Horses to Watch at Del Mar

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DEL MAR

SMILING TO EXCESS: First time starter for Paul Aguirre ran huge in this five-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies. Despite being squeezed in at the start, he than stalked from the inside and continued down on the inside running on to just miss the place by a neck in what was a big effort first out of the box.

AFTERNOON HEAT: First-time starter had no shot vs. the lone speed and runaway winner but ran his own race finishing second, seven lengths clear of the rest. We would love to see him going five furlongs on the Del Mar grass next out. If so, we will be in a singling mood.

SAINTS PAYNTER: Just loved this filly in this six-furlong maiden sprint as she went off at 7-1. She got the early lead and rated kindly on the front end, was challenged at the top of the lane but just pulled away with ease and blasted home to win by more than three lengths and she had a lot left in the tank. Her young trainer, Andrew Lerner is one to watch at the Del Mar meet as he sends his runners out ready.

BIG SCOTT DADDY: Was just left at the gate at Los Al TB, going six furlongs in a 10-horse field. He raced wide the entire trip and was motoring late to just miss the place by a dwindling head. We would love to see this one going a mile on the Del Mar grass next out. If so, we will be firing.

VERY VERY STELLA: Just had no shot vs. the runaway speed last out at Los Al TB. He did run his own race, finishing a solid second in what was a game effort. This race will have him set for the win next out going a mile or longer at Del Mar.

ALFAREED: $12,500 claimer was squeezed at the start, losing a good position. He had to come out for room and made a big five-wide run to just miss the place by a nostril. We just love this claim as he was picked up for the $12,500 by Little Red Feather Racing and Richard Baltas. Look for him to be spotted for the win next out.

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