Horse Watch

Del Mar Report #4

3 Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Executiveprivilege (KY) – It’s easy to get carried away with two-year olds, but this one is now three for three and has looked flawless.  Her win in the Sorrento Stakes was just another exhibition of her class.  Trainer Bob Baffet has called her the female version of Lookin At Lucky, and so far it’s hard to argue with him.  There is no question that she is the best 2-year-old filly on the west coast, and you can bet she’s on the course to the Breeders Cup Fillies Juvenile Stakes. She’ll match up with the top fillies from the east coast in that one, but judging from what we’ve seen so far you have to rank her as the favorite for that race.

– 2nd Star: City to City (KY) – City to City has been through the wars in her long career, but it had been six months since she’d won a race.  That all changed Sunday as she rallied to take the John C. Mabee Stakes even though rider Corey Nakatani lost the whip during the stretch drive.  Without the whip, City to City was still able to rally from fifth to win by a nose on the wire.  Her win was very similar to that of Old Time Hockey’s, who also rallied furiously at the end to win by a nose.  The win was her fourth graded stakes victory, and eighth overall.

– 3rd Star: Old Time Hockey (FL) – The field for this years La Jolla Handicap was short, but it was a competitive field and Old Time Hockey was just classy enough to get the job on Saturday.  Sitting just off the pace throughout the race, Old Time Hockey flew home late just nosing out the heavy favorite in My Best Brother.  The win his third in nine races, and his first win in a Graded Stakes.  I’m not sure how strong or productive this race will be, but anytime you are winning a graded stakes at Del Mar you are doing something right.

Flop of the Week

Nereid (KY) – It wasn’t a great weekend to be John Shirreffs.  Nereid was the heavy 3/2 favorite in the John C. Mabee Stakes, but dueled early and faded to dead last.  The loss was her sixth in a row, and the fourth time in a row she’s failed to hit the board.  It looks like she is well off her best form right now.  To make matters worse another John Shirreffs horse, Blingo, was dead last in the La Jolla Handicap on Saturday.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Doug F. O’Neill 64 14 9 10 $644,116 22% 33 52%
2 Peter Miller 46 13 8 8 $598,440 28% 29 63%
3 Bob Baffert 42 10 7 4 $803,812 24% 21 50%
4 John W. Sadler 61 9 7 8 $563,794 15% 24 39%
5 Thomas F. Proctor 14 6 1 3 $363,388 43% 10 71%
5 Jeff Mullins 23 6 3 4 $317,030 26% 13 57%
5 Barry Abrams 37 6 4 0 $315,040 16% 10 27%
8 Ronald W. Ellis 14 4 2 1 $431,870 29% 7 50%
8 Donald Warren 11 4 0 1 $306,580 36% 5 45%
8 Mike Puype 29 4 7 0 $237,194 14% 11 38%
8 Mike R. Mitchell 32 4 5 3 $197,520 13% 12 38%
8 Richard E. Mandella 12 4 0 2 $193,120 33% 6 50%
8 Vladimir Cerin 13 4 1 2 $136,243 31% 7 54%
8 Vann Belvoir 23 4 4 4 $111,820 17% 12 52%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Rafael Bejarano 123 30 22 20 $1,891,638 24% 72 59%
2 Garrett K. Gomez 115 26 12 25 $1,473,414 23% 63 55%
3 Joseph Talamo 122 21 17 11 $1,317,582 17% 49 40%
4 Martin Garcia 96 12 12 10 $651,100 13% 34 35%
5 Edwin A. Maldonado 92 11 16 10 $628,984 12% 37 40%
6 Victor Espinoza 87 8 20 11 $671,620 9% 39 45%
6 Corey S. Nakatani 64 8 7 9 $599,066 13% 24 38%
8 Martin A. Pedroza 74 6 6 7 $314,310 8% 19 26%
8 Juan J. Hernandez 63 6 8 5 $268,670 10% 19 30%
10 David Romero Flores 69 5 6 10 $409,807 7% 21 30%
10 Kevin Krigger 57 5 5 9 $339,918 9% 19 33%
10 Eswan Flores 80 5 9 12 $294,900 6% 26 33%
10 Chantal Sutherland 29 5 2 3 $188,468 17% 10 34%
10 Agapito Delgadillo 43 5 5 5 $177,860 12% 15 35%

Preview to Next Week

– The Green Flash Handicap – Wednesday – 3 year olds and upward – five furlongs (Turf) – $85,000

– The Sandy Blue Handicap – Friday – 3-year-old fillies – one mile (Turf) – $85,000

– The Del Mar Oaks (Grade 1) – Saturday – 3-year-old fillies – 1 and 1/8th miles (Turf) – $300,000

– The Rancho Bernardo Handicap (Grade 3) – Sunday – fillies and mares, 3 year olds and upward – 6 and 1/2 furlongs – $150,000

– The Solana Beach Handicap – Sunday – CA breds, fillies and mares, 3 year olds and upward – one mile (Turf) – $100,000

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