Hello, my name is John Cherwa, welcome back to our horse racing newsletter. I’m on the ground at Del Mar.
One of the crazy things about covering big events such as the Breeders’ Cup is if you are a lazy journalist you get fed enough information that you can fake your way through it without doing much work.
That’s going to be me today, but only today. By the time I made the 14-hour drive from Pasadena to here it was too late. OK, so I exaggerate, only three hours, just felt like 14.
Back to Del Mar and its $75,000 feature. Do you know what they call a $75,000 race in New York? A dark day. OK, cheap shot.
View from the experts
Remember, if you watch one video today about horse racing, it should be our preview of the Breeders’ Cup, starring Jeff Siegel and Aaron Vercruysse of xbtv. Today’s is your preview of the four races on Friday. (watch here.) And if you want to catch up on some others, here’s one on horses that are under the radar (watch here). And, there’s also one on European horses (watch here), or discussing the pre-entries to the Classic and Turf (watch here), and the popular Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies (watch here) races.
Now, thanks to the wonderful notes team at the Breeders’ Cup, here are some bits and pieces of information.
Here’s the post positions for Saturday’s big race:
Horse, trainer, odds
2. War Decree, Aidan O'Brien, Seamie Heffernan, 30-1
3. Win the Space, George Papaprodromou, Joe Talamo, 30-1
4. War Story, Jorge Navarro, Jose Ortiz, 30-1
6. Mubtaahij (IRE), Bob Baffert, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1
7. Churchill (IRE), Aidan O'Brien, Ryan Moore, 15-1
8. West Coast, Bob Baffert,
9. Gunnevera, Antonio Sano, Edgard Zayas, 30-1
11. Collected, Bob Baffert, Martin Garcia, 6-1
-- Bob Baffert can’t be too happy with the most inside and outside posts. He shipped 16 horses, 11 of which should run in the Breeders’ Cup races, from Santa Anita to Del Mar at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. They just arrived. Kidding, took a little over two hours.
-- Churchill, the Irish horse — although shouldn’t he be a British horse? — arrived on Monday and is scheduled to get through quarantine on Thursday.
-- Gunnevera, the only horse in the Classic that ran in a Triple Crown race, galloped 1½ miles Tuesday. The exercise rider said he likes the track. “My horse is in 100% condition, very fresh,” said trainer Antonio Sano.
-- Gun Runner had his final breeze on Monday of 49 2/5 for four furlongs. On Tuesday, he just walked.
-- Pavel, who has run only four races, is ready according to Leandro Moro, Doug O’Neill’s chief assistant. “He’s been training well here at Del Mar just as he did this summer before going east to run in some stakes races,” Moro said.
Here’s the post positions for Friday’s big race:
Horse, trainer, jockey, odds
1. Champagne Room, Peter Eurton, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1
2. Stellar Wind, John Sadler,
3. Mopotism, Doug O'Neill, Frankie Dettori, 30-1
4. Abel Tasman, Bob Baffert, Mike Smith, 4-1
5. Elate, Bill Mott, Jose Ortiz, 3-1
6. Forever Unbridled,
7. Paradise Woods, Richard Mandella, Flavien Prat, 9-2
8. Romantic Vision, Rusty Arnold, Brian Hernandez Jr., 15-1
-- Champaign Room jogged on Tuesday with exercise rider Eddie India. Trainer Peter Eurton was still lamenting his horse drawing the one. “It is what it is,” Eurton said. “[From the one] she can get aggressive when she feels the pressure around her. I would love to switch with Paradise Woods [in the seven] and be able to control things.”
-- Paradise Woods galloped once around the track on Tuesday. “She likes to be on the lead but she can also come from a bit off the pace so we’ll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out,” said trainer Richard Mandella.
-- Stellar Wind, the morning-line favorite, galloped 1¼ on Tuesday. “Going early has been her routine here for three years so I didn’t want to change it, trainer John Sadler said. “We gave her a nice gallop, leaning toward being a strong gallop toward the end.”
Here’s the post positions for Saturday’s race that wil establish the early favorite to win the Kentucky Derby:
Horse, trainer, jockey, odds
1. U S Navy Flag, Aidan O'Brien, Ryan Moore, 8-1
2. Solomini, Bob Baffert, Flavien Prat, 6-1
3. Firenze Fire, Jason Servis, Irad Ortiz Jr., 6-1
4. Givemeaminit, Dallas Stewart, Javier Castellano, 20-1
5. Free Drop Billy,
6. Good Magic, Chad Brown, Jose Ortiz, 8-1
7. The Tabulator, Larry Rivelli, Jose Valdivia Jr., 20-1
8. Bahamian, Simon Callaghan, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1
9. Hazit, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 20-1
10. Golden Dragon, Mikhail Yanakov, Evin Roman, 30-1
11. Bolt d'Oro, Mick Ruis,
12. Hollywood Star, Dale Romans,
-- It was travel day for favored Bolt d’Oro as he left the barn at 3 a.m. and came down to Del Mar. “He relaxed in the stall here for a couple hours and then went to the track,” owner and trainer Mick Ruis said. “Nothing bothers him and he’s just a 2-year-old. It’s pretty cool.”
-- Free Drop Billy is the better of two 2-year-olds that trainer Dale Romans has brought to Del Mar. “He’s a push button horse,” Romans said. “He’s one of the horses that you know you have to deal with the least. He’s sound. He’s smart. He always does everything right.”
Jeff Nahill’s DM spot play
NINTH RACE: No. 1 Channel Crossing (8-1)
The circuit moves to Del Mar and the turf course rails will be at 30 feet the first two days of the meet waiting for Friday and Saturday's
Sunday’s result: Midnight Swinger finished second in Sunday's third race
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Now, the star of the show, Wednesday’s entries.
Del Mar Entries for Wednesday, November 1.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, California. $2 Win, Place and Show; $1 Exacta, $2 Quinella, 50-cent Trifecta, $2 Rolling Double, 50-cent rolling Pick 3; 10-cent Superfecta; 50-cent Pick 4 last 4 races; 50-cent Players Pick 5 first 5 races; $2 Pick 6 last 6 races; $1 Place Pick All; $1 Super High Five last race. Trifecta needs 4 betting interests; Superfecta needs 6. 1st day of a 16-day meet.
5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $53,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.
|1||Rocket Heat||Evin Roman||119||Vann Belvoir||2-1||40,000|
|2||Student Body Left||Drayden Van Dyke||121||Scott
|3||Green With Eddie||Mario Gutierrez||122||Doug F. O'Neill||6-1|
|5||Brandothebartender||Tyler Baze||124||Blake R. Heap||7-2|
|6||Mr Vargas||Joseph Talamo||119||Brian J. Koriner||5-2|
1 Mile. Purse: $24,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000.
|1||Pioneerof the West||Stewart Elliott||120||Vladimir Cerin||12-1||20,000|
|2||Beaumarchais||Evin Roman||115||Dan Blacker||4-1||20,000|
|3||Cannes||Drayden Van Dyke||120||8-1||20,000|
|4||Tribal Jewel||Martin Pedroza||120||William Spawr||5-2||20,000|
|5||Out of Patience||Joseph Talamo||120||Jerry Hollendorfer||3-1||20,000|
|7||Muchos Besos||Saul Arias||120||Javier Jose Sierra||20-1||20,000|
|8||Kristo||Kyle Frey||120||John W. Sadler||4-1||20,000|
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $52,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Insubordination||Tyler Baze||124||Kenneth D. Black||4-1|
|2||Wild Lando||Evin Roman||117||Philip D'Amato||2-1|
|3||Hollywood Square||Mario Gutierrez||122||Doug F. O'Neill||7-2|
|4||Eighty and Sunny||Corey Nakatani||122||Edward R. Freeman||20-1|
|5||Unnamed Source||Brayan Pena||122||Antonio Garcia||20-1|
|6||Duke of Fallbrook||Norberto Arroyo, Jr.||122||Antonio Garcia||12-1|
|7||Hardcore Troubador||Ruben Fuentes||115||Edward R. Freeman||5-2|
|8||Dream On Brother||Ignacio Puglisi||122||Paul G. Aguirre||12-1|
1 Mile. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000.
|1||Handful of Stripes||Paco Lopez||124||Peter Miller||7-2||16,000|
|2||Excavation||Martin Garcia||122||Philip D'Amato||3-1||16,000|
|3||My Golden One||Ruben Fuentes||115||Edward R. Freeman||15-1||14,000|
||Brayan Pena||120||Gerard Piccioni||20-1||14,000|
|5||Special Story||Tyler Conner||124||Mark Glatt||4-1||16,000|
|6||Harrovian||Tyler Baze||122||Simon Callaghan||6-1||16,000|
|7||Rings of Jupiter||Drayden Van Dyke||122||Richard Baltas||6-1||16,000|
|8||I Crushed It||Edwin Maldonado||122||Tim Yakteen||20-1||16,000|
|9||Pick One||Tiago Pereira||122||Daniel Azcarate||20-1||16,000|
|10||Bow and Arrow||Evin Roman||117||Doug F. O'Neill||6-1||16,000|
1 1/16 Mile Turf. Purse: $53,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.
|1||Dominating Woman||Flavien Prat||119||Peter Miller||6-1|
|2||West Coast Bias||Drayden Van Dyke||121||Thomas F. Proctor||5-2|
|3||La Premiere Etoile||Mario Gutierrez||124||Doug F. O'Neill||6-1|
|4||Mrs. Norris||William Buick||121||Eoin G. Harty||8-1|
|5||Sugary||Santiago Gonzalez||121||Martin F. Jones||8-1|
|6||Phantom Opening||Julien Leparoux||119||Brian A. Lynch||6-1|
|8||Cash Prize||Joseph Talamo||119||Brian J. Koriner||20-1|
|9||Utana||Tyler Baze||121||John A. Shirreffs||20-1|
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $52,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Sigur Ros||Tyler Baze||120||Carla Gaines||8-1|
|2||Pure Pursuit||Victor Espinoza||120||John W. Sadler||5-2|
|3||Dodgertown||Martin Garcia||122||Scott Hansen||12-1|
|4||Momma's Baby Boy||Joel Rosario||120||Jerry Hollendorfer||4-1|
|5||Emphatic||Flavien Prat||122||Peter Eurton||3-1|
|6||Boogalute||Drayden Van Dyke||120||Mike Puype||20-1|
|7||Lighthouse Point||Kent Desormeaux||120||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||6-1|
|8||Steely Resolve||Mario Gutierrez||120||Doug F. O'Neill||9-2|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $75,000. 'Let It Ride Stakes'. 3 year olds.
|1||Van Cortlandt||Stewart Elliott||118||Vladimir Cerin||10-1|
|2||Holiday Stone||Flavien Prat||118||George Weaver||3-1|
|3||Kitten's Cat||Julien Leparoux||120||Michael J. Maker||7-2|
|4||Dangerfield||Kyle Frey||118||Doug F. O'Neill||15-1|
|5||Harbour Master||Kent Desormeaux||118||James M. Cassidy||7-2|
|6||Master Merion||John Velazquez||122||Wesley A. Ward||5-2|
|8||Curly's Waterfront||Edwin Maldonado||118||Reed Saldana||20-1|
6 Furlongs. Purse: $53,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000.
|1||Candy Ruler||Drayden Van Dyke||119||Mark Glatt||20-1|
|2||Meet and Greet||Evin Roman||114||Philip D'Amato||3-1|
|3||Be a Lady||Brayan Pena||124||Antonio Garcia||20-1||20,000|
|4||Dreamy Gal||Tyler Baze||119||Jeff Mullins||7-2|
|5||Jenna's Faith||Flavien Prat||124||William E. Morey||6-1||20,000|
|6||Red Stich||Joseph Talamo||121||Kristin Mulhall||8-1|
|7||Haveiture Way||Martin Pedroza||124||J. Eric Kruljac||15-1||20,000|
|8||Princess Kendra||Edwin Maldonado||124||Reed Saldana||12-1||20,000|
|9||Pied N True||Tiago Pereira||121||Matthew Chew||8-1|
|10||Gotham Desire||Rafael Bejarano||119||Ed Moger, Jr.||5-1|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $52,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds.
|1||Channel Crossing||Drayden Van Dyke||120||Jerry Hollendorfer||8-1|
|2||Formal Dude||Joseph Talamo||120||Philip D'Amato||8-1|
|3||Choo Choo||Flavien Prat||120||Jerry Hollendorfer||6-1|
|4||Martin Riggs||Gary Stevens||120||Mark Glatt||8-1|
|5||Knight Disruptor||Evin Roman||115||Neil D. Drysdale||8-1|
|6||Big Buzz||Corey Nakatani||120||Tim Yakteen||9-2|
|7||Sandbed||Norberto Arroyo, Jr.||120||Clifford W. Sise, Jr.||12-1|
|8||Arch Anthem||Tyler Baze||120||Richard E. Mandella||6-1|
|9||Dark Vader||Rafael Bejarano||120||Peter Eurton||12-1|
|10||Kazan||Lanfranco Dettori||120||Simon Callaghan||7-2|