Stakes Saturday: Derby prep, the Del Mar turf lead can't miss races

NTRA Communications
November 29, 2019 03:40pm
After a few weeks of light graded stakes action in the aftermath of the Breeders’ Cup, things are busy once more across the nation on Thanksgiving weekend. Juveniles are in the spotlight beneath the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs in Saturday’s Kentucky Jockey Club and Golden Rod Stakes. Del Mar also plays host to top-level action with the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on tap this weekend.

Here's what to watch for, with races are listed in chronological order and all times Eastern.
 
Grade 3 Discovery Stakes at Aqueduct (3:15 p.m.)

Performer, a winner of three straight races, has gradually climbed up the ladder in his last few starts and will take things up a notch when challenging Grade 2 winner Tax in his stakes debut in Saturday's Discovery over the main track. Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, who saddled Gold Fever to a Discovery triumph in 1996, Performer was third in his career debut as a 2-year-old last November at Aqueduct before getting some extended time off. He returned a winner when breaking his maiden at Belmont Park by three-quarters of a length in June before defeating winners at Saratoga the following month recording a career-best 96 Beyer Speed Figure.



Grade 3 Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar (3:33 p.m.)

The Jimmy Durante Stakes attracted 14 2-year-old fillies for the one-mile turf run. The Chad Brown-trained Princesa Caroline, a half-sister of champion Lady Eli who broke her maiden by 3 ½ lengths in September, has been pegged as the early choice at 7-2.

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Princesa Caroline
American Pharoah
C. Brown
J. Castellano
1st, Bel MSW (9/28/2019-R5)
Probable
 Princesa Caroline
American Pharoah
C. Brown
1st, Bel MSW (9/28/2019-R5)
Probable
 Lookintogeteven
Ghostzapper
J. Cassidy
V. Espinoza
6th, Dmr MSW (11/9/2019-R6)
Entered
 Alms
City Zip
5.12
M. Stidham
P. Lopez
1st, 2019 Matron (G3) 
Entered
 Awesome Ella
Mr Speaker
4.79
R. Hess, Jr.
T. Baze
2nd, Dmr MSW (11/9/2019-R6)
Entered
 Laura's Light
Constitution
P. Miller
A. Cedillo
Entered
 Croughavouke
Dandy Man
4.45
J. Mullins
F. Prat
6th, 2019 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) 
Entered
 Overjoyed
Medaglia d'Oro
4.45
N. Drysdale
M. Smith
1st, Dmr MSW (11/9/2019-R6)
Entered
 Homehome
Square Eddie
D. O'Neill
M. Gutierrez
8th, 2019 Golden State Juvenile Fillies (RS)
Entered
 Wise Rachel
English Channel
4.79
Q. Howey
J. Talamo
4th, 2019 Generous Portion (RS)
Entered
 Seahawk Lisa
Hard Spun
5.12
J. Hollendorfer
J. Velez
1st, LRC MSW (9/19/2019-R6)
Entered
 A G Indy
Take Charge Indy
4.12
R. Baltas
R. Bejarano
7th, Dmr MSW (9/1/2019-R8)
Entered
 Almost A Factor
The Factor
C. Gaines
G. Franco
7th, 2019 Golden State Juvenile Fillies (RS)
Entered
 Princesa Caroline
American Pharoah
C. Brown
J. Castellano
1st, Bel MSW (9/28/2019-R5)
Entered
 Princesa Caroline
American Pharoah
C. Brown
1st, Bel MSW (9/28/2019-R5)
Entered
 Applecross
Sir Prancealot
4.45
R. Baltas
J. Velazquez
3rd, 2019 Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf (LS)
Entered
 Guitty
Dunkerque
L. Powell
D. Van Dyke
Entered


Grade 3 Long Island Stakes at Aqueduct (3:44 p.m.)

Graded stakes winner Si Que Es Buena is one of three contenders from trainer Graham Motion's barn taking aim at in the Long Island Stakes for fillies and mares 3 years old and up. Takaya Shimakawa's Si Que Es Buena made her North American debut last year at the Big A, where she ran fourth in the 2018 edition of the Long Island before winning the Via Borghese in December at Gulfstream Park. She followed with a one-length score in the Grade 3 La Prevoyante at the same track in January before Motion gave her nearly eight months off before returning to run sixth in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor on October 12 at Woodbine.

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Si Que Es Buena
Equal Stripes
5.45
H. Motion
6th, 2019 E. P. Taylor Stakes (G1) View Video
Entered
 Mercilla
Arch
4.84
H. Motion
6th, 2019 Zagora (LS) View Video
Entered
 Entropia
Mount Nelson
W. Mott
Entered
 My Sister Nat
Acclamation
5.87
C. Brown
3rd, Bel AlwOC (10/20/2019-R6)
Entered
 Decorating
Galileo
T. Proctor
3rd, 2019 Dowager (G3) View Video
Entered
 Beau Belle
Giant's Causeway
4.12
T. Albertrani
7th, 2019 Zagora (LS) View Video
Entered
 More Fun Again
Arch
T. Proctor
3rd, 2019 Dr. James Penny Memorial (G3)
Entered
 Romantic Pursuit
Medaglia d'Oro
4.79
K. McLaughlin
3rd, 2019 Sands Point (G2) View Video
Entered
 Lift Up
Ghostzapper
6.12
M. Dickinson
J. Bravo
1st, 2019 Maple Leaf (G3) View Video
Entered
 Homeland Security
Smart Strike
5.12
C. Clement
2nd, 2019 Zagora (LS) View Video
Entered
 Empressof the Nile
Pioneerof the Nile
4.79
H. Motion
1st, 2019 Zagora (LS) View Video
Entered
 Pivotal Connection
Pivotal
W. Mott
1st, Bel AlwOC (10/11/2019-R7)
Entered
 Wegetsdamunnys
D' Funnybone
4.79
C. Clement
8th, 2019 Zagora (LS) View Video
Entered
 Another Broad
Include
4.45
T. Pletcher
2nd, 2019 Turnback The Alarm (G3)
Entered
 Team Win
Malibu Moon
T. Pletcher
5th, Bel AlwOC (10/11/2019-R7)
Entered


Grade 3 Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar (4:30 p.m.)

The Red Carpet Handicap has eight older fillies and mares entered for the 1 3/8-mile route. Siberian Iris (IRE) from the barn of Richard Mandella is 5-2 on the Red Carpet line off a fourth-place run last time out in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes in September.

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


Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs (4:57 p.m.)

Winchell Thoroughbreds, Thomas Reiman, William Dickson and Deborah Easter’s impressive Rags to Riches Stakes winner Finite tops a field of eight 2-year-old fillies that were entered in the 76th running of the Golden Rod going 1 1/16 miles. The Golden Rod is a “Prep Season” race on the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” in which the Top 4 finishers will receive 10-4-2-1 points, respectively. Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Finite scored an impressive six-length win in the Rags to Riches under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. The chestnut filly by Munnings broke her maiden two starts ago on the turf at Kentucky Downs. The Golden Rod will be Finite’s first test running at two turns.



Grade 2 Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar (5:30 p.m.)

Sacred Life (FR) has been tabbed as the 5-2 as the favorite in the Seabiscuit Handicap having snapped a six-race losing skid recently with an allowance win at Keeneland. Also appearing here is Om, stretching out from a runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 River Boyne
Dandy Man
5.56
J. Mullins
F. Prat
3rd, 2019 Lure Stakes (LS) View Video
Entered
 Ritzy A. P.
English Channel
5.12
D. Blacker
J. Velazquez
2nd, 2019 Lure Stakes (LS) View Video
Entered
 Next Shares
Archarcharch
6.56
R. Baltas
J. Valdivia, Jr.
13th, 2019 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) View Video
Entered
270Om
Munnings
7.56
P. Miller
P. Lopez
2nd, 2019 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) View Video
Entered
 Sacred Life
Siyouni
5.12
C. Brown
J. Castellano
2nd, 2019 Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2) View Video
Entered
 Majestic Eagle
Medaglia d'Oro
5.45
N. Drysdale
R. Bejarano
5th, 2019 Tourist Mile (LS) View Video
Entered
 Prince Earl
Paddy O'Prado
7.67
P. D'Amato
G. Franco
3rd, 2019 City of Hope Mile (G2) View Video
Entered
 Ronald R
Nathaniel
5.12
R. Ellis
D. Van Dyke
1st, 2019 Lure Stakes (LS) View Video
Entered
 Cleopatra's Strike
Smart Strike
5.84
P. D'Amato
A. Cedillo
1st, 2019 John Henry Turf Championship (G2) View Video
Entered
 Andesh
Medicean
4.45
P. D'Amato
J. Talamo
7th, 2019 Lure Stakes (LS) View Video
Entered


Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs (5:56 p.m.)

Sackatoga Stables’ undefeated Grade 1 winner Tiz the Law will lead a field of nine promising 2-year-olds entered in the Kentucky Jockey Club, a qualifying race on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” in which the Top 4 finishers will receive 10-4-2-1 points, respectively. Tiz the Law, trained by veteran horseman Barclay Tagg, rallied from off the pace to score a four-length victory in the Grade 1 nearly two months ago at Belmont Park. The son of Constitution arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday afternoon and made his first appearance on the track Wednesday for a light jog and schooled at the starting gate.

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


Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar (6:30 p.m.)

The Hollywood Derby lured a quartet of highly-regarded invaders from the East Coast to take on the locally-based sophomores – the Chad Brown-trained duo of Irish-bred Digital Age and Standard Deviation, plus the Mark Casse-conditioned Uncle Bull and Mr Dumas from the barn of trainer John Ortiz. Much-improved Mo Forza, an 18-1 upset winner of the Grade 2 Twilight Derby a month ago at Santa Anita, will be seeking to prove that triumph was no fluke. Six sophomores who chased him home that afternoon are also entered Saturday. 

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Mo Forza
Uncle Mo
5.45
P. Miller
P. Lopez
1st, 2019 Twilight Derby (G2) View Video
Entered
 Kingly
Tapit
6.34
B. Baffert
M. Gutierrez
5th, 2019 Twilight Derby (G2) View Video
Entered
 Uncle Bull
Uncle Mo
3.79
M. Casse
J. Talamo
9th, Sar AlwOC (7/18/2019-R8)
Entered
 Digital Age
Invincible Spirit
7.06
C. Brown
J. Castellano
5th, 2019 Hill Prince (G2) View Video
Entered
 Neptune's Storm
Stormy Atlantic
5.47
R. Baltas
A. Cedillo
3rd, 2019 Twilight Derby (G2) View Video
Entered
 Nolde
Pioneerof the Nile
5.27
J. Shirreffs
V. Espinoza
11th, 2019 Twilight Derby (G2) View Video
Entered
 Proud Pedro
Pedro The Great
4.79
L. Powell
T. Pereira
2nd, 2019 Let It Ride (LS) View Video
Entered
 Henley's Joy
Kitten's Joy
5.57
M. Maker
D. Van Dyke
4th, 2019 Twilight Derby (G2) View Video
Entered
 Standard Deviation
Curlin
6.14
C. Brown
J. Velazquez
3rd, 2019 Hill Prince (G2) View Video
Entered
 Moody Jim
Moohaajim
3.79
J. Mullins
F. Prat
6th, 2019 Del Mar Derby (G2) View Video
Entered
 Mr Dumas
Majesticperfection
5.12
J. Ortiz
J. Rocco, Jr.
1st, 2019 Commonwealth Turf Stakes (G3)
Entered
 Originaire
Zoffany
5.12
J. Mullins
H. Figueroa
7th, 2019 Twilight Derby (G2) View Video
Entered
 Succeedandsurpass
Exceed And Excel
5.12
R. Baltas
R. Bejarano
2nd, 2019 Twilight Derby (G2) View Video
Entered


Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields (7:18 p.m.)

A strong field of 11 colts and geldings are entered to compete in the Berkeley Handicap for 3-year-olds and upward. A number of Southern California stars are in the Berkeley lineup this year. Ohio makes his first start on the Golden Gate Tapeta for trainer Michael McCarthy after a loss in the Grade 2 City of Hope Mile at Santa Anita on October 5. Ohio’s last winners circle appearance came in March when he won the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile.

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 My Friend Emma
Tannersmyman
4.45
J. Ramos
S. Amador
6th, 2019 Oakland Stakes (LS)
Entered
 Grecian Fire
Unusual Heat
5.12
J. Desormeaux
W. Antongeorgi, III
4th, 2019 Joseph T. Grace Stakes (LS)
Entered
 Mugaritz
Dialed In
4.45
J. Wong
R. Gonzalez
1st, 2019 Joseph T. Grace Stakes (LS)
Entered
 Souter
Poet's Voice
5.12
M. Glatt
F. Alvarado
4th, 2019 Wickerr Stakes (RS) View Video
Entered
191Ashleyluvssugar
Game Plan
7.52
P. Eurton
B. Blanc
6th, 2019 California Dreamin' (RS)
Entered
 Lymebyrd
Limehouse
A. Tekos
F. Monroy
7th, Dmr Claim (7/26/2018-R5)
Entered
 Majestic Eagle
Medaglia d'Oro
5.45
N. Drysdale
A. Gomez
5th, 2019 Tourist Mile (LS) View Video
Entered
 Camino Del Paraiso
Suances
5.59
O. Jauregui
J. Hernandez
2nd, 2019 Joseph T. Grace Stakes (LS)
Entered
 Ohio
Elusive Quality
5.84
M. McCarthy
J. Couton
9th, 2019 City of Hope Mile (G2) View Video
Entered
 Brave Nation
Pioneerof the Nile
4.79
B. Wright
C. Martinez
4th, 2019 Marathon Stakes (G2)
Entered
59What A View
Vronsky
7.22
S. Monroe
B. Pena
4th, 2019 California Flag Handicap (RS)
Entered

 

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