Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as racing (and this newsletter) takes a break until Friday.
A couple of familiar faces have departed Southern California recently in hopes of finding riches back East. Hall of fame jockey Kent Desormeaux and longtime jockey Martin Garcia have left more because of lack of opportunity than any concern over the future of California racing.
Desormeaux is going to Fair Grounds in New Orleans and Garcia plans to ride the Kentucky circuit. A couple of years ago, Garcia went out on his own after splitting with trainer Bob Baffert. But Garcia came back and had continued to ride on the Southern California circuit until recently.
As for Desormeaux, he’s seen business slow down lately precipitating his decision to go back to his native Louisiana.
While these moves make perfect sense, it’s something to watch as California continues to deal with its horse shortage. If there are fewer horses, there are fewer races and fewer opportunities for jockeys. This coming year may be the most critical in the state’s history as it tries to rebound from a large spike in horse fatalities. One of the many indicators on how things are going is how many trainers and jockeys move out of state.
During the height of the Santa Anita crisis, trainers sent a lot of the horses back east. The tracks have rebounded a bit since then but the horse population is lower than it’s been in many years. It seems as if every meet is the most important one it has ever had. The industry is hoping it can back to where an upcoming meet is just that and nothing more.
Where are the stewards’ rulings?
I know you folks look forward to the stewards’ rulings with comments from the minutes every Monday. But there are none this week. Why? Well, don’t know if the stewards were slow getting them to Sacramento or the folks in the CHRB office were slow making them public. But, that’s logically one of he answers. We’ll double up next week, maybe.
Del Mar review
Before we look at Sunday’s feature, just a reminder that Del Mar has canceled its Thursday card in fear of bad weather. Queen Bee to You was content to watch Creative Instinct and Mo See Call set the early pace in the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for Cal-bred fillies and mares going seven furlongs. But when the real running started at the top of the stretch, Queen Be to You made her move and stretch her lead to win by 4 ½ lengths.
Queen Bee to You paid $8.00, $4.80 and $2.60. Show It N Moe It was second and Mo See Cal finished third.
Here’s what the winning connections had to say.
Andrew Lerner (winning trainer): “We put this mare in some tough spots. Two against the boys, one in the Clement Hirsch [at Del Mar]. We tried some different things with her. I’m glad she vindicated us today. It’s a great feeling and an emotional win. She’s versatile, she can run on dirt or grass, but we’ve had trouble finding races for her. It’s a matter of finding the right spot and the right distance. Her last race really sharpened her for this.”
Flavien Prat (winning jockey): “We (he and trainer Lerner) liked the outside post. When I asked her on the turn, she really went. She’s won at a mile before, but I think seven-eighths is just right for her.”
Big races review
A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 on Sunday at late Saturday.
Delta Downs (8): $100,000 Delta Mile Stakes, 3 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Stephen’s Answer ($11.20)
Aqueduct (9): $100,000 Notebook Stakes, NY-bred 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Winner: Dream Bigger ($3.70)
Del Mar (7): $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes, Cal-bred fillies and mares 3 and up, 7 furlongs. Winner: Queen Bee to You ($8.00)
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Now, here’s the star of the show, Sunday’s results. We’ll see you on Friday.
Del Mar Charts Results for Sunday, November 17.
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. 7th day of a 15-day meet. Clear & Fast
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $17,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000. Time 23.11 46.34 1:11.39 1:18.12
|7||Diamond of Value||124||6||2||3–hd||4–1½||2–2||2–2½||Espinoza||2.10|
|7||DIAMOND OF VALUE||3.60||2.80|
|$1 EXACTA (6-7)||$11.40|
|$2 QUINELLA (6-7)||$12.80|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-7-1-5)||$16.16|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-7-1)||$23.95|
Winner–Coilette Ch.f.3 by Coil out of Missilette, by Golden Missile. Bred by Bryan A Willson, David Willson & SusanE. Willson (CA). Trainer: Jorge Rosales. Owner: Marjorie Avery. Mutuel Pool $135,417 Exacta Pool $65,549 Quinella Pool $3,187 Superfecta Pool $26,653 Trifecta Pool $44,766. Scratched–Bold Ante.
COILETTE had speed off the rail then dueled outside a rival, took a short lead between horses on the turn, inched away a bit off the rail into the stretch and held under some urging. DIAMOND OF VALUE stalked outside, bid four wide on the turn and three deep into the stretch and continued willingly late. SECRET MANEUVER saved ground stalking the pace, came out some in deep stretch and bested the others. DARPA a step slow to begin, chased off the rail then outside a rival leaving the turn, came three wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. ZONING bobbled at the start, stalked off the rail, bid three wide between foes on the turn, angled in some into the stretch and weakened. BELLAZANO went up inside to duel for the lead, dropped back leaving the turn, came out into the stretch and also weakened.
5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $52,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 22.71 45.39 56.79
|8||She's So Special||122||7||6||7||7||4–hd||2–1¾||Prat||1.30|
|4||Nu Pi Lambda||122||3||1||4–1||5–1½||5–1½||5–4½||Espinoza||2.00|
|6||Quiet Secretary||122||5||3||3–hd||3–hd||6–1½||6–ns||T Baze||63.60|
|8||SHE'S SO SPECIAL||2.80||2.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-1)||$35.40|
|$1 EXACTA (1-8)||$8.70|
|$2 QUINELLA (1-8)||$7.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-8-5-3)||$22.29|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-8-5)||$25.20|
|$2 CONSOLATION DOUBLE (6-2)||$9.40|
Winner–Lighthouse Grr.f.2 by Mizzen Mast out of More Hoping, by North Light (IRE). Bred by David Chavez Jr. (KY). Trainer: Simon Callaghan. Owner: LNJ Foxwoods. Mutuel Pool $324,886 Daily Double Pool $44,883 Exacta Pool $142,915 Quinella Pool $6,427 Superfecta Pool $74,750 Trifecta Pool $106,722. Scratched–Florentine Diamond.
LIGHTHOUSE had good early speed and dueled inside, inched away leaving the turn, kicked clear, drifted out a bit from the whip in the final furlong and held. SHE'S SO SPECIAL wide early, settled outside a rival then angled in leaving the backstretch, saved ground on the turn and into the stretch and went up the rail in the drive. CARPE VINUM had speed between horses then was shuffled back approaching the half mile pole, angled in and saved ground stalking the pace, came off the rail in the stretch and bested the others. PRINCESS MO dueled between horses then stalked just off the rail leaving the turn and into the stretch, came out some in the drive and weakened. NU PI LAMBDA had speed between horses to duel for the lead, stalked between foes on the turn and also weakened some in the stretch. QUIET SECRETARY five wide early, pressed the pace four wide on the backstretch and three deep on most of the turn, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. AGAVE QUEEN hopped some at the start, chased off the rail then outside a rival leaving the backstretch and three deep on the turn and into the stretch and lacked a response in the drive.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $52,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 21.99 46.32 59.18 1:05.86
|7||Lucky Long Legs||120||7||6||6–4||6–3||2–hd||3–3¾||Maldonado||10.50|
|7||LUCKY LONG LEGS||4.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-4)||$46.80|
|$1 EXACTA (4-3)||$21.00|
|$2 QUINELLA (3-4)||$17.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-3-7-1)||$28.19|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-3-7)||$50.40|
Winner–Jodie Faster Dbb.f.2 by Empire Way out of Joeysburg, by Johannesburg. Bred by Eric Steinmann (CA). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: D'Amato, Philip, Jacobsen, Gordon and Owen, Jeff. Mutuel Pool $165,202 Daily Double Pool $25,762 Exacta Pool $84,786 Quinella Pool $2,869 Superfecta Pool $43,171 Trifecta Pool $62,511. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (6-1-4) paid $46.90. Pick Three Pool $55,606. 50-Cent Consolation Pick Three (6-2-4) paid $10.50.
JODIE FASTER bobbled at the start, settled a bit off the rail, waited off heels in upper stretch then angled out nearing midstretch and rallied under urging to get up in the last stride. ELGOFRANCO dueled between horses then outside a rival on the turn, took the lead in upper stretch, kicked clear and held on well but was caught on the line. LUCKY LONG LEGS hopped some at the start, settled off the rail, split horses leaving the turn, came out some in upper stretch, drifted in a bit in deep stretch and bested the others. MEASUREOFDEVOTION bobbled slightly at the start, saved ground stalking the pace, continued inside into the stretch and lacked a rally. EDDIE'S SISTER had speed between horses then dueled inside, fought back into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. SHENANDOAH STAR prompted the pace four wide then stalked outside rivals on the turn, came four wide into the stretch and weakened. AWESOME ALESSANDRA pressed the pace three deep between horses then stalked between foes on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and also weakened.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $55,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 23.00 46.60 1:10.35 1:22.05 1:33.80
|3||MURAD KHAN (FR)||2.20|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-5)||$55.00|
|$1 EXACTA (5-2)||$28.30|
|$2 QUINELLA (2-5)||$32.20|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-2-3)||$30.95|
Winner–The Hunted Ch.g.4 by Unusual Heat out of Lethal Hunter, by Jade Hunter. Bred by M. Auerbach, L.L.C. (CA). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: M. Auerbach LLC, Ciaglia Racing LLC and Little Red Feather Racing. Mutuel Pool $222,587 Daily Double Pool $23,103 Exacta Pool $87,409 Quinella Pool $4,255 Trifecta Pool $70,655. Scratched–Tule Fog.
50-Cent Pick Three (1-4-5) paid $49.60. Pick Three Pool $33,024.
THE HUNTED chased outside a rival then a bit off the rail on the first turn and backstretch, went outside a foe on the second turn, bid three deep into the stretch to gain the lead, inched away under urging a sixteenth out and proved best. SELLWOOD saved ground chasing the pace, came out in upper stretch and again in midstretch and edged a rival for the place. MURAD KHAN (FR) stalked the pace inside, came out leaving the second turn, bid between horses into the stretch, fought back in midstretch and was edged for second. FORAY a bit washy at the gate, tugged to the early lead outside foes then angled in, set the pace inside, fought back into the stretch and until past midstretch then weakened. HARBOUR MASTER (GB) a step slow to begin, angled in on the first turn then settled a bit off the rail on the backstretch, went outside a rival leaving the second turn and into the stretch and lacked the needed rally.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000. Time 22.27 45.68 58.03 1:10.75
|7||Portal Creek||120||6||2||3–3||3–2½||1–hd||2–¾||Valdivia, Jr.||3.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-6)||$34.80|
|$1 EXACTA (6-7)||$8.80|
|$2 QUINELLA (6-7)||$11.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-7-2-5)||$10.79|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-7-2)||$21.65|
Winner–Nomizar B.f.3 by Tapizar out of Forbidden Brew, by Milwaukee Brew. Bred by Richard Peardon (KY). Trainer: Ryan Hanson. Owner: Randy E. Marriott. Mutuel Pool $317,769 Daily Double Pool $27,773 Exacta Pool $150,931 Quinella Pool $7,987 Superfecta Pool $69,479 Trifecta Pool $109,636. Claimed–Swing Thoughts by Jacobs, Gary, Lambert, Jeffrey and Paradise Farms Corp. Trainer: Robert Hess, Jr. Scratched–She's a Dime, Time for Suzzie.
50-Cent Pick Three (4-5-6) paid $49.30. Pick Three Pool $53,238. 50-Cent Pick Four (1-4-5-1/6) 4 correct paid $242.80. Pick Four Pool $243,212. 50-Cent Pick Five (6-1-4-5-1/6) 5 correct paid $539.05. Pick Five Pool $471,477.
NOMIZAR a half step slow to begin, chased off the rail, ranged up four wide into the stretch and rallied under urging to get up on the wire. PORTAL CREEK had good early speed and dueled three deep, took a short lead outside a rival nearing midstretch, fought back in deep stretch but was edged in the final stride. SUPER KLAUS broke a bit slowly, came out early and settled outside a rival then off the rail on the turn, came four wide into the stretch and finished well. BUSY PAYNTER dueled between horses, put a head in front leaving the turn, fought back just off the rail in the stretch, drifted in some late and was edged for the show. SWING THOUGHTS chased a bit off the rail then inside on the turn, came out in upper stretch and lacked the needed late kick. SQUARE PEGGY angled in and dueled inside, fought back on the turn and weakened in the stretch.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $30,000. Starter Optional Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 22.60 47.64 1:12.63 1:24.99 1:37.37
|3||Teachers Big Dream||115||2||4||1–hd||2–1½||1–hd||1–½||3–hd||Diaz, Jr.||11.70|
|4||French Rose||120||3||3||5–hd||6–1||5–½||5–hd||5–1||Valdivia, Jr.||27.60|
|7||Peaches and Nuts||120||6||8||8||8||8||8||7–1¼||Van Dyke||9.00|
|8||Smiling to Excess||120||7||1||4–1½||3–hd||3–½||4–½||8||Delgadillo||22.50|
|3||TEACHERS BIG DREAM||4.60|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-6)||$12.60|
|$1 EXACTA (6-9)||$55.90|
|$2 QUINELLA (6-9)||$91.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-9-3-2)||$134.72|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-9-3)||$169.30|
Winner–Madame Bourbon Ch.f.2 by Goldencents out of La Reine Bourbon, by Leroidesanimaux (BRZ). Bred by Spruce Lane, Copper Beech, DallasBecker, Sisu, Tim Perotti & Rick Carroll (KY). Trainer: Mark Glatt. Owner: Red Baron's Barn LLC, Rancho Temescal LLC and Bannasch, Linear. Mutuel Pool $280,450 Daily Double Pool $39,852 Exacta Pool $151,499 Quinella Pool $4,720 Superfecta Pool $94,015 Trifecta Pool $115,407. Scratched–Freedom Ride.
50-Cent Pick Three (5-6-6) paid $19.50. Pick Three Pool $59,806.
MADAME BOURBON bumped at the start, settled a bit off the rail, came out leaving the second turn and four wide into the stretch and rallied under urging to get up approaching the line. DESTINY'S JOURNEY chased outside a rival then three deep into the stretch and rallied between rivals late. TEACHERS BIG DREAM had speed between horses then dueled inside, fought back along the rail in the stretch and was overtaken late but held third. MOSIENKO saved ground stalking the pace, came out into the stretch and again in upper stretch, drifted in some in deep stretch but went on willingly between foes late. FRENCH ROSE also saved ground chasing the pace, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed late kick. ACAI bumped at the start, had speed three deep then dueled outside a rival, fought back past midstretch then drifted in some and weakened late. PEACHES AND NUTS angled in and saved ground off the pace, continued inside into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response, then was unsaddled on the backstretch and walked off. SMILING TO EXCESS stalked outside a rival, ranged up three deep leaving the second turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong.
7 Furlongs. Purse: $100,000. 'Betty Grable Stakes'. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.82 45.33 1:10.03 1:22.90
|7||Queen Bee to You||124||6||2||3–2||3–1||1–2½||1–4½||Prat||3.00|
|1||Show It N Moe It||120||1||6||4–hd||4–1½||4–4||2–3¼||Bejarano||8.20|
|5||Mo See Cal||122||4||3||2–hd||2–½||3–1½||3–nk||Cedillo||0.70|
|3||Starr of Quality||124||3||5||5–½||5–2||5–3||5–6¼||Pereira||8.50|
|7||QUEEN BEE TO YOU||8.00||4.80||2.60|
|1||SHOW IT N MOE IT||7.80||3.20|
|5||MO SEE CAL||2.10|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-7)||$20.80|
|$1 EXACTA (7-1)||$22.40|
|$2 QUINELLA (1-7)||$26.20|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-1-5-2)||$14.04|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-1-5)||$24.25|
Winner–Queen Bee to You B.m.5 by Old Topper out of Silk Queen, by Touch Gold. Bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (CA). Trainer: Andrew Lerner. Owner: St. Hilaire, Christopher and Vali, Adam. Mutuel Pool $297,761 Daily Double Pool $37,035 Exacta Pool $147,193 Quinella Pool $6,899 Superfecta Pool $70,850 Trifecta Pool $105,267. Scratched–Love a Honeybadger.
50-Cent Pick Three (6-6-7) paid $11.70. Pick Three Pool $59,123.
QUEEN BEE TO YOU pressed the pace three deep, took the lead in upper stretch and drew clear under urging then a hold in the final strides. SHOW IT N MOE IT saved ground stalking the pace, came out into the stretch and again in upper stretch, went three deep past midstretch and was clearly second best. MO SEE CAL dueled between horses, fought back into the stretch and edged a rival for the show. CREATIVE INSTINCT had good early speed and dueled inside, fought back on the turn and into the stretch and was edged for third. STARR OF QUALITY stalked between horses then outside a rival, continued off the inside into and on the turn and a bit wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. COCO KISSES chased three deep then off the rail, angled in leaving the backstretch, found the inside on the turn and weakened.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $52,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.60 47.73 1:12.64 1:25.13 1:37.20
|3||Hot Magistrate||117||3||1||2–1||2–1||1–hd||2–1||3–2¼||Diaz, Jr.||7.40|
|2||Y Not Sizzle||122||2||5||4–½||5–hd||8–1||10||8–2½||T Baze||8.30|
|1||Lydia O Lydia||122||1||2||1–hd||1–hd||5–1||6–hd||9–13¾||Pereira||24.30|
|4||Love Not War||122||4||3||3–2||3–½||2–1||9–½||10||Van Dyke||14.60|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-8)||$90.80|
|$1 EXACTA (8-7)||$46.60|
|$2 QUINELLA (7-8)||$43.80|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-7-3-6)||$211.40|
|10-CENT SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-7-3-6-10)||Carryover $18,139|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-7-3)||$194.70|
Winner–Golden Necklace B.f.3 by Golden Balls (IRE) out of Birthday Surprise, by Henrythenavigator. Bred by DP Racing (CA). Trainer: James M. Cassidy. Owner: D P Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $350,209 Daily Double Pool $112,092 Exacta Pool $211,442 Quinella Pool $7,065 Superfecta Pool $122,381 Super High Five Pool $23,768 Trifecta Pool $170,118. Scratched–Probable.
20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (4-5-1/6-1/6-7-8) . Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $87,260. 50-Cent Pick Three (6-7-8) paid $72.00. Pick Three Pool $196,853. 50-Cent Pick Four (1/6-1/6-7-8) 4 correct paid $211.75. Pick Four Pool $717,483. 50-Cent Pick Five (5-1/6-1/6-7-8) 5 correct paid $1,972.25. Pick Five Pool $503,933. $2 Pick Six (4-5-1/6-1/6-7-8) 5 out of 6 paid $263.40. $2 Pick Six (4-5-1/6-1/6-7-8) 6 correct paid $23,376.80. Pick Six Pool $131,272. $1 Place Pick All 8 correct paid $808.00. Place Pick All Pool $24,358.
GOLDEN NECKLACE angled in and chased outside a rival, went up three deep on the second turn and four wide into the stretch, bid outside to gain the lead while drifting inward in midstretch, and held on gamely under left handed urging. SCARLET HEAT chased outside a rival then three deep into and on the second turn and into the stretch, was between horses in upper stretch and finished well. HOT MAGISTRATE had speed between horses then dueled outside a rival, took a short lead into the second turn, fought back inside on that turn and in the stretch. OUR ROMANCE chased inside then a bit off the rail, was in tight between foes leaving the backstretch, continued between foes on the second turn and three wide into the stretch and could not quite summon the needed late kick. SLEW SOUTH a bit slow to begin, angled in and settled off the rail then outside a rival, came out leaving the second turn and five wide into the stretch and finished with some interest. TIZZY angled in and stalked outside a rival, was in tight between foes leaving the backstretch, went between horses on the second turn, came three deep into the stretch and steadied off heels and was outfinished. LADY EMBER broke a bit slowly, chased inside then a bit off the rail, split horses on the second turn, came four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. Y NOT SIZZLE saved ground chasing the pace, was in a bit tight leaving the backstretch, waited for room leaving the second turn, came out into the stretch, lacked room from upper stretch to midstretch and went around a rival late. LYDIA O LYDIA pulled along the inside, dueled from the rail, was in tight along the fence on the second turn and weakened in the drive. LOVE NOT WAR pulled hard three deep then drifted out into the first turn, stalked off the rail then between foes, bid three deep into the second turn and outside a rival leaving that turn, dropped back in the stretch and had little left for the drive.
|Out of State||N/A||$5,940,312|