Track Reports

Del Mar Report #2

Wild Dude and Rafael Bejarano cross the wire first in the G2 San Carlos S.

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Wild Dude (FL) – Just when you completely write this horse off is when he jumps up and bites you! I can’t count how many times I’ve picked him and he’s done nothing, but I’ve always been one to say that when he run his best race he can beat almost anyone. The problem with him is you never know when it’s going to happen, but on Sunday it certainly did as he rallied furiously in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby to defeat the heavy favorite Masochistic. The Bing Crosby victory was his first ever Grade 1 win, and obviously if they can somehow get him to repeat his “A game effort” he can win several more.

– 2nd Star: Catch a Flight (ARG) – Since coming to American to run Catch a Flight is yet to race off the board in seven starts, and has won four races with three of the victories coming against Graded stakes company. In the San Diego Handicap he was able to get up just in time to defeat a solid group featuring Bayern and Hoppertunity. The mile and one sixteenth distance might be perfect for him as he did look tired towards the end of the Santa Anita Gold Cup the race before at a mile and a quarter. Even with that being said, the Pacific Classic is most likely the goal for this one down the road.

– 3rd Star: Big John B (FL) – This horse loves Del Mar! Friday night in the Cougar II Handicap he was able to keep his perfect record at the track, with a nice win over a small but tough field going the specialized distance of a mile and one half. He’s now 3 for 3 where the turf meets the surf, and could probably point for a bigger race next time out at the meet. Even the Pacific Classic could be in play at this point.

Flop of the Week

– The Starting Gate Crew – In what can only be described as a bizarre incident on Sunday in the third race, the starting gates were opened before #9 Admiral Jaxson has been loaded into the gate. The horse had just begun to stick his head into the starting gates when they opened, and got off to a slow start spotting the field 10 lengths. This kind of thing is something I’ve never seen before, and just can’t happen…especially at a track like Del Mar.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Per Start $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Jerry Hollendorfer 23 6 3 1 $462,492 $NaN 26% 10 43%
1 Peter Miller 39 6 3 5 $376,526 $NaN 15% 14 36%
3 Jeff Mullins 11 4 1 1 $395,642 $NaN 36% 6 55%
3 John W. Sadler 13 4 1 2 $83,530 $NaN 31% 7 54%
5 Richard E. Mandella 13 3 3 3 $371,680 $NaN 23% 9 69%
5 James M. Cassidy 18 3 2 1 $245,790 $NaN 17% 6 33%
5 Philip D’Amato 13 3 2 1 $214,540 $NaN 23% 6 46%
5 Doug F. O’Neill 26 3 6 3 $211,390 $NaN 12% 12 46%
5 Richard Baltas 11 3 3 3 $182,300 $NaN 27% 9 82%
5 Mike Puype 19 3 1 4 $165,830 $NaN 16% 8 42%
5 Vann Belvoir 13 3 1 1 $95,320 $NaN 23% 5 38%
5 Robert B. Hess, Jr. 14 3 0 5 $84,640 $NaN 21% 8 57%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Per Start $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Flavien Prat 50 9 5 10 $746,740 $NaN 18% 24 48%
1 Joseph Talamo 47 9 2 2 $482,730 $NaN 19% 13 28%
3 Rafael Bejarano 44 8 7 4 $501,112 $NaN 18% 19 43%
3 Santiago Gonzalez 34 8 2 4 $424,104 $NaN 24% 14 41%
5 Mario Gutierrez 26 6 4 0 $257,636 $NaN 23% 10 38%
6 Mike E. Smith 27 5 6 4 $586,780 $NaN 19% 15 56%
6 Tyler Baze 52 5 9 9 $424,658 $NaN 10% 23 44%
6 Kent J. Desormeaux 30 4 4 6 $223,090 $NaN 13% 14 47%
6 Drayden Van Dyke 24 4 1 4 $174,734 $NaN 17% 9 38%
10 Victor Espinoza 26 3 2 4 $201,540 $NaN 12% 9 35%
10 Fernando Hernandez Perez 33 3 7 3 $150,806 $NaN 9% 13 39%

Preview to Next Week

Fri. Jul. 31st CTBA STAKES
Fillies, two years old, bred in CA
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 1/2 Furlongs
Sat. Aug. 1st CLEMENT L. HIRSCH STAKES (Gr. I)
Fillies and mares, three years old and upward
$300,000 Guaranteed
1 1/16 Miles
Sun. Aug. 2nd REAL GOOD DEAL STAKES
Three-year-olds, bred in CA
$200,000 Guaranteed
Seven Furlongs

 

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