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Saturday July 20th Hastings preview
acing continues at Hastings Racecourse today with a special nine race card as part of the annual Deighton Cup. The most of the Deighton Cup crowd will be clad in fine style and will jumping and cheering from their perch at the head of the stretch. It is always a fun afternoon and the action gets underway at 1:50p.m.
The feature event is in race five (3:50 p.m.) for three and four year old fillies who have not won three races in their career and the distance is six and half furlongs.
The rail was drawn by the Blue Willow Dairy and Pat Jarvis’ DORYS DARLIN who will be making her first of the year after a good debut season. There appears to be a fair amount of early speed in the lineup which will definitely help her off-the-pace style. She is a huge daughter of Storm Victory and judging by her works trainer Pat Jarvis has her primed for a top effort. Richard Hamel gets he riding assignment.
George Gilbert’s FLIGHT DATA is back in town after an unsuccessful trip across the Rocky Mountains to Century Mile racetrack. She started off the year with back-to-back victories in high claiming events but never really seemed comfortable in her Alberta venture earlier this month. She is facing a tough group today so she will need to find her prior form if she is to get the money today. Enrique Gonzalez will looking for his third win aboard the daughter turf star Data Link.
Dino Condilenios bred, owns and trains KRISSY who is another that started off the season like gangbusters winning impressively in her first two starts. She stumbled badly at the gate in her most recent effort which is a valid excuse for her distant sixth place defeat. She is back in sprinting which seems to be her best game but will need to avoid a pace battle if she is to get her third win of the campaign. Amadeo Perez returns to the saddle.
The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s NORTHERN GRAYSTAR was 2017 CTHS yearling sales topper and ran to the hype last month in her third career start crushing a field of no-tag maidens in a rapid 1:16 4/5. Her task is a tougher one this afternoon but she is a filly going the right way and has a ton of potential. Scott Williams is back in the tack for trainer Glen Todd.
Conrad Rozenek’s ONE FOR MOM is speedy daughter of Tizway that won her debut stylishly going three and a half furlongs last August. Her first start this season was in the $50,000 Ross McLeod in which she was bounced around at the gate and seemed to lose interest early and wound up sixth. She is one that needs to use her best asset which is early speed so with a better beginning she will be more of a factor on the pace in this easier test. Alex Marti rides for trainer Mel Snow.
The Swift Thoroughbreds’ TIPTOE is making her first start since running second in the $100,000 B.C. Oaks last September. She has been very sharp in her preparations for her comeback race and with the threat of a quick and contested early pace her late kick will make her dangerous if she can regain her 2018 form. Antonio Reyes will be a the controls for trainer Dino Condilenios.
Racing resumes next Friday, July 26th with a 7:00 p.m.start and then a 1:50 p.m. beginning on Sunday, July 28th. There will be NO live racing on Saturday.
Good luck and enjoy your day at the races.
|Race 1||4 -Another Guinness
6 – Next Otis
3 – Fighter Heart
|6 – Next Otis
4 – Another Guiness
1 – Red Hot Rio
|Race 2||1 – Torino Grand
5 – Action Wanted
4 – Bookie
|5 – Action Wanted
3 – Darlin Forever
6 – Cushman Road
|Race 3||6 – Random Act
7 – Panning for Gold
3 – Kindergartengrader
|2 – Gabi’s Bay Bae
7 – Panning for Gold
3 – Kindergartengrader
|Race 4||1 – Dat Day
6 – Stay Fantastic
4 – Doobiedoobiedoobie
|1 – Dat Day
2 – Amazonian
4 – Doobiedoobiedoobie
|Race 5||6 – Tiptoe
3 – Krissy
4 – Northern Graystar
|4 – Northern Graystar
3 – Krissy
6 – Tiptoe
|Race 6||5 – La Mer
3 – Fourtowin
7 – Wishable
|5 – La Mer
3 – Fourtowin
7 – Wishable
|Race 7||9 – Great Blake
1 – Pioneerof the West
8 – Sanawar
|1 – Pioneerof the West
3 – Martello
8 – Sanawar
|Race 8||1 – Silvertown
2 – Courtship
3 – Imposing Cat
|2 – Courtship
1 – Silvertown
3 – Imposing Cat
|Race 9||2 – Mori Girl
1 – Union Obsession
4 – Storm Cruiser
|1 – Union Obsession
2 – Mori Girl
7 – P G Star
|Mike’s Picks||Drew’s Picks|
RAZOR SHARP LA WAUN WINS AGAIN
AUBURN, Wash. (July 19, 2019) – La Waun made it two wins in 12 days with a 3 ¼-length victory Friday in the $11,200 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up.
With Gary Wales riding, La Waun ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.61 and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10 as the prohibitive betting favorite.
Wales, who also won race three on Salty Little Lass, extended his consecutive winnings days streak to 27 and is three shy of Kevin Radke’s track record of 30 straight winning days set in 2003.
Taking command on the turn, La Waun opened a 2 ¼-length lead into the stretch and drew off to win with complete authority. A 4-year-old California-bred gelding, La Waun won under almost identical conditions on July 7, and is 3-2-0 in six starts in 2019. His overall record is 6-3-1 in 22 starts with earnings of $98,495.
There were three claims in for La Waun, with owner John Parker and Candi Cryderman winning the post-race shake.
Big Hat Charlie, ridden by Jorge Carreno, held second and paid $5.20 and $3, while Bob’s All In rallied from last to finish third and paid $2.20. Giopress, Maurice Code and Aliante completed the order of finish.
NOTES: Trainers Steve Bullock and Frank Lucarelli each had two wins Friday. . .For Lucarelli, it’s the ninth time this season he’s saddled multiple winners on a card, and he now leads Blaine Wright 37-26 in the standings. . .In addition to Wales, Javier Matias and Kevin Orozco also rode two winners each Friday. . .In Saturday’s sixth race, Mike Man’s Gold will attempts to win his record 22nd race at Emerald Downs. The 9-year-old gelding is currently tied with West Seattle Boy at 21 wins apiece. The eight-race twilight card begins at 5 p.m.
|Charles Taylor Derby – Race 6, $70,000 Guaranteed|
|CTBA Futurity – Race 5, $30,000 Added|
|Mount Elbert S. – Race 7, $30,000 Added|
|CTBA Lassie S. – Race 8, $30,000 Added|
|Mike Spellman Memorial H. – Race 7, $75,000 Added|
|Black Tie Affair H. – Race 8, $75,000 Added|
|Manitoba Mile S. – Race 6, $30,000 Guaranteed|
|San Diego H. – Grade 2, Race 4, $200,000 Guaranteed|
|Daisycutter H. – Race 6, $85,000 Added|
|San Clemente S. – Grade 2, Race 8, $200,000 Guaranteed|
|John Henry S. – Race 8, $50,000 Guaranteed|
|Texas Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. – Race 11, $23,000 Added|
|Princess S. – Race 8, $5,800 Added|
|Sea of Tranquility S. – Race 11, $75,000 Guaranteed|
|Oceanport S. – Grade 3, Race 5, $150,000 Guaranteed|
|Molly Pitcher S. – Grade 3, Race 8, $150,000 Guaranteed|
|Wolf Hill S. – Race 9, $75,000 Guaranteed|
|Monmouth Cup S. – Grade 3, Race 10, $200,000 Guaranteed|
|WinStar Matchmaker S. – Grade 3, Race 11, $150,000 Added|
|TVG.com Haskell Invitational S. – Grade 1, Race 12, $1,000,000 Added|
|NDTA Maturity S. – Race 7, $10,000 Guaranteed|
|Iowa Stallion S. – Race 8, $70,000 Guaranteed|
|California Governor’s Cup H. – Race 8, $50,000 Added|
|Miss Ohio S. – Race 7, $75,000 Added|
|Toronto Cup S. – Race 3, $100,000 Guaranteed|
|Ontario Colleen S. – Grade 3, Race 8, $125,000 Guaranteed|
|Norm Barron Queen City Oaks – Race 8, $75,000 Guaranteed|
|R.K. Red Smith H. – Race 5, $50,000 Guaranteed|
|Don Getty H. – Race 7, $50,000 Guaranteed|
|Eddie Read S. – Grade 2, Race 4, $250,000 Guaranteed|
|Wickerr S. – Race 6, $85,000 Added|
|Good Lord S. – Race 8, $75,000 Guaranteed|
|King County Express S. – Race 5, $50,000 Added|
|Angie C. S. – Race 6, $50,000 Added|
|Boeing S. – Race 7, $50,000 Guaranteed|
|Mt. Rainier S. – Race 8, $50,000 Guaranteed|
|Leg 2 Sprint Series S. – Race 6, $7,000 Added|
|Prince S. – Race 8, $5,700 Added|
|Spruce Fir H. – Race 5, $75,000 Added|
|Coaching Club American Oaks – Grade 1, Race 4, $500,000 Added|
|Caress S. – Race 11, $200,000 Added|
|Shuvee S. – Grade 3, Race 13, $200,000 Added|
|Royal North S. – Grade 2, Race 9, $175,000 Guaranteed|
|Prince of Wales S. – Race 8, $400,000 Guaranteed|
|Cougar II H. – Grade 3, Race 6, $100,000 Guaranteed|
|New York Stallion Series S. – Race 7, $150,000 Added|
|Honorable Miss H. – Grade 2, Race 8, $200,000 Added|
|Prairie Gold Juvenile S. – Race 7, $65,000 Guaranteed|
|Prairie Gold Lassie S. – Race 8, $65,000 Guaranteed|
|Osunitas S. – Race 7, $85,000 Added|
|Saskatchewan Lotteries H. – Race 6, $6,500 Guaranteed|
|Iowa Stallion Filly Stakes S. – Race 8, $79,055 Guaranteed|
|Lake George S. – Grade 3, Race 9, $150,000 Guaranteed|
SAN CLEMENTE CONDITIONS LOOK RIGHT FOR MUCHO UNUSUAL
George Krikorian’s 3-year-old filly Mucho Unusual is 2-for-2 since being switched to turf racing at the one-mile distance early this year at Santa Anita.
So it’s not surprising that the daughter of Mucho Macho Man out of the Unusual Heat mare Not Unusual, is being given a lot of respect going into Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 San Clemente Stakes. The San Clemente’s conditions – 3-year-old fillies at a mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course – couldn’t be more ideal for Mucho Unusual considering her wins in the California Cup Oaks in February and an allowance event in June.
Joel Rosario, aboard for the three-length Cal Cup score on a course rated “good,” returns to the irons Saturday. Flavien Prat piloted the win, by a head, in June.
“She came out of the allowance race that we used as a prep for the San Clemente in excellent shape and she’s in good form since we brought her down here,” trainer Tim Yakteen said Friday morning. “The race comes up very competitive, so it’s in Joel’s hands.
“There’s a decent amount of pace in the race and Joel will figure it out. He’ll break and play it by ear. It depends on how the other speed horses break. He’ll make his call at that point.
“But we couldn’t be happier with the way she’s training and we’re hoping that she runs the same race, or a little bit better than her previous and she should be right there in the mix of things.”
A win by Mucho Unusual would be the second stakes of the meeting for Krikorian. His Hollywood Hills prevailed in Thursday’s Fleet Treat.
Mucho Unusual’s racing debut was a runner-up effort in the Generous Portion Stakes for California breds here during the final week of the 2018 summer season. She enters the San Clemente, often a stepping stone to the Grade I Del Mar Oaks in August, with three wins and two seconds in six career starts and earnings of $252,680.
The field from the rail: Keeper Ofthe Stars (Rafael Bejarano, 12-1), Seranitsa (Ruben Fuentes, 8-1), Mucho Unusual (Joel Rosario, 7-2), Devils Dance (Jorge Velez, 20-1), Apache Princess (Kent Desormeaux, 8-1), Over Emphasize (Alonso Quinonez, 8-1), Harmless (Abel Cedillo, 20-1), Stillwater Cove (Victor Espinoza, 5-2), Maxim Rate (Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1) and Kalliniki (Flavien Prat, 20-1).
The San Clemente goes as the eighth on a 10-race card starting at 2 p.m.
EURTON’S CORE BELIEFS: A STRONG SAN DIEGO CONTENDER
Justifiably, defending race champion Catalina Cruiser commands attention above all others, and designation as the 1-to-2 morning line favorite while drawing the No. 1 post, for Satuday’s Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap.
But standing just to the outside of Catalina Cruiser waiting for the gates to open will be Gary S. Broad’s Core Beliefs, a two-time graded stakes winner and earner of $873,011 who ranks, with 2018 San Diego runner-up Dr. Dorr, as a potential upsetter.
A 4-year-old son of Quality Road acquired for $350,000 in March of 2017, Core Beliefs recouped nearly double his purchase price with a 2018 campaign highlighted by a spring/summer run in which he finished third in the Santa Anita Derby and second in the Peter Pan at Belmont Park before winning the Ohio Derby. A victory in the New Orleans Handicap in his 2019 debut in March and sixth of seven in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita served as prelude to the San Diego.
“His works have been pretty good and he’s doing very well,” trainer Peter Eurton said Friday morning while conceding that the task for Core Beliefs looks formidable.
“Catalina Cruiser is a tough horse,” Eurton said. “If somebody decides to go with him and soften him up that might help, but if he catches an easy lead he’ll be tough to beat. And I don’t see too much speed in there.”
The field from the rail: Catalina Cruiser (Joel Rosario, 1-2), Core Beliefs (Flavien Prat, 5-1), Higher Power (Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1), Draft Pick (Martin Garcia, 8-1), Mongolian Groom (Abel Cedillo, 15-1) and Dr. Dorr (Rafael Bejarano, 4-1).
The San Diego goes as the fourth on a 10-race card.
CONTENTION RUNS DEEP IN SUNDAY’S EDDIE READ
Defending race champion Catapult will break from the No. 3 post in a field of six for Sunday’s Grade II $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes. A 6-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy owned by Woodford Racing and trained by John Sadler, Catapult was installed as the 2-1 choice in oddsmaker Russ Hudak’s morning line, issued Friday, but will have three competitors with opening odds in the 5-2 or 7-2 range to the immediate outside.
The field from rail for the 1 1/8-mile turf event: Ohio (Ruben Fuentes. 6-1), Ritzy A.P. (Martin Garcia, 15-1), Catapult (Drayden Van Dyke, 2-1), Sharp Samurai (Victor Espinoza, 5-2), Marckie’s Water (Tiago Pereira, 7-2) and Bowies Hero (Flavien Prat, 7-2).
ENTERING HIS 8TH DECADE AT DEL MAR, McANALLY EYES WICKERR
Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally is set to inaugurate the start of his eighth decade at Del Mar when he sends out Le Ken in the $85,000 added Wickerr Stakes on Sunday.
McAnally, who celebrated his 87th birthday on July 11, was on site in 1948 as a teenager working for his uncle, trainer Reggie Cornell. McAnally started training on his own in 1958 and recorded his first Del Mar stakes win in 1961 with Donut King in the CTBA Sales Stakes. His stakes win total here has grown to 77, second all time behind Bob Baffert (128) and ahead of Charlie Whittingham (74).
Of Le Ken, a 6-year-old Argentine-bred, McAnally said: “He’ll be a long shot, but if he gets through (traffic) he could do well. But it’s not an easy race. He comes from behind, so you’ve got to wait with him and hope to get lucky and get through. All we can do is try.”
Stakes win No. 75 here for McAnally, the one that moved him past Whittingham, came with Suggestive Boy in the 2012 Wickerr. He since added the 2013 Adoration (Charm the Maker) and 2014 Yellow Ribbon (Miss Serendipity).
The Wickerr field from the rail: Le Ken (Geovanni Franco, 10-1), Restrainedvengence (Evin Roman, 30-1), Law Abidin Citizen (Tiago Pereira, 5-1), Higher Power (Drayden Van Dyke, 5-1), Bombard (Flavien Prat, 3-1), Souter (Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 4-1), Blended Citizen (Rafael Bejarano, 8-1), Tizzarunner (Ruben Fuentes, 10-1) and Double Touch (Alonso Quinonez, 12-1).
RIDERS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR PDJF IN CONJUNCTION WITH “PHOTO DAY”
Del Mar’s jockeys will join together Saturday to take photos, sign autographs and collect donations for a cause near and dear to their hearts – the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund (PDJF).
The event unfolds in its usual spot – alongside the large fountain in the middle of Plaza de Mexico – from noon to 1:15 p.m. and will feature many of the riders currently tacking up at the shore oval. It is known as “Jockey Photo Day,” a Del Mar tradition that goes back 26 years. But in addition to the smiles and the friendly photos, the jocks are willing to sign an Opening Day photo of the whole colony for a donation to the PDJF.
Fans are encouraged to bring their phones and their smiles for a session with some of the best riders in the world. A chance to contribute to the PDJF – a most worthy cause – adds a nice extra to the annual event.
CLOSERS — The Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive Sunday, July 21, inside the Mission Tower Building from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration will be in the Plaza de Mexico and donations from up to 75 people can be taken …Selected works from 170 officially timed Friday morning: Amalfi Sunrise (5f, 1:01.20), Flor de La Mar (5f, 1:01.00), Just a Smidge (5f, 1:01.60), Schrodinger (5f, :59.80).