Del Mar Raceway
November 1, 2020/ 3:30 p.m.
Del Mar is putting out some really good races for young runners today, and here is a look at a few of them.
Race 1 - Maiden Special Weight (Purse -$57,000)
Six 2-year-old colts and geldings will go one mile on the dirt.
Analysis: #3 Spielberg (4-5) has raced well this year, finishing in the top-3 in each of three previous races although the son of Union Rags has yet to break his maiden. Spielberg finished second in the seven-furlong Grade I Run Happy Del Mar Futility (Sept. 7) and then was third in the one and one-sixteenth mile Grade I American Pharoah Stakes (Sept. 26). Besides, Union Rags gets relief in distance in this meet and has turned in three fantastic five-furlong workouts recently for trainer Bob Baffert. #2 The Great One (6/1) will look for a better effort after encountering major trouble, as he veered after coming out of the gate, and finishing a close sixth -- two and one-half furlongs behind the winner. The Great One is stretching out and making his debut at Del Mar and on the dirt. The son of Nyquist has also turned in a pair of very good workouts. #1 Parnelli (6-5) showed improvement in his second career start (Oct. 2) just missing a victory in a $55,000 special weight meet. The son of Quality Road was purchased for $500,000 as a yearling in 2019 which was half-a-million less than Spielberg was sold for. #4 Feel the Berning (20/1) has raced decently well in his two previous races but he lost ground after going two and three wide in the stretch. This will be eel the Berning’s first outing as a gelding. #6 Allaboutthemoney (20/1), a son of Into Mischief, and #5 Bolu (15/1), who has had major issues in each of his three outings, could be primed for better efforts as well.
Best Bets: I like #3 to win in my lock of the day.
Race 2- Maiden Special Weight Weight (Purse - $57,000)
Seven 3-year-old and older colt and geldings will go one mile on the turf in what should be an outstanding and close race.
Analysis: I expect the three-morning line favorites -- #3 War Path (3/1) along with #5 Keystone Field (2/1) and #7 Frasard (5/2) -- to be major players in this one. However, War Path and Frasard have battled four times with each horse getting the best of the other twice. But War Path has run better at Frasard at this distance as well as at DMR. Plus, the son of War Front has compiled two really good workouts, which includes going four-furlongs in 47.6 seconds, for trainer Bob Baffert recently. Keystone Field has two second-place finishes in four starts, including once at this distance though that was on the turf. Keystone Field, who will have HOF’er Mike Smith in the saddle, turned in a strong training session in his last workout. #2 Juror (10/1) has two cashes in four career starts and the son of Tapit, who gets distance relief in this meet, turned in a good workout two training sessions ago.
Best Bets: I like a show bet on #2.
Race 6- Maiden Special Weight (Purse -$57,000)
Eight 2-year-old fillies, including three first-timers, will go one mile on the turf. This should be a close outstanding race.
Analysts: I believe that the two morning-line favorites, #3 Ivy League (2/1) and #7 Pizzazz (9/5), will end up dueling to break their maiden. Ivy League has two second- place showings for her efforts with both results coming at this distance. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is coming off a nice effort in the $106k Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes on Sept. 6 and will have jockey Umberto Rispoli in the saddle for a third straight race. Ivy League also produced an outstanding six-furlong workout session recently for trainer Richard Mandella, whose barn has a 16% strike rate when coming off a 31-60 day layoff as well as a 16% win percentage in the maiden special weight division. Pizzazz has also run well and put up some good training session. #1 High Con (10/1) and #6 Avisse (6/1) along with #4 Leia Maria (4/1) should battle to hit the ticket as well. In addition, I like #5 Constantina as the best first-timer.
Best Bets: I like #3 to win as well as a show bet on #1.