Del Mar Futurity Recap:
Wednesdays Del Mar Futurity proved to be a very interesting race. Tamarando won the race coming from well of the pace and looked very impressive doing it. In my preview of the race I mentioned that he would be a very dangerous horse coming off 3 races in a row of improving speed figures while also stretching out the distance. I didn't have him as my winner but he did prove to be a strong contender in this 2 year old division.
My pick in the race Dance With Fate had an incredibly bad trip, from a bad break to being forced well wide around the turn. He was able to rally for second and looked good doing it but he will need to learn to handle the gate better in order not to be put in such a bad position in the future.
This weekend there are two big two year old races. This article will focus on the non-points race the Arlington-Washington Futurity which is run at 1 mile on synthetic dirt. The winner of this race last year Pataky Kid never really got going on the Derby trail, but did win the Coach Jimi Lee Stakes in July at Arlington Park. The best horse to ever win this race in the past was the 1992 winner Gilded Time who went on to win the eclipse award for 2 year old of the year. PPs for this years race and my picks are below.
Horses to Watch are:
3 - High Roll - Won maiden at Arlington last month easily and posted a nice 88 speed figure in the process. Will have to be able to stretch out to a mile as only race was at 5 1/2 furlongs
4 - Solitary Ranger - Back in April ran two races and finished second in both, though posted an impressive 88 speed figure in the 2nd. Is training well after the layoff and like the #3 horse is looking to be able to handle the distance as both prior races were only 4 1/2 furlongs
7 - Captains Affair - This horse is shipping in from Ireland and while he doesn't have any posted works you have to wonder why the connections would bring him over here if they didn't think he had a good shot. Both prior races were on turf but switching over to the polytrack shouldn't prove too difficult.
9 - Joedini - Heavily bet both times out this son of Bernardini looks to get back to the winners circle. After breaking his maiden first time out he ran in the Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes finishing third. He had trouble at the break though and never really got within striking distance. If he can take another step forward he may be tough to beat.
My pick to win: 4 Solitary Ranger
My pick to place: 9 Joedini
My pick to show: 7 Captains Affair
Fourth: 3 High Roll