Two Ship & Win horses notched victories in Week 5 of racing at Del Mar, raising
the meet total to 17 wins, $234,180 in bonuses and $25,000 in travel
money distributed. The corresponding numbers for 2013 at a similar point
were 18 wins, $209,733 in bonuses and $103,000 in travel money.
Trainer Richard Mandella said Brazilian champion Bal A Bali is “doing well” in
recovering from a foot problem and will spend some time at a farm in
Kentucky before being shipped to his stable at Santa Anita.
Spendthrift Farm’s champion Beholder, who won the 2012 Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies and 2013 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita, is back
in training after suffering a minor injury when she finished fourth
in Belmont Park’s Ogden Phipps on June 7. Beholder’s third work since
an August 1 return was a five-furlong bullet in 58.80 at Del Mar on
August 11. She went five furlongs in 1:02.80 on Tuesday. “She went a
little too strong in her (Aug. 11) work, so we eased up a little this
time,” trainer Richard Mandella said. Beholder is on track for the
Zenyatta Stakes on September 27 at Santa Anita, a race she won last year
In Sunday’s seventh race, Conquest Misbehave ran her final quarter in
23.83 and final eighth in 11.91, the fastest split at both points, on
her way to a 2 ½ length win at 9-1. The next fastest home in the race
was fifth placer Show Stealer, recording a final quarter in 24.61
seconds and final eighth in 12.46.
Valet Michel Poincelet, kicked in the chest by Lizzy’s Tizzy following
Friday’s seventh race, was examined and released from Scripps La Jolla
Hospital. Poincelet, sore from the incident, took Saturday off from
work, but is expected to be fine.
Equibase statistics show trainer J. Keith Desormeaux at 499 career wins.
Desormeaux has one scheduled starter at Del Mar Saturday, Silent Ruler in the
Very nice call on Artest, amino998. You beat my top two!
There will be no shortage of coverage and opinions emanating from Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday
for the track’s International Festival of Racing with updates aplenty
expected via Facebook, Twitter, and websites such as ArlingtonPark.com
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@EJXD2 for handicapping insights and more throughout the day. The TwinSpires.com/blog website will provide more detailed handicapping
analysis, including links to a podcast discussing the race, and Ed
DeRosa’s full-card selections. For handicapping information, visit
Majestic Presence made all the running in Wednesday’s fifth race, but it
was second-placer She’s Complete who had gaudy data from a wide trip.
Overall, She’s Complete covered 52 feet more than the winner, a distance
that equates to roughly six lengths. In Wednesday’s feature, the Green
Flash, winner Merit Man ran his final eighth in 11.94 seconds, 0.64
seconds faster than second home Remind Mee.
Louisville basketball coach and horse owner Rick Pitino arrived in time
for Sunday’s races on his annual pilgrimage to Del Mar and is expected
to be in attendance Wednesday and again Thursday when one of his horses,
Boom Boys, runs in the fourth race.
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