Horse Watch

Del Mar Report #5

3 Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Lady of Shamrock (KY) – This one was an easy choice for first star of the week.  Lady of Shamrock won her second straight Grade 1 race Saturday when rallying from last to first in the Del Mar Oaks.  The final margin of victory was only a half-length, but there was no doubting she was much the best in this race.  Considering she also had to go six wide to begin her stretch rally, it made the win even more impressive.  It’s obvious Lady Shamrock can go any distance you ask her too as well.  She has now won six of ten races, with three of those being Graded Stakes wins.

– 2nd Star: Winding Way (KY) – Three in a row, and counting!  Winding Way had an eventful start to the race, but finished strong.  She turned her head, hesitated, hopped, and broke  behind the field in the Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Sunday, but still overcame all of it, and got up to win her first Graded race by a half-length.  The win was her second in a row at the six and one half furlong distance, and will most likely propel her to a race against even stiffer competition next time out.

– 3rd Star: Lady Ten (KY) – By Bob Baffert standards Del Mar has been a slow meet, but Lady Ten was able to grab a stakes win for him Friday in stylish fashion.  Lady Ten showed tremendous heart in winning the Sandy Blue Handicap.  She stalked the lead for most of the race, took a short lead in the stretch, and then battled between horses to squeak out a neck victory.  I’m not sure how talented this horse is, but any horse that lays it on the line like that should be applauded.  It was her third lifetime win, and first stakes win of her career.

Flop of the Week

Eden’s Moon (FL) – After a strong turf debut when winning the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap it looked like Eden’s Moon and found new life, but in Saturday’s Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks she regressed.  She set a decent pace, and came up empty down the stretch losing by five lengths and finishing fifth.  Moving forward she has a lot of options, but still hasn’t proven she can win against the top class in her division.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Doug F. O’Neill 82 18 10 11 $778,516 22% 39 48%
2 Peter Miller 60 16 10 11 $713,730 27% 37 62%
3 Bob Baffert 51 12 7 8 $944,142 24% 27 53%
3 John W. Sadler 71 12 9 8 $870,344 17% 29 41%
5 Barry Abrams 47 8 5 2 $383,910 17% 15 32%
6 Jeff Mullins 31 7 4 5 $363,350 23% 16 52%
7 Thomas F. Proctor 17 6 1 3 $366,920 35% 10 59%
7 Carla Gaines 19 6 1 2 $345,870 32% 9 47%
9 Ronald W. Ellis 18 5 2 2 $454,770 28% 9 50%
9 Mark Glatt 28 5 5 3 $314,250 18% 13 46%
9 Mike Puype 34 5 8 0 $296,264 15% 13 38%
9 Mike R. Mitchell 36 5 6 3 $227,020 14% 14 39%
9 Robert B. Hess, Jr. 22 5 3 2 $162,390 23% 10 45%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Rafael Bejarano 152 40 26 26 $2,402,658 26% 92 61%
2 Garrett K. Gomez 145 29 15 32 $1,708,268 20% 76 52%
3 Joseph Talamo 151 26 20 21 $1,634,612 17% 67 44%
4 Edwin A. Maldonado 117 14 18 12 $758,704 12% 44 38%
5 Martin Garcia 114 13 17 11 $785,060 11% 41 36%
6 Corey S. Nakatani 82 12 9 10 $755,136 15% 31 38%
7 Victor Espinoza 109 11 24 12 $870,670 10% 47 43%
8 Juan J. Hernandez 80 8 8 6 $317,560 10% 22 28%
9 Martin A. Pedroza 94 7 9 8 $422,130 7% 24 26%
9 Kevin Krigger 74 7 6 9 $418,668 9% 22 30%
11 Mike E. Smith 37 6 6 2 $727,530 16% 14 38%
11 David Romero Flores 74 6 6 10 $452,857 8% 22 30%
11 Eswan Flores 98 6 11 12 $348,174 6% 29 30%
14 Agapito Delgadillo 59 5 7 6 $241,150 8% 18 31%
14 Chantal Sutherland 37 5 2 5 $210,088 14% 12 32%

Preview to Next Week

– The Del Mar Handicap (Grade 2) – Saturday – Three year olds and upward – 1 3/8th miles (turf) – $200,000

– The Pat O’Brien Stakes (Grade 2) – Sunday – Three year olds and upward – Seven furlongs – $250,000

– The Del Mar Mile (Grade 2) – Sunday – Three year olds and upward – One Mile (Turf) – $200,000

– The Pacific Classic (Grade 1) – Sunday –  Three year olds and upward – 1 1/4th miles – $1,000,000

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