(opens Friday, Nov. 7)
WILLING TO TRAVEL: There was some trouble with the new turf course at Del Mar back in August but they had time to get it ready for this their first meet in November. There is excitement in the cool sea air. Willing To Travel, as we are to Del Mar, was squeezed off in his last turf start at Santa Anita. He re-grouped and made a nice last run just missing the win by a dwindling head. No mistakes next time out and he will be a solid single. $$$
ALRIGHT ALRIGHT: The 2yo colt was that first out of the box for trainer Darrell Vienna, who just doesn’t win with many first time starters. He stalked the pace in the early going, made a four wide move on the turn, shot to the front and held off the even money favorite in what was a classy win.
FIRING LINE: Was the even money favorite vs. Alright Alright. Broke dead last in this 12 horse field but ran on late and was getting to the winner at the end. This colt looks like a big time prospect, especially as the races get longer. The race could end up being key as some of the 2yo’s behind him – New Summit, Candy Cowboy and Lost In D Shuffle – looked good. We will keep an eye out for all of these runners at Del Mar.
PROSPECT PARK: Balked at the gate and broke very slow. He then chased four wide into the second turn and wide into the stretch. Continued going late to finish with good energy, picking up the show money while just 3/4 of a length behind the second place finisher. Look for better next time out if they can just get him in the gate.
HIDDEN ZENSATION: Was probably the best horse in this 6½ furlong $20k claimer. He was breaking from the 1 post position and tried to save ground while stalking the pace. Looked to be ready to launch a winning move but had to check off heels with no room to run leaving the turn. Lacked room and had to wait behind the winner from mid to deep stretch. Continued on with good energy, missing the show by a 1/2 length and the win by a head and a 1/2 length. He will get the job done next time out with the move to an outside post. $$$$$
Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].