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Racing! A look at Bob Baffert’s 2-year-old success

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we try and remember when Del Mar was that wet.

It’s really difficult to fathom how deep Bob Baffert’s group of 2-year-olds can actually be. The question also occurred to Ron Flatter, the horse racing impresario at VSiN in Las Vegas. Ron knows his stuff and also hosts a free weekly podcast called The Ron Flatter Racing Pod. (You can access it here.) Definitely worth a listen, and did I mention free?

He sent along this list of 2-year-olds that Baffert has started this year. Of the 27 that started, 18 have won a race. That’s a difficult number to contemplate. He’s got the current Kentucky Derby favorite and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile named Game Winner. He’s got five horses that sold for more than half-a mil. (Tale of the Union, $925,000; Der Lu, $900,000; Mucho Gusto, $625,000; Much Better, $600,000; Roadster, $525,000)

If you ask Bob what’s the difference maker, he usually defers, saying great owners. So, if you look into the ownership groups, you would expect to find just a few of the most well-heeled horse buyers. Well, based on the fact if there is one owner in common, there were 16 different ownership groups. What that means is if one person is in more than one ownership group made up of different people, I counted that as the same ownership group.

Leading the list is Gary and Mary West, who campaigned West Coast, with four horses (Game Winner, Fighting Mad, Power Player and Highlight Reel). The Baoma Group, which is really Charles and Susan Chu, have three (Message, Der Lu and Qahira). Michael Lund Petersen, who founded Pandora Jewelry, has two (Mucho Gusto and Tale of the Union). Longtime owners Karl Watson, Michael Pegram and Paul Weitman have two (Dark Prince and Midnight Mystery) and George Bolton and Michael Meegan, separately, each have ownership in two different horses.

That’s a lot of calls Baffert has to make to different owners. Clearly, there is more at work here than great owners. Baffert’s operation is geared to 2 and 3 year olds with the ultimate prize of the Kentucky Derby, which he has won five times and the Triple Crown twice.

You can’t argue with Baffert’s success. Extraordinary. Just take a look at Ron’s chart.

First-time starting 2-year-olds in 2018

Date Track Horse Finish Record Top win

11/25 DMR-7 Qahira (f) 1st 1-1-0-0 MSW

11/24 DMR-2 Highlight Reel 6th 1-0-0-0

11/17 DMR-2 Figure Eight 2nd 1-0-1-0

11/17 DMR-1 Coliseum 1st 1-1-0-0 MSW

11/ 9 DMR-4 Trojan Magic 6th 1-0-0-0

11/ 3 SA-7 Count Di Luna 1st 1-1-0-0 MSW

10/13 SA-4 Cruel Intention 1st 2-2-0-0 Golden St Juv

10/ 8 SA-2 Metropol 1st 1-1-0-0 MSW

9/29 SA-4 Power Player 3rd 1-0-0-1

9/29 SA-1 Improbable 1st 2-2-0-0 Street Sense

9/20 LRC-3 Mucho Gusto 1st 2-2-0-0 G3 Bob Hope

9/ 8 LRC-7 Raneem (f) 8th 1-0-0-0

9/ 7 LRC-4 Midnight Mystery 3rd 2-0-0-1

9/ 2 DMR-5 Message (f) 5th 1-0-0-0

9/ 1 DMR-9 Magic On Tap 1st 1-1-0-0 MSW

9/ 1 DMR-9 Admiral Brown 7th 1-0-0-0

9/ 1 DMR-5 Much Better 1st 3-1-1-0 MSW

8/26 DMR-4 Tale Of The Union 1st 1-1-0-0 MSW

8/25 DMR-1 Fighting Mad 1st 1-1-0-0 MSW

8/18 DMR-9 Game Winner 1st 4-4-0-0 BC Juv (3 G1s)

8/11 DMR-6 The Aurelia Factor (f) 1st 1-1-0-0 MSW

8/ 5 DMR-2 Der Lu (f) 2nd 2-1-1-0 MSW

7/29 DMR-6 Roadster 1st 2-1-0-1 MSW

7/28 DMR-1 Chasing Yesterday1st 4-3-0-0 Desi Arnaz

7/28 DMR-1 Honeyfromthesouth 2nd 3-0-2-1

7/22 DMR-7 Mother Mother (f) 1st 3-2-1-0 Rags To Riches

6/29 LRC-3 Dark Prince 5th 5-1-0-1 Mdn Clmg

More on the SA program

The recent discussion about the wide-format Santa Anita program and if it’s is returning has sparked more discussion. Haven’t gotten an email from anyone supporting it. But, I did get one from Jeff Tufts, the former morning-line maker and clocker at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar. You’ll remember a week or so ago, he gave us an historical perspective on what Accelerate has accomplished this year.

Anyway, he reports that Hollywood Park tried a wide-format program in the early 1970s. There were no past performances but instead expanded handicapping information and feature stories.

“The fans didn’t like it, though,” Tufts said. “The format was dropped after one year.”

Del Mar review

Thursday’s card was a complete disaster because of the rain. All four turf races were moved to the dirt, which, of course, was the right move. But it did turn a reasonably uninteresting card into one to completely avoid. Hey, it’s California in the (almost) winter. There were 23 scratches on the day, with 20 of them in races coming off the turf.

So, with all that said, we’ll dispense with the feature race of the day, because we had originally chosen a turf race.

Del Mar preview

Friday’s card should be mostly about making sure things dry out for the weekend, which means we’re talking about the turf course. There are three races scheduled on the grass but unless things are toast-dry, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that number drop. The track has to protect the integrity of the Grade 1 turf stakes on Saturday and Sunday.

We’ll call the sixth the feature, currently scheduled to be an allowance/optional claimer for 3-year-olds going a mile on the turf. There is no real favorite but morning-line maker Russell Hudak had to give it to someone and that turned out to be North County Guy at 7-2. He’s 3-for-10 this year including an allowance win last out. He’s mostly been running at a claiming level. Richard Baltas is the trainer and Flavien Prat is the rider.

Second favorite, at 5-1, is Extrordinary Jerry for Doug O’Neill and Rafael Bejarano. He is 1-for-8 lifetime, but has run a couple of stakes races. His only win was a maiden claimer last year.

Here’s what the program says are the field sizes, but don’t count on it, in order: 5, 8, 7, 9, 7, 11 (1 also eligible), 7, 10.

Bob Ike’s DMR play of the day

EIGHTH RACE: No. 5 Rapid Red (3-1)

Don't know if the race will stay on turf or not but this recent claim from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn is sharp (good efforts in last two starts with the addition of blinkers) and handles any surface. The eight-time winner has won on turf, dirt and wet, so a potential change in surface should not affect him.

Thursday’s result: Wilshire Dude (7-2 in seventh race) ran very well but had to settle for third after being hounded on the front end through quick fractions. He will be tough to deny next time in a similar spot.

Bob Ike is a Partner/VP of Horsebills.com (here's a video) and the proprietor of BobIkePicks.com (full-card picks, 3 Best Plays and betting strategy).

Los Alamitos weekend preview

This weekly segment is in the hands of Orlando Gutierrez, marketing and media maven at Los Al. So, the floor is yours, Orlando.

“Graded derby winners Jess My Kiss, A Political Lady and Black Fryday are among the sophomores in the trials to the Grade 2, $162,850 Southern California Derby on Friday. Thirty-three runners will be in the Derby trials with the 10 fastest times advancing to the 400-yard final on Dec. 14. The opening trial features Chance To Fire and Platki, two of the most talented sophomores yet to win a stakes races. Chance To Fire has qualified in five graded stakes races in his career.

“Platki, ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Terry Knight, posted the fastest qualifying time to the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity last year before running fifth to champion KVN Corona in the final. Platki took the rest of his juvenile year off before returning in August. He'll enter Friday's trial after a powerful half-length allowance victory on Oct. 28.

“Black Fryday, winner of the Governor's Cup Derby on July 28, headlines the second trial. The son of Favorite Cartel is looking to qualify to his fifth derby final this year. He was second to KVN Corona in the El Primero Del Ano Derby and also competed in the Grade 3 PCQHRA Breeders Derby and Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby.

“Jess My Kiss won the Grade 1 Los Alamito Winter Derby at the start of the year, but has struggled to repeat that great effort. A Political Lady has been one of the most consistent sophomore fillies this season. The daughter of Apollitical Jess has won five-of-nine starts in 2018 with her top wins coming in the Grade 3 La Primera Del Ano Derby, Vandys Flash Handicap and La Pacific Handicap. She'll be in the final trial on Friday.

“The Grade 1, $100,000 AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship will be held on Sunday night. The race was rescheduled following a starting gate malfunction on Nov. 17, which lead to the stewards declaring the race a “no-contest.” The 10 mares that were originally entered in the AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship have re-entered the 400-yard race, and post position assignments on Sunday remain the same.

“As for the purse money, there was a “no-contest” even distribution of the purse to the mares entered. In addition, Ed Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos Race Course, donated $100,000 to contest the Distaff on Sunday. The mares will be racing for the same full purse, prize distribution and graded stakes black type.

“I am very appreciative of Dr. Allred for affording us the opportunity to reschedule this race,” said Janet VanBebber, AQHA chief racing officer. ‘In addition, because of Dr. Allred’s generosity, the mares will be able to compete for a Grade 1 event, which is of significant importance to horseman. This generosity is a strong testament to Dr. Allred’s commitment to quarter-horse racing.’

“One Sweet Racy is one of the leading contenders in Sunday’s Distaff Championship. Trained by Chris O’Dell, the 4-year-old mare was lights out when winning the AQHA California Distaff Challenge Stakes on Aug. 12. Bred in Missouri by Sunflower Supply Co, One Sweet Racy then finished second to Jess Ravin in the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap. She also finished second in the Grade 1, All American Derby to champion Hold Air Hostage last year.

“One Sweet Racy, who has earned $60,156 from five starts this year and more than $324,423 in her career, drew post 5 and will be ridden by Eduardo Nicasio. She’s the even money favorite in Ed Burgart’s morning line.

“Duck Dash N Go, a winner of 12-of-24 career starts, is the second choice at 7-2 odds. The Oklahoma-bred mare by Corona Fast Dash is a three-time local stakes winner and twice she’s beaten the opposite sex. She’ll start from post six with Jose Nicasio up.”

Ed Burgart’s LA play of the day

FIRST RACE: No. 7 The Chadinator (5-2)

With trainer Jerry Wallace adding the blinkers, I expect this gelding to be more forwardly positioned early than he was when third with class drop to this level in last outing. He draws a comfortable outside post and jockey Johnny Allen can gain good position behind an expected solid pace due to the presence of speedster The Tattoo Kid.

Final thought

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Now, the stars of the show, Thursday’s results and Friday’s entries.

Del Mar Charts Results for Thursday, November 29.

Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, California. All finishes confirmed by Plusmic USA. Official program numbers may not correspond with post position. 12th day of a 16-day meet. Raining &

FIRST RACE.

5 Furlongs. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 22.13 44.76 56.62


Pgm Horse Wt PP St 3/16 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

1 DQ–Moon Kitty 122 1 1 1–hd 1–hd 1–hd 1–nk Roman 1.90
5 S Y Sky 120 4 2 2–1 2–2 2–5 2–5½ Talamo 0.70
3 Ippodamia's Girl 118 2 4 4–2 3–hd 4–2 3–1¼ Van Dyke 10.10
7 Nine Point Nine 120 5 3 3–hd 4–3 3–hd 4–5¼ Maldonado 11.20
4 Sensible Myth 120 3 5 5 5 5 5 Prat 9.60

5 S Y SKY 3.40 2.40 2.10
1 DQ–MOON KITTY 2.60 2.10
3 IPPODAMIA'S GIRL 3.20
$1 EXACTA (5-1)  $2.60
$2 QUINELLA (1-5)  $3.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-1-3-7)  $2.66
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-1-3)  $5.90

Winner–S Y Sky Ch.f.4 by Grazen out of Sky Marni, by Sky Mesa. Bred by Nick Alexander (CA). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: Nicholas B. Alexander. Mutuel Pool $179,185 Exacta Pool $70,031 Quinella Pool $2,354 Superfecta Pool $18,771 Trifecta Pool $39,817. Scratched–Easy Grader, Luminoso, Okinawa, Swirling. DQ–#1 Moon Kitty–finished 1st, disqualified, placed 2nd.

MOON KITTY had good early speed and dueled inside, came a bit off thee rail into the stretch, drifted in slightly from the whip a sixteenth out, fought back inside, came out a bit from the left handed pressure nearing the wire to bump S Y SKY and regain the lead and gamely prevailed. S Y SKY bumped at the start, dueled outside MOON KITTY, drifted out a bit into the stretch, battled outside that rival and put a head in front a sixteenth out, was bumped by that one nearing the wire and edged late. IPPODAMIA'S GIRL stalked a bit off the rail, came out some in the stretch and bested the others. NINE POINT NINE stalked outside a rival, came a bit wide into the stretch and was outfinished for the show. SENSIBLE MYTH bumped at the start, chased a bit off the rail then inside on the backstretch and turn, continued along the rail in the stretch and also weakened. Following a stewards' inquiry, MOON KITTY was disqualified and placed second for interference nearing the wire. S Y SKY wore calks.

SECOND RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $54,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $80,000. Time 22.28 45.71 58.10 1:10.90


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

5 Rickey B 123 5 1 3–hd 3–hd 2–hd 1–ns Ceballos 7.40
2 Luck's Royal Flush 123 2 3 2–2 2–½ 1–hd 2–¾ Smith 2.70
6 Midnight Special 120 6 2 4–hd 4–1 3–1 3–hd Desormeaux 2.70
3 Kid Cantina 120 3 5 5–8 5–10 5–7 4–3½ Franco 6.70
4 Bea's Boy 120 4 6 6 6 6 5–1¼ T Baze 11.70
1 Square Peggy 118 1 4 1–hd 1–hd 4–1½ 6 Pereira 2.10

5 RICKEY B 16.80 7.00 3.80
2 LUCK'S ROYAL FLUSH 4.00 2.80
6 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL 2.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-5)  $27.00
$1 EXACTA (5-2)  $29.80
$2 QUINELLA (2-5)  $24.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-2-6-3)  $44.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-2-6)  $40.30

Winner–Rickey B Dbb.c.2 by Richard's Kid out of Madoffwiththemoney, by Tribal Rule. Bred by Frank Aldrich & Marysue Aldrich (CA). Trainer: Steven Miyadi. Owner: Aldrich, Frank, Aldrich, MarySue and Miyadi, Steven. Mutuel Pool $182,930 Daily Double Pool $32,240 Exacta Pool $91,351 Quinella Pool $3,097 Superfecta Pool $33,709 Trifecta Pool $58,866. Scratched–none.

RICKEY B stalked off the rail, bid three deep between foes on the turn and into the stretch, battled between rivals through the drive and gamely prevailed under some urging. LUCK'S ROYAL FLUSH dueled outside a rival then between horses on the turn, gained a slim lead a bit off the rail in the stretch, drifted in a sixteenth out, fought back but was edged late. MIDNIGHT SPECIAL stalked outside the winner, bid four wide on the turn and into the stretch, continued three wide in deep stretch and held third. KID CANTINA saved ground stalking the pace, awaited room along the rail into the stretch and to midstretch, came out for room and finished well but was edged for the show. BEA'S BOY settled off the rail then inside on the backstretch and turn, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. SQUARE PEGGY had good early speed and dueled inside, came a bit off the rail in upper stretch and fought back, drifted inward in midstretch and weakened.

THIRD RACE.

5 Furlongs. Purse: $34,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000. Time 22.10 44.84 56.78


Pgm Horse Wt PP St 3/16 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

2 Incensed 118 2 3 4–hd 3–1 1–1 1–1½ Roman 13.00
4 R Cha Cha 117 3 1 3–2 4–1½ 4–1½ 2–½ Figueroa 2.70
5 Allaboutmike 118 4 6 5–hd 5–2½ 5–5 3–¾ T Baze 10.30
1 Short of Ez 120 1 2 1–hd 1–hd 2–½ 4–hd Van Dyke 3.20
9 Aristocratic 120 5 4 2–½ 2–1 3–1 5–6¾ Prat 1.00
10 P Club 120 6 5 6 6 6 6 Pereira 32.00

2 INCENSED 28.00 8.60 5.00
4 R CHA CHA 3.80 3.40
5 ALLABOUTMIKE 5.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-2)  $162.00
$1 EXACTA (2-4)  $47.30
$2 QUINELLA (2-4)  $35.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-4-5-1)  $51.51
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-4-5)  $91.80

Winner–Incensed Dbb.g.5 by Pollard's Vision out of Holy Smokie, by Holy Bull. Bred by Meadow Lane Stables LLC (KY). Trainer: Adam Kitchingman. Owner: Firsthome Thoroughbreds and Ford, John. Mutuel Pool $122,731 Daily Double Pool $14,582 Exacta Pool $67,764 Quinella Pool $2,698 Superfecta Pool $26,692 Trifecta Pool $46,333. Scratched–Autism Is Here, Cats Blame, Doc Curlin, Forest Chatter, Placido.

50-Cent Pick Three (5-5-2) paid $80.05. Pick Three Pool $34,850.

INCENSED saved ground stalking the pace, bid along the rail into the stretch to gain the lead, inched away in midstretch, came a bit off the fence in deep stretch and won clear under urging. R CHA CHA pulled his way between horses to press the pace and was in tight into the turn, continued off the rail, came out four wide into the stretch, was three deep past midstretch and gained the place. ALLABOUTMIKE chased off the rail then between foes leaving the backstretch and into the turn, stalked off the fence on the turn and five wide into the stretch, drifted in some but went on willingly late. SHORT OF EZ dueled inside then a bit off the rail leaving the backstretch and on the turn, was between horses into the stretch, drifted back to the inside a sixteenth out and was outfinished for a minor share. ARISTOCRATIC dueled three deep then outside a rival on the turn, fought back three wide into the stretch and also was outkicked for a minor award. P CLUB chased outside then three deep leaving the backstretch and into the turn, dropped back off the rail on the turn, came out into the stretch and weakened. ARISTOCRATIC and P CLUB wore calks.

FOURTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $30,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 22.44 45.21 1:09.88 1:16.38


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

6 Lil Milo 122 5 5 1–½ 1–hd 1–2 1–3¾ Bejarano 4.60
8 Captain Buzzkill 122 7 6 7 7 3–hd 2–1¾ Prat 2.70
7 Perfect Tale 122 6 3 5–hd 5–½ 5–1½ 3–½ Ceballos 15.10
5 Sidepocket Action 119 4 2 2–3 2–2½ 2–4 4–1¼ Espinoza 3.60
2 Leroy Pegasus 122 1 1 3–hd 3–hd 4–hd 5–6¾ Coa 40.00
3 Emotional Ride 117 2 4 4–1½ 4–1½ 6–8 6–36 Payeras 2.60
4 Bless His Heart 117 3 7 6–3½ 6–3 7 7 Figueroa 5.20

6 LIL MILO 11.20 4.60 4.00
8 CAPTAIN BUZZKILL 4.00 2.80
7 PERFECT TALE 5.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-6)  $163.00
$1 EXACTA (6-8)  $22.30
$2 QUINELLA (6-8)  $19.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-8-7-5)  $54.56
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-8-7)  $78.25

Winner–Lil Milo Dbb.g.3 by Rocky Bar out of Solid Brass Cat, by Editor's Note. Bred by Jack Weinstein (CA). Trainer: Alfredo Marquez. Owner: Weinstein, Dr. Jack and Cannon, Robert T.. Mutuel Pool $186,150 Daily Double Pool $18,253 Exacta Pool $93,522 Quinella Pool $3,888 Superfecta Pool $37,944 Trifecta Pool $55,214. Scratched–Checks in the Mail.

50-Cent Pick Three (5-2-6) paid $362.90. Pick Three Pool $15,228.

LIL MILO dueled outside a rival, fought back on the turn, led again into the stretch and drew clear under some urging. CAPTAIN BUZZKILL settled off the rail then angled in on the turn, came out into the stretch and again in upper stretch and gained the place. PERFECT TALE chased outside then three deep, continued outside a rival on the turn and four wide into the stretch and edged a foe for third. SIDEPOCKET ACTION had good early speed and angled in, dueled inside, put a head in front leaving the turn, fought back into the stretch and was edged for the show. LEROY PEGASUS stalked inside then a bit off the rail to the stretch and did not rally. EMOTIONAL RIDE close up stalking the pace outside a rival, came three deep into the stretch and weakened. BLESS HIS HEART stumbled at the start to be away slowly, pulled and moved up inside on the backstretch, came out some on the turn, was alongside a rival leaving the turn, gave way and was eased in the stretch.

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $53,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. Time 22.45 46.58 1:12.42 1:25.55 1:39.72


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

10 Offshore Affair 120 5 3 4–2½ 3–hd 1–hd 1–1½ 1–½ T Baze 1.20
3 Unusual Rider 120 1 4 1–hd 1–hd 2–1 2–7 2–5¼ Van Dyke 2.00
8 Unusual Angel 120 3 5 6 6 5–6 4–½ 3–½ Blanc 6.50
7 He Be Mojo Risin 120 2 6 5–4½ 5–8 4–4 3–hd 4–11¾ Bejarano 9.60
9 Brix 120 4 2 2–1½ 2–2 3–3 5–17 5–24½ Prat 6.60
12 M C Burkey 115 6 1 3–1 4–2 6 6 6 Figueroa 21.00

10 OFFSHORE AFFAIR 4.40 2.60 2.10
3 UNUSUAL RIDER 3.40 2.60
8 UNUSUAL ANGEL 2.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-10)  $31.20
$1 EXACTA (10-3)  $4.70
$2 QUINELLA (3-10)  $5.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (10-3-8-7)  $3.17
50-CENT TRIFECTA (10-3-8)  $5.30

Winner–Offshore Affair Grr.c.2 by Lucky Pulpit out of Harbor Song, by Unbridled's Song. Bred by C-Punch Ranch Inc. (CA). Trainer: Carla Gaines. Owner: Irvin Racing Stable. Mutuel Pool $148,907 Daily Double Pool $22,117 Exacta Pool $74,432 Quinella Pool $2,952 Superfecta Pool $34,448 Trifecta Pool $44,357. Scratched–Cyprus Souljah, Mobou, Peedie, Red Clem, Shanghai Barbie, Tank Team.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-6-10) paid $136.05. Pick Three Pool $29,965. 50-Cent Pick Four (5-2-6-1/2/4/6/10/11) 4 correct paid $669.10. Pick Four Pool $76,017. 50-Cent Pick Five (2/5/6/8/9-5-2-6-1/2/4/6/10/11) 5 correct paid $2,339.65. Pick Five Pool $310,968.

OFFSHORE AFFAIR stalked three deep then off the rail, continued outside a rival leaving the backstretch, bid three wide on the second turn, took the lead outside the runner-up a quarter mile out, inched away under urging in the stretch and held. UNUSUAL RIDER broke outward, dueled inside, fought back on the second turn then came on again along the rail late. UNUSUAL ANGEL settled outside a rival then a bit off the rail,, angled in on the second turn, came out into the stretch and edged a rival for third. HE BE MOJO RISIN broke a bit slowly, angled in and chased inside, came out into the stretch, split horses in midstretch and was edged for the show. BRIX angled in and dueled outside a rival, was between horses nearing the quarter pole, dropped back into the stretch, drifted in and weakened. M C BURKEY four wide early, chased three deep then off the rail, dropped back and angled in on the second turn, gave way and was eased in the stretch.

SIXTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $32,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 23.28 47.21 1:11.71 1:24.37 1:36.93


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

5 Goodwillambassador 119 5 3 2–1½ 2–2 1–hd 1–hd 1–nk Gryder 5.30
2 Tidal Effect 119 2 2 3–hd 4–1 3–1½ 2–1 2–hd Franco 2.80
7 Mongolian Groom 122 6 6 6 5–½ 4–1 3–½ 3–3¼ Bejarano 0.80
1 Ayacara 122 1 5 5–hd 6 5–hd 5–2½ 4–1¼ Prat 9.50
3 Oh Man 114 3 1 1–1 1–hd 2–1 4–2 5–3½ Figueroa 12.50
4 Smokin B 119 4 4 4–2 3–½ 6 6 6 T Baze 16.30

5 GOODWILLAMBASSADOR 12.60 5.20 2.60
2 TIDAL EFFECT 4.20 2.40
7 MONGOLIAN GROOM 2.10
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (10-5)  $21.60
$1 EXACTA (5-2)  $19.50
$2 QUINELLA (2-5)  $19.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-2-7-1)  $8.89
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-2-7)  $19.45

Winner–Goodwillambassador Dbb.c.3 by Midnight Lute out of Cautionary Tale, by Yes It's True. Bred by Martha Jane Mulholland, Roger Pardieck,Mary A. Pardieck & Candyland Farm (KY). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: Mitchell, Casey and Smith, Eric Daniel. Mutuel Pool $166,903 Daily Double Pool $19,096 Exacta Pool $95,268 Quinella Pool $3,266 Superfecta Pool $39,021 Trifecta Pool $56,809. Scratched–It's Tiz Time.

50-Cent Pick Three (6-10-5) paid $44.45. Pick Three Pool $31,445.

GOODWILLAMBASSADOR stalked a bit off the rail then bid outside a rival on the backstretch, took the lead leaving the second turn, fought back off the rail in the final furlong and gamely held under urging. TIDAL EFFECT saved ground chasing the pace, came out on the second turn and three deep into the stretch, bid outside the winner in midstretch and continued gamely between foes in deep stretch and to the wire. MONGOLIAN GROOM a step slow to begin, settled outside a rival, also came out on the second turn and four wide into the stretch, bid outside the top pair past midstretch and also continued gamely to the end. AYACARA (GB) saved ground chasing the pace, went around a rival in deep stretch and lacked the needed rally. OH MAN sped to the early lead, angled in on the first turn and set the pace inside, dueled from the rail on the backstretch and second turn and into the stretch and weakened. SMOKIN B chased outside a rival, dropped back between horses on the second turn and also weakened.

SEVENTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $25,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $32,000. Time 22.84 46.91 1:11.94 1:24.15 1:36.81


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

12 Comma Sister 124 7 1 4–½ 3–hd 2–1 1–1½ 1–hd Maldonado 4.80
8 Rinse and Repeat 124 5 4 6–2½ 5–1½ 4–hd 3–3 2–1¼ Bejarano 1.50
1 Wilshire Dude 122 1 2 1–hd 2–1 1–hd 2–½ 3–6¾ Pereira 3.70
4 All I Can Say 124 3 7 3–hd 4–1½ 5–2½ 4–3 4–6¼ Quinonez 23.20
7 Gray Admiral 122 4 6 7 7 7 6–½ 5–1¼ Fuentes 9.80
11 Facts Matter 117 6 3 2–1½ 1–hd 3–1 5–2 6–1¼ Espinoza 2.70
3 Stylistics United 124 2 5 5–1 6–1 6–hd 7 7 Payeras 109.60

12 COMMA SISTER 11.60 4.40 3.60
8 RINSE AND REPEAT 3.00 2.60
1 WILSHIRE DUDE 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-12)  $75.40
$1 EXACTA (12-8)  $16.40
$2 QUINELLA (8-12)  $13.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (12-8-1-4)  $36.80
50-CENT TRIFECTA (12-8-1)  $33.35

Winner–Comma Sister B.g.4 by Tale of the Cat out of Haute Couture, by Medaglia d'Oro. Bred by Chester Prince (KY). Trainer: George Papaprodromou. Owner: Kretz Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $191,801 Daily Double Pool $18,582 Exacta Pool $103,677 Quinella Pool $4,088 Superfecta Pool $52,470 Trifecta Pool $68,039. Scratched–Camino de Estrella, Hoover Tower, Hot American, Offshore, Point Guard.

50-Cent Pick Three (10-5-12) paid $30.40. Pick Three Pool $20,176.

COMMA SISTER three deep early, chased outside a rival, bid three deep on the second turn, took the lead outside the pacesetter past the quarter pole, inched away in the stretch and held on gamely under left handed urging. RINSE AND REPEAT chased three wide then outside a rival, came three deep into the stretch, bid outside the winner a sixteenth out but could not get by. WILSHIRE DUDE had good early speed and dueled inside, fought back leaving the second turn, continued inside in the stretch and bested the others. ALL I CAN SAY pulled between horses early then stalked a bit off the rail, continued inside on the second turn and into the stretch and weakened. GRAY ADMIRAL settled off the rail, went outside a rival on the second turn, came out into the stretch and lacked a rally. FACTS MATTER angled in and pulled between horses then dueled outside a rival, took the lead on the backstretch, battled between horses on the second turn, fell back some leaving that turn and weakened. STYLISTICS UNITED saved ground stalking the pace, fell back leaving the second turn and into the stretch and also weakened. WILSHIRE DUDE wore calks.

EIGHTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $22,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000. Time 22.09 45.69 57.81 1:04.13


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

2 Concord Jet 120 2 5 1–1½ 1–2 1–3 1–½ Quinonez 4.50
7 Violent Behavior 120 7 1 3–hd 3–½ 2–1½ 2–3¾ T Baze 1.40
10 Thin Line 120 9 2 5–hd 5–2 4–3½ 3–½ Pereira 6.40
6 Bull Fighter 120 6 4 2–1½ 2–1 3–½ 4–2¾ Flores 68.50
1 Mad At Money 115 1 8 9 9 6–hd 5–2¼ Figueroa 28.20
5 Tanker 120 5 6 7–2 7–3½ 8–3 6–1½ Franco 3.10
4 Ministersdon'tlie 120 4 9 6–½ 6–½ 7–hd 7–2¼ Gryder 33.80
3 Suite Alonso 120 3 7 4–1 4–½ 5–1½ 8–nk Cruz 7.50
9 Magic Bro 120 8 3 8–hd 8–2 9 9 Delgadillo 44.70

2 CONCORD JET 11.00 3.80 3.60
7 VIOLENT BEHAVIOR 3.00 2.40
10 THIN LINE 4.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (12-2)  $86.20
$1 EXACTA (2-7)  $14.70
$2 QUINELLA (2-7)  $11.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-7-10-6)  $116.18
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-7-10-6-1)  Carryover $11,458
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-7-10)  $37.95

Winner–Concord Jet Grr.g.2 by Concord Point out of Propero, by Yes It's True. Bred by George Krikorian (CA). Trainer: Brian J. Koriner. Owner: Dare To Dream Stable LLC. Mutuel Pool $185,386 Daily Double Pool $63,813 Exacta Pool $117,277 Quinella Pool $3,361 Superfecta Pool $60,563 Super High Five Pool $15,014 Trifecta Pool $73,308. Scratched–Shake N Fries.

50-Cent Pick Three (5-12-2) paid $124.00. Pick Three Pool $72,507. 50-Cent Pick Four (1/2/4/6/10/11-5-12-2) 4 correct paid $204.65. Pick Four Pool $276,163. 50-Cent Pick Five (6-1/2/4/6/10/11-5-12-2) 5 correct paid $2,621.55. Pick Five Pool $230,489. $2 Pick Six (2-6-1/2/4/6/10/11/5/12/2) 5 out of 6 paid $445.00. $2 Pick Six Jackpot (2-6-1/2/4/6/10/11-5-12-2) 6 correct paid $218,929.00. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $97,191. $1 Place Pick All 8 correct paid $104.50. Place Pick All Pool $18,497.

CONCORD JET broke out onto foes, sped to the early lead, inched away and set the pace inside and held on gamely under urging. VIOLENT BEHAVIOR stalked outside then alongside a rival on the turn, came three deep into the stretch and finished well. THIN LINE was in a good position stalking the pace outside then three deep, came four wide into the stretch and edged a rival for the show. BULL FIGHTER broke in and bumped a rival then was bumped again early, raced close up tracking the winner a bit off the rail to the stretch, was edged for third. MAD AT MONEY a step slow to begin, settled inside then a bit off the rail, angled in on the turn, came out in upper stretch and improved position. TANKER bumped at the start then again between rivals in the opening strides, chased three deep then outside a rival or off the rail, came out into the stretch and did not rally. MINISTERSDON'TLIE broke a bit slowly then was bumped and steadied when squeezed back, settled inside, continued along the rail on the turn and into the stretch and did not rally. SUITE ALONSO bumped and steadied when forced out at the start, stalked a bit of the rail, angled in leaving the turn and weakened. MAGIC BRO settled outside then off the rail, came a bit wide into the stretch and lacked a further response. The stewards conducted an inquiry into the start but made no change when they ruled that although the winner came out, the horses affected by the incident were well beaten and BULL FIGHTER contributed to the trouble.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track1,389$298,287
Inter-Track3,008$1,575,674
Out of StateN/A$3,546,465
TOTAL4,397 $5,420,426

Del Mar Entries for Friday, November 30.

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. 13th day of a 16-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $24,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Twirling TigerTyler Baze122Charles S. Treece5-216,000
2Pioneerof the WestEswan Flores120Jeffrey Metz3-116,000
3LindanteLuis Fuentes113Gary Stute10-1
4Out of PatienceMartin Pedroza120Kristin Mulhall2-116,000
5Holland RoadGeovanni Franco120Craig Anthony Lewis3-116,000

SECOND RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $22,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Derby RoyaltyEdgar Payeras115Ruben Gomez20-132,000
2Cat HolicLuis Fuentes113Matthew Chew8-132,000
3Lady KimEdwin Maldonado120J. Keith Desormeaux8-132,000
4Reds Sacred AppealEswan Flores120Walther Solis15-132,000
5Sass MachineRuben Fuentes120George Papaprodromou2-132,000
6AthleisureAlonso Quinonez120Val Brinkerhoff5-232,000
7Curryforthree BangOctavio Vergara, Jr.118Joe Herrick4-128,000
8A Dime for MeMartin Pedroza120Kristin Mulhall6-132,000

THIRD RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $53,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1PitinoFlavien Prat122Doug F. O'Neill3-1
2Goldie's HillsEdgar Payeras119Louis A. Bradvica7-2
3Seahawk WaveAssael Espinoza117Ronald W. Ellis4-1
4Sneem Drayden Van Dyke122John W. Sadler4-1
5ImpeachableoffenseTyler Baze122Scott Hansen15-1
6Honor GuardTiago Pereira122Philip D'Amato15-1
7Dimkar Geovanni Franco122Philip D'Amato5-2

FOURTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $24,000. Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1We Will Re JoyceTyler Baze122Jorge Periban6-116,000
2Cinnamon TwistTiago Pereira120Brian J. Koriner3-116,000
3Empress of LovDrayden Van Dyke120Genaro Vallejo7-216,000
4AtrevidaEvin Roman118Doug F. O'Neill15-114,000
5Bragging RightsJoseph Talamo120Gary Sherlock9-216,000
6Ciao LunaLuis Fuentes113Gary Stute20-116,000
7EskenforadrinkHeriberto Figueroa115Peter Miller8-116,000
8PulpitintheskyGeovanni Franco120Mark Glatt8-116,000
9Easter DreamRafael Bejarano118Robert B. Hess, Jr.9-214,000

FIFTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $36,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $80,000-$70,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Platinum NightsMike Smith120Peter Eurton3-180,000
2Easy ShotKent Desormeaux120J. Keith Desormeaux5-280,000
3Frozen MoneyTyler Baze120Philip D'Amato15-180,000
4C J My BoyHeriberto Figueroa115Richard Baltas8-180,000
5ReedleyDrayden Van Dyke120Bob Baffert9-580,000
6Strike ThatFlavien Prat120Peter Miller6-180,000
7Red ValorAlonso Quinonez120Val Brinkerhoff15-180,000

SIXTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $54,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $80,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1EncumberedBrice Blanc123Simon Callaghan6-180,000
2My Heart AwakensEvin Roman120Vann Belvoir20-1
3Shadow SphinxHeriberto Figueroa115Richard Baltas8-180,000
4Mantracker Angel Cruz120Philip D'Amato10-1
5Major CabbieTyler Baze120Dan L. Hendricks20-1
6North County GuyFlavien Prat120Richard Baltas7-2
7Cupid's ClawsJoseph Talamo120Brian J. Koriner8-1
8Move Over Drayden Van Dyke120John W. Sadler6-180,000
9Count AlexanderGeovanni Franco120Vladimir Cerin8-1
10Extrordinary JerryRafael Bejarano120Doug F. O'Neill5-1
11Magic MusketierKent Desormeaux120Jerry Hollendorfer8-1
Also Eligible
12ZestfulFlavien Prat123Doug F. O'Neill12-180,000

SEVENTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $32,000. Starter Optional Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $50,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Divine DharmaTyler Baze120John W. Sadler7-2
2Vegas Strong BabyFlavien Prat120Richard Baltas5-1
3StaythirstymyamigoRuben Fuentes123Edward R. Freeman8-150,000
4Imperial CreedKent Desormeaux120Michael W. McCarthy5-2
5Time for SuzzieEdwin Maldonado123Jorge Periban10-150,000
6Proud EmmaMike Smith120Michael Machowsky3-1
7Secret ManeuverRafael Bejarano120J. Keith Desormeaux5-1

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $32,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Broken UpTyler Baze118Doug F. O'Neill8-122,500
2Iron AlexEvin Roman118Dallas E. Keen20-122,500
3Van CortlandtEswan Flores120Vladimir Cerin8-125,000
4The Big TrainFlavien Prat118Peter Miller7-222,500
5Rapid RedGeovanni Franco122Jerry Hollendorfer3-125,000
6Buster Douglas Ruben Fuentes120Librado Barocio20-125,000
7Lauren's LaddHeriberto Figueroa115Richard Baltas6-125,000
8Fritz JohansenTiago Pereira120Mark Glatt20-125,000
9Comes the DreamAlonso Quinonez120Mike Puype6-125,000
10Ky. ColonelRafael Bejarano120Richard E. Mandella4-125,000
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