Del Mar Racing 8-2-2015

Del Mar Barn Banter

Yet another Pick 6 Carryover to chase today.

Race 3

1. Prince Charmant  I am a Northern California Invader who is now in the Phil D’Amato barn. That makes me a contender already. Interesting that Aaron Gyder is riding me since D’Amato does not use him too often.

2. Smokey’s Legacy   My two tries at this level have not been too good. My lack of early speed does not help my chances. I did have a decent work over this track and Drayden Van Dyke stays with me.

3. Celebrity Status   My first try for trainer Kenny Black was a dismal effort at Los Alamitos. Now I am put at a distance that I am not all that used to. I am seeing my odds go off at more than 6-1.

4. London Legacy   I crushed Cal-Bred Maidens two races ago, and then I finished a good second at this level in my first try. Rafael Bejarano sees fit to ride me again, and I will battle for the race favorite with Tough Sunday.

5. Pulla Train   I haven’t ran since December of last year. I have beaten this level before so I must be entered for sale at $20k. My 4-1 morning line price seems a bit low.

6. Roman Tizzy   Been competitive at this level in my last two races. I have also beaten this level in my career, so I am in for $20k. My lack of early speed does not increase my chances today.

7. Tough Sunday   My recent work at Del Mar was excellent. I will probably be the race favorite based on my last effort. It is amazing that I am even running, as I almost died at birth. If you would like to know the story you can find me on Twitter here. Yes I do have a Twitter account.

8. Sidepocket Champ   Looks like I am taking on a bit tougher today. Not really sure why. I am a hard trier, so if some of these others do not put out their best effort, I can see myself in the trifecta.

Del Mar Racing 8-1-2015

Del Mar Barn Banter

american act

Not” Pharoah”, but American Act (above) will be favored in the 1st at Del Mar .

Race 1

1. Indian Nate   I ran pretty well in the first race of the meet (July 16th), didn’t I?  I’m thinking that my jock may ask me for a little more speed today since American Act will be on or near the lead.

2. China Girl Lover   I make my return to the races after a year off. My trainer is not having the best year of his career, and I have a C.H.R.B Board Member riding me today.

The good news is that I have been training pretty well for my return. You might want to give me a race before you “back” me too hard.

3. Ice Cream Truck   Well my trip back east went about as poorly as it could. I am back on the West Coast and under the guidance of A.C.Avila. Which means pretty much anything can happen.

4. Moonlight Meeting   My trainer thinks I can go a mile against these. My trainer is Richard Baltas. The question is do I use my speed early, or try and “run  down” American Act late?

5. American Act   I really did run too good to lose last time. That was the first race of the meet and I was claimed by Steve Miyadi. I expect to run as well as I did on Opening Day . My new trainer puts Tyler Baze on me. No doubt that I will be the favorite to win this.

FYI, the photo above shows me winning the Harry Henson Stakes in 2012, so I have some “back class”.

6. Maxx The Giant  My sprint race on Opening day was a pretty dismal effort. No doubt that I am capable of better. Interestingly, my last win was at Del Mar in 2014, but that was on grass. My form has regressed since. You should get a good price on me if you believe I can bounce back.

7. Ike Walker  You can say that I am the X-Factor in the race. I ran here exactly one week ago for a 50k price tag. I was nowhere in that race. Now I am entered for  approximately  1/3 of that today. The bright spot is that Joe Talamo stays on me. Hmmmm, maybe this is where I belonged in the first place.

Del Mar Racing July 31st, 2015

Del Mar Barn Banter

Another Pick 6 carryover for today. Not a huge one (53k plus), but if no one gets six today, a double carryover on a Saturday will yield a giant pool. The Pick 5 (14% takeout) is still your best bet at the track.

Race 5

1. Nahem   I am probably the most confusing horse to bettors in this race. I do all my racing up North, but I am consistent as hell. I would not argue with you if you believed that I may be one cut below these in class. The great equalizer could be my rail draw, a hot jockey (Prat) and a new trainer.

I also need to point out that I have early speed if I choose to use it, not a bad thing when the turf rails (are up).

2. Al’s Uncle   Call me the new guy in town here. Obviously did not like running in the mud in my last race but I am now back on my preferred surface. The potent buddy duo of Kent Desormeaux and Trainer Bob Hess Jr call the shots for me today. I have not shown much early speed in my career, so I will be trying to catch the leaders down the stretch.

3. Fast Track  My new trainer is sharp old-timer Eddie Truman. Didnt quite run my race last time out , but I have proved that I “fit’ with this caliber of horses that I face today. I should be running in mid-pack somewhere early.

4. Jomelo   Not sure what happened to me at the start in my last race. I broke a bit awkwardly and was kind of slow into stride. Consequently, that left me way too much to do down the stretch. The public had bet me down to the 2-1 favorite. If they forgive me for that effort, I may end up the favorite again today.

Trainer Richard Baltas and jockey Rafael Bejarano are in my corner, that makes me a strong contender immediately. One more tip; my only try on Del Mar’s grass was a winning one last fall, against this level of competition.

5. Empty Headed   I ran into a little traffic on the turn in my last race, but I was not going to beat the winner. Nevertheless, I may have been a bit closer, and I was finishing as fast as anybody. Tyler Baze stays aboard and it will be interesting to see if he keeps me a bit closer to the lead than last time.

6. Sheila’s Footsteps   Out comes the for sale sign on me today. I was probably over-matched in my  last race up North. Other than my last race, I have not run that poorly against allowance company. Hungry Jock James Graham gets aboard and I do possess a decent late kick.

7. Buymeabond    I have a new trainer (Jack Carava). I am not the most consistent guy around, however, I have been placed in some strange races (San Luis Rey Grade 2…really?). This appears to be where I can do my best work. It has been feast or famine for me on the grass. I have ran 22 times on it, winning eight times, 0 seconds and 2 thirds.

8. City State   Let me point out several things in my favor today. I have speed, which seems to be in limited supply here. I am working really well at Del Mar ( I know the works are on dirt, but they are still good).  Joe Talamo replaces Gonzalo Nicolas on my back.  My morning line of 8-1 may be too high, what do you think?

9. Amp and Adrenalin   I ran pretty good at this level at Santa Anita in my last race. It was only 6. 5 furlongs, and judging by the races in my career, I may have distance limitations. My outside post is of no help. All in all, you cant count me out, but I will have to run my best to beat these today.

Del Mar Racing July 30th, 2015

Del Mar Barn Banter

Yesterday was a record breaking day for trainer Doug O’ Neill and his crew. They visited the winner’s circle FIVE times in a eight race program. That set a new record for most wins by a trainer in a single card of racing at Del Mar. O’Neill stole the show from the Pick Six Pool which grew to a whopping $3,154,097 after nobody hit the Pick Six last weekend.

Today’s Barn Banter will be short and sweet.

Race 1

1. Gem of a Gal   Coming down from up north, where I have won three of my last 5 starts. I know a horse like me can be very tricky to handicappers down here. Where do I fit with the local horses? Can I handle a regular dirt track?  etc… My trainer Art Sherman knows this game and thinks I should be here, that is good enough for me.

2. La Casadora  Bill Spawr claimed me out of my last race, where I defeated a slightly inferior group. Spawr has given me a couple of months off and puts me in a slightly tougher spot.

I should get a beautiful trip behind all the speed in this race and be poised to pounce on them in the stretch.

3. Grammy Times Six   It is becoming pretty obvious now that I need the lead to do my best. Only problem is that there are a couple of others in here that do too.

I raced 25 days ago and I have two five furlong works over this track since. If that don’t tell you that I am fit, I don’t know what will.

4. Kana Flavor   Well they finally decide to put a price tag on me. I cant blame them. My last two races vs allowance horses up north were just not good enough. I am another one that appears to do my best when I have the lead.

On the other hand, maybe I just need this softer company today to find the winner’s circle.

5. Itz a Saint   Here I am poker boys. I won my last race vs allowance horses. But that was over 9 months ago. I am now brought back to the races with a 25k price tag on me. I know that is not exactly giving me away but does leave a bit of a question mark in the mind of bettors or buyers. However, this is Del Mar and visiting the Winner’s Circle means alot.

Confused?  Just know that my trainer does run his horses where they belong. Almost forgot, I may need the lead early in the race as well.

6.  Wild Caroline  I have been claimed in 3 of my last 4 races. I should get a good set-up with all the speed in here. I do my best running from off the pace. I may like this track more than I liked Los Alamitos. I help make this a very tough race to figure out for only six horses in here. Wow that was a bunch of “I’s”, I need to work on that.