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Horse racing newsletter: Saying goodbye to Calder

Horses race in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland Race Course in November.
(Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter, as we ready for a pre-holiday weekend of racing.

Is it my imagination, but does the onset of Thanksgiving start to signal the holiday season, even though Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa (and others I haven’t mentioned) will be unlike any other we’ve experienced? It’s a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.

Down in South Florida, there is this track called Gulfstream Park West, which is really Calder, whose future seems nonexistent with its last racing day being next Saturday. It’s pretty much a done deal, but, I guess, there is always a chance for a late reprieve. I wouldn’t take that bet.

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We have several Florida subscribers, and they would tell you that South Florida was once a hotbed for thoroughbred racing. There was Gulfstream, Tropical, Hialeah and Calder, although Tropical moved its dates to Calder in the early 1970s. (I’ll always remember watching when racing was canceled at Hialeah when a sinkhole developed leaving the far turn.) As you know, Tropical and Hialeah said goodbye and Calder filled in and took care of all racing outside the prestigious Gulfstream winter racing.

In 1999, Calder was bought by Churchill Downs Inc. and in 2014 the track was leased to the Stronach Group, which runs the current meeting. Well, Florida, not one of the best regulated states in the country, had a rule that in order to run a casino, such as the one at GPW/Calder, you had to have at least 40 days of live gambling.

As you may have noticed CDI, a public company, is most interested in profit and gaming. Horse racing, yeah, maybe on the first Saturday in May. So, it found this loophole in the state statute that allowed it to change the live gaming at GPW to jai alai, which is way cheaper to manage than a race track. So, come next Saturday, when the lease ends, it’s bye bye to Calder as a racetrack.

As an aside, I love jai alai. Good jai alai, not bad jai alai. It really is very exciting.

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Back to racing. The big-boy Gulfstream will pick up most of the missing racing, but there will be some gaps, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

If you want to know more about this little saga, Bill Finley of Thoroughbred Daily News has a very good story on this. Just click here.

Calder, RIP (in a week).

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What you are thankful for

I haven’t done this in a couple years, but with Thanksgiving around the corner, I’d like to hear what you are thankful for when it comes to racing. Please limit it to no more than two sentences and include your name, not just your email handle. I likely won’t run the real snarky or negative ones as we want to keep this positive. Just email me and put Thanksgiving in the subject line. I’ll run the best ones in the Thanksgiving newsletter. If you’ve already submitted, no need to repeat.

Del Mar review

One note to start, trainer Mark Glatt won his 1,000th race when Zestful won an allowance/optional claimer in the third race.

Friday’s feature was a $65,000 allowance for horses going five furlongs on the turf, which was won by favorite Chaos Theory by a head for trainer John Sadler and jockey Umberto Rispoli. He paid $4.40, $2.40 and $2.10. Texas Wedge was second, followed by Mikes Tiznow, Overdue, Mr Vargas and Tilted Towers.

That summary seems sort of unsatisfying, so we stole from stats from Del Mar’s Mac McBride and Hank Wesch at Del Mar, who admittedly stole them from David Jerkens and the racing office. All stats are from before Friday’s racing and comparisons are to the same point, not date, as a year ago. (We’re going to use quote marks because it’s verbatim from them.)

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“Fields for dirt races have averaged 7.46 this year, 6.47 in 2019 … 2020, (8 days) 69 races, 533 starters and average field size 7.72; 2019 (7 days) 59 races, 414 starters and a 7.02 average field size … For Week 3 alone: 2020 (3 days) 27 races, 216 starters, 8.0; 2019 (Nov. 14-17, 4 days) 33 races, 221 starters, 6.70 … Turf racing 2020: 32 races, 257 starters, average field size 8.03. Forty-six percent of all races have been run on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

“Additional statistics: 26 horses have qualified for the ‘Ship and Win’ program with four recording wins… Overall, 523 horses have started with 10 making multiple starts … A total of 113 trainers have started at least one horse through the first three weeks.”

Thanks, guys.

Del Mar preview

Saturday’s card is a little less than we’ve grown used to for this day. There are nine races starting at 12:30 p.m. Four are on the turf and 5 ½ are claiming races. The half is a starter optional claiming race, which is essentially claiming level horses running where they may be exempt from being claimed. Only one horse in this race is up for a tag. OK, on to the feature, the Grade 3 $100,000 Native Diver Stakes for horses going 1 1/16 miles on the dirt.

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It’s a field of five going early in the program as the second race. Midcourt is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Victor Espinoza. This is a big-time horse that has been racing at the upper levels. His last seven races have been Grade 1 or Grade 2. Last out he was third behind Improbable and Maximum Security in the Awesome Again at Santa Anita. He has won five-of-14 lifetime.

The second favorite at 3-1 is Extra Hope for Richard Mandella and Juan Hernandez. This colt finished second last year to Midcourt in the Native Diver. His resume isn’t as deep as Midcourt’s, having never won a stakes. He has won three-of-13 lifetime. Post is around 1 p.m.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 6, 5, 7, 7, 8, 7, 8, 8, 9 (2 also eligible).

Bob Ike’s DM pick of the day

NINTH RACE: No. 9 Colosi (8-1)

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Tough race and tough post to overcome, but this older gelding has an upset chance in here. Reclaimed by trainer Mark Glatt off a dirt win versus softer last time, Colosi got a confident class boost (despite being out of claiming jail) and goes back to turf, where he is 0-for-6 at Del Mar. However, some of those grass races have been competitive and his work pattern since the claim is very solid, so let’s take a shot with a price in a very competitive $25,000 claimer.

Friday’s results: Clayton Delaney (6-1) made a clear early lead, set legitimate fractions, fired big through the lane but couldn’t hold off favorite Fly to Mars in the final 30 yards. Big effort on the stretch out, tough beat while well clear of the third horse.

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).

Ciaran Thornton’s DM pick of the day

SIXTH RACE: No. 3 A Real Hero (8-1)

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A Real Hero debuts for trainer Michael McCarthy, who has won with three of his five horses and all of those wins in the last few days. Umberto Rispoli rides and together this tandem is winning 50% for a nice profit. This trainer does not typically win first out, but with a Bob Baffert debut horse in the race, the 8-1 price we are getting is a nice value. Streaky trainers tend to streak at Del Mar.

Friday’s result: Handsome Cat tracked nicely in fourth into the turn but did not have enough to make an impact down the stretch.

Ciaran Thornton is the handicapper for Californiapick4.com, which offers daily full card picks, longshots of the day, best bets of the day.

Big races preview

A look at thoroughbred graded stakes or races worth $100,000 or more on Saturday. All times PST.

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11:25 Woodbine (3): $150,000 Ontario Damsel Stakes, Can-bred fillies 3-years-old, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Favorite: Curlin’s Voyage (7-5)

12:45 Aqueduct (9): Grade 3 $100,000 Red Smith Stakes, 3 and up, 1 3/8 miles on turf. Favorite: Sadler’s Joy (8-5)

1:28 Woodbine (7): $101,200 allowance, fillies and mares 3 and up, 5 furlongs/ Favorite: Caira (3-1)

1:58 Woodbine (8): Grade 3 $125,000 Ontario Derby, 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Field Pass (2-1)

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2:06 Churchill (9): Grade 3 $100,000 Chilukki Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 mile. Favorite: Finite (8-5)

2:28 Woodbine (9): Grade 2 $175,000 Kennedy Road Stakes, 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Pink Lloyd (7-5)

2:58 Woodbine (10): Grade 2 $175,000 Bessarabian Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Painting (2-1)

4:00 Del Mar (2): Grade 3 $100,000 Native Diver Stakes, 3 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Midcourt (4-5)

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Chris Wade’s LA pick of the day

EIGHTH RACE: No. 10 Ladys A Cartel (12-1)

She had a lot of trouble in her last start when facing a lot of rivals in the Grade 1 Mildred Vessels that she’ll take on again this evening in the Grade 2 Las Damas Handicap. In the Millie Vessels, this filly got slightly fractious in the gate before breaking outward and getting bumped pretty hard to lose over a length and a half right from the start. After such a tough early go, this runner finished fairly well for fourth and earned a solid figure for this affair. She gets an outside draw tonigh,t which gives her an opportunity to have a clear path to the wire. I’ll give her a long look at all the board placings and at a big price.

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

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Del Mar Charts Results for Friday, November 20.

Copyright 2020 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. 9th day of a 15-day meet. Clear & Fast

FIRST RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $26,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000. Time 22.14 45.50 57.90 1:10.32


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

2 Littlebitamedal 120 2 4 6 5–2 2–hd 1–¾ Prat 2.30
3 I Belong to Becky 122 3 2 1–½ 1–2½ 1–2½ 2–7¼ Pereira 0.90
6 Short of Ez 122 6 3 3–½ 2–1 3–4 3–4½ T Baze 4.00
1 Proof It 120 1 6 4–2 3–hd 4–2½ 4–½ Gutierrez 14.70
4 Cosa Nostra 120 4 5 5–1 6 5–1 5–9¾ Maldonado 27.60
5 J T's A. T. M. 120 5 1 2–1½ 4–2 6 6 Cedillo 12.30

2 LITTLEBITAMEDAL 6.60 3.00 2.10
3 I BELONG TO BECKY 2.40 2.10
6 SHORT OF EZ 2.40
$1 EXACTA (2-3)  $6.60
$2 QUINELLA (2-3)  $4.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-3-6-1)  $3.06
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-3-6)  $6.15

Winner–Littlebitamedal Dbb.g.5 by Violence out of Littlebitabling, by Carson City. Bred by Angie Gail Moore (MD). Trainer: Art Sherman. Owner: Sherman Racing, Inc., Akin, Zvika, Caples, Mika, Gumina, Jilda, Gumina, Russell, Harkins, Robert, My. Mutuel Pool $95,270 Exacta Pool $54,370 Quinella Pool $1,393 Superfecta Pool $28,035 Trifecta Pool $41,186. Scratched–none.

LITTLEBITAMEDAL unhurried while between rivals then along the rail, roused early on the bend, shifted out four wide, rallied outside and reeled in leader nearing the wire. I BELONG TO BECKY briefly dueled then grabbed command from the inside, padded cushion around the turn and into the stretch, but could not stave off the winner in deep stretch. SHORT OF EZ tracked pacesetter from off the rail, moved up some three wide on the turn, continued prominently into the lane, could not threaten top pair in final furlong but clearly bested others. PROOF IT bobbled slightly then brushed outside foe leaving the gate, advanced some from along the fence into and on the bend, then had little left for the drive. COSA NOSTRA (IRE) reserved while three deep early, chased off the rail or outside the winner into and early on the turn, dropped back and weakened. J T'S A. T. M. showed good early foot and prompted the early issue while outside pacesetter, continued two wide then between rivals and also weakened.

SECOND RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $65,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $100,000. Time 22.88 45.03 56.08


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

5 Chaos Theory 123 5 5 5–2 4–hd 3–2 1–hd Rispoli 1.20
1 Texas Wedge 121 1 2 3–1 3–2 2–1½ 2–1 Prat 1.60
4 Mikes Tiznow 121 4 1 1–½ 1–1½ 1–1 3–¾ Gonzalez 9.30
2 Overdue 121 2 6 6 6 4–hd 4–2¾ Smith 15.60
3 Mr Vargas 121 3 3 4–1 5–2½ 6 5–¾ T Baze 8.30
6 Tilted Towers 123 6 4 2–½ 2–hd 5–hd 6 Cedillo 9.40

5 CHAOS THEORY 4.40 2.40 2.10
1 TEXAS WEDGE 2.60 2.20
4 MIKES TIZNOW 3.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-5)  $17.00
$1 EXACTA (5-1)  $4.60
$2 QUINELLA (1-5)  $5.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-1-4-2)  $4.34
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-1-4)  $8.15

Winner–Chaos Theory Ch.g.5 by Curlin out of Chaotic Cat, by Tale of the Cat. Bred by Bluewater Sales & Mike Carpenter (KY). Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: Hronis Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $205,692 Daily Double Pool $30,009 Exacta Pool $103,028 Quinella Pool $3,038 Superfecta Pool $30,084 Trifecta Pool $61,004. Scratched–none.

CHAOS THEORY tracked pace from along the fence, continued inside then found clear path MIKES TIZNOW in the drive, surged under strong urging and nailed TEXAS WEDGE in the final feet. TEXAS WEDGE moved up bit along the fence, was in bit tight nearing the bend, drifted out slightly exiting the bend, bid outside leader late in the drive, gained brief lead but was overtaken by winner in final strides. MIKES TIZNOW sped to the front, carved out the pace while slightly off the rail, continued two wide into and through the drive, was collared a sixteenth out and gave ground grudgingly from between the top pair. OVERDUE was off a step slow, trailed from the inside, angled out four wide leaving the turn, continued outside and finished very willingly. MR VARGAS stalked while outside rival, remained three wide around the turn, came out further entering the stretch and lacked needed response. TILTED TOWERS rushed up early from the outside, stalked three wide into and around the bend then gradually shifted to the inside in the lane and weakened.

THIRD RACE.

1 1/8 Mile. Purse: $61,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 24.23 48.21 1:12.64 1:37.94 1:50.94


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

4 Zestful 121 4 2 1–1 1–1 1–1½ 1–2½ 1–2½ Maldonado 2.20
3 Potantico 114 3 3 5 5 5 2–2½ 2–4½ Centeno 1.40
2 The Stiff 119 2 5 4–1 4–2½ 3–hd 3–hd 3–ns Cedillo 7.60
5 King of Speed 121 5 1 2–hd 2–½ 2–hd 4–1 4–hd Smith 3.20
1 Unbroken Star 121 1 4 3–1½ 3–hd 4–2 5 5 T Baze 7.10

4 ZESTFUL 6.40 3.00 2.20
3 POTANTICO 2.80 2.40
2 THE STIFF 3.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-4)  $16.00
$1 EXACTA (4-3)  $8.00
$2 QUINELLA (3-4)  $8.20
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-3-2)  $14.35

Winner–Zestful Ch.g.5 by Ghostzapper out of Sweet Relish, by Smoke Glacken. Bred by Pin Oak Stud, LLC (KY). Trainer: Mark Glatt. Owner: Shanderella Stables, Glatt, Mark, Haramoto, Danny and Kawahara, Sheldon. Mutuel Pool $176,366 Daily Double Pool $15,043 Exacta Pool $75,242 Quinella Pool $2,698 Trifecta Pool $47,116. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-5-4) paid $15.60. Pick Three Pool $38,744.

ZESTFUL quickly stepped to the front, deftly rated setting an uncontested pace, roused passing quarter marker and comfortably held while under steady handling and shown stick in late stages. POTANTICO was bumped by inside rival in initial strides, between early then was taken back and angled well off the rail, advanced four wide around final turn and into the stretch and clearly proved second best. THE STIFF stumbled then bumped with outside rival leaving the gate, tracked pace from off the rail, continued three wide to final turn, was inside runner-up entering the lane and got up for the show while three abreast at the wire. KING OF SPEED was closest pursuer to pacesetter while on two wide path, remained bit off the fence, between rivals into the stretch and lost narrow decision for third. UNBROKEN STAR content to stalk from the inside, hugged the rail into and thorough the stretch and was outfinished by outside rivals.

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $31,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 22.48 45.63 1:09.96 1:22.54 1:34.74


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

2 Cover Version 124 2 6 6 6 6 2–hd 1–1½ Franco 2.20
3 Starship Sky 120 3 5 3–1 3–1 2–½ 3–hd 2–hd Hernandez 17.80
4 I Give Up 122 4 4 5–4 5–3½ 5–½ 4–2½ 3–2½ T Baze 23.50
1 Bristol Bayou 122 1 2 1–1 1–1½ 1–2 1–1½ 4–½ Espinoza 1.10
5 Unbreakable 122 5 3 4–½ 4–1½ 4–1 5–2½ 5–6¼ Valdivia, Jr. 4.60
7 Let's Go Now 124 6 1 2–1½ 2–½ 3–1½ 6 6 Gonzalez 6.70

2 COVER VERSION 6.40 4.40 3.20
3 STARSHIP SKY 13.00 5.00
4 I GIVE UP 5.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-2)  $33.60
$1 EXACTA (2-3)  $31.90
$2 QUINELLA (2-3)  $41.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-3-4-1)  $33.93
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-3-4)  $67.05

Winner–Cover Version B.m.5 by Medaglia d'Oro out of Vaguely Familiar, by A.P. Indy. Bred by Godolphin (KY). Trainer: James M. Cassidy. Owner: D P Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $164,238 Daily Double Pool $17,956 Exacta Pool $89,688 Quinella Pool $3,416 Superfecta Pool $35,616 Trifecta Pool $53,940. Scratched–She Loves Karaoke.

50-Cent Pick Three (5-4-2) paid $17.70. Pick Three Pool $22,654.

COVER VERSION unhurried while saving ground into backstretch, launched rally into second bend, advanced three then four wide into the stretch, inhaled inside rivals in the drive, surged to the front and edged away nearing the wire. STARSHIP SKY tracked pacesetter from along the rail into and around the final bend, came out slightly through the drive and outfinished I GIVE UP for the place. I GIVE UP between rivals early, continued either two wide or along the rail to the second turn, moved up bid along the fence in the drive, loomed past mid-stretch then lost narrow decision for the place. BRISTOL BAYOU quickly assumed control, set uncontested pace into the stretch, relinquished command past eighth marker then gave way in final sixteenth. UNBREAKABLE caught three deep into first turn, stalked off the rail or three wide, came in slightly on second turn, between foes in upper stretch and weakened bit late. LET'S GO NOW kept the pacesetter company while outside that foe to the second bend, left that turn three wide and also weakened some in the drive.

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $20,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $8,000-$7,000. Time 22.71 46.70 1:12.75 1:26.26 1:39.96


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

5 Little No Way 120 5 2 3–½ 3–hd 3–½ 3–½ 1–nk Cedillo 2.00
8 Vodka Twist 119 8 4 2–1½ 2–2½ 2–1½ 1–hd 2–½ Pereira 5.90
4 R Cha Cha 111 4 1 1–1 1–½ 1–½ 2–½ 3–2½ Centeno 1.90
2 Write Me a Song 111 2 3 4–½ 4–½ 4–1½ 4–6 4–5¾ Pyfer 11.40
1 In the Deep 118 1 6 7–2½ 7–3 6–1 5–1 5–2½ T Baze 3.60
3 Devil's Teeth 120 3 5 6–2½ 5–1 5–3 6–2½ 6–¾ Maldonado 52.40
6 Cedar Rapids 118 6 8 8 8 8 7–5 7–10¼ Franco 26.80
7 Big Sky Logan 118 7 7 5–1 6–4 7–2 8 8 Diaz, Jr. 50.40

5 LITTLE NO WAY 6.00 2.80 2.20
8 VODKA TWIST 5.60 3.40
4 R CHA CHA 2.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-5)  $25.40
$1 EXACTA (5-8)  $20.00
$2 QUINELLA (5-8)  $21.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-8-4-2)  $19.46
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-8-4)  $31.15

Winner–Little No Way B.g.6 by Discreet Cat out of Intangaroo, by Orientate. Bred by Adena Springs (KY). Trainer: Alfredo P. Marquez. Owner: Cannon, Robert T., Goodwin, Kelley and Goodwin, Tim. Mutuel Pool $240,366 Daily Double Pool $18,609 Exacta Pool $152,174 Quinella Pool $5,362 Superfecta Pool $79,547 Trifecta Pool $113,902. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-2-5) paid $26.45. Pick Three Pool $34,442. 50-Cent Pick Four (5-4-2-5) 4 correct paid $62.95. Pick Four Pool $123,397. 50-Cent Pick Five (2-5-4-2-5) 5 correct paid $259.20. Pick Five Pool $340,314.

LITTLE NO WAY gained stalking position from off the rail, tracked pace three wide, moved up some under asking while four wide into the stretch and finally wore down rivals in final yards from the far outside. VODKA TWIST attended the pace into and through the backstretch, moved alongside pacesetter a quarter out, poked his now in front entering the stretch, battled between rivals through the drive and was denied from inside the winner. R CHA CHA was sent to the front, set pressured pace from the inside, resisted when challenged late on the second bend, fought back inside through grueling drive and only gave ground grudgingly late. WRITE ME A SONG prominently placed from the inside, saved ground into the stretch, loomed in mid-stretch but weakened slightly in the final sixteenth. IN THE DEEP reserved along the rail, chased from the inside to second turn, came out slightly into the lane but failed to menace late. DEVIL'S TEETH was bit squeezed in initial strides, settled two wide, chased three wide around the last turn and four wide into the stretch while never threatening. CEDAR RAPIDS settled off the rail, came in some and chased the leaders, angled back out on the second bend, came four wide into the stretch and lacked needed response. BIG SKY LOGAN reserved from off the rail, chased three wide to the last turn, dropped back around that bend and weakened in the stretch.

SIXTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $59,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.71 46.89 1:11.35 1:22.99 1:34.42


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

6 Fly to Mars 124 6 2 2–1 2–1½ 2–1 2–½ 1–nk Prat 1.20
7 Clayton Delaney 120 7 3 1–1 1–½ 1–1 1–½ 2–2¼ Cedillo 6.70
1 DQ–Rustic Canyon 124 1 6 7–4 7–1½ 5–½ 4–hd 3–ns Gonzalez 6.10
2 Tropical Terror 122 2 8 8 8 7–1½ 3–hd 4–¾ Espinoza 7.10
3 Sea of Liberty 122 3 7 6–1 5–½ 6–1 7–8 5–¾ Maldonado 8.60
4 Handsome Cat 120 4 4 4–½ 4–1 4–1½ 6–½ 6–nk Valdivia, Jr. 19.20
8 Mysterious Stones 120 8 1 3–2 3–½ 3–½ 5–hd 7–13½ Hernandez 39.90
5 First Prez 120 5 5 5–1 6–½ 8 8 8 Rispoli 4.70

6 FLY TO MARS 4.40 3.00 2.40
7 CLAYTON DELANEY 5.20 4.20
2 TROPICAL TERROR 3.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-6)  $15.60
$1 EXACTA (6-7)  $15.40
$2 QUINELLA (6-7)  $16.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-7-2-1)  $17.64
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-7-2)  $27.20

Winner–Fly to Mars B.g.6 by Ministers Wild Cat out of Warren's Flyer, by Doc Gus. Bred by Gary Barber (CA). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Gary Barber. Mutuel Pool $278,902 Daily Double Pool $28,568 Exacta Pool $186,148 Quinella Pool $5,546 Superfecta Pool $65,940 Trifecta Pool $109,871. Claimed–Rustic Canyon by Altamira Racing Stable and Wellman, Michael. Trainer: Peter Miller. Scratched–none. DQ–#1 Rustic Canyon–finished 3rd, disqualified, placed 4th.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-5-6) paid $17.45. Pick Three Pool $39,844.

FLY TO MARS bobbled leaving the gate, quickly recovered and prompted pace while outside leader, continued prominently into the lane, roused in the drive, battled outside leader and finally got up past stubborn rival in final yards. CLAYTON DELANEY was sent to the front, dictated pace from the inside into the lane, dug in from the inside, battled gamely but could not stave off winner nearing the wire. RUSTIC CANYON angled out in opening strides, bumped sharply with outside rival, settled inside, saved ground to second turn, came out in upper stretch and finished willingly from between rivals. TROPICAL TERROR was bumped and jostled from between rivals shortly after the start, settled well off the pace, saved ground into second bend, shiofted out three then four wide into the stretch and finished strongly from the outside. SEA OF LIBERTY bumped between in initial strides, chased from off the rail, continued three then four wide into the lane and outfinished for better placing. HANDSOME CAT bumped with inside rival after the start, stalked inside, remained along the rail into the stretch and weakened in the drive. MYSTERIOUS STONES stalked three wide, remained on same path to the stretch and also weakened. FIRST PREZ also was bumped shortly after the break, chased from between rivals, dropped back around the last turn and tired. FOLLOWING A STEWAQRDS' INQUIRY INVOLVING THE START, RUSTIC CANYON WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED FOURTH FOR COMING OUT AND IMPEDING TROPICAL TERROR.

SEVENTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $31,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 22.62 46.84 59.64 1:12.47


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

2 Brilliant Cut 120 2 6 5–½ 4–hd 1–½ 1–½ Rispoli 4.00
9 Royal Blend 120 8 1 4–hd 3–1 3–hd 2–2 Cedillo 3.20
3 Yellow Dress 120 3 7 6–1 5–1 4–1½ 3–nk Espinoza 6.00
7 Varoma 113 7 2 2–1 1–1 2–hd 4–1¼ Pyfer 57.60
6 Mama Superior 120 6 5 7–2 7–½ 6–½ 5–hd Pereira 43.60
1 Chevelita 120 1 9 3–hd 6–1 5–2 6–1¾ Prat 1.60
5 Martique Miss 120 5 8 8–½ 8–3 7–1 7–9¾ Hernandez 5.20
4 Lady Mo 116 4 4 1–hd 2–hd 8–4 8–1½ Diaz, Jr. 85.40
10 Hatshepsut 113 9 3 9 9 9 9 Centeno 42.10

2 BRILLIANT CUT 10.00 5.20 3.80
9 ROYAL BLEND 4.20 3.00
3 YELLOW DRESS 3.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-2)  $20.60
$1 EXACTA (2-9)  $18.10
$2 QUINELLA (2-9)  $16.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-9-3-7)  $72.22
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-9-3)  $43.85

Winner–Brilliant Cut Ch.f.2 by Speightstown out of Polish a Diamond, by The Factor. Bred by McCauley Farm & Speightstown Syndicate (KY). Trainer: Dan Blacker. Owner: D K Racing, LLC, Highlander Racing Stable, LLC (Bruce Maller), Mathiesen Racing, LLC, Radley Equine,. Mutuel Pool $227,336 Daily Double Pool $28,664 Exacta Pool $123,514 Quinella Pool $3,887 Superfecta Pool $64,357 Trifecta Pool $97,180. Claimed–Brilliant Cut by ERJ Racing LLC, Kenney, David, Strauss, William and O'Neill, Dennis and Doug. Trainer: Doug O'Neill. Claimed–Royal Blend by Atreides LLC. Trainer: Robert Hess, Jr. Claimed–Chevelita by David A Bernsen LLC, Cady, Todd and Lambert, Jeffrey. Trainer: Robert Hess, Jr. Scratched–Purda Vita.

50-Cent Pick Three (5-6-2) paid $29.00. Pick Three Pool $49,527.

BRILLIANT CUT bumped with outside rival at the start, tucked in behind leaders and between rivals, continued two wide, found clear path inside rivals exiting the turn, surged to the front, edged away in mid-stretch then held off outside rival late. ROYAL BLEND bumped at the break, stalked three wide, came four wide into the lane, bid between foes and three deep in upper stretch then finished strongly outside winner. YELLOW DRESS broke in and bumped rival, stalked from between foes, was in bit tight nearing turn, swung out five wide into the lane, engaged leading pack in upper stretch from the outside, dropped back bit in the lane but gamely got up for show. VAROMA came out and bumped outside rival, recovered and pressed the early pace, gained front on the turn, between rivals in upper stretch and weakened some in the drive. MAMA SUPERIOR chased from off the rail, continued three then four wide around the turn and into the stretch and improved placing. CHEVELITA was off slow then rushed up from along the rail, tracked pace from the inside, came out slightly leaving the bend an d did not menace. MARTIQUE MISS reserved from off the fence, traveled two then three wide into the stretch and did not threaten. LADY MO dueled then set pressured pace from the inside, dropped back into the stretch and also weakened. HATSHEPSUT reserved from the outside, chased four then three wide into and around the bend, dropped back and also weakened.

EIGHTH RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $57,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. Time 23.47 46.50 58.07


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

1 Crossword 120 1 1 1–½ 1–1 1–½ 1–¾ Gonzalez 4.80
3 That Corey 120 3 5 3–1½ 3–2 2–hd 2–1 Gutierrez 1.70
4 Gordy's Boy 120 4 2 2–½ 2–½ 3–1½ 3–½ Pereira 12.40
5 Theluteismine 120 5 7 6–1½ 4–hd 4–4 4–3¼ Prat 2.00
6 Bukayo 120 6 4 5–½ 6–1 5–hd 5–1½ T Baze 12.60
2 Pedro Perez 120 2 3 4–hd 5–1½ 6–5 6–3½ Diaz, Jr. 80.20
7 Hard Metal 120 7 6 7–8 7–8 7–4 7–4¼ Valdivia, Jr. 39.70
8 Gabby Hayes 120 8 8 8 8 8 8 Cedillo 6.20

1 CROSSWORD 11.60 5.00 3.60
3 THAT COREY 3.40 2.60
4 GORDY'S BOY 5.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-1)  $82.40
$1 EXACTA (1-3)  $13.70
$2 QUINELLA (1-3)  $15.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-3-4-5)  $21.41
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-3-4-5-6)  $699.10
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-3-4)  $51.75

Winner–Crossword B.c.2 by Square Eddie out of Cryptic, by Indian Charlie. Bred by Reddam Racing, LLC (CA). Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: Hronis Racing LLC and West Point Thoroughbreds. Mutuel Pool $243,313 Daily Double Pool $78,856 Exacta Pool $166,455 Quinella Pool $4,297 Superfecta Pool $75,793 Super High Five Pool $23,817 Trifecta Pool $119,866. Scratched–Lauren Squared, My Man Bags, Runaway Wywy, Standing O.

50-Cent Pick Three (6-2-1) paid $42.45. Pick Three Pool $136,780. 50-Cent Pick Four (5-6-2-1) 4 correct paid $225.50. Pick Four Pool $470,754. 50-Cent Pick Five (2-5-6-2-1) 5 correct paid $733.00. Pick Five Pool $364,753. 50-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (4-2-5-6-2-1) 6 correct paid $2,829.30. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $101,541. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $65,271. $1 Place Pick All 8 correct paid $157.10. Place Pick All Pool $17,657.

CROSSWORD sped to the front, set pace from along the rail, resisted when challenged late on the turn, re-stablished short advantage from the inside in mid-stretch, inched away under right handed urging and safely held. THAT COREY close up early while three wide, moved up and challenged three abreast leaving the bend, battled outside in upper stretch but was turned back by the winner. GORDY'S BOY had good early foot, forced the pace outside leader, bid between rivals passing quarter pole and well into the stretch but weakened later in the drive. THELUTEISMINE reserved off the early pace, chased two wide or between foes, came three wide into the stretch and went willingly to the wire. BUKAYO stalked from off the rail then three wide on the turn and failed to make any late impact. PEDRO PEREZ chased from the inside, remained along the rail and lacked needed response. HARD METAL chased early from the outside then three wide, angled over on the turn, shifted back out in the stretch and failed to menace. GABBY HAYES dwelt at the start, dropped far back in the early stages and never recovered while saving ground. THE STEWARDS CONDUCTED AN INQUIRY INVOLVING THE START BUT RULED THAT THE STARTING GATE OPENED PROPERLY GABBY HAYES CAUSED HIS OWN PROBLEM.


AttendanceHandle
On-TrackN/A$71,569
Inter-TrackN/A$1,614,282
Out of StateN/A$5,347,087
TOTALN/A $7,032,938

Del Mar Entries for Saturday, November 21.

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; 50-cent Pick 6 last 6 races; $1 Place Pick All; $1 Super High Five last race. Trifecta needs 4 betting interests; Superfecta needs 6. 10th day of a 15-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Blackout Flavien Prat118Peter Miller9-522,500
2Hit the SeamMario Gutierrez120Edward R. Freeman4-125,000
3PortandoTiago Pereira120William Spawr9-225,000
4Mr. LovejoyTyler Baze124Don Schnell5-125,000
5Mystery MessengerUmberto Rispoli120Vladimir Cerin2-125,000
6Annie's BoyEdwin Maldonado118Jose Hernandez, Jr.15-125,000

SECOND RACE.

1 1/8 Mile. Purse: $100,000. 'Native Diver Stakes'. 3 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1CombatantUmberto Rispoli125John W. Sadler8-1
2Stellar SoundTyler Baze115Michael W. McCarthy6-1
3Royal Ship Mike Smith125Richard E. Mandella4-1
4MidcourtVictor Espinoza123John A. Shirreffs4-5
5Extra HopeJuan Hernandez121Richard E. Mandella3-1

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $36,000. Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1No Cover ChargeRicardo Gonzalez120Jonathan Wong4-132,000
2Canadian GingerMario Gutierrez118George Papaprodromou10-128,000
3Happy TrailsJessica Pyfer113Val Brinkerhoff20-132,000
4Flying BusinessTyler Baze120Mark Glatt6-132,000
5ZelaiaJuan Hernandez120Isidro Tamayo4-132,000
6Miss FrauleinAbel Cedillo122Ronald W. Ellis2-132,000
7TrouvilleFlavien Prat122Leonard Powell5-232,000

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $43,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1ChampagneonmeJuan Hernandez120John W. Sadler5-150,000
2Promise NothingTiago Pereira118Rafael Becerra15-150,000
3Popular KidFlavien Prat118Peter Miller5-245,000
4Mongolian LegendEdwin Maldonado120Enebish Ganbat12-150,000
5Bold EndeavorTyler Baze120George Papaprodromou3-150,000
6KershawUmberto Rispoli120Philip D'Amato9-550,000
7He's the ReasonMario Gutierrez120Sandi Gann8-150,000

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $34,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $80,000-$70,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Ivory SkyAlexis Centeno113Ruben Gomez20-170,000
2Endless SunsetUmberto Rispoli122Michael W. McCarthy5-280,000
3El JoyJuan Hernandez120Eoin G. Harty6-170,000
4Mac Daddy TooFlavien Prat122Doug F. O'Neill2-180,000
5Labor UnionAbel Cedillo120Peter Eurton8-170,000
6By MoonlightRicardo Gonzalez120Steven Miyadi5-270,000
7Flash of GloryTiago Pereira120Jose R. Gonzalez, Jr.30-170,000
8MarconisEdwin Maldonado122Adam Kitchingman12-180,000

SIXTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $57,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Leia MarieFlavien Prat120Doug F. O'Neill4-1
2Rhythm and GraceMario Gutierrez120John A. Shirreffs5-1
3A Real HeroUmberto Rispoli120Michael W. McCarthy8-1
4Mamie Van DJuan Hernandez120Neil D. Drysdale6-1
5Empire HouseRicardo Gonzalez120Jonathan Wong10-1
6Exotic WestAbel Cedillo120Bob Baffert9-5
7Peachtree RoadMike Smith120Richard E. Mandella7-2

SEVENTH RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $35,000. Starter Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Kris' Wild KatRicardo Gonzalez122Richard Baltas5-1
2HartelFlavien Prat122Peter Miller5-2
3Johnny PodresTyler Baze120Steven Miyadi3-1
4SeverinTiago Pereira122Paula S. Capestro30-1
5Combat ZoneAbel Cedillo122Mark Glatt4-1
6Cunning MunningsJuan Hernandez122Mark Glatt6-1
7Eskimo RosesAlexis Centeno115Milton G. Pineda20-1
8CaeruleanMario Gutierrez120Ben D. A. Cecil9-250,000

EIGHTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $57,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Starship ChewbaccaTiago Pereira122Howard L. Zucker8-1
2ChipperFlavien Prat122Mark Glatt4-1
3Brace for ImpactEdwin Maldonado124Bruce Headley5-2
4Lil Richards BelloUmberto Rispoli122Peter Eurton3-1
5Scary Fast SmileTyler Baze122Mark Glatt10-1
6Should Be IllegalRicardo Gonzalez122Steve M. Sherman5-1
7Square RootMario Gutierrez122Doug F. O'Neill6-1
8Flying CharlieDrayden Van Dyke122Alexis Barba20-1

NINTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile Turf. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Justin's QuestUmberto Rispoli120Richard Baltas3-125,000
2Swamp SouffleTiago Pereira120William Spawr20-125,000
3AckerFlavien Prat120Doug F. O'Neill4-125,000
4Worthy TurkAbel Cedillo120Peter Miller5-222,500
5Golden DoughnutGeovanni Franco120James M. Cassidy8-125,000
6Sky ConfidentialJessica Pyfer113Vann Belvoir30-125,000
7ContagionAlexis Centeno111Andrew Lerner15-122,500
8French GetawayMike Smith120Robert B. Hess, Jr.4-125,000
9ColosiTyler Baze120Mark Glatt8-125,000
Also Eligible
10Push ThroughMario Gutierrez120Edward R. Freeman15-125,000
11MithqaalRicardo Gonzalez120Jonathan Wong4-125,000


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