Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as Del Mar finishes its opening week with strong racing.
Let’s finish up the stewards’ rulings from the Los Alamitos meet.
--Apprentice jockey Jose Leon was fined $100 for striking his mount, Jump the Tracks, more than three times in succession without letting the horse respond in the second race on July 5. Jump the Tracks finished second in the four-horse race.
--Trainer Ben Cecil is fined $500 after his horse, Wandering Patrol, had more than the allowable amount of phenylbutazone (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory) in her system after working on May 2 in the hopes of getting off the veterinarian’s list. The filly had 3.79 ug/ml when the allowable limit is 2 mcg/ml. Cecil was charged with violating the trainer’s insurer rule and rules dealing with prohibited drug substances and the veterinarian’s list.
--Exercise rider Corey Alan Black was placed back in good standing after making good progress in the Winners Foundation program after his license was suspended on Jan. 19 at Santa Anita for alleged drug use. Darin Scharer, executive director of the Winners Foundation, spoke “forcefully” on behalf of Black. The ruling against Black has been set aside.
--Jockey Martin Pedroza was fined $300 for failure to show up and ride Midnight Bandit in the first race on July 5 at Los Alamitos. Pedroza said he missed the mount because of “personal reasons.” Martin Garcia picked up the mount and finished fifth in a six-horse race.
--Groom and veterinarian assistant Ralph Dejesus Castaneda was suspended for 30 days (July 17-Aug. 15) after, according to the CHRB complaint, he was caught with marijuana and methamphetamine on May 2 at Santa Anita. He was subsequently arrested by the Arcadia Police Department and charged with possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. On May 3 he submitted to a urinalysis, which came back negative. At the stewards hearing on July 13, Darin Scharer, executive director of the Winners Foundation, testified that Castaneda is “doing very well in a structured sober living environment in Pomona” and “is on the right track.”
Clarification on Morey ruling
Last week in the stewards’ rulings, we stated that evidence was presented based on a CHRB complaint that trainer Bill Morey had used an alkalizing agent (usually sodium bicarbonate) to potentially improve performance in two of his horses on race day. The practice is commonly called “milkshaking.”
Not reflected in the stewards’ minutes was that in laboratory testing, the substance given Morey’s horses was not an alkalizer and there was no “milkshaking.” The substance administered was called “Blood Buffer,” one type which has an alkalizer and one that doesn’t. Morey used the latter. It did not contain a prohibited substance.
Morey was suspended for 45 days for violations of the trainer’s insurer rule (the trainer is responsible for everything in his barn regardless of direct involvement), a late declaration and the manner (dose syringe) in which Blood Buffer was administered.
We regret any confusion the incomplete information caused.
Who goofed, I’ve got to know?
I did. I keep referring to the Del Mar meeting as being eight weeks while it’s actually seven.
Del Mar review
In a bit of an upset, Bowies Hero soundly defeated defending champion Catapult to win the Grade 2 $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes for horses going 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Bowies Hero won by a convincing 2 ¼ lengths while Catapult finished fifth in the six-horse race.
Catapult had no excuses being perfectly place going into the top of the stretch but Bowies Hero ran a smart race, went to the front easily and cruised home.
Bowies Hero paid $8.80, $4.80 and $3.20. Marckie’s Water was second and Ritzy A.P. was third.
Here’s what the connections had to say:
Phil D’Amato (winning trainer): “I think he’s just rounding back into his form cycle right now, third race off a layoff and [jockey] Flavien [Prat] gave him a picture-perfect ride. I think I raced him one time too many last year, gave him a long break and he was back on point today. Up next is the Del Mar Mile and hopefully that will get us into the Breeders’ Cup Mile.”
Flavien Prat (winning jockey): “I was in a good spot all the way around. No problems for me. When we straightened away in the stretch and we got clear, he fired a good one. He was best [Sunday].”
Now, that wasn’t the end of thing for Prat, who also won the minor stakes, $85,000 Wickerr Stakes for horses going a mile on the turf. Incredibly, just one week into the meeting, Prat has five stakes wins.
Under a masterful ride of slow fractions, Bombard ran on the lead and had just enough left at the end to win by half-a-length. Bombard, trained by Richard Mandella, paid $9.20, $3.80 and $3.20. Higher Power was second and Le Ken finished third.
Big races review
A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 or more on Sunday.
Saratoga (4): Grade 1 $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks, fillies 3-years-old, 1 1/8 miles. Winner: Guarana ($2.50)
Woodbine (9): Grade 2 $175,000 Royal North Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 6 furlongs on turf. Winner: Summer Sunday ($7.50)
Saratoga (11): $200,000 Caress Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 5 ½ furlongs on turf. Winner: Mominou ($61.50)
Del Mar (4): Grade 2 $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes, 3 and up, 1 1/8 miles on turf. Winner: Bowie’s Hero ($8.80)
Saratoga (13): Grade 3 $200,000 Shuvee Handicap, fillies and mare 3 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Winner: Golden Award ($8.50)
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Now, here’s the star of the show, Sunday’s results. See you on Wednesday.
Del Mar Charts Results for Sunday, July 21.
Copyright 2019 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. 5th day of a 36-day meet. Clear & Fast
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000. Time 22.18 45.43 1:11.72 1:19.04
|3||Captain N. Barron||115||3||4||4–1||5–2||5–1½||4–hd||Velez||7.50|
|5||Soul Owner||117||5||2||1–hd||1–hd||2–3||5–2¾||Diaz, Jr.||2.60|
|1||Coil to Strike||124||1||6||3–hd||3–1||4–1||6||Gutierrez||10.80|
|$1 EXACTA (4-6)||$18.10|
|$2 QUINELLA (4-6)||$20.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-6-2-3)||$18.98|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-6-2)||$34.10|
Winner–Trapper Peak B.g.4 by Trappe Shot out of What a Girl Needs, by Dixieland Band. Bred by Nursery Place (KY). Trainer: Shelbe Ruis. Owner: Ruis Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $211,427 Exacta Pool $106,832 Quinella Pool $6,240 Superfecta Pool $36,293 Trifecta Pool $64,076. Claimed–Trapper Peak by CM Racing. Trainer: Steven Miyadi. Scratched–none.
TRAPPER PEAK stalked three deep then off the rail, continued outside on the turn and three wide leaving the bend, came four wide into the stretch, drifted in some in midstretch and rallied under left handed urging to get up in the final stride. SEAHAWK WAVE dueled outside a rival on the backstretch and turn, took the lead into the stretch, inched away under urging in midstretch, got clear a sixteenth out, drifted out a bit late and was caught on the line. SURFSIDE SUNSET chased a bit off the rail, came out leaving the turn and four wide into the stretch and found his best stride late. CAPTAIN N. BARRON stalked between horses then outside a rival, continued off the rail on the turn and three deep into the stretch and was outfinished. SOUL OWNER had good early speed and angled in, dueled just off the rail then inside on the turn, fought back into the stretch and weakened late. COIL TO STRIKE broke a bit slowly, went up inside to chase the pace, came out into the stretch, drifted back to the inside in the drive and weakened in the final furlong.
5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $67,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 22.19 44.23 55.86
|1||Dreams of Valor||113||1||5||7||7||6–½||3–2¼||Diaz, Jr.||15.30|
|3||Tina's Exchange||120||3||6||5–hd||5–½||5–1½||4–½||Arroyo, Jr.||7.60|
|1||DREAMS OF VALOR||6.20|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-7)||$54.80|
|$1 EXACTA (7-4)||$20.70|
|$2 QUINELLA (4-7)||$19.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-4-1-3)||$40.07|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-4-1)||$59.75|
Winner–Mr Vargas Ch.g.5 by Midshipman out of Play It Back, by Put It Back. Bred by Carl Johnson & Martha Johnson (FL). Trainer: Brian J. Koriner. Owner: Jay Em Ess Stable. Mutuel Pool $338,722 Daily Double Pool $67,485 Exacta Pool $146,283 Quinella Pool $8,945 Superfecta Pool $55,794 Trifecta Pool $102,376. Scratched–none.
MR VARGAS dueled three deep on the backstretch and most of the turn, took a short lead outside a rival leaving the turn, kicked clear in the stretch and proved best under left handed urging. BLACKOUT (FR) stalked three deep then outside a rival into the turn, split horses on the bend, came three deep into the stretch and gained the place. DREAMS OF VALOR bobbled slightly in the opening strides, chased inside, came out leaving the turn and three wide into the stretch, was bumped soundly nearing the eighth pole but finished with interest to best the others. TINA'S EXCHANGE stalked between horses then inside on the turn and into the stretch and weakened. AWESOME HEIGHTS dueled between horses, stalked just off the rail leaving the turn, came out some into the stretch and also weakened. SEVEN SCENTS stalked off the rail then three wide on the turn and into the stretch, drifted out and bumped a rival nearing midstretch and lacked a rally. WHAT'SONTHEAGENDA went up inside to duel for the lead, fought back on the turn and weakened in the final furlong.
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.28 46.18 1:12.66 1:19.73
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-5)||$65.20|
|$1 EXACTA (5-6)||$39.20|
|$2 QUINELLA (5-6)||$55.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-6-1-4)||$29.51|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-6-1)||$59.85|
Winner–Thanks B.f.3 by Haynesfield out of Sounds Friendly, by Friends Lake. Bred by Brereton C. Jones (KY). Trainer: Robert B. Hess, Jr.. Owner: Maria E. Hess. Mutuel Pool $259,967 Daily Double Pool $29,414 Exacta Pool $111,806 Quinella Pool $12,434 Superfecta Pool $51,172 Trifecta Pool $81,319. Scratched–Thunder Woman.
50-Cent Pick Three (4-7-5) paid $86.05. Pick Three Pool $82,365.
THANKS stalked three deep then outside a rival into the turn, bid alongside the pacesetter leaving the turn to take the lead into the stretch, inched away in midstretch and drew clear under urging. LADY BEYONCE broke out a bit but with the field then dropped back off the rail, angled in on the turn, split horses leaving the turn, came out some in the stretch and went past the pacesetter late for the place. RATTLE had good early speed and dueled inside, inched a way on the turn, fought back inside the winner leaving the turn and until midstretch and was overtaken late for second. ADULTING stalked between horses then outside a rival on the turn, came out into the stretch and weakened. OSTERIA close up stalking the pace off the rail, angled in a half mile out, continued inside on the turn, came out leaving the bend, drifted three wide into the stretch and also weakened. SPRINGSTER dueled outside a rival, dropped back and angled in on the turn, gave way and was eased in the stretch but eventually crossed the wire and walked off.
1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $250,000. 'Eddie Read Stakes'. 3 year olds and up. Time 24.38 48.16 1:11.71 1:35.31 1:46.63
|2||Ritzy A. P.||120||2||5||1–1||1–1||1–1||2–hd||3–nk||Mn Garcia||32.90|
|2||RITZY A. P.||5.60|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-6)||$57.40|
|$1 EXACTA (6-5)||$21.40|
|$2 QUINELLA (5-6)||$26.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-5-2-4)||$58.93|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-5-2)||$112.10|
Winner–Bowies Hero B.h.5 by Artie Schiller out of Remembered, by Sky Mesa. Bred by Pope McLean, Pope McLean Jr. &Marc McLean (KY). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing, LLC, Madaket Stables LLC and Rockin Robin Racing Stable. Mutuel Pool $391,682 Daily Double Pool $33,500 Exacta Pool $134,816 Quinella Pool $8,738 Superfecta Pool $41,789 Trifecta Pool $80,918. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (7-5-6) paid $99.10. Pick Three Pool $39,739.
BOWIES HERO broke in and bumped a rival, angled in and stalked just off the rail, split horses on the second turn, came three wide into the stretch, put a head in front three deep in midstretch and pulled clear under urging. MARCKIE'S WATER bumped at the start then bobbled a bit in the second stride, chased a bit off the rail, was under urging leaving the second turn, came out nearing midstretch and got up for second four wide on the line. RITZY A. P. took the early lead and set the pace inside, fought back on the second turn, came a bit off the rail in the stretch and held third between foes late. SHARP SAMURAI bumped after the start, stalked the pace outside a rival then three deep on the second turn, came four wide into the stretch and was edged for the show between rivals on the line. CATAPULT also bumped just after the start, was close up stalking the pace outside a rival then a bit off the rail, bid alongside the leader on the second turn, put a head in front in upper stretch, fought back between horses in midstretch and was outfinished for a minor award. OHIO (BRZ) saved ground stalking the leader, awaited room leaving the second turn, came out and waited off heels into the stretch, angled back to the inside in midstretch and also was outfinished.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $28,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000. Time 23.26 46.61 59.05 1:11.98
|5||Tiki Bar Logic||120||3||3||1–1||1–1½||1–1||2–½||Talamo||3.50|
|7||Brookes All Mine||111||5||2||4–1||4–1½||4–1½||4–½||Velez||11.30|
|3||Golly G by Jiminee||122||2||1||5||5||5||5||Arroyo, Jr.||2.70|
|5||TIKI BAR LOGIC||4.00||2.60|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-2)||$36.00|
|$1 EXACTA (2-5)||$18.00|
|$2 QUINELLA (2-5)||$20.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-5-6-7)||$14.38|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-5-6)||$27.10|
Winner–Scathing Grr.m.6 by Grazen out of Chelcee's Hope, by Bartok (IRE). Bred by Nick Alexander (CA). Trainer: Andrew Lerner. Owner: Dirt Road Racing, St. Hilaire, Christopher and Dalfiume, Dan. Mutuel Pool $333,941 Daily Double Pool $34,803 Exacta Pool $123,685 Quinella Pool $9,099 Superfecta Pool $45,858 Trifecta Pool $79,074. Scratched–Chay Up and Away, Showit.
50-Cent Pick Three (5-6-2) paid $65.05. Pick Three Pool $75,391. 50-Cent Pick Four (7-5-6-2) 4 correct paid $396.45. Pick Four Pool $221,914. 50-Cent Pick Five (4-7-5-6-2) 5 correct paid $4,889.10. Pick Five Pool $636,775.
SCATHING saved ground stalking the pace, came out into the stretch, bid outside the pacesetter under urging past midstretch to gain the lead a sixteenth out and won clear. TIKI BAR LOGIC had speed between horses, set the pace off the rail then a bit off the fence into the turn, angled to the inside into the stretch, fought back past midstretch, could not match the winner in the final sixteenth but held second. HALO DARLIN hopped slightly then bobbled in a bit of a slow start, went up three deep between horses then stalked between foes leaving the backstretch and outside a rival on the turn, came out into the stretch and was edged for the place. BROOKES ALL MINE stalked four wide then three deep leaving the backstretch, continued outsider a rival then off the rail on the turn and three wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. GOLLY G BY JIMINEE chased between horses then a bit off the rail on the backstretch and into the turn, came out on the turn and four wide into the stretch and did not rally.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $85,000. 'Wickerr Stakes'. 3 year olds and up. Time 23.76 48.18 1:11.52 1:22.95 1:34.44
|4||Higher Power||121||4||1||3–1||3–hd||4–1½||2–hd||2–1¾||Van Dyke||2.10|
|3||Law Abidin Citizen||119||3||9||8–hd||8–1½||9||9||9||Pereira||3.80|
|1||LE KEN (ARG)||6.20|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-5)||$42.20|
|$1 EXACTA (5-4)||$14.00|
|$2 QUINELLA (4-5)||$16.00|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-4-1-6)||$70.68|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-4-1)||$68.05|
Winner–Bombard Dbb.g.6 by War Front out of Witty, by Distorted Humor. Bred by Raydelz Stable (KY). Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: Claiborne Farm, Bass II, Perry R., Bass, Ramona S. and Dilschneider, Adele B.. Mutuel Pool $466,964 Daily Double Pool $45,189 Exacta Pool $229,008 Quinella Pool $17,524 Superfecta Pool $116,077 Trifecta Pool $164,566. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (6-2-5) paid $45.00. Pick Three Pool $61,745.
BOMBARD sped to the early lead, set the pace a bit off the rail then inside, inched away again on the second turn, came a bit off the fence in the stretch, kicked clear and held on gamely under urging. HIGHER POWER saved ground stalking the pace, came out a bit for room in the drive and finished willingly. LE KEN (ARG) stalked the winner along the inside throughout, got through in the stretch and edged foes for the show. SOUTER (GB) close up stalking the pace outside a rival then three deep on the second turn and into the stretch and was edged for third. RESTRAINEDVENGENCE pulled a bit off the rail then angled in and chased inside, came out a bit in the stretch and put in a late bid at a minor award. DOUBLE TOUCH (GB) stalked outside a rival then a bit off the rail, bid alongside the winner a half mile out then tracked just off the fence on the second turn and lacked the needed late kick. BLENDED CITIZEN chased outside a rival then three deep on the second turn and into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response in the lane. TIZZARUNNER angled in and chased a bit off the rail then inside, went between foes into and on the second turn and into the stretch and lacked a rally. LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN tried to rear then hopped to be away behind the field, pulled his way along to chase outside a rival or off the rail, came three deep into the stretch and was not a threat. The stewards conducted an inquiry into the start before ruling LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN was the cause of his own trouble.
5 Furlongs. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. Time 22.27 46.08 59.00
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-2)||$65.80|
|$1 EXACTA (2-6)||$22.00|
|$2 QUINELLA (2-6)||$25.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-6-1-5)||$11.78|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-6-1)||$29.35|
Winner–Collusion Illusion B.c.2 by Twirling Candy out of Natalie Grace, by First Dude. Bred by Donald R. Dizney, LLC (FL). Trainer: Mark Glatt. Owner: Agnew, Dan J., Orr, Rodney E., Schneider, Jerry and Xitco, John V.. Mutuel Pool $418,092 Daily Double Pool $55,579 Exacta Pool $169,682 Quinella Pool $11,232 Superfecta Pool $63,044 Trifecta Pool $104,417. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (2-5-2) paid $46.45. Pick Three Pool $53,951.
COLLUSION ILLUSION chased a bit off the rail, came out into the turn and three wide into the stretch and rallied under urging to get up four wide on the line. DEFENSE WINS settled off the inside then angled to the rail on the turn, came out into the stretch and rallied between horses late. DISCO BALL had good early speed and dueled inside, took a short lead on the turn, fought back along the rail in the stretch and held on well but was edged at the wire. BRONN dueled outside a rival, fought back on the turn and through the stretch and was edged for the show between foes late. ROSES TWENTYTWENTY broke a bit slowly, settled off the rail, angled in some on the turn and lacked a response in the stretch. PERSEVERANCE hesitated to be away slowly, dropped back off the rail, angled in on the turn and was not a threat.
1 3/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $64,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 24.81 49.49 1:14.22 1:38.29 2:02.15 2:14.39
|5||Pride's Gold||120||5||9||9||9||9||6–2½||4–nk||Arroyo, Jr.||3.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-7)||$87.60|
|$1 EXACTA (7-2)||$74.20|
|$2 QUINELLA (2-7)||$56.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-2-6-5)||$176.86|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-2-6-5-3)||$12,258.00|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-2-6)||$210.85|
Winner–Lostintranzlation Ch.m.5 by Lucky Pulpit out of Granny Got Game, by Stormy Atlantic. Bred by Lilley Ranch (CA). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Hesz, Aaron, Hendrickson, Denis and McClanahan, Jerry. Mutuel Pool $510,685 Daily Double Pool $145,107 Exacta Pool $279,940 Quinella Pool $13,924 Superfecta Pool $153,851 Super High Five Pool $32,125 Trifecta Pool $214,709. Scratched–none.
$2 Pick Six Jackpot (5-6-2-5-2-7) . Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $128,992. 50-Cent Pick Three (5-2-7) paid $96.65. Pick Three Pool $181,250. 50-Cent Pick Four (2-5-2-7) 4 correct paid $323.75. Pick Four Pool $592,318. 50-Cent Pick Five (6-2-5-2-7) 5 correct paid $1,748.65. Pick Five Pool $481,255. $2 Pick Six (5-6-2-5-2-7) 5 out of 6 paid $404.60. $2 Pick Six (5-6-2-5-2-7) 6 correct paid $64,493.00. Pick Six Pool $492,115. $1 Place Pick All 8 correct paid $14,612.90. Place Pick All Pool $38,322.
LOSTINTRANZLATION sped to the early lead between foes, angled in and set the pace inside, drifted a bit off the rail in the stretch and held gamely. AUNT LUBIE saved ground stalking the pace, came out into the stretch and held second. CURLIN'S JOURNEY chased outside a rival then between foes, continued outside a rival on the last turn and three wide into the stretch and edged foes for the show. PRIDE'S GOLD saved ground off the pace, came out into the stretch and was edged for third. BORNONVALENTINEDAY stalked the pace along the inside throughout and was outfinished for a minor award. BREEZY BEE saved ground chasing the pace, came out on the final turn and four wide into the stretch and put in a mild bid at a minor share. MYBLUEBELL (FR) stalked outside a rival, came out some in the stretch and weakened. PETER'S KITTEN between horses early, chased off the rail then outside a rival and weakened in the drive. SAPPHIRE KID stalked three deep then outside a rival leaving the backstretch, went three wide on the final turn and into the stretch and gave way.
|Out of State||N/A||$6,924,854|