Good With People Hangs On to Capture I’m Smokin Stakes

Good With People | Benoit Photo

Good With People © Benoit Photo

J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s homebred Good With People adjusted nicely to an equipment change and got the money in the 31st running of the I’m Smokin Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds Friday at Del Mar.

The son of the Curlin sire Curlin to Mischief had blinkers taken off today for his third start and it settled him enough to where rider Abel Cedillo was able to save his energy early and come away with a half-length victory in the six-furlong stakes. The colt took down the $57,000 winner’s share from the total purse of $94,000 after running the six panels in 1:10.37.

Finishing second in the dash was Brown, Jr., Klein and Lebherz’s Touchdown Brown and running third was Litt or Solis II’s Tacoflarovedkisses. There were six scratches from the original field of 10 runners, so only four horses went.

Good With People paid $3.80 and $2.40.  There was no show betting.

Peter Miller trains the winner and it was his sixth stakes victory of the Del Mar meeting. It was also rider Cedillo’s sixth stakes tally of the session.

The riding star of the afternoon was the track’s leading rider, Umberto Rispoli, who scored three times, all on turf. He now has 45 first after 24 racing dates and leads Flavien Prat by three winners. Trainer Richard Baltas had a good afternoon with three victories, bringing his total for the session to 11, fourth best among all trainers.

There are three racing days left in the 81st summer season at the seaside oval and all three will start with an early post of 1 p.m. All three will have 11-race cards with six stakes races still to be run over the weekend.


ABEL CEDILLO (Good With People, winner) – “The last time I rode him (Graduation Stakes August 2), we had an easy lead and he got real tired. I suggested to Peter (trainer Miller) that we take the blinkers off to help him relax. That’s just how it worked today. We went to the front, but he did it easily. He had enough late this time to get the job done.”

PETER MILLER (Good With People, winner) – “We took the blinkers off and I think that made the big difference. He was a little too aggressive last time with the blinkers and he couldn’t see the horses coming at the end. We worked him without the blinkers and he did really well. And Abel (Cedillo) did a good job. It got a little close at the end. He looked like a winner last time, too, at the eighth pole and the 16th pole, so I wasn’t counting my eggs before they were hatched.”


FRACTIONS:  :22.48  :45.59  :57.51  1:10.37

The victory was the sixth stakes wins of the meeting for rider Cedillo, but his first in the I’m Smokin. He now has eight stakes wins at Del Mar.

The stakes win was the sixth of the meet for trainer Miller, but his first in the I’m Smokin. He now has 35 stakes wins at Del Mar.

The winning owners and breeders, J. Kirk and Judy Robison, are from El Paso, TX.

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity

Results

Friday, September 4
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $28,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $12,500 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $19,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $50,000 $41,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 I’m Smokin S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $28,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Sunday, September 6 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $20,000 $27,000
Race 2 Claiming – $25,000 $31,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $59,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $19,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 8 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf S. $75,000
Race 9 Del Mar Debutante S. $250,000
Race 10 Del Mar Derby $200,000
Race 11 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Monday, September 7 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $16,000 $19,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 4 Claiming – $10,000 $22,000
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000
Race 9 Del Mar Juvenile Turf S. $100,000
Race 10 Runhappy Del Mar Futurity $250,000
Race 11 Claiming – $25,000 $31,000

Final Entries

Saturday, September 5
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $59,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $28,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000
Race 7 Claiming – $16,000 $19,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $50,000 $57,000
Race 9 Claiming – $20,000 $22,000
Race 10 John C. Mabee S. $150,000
Race 11 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000

10 Juveniles Face Starter in I’m Smokin on Friday

Positivity | Benoit Photo

Positivity © Benoit Photo

Trainer Tom Proctor hung out his shingle in 1978 and won with the first horse he started, a California-bred speedball name I’m Smokin. The horse went on to be California’s champion sprinter and – though the veteran conditioner subsequently has handled thousands of horses  – he still says I’m Smokin was the fastest one he’s ever had.

Del Mar named a race in the horse’s honor and has run it every year since 1990. Its 31st edition will be up for grabs this Friday and 10 juvenile colts – all born or bred in the Golden State – will do battle over six furlongs for the lion’s share of the $100,000 purse it offers.

With no horse in the field having more than two starts, the race looms as a wide-open betting event. A possible favorite might be the Paynter colt Positivity, who has captured both of his starts – a Cal-bred straight maiden race at Santa Anita in May, then the Graduation Stakes for Cal-breds at Del Mar on August 2. The bay is now trained by Patty Gallagher and will fly new silks – those of former CHRB chairman Chuck Winner, who privately purchased him following his Graduation tally.

Drayden Van Dyke, who was aboard Positivity for his half-length score in the Graduation, gets the call back Friday.

Here’s the lineup for the I’m Smokin from the rail out with owners, trainers and riders:

Huntertown Farm’s Alpine Thunder (Jose Hernandez, Jr, Tiago Pereira); Reddam Racing’s Jazz Hands (Edward Freeman, Giovanni Franco); Litt or Solis II’s Tacoflavoredkisses (Simon Callaghan, Umberto Rispoli); Positivity; J. Kirk and Judy Robinson’s Good With People (Peter Miller, Abel Cedillo); Nick Alexander’s Pappy Boyington (Steven Miyadi, Ricky Gonzalez); Brown, Jr., Klein or Lebherz’s Touchdown Brown (Rafael Becerra, Juan Hernandez); K M N Racing’s Scooby (Jerry Hollendorfer, Flavien Prat); Reddam Racing’s Found My Ball (Doug O’Neill, Mario Gutierrez), and Alexander’s Doc Adams (Miyadi, Ruben Fuentes).

The second- and third-place finishers in the Graduation behind Positivity are back to try him again Friday. Good With People was in front by four turning for home that day, but faltered late and wound up a half-length short. He’s a son of the Curlin sire Curlin to Mischief. Scooby ran third in the Graduation, a length and a quarter behind the winner, then was wheeled back three weeks later in a one-mile straight maiden turf race where he finished second. He’s by the Medaglia d’Oro stallion Fast Anna.

The two Alexander horses are down from Golden Gate Fields where they took down straight maiden races last month in their first starts. Pappy Boyington is by Grazen, while Doc Adams is a son of Vronsky.

Found My Ball will be making his racing debut in the I’m Smokin. He’s by the late Square Eddie and has been training forwardly at San Luis Rey Downs and Del Mar.

The I’m Smokin will be the 8th Race on a nine-race program. First post is 2 p.m.

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Saturday, September 5 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $59,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $28,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000
Race 7 Claiming – $16,000 $19,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $50,000 $57,000
Race 9 Claiming – $20,000 $22,000
Race 10 John C. Mabee S. $150,000
Race 11 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000
Sunday, September 6 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $20,000 $27,000
Race 2 Claiming – $25,000 $31,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $59,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $19,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 8 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf S. $75,000
Race 9 Del Mar Debutante S. $250,000
Race 10 Del Mar Derby $200,000
Race 11 Maiden Special Weight $55,000

Final Entries

Friday, September 4
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $28,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 3 Claiming – $12,500 $22,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $19,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000
Race 7 Claiming – $50,000 $41,000
Race 8 I’m Smokin S. $100,000
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $28,000

10 Juveniles Face Starter in I’m Smokin on Friday – Del Mar

Positivity | Benoit Photo

Positivity © Benoit Photo

Trainer Tom Proctor hung out his shingle in 1978 and won with the first horse he started, a California-bred speedball name I’m Smokin. The horse went on to be California’s champion sprinter and – though the veteran conditioner subsequently has handled thousands of horses  – he still says I’m Smokin was the fastest one he’s ever had.

Del Mar named a race in the horse’s honor and has run it every year since 1990. Its 31st edition will be up for grabs this Friday and 10 juvenile colts – all born or bred in the Golden State – will do battle over six furlongs for the lion’s share of the $100,000 purse it offers.

With no horse in the field having more than two starts, the race looms as a wide-open betting event. A possible favorite might be the Paynter colt Positivity, who has captured both of his starts – a Cal-bred straight maiden race at Santa Anita in May, then the Graduation Stakes for Cal-breds at Del Mar on August 2. The bay is now trained by Patty Gallagher and will fly new silks – those of former CHRB chairman Chuck Winner, who privately purchased him following his Graduation tally.

Drayden Van Dyke, who was aboard Positivity for his half-length score in the Graduation, gets the call back Friday.

Here’s the lineup for the I’m Smokin from the rail out with owners, trainers and riders:

Huntertown Farm’s Alpine Thunder (Jose Hernandez, Jr, Tiago Pereira); Reddam Racing’s Jazz Hands (Edward Freeman, Giovanni Franco); Litt or Solis II’s Tacoflavoredkisses (Simon Callaghan, Umberto Rispoli); Positivity; J. Kirk and Judy Robinson’s Good With People (Peter Miller, Abel Cedillo); Nick Alexander’s Pappy Boyington (Steven Miyadi, Ricky Gonzalez); Brown, Jr., Klein or Lebherz’s Touchdown Brown (Rafael Becerra, Juan Hernandez); K M N Racing’s Scooby (Jerry Hollendorfer, Flavien Prat); Reddam Racing’s Found My Ball (Doug O’Neill, Mario Gutierrez), and Alexander’s Doc Adams (Miyadi, Ruben Fuentes).

The second- and third-place finishers in the Graduation behind Positivity are back to try him again Friday. Good With People was in front by four turning for home that day, but faltered late and wound up a half-length short. He’s a son of the Curlin sire Curlin to Mischief. Scooby ran third in the Graduation, a length and a quarter behind the winner, then was wheeled back three weeks later in a one-mile straight maiden turf race where he finished second. He’s by the Medaglia d’Oro stallion Fast Anna.

The two Alexander horses are down from Golden Gate Fields where they took down straight maiden races last month in their first starts. Pappy Boyington is by Grazen, while Doc Adams is a son of Vronsky.

Found My Ball will be making his racing debut in the I’m Smokin. He’s by the late Square Eddie and has been training forwardly at San Luis Rey Downs and Del Mar.

The I’m Smokin will be the 8th Race on a nine-race program. First post is 2 p.m.

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity

Results

Monday, August 31
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $32,000 $30,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $19,000 Overnight Overnight

 

Honor A.P. in Final Derby Prep Saturday at Del Mar

Honor A.P. | Benoit Photo

Honor A.P. © Benoit Photo

C R K Stable’s Honor A.P. went through his final Kentucky Derby prep Saturday at Del Mar at 12:45 in the afternoon on a bright, sunny day over a fast track.

The ridgling son of Honor Code was sent seven furlongs with his Derby rider, Mike Smith, up and his trainer, John Shirreffs, looking on from the track’s Clubhouse box section. His final time for the move was 1:27.20.

Track clocker Toby Turrell caught splits of  :25.80, :37.80, :50.20, 1:02.80 and 1:14.80 along the way. He gave him a one mile gallop-out time of 1:40.60.

“I just wanted an easy seven eighths,” Shirreffs said. “He got it; we’re good to go. Now we just need a bit of luck. You need some of that in that race.”

Since running second in the Shared Belief Stakes here on August 1, the grandson of the late champion and superior stallion A.P. Indy now has had four workouts at Del Mar in preparation for his mile and a quarter debut next Saturday.  His last three –:59.40 Aug. 15, 1:00.20 Aug. 22 and today’s drill – all have been accomplished in the early afternoon with Hall of Famer Smith up.

Smith and Shirreffs combined to pull off a 50-1 shocker in the 2005 Kentucky Derby with Giacomo. Honor A.P., who won the Santa Anita Derby in June, is expected to be one of the shorter betting choices for the Run for the Roses behind the likely stout favorite Tiz the Law.

C R K Stable is the nom du course for Lee and Susan Searing of Clairemont, CA, who have raced horses since 1966 but will be taking their first shot at the Kentucky Derby this year. They paid $850,000 for Honor A.P. at the Saratoga Select Yearling Sale in 2018 and he now has won $382,200 in purses for them.

Del Mar Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, August 30
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $34,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $28,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $34,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Waiver Claiming – $32,000 $27,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $19,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Generous Portion S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Saturday, September 5 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $59,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $28,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000
Race 7 Claiming – $16,000 $19,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $50,000 $57,000
Race 9 Claiming – $20,000 $22,000
Race 10 John C. Mabee S. $150,000
Race 11 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000

Final Entries

Monday, August 31
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 3 Claiming – $10,000 $20,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $55,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $21,000
Race 6 Claiming – $32,000 $30,000
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $22,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $57,000
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $19,000

C Z Rocket Home First in Saturday’s Pat O’Brien

C Z Rocket | Benoit Photo

C Z Rocket (outside) © Benoit Photo

Tom Kagele’s C Z Rocket, a classy, old veteran who seems to have found a new lease on life since he was claimed for $40,000 at Oaklawn Park in April, continued his rebirth at Del Mar Saturday when he went gamely through the stretch to capture the Pat O’Brien Stakes by half a length.

The 6-year-old gelded son of City Zip won his fourth race in a row since the claim, the previous three having come again claiming and allowance company in Kentucky. He picked up a check for $90,000 from the $150,000 purse in the Grade II stake that pushed his bankroll up to $431,641.

The bay ran the seven furlongs in 1:22.25 and, as the 11-10 favorite, paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.20 across the board.

The victory added more accolades to an accolade-filled summer for his rider and trainer – Flavien Prat and Peter Miller, respectively. Prat registered his 12th stakes win of the meet, just one away from the Del Mar record of 13 set by Rafael Bejarano in 2012. Miller picked up his fifth stakes win of the session and his meet-leading 22nd tally in the 21st day of racing.

Finishing second was Lane’s End Racing and Hronis Racing’s Flagstaff, while Dan Agnew, Gerry Schneider and John Xitco’s Law Abidin Citizen ran third.

The O’Brien was a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” race guaranteeing the victor entry into the $2-million BC Dirt Mile with all fees paid. That race will be run on Saturday, November 7 at Keeneland in Lexington, KY.

In the day’s Pick Six bet, a two-day $247,091 carryover stirred the pot and drew $1,167,066 in “new” money to the pool. After Facts Matter paid $9.00 for winning the 11th and final race on the card, there were 147 tickets with all six winner, each paying out $5,941.60.  There will be a “Jackpot” carryover into Sunday’s card of $186,553.

Racing resumes tomorrow starting at 2 p.m. There also will be a Monday racing card this week with a similar 2 p.m. post.


FLAVIEN PRAT (C Z Rocket, winner) – “We saw that he’d been breaking slow in his races, so we were prepared for that. But he broke well today and we were right in the race. Then the pace wasn’t that fast, so we were right there. When I asked him, he was good. He’s a willing horse.

“Yes, this is my 12th stakes wins this summer at Del Mar. I’ve been riding good horses for good connections. That surely makes things easier.”

PETER MILLER (C Z Rocket, winner) – “He broke well and usually he doesn’t. The pace was slow and Flavien had him in the perfect spot. Tom Kagele (owner) actually called me (about claiming the horse) and I said, ‘His form is bad right now, but he’s a runner.’ You could see he had run some really fast races. I like old class horses that have shown talent. If you can get them going in the right direction they can run back to past form. Tom claimed him and the rest is history.”

C Z Rocket has won four straight since being claimed for $40,000. It was owner Kagele’s 50th birthday and the 11th wedding anniversary for Miller and his wife, Lani.


FRACTIONS:  :23.10  :46.04  1:10.06  1:22.25

The stakes win was the 12th of the meeting for rider Prat and his second (2019, Catalina Cruiser) in the Pat O’Brien. He now has 56 stakes wins at Del Mar.

The stakes win was the fifth stakes win of the meet for trainer Miller and his second (2015, Appealing Tale) in the Pat O’Brien. He now has 34 stakes wins at Del Mar.

The winning owner is Tom Kagele of LaVerne, CA.