Jeff Siegel’s Blog: West Coast Daily Workout Analysis – Updated September 16, 2019

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JEFF SIEGEL’S DAILY WORKOUT COMMENTARY

Listed below are links to key workouts from the xbtv.com video vault with grades and analysis that can be used to augment the handicapping process.  Beginning Sept. 1, 2019, the lists covers the past 30 days and only includes workouts that have occurred since the horse’s most recent start.

Workouts Covered:  September 1 thru September 16, 2019

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

An Eddie Surprise

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, 1:00.4h

Grade:

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Worked inside Don’t Sell from the half-mile pole out to the 7/8ths pole and was tad second best but still went well throughout, splits of :24 flat, :48.2 and 1:01 flat on our watches, undere a nice hold to the wire and then being asked out a bit into the clubhouse turn.  In good shape and should surface soon. 

 

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Acclimate

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, 1:02.1h

Grade: B

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Del Mar Handicap winner broke off about five lengths in front of Isotherm (5f, 1:01.1h), was engaged into the lane and finished evenly with workmate while well in hand to the wire, then continued out to 7/8 pole under light coaxing while appearing a tad the best, up in 1:15.4 on our watches.  Maintains his edge for Sadler.

 

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Air Strike

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, :59.4

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Came the final half mile on our watches in :23 flat and :47.4, not asked early, light coaxing late, solid work for D’Amato.  Was a well-beaten, non-threatening fourth in the Forego S.-G1 at Saratoga last time out but won the Triple Bend S.-G2 here last summer so we know he likes this track.  Seems to be doing well enough for D’Amato.

 

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Bast

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, 1:01.2h

Grade: B+

Workout Video Not Available

In company with Hydrogen (5f, 1:01.3h) and was best, breezing until deep stretch and then responding to light coaxing to draw clear at the wire before galloping out strongly to 7/8 pole, splits of :24.4, :36.4 and 1:01.4 to the wire, out in 1:14.3. There’s every reason to believe she’ll improve with distance and maturity.  Workmate had to be asked late, is a useful type but perhaps with a limited ceiling. 

 

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Combat Zone

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, 1:02.3h

Grade: C

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Slightly best over younger workmate Secret Square (same time), going a bit slower than given on our watches, :25.1, :37.2 and 1:03 flat, both under strong urging through the lane, neither one impressive.  ‘Zone comes off strong effort in starter’s allowance turf sprint at Del Mar and probably wants grass for his best shot.  ‘Square, a daughter of Square Eddie, may need 2yo high-priced claimers or very soft state-bred company. 

 

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Don’t Sell

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, 1:00.4h

Grade: B

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Breezing outside An Eddie Surprise (same time) to the wire, then appeared a tad the best continuing out to 7/8ths pole under light pressure, splits of :24 flat, :48.3 and 1:01 flat on our watches while continuing to impress in the a.m.  Should fire her best shot next time out. 

 

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Fashionable Fast

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, 1:01.3h

Grade: B

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Some light coaxing through the lane but did well, final quarter in :24 flat on while maintaining his sharp edge for Pederson.  Really got good at Del Mar, seems to be training with similar enthusiasm over this track.

 

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Higher Power

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, 1:01h

Grade:  B-

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Pacific Classic upset winner earned splits of :12.2, :24.3, :36.2 and 1:01 flat, not asked, steady work, nothing flashy.  Can’t knock but based on workouts chief challenger McKinzie is in a different world. 

 

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Hydrogen

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, 1:01.3h

Grade: B-

Workout Video Not Available

Second best with Bast (5f, 1:01.2h), going off slowly and then finishing under some coaxing, splits of :24.1, :36.2 and 1:01.3 on our watches.  Looks okay, can run some but probably a cut or two below the stable’s good ones. 

 

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Improbable

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, 1:00.1h

Grade:

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Splits of :35.1 and 1:00.1, niggled at a bit through the lane in solid but not spectacular work, fair gallop out to 7/8 pole.   Regained his winning form in the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar and is headed to the Pennsylvania Derby and another shot at Maximum Security. 

 

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Isotherm

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, 1:01.1h

Grade: B

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Broke off five lengths behind Acclimate (5f, 1:02.1h) and was under stout restraint, moved to engage into the lane while remaining under a pull and finished evenly with workmate at the wire, splits of :25.2, :37.3 and 1:01.2 before continuing out to 7/8 pole under light coaxing, up in 1:14.4 on our watches while perhaps a tad second best on the gallop out.  Always a very willing worker; was fourth in the Brubaker S. at Del Mar in his comeback in an okay effort (though we expected better).  Possibly most effective on grass.

 

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McKinzie

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, :59.4h

Grade: A

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Couldn’t have looked better, breezing throughout and finishing with a ton left, splits of :24.2, :36 flat and :59.4 to the wire, then galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 and small change, plenty left.  Hard to see him getting beat in his present form. 

 

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Paradise Woods

Sept. 16, 2019

7f, 1:26.1h

Grade: B-

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Came the final 5/8ths on our watches in :24.1, :36.2 and 1:03 flat, some coaxing through the lane and not finishing with all that much energy in long drill over deepish track.  Was a terrific worker in her younger, better days.

 

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Queen of the Track

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, 1:01.4h

Grade: B

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Recent turf starter’s allowance winner maintains her edge for Bonde, breezing in solo main track drill with splits of :12.4, :25 flat, and 1:02 flat on our watches, strictly on her own.  Doing well, probably will return in another five furlong turf dash.

 

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Secret Square

Sept. 16, 2019

5f, 1:02.3h

Grade: C

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Worked outside older Combat Zone and was under heavy pressure (as was workmate) thru the lane to be second best, a bit slower than given on our watches, :25.1, :37.2 and 1:03 flat, not impressive.  State-bred juvenile daughter of Square Eddie may need a class drop to find her winning level on this circuit.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

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Bellafina

Sept. 15, 2019

5f, :59.3

Grade: B+

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Never asked, just cruising with splits of :24.1, :35.3 and :59.3, strong in the final furlong.  Appears on edge and ready to bounce back for Callaghan.

 

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Big Score

Sept. 15, 2019

5f, 1:01.3h

Grade: B-

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Steady without being asked, splits of :24.1, :35.3 and 1:01.4 on our watches for Yakteen.  Trouble-prone but in good shape and should make the entries early in the fall meeting.

 

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Boru

Sept. 15, 2019

4f, 49.4h TT

Grade: C+

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Final 3/8ths in :37.3, no real pressure in solo training track move for Cerin.  Not terribly inspiring but seems in good enough shape, lost a toughie last time out at Del Mar. 

 

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Catapult

Sept. 15, 2019

5f, 1:00.2h

Grade: B+

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Breezing through the lane, ears up, splits of :24.1, :35.4 and 1:00.2, happy move while appearing fit and ready.  Freshened and coming back with eagerness. 

 

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Deal With It Dude

Sept. 15, 2019

4f, 49.4h

Grade: C+

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No real pressure, :37 flat to the wire before continuing out to 7/8ths pole for M. McCarthy.  Nothing exciting, needs a class drop on this circuit. 

 

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Don’tteasethetiger

Sept. 15, 2019

4f, :49.2h TT

Grade: C+

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Went off steadily, then was asked hard through the lane in solo training track drill, final 3/8ths in :36.4, fair to moderate move.  Recent form okay, may improve for new connections, seeking a soft restricted claimer.

 

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Ekklesia

Sept. 15, 2019

5f, 1:00.1h

Grade: B-

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$180,000 OBS June 2-year-old sale purchase worked with Silenced (same time) in team gate drill and was slightly second best, ridden along most of the way with splits of :23.4, :35.1, :47 flat and 1:00.2.  Seems fairly fit, okay sort at best right now, should be seen soon.  Eurton barn. 

 

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Fun Coupons

Sept. 15, 2019

4f, :48.2h)

Grade: C+

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Worked inside Rose Dunn (4f, :48.3h) and was best by a couple of lengths to the wire under urging through the lane (workmate up at wire), then continued out to 7/8 pole under some coaxing, up in 1:01.4 on our watches.  $35,000 OBS April sale purchase by Twirling Candy probably needs high priced maiden claimers on this circuit. 

 

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Gingham

Sept. 15, 2019

4f, :49.2h

Grade: B+

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In company with Map Maker (4f, :49.3h) for Baffert and was best, breaking off slightly behind and finishing slightly in front at the wire, breezing outside throughout, plenty left, :24.3 and :49.2 on our watches.  Ready to produce a significant forward move next time out.  Workmate just a moderate type right now. 

 

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Heathers Grey

Sept. 15, 2019

4f, :47.3h

Grade: B+

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Progressive filly by The Factor was extra sharp in this solo half mile spin, splits of :12 flat, :23.2 and :47.3, never asked, then galloped out strongly to 7/8 pole, up in 1:00.3 for M. McCarthy.  In good form and should continue her improving pattern.

 

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Justinian

Sept. 15, 2019

4f, :47.1h

Grade: B+

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A little late changing leads but was breezing throughout and looking sharp as usual, splits of :23.3 and :47.1, plenty left late.  Ran below expectations in debut (failed to break) but seems certain to improve a bunch next time, especially if he leaves with his field. 

 

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Map Maker

Sept. 15, 2019

4f, :49.3h

Grade: C+

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Second best with Gingham (4f, :49.2h), breaking off a bit in front and finishing a bit behind while working inside, some late coaxing.  Wings pretty good on the front end, Liam’s Map juvenile filly doesn’t strike us as anything special right now. 

 

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Rose Dunn

Sept. 15, 2019

4f, :48.3h

Grade: C

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Very rank leaving the pole while in company with Fun Coupons (4f, :48.2h), settled to be stride-for-stride entering the lane but then flattened out, :49 flat on our watches, disappointing in the final sixteenth.  Hard to endorse based on this drill.

 

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Silenced

Sept. 15, 2019

5f, 1:00.1h

Grade: B-

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Slightly best with younger Ekklesia (same time) in team gate drill for Eurton with splits of :23.4, :35.1, :47 flat and 1:00.2, not really asked much while inside while straight and true.  Looks fit, entered in maiden special weight sprint at Los Alamitos Sept. 19.

 

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Street Class

Sept. 15, 2019

4f, :48.3h

Grade: B-

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A tad erratic leaving the pole but then got into rhythm and worked smoothly for M. McCarthy, splits of :24.1 and :48.3 without need of urging.   In good shape but 3-year-old Street Sense colt needs to be realistically spotted.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019

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Acai

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:02.1

Grade: B-

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Broke off in front of War Beast (5f, 1:02 flat) and was under mild pressure through the lane to hold that one at bay - :24 3/5 from the quarter pole to the wire - before traveling out to 7/8 pole in fairly decent fashion.  Has some improvement in her but needs to be realistically placed.

 

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All Star Cast

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:00.4

Grade: C+

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Caught her a bit slower than official final time, :36.3 and 1:01.2 on our watches, some coaxing through the lane, fair sort of move.  Probably needs a class drop into a high-priced claimer to be effective around these parts. 

 

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Blue Jays

Sept. 14, 2019

4f, 49.3hg

Grade: C+

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$170,000 Street Sense colt worked from gate with Doctinaire (4f, :50hg) and was best for Desormeaux under mild coaxing only, :25.1 and :50 flat on our watches. Has a bit of run, worth another look in a more serious drill.  Workmate was asked to keep up but couldn’t, not much. 

 

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Charlito

Sept. 14, 2019

6f, 1:15.4h

Grade: C+

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Broke off with younger Rare Find (same time) but dropped back to trail that one by a few lengths early, was asked for run entering the lane to close the gap and finished head-and-head  under some late coaxing, final 5/8ths on our watches in :38.1 and 1:03.3.  Split field in moderate debut on grass at Del Mar, cost $725,000 as a 2-year-old, and that’s going to be a pretty tough nut for this 3-year-old son of Fed Biz to crack. 

 

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Comical Ghost

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:00h

Grade: B-

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Worked outside of Magic on Tap (same time) and was noticeably second best, unable to bridge the gap after breaking off a bit behind and then coming home under mild coaxing, final half on our watches in :23.3 and :47.3, a half-length back at the wire.  Not a bad work but we anticipated a bit better.  Has all of his conditions, should return soon. 

 

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Cyrielle

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:02

Grade: C+

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Broke off in front of Handsome John (same time), was engaged by that one at the top of the lane but held sway in the final furlong under some coaxing, final half on our watches in :23.4 and :48.4.  Just a moderate move, needs a class drop in the claiming ranks. 

 

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Dichtomy

Sept. 14, 2019

4f, 49h

Grade: B-

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Not a bad work, in company with Oil Can Knight (same time) with the pair coming from the half mile pole in :49 flat before continuing out to 7/9 pole in 1:01.3 on our watches.  Square Eddie filly seemed a tad the best, somewhat surprisingly so.  In good shape, might be dangerous with a class drop. 

 

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Doctinaire

Sep. 14, 2019

4f, 50hg

Grade: C-

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Louisiana-bred juvenile by Wicked Strong was in company from gate with Blue Jays (4f, :49.3h) and was under pressure to be noticeably second best in unimpressive gate drill.  Needs to really step it up to be competitive on this circuit. 

 

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Handsome John

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:02

Grade: C

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Broke off behind Cyrielle (same time), went after her at the head of the lane but made no impression despite being urged to the wire, decidedly second best.  Needs a drop to the bottom.

 

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Kentan Road

Sept. 14, 2019

4f, 49.2h

Grade: C+

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Went off quickly but slowed up late without much pressure, final three furlongs on our watches in :11.3 and :37.3.  Wasn’t particularly impressive here but probably needs grass for her best.  Won three of her last four for Sadler. 

 

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Landeskog

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:01h

Grade: B

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Tracked Raging Whiskey (5f, 1:01.2) early while breezing outside in :13.1, :25.2 and :37.1 to the top, then was permitted to stride out and finished strongly while proving best to the wire, up in 1:01 flat on our watches.  Sharp recent Del Mar sprint winner is lightly-raced with further upside. 

 

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Magic on Tap

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:00h

Grade: B+

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Looked quite good for Baffert, leading Comical Ghost (same time) down the backstretch while working along the rail, then responded to light urging through the lane and held that one safe, :23.3 and :47.3 for the final half mile on our watches, quite strong throughout.  May be most effective on the front end, should be tough next time. 

 

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Oil Can Knight

Sept. 14, 2019

4f, 49h

Grade: B-

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Worked with Dichotomy (same time) and went okay without pressure, hitting the wire stride-for-stride with workmate in :49 flat before continuing out to 7/8 pole in 1:01.3.  Won last pair at Del Mar but probably will need another forward move to be effective if raised in class.

 

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Ra’ad

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:00.3hg

Grade: B

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$500,000 OBS April 2-year-old in training purchase was sent from the gate in team drill with River Finn (5f, 1:02h) and was best throughout, going off quickly in :23.2 but slowing up late while still much the best. :47.3 and 1:00.3 on our watches.  Plenty of zip evident, workmate was no match. 

 

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Ragtime Blues

Sept. 14, 2019

4f, 48.2h

Grade: B-

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$500,000 Union Rags colt in Baffert barn went solo in :24.1 and :48.2 without being asked much at any stage.  Doesn’t act like a quick type, has long series of drills and should be fit enough by now.   

 

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Raging Whiskey

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:01.2h

Grade: B-

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Broke off in front of talented older sprinter Landeskog (5f, 1:01h) but was second best in the final stages, understandably so, mild pressure to the wire, slow early but decent late, :37.1 and 1:01.2 on our watches.  Probably best sprinting and is a couple of cuts below the good 2-year-olds around here. 

 

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Rare Find

Sept. 14, 2019

6f, 1:15.4h

Grade: C

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Unraced 2-year-old filly by Bernardini went in company with older Charlito (same time), leading that one by about four lengths midway but under some pressure through the lane to finish head-and-head with that one, final 5/8ths our watches in :38.1 and 1:03.3.  Doesn’t look like anything special at this stage.  Workmate was ridden through the lane to close the gap after being outrun early, not impressive, either.

 

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River Finn

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:02g

Grade: C

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In company from gate with Baffert barnmate Ra’ad (5f, 1:00.3hg) and was under pressure throughout but proving no match.  Not one of the better ones in this barn at this stage.  Son of Pioneerof the Nile brought $310,000 as a yearling. 

 

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Secret Spice

Sept. 14, 2019

6f, 1:12.3h

Grade: B+

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Easy early in :24.4 and :48.2, was asked to pick it up in the final furlong and responded well, up in 1:12.2 on our watches.  Lost a toughie at Del Mar, maintains her edge, fits with the best older middle distance main track distaffers in the West.

 

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Selcourt

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:00.2h

Grade: B

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Never asked in breezing five furlong solo move for Sadler, splits of :12.2, :24.2, :36.1 and 1:00.3 on our watches, not flashy but good enough.  Seems to be coming back well, probably not quite cranked up yet. 

 

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Value Play

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:00.2h

Grade: B

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Promising 2-year-old for Callaghan went off slowly and easily in :13.1, :24.4 and :36.1 to the top, then finished without pressure, up in 1:00.4 on our watches.  Broke his maiden cleverly at Los Alamitos in debut and will get tested next time.

 

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War Beast

Sept. 14, 2019

5f, 1:02h

Grade: C+

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Broke off behind Acai (5f, 1:02.1h) and tried to engage workmate at the head of the lane but couldn’t really close the gap under some coaxing to the wire, then finally caught up while traveling out to 7/8 pole after being let run.  Expected a bit better, probably needs turf for his best chance.

 

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Zimba Warrior

Sept. 14, 2019

4f, 50.3h

Grade: C+

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Final quarter in :25.3, never really set down, looking fair to moderate for Desormeaux.  Florida-bred son of Khozan probably needs maiden claimers on this circuit, may have a bit of improvement in him. 

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

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Arch Anthem

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :52h TT

Grade: C

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Recent Baltas claim went off slowly, was asked through the lane and produced only a mild response, final quarter in :25.2 in solo training track move.  No step up here, needs modest claiming foes.

 

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Carnivorous

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :48.4h

Grade: C+

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Broke off a length behind Settle It (4f, :49h) and finished down the lane with that one, failing to change leads and appearing to be goofing off, splits of :23.3 and :48.4.  Lays his body down when it counts, though.  O’Neill-trained workmate was hard held inside while showing a tendency to lug out on the turn, then went well enough through the lane under mild coaxing.  Needs a class drop.

 

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Catalina Cruiser

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :49h

Grade: B

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Splits of :24.2 and :49.1 on our watches, breezing throughout.  Seemed to labor over the deep Del Mar main track in a pair of races but went nicely here for Sadler. 

 

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Comical

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :50h

Grade: B

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Broke off a length in front of Le Tub (4f, :49.4h) and went well in easy half mile drill, holding off work mate by a half-length without pressure and then galloping out nicely.  Seems capable of snapping back to good form for O’Neill.  Workmate was asked a bit through the lane but could never get by.

 

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Contagion

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :49.4h

Grade: B-

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Went off slowly, niggled at through the lane, finished okay while holding his form.  Was a voided claim two races back but then finished second in a grass stakes at Santa Rosa.  Needs turf for his best. 

 

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Double Touch

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :49.4h

Grade: B-

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Now in Sadler barn via claim, went off slowly, mild coaxing thru the lane, splits of :25 and :49.4.  Seems in good shape but needs turf to show his best stuff. 

 

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Eddie Haskell

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :48.4h

Grade: B-

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High class veteran turf sprinter went solo in this half-mile dirt breeze, 24 flat and :48.4.  Needs grass for his best shot, seems healthy.

 

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Encoder

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :49.1h

Grade: B

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Unbeaten stakes-winning juvenile by English Channel worked on dirt and went nicely without urging, splits of :24.3 and :49.1.  Moves well enough on the main track but almost certainly will be reserved for grass.

 

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Endearing Suances

Sept. 13. 2019

5f, 1:03h

Grade: C-

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Used as a target for Palace Prince (5f, 1:01.2h) and was no match for that one, falling back while traveling out to 7/8ths pole.  Needs a softer circuit. 

 

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Express Train

Sept. 13, 2019

5f, 1:01.3h

Grade: B

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Worked outside Takeo (5f, 1:01.4h) and got the best of that one in the lane, finishing under no real pressure, final three-eighths in 37.1.  Kind of a grinding type colt, will run all day, ready to tackle the big boys. 

 

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Flying Arrow

Sept. 13, 2019

6f, 1:14h

Grade: C

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Used as a target for Omaha Beach (7f, 1:25h) and went off very fast to open a sizeable lead in team drill but was passed in the upper stretch and was spent late, proving no match for classy stable mate.  Maiden claiming type on this circuit.

 

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Gold Arrow

Sept. 13, 2019

3f, :39.4h TT

Grade: C+

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Got a bit warm in this solo training track breeze, hard held throughout.  Showed ability last winter before being stopped on, needs more work.  Now in Drysdale barn.

 

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Inquisiteur

Sept. 13, 2019

6f, 1:14h

Grade: B

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Worked inside United (7f, 1:26.4h, out to 7/8 pole) and held his own, no real pressure thru the lane, up at the wire, a tad second best.  Unraced 3yo Tiznow gelding is a route-type and should make the entries soon for Mandella.

 

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Julius

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :47.4h

Grade: C+

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Not allowed to show his speed while continuing his erratic ways, hard held with head-cocked while wanting to lug out.  Plenty of talent but needs to get his act together to fulfill his potential.

 

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Le Tub

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :49.4h

Grade: C+

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Broke off a length behind Comical (4f, :50h), was asked a bit through the lane but couldn’t get by and then fell back in the gallop out.  Not impressive but ran very well at 35-1 in her debut at Del Mar so maybe she’s not much of a worker. 

 

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Omaha Beach

Sept. 13, 2019

7f, 1:25h

Grade: B+

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Broke off with Flying Arrow (6f, 1:14h) but quickly fell back to trail workmate by several lengths down the backstretch, closed the gap on the turn, took command in the upper stretch and was under some coaxing through the lane and then out to 7/8ths pole, splits of :11.4, :23.3, :35.2, :47.2, 1:12.1 and 1:25 flat, pulling up a mile in 1:42.2.  Better than last week and probably will work even better next time.  Getting his conditioning back, will return at Churchill Downs later this month.  ‘Arrow went off very fast while being used as a rabbit and had little left in the final furlong. 

 

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Originaire

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :53.4h

Grade: B-

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Slow training track work but seemed fine in what was nothing more than a high gallop.  Holds his form for Mullins.

 

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Palace Prince

Sept. 13, 2019

5f, 1:01.2h

Grade: B-

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Broke off behind outclassed workmate Endearing Suances (5f, 1:03h) and disposed of that one while being ridden out to 7/8 pole, going off slowly (:25 flat) but picking up nicely when asked.  Son of Palace Malice probably can improve a bit but really hasn’t shown all that much so far in the afternoon. 

 

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Real Master

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :51.3h

Grade: C+

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French-bred worked solo in training track move, going off slowly but picking it up a bit through the lane while being let run, final three furlongs in :38.2 for Bell.  Marathon-type has all of his conditions.

 

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Red Bunting

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :49.2h

Grade: C+

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Final 3/8ths in :37.4 for Ellis, very light coaxing only, fair to moderate move for a filly who needs turf.  Probably can improve last try.

 

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Sabinos Pride

Sept. 13, 2019

5f, 1:02.2h

Grade: C+

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Liam’s Map juvenile came the final 3/8ths on our watches in :38.1, no real ask but not much of a pick-up.  $230,000 yearling is getting fit for Hofmans, moderate type at this stage.

 

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Seranitsa

Sept. 13, 2019

3f, :37.4h TT

Grade: C+

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Was let run through the lane, final quarter in :24.4 for Drysdale.  Blaze-faced daughter of Dialed In seems in good enough shape but might benefit from a class drop. 

 

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Shedaresthedevil

Sept. 13, 2019

4f, :50.3h

Grade: B-

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Just galloping, final quarter in :25.4.  Talented juvenile filly should stick to sprinting for now.

 

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Takeo

Sept. 13, 2019

5f, 1:01.4h

Grade: C+

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Maiden claimer was under a tight hold inside of Express Train (5f, 1:01.3h) into the lane, was late changing leads and then gradually weakened without undue pressure, final 3/8ths in :37.2.  Nothing to get excited about, workmate is a very good young prospect. 

 

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United

Sept. 13, 2019

7f, 1:26.4h

Grade: B

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Worked outside maiden Inquisiteur (6f, 1:14h) and got the best of that one late under mild hand urging before traveling out to 7/8 pole.  Looks solid following a confidence building win at Del Mar, plenty fit, will stick to grass. 

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

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Biddy Duke

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :49.4h

Grade: B-

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Not asked in solo half-mile breeze, final three furlongs in :36.4.  Broke her maiden easily at Del Mar for $32,000 in her sixth career start and was claimed by Lerner.  Daughter of Bayern should be competitive on the raise. 

 

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Bitter Ring Home

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :49.3h

Grade: C+

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Splits of :24.3 and :25 flat, wrong lead through the lane, no real pressure but looking just so-so.  Needs soft claimers. 

 

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Blackandslvrattack

Sept. 12, 2019

5f, 1:03.2h

Grade: B-

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Unraced 3-year-old filly was never asked a drop in solo breeze, final three furlongs in 37.1.  Looks to have some speed but wasn’t permitted to show it here.  Bonde-trained daughter of Smiling Tiger is worth another look in a more serious drill.

 

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Chosen Moon

Sept. 12, 2019

5f, 1:03.1h

Grade: B-

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Final half mile on our watches in 50 flat while coming home well (:24.3) for Ellis, mild coaxing only.  $150,000 Timonium 2-year-old in training purchase may have a bit of run but hasn’t been cranked up yet. 

 

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Club Aspen

Sept. 12, 2019

5f, 1:01.2h

Grade: B-

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Late charging leads but went okay inside Freedom Ride (same time) for C. Lewis, final half on our watches in :24 flat and :49.1.  Found state-bred stakes company a bit out of his reach last time out at Del Mar, holds form but needs a softer task. 

 

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Colombian Gold

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :48.3h

Grade: B

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Decent work for Lerner-trained filly, breezing throughout and coming home with some energy, final quarter in 24 flat.  Set pace and weakened debuting around two-turns on turf vs. maiden special weight company at Del Mar at a big price, seems to have benefitted from the outing.  Can improve. 

 

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Eight Rings

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :48.4

Grade: B-

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Tad washy, okay work, nothing flashy, breaking off a length behind Villanelle (same time) and finishing stride-for-stride with that one to the wire, not asked, splits of :24 flat and :48.3 on our watches.  Didn’t gallop out with much gusto, possibly by design.  Hard to gauge after Del Futurity fiasco, no goose bumps today.  Workmate, an unraced daughter of Curlin, was under mild pressure to stay even inside to the wire but galloped out well (and slightly in front) out to the 7/8ths pole. 

 

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Freedom Ride

Sept. 12, 2019

5f, 1:01.2h

Grade: B-

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Outside in company with Club Aspen (same time) and went well enough without pressure, final half in :24 flat and :49.1.  Has starter’s allowance conditions, juvenile daughter of Clubhouse Ride tackled a tough group of boys last time out and should go better with fillies next time out. ‘Aspen went okay, late charging leads, no real urging.  

 

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Kingly

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :49.3h TT

Grade: B

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Breezing throughout in solo training track half mile drill, final three furlongs in 37 flat.  Set the pace, then weakened in 9 furlong Del Mar Derby; multiple middle-distance stakes winner might prefer a shorter trip.

 

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La Sardane-FR

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :49.2h TT

Grade: B

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Looked sharp for Drysdale, well in hand early and finishing with plenty left, final quarter in :24.3.  Freshened since March (was pulled up when involved in spill last start) and is coming back healthy and sound.  Decent sort of mare when right. 

 

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Magically Honored

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :51h

Grade: C

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High-headed juvenile filly looked so-so without being asked much in slow half-mile breeze, :25.3 and :51 flat on our watches.  Daughter of Honor Code needs soft maiden claimers on this circuit for Lerner. 

 

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Media Blitz

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :50.2h

Grade: B

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Went off very slowly (:13.3, 26 flat) while in nothing more than a high gallop, then was chirped to entering the lane and picked up very well, finishing smoothly with final quarter in :24.2 for Callaghan.  Ran huge in debut (second, probably best) at Del Mar and should be a short price to graduate going long vs. older maidens next time out. 

 

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Nineeleventurbo

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :49.4h

Grade: C

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Blinkers, shadow roll, second best with Drysdale barn mate Winners Club (same time), under pressure outside through the lane while finishing a half-length back at the wire.  More Than Ready colt brought $300,000 as a weanling, needs to show more. 

 

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Noble Commander

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :52.3h

Grade: C+

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Not the worst despite creepy-crawler final clocking, final quarter in :25.4 without being asked at any stage.  Midwest invader for D’Amato has room to improve but could benefit from a class drop on this circuit.

 

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Peter the Great

Sept. 12, 2019

5f, 1:03.1h

Grade: C

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Lumbering gelding in Gallagher barn didn’t show a whole lot in solo spin, final half on our watches in :24.3 and :50.1, very late changing leads.  Midwest invader needs soft maiden claimers on this circuit.

 

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Prance

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :49.4h

Grade: B-

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Not bad for a high-priced maiden claiming type, breezing throughout in solo training track move for Drysdale, final quarter in :25 flat.  Should improve with experience and distance. 

 

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Roadster

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :49h

Grade: B

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Never asked, final three furlongs in :36.3 for Baffert.  Freshened since finishing second to Mucho Gusto in Affirmed Stakes in June, missed a month of training at Del Mar and fell behind but seems to be coming back well now.   

 

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Sapphire Kid

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :50.2h

Grade: B-

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Freshened since early Del Mar, was cruising in easy half mile breeze for Chew, final three furlongs in :37.2.  Seems fine but daughter of Richard’s Kid probably needs a class drop.

 

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Shaymin

Sept. 12, 2019

5f, 1:03.3h

Grade: C

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Broke off a length in front of Wandering Patrol (5f, 1:03.1h) and finished a neck back at the wire in training track drill for Cecil, pressure late (workmate breezing), not very impressive.  Needs bottom-rung types on this circuit. 

 

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Sunset Seven

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :47.3h

Grade: B-

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A bit erratic leaving the pole but then settled down and went well enough for Hofmans, splits of :24 flat and :47.3 on our watches, ridden a bit through the lane.  Freshened since June, should surface soon vs. starter’s allowance or mid-grade claiming types. 

 

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Villanelle

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, :49h

Grade: B

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Blinkers on, broke off a length in front of Eight Rings (4f, :48.4h) and went reasonably well throughout, some late coaxing, splits of :24.1 and :48.4 on our watches, then galloped out with interest (actually a length in front out to 7/8 pole).  Daughter of Curlin brought $300,000 as a yearling and clearly is well regarded.  Worth watching closely as she approaches her debut. 

 

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Wandering Patrol

Sept. 12, 2019

Grade: B

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Cruising with Shaymin (5f, 1:03.3h) in team drill on training track, breaking off a length behind and finishing a neck in front, never asked, final quarter in :25.1.  Square Eddie filly looks good but probably would appreciate a class drop.  Shaymin was asked through the lane, so-so drill, needs bottom-rung types. 

 

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Winners Club

Sept. 12, 2019

4f, 49.4h

Grade: B-

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Unraced son of Bayern brought $90,000 at the OBS April and was best in company with Drysdale stablemate Nineeleventurbo (same time), light coaxing through the lane while finishing about a half-length in front at the wire in training track drill.  Okay type, maybe, workmate was under pressure through the lane, not impressive. 

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

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Bolo

Sept. 11, 2019

5f, 1:02h

Grade: C

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Last of three to the wire after being joined by Baffert pair of Eddy Forever (4f, :48.3h) and Hydrogen (4f, :48.3h), leading early inside to the top of the lane but then weakening under some pressure to the wire (workmates up there) before continuing out under urging to 7/8 pole.  Needs turf for sure but not terribly inspiring here. 

 

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Buyer’s Remorse

Sept. 11, :2019

5f. 1:00.4h

Grade: B-

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Much best inside of Dipping In (5f, 1:01.4h) and Roadrunner’s Honor (4f, :48.4h) while hitting the wire in :48 flat before continuing under mild coaxing to the 7/8 pole.  Good runner-up in racing debut at Del Mar and should be able to build on that performance. 

 

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Carressa

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :49.4h

Grade: B-

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Uncle Mo filly worked inside 2yo Thunder Code (same time) and looked fine breezing with splits of :24.4 and :49 flat before galloping out well.  Left her previous form behind with a nice maiden win over a mile at Del Mar and should be able to build on that with added experience. 

 

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Cleveland Cat

Sept. 11, 2019

5f, 1:02.4h

Grade: B-

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Worked inside Pacific Crossing (5f, 1:03.1h) and was best throughout, finishing about two lengths clear at the wire, final three furlongs in :37.1.  Could have gone a bit faster if asked, in good enough shape, seeking another maiden special weight state-bred affair for 2-year-olds for Chew. 

 

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Coil Me Home

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :49h

Grade: B-

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Went off slowly without pressure, was asked to pick it up in the final furlong and responded readily for Baltas, final quarter in :24.1.  In good shape, seeking another first-level allowance

sprint.

 

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Daniela Bella

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :49.1h

Grade: C+

Worked outside Rampion (same time) and finished evenly with that one to the wire, final three furlongs in :37 flat while perhaps a tad second best.  Daughter of Lemon Drop Kid is nowhere near cranked up at this stage, a down-the-line type for a barn that takes its time with its young stock.

 

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Dipping In

Sept. 11, 2019

5f, 1:01.4h

Grade: C+

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Worked in between Buyer’s Remorse (5f, 1:00.4h) and Roadrunner’s Honor (4f, :48.4h) and was second best under some urging in the final stages to the wire before continuing out to 7/8 pole. Brought $80,000 at OBS June sale, fair sort at best right now for O’Neill.  

 

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Direct Line

Sept. 11, 2019

3f, :39.2h

Grade: B-

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Juvenile colt by Liam’s Map went without pressure inside of Exaulted (same time), :37.1 on our watches, faster than given.  Weeks away from a race but is worth following for Eurton. 

 

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Eddy Forever

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :48.3h

Grade: B+

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In hand between Bolo (5f, 1:02h, out to 7/8 pole) and Hydrogen (4f, :48.3h) and was impressive to the wire going easily while displaying good athleticism and plenty of energy for Baffert, then galloped out quite well.  Medaglia d’Oro colt was off slowly and then given a run in his debut on turf at Del Mar (finished fourth) and will get serious next time.  Hydrogen was outside throughout, went okay, light pressure late but not much gallop out.  Turf stakes winner Bolo was inside leading to the head of the lane before weakening under pressure, disappointing. 

 

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Enchanted Nile

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :48.4h TT

Grade: B-

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$375,000 yearling filly was under mild pressure through the lane for Drysdale, final quarter mile in :24.4.  Split the field sprinting at Del Mar in debut, fair-to-moderate type at this stage, bred for and probably needs a distance of ground.

 

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Exaulted

Sept. 11, 2019

3f, :39.2h

Grade: B-

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$200,00 Saratoga yearling purchase, 2yo lengthy, scopey son of Twirling Candy breezed outside Direct Line (same time) and went easily in tandem while getting the three furlong trip in :37.1 on our watches, faster than given.  Neither one asked, both are worth following in more serious drills for Eurton.

 

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Factor of Two

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :49.1h

Grade: B-

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O’Neill-trained filly was outside and slightly best over older So Gucci (same time) in team gate drill for O’Neill, :49.1 on our watches without undue pressure.  Showed ability when second in debut but then was well-beaten in next start in mid-June (as a short price favorite) and probably came up with a minor issue.  Juvenile daughter of The Factor is getting fit again, probably has some improvement in her.

 

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General Interest

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :52.2h TT

Grade: C+

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Went off slowly, then finished under some mild coaxing, final quarter in :25.5, no real pick-up for Hess, Jr.  Might benefit from a class drop.

 

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Hydrogen

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :48.3h

Grade: B-

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Second best in three-horse team drill with Eddy Forever (same time) and Bolo (5f, 1:02h, out to 7/8 pole, disappointing), working outside throughout and finishing under light urging late to be even with ‘Forever before falling back from that one during the gallop out.  Probably a cut below the real good 2-year-olds in this barn but still decent enough. 

 

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Into a Hot Spot

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :49h

Grade: B-

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Breezing throughout for Mullins, splits of :12.3, :24.4 and :49.1 on our watches.  Ex-midwestern campaigner looks okay, probably needs a return to the claiming ranks.

 

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Leading Score

Sept. 11, 2019

5f, 1:01h

Grade: B

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Picked him up approaching half-mile breezing outside Mucho Gusto (same time), engaged that one on the turn but was second best without pressure, hitting the wire a neck back with splits of :24.1 and :48.2.  Was nosed out in Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar last time out and holds that form. 

 

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Mucho Gusto

Sept. 11, 2019

5f, 1:01h

Grade: B+

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Went very well inside with Leading Score, not asked much throughout with splits from the half-mile pole in :24.1 and :48.1.  Maintains his edge for Baffert, ran valiantly in Travers S.-G1 to be third at a 10-furlong distance that right now is a tad out of his range. 

 

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Overjoyed

Sept. 11, 2019

3f, :37h

Grade: B-

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Breezing in solo training track move for Drysdale, well in hand and looking fine, final quarter mile in :24.2.  Was overmatched in her debut vs. stakes foes at Del Mar but should move forward with that race behind her and a realistic drop into the maiden ranks.  Nice prospect by Medaglia d’Oro should handle turf or dirt.

 

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Pacific Crossing

Sept. 11, 2019

5f, 1:03.1h

Grade: C

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Worked outside Cleveland Cat (5f, 1:02.4h) and was second best despite some pressure (workmate going easily), finishing about two lengths back at the wire.  State-bred daughter of Gervinho recorded some decent times at Del Mar but looked modest here. 

 

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Quality Response

Sept. 11, 2019

3f, :37.1h

Grade: B

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Solo breeze for highly-promising 2yo Quality Road filly, well in hand throughout, final quarter mile in :25 flat.  Eye-opening maiden winner at Del Mar will get a chance to show she belongs with the very best around these parts. 

 

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Quinnie

Sept. 11, 2019

5f, 1:05.1h TT

Grade: C+

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English Channel filly went off slowly under a stout hold, was let run through the lane but had no real pick-up in solo training track move, final quarter in :26.1.  Needs turf and a class drop.

 

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Rampion

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :49.1h

Grade: B

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Even but best while under a strong hold in team drill with Daniella Bella (same time), final three furlongs on our watches in :37 flat.  Certainly could have gone faster for Shirreffs but is not that far along (yet to work five furlongs).  Honor Code juvenile filly is worth watching in more serious drills. 

 

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Roadrunner’s Honor

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :48.4h

Grade: C+

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Not really asked much at any stage but was third best in team drill with Buyer’s Remorse (5f, 1:00.4h) and Dipping In (5f, 1:01.4h) while outside of the team throughout.  Brought $100,000 at the OBS March sale.  Down the road type at this stage.  

 

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So Gucci

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :49.1hg

Grade: C+

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Went so-so in team gate drill inside with Factor of Two (same time), some coaxing throughout while showing a tendency to get out a bit.  May prefer turf for best chance.  Recent starter’s allowance race sprinting on grass at Del Mar wasn’t bad. 

 

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Thunder Code

Sept. 11, 2019

4f, :49.4h

Grade: B-

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Breezing outside Carressa (same time), splits of :24.4 and :49 flat, both going easily throughout for Shirreffs.  Good-looking 2-year-old showed considerable promise in his debut and should get better with experience and more distance.  Workmate, a 3-year-old filly by Uncle Mo, galloped out the better of the two and looks headed in the right direction after graduating nicely over a mile at Del Mar in her third career start. 

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

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Andesh-IR

Sept. 9, 2019

4f, :49.1h TT

Grade: B

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Nice pull in easy training track move for D’Amato, finishing with plenty left, final quarter in :25 flat.  Holds his form, capable of further improvement, fresh from nice win vs. first-level allowance turf foes.

 

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An Eddie Surprise

Sept. 9, 2019

5f, 1:01.2h

Grade: B-

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Broke off slightly behind Don’t Sell, moved up outside to be even with workmate through the lane and then continued out to 7/8ths pole while second best and lacking a strong gallop out thereafter.  Okay work, probably prefers turf, has conditions and has been first or second in five of seven career starts.

 

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Arouse n Go

Sept. 9, 2019

4f, :48.4h

Grade: C+

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Juvenile Rousing Sermon filly went in blinkers and came home reasonably well, final three furlongs in :36.2.  Maiden claiming type probably has a bit of improvement in her for Bonde.

 

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Bast

Sept. 9, 2019

4f, :49.1h

Grade: B+

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Easy breeze while full of run in company with talented maiden Gingham (same time), :24.3 and :49.1 while eager and sharp to the wire. Del Mar Debutante winner came out of the race in great shape and should get nothing but better with added distance.  Workmate looks ready to graduate.

 

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Bellazano

Sept. 9, 2019

4f, :50h

Grade: B-

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Easy solo half mile breeze with blinkers on for Ruis, splits of :24.4 and :25.1 without need of urging.  Daughter of Verrazano may have a bit of improvement in her but needs soft maiden claimers and distance of ground.

 

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Bowies Hero

Sept. 9, 2019

4f, :49.3h TT

Grade: B

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Breezing in easy training track drill with Prince Earl (same time), both under a nice hold and finishing with plenty left, final quarter in :25.1.  Finished fifth behind ‘Earl in Del Mar Mile H.-G2 last time out and likely will square off with that one again during the fall Santa Anita season.  Both look fine.

 

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Don’t Sell

Sept. 9, 2019

5f, 1:01.2h

Grade: B+

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Hard held early in :24.3 and :49 flat to the wire, then continued out strongly to 7/8 pole while in company and proving best over An Eddie Surprise (same time), sharp throughout and having plenty left when eased out to three-quarter pole.  O’Neill-trained filly just missed in state-bred stakes routing on turf at Del Mar last time out and continues to do well.  Workmate was not asked and finished up okay but didn’t display much of a gallop out. 

 

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Eel Point

Sept. 9, 2019

5f, 1:01.2hg

Grade: C+

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Third best in team gate drill with Much More Halo (5f, 1:00.1hg) and Heros Reward (5f, 1:00.2hg), sent hard inside after lacking gate quickness to be even with workmates to the quarter pole (:47.3) before fading readily in the final furlong.  Had expected better, question mark.

 

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Gingham

Sept. 9, 2019

4f, :49.1h

Grade: B

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Talented juvenile filly by Quality Road worked inside of recent Del Mar Debutante-G1 winner Bast and stayed even throughout without need of urging, splits of :24.3 and :49.1 on our watch while appearing strong throughout.  Should be a short price to graduate two-turning next time out after a promising debut run at Del Mar.

 

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Heroes Reward

Sept. 9, 2019

5f, 1:00.2hg

Grade: B-

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Decent gate work outside in company with Much More Halo (5f, 1:00.1hg) and Eel Point (5f, 1:01.2hg), showing good gate zip to lead early before being taken in hand, hitting the half in :47.2, and then finishing out reasonably well while appearing every bit the equal to ‘Halo despite receiving the slightly slower final clocking.  $450,000 yearling by Flatter looks the part and seems to have some zip.  Should make the entries soon. 

 

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Much More Halo

Sept. 9, 2019

5f, 1:00.1hg

Grade: B-

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Decent gate work in company with Heros Reward (5f, 1:00.2hg) and Eel Point (5f, 1:01.2hg), a little sluggish in the opening sixteenth from the gate but then going well while being ridden along between horses, getting the first half on our watches in :47.2.  More than Ready juvenile colt brought $390,000 at the OBS March Sale and seems fit enough to debut by now.  ‘Reward flashed good gate zip, was taken in hand outside an appeared no worse than equal with ‘Halo, though earning a slightly slower final time.  ‘Point was sent hard inside to be even for a half mile, then faded readily in the final furlong. 

 

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Prince Earl

Sept. 9, 2019

4f, :49.3h TT

Grade: B

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Under a nice hold throughout working outside of Bowies Hero (same time) in easy training track spin, both finishing with plenty left while maintaining their top form.  Got the best of ‘Hero when scoring a 9-1 surprise in the Del Mar Mile H.-G2 last time out and will get a chance to verify the strength of that performance during the fall Santa Anita season.

 

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Qahira

Sept. 9, 2019

4f, :48.4h

Grade: B-

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Solo spin for daughter of Cairo Prince in the Baffert barn, niggled at late in :24.2 and 48.4.  Progressing for Baffert while moving through the allowance ranks; will get tested for class next time out.

 

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Red King

Sept. 9, 2019

4f, :50.3h TT

Grade: B-

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Went off slowly, was a little late changing leads but finished well enough under some late coaxing, final quarter in 24.3 in solo training track drill for D’Amato.  Lost a toughie and Del Mar, should fire a similar shot next time out.

 

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Satanta

Sept. 9, 2019

5f, 1:02h TT

Grade: B

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Breezing throughout, final quarter in :24.2 for Mullins-trained sprinter in solo training track move while staying on edge.  Better than his last race indicates, seeking another first-level allowance state-bred sprint.

 

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Unchain Her Heart

Sept. 9, 2019

4f, :48h

Grade: B-

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In company outside with Concord Jet (same time) and went well enough for Koriner, quick early, moderate late, while appearing a tad the best, splits of :23 flat and :48 flat.  Useful California-bred juvenile filly by Shackelford holds her edge and should fit in restricted state-bred stakes during the fall season.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2019

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American Code

Sept. 8, 2019

4f, :48h

Grade: B

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Broke off behind Thousand Words (4f, :48.2h) and finished stride-for-stride with that one, light coaxing only to the wire for Baffert. Good moving $350,000 yearling purchase by American Pharoah isn’t cranked up yet but is getting there.  Must follow in more serious drills.  Workmate went well, too. 

 

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Anonymously

Sept. 8, 2019

4f, :48.4h TT

Grade: C+

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Moderate solo work on training track, under a light pull early, niggled at in the final sixteenth, final quarter in :25 flat.  Cerin-trained grass specialist seeking a high-priced claiming sprint for 3-year-old fillies.

 

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Catapult

Sept. 8, 2019

4f, :48.1h

Grade: B+

View Workout

Breezing with ears up, even splits of :24.1.  Below his best in last pair but seems perked up for Sadler and should fire his best shot after a couple of months of freshening.

 

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Comical Ghost

Sept. 8, 2018

4f, :47.1h

Grade: B+

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Ghostzapper colt went smoothly inside of Magic on Tap (same time, asked a bit final stages), breezing throughout with splits of 23 flat and 47 flat on our watches, looking sharp as he always does in the a.m.  Baffert-trained colt won his debut in June with a strong speed figure and then trained at Del Mar but didn’t make an appearance in the afternoon.  Should return soon in an entry-level allowance event.

 

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Great Power

Sept. 8, 2019

5f, 1:00.4h

Grade: B+

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Broke off behind Premiere League (5f, 1:01.4h) and was best through the lane, late changing leads but never asked while coming the final three furlongs in :35.4 with plenty left in what was his first five furlong drill.  $290,000 juvenile son of Blame getting fit for Callaghan, very nice prospect but probably not a sprint type.  Worth following closely.

 

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Lady Suebee

Sept. 8, 2019

4f, :47.4h

Grade: B-

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Winner of the Tranquility Lake Stakes at Del Mar, Sadler-trained filly went well in solo half mile move without being asked, final quarter in 24 1/5.  Not the smoothest of movers in the a.m. but looks good and should get the acid test next time out. 

 

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Liberalism

Sept. 8, 2019

4f, :48.4h

Grade: B-

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Went :23.4 and :48.4 on our watches, not asked, smooth mover for Koriner.  California-bred daughter of Broken Vow was second in both of her starts to date (most recently as an odds-on favorite), probably has a bit of improvement in her. 

 

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Lighthouse

Sept. 8, 2019

5f, 1:01.4h

Grade: B

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Broke off behind Old Trafford (5f, 1:02h) and was not asked through the lane while besting workmate with splits of :24.2 and :49.2 for the final half mile on our watches.  This was her first five furlong drill.  $375,000 OBS sale daughter of Mizzen Mast is getting fit and is a “must follow” in more serious drills. 

 

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Magic on Tap

Sept. 8, 2019

4f, :47.2h

Grade: B-

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Second best under some late coaxing while almost a length behind Comical Ghost (4f, :47.1), splits of :23 flat and :47.1 on our watches, mild coaxing through the lane. Decent work, expected a tad better, though.  Tapit colt missed at even money in his comeback at Del Mar but certainly ran well.  Probably will be a short price again in a similar first-level allowance middle distance event next time out. 

 

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Overdue

Sept. 8, 2019

5f, 1:03.4h TT

Grade: B

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Smooth and easy in solo training track breeze for D’Amato, finishing with plenty left without being asked.  Comes off nice win at Del Mar and maintains that form.

 

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Premier League

Sept. 8, 2019

5f, 1:01.4h

Grade: C

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Second best with Great Power (5f, 1:00.4h), breaking off a few lengths in front but proving no match late (workmate breezing) through the lane.  Not too much right now.

 

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River Boyne-IR

Sept. 8, 2019

5f, 1:03.1h TT

Grade: B-

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Went off slowly and then was asked a bit through the lane and responded well enough, final quarter in :24.3 in solo training track drill.  Freshened since May (was second in the below standard Shoemaker Mile-G1) and seems to be coming back well enough.

 

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Silenced

Sept. 8, 2019

4f, :49.3h

Grade: C+

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Broke off behind Railman (4f, :50.1h) and finished down the lane with that one but was under some urging and couldn’t get by while traveling out to 7/8ths pole.  Was hoping for a bit better.  Bolted at the top of the stretch in turf sprint in only outing and lost his rider but at least appeared focused today.  3yo gelding by Arch was $300,00 yearling; that’s going to be a steep hill to climb.

 

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Strike at Dawn

Sept. 8, 2019

4f, :49.4h TT

Grade: B-

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Recent surprise Del Mar allowance winner for Baltas went off slowly and finished without being asked much, final quarter in :24.3.  Lightly-raced daughter of Declaration of War wants turf for her best, probably has further improvement in her. 

 

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Thousand Words

Sept. 8, 2019

4f, :48.2h

Grade: B

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Juvenile son of Pioneerof the Nile colt broke off in front of American Code (4f, :48.2h) and finished stride-for-stride down the lane with that one, well in hand inside and displaying a nice, long, athletic stride for Baffert.  Cost $1 million as a yearling.  Should make the entries early in the Santa Anita fall season, wouldn’t be surprised to see him debut over a distance of ground (that’s where his future lies).

 

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Tig Tog

Sept. 8, 2019

4f, :48.1h

Grade: B-

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Maintains his form while under light urging most of the way, final quarter in :25 flat.  In good shape and should make the entries soon for new connections.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

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Bam Bam Bryan

Sept. 7, 2019

4f, :47.4h

Grade: B

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Nice breeze, no pressure at any stage, splits of :23.3 and 47.4, moving smoothly throughout.  Recent $25,000 Koriner claim is doing well and could improve for new connections.

 

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Bellafina

Sept. 7, 2019

5f, 1:01.2h

Grade: B

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Just galloping in easy breeze, final half our watches in :24 flat, :48.4.  Didn’t show her best in the Test S.-G1 (well-beaten third) but should be capable of bouncing back for Callaghan.

 

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Cistron

Sept. 7, 2019

5f, 1:00h

Grade: B+

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Nice hold most of the way (let run a tad late), splits of :35.4 and 1:00 flat, maintaining his sharp edge.  Won the Bing Crosby S.-G1 at Del Mar in late July and should display similar form when he returns in the fall.

 

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Coastline Sermon

Sept. 7, 2019

4f, :51h TT

Grade: C

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Blinkers on, went off slowly, was asked through the lane with modest response in solo drill on training track for Bonde.  Far back in debut, needs soft maiden claimers.

 

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Fawree

Sept. 7, 2019

5f, 1:01.3h

Grade:, C+

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Seemed a tad unfocused but worked without pressure, final three furlongs in 36 4/5.  Has looked extremely sharp (and improved) in the afternoon for Sadler, though you’d probably never know it by this drill.  Probably need to see him again.

 

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Fivestar Lynch

Sept. 7, 2019

5f, 1:03.1h TT

Grade: C

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Ask hard through the lane in solo training track drill, modest response.  Irish-bred maiden could use a class drop.

 

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Gorky Park

Sept. 7, 2019

4f, 49.3h

Grade: C+

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Second best in company with Desormeaux barnmate Delp (same time), splits of :24.3 and :49.3, asked through the lane.  Probably a maiden claimer at this stage.

 

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Hidden Message

Sept. 7, 2019

5f, 1:04.1h

Grade: B-

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Coasting throughout, final half on our watches in :24.4 and :50.4.  Excellent runner-up in Del Mar Oaks-G1 in U.S. debut and there’s no reason she shouldn’t build on that performance as she acclimates.

 

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K P Dreamin

Sept. 7, 2019

4f, :50.1h TT

Grade: B

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Breezing throughout in easy solo half-mile training track move for Mullins.  Very attractive juvenile daughter of Union Rags broke her maiden routing at Del Mar and certainly should continue to improve with experience.  Doing well.

 

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K P Slickem

Sept. 7, 2019

4f, :52.1h

Grade: C+

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Slow workout without being asked and then galloped out with some interest in easy breeze on training track.  Ticking over after sharp entry-level allowance win at Del Mar, should be competitive on the one-level raise.

 

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Lil Bit Dangerous

Sept. 7, 2019

4f, :48h

Grade: B-

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A little late changing leads but went well enough without pressure, splits of :23.3 and 48 flat.  California-bred filly has all of her conditions, may appreciate a turn back in trip.

 

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Lizzario

Sept. 7, 2019

4f, :49h

Grade:  C+

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A tad best over Secret Maneuver (same time), no real pressure but no lead change through the lane for Desormeaux.  Far back in very tough maiden race in her debut, probably can improve but should try maiden claimers next time. 

 

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M Town Gem

Sept. 7, 2019

4f, :49.1h

Grade: C+

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Even but second best with Unbroken Star (same time, easily), some urging late, final quarter in :25 and small change.  Not particularly impressive in this drill but based on his form the Puype-trained Gemologist gelding might not be much of a worker.

 

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Mongolian Kingdom

Sept. 7, 2019

5f, 1:03.1hg

Grade: C-

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Off slowly, rushed up under some pressure to be even early with Mongolian Hero (5f, 1:01.4hg) but steadily faded late under some pressure.  Juvenile son of Animal Kingdom should find this circuit pretty tough, even at the maiden claiming level.

 

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Murad Khan-FR

Sept. 7, 2019

4f, :49h

Grade: B

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Went well enough, going off slowly before finishing under light pressure, final quarter in :24.1., not bad for a turf horse working on dirt.  French-bred gelding by Ravens Pass was claimed by Sadler out of winning (restricted) race for $32,000 at Del Mar in August and should be capable of holding his own on the raise.

 

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Noble Pursuit

Sept. 7, 2019

5f, 1:02.3h

Grade: C+

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One-paced grinder when :36.4 and 1:02.2 on our watches, some late urging, fair pick-up.  Still a maiden, has no real acceleration, the longer the better for him. 

 

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Ollie’s Candy

Sept. 7. 2019

5f, 1:00.3h

Grade: B+

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Splits of :37 flat and 1:00.3, easy early (appeared to shy from something approaching the far turn) before turning it on late under mild coaxing and then galloping out strongly to 7/8 pole.  Grade-1 winning daughter of Candy Ride holds her edge for Sadler. 

 

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Selcourt

Sept. 7, 2019

5f, :59.3h

Grade: B+

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Splits of 23.2, 35 flat and 59.3, breezing early, very light coaxing late, quite sharp and looking like her old self.  Been away since late March (fading fourth in the Beholder Mile-G1) but vacation appears to have done her some good.  Should return soon, sprints only.

 

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Tiz Wonderfully

Sept. 7, 2019

5f, 1:01.4h

Grade: C+

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Mild pressure through the lane, fair drill for Cassidy.  Didn’t show much in recent comeback race, needs soft claimers around these parts.

 

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Unbroken Star

Sept. 7, 2019

4f, :49.1h

Grade: B+

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Breezing in company with M Town Gem (same time) final quarter in :25 flat.  Eligible to starter’s allowance (nw-2) $50,000 and should be tough in that spot next time.  Lightly-raced with plenty of improvement in him for Puype.  Workmate had to be asked late to stay even, moderate move. 

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2019

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Big Mel

Sept. 2, 2019

5f, 1:00.3h 

Grade: B-

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$800,000 unraced 2yo colt by Quality Road tied in with Oil Can Knight (4f, :50.3h, not asked), going off slowly but then ridden out strongly through the lane, splits of 24.4, 48.3 and 1:00.3 while traveling out to the 7/8 pole for Baffert.  This was his first five furlong drill, obviously has some run.

 

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Bombard

Sept. 2, 2019

5f, 1:01.2h 

Grade: B-

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Breezing outside in a three-horse team drill with R. Mandella stablemates Tiger Silk (4f, 49.4h) and Persepolis (5f, 1:01.4h) and was allowed to work strictly on his own, 23.4 and 49.2 from the half mile pole to the wire.  Looks good, getting healthy again after coming down with a fever last month. 

 

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Buckstopper Kit

Sept. 2, 2019

5f, 1:02.4h 

Grade: B-

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Now in the D’Amato barn following a $32,000 claim, broke off a length in front and went easily while appearing the tad the best inside of Jodie Faster (5f, 1:02.3h).  Doing well enough for new barn, should make the entries soon.  25.3. 50 flat, 1:02.4.

 

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Canadian Game

Sept. 2, 2019

4f, :49.4h

Grade: C+

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Curlin gelding went with splits of 25.1 and 49.4h, asked periodically through the lane.  Second in nw-2 $25,000 claimer when haltered by Carava in January; likely will be waiver protected at the same level when he returns. 

 

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Conquest Cobra

Sept. 2, 2019

4f, :49.4h 

Grade: C+

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7-year-old gelding came the final quarter in 24.4, mild urging, okay work for Glatt.  Unplaced in $25,000 claiming sprint in July in last start, freshened, probably will benefit from a class drop.

 

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Core Beliefs

Sept. 2, 2019

5f, 1:00.3h

Grade: B

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Multiple graded stakes winner breezed in a three-horse team drill with unraced 3yo Tiznow gelding Inquisiteur (5f, 1:00.3h) and 6-race maiden Scattering Mink (5f, 1:00.3h) and was best of the trio working inside (deeper part of the track) while come home without being asked, final three furlongs in 23.1 and :35.2.  Finished fourth (of four) in the San Diego H.-G3 (beaten 6 ¾ lengths) in mid-July in most recent start, holds his edge but is seeking a softer spot. 

 

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Dona Veloce

Sept. 2, 2019

4f, :48.4h 

Grade: B

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$800,000 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old in training purchase, Uncle Mo filly was in company with The Lighthouse (4f, :49.3h) and was best in sharp half mile breeze, finishing with plenty left, final three furlongs in 12.3 and 36 flat, easily to the wire for Callaghan.  Should be up to five furlongs by next breeze. 

 

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Eel Point

Sept. 2, 2019

5f, 1:00.3h

Grade: B-

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Blazed-faced $600,000 colt by Into Mischief was in company with River Finn (4f, :48h, not asked) and was best to the wire in 23 flat, 47.4h before being asked pretty good to 7/8 pole and then out to the six furlong pole for Baffert.  Stout colt doesn’t strike us as a win-early type.

 

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Liar Liar-IR

Sept. 2, 2019

4f, :49.2h

Grade: B-

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In company with Four O’Five (blinkers) and was best, breaking off slightly behind and finishing slightly ahead without being asked at any stage, final quarter in :24.3.  Had a run in Ireland at Naas in April, finishing fifth vs. maidens, beaten two lengths, while appearing green.  Worth following for Baltas.

 

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Painting Corners

Sept. 2, 2019

3f, :36.3h 

Grade: B+

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Came home in 23.3 in short blowout under a tight hold, quite willing while maintaining her edge for Miller. 

 

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Premier League

Sept. 2, 2019

5f, 1:02h

Grade: C

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Animal Kingdom 3yo colt came the final half in 49.2h under pressure thru the lane, not impressive.  Brought $630,000+ at the 2018 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale but has yet to make it to the races.  Hopefully, he’s a grass horse. Needs to pick it up for Callaghan.

 

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Stylishly

Sept. 2, 2019

4f. :48.2h 

Grade: C+

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Moves much better on turf than dirt but came home in :36.2, breezing throughout, useful move for improving filly.  Has found her niche as a late-running turf sprinter.

 

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Tig Tog

Sept. 2, 2019

5f, 1:01.4h 

Grade: B-

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Now in the Sadler barn following a $32,000 claim, not asked in smooth drill, final three furlongs 11.4 and 36.3.  Probably has some room to improve, seeking another restricted turf claimer. 

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SUNDAY,  SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

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Anuket

Sept. 1, 2019

5f, 1:00.2hg 

Grade: B+

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Nice gate drill for the $575,000 come-backing daughter of Pioneerof the Nile in the Baffert barn, breezing inside Appolina (5f, 1:00.3h, urged doing her best) and went well throughout, final three furlongs in a solid :36.4 while mostly on her own.  Won her debut like a top prospect but then stumbled at the start and lost her rider as the heavy favorite in her next outing in early February.  Appears to be coming back very well, has all of her conditions. 

 

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Challah

Sept. 1, 2019

5f, 1:03.4h 

Grade: C

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$400,000 2yo-in-training purchase was under pressure through the lane and had only a so-so response, final quarter in :25.2.  Outrun in both starts to date and needs to do better for Baltas.

 

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Champagne Honey

Sept. 1, 2019

4f, 48.2h

Grade: C+

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Heap-trained daughter of Desert Code was a little late changing leads but finished okay under some coaxing, :24 flat from the quarter pole to the wire.  Needs modest restricted claiming company.

 

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Draft Pick

Sept. 1, 2019

4f, :48.1h 

Grade: B+

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Final quarter in 23.3 looking smooth and sharp for Eurton.  Ran the race of his career when second in the Pacific Classic-G1 and maintains that edge.

 

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Leading Indicator

Sept. 1, 2019

4f, :48.3h 

Grade: C+

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Looked okay in solo half-mile work, final quarter in :24.3, light pressure through the lane. Clubhouse Ride filly found starter’s allowance company a tad too stiff recently, probably can improve for Pederson with a class drop.

 

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Ritzy A. P.

Sept. 1, 2019

4f, :49.2h

Grade: B-

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Veteran son of English Channel maintains his form for Blacker, going well while hooking in with Mopotism (3f, :37.4h, easily), final quarter in 24.3.  Willing third in the Del Mar Handicap in his most recent start and is a cut below the real good ones on this circuit.

 

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Storm the Hill

Sept. 1, 2019

5f, 1:00.2h 

Grade: B

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Maintains her edge, breezing through the lane after while in company with Young Hendrick (5f, 1:00.4h), K P Backtothewall (4f, :50h) and River Boyne (50.1h).  Was nosed out in the Yellow Ribbons Handicap in most recent start and appears to be maintaining that sharp edge for D’Amato.

 

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Win Often

Sept. 1, 2019

4f, :49.1h 

Grade: C+

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Unraced juvenile filly by Vronsky came home in :24.3, some pressure in solo drill while showing a tendency to get out.  Fair type at this stage for Pederson.

 

 

 

 

 

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