Horses to Watch Alert
at Del Mar
Race 2 No. 5 MAESTRO: Second time starter for trainer John Shirreffs ran huge at 8-1, but had his number taken down by the all knowing stewards who never seem to be consistent. The horse he beat was never going to get by, but the all-knowing stewards made the call and jockey Bejarano was put up and young Joe Talamo, who has been riding great, got taken down. It could have been a little “get even” move. The Maestro looks to be a good one and will break his maiden at Del Mar. $$$
Race 5 No. 1 IVANHO: May have been best in this 6 furlong turf sprint. He really wanted to run, but got caught down on the inside into the turn and just could not get out. Remained pinned down on the rail and was steadied almost to a stop in midstretch. Got in tight again, but kept going and ran strong fourth just 1½ lengths behind the winner. $$$
Race 7 No. 1 MINISTER D’ORO: Trainer Peter Miller never gave up on this 13 time maiden loser and he was rewarded in this race with a resounding win going away under jockey Rosario who gave this 4yo a very patient ride. I love these long time maidens who finally get the job done. They usually come back with big runs next time out.
Race 8 No. 9 HALFAPONDAROSA: This girl was super live off the layoff and the money just poured in on her. Tracked the odds on 2-1 shot and looked to have nailed her on the line. A very long look eventually determined the chalk winning by less than an inch in one of the tightest photo finishes I have ever seen. No mistakes for this girl next time out.
No.10 GLAMORISTA: First time Bob Baffert starter somehow was let go at almost 6-1. This filly won like a 1-5 shot and looks like a major player in the upcoming season.
Race 9 No. 7 CELTIC PRINCESS: Just won The Royal Heroine mile in a freakish effort. After the finish she continued to run on like she said please let me go around one more time. This is a serious Mare, look for more good things from her in the future. She is one to definitely follow.