Del Mar

Del Mar Report #3

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Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Iotapa (KY) – For the first time in her career Iotapa was able to put together two big efforts in a row, as she won the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Saturday.  The win gives her two straight Grade 1 victories, and throws her name into the mix as one of the top older females in the country.  The plan from here on out will be to run in the Zenyatta Stakes, and then the Breeders Cup Distaff.  Can she compete on the big stage against the likes of Close Hatches and Beholder?

– 2nd Star: Skyway (NY) – I think it’s safe to say that Skyway really likes the poly track.  He dominated in a six and a half length victory in his debut at Keeneland, and on Sunday he captured the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes by over a length.  His dirt form however is still in question, as he has just one start and was well beaten by two horses that recently were defeated at Saratoga.  Where they spot Skyway next will certainly be interesting, but you can bet he’ll take a lot of money if it’s back on the poly track.

– 3rd Star: Red Outlaw (CA) – This Cal-bred just keeps getting better!  Friday’s Real Good Deal Stakes victory makes him a perfect four for four in his career, with each win coming at a different race track.  His latest win came in wire to wire fashion, which is a slightly different tactic than he’s used in the past when he usually stalks the pace.  The options are limitless for Red Outlaw next with lots of Cal-Bred options available.

Flop of the Week

– The Del Mar Turf Course – No matter how you spin it this situation is a joke.  Del Mar is one of our premier meets of the season, and the turf surface is unsafe.  That is completely unacceptable and an absolute shame.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Peter Miller 56 10 7 9 $541,736 18% 26 46%
2 Doug F. O’Neill 52 7 9 7 $482,076 13% 23 44%
3 John W. Sadler 51 6 5 13 $655,588 12% 24 47%
3 Jerry Hollendorfer 35 6 6 5 $469,066 17% 17 49%
3 Bob Baffert 32 6 3 4 $450,410 19% 13 41%
6 Mark Glatt 24 5 4 2 $304,720 21% 11 46%
6 Robert B. Hess, Jr. 24 5 2 3 $164,880 21% 10 42%
8 Mike Puype 24 4 3 4 $249,504 17% 11 46%
9 Richard Baltas 18 3 3 1 $315,860 17% 7 39%
9 James M. Cassidy 18 3 1 2 $309,070 17% 6 33%
9 Michael Pender 14 3 2 2 $139,750 21% 7 50%
9 Ronald W. Ellis 12 3 0 3 $135,830 25% 6 50%
9 A. C. Avila 11 3 3 3 $131,180 27% 9 82%
9 Kristin Mulhall 19 3 2 1 $126,070 16% 6 32%
9 Vann Belvoir 17 3 1 1 $96,660 18% 5 29%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Kent J. Desormeaux 58 13 5 9 $749,560 22% 27 47%
2 Elvis Trujillo 82 12 10 10 $717,964 15% 32 39%
3 Rafael Bejarano 67 10 14 11 $821,966 15% 35 52%
3 Joseph Talamo 89 10 11 10 $809,502 11% 31 35%
3 Tyler Baze 86 10 13 6 $799,000 12% 29 34%
6 Mike E. Smith 47 9 2 7 $704,742 19% 18 38%
6 Fernando Hernandez Perez 66 9 6 2 $467,630 14% 17 26%
8 Drayden Van Dyke 62 8 8 15 $419,482 13% 31 50%
9 Martin Garcia 56 7 6 8 $570,470 13% 21 38%
9 Corey S. Nakatani 37 7 4 7 $500,760 19% 18 49%
9 Victor Espinoza 56 7 7 3 $453,306 13% 17 30%

Preview to Next Week

Sorrento Stakes (gr. II)
Wed, Aug 6th 2014
Fillies, two years old 6 1/2 Furlongs
$200,000 Guaranteed
Daisycutter Handicap
Fri, Aug 8th 2014
Fillies and Mares, three years old and upward Five Furlongs (Turf)
$90,000 Added
La Jolla Handicap (gr. III)
Sat, Aug 9th 2014
Three-year-olds 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
$150,000 Guaranteed
John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. II)
Sun, Aug 10th 2014
Fillies and mares, three years old and upward 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
$250,000 Guaranteed
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