

#4 OLLIE’S CANDY broke from the 13 post position, lost ground on both turns and was the only one closing on a speed biased turf course when finishing second by a neck in the San Clemente (G2). It was, needless to say, a terrific effort. This filly, who won the Summertime Oaks (G2) two starts ago, draws a better post in this spot and should get a better trip. If she duplicates her last-out effort, she is in with a huge chance.

#5 FATALE BERE (FR) was only beaten three-and-a-half lengths in the Belmont Oaks (G1) going a mile-and-a-quarter on July 7th. Three starts ago, she won the Providencia (G3) and defeated #9 MS BAD BEHAVIOR and next out winner #6 PAVED. She fits in well with this group, has the class to be very competitive and must be marked as a major player.

#6 PAVED finished behind #5 FATALE BERE in the Belmont Oaks (G1). Her best runs to date came when defeating #12 ANIMOSITY and #1 MS. PEINTOUR in the Honeymoon (G2) at Santa Anita going this mile-and-an-eighth distance, and a win in the El Camino Real Derby (G3) against males during the winter at Golden Gate Fields. However, she has finished behind #5 FATALE BERE twice and will need to turn the tables on that rival.

#7 COLONIA (FR) ships west for trainer Graham Motion. This French-bred made her first start in North America last time out when winning a minor stake at Arlington Park and now stretches out a sixteenth of a mile while facing Grade I company for the first time. East Coast invaders have done well in this race in the past and Motion knows how to ship and win. Joel Rosario riding only adds to her appeal. One to definitely consider.

#8 CALIFORNIAGOLDRUSH broke her maiden at first asking when sprinting down the hill at Santa Anita last December and came back in February to win an allowance race going one mile on the turf. She hasn’t been seen since and her trainer, Neil Drysdale, is 0-for-11 with runners making their first start off a layoff longer than 180 days. Siding with others.

#9 MS BAD BEHAVIOR came into the San Clemente (G2) off a three-and-a-half month break and ran a gallant race after stalking the pace, finishing third as the favorite while only beaten by a half-length. Conditioner Richard Baltas hits at a 20% clip with runners in their second start off a layoff between 45 and 180 days and there’s reason to believe she may be more cranked up for this run. On top of that, she has hit the board in eight of nine lifetime starts. Consistent filly merits respect.

#10 SO HI SOCIETY (IRE) makes her first start for trainer Jeff Mullins, having previously been trained by Chad Brown on the East Coast. This gal ran third in her last two races, both minor stakes at Monmouth Park, and won an allowance three starts back at Aqueduct. Keep in mind that the only two wins in her career came over soft ground. The Del Mar turf will be firm this Saturday. Others look a bit more intriguing.

#11 MOVIE MOMENT went off at 21/1 and was no match for #6 PAVED, #12 ANIMOSITY and #1 MS. PEINTOUR in the Honeymoon (G2) two starts back. Most recently, she was well beaten by #2 STREETWITHNONAME in an allowance race last month. Looks outclassed.

#12 ANIMOSITY usually shows early speed. Last time out in the San Clemente (G2), she broke a step slowly and sat dead last while keen. She produced a better than looked rally down the lane and finished well to lose by just two-and-a-half lengths. There is reason to believe with a better trip, she can improve. Wouldn’t count her out.


  1. #4 OLLIE’S CANDY – Huge run in the San Clemente (G2).
  2. #9 MS BAD BEHAVIOR – Will be fully cranked.
  3. #5 FATALE BERE – Best effort makes her dangerous.

LONGSHOT VALUE PLAY- #7 COLONIA – East Coast invader fits in well.


I’ll box all four of my selections in exactas and trifectas and put the remaining two dollars I have left on my longshot value play.

BANKROLL PLAY ($50 Budget)

$2 Exacta Box: #4 OLLIE’S CANDY and #5 FATALE BERE and #7 COLONIA and #9 MS BAD BEHAVIOR ($24).

$1 Trifecta Box: #4 OLLIE’S CANDY and #5 FATALE BERE and #7 COLONIA and #9 MS BAD BEHAVIOR ($24).

$2 Win: #7 COLONIA

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$600,000 Alabama (G1) – Saratoga

Race 9 (Saturday, August 18, 2018: 5:40 p.m./ET; 2:40 p.m./PT)

Mile and a quarter on the main track (three-year-old fillies)

Three-year-old Champion filly MONOMOY GIRL sits out the feature race on Saturday at Saratoga, which gives other fillies in her division a chance to shine and earn a very prestigious Grade I on their resume. Let’s analyze the eight runners signed on and try to pick a winner:

#1 PIEDI BIANCHI makes her second start off a six-and-a-half month layoff for trainer Todd Pletcher. In her only start this year, this filly ran third as the favorite in a six-furlong allowance sprint against older. Now she stretches out four more furlongs while facing a lot tougher than she’s ever seen before. Longshot.

#2 ESKIMO KISSES has finished fourth in her previous two races, the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1). Last time out, she ran fourth, beaten over eight lengths by MONOMONY GIRL and #3 MIDNIGHT BISOU. Her only win against winners came in an allowance event on a sloppy track at Oaklawn Park. She is bred to like the classic distance and top jockey Jose Ortiz hops aboard for the first time. Maybe.

#3 MIDNGHT BISOU ran second, beaten three lengths in the CCA Oaks (G1) to champion MONOMOY GIRL. She got tired in the final sixteenth that afternoon and skeptics may wonder whether she’ll be better going another furlong, being by champion sprinter MIDNIGHT LUTE. This gal has already won the Mother Goose (G2) and the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) and trainer Steve Asmussen has had a terrific Saratoga meet, winning at a 25% clip. Mike Smith flies in to ride once again. The one to beat.

#4 SHE’S A JULIE is the second Steve Asmussen trainee in the field. This daughter of ELUSIVE QUALITY comes off a sharp looking win in the Iowa Oaks (G3) and now faces steeper company. She recorded a sharp five-furlong bullet work on August 5th and Ricardo Santana Jr. and Asmussen are a hot jockey/trainer combo. There is some upside here.

#5 AUSPICIOUS BABE is the most lightly raced filly in the field with just three starts to her name. After running poorly in her career debut, she broke her maiden going two turns at Churchill Downs and came back to win an allowance race over the same track. Now she makes her stakes debut while stretching out another furlong and a half. Dallas Stewart trains and we all know what he is capable of doing with longshots in big stakes races.

#6 FIGARELLA’S QUEEN was second but soundly defeated by #8 TALK VEUVE TO ME in the Indiana Oaks (G3) at odds of 13/1 last time out. Her only win against stakes company came in the ungraded Sanibel Island at Gulfstream Park in the winter and her most recent victory came in an allowance race against older fillies and mares at Churchill Downs two races back. The connections may be looking for some Grade I black type here as she has yet to run a race that indicates she can beat the best slated to run in this spot.

#7 COACH ROCKS has a career high Beyer Speed Figure of 83, a number that is low compared to the major contenders in this field. Last time out, this gal lost by 13 lengths to RED RUBY in the Delaware Oaks (G3), a filly that would have been a major contender if she were entered in this spot. Improvement needed.

#8 TALK VEUVE TO ME has never finished worse than second in five career races. This daughter of VIOLENCE scored a big win in the Indiana Oaks (G3) last time out, winning the race by almost five lengths at 1/9 odds. Her only two losses came when finishing second to MIA MISCHIEF, who came back to run second in the Test (G1), and a runner up effort in the Acorn (G1) to MONOMOY GIRL on Belmont Stakes Day. If she can get the mile and a quarter distance, she is in with a solid chance. The ‘now’ horse.


  1. #8 TALK VEUVE TO ME – Improving sort may be ready for a career best race.
  2. #3 MIDNIGHT BISOU – Classiest filly in the field.
  3. #4 SHE’S A JULIE – The ‘other’ Asmussen.

LONGSHOT VALUE PLAY- #2 ESKIMO KISSES – Pedigree suggests she’ll enjoy going the classic distance.


I’ll play an exacta box with my top two picks.

BANKROLL PLAY ($50 Budget)

$25 Exacta Box: #3 MIDNIGHT BISOU and #8 TALK VEUVE TO ME


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$250,000 Del Mar Handicap (G2) – Del Mar

Race 6 (Saturday, August 18, 2018: 7:40 p.m./ET; 4:40 p.m./PT)

Mile and three-eighths on the turf (three-year-olds and upward)

A full field of 12 is signed on for the Del Mar Handicap (G2) to compete for a ‘Win And You’re In’ spot in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). We begin our analysis with the inside post position:

#1 KENJISTORM freshens up three months after a second place finish in the Charlie Whittingham (G2) to #6 ITSINTHEPOST and is one of three runners signed on for trainer Phil D’Amato, who won this race last year with HUNT. Has never won a graded stakes.

#2 FLAMBOYANT (FR) finished fifth behind #9 IT’SINTHEPOST and #1 KENJISTORM in the Charlie Whittingham (G2) and also freshens up for his return to racing action. His best race to date came running eight furlongs at Golden Gate Fields when defeating a full field in the San Francisco Mile (G3). But he is 0-for-3 when traveling 11 furlongs, with just one third-place finish, indicating he may be better going a bit shorter. Pass.

#3 WHOOP WHOOP (NZ) adds blinkers while making his second start off a year layoff for trainer Jeff Mullins. This gelding most recently finished a non-threatening seventh against allowance company going a mile-and-a-sixteenth. Maybe he wants to run all day, but whether he has the class to win this race remains to be seen.

#4 YA GOTTA WANNA is the second Phil D’amato entrant in this race. He makes his stakes debut in this spot after two off the board finishes in second level allowance races. Keep in mind that in his previous two races, he has finished behind #11 RITZY A.P., who will be a longshot in this spot. A career best race is needed for this guy to be competitive.

#5 UNAPOLOGETIC was badly beaten in the Cougar II Handicap going a mile-and-a-half on dirt, but you can be a bit forgiving as his past performances indicate this gelding is much better on turf. In his last afternoon appearance on the lawn, he earned a 93 Beyer Speed Figure going a mile-and-a-quarter against second level allowance company. He’s another one that needs to run faster to take home the top prize.

#6 ITSINTHEPOST (FR), the 123 lb. highweight, ran an uncharacteriscally poor race in the Eddie Read (G2) coming off a two month freshening. Getting back to a marathon distance today, he probably faces easier company here than what he saw in the Eddie Read (G2). Wouldn’t be surprised at all if he rebounds in a big way, but do note he is 0-for-10 lifetime over this turf course.

#7 MULTIPLIER finished fifth, beaten two-and-a-half lengths, in the Eddie Read (G2). This four-year-old colt is 3-for-12 lifetime, with his biggest win coming in the Illinois Derby (G3) on dirt as a three-year-old. Tyler Gaffalione flies in to ride, but this ‘capper feels an exotics placing may be his ceiling.

#8 ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR used to be the top marathon turf horse in California but has slowed down at the age of seven. He has finished off the board in all three starts this year, though keep in mind all of those races came going a mile-and-a-sixteenth or less. His best races have come when racing at distances from 10 to 12 furlongs and it’s interesting that jockey Joel Rosario, in town to ride ACCELERATE in the Pacific Classic (G1), is willing to hop back board. Give this guy one more shot now that he’s going longer?

#9 COLONIST stretches out three furlongs after two off the board finishes in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) and Wickerr Stakes. In both races, he sat well off the pace before rallying late to lose by two lengths. The last time he ran farther than a mile on the turf, he finished fourth behind #6 ITSINTHEPOST in the San Luis Rey (G2).

#10 RITZY A.P. wheels back in just one week after winning the J.T. Grace Stakes at Santa Rosa going a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf. He is facing a lot tougher in this spot than what he saw in Northern California and when racing in Southern California, he has failed to win second level allowance races in three consecutive starts. Looks like he may be outclassed against this Grade 2 field.

#11 CASHMAN (FR) invades from Europe and makes his first start for the Neil Drysdale barn. He most recently won an ungraded stake going a mile-and-three-sixteenths on the turf in Germany but has failed to win a graded stake overseas. Drysdale opts not to run this horse with Lasix.  

#12 FASHION BUSINESS (GB) failed to fire when finishing eighth of 10 in the Eddie Read (G2). His only win in North America came in a first level allowance race. However, he put up a very respectable effort two races ago when only losing by a length in the Manhattan (G1) at Belmont Park. Flavien Prat opts to ride this gelding over #1 KENJISTORM, who is trained by the same conditioner (Phil D’Amato) as #12 FASHION BUSINESS. Hmmm.


  1. #6 ITSINTHEPOST – Racing at his best distance.
  2. #8 ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR – Won this race two years ago.
  3. #12 FASHION BUSINESS – His effort two back was a beauty.

LONGSHOT VALUE PLAY- #9 COLONIST – May enjoy getting to run longer.


I’ll box my top two picks and longshot value play in exactas and make a straight win bet on my top choice.

BANKROLL PLAY ($50 Budget)

$5 Exacta Box: #6 ITSINTHEPOST and #8 ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR and #9 COLONIST ($30).





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$1,000,000 Pacific Classic (G1) Del Mar

Race 10 (Saturday, August 18, 2018: 9:43 pm./ET; 6:43 p.m./PT)

Mile and a quarter on the main track (three-year-olds and upward)

The Pacific Classic (G1) is the signature race of the boutique summer meet at Del Mar. This year, eight contenders look to add to the list of previous Pacific Classic winners, which includes superstar names like BEHOLDER, BEST PAL, BERTRANDO, CANDY RIDE, LAVA MAN, PLEASANTLY PERFECT and SHARED BELIEF. Let’s analyze the group assembled for this year’s rendition:

#1 THE LIEUTENANT is a half-brother to 2018 Triple Crown winner JUSTIFY. Last time out, this colt ran second at big odds (34/1) to next out Whitney (G1) winner DIVERSIFY in the Suburban (G2), going this ten panel distance. His last win came two starts back when defeating a field of 10 in the All American (G3) on Tapeta at Golden Gate. Clearly he can get this mile-and-a-quarter distance and he should get a good ground saving trip. A contender for an exotics placing.

#2 DR. DORR also ran in the Suburban (G2) but finished a distant ninth behind #1 THE LIEUTENANT and DIVERSIFY. He wheeled back in just two weeks after that poor effort and rebounded to run second over this track to rising star CATALINA CRUISER, who may show up next in the Woodward (G1) at Saratoga in early September. ‘DORR finished second, beaten over four lengths by Pac Classic favorite #5 ACCELERATE in the Gold Cup (G1) at Santa Anita earlier this year.

#3 PRIME ATTRACTION makes his second start off a four month vacation. In his first race off the layoff, the James Cassidy trainee ran third in the Eddie Read (G2) on turf behind CATAPAULT and multiple Grade 2 winner SHARP SAMURAI. His last win came over this track in the Native Diver (G3) last fall, but keep in mind he was well beaten by #5 ACCELERATE in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) two starts back. All signs indicate he’ll need to pick up the pace to win this one.

#4 ROMAN ROSSO (ARG) is the ‘wise guy’ horse who is a recent addition to the Bob Baffert barn. This guy has won a trio of Group 1’s in Argentina, where he was bred and raced for the first eight starts of his career. His last race came in March when winning the Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano (G1). It’s hard to translate his South American form to see where he fits with the North Americans, but Del Mar’s leading rider Flavien Prat takes the mount.

#5 ACCELERATE looks to sweep the three big older stakes races this year on the West Coast: the Santa Anita Handicap (G1), the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1), and the Pacific Classic (G1). In the first two legs of the aforementioned triple race series, this John Sadler trainee easily defeated the competition, which is similar to what he finds today. He has been working swiftly over this track in preparation for this race and is projected to get a good stalking trip. Will be tough to beat.

#6 BEACH VIEW cuts back a quarter mile after a sharp looking win over old pro and multiple Grade I winner HOPPERTUNITY in the Cougar II (G3) over this track last month. Clearly this guy will be super fit with the cutback in distance and he has been steadily improving with distance and racing experience. Longshot to consider.

#7 PAVEL has always been a solid horse with plenty of raw talent. The son of CREATIVE CAUSE comes off his biggest win yet, defeating solid company in the Stephen Foster (G1) at Churchill Downs on June 16. That said, the best horse he faces here, #5 ACCELERATE, beat this colt by almost 10 lengths in the Gold Cup (G1) at Santa Anita earlier this spring. He may have gotten a confidence boost in his most recent race, but he’ll still need to run faster than he has been to defeat his aforementioned rival.

#8 TWO THIRTY FIVE showed speed and faded to run fourth of five in the San Diego (G2) behind CATALINA CRUISER and #2 DR. DORR. He’ll be traveling a furlong and a half longer this time and at a distance at which he has never run before. Siding with others.


  1. #5 ACCELERATE – Multiple Grade I winner looks strong.
  2. #7 PAVEL – Sharp win in the Stephen Foster (G1).
  3. #1 THE LIEUTENANT – Half bro to Justify.

LONGSHOT VALUE PLAY- #6 BEACH VIEW – Cuts back in distance off big win.


I’ll key my top pick over my other two selections in an aggressive exacta play.

BANKROLL PLAY ($50 Budget)

$25 Exactas: #5 ACCELETATE over #1 THE LIEUTENANT and #7 PAVEL








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Accelerate will face seven seemingly overmatched rivals in the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic (G1) this Saturday. Others entered for the main event on a stakes-filled 11-race card include Dr. Dorr, Beach View, Pavel, Prime Attraction, Roman Russo, Two Thirty Five and The Lieutenant. Having won the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) and Gold Cup (G1) earlier this year, Accelerate will try to sweep the three west coast 1 1/4 mile Grade 1 dirt races — a feat only previously accomplished by Best Pal, Game On Dude and Lava Man.

And over a span of eight days this month, there are three Grade I races at ten furlongs;  The Pacific Classic at Del Mar and the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga are both this Saturday, while the Travers Stakes will be run at Saratoga next Saturday.

During this same abbreviated time period, there are also five stakes races at Saratoga at 1 1/8 miles: the Personal Ensign (G1), the Albany Handicap, Fleet Indian Stakes, Saratoga Dew Stakes and Summer Colony Stakes, giving horseplayers a chance to play multiple dirt route stakes in quick succession at distances that have become a rarity in our sport.

What used to be a ‘classic’ dirt distance is now more like a marathon for most contemporary runners. And while turf marathons remain more plentiful in North American stakes races, they are routinely dominated by European shippers (or Chad Brown).

Few horses (unless your name is Americam Pharoah, Arrogate, Justify, Cigar or Alysheba) that dominate the mile to mile-and-an-eighth stakes races are able to duplicate their best efforts going a mile-and-a-quarter. But since champion horses like these are rare, most mile-and-a-quarter races in recent years have been won by one of two types of runners.

The first winner type is a top middle distance runner stretched to the limit, such as previous champions California Chrome, Silver Charm and Holy Bull. Their mile-and-a-quarter races didn’t have the top-notch speed figures they generated at shorter distances, but were still good enough to win when pressed to the longer distance. These top talents can win on raw speed, but are vulnerable to a fast pace setting it up for an off-the-pace closer.

This year Accelerate fits into this ‘raw talent stretched to the limit’ category. Twice a Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) contender, in 2018 he has stretched his speed to 10 furlongs twice while facing fields lacking any true quality stayers. His peak performances may be at middle distances, but his mile-and-a-quarter efforts are good enough to fend off foes at the more uncomfortable route of ground. Three-for-five at Del Mar, he has proven he likes the track, can get the distance and can handle the competition facing him in the Southern California handicap division.

The second type of winner is the less athletic ‘stayer’, such as Sea Hero, Tiznow or Funny Cide, who often failed to dominate stakes at shorter distances, but can beat just about any good middle distance horse stretched to a mile-and-a-quarter.

A key handicapping principle to remember at these classic dirt distances is any horse that has previously won a Grade I or Grade II race at the 10 furlong distance has a huge edge over runners that have superior speed figures at shorter distances yet remain unproven at a mile-and-a-quarter. 

Interestingly, Wonder Gadot fits that criteria and will be an interesting prospect in Saratoga’s Travers Stakes (G1) next Saturday. Though she is the first filly to try the Travers since the 1970’s, she has dominated males in two consecutive races at a classic distance with five and six length wins. She has been competitive yet not dominating in performances at middle distances, but has been a sensational stayer when going beyond 1 1/8 miles. In the Travers (G1), she will face Good Magic and a number of other talented three-year-old colts that have shown they appear limited to races at nine furlongs or less.

Requirements to play 1 1/4 Dirt Stakes Races:

  • Favor horses proven at 10 furlongs over runners with superior speed figures earned at shorter distances.
  • If no runner has distance experience, side with a horse bred to last a longer distance, yet still showing speed figures competitive enough to put him/her in the same zip code as the top figure horses.
  • Avoid slow runners bred to run marathon distances, yet lacking stakes-quality speed, for they are too unlikely to be worth backing – even as longshots.


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Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2) at Del Mar: CAMBODIA ($5.40) successfully defended her title in this race and continued to display her fondness for the Del Mar turf course, with three victories (plus a third place finish in the G1 2017 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf) from five career starts. And I was along for the ride as I recommended a $20 win wager on her nose.

Test (G1) at Saratoga: Excellent result for the newsletter in this race as SEPERATIONOFPOWERS ($6.60), MIA MISCHIEF and KELLY’S HUMOR finished first, second and third respectively, allowing us to cash a $2 exacta worth $27.60 as well as a $1 trifecta that paid $85.74.

Whitney (G1) at Saratoga: DIVERSIFY ($5.20) is the definition of a horse in sharp form as he won this prestigious race to make it six wins from his last eight starts. I totally respected his chances to win this race (ranking him as my second selection), but the chink in my handicapping logic was trying to eliminate MIND YOUR BISCUITS from the exacta. Alas, I paid the price by recommending nothing but losing wagers. It happens!

West Virginia Derby (G3) at Mountaineer: I properly identified MR FREEZE ($15.20) as my longshot value play in the race, then didn’t allocate one penny to him in my recommended wagering strategies. My bad.

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