Favored Orglandes Powers Late to Take Thursday’s Red Carpet

Orglandes | Benoit Photo

Orglandes © Benoit Photo

New York invader Orglandes turned it on late under champion jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. to take down honors by a half length in the Grade III Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar on Thanksgiving Day.

The winner, who is owned by the partnership of Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Wonder Stables, is a 4-year-old French-bred filly by the Irish sire Le Harve and she ran the demanding 11 furlongs on turf in 2:15.85. As the 11-10 favorite, she returned $4.20, $3.40 and $2.80 across the board in capturing her initial stakes victory.

Finishing second in the seventh edition of the Grade III test for fillies and mares was Bederian, Kamberian or Nakkashian, et al’s Going to Vegas and third was Hronis Racing’s Quick.

Orglandes took home $60,000 from the $102,500 purse which pushed her career earnings to $154,772. She raced in her native France as a 2- and 3-year-old, then was purchased privately by American interests and her outing today was her third U.S. start. She’s won four of 10 lifetime starts and now races out of the powerhouse barn of champion trainer Chad Brown.

Going to Vegas, off at odds of 15-1, paid $11.80 and $6.20, while Quick, who went postward at 8-1, returned $5.00 to show.

In the day’s Pick Six wagering, a single ticket holder betting out of the Maryland hub was the only one to ring the bell with all six winners and took down a prize of $248,187. That fan had wagered $13,753 on his ticket.

Racing resumes at Del Mar Friday with first post at 12:30 p.m.


IRAD ORTIZ, JR. (Orglandes, winner) – “I had no special instructions. Just ride her. I liked where I was throughout the race. We thought this would be a better distance for her. The last time (winning allowance race at Belmont Park on October 9) it was too short for her (nine furlongs). She got ‘racy’ on me. But this distance is much better for her. She did well with it.”

JOSE HERNANDEZ, assistant to Chad Brown (Orglandes, winner) – “I wasn’t really worried (about the inquiry). There was a little bump but nothing serious. Chad talked to the jockey in the morning. He said just to break and play off of it. It’s a mile and three-eighth, a long race, so the jockey can do what he feels. The pace was good and he was in a really good position and then made a strong finish.”


FRACTIONS:  :24.91  :49.06  1:14.71  1:40.08  2:04.46  2:15.85

This was the first stakes win of the meet for rider Ortiz, Jr. and his first victory in the Red Carpet. He now has two stakes wins at Del Mar.

This was the first stakes win of the meet for trainer Brown and his first in the Red Carpet. He now has nine stakes wins at Del Mar.

The winning owners are Michael Dubb of Jerico, NY, Jason Montleone of New York City who races under the nom du course of Madaket Stables and Wonder Stables.

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity

Results

Thursday, November 26
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $27,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $40,000 $38,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $59,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Red Carpet H. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $23,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $35,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Saturday, November 28 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $59,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $23,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $61,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 5 Jimmy Durante S. $100,000
Race 6 Claiming – $16,000 $21,000
Race 7 Seabiscuit H. $200,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $59,000
Race 9 Hollywood Derby $300,000
Sunday, November 29 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $59,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $20,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 4 Claiming – $12,500 $23,000
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $59,000
Race 6 Claiming – $20,000 $23,000
Race 7 Cecil B. DeMille S. $100,000
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 9 Matriarch S. $300,000
Race 10 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $35,000

Final Entries

Friday, November 27
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $59,000
Race 3 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $35,000
Race 4 Claiming – $16,000 $21,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $59,000
Race 7 Hollywood Turf Cup S. $200,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $50,000 $59,000
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $57,000

All-sources handle at Del Mar meet up 25 percent

Del Mar opening day 2020, no fans

Benoit PhotoThe Del Mar meet has benefited from dry weather. Last year, two racing days were rained out.

Del Mar officials are projecting significant double-digit growth in all-sources handle for the current autumn meeting, which ends this Sunday.

Through last Sunday, the 11th day of the 15-day season, all-sources total handle showed an increase of 25 percent over the corresponding meeting in 2019, according to track chief financial officer Mike Ernst.

Several weeks of dry weather this month, more racing days this year, simulcasting of Breeders’ Cup races from Keeneland on Nov. 6-7, and an increase in average field size have contributed to the growth.

Last year, the autumn meeting lost two days of racing from a 15-day season because of excessive rain. Conditions have been dry this year and the forecast is favorable this weekend. In 2019, the Breeders’ Cup races were held at Santa Anita the week before the start of the Del Mar autumn meeting.

Through Sunday, fields have averaged 7.62 runners per race compared to 7.11 runners during a similar time last year. The complete 2019 meeting averaged 7.43 runners per race.

The increase in all-sources handle this year has largely been generated through account-wagering sources. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Del Mar is not open to the public, but has hosted a small number of owners each day. Business at the California simulcast network of other racetracks and satellite locations has been curtailed because of the pandemic.

“Fortunately, the wagering has held up,” Ernst said. “Overall, it’s been strong.”

Before the start of the meeting on Oct. 31, overnight purses were raised approximately 10 percent compared to the 2019 autumn meeting.

Ernst said an increase in all-sources handle was part of pre-meet projections.

“We fully expected we were going to beat that,” he said. “We didn’t expect to beat that by 25 percent.”

 

Dozen to Test Stamina Friday in 12-Panel Hollywood Turf Cup

Oscar Dominguez | Benoit Photo

Oscar Dominguez © Benoit Photo

A wide-open edition of the $200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup – a handicapping delight for those who like the challenge of a well-matched and highly competitive field – will be the day-after treat this Friday at Del Mar as a dozen turfers will ramble a mile and one-half in the seventh local running of the Grade II offering.

The marathon will go as Race 7 on the nine-race Thanksgiving Friday card. Though 14 horses have been named to run, only 12 will go due to safety considerations. The two also-eligibles will get a chance if there is a scratch in the main body of the field.

A trio of out-of-towners add special spice to the handicapping stew – Donegal Racing, Bulger and Coneway’s Arklow, Manfred Ostermann’s Laccario and Agave Racing Stable or Sam-Son Farm’s Say the Word. They’ll all be making their Del Mar debuts.

The race also has drawn its defending champion – Messineo or Sands’ Oscar Dominguez, who rallied through the lane to win by a neck over turf star United in last year’s running. It additionally has lured back a pair of runners who have been there before – Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams’ Ward ‘n Jerry, third in the Turf Cup last year, and  Little Red Feather and Tavares’ Marckie’s Water, fourth in the 2018 edition of the race.

Here’s the lineup for the feature from the rail out with riders and morning line odds: Messino and Sands’ North County Guy (Mario Gutierrez, 15-1); Oscar Dominguez (Irad Ortiz, Jr., 15-1); Little Red Feather, Jacobsen or Belmonte’s Red King (Umberto Rispoli, 5-1); Say the Word (Flavien Prat, 5-1); Arklow (Joel Rosario, 5/2); Old Bones Racing Stable, Slam Dunk Racing or Nentwig’s Gregorian Chant (Ricky Gonzalez, 20-1); The Ellwood Johnston Trust, Timmy Time Racing or Tevelde’s Acclimate (Tyler Baze, 12-1); Laccario (Manny Franco, 3-1); Ward ‘n Jerry (Jose Valdiva, Jr., 20-1); Benowitz Family Trust, Madaket Stables or Mathiesen’s Proud Pedro (Juan Hernandez, 20-1); Marckie’s Water (Tiago Pereira, 30-1), and Team Block’s Another Mystery (Mike Smith, 10-1). The two also-eligibles are Red Baron’s Barn or Rancho Temescal’s Tartini (Baze on a second call, 30-1) and CYBT, Nentwig or Weiner’s Fivestar Lynch (Abel Cedillo, 30-1).

If you look in the money-won column, it is “no contest” in this one with the 6-year-old Arch horse Arklow the biggest of the big dogs. The bay named for an Irish seaside town about 35 miles south of Dublin has banked $2,546,116 in his stellar career so far and shows seven wins and seven seconds from 30 starts. Twenty-four of those starts have been in stakes races, including outings in the last three runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Turf. This will be the 12th different racetrack where the stretch runner has performed and the 11th time he’s run a mile and one half. He’s trained by Brad Cox, currently the second-leading trainer in the country with more than $17 million in purses this year.

Say the Word, a 5-year-old Canadian-bred gelding by More Than Ready, comes into the race off a smart win in the Grade I Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine on October 18. A winner of five races and $445,292 in purses, the stretch runner has been shifted to the barn of trainer Phil D’Amato for his West Coast debut.

Say the Word is one of four horses D’Amato has entered in the marathon. The others are Red King, winner of the Del Mar Handicap here on August 22; Gregorian Chant, a 4-year-old gelding looking for his first stakes win, and Acclimate, a 6-year-old gelding making his first start since running in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2019 at Santa Anita.

Loccario is a German-bred 4-year-old colt who ran in his homeland up until an allowance start at Belmont Park on October 3. He was a Group I winner overseas and now takes his training from H. Graham Motion.

First post for the Friday card is 12:30 p.m.

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Friday, November 27 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $59,000
Race 3 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $35,000
Race 4 Claiming – $16,000 $21,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $59,000
Race 7 Hollywood Turf Cup S. $200,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $50,000 $59,000
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $57,000

Final Entries

Thursday, November 26
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $27,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 3 Claiming – $40,000 $38,000
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $59,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $20,000
Race 6 Red Carpet H. $100,000
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $23,000
Race 8 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $35,000

10 Marathoning Distaffers Set for Thanksgiving Tussle at Del Mar

Never Be Enough | Benoit Photo

Never Be Enough © Benoit Photo

Ten fillies and mares will test their lung and leg power over a mile and three eighths on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course Thanksgiving Day at Del Mar in the seventh edition of the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap.

Racing on Turkey Day traditionally starts early – 11 a.m. – with the thought of getting fans home in time to sit down for their big dinners. There will be no fans this year, but nonetheless the early racing holds, meaning the stakes – Race 6 on the eight-race program — should go off at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The Grade III Red Carpet has drawn a pair of east coast invaders from the potent barns of trainers H. Graham Motion and Chad Brown and they both appear to be serious contenders in the 11-panel testing.

Motion’s horse is Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Cloonan and Thornton’s Blame Debbie, a 3-year-old daughter of Blame currently working on a three-race win streak. Brown has sent out Dubb, Madaket Stables or Wonder Stables’ Orglandes, a 4-year-old French-bred filly by the Irish stallion Le Harve who clicked on October 9 at Belmont Park in her second stateside start.

Also coming west to handle the riding assignments on those two are a pair of top New York reinsmen, Manny Franco for Blame Debbie and Irad Ortiz, Jr. for Orglandes.

There’s a trio of local ladies who plan to lead the not-in-my-backyard contingent – Barber or Wachtel Stable’s California Kook, Charles or Gordon’s Never Be Enough and Bederian, Kamberian or Nakkashian, et al’s Going to Vegas.

California Kook has been tackling tougher of late and has been competitive while doing so. The 3-year-old Boisterous filly was second in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks on August 22, then a close-up fourth to colts in the Grade II Del Mar Derby on September 6 and finally fifth, beaten only three lengths, in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Keeneland on October 10. Thursday she’ll have the saddle services of another east coaster in Joel Rosario for trainer Peter Miller.

Never Be Enough, a 5-year-old British-bred mare by Sir Percy, tallied on opening day (October 31) of the Bing Crosby Season in the Kathryn Crosby Stakes at a mile on the grass. The stretch runner has reeled off three victories in a row in the past three months, two of them against allowance horses at Golden Gate Fields. Tiago Pereira was aboard the chestnut for her Kathryn Crosby score and trainer Manuel Badilla will have him on once more on Thanksgiving.

Going to Vegas has turned in a series of sharp efforts of late while just missing finding the winner’s circle. The 3-year-old by Goldencents most recently missed in a photo to the tough filly Warren’s Showtime in the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes on the lawn October 17 at Santa Anita. Trainer Richard Baltas sticks with her regular rider of late, Mario Gutierrez.

Here’s the full field for the Red Carpet from the rail out with riders:

California Kook; Never Be Enough; Branham, Baltas or McClanahan’s Colonial Creed (Flavien Prat); Orglandes; Going to Vegas; St George Farm Racing’s Woodfin (Jose Valdivia, Jr.); Jay Em Ess Stable’s Aunt Lubie (Victor Espinoza); Blame Debby; C R K Stable’s Hollywood Girl (Mike Smith), and Hronis Racing’s Quick (Umberto Rispoli).

Trainer Motion won the Red Carpet with his mare Rusty Slippers in 2015.

The stakes record for the 11-furlong distance was set by India Mantuana in winning the 2018 edition of this race in 2:14.50. The course record was set by Spring House in 2008 at 2:11.14.

DEL MAR CLOSING WEEKEND

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What better way to spend a Thanksgiving at home then cheering your picks down the stretch. Racing gets off to an early start with a special 11 AM post time for a special Thanksgiving Day card.

Thursday kicks off a torrent of terrific turf racing, with east coast shippers racing back to take on west coast rivals in seven graded stakes on the turf.

RED CARPET HANDICAP (GIII) Thursday
HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP (GII) Friday
HOLLYWOOD DERBY (GI) Saturday
SEABISCUIT HANDICAP (GII) Saturday
JIMMY DURANTE STAKES (GIII) Saturday
MATRIARCH STAKES (GI) Sunday
CECIL B. DEMILLE STAKES (GIII) Sunday
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8 RACES | 11:00 AM
FRI NOV 27
9 RACES | 12:30 PM
SAT NOV 28
9 RACES | 12:30 PM
SUN NOV 29
9 RACES | 12:30 PM
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UPCOMING STAKES

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Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
Thu. Nov 26
HOLLYWOOD TURF CUP (GII)
Three-year-olds & up
Fri. Nov 27
HOLLYWOOD DERBY (GI)
Three-year-olds
Sat. Nov 28
SEABISCUIT HANDICAP (GII)
Three-year-olds & up
Sat. Nov 28
JIMMY DURANTE STAKES (GIII)
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Sat. Nov 28
MATRIARCH STAKES (GI)
Fillies & Mares, Three-year-olds & up
Sun. Nov 29
CECIL B. DEMILLE STAKES (GIII)
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Sun. Nov 29
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Del Mar Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, November 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $35,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $8,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $31,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $59,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Cary Grant S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $80,000 $34,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Saturday, November 28 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $59,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $23,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $61,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $57,000
Race 5 Jimmy Durante S. $100,000
Race 6 Claiming – $16,000 $21,000
Race 7 Seabiscuit H. $200,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $59,000
Race 9 Hollywood Derby $300,000