First Look: Del Mar wraps up + busy Kentucky Downs weekend

First Look: Del Mar wraps up + busy Kentucky Downs weekend
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This weekend brings the end of the Del Mar meet – with three graded-stakes for juveniles – and seven graded races at Kentucky Downs.

Here's an early look at the likely fields, where available.


Saturday

Del Mar Debutante (G1), Del Mar, 7 furlongs, 2-year-old fillies

Del Mar stakes coordinator Ed Reese said he couldn’t provide probables for the track’s weekend juvenile races because many horses are cross-nominated. One possibility is Justique, the Justify filly who won her debut last out. Daily Racing Form reported that, after she was briefly sidelined with a fever, the decision would depend on how she worked.

2022 Del Mar Debutante (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Justique
Justify
6.06
J. Shirreffs
1st, Dmr MSW (7/31/2022-R8)

Probable

John C. Mabee (G2), Del Mar, 1 1/8 miles (turf), fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Going Global beat Avenue de France by three lengths last out in the Yellow Ribbon (G2). Going to Vegas is looking for her first win of the year after finishing second in the Gamely (G1), Santa Ana (G3) and Buena Vista (G3) in her last three starts.

2022 John C. Mabee Stakes (G2)

Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint (G2), Kentucky Downs, 6 furlongs (turf), 3-year-olds and up

Front Run the Fed won the black-type Van Clief at 5 1/2 furlongs before finishing fifth in the Fourstardave (G1) last out. Thin White Duke has finished in the money in his last three starts, including winning the Sept. 2 Lucky Coin by a nose last out.

2022 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint (G2)

Franklin-Simpson (G2), Kentucky Downs, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), 3-year-olds

Call Me Midnight’s fifth-place finish in the listed Twin Spires Turf Sprint at Ellis Park was his first turf race in his 12 career starts. That race was won by All in Sync in his first turf race. Evan Sing has only four career starts, including a win over Thin White Duke last out in a Saratoga allowance.

2022 Franklin-Simpson (G2)

Kentucky Downs Turf Cup (G3), Kentucky Downs, 1 1/2 miles (turf), 3-year-olds and up

Arklow was second by a half-length in the Bowling Green (G2) in his first start since October. Breakpoint also has had only one start this year, winning the San Juan Capistrano (G3) by a head.

2022 Kentucky Downs Turf Cup (G3)

Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf (G3), Kentucky Downs, 1 mile (turf), fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Dalika and Princess Grace, the first- and second-place finishers in the Beverly D. (G1) are expected here. Lady Speightspeare has two consecutive graded-stakes scores, in the Trillium (G3) last out and the Nassau (G2), both at Woodbine.

2022 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf (G3)

Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint (G3), Kentucky Downs, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Campanelle won the listed Giant’s Causeway in her first start of the year in April, then finished third in the Platinum Jubilee (G1) at Ascot last out. Tobys Heart is looking for her first win since the listed Unbridled Sidney in May.

2022 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint (G3)

Mint Million Mile (G3), Kentucky Downs, 1 mile (turf), 3-year-olds and up

This race was rescheduled from Saturday because of inclement weather at Kentucky Downs, and the horses and jockeys shown here were from the original entries. Nominations were re-opened for the rescheduled race. Gray’s Fable won the listed Turf Mile at Ellis Park by a neck over Mr Dumas last out, with Tut’s Revenge in third by a head.

2022 Winstar Farm Mint Million Mile (G3)

Sunday

Del Mar Futurity (G1), Del Mar, 7 furlongs, 2-year-olds

Again, Del Mar provided no probables for its juvenile races, but two Baffert colts are possible here. Cave Rock broke his maiden in his first try, a six-length win on Aug. 13. Havnameltdown also won his debut and then scored in the Best Pal (G3).

2022 Del Mar Futurity (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Cave Rock
Arrogate
6.44
B. Baffert
1st, Dmr MSW (8/13/2022-R7)

Probable
 Havnameltdown
Uncaptured
5.47
B. Baffert
1st, 2022 Best Pal (G3) 

Possible

Del Mar Juvenile Turf (G3), Del Mar, 1 mile (turf), 2-year-olds

No probables were provided.

Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon (G3), Kentucky Downs, 1 5/16 miles (turf), fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Family Way won this race last year and has finished in the money in five of six starts since, including a win in the Orchid (G3). Luck Money is looking for her first win in 14 starts since Halloween 2020. She finished fourth in this race last year.

2022 Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon (G3)

Baltimore/Washington International (G3), Pimlico, 1 mile (turf), 3-year-olds and up

Field Pass is 1-for-5 this year, his lone win coming in the black-type Texas Turf Classic in July. Set Piece won the Dinner Party (G2) in May before finishing fifth in the Forbidden Apple (G3) and fourth in the Arlington Million (G1).

2022 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G3)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.

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