Del Mar Raceway
November 26, 2020/ 4:30 p.m. (ET)
10 fillies and mares 3-years-old and upwards will go one and one-eighth miles on the turf in this Grade III $100,000 Handicap.
#1 California Kook (5/1) is 8-1-3-0 on the turf and has never gone this distance before. Closer.
#2 Never Be Enough (4/1) has won three straight races, which includes taking the trophy in the $100,000 Kathryn Crosby Stakes here at DMR, and has not finished worst than fourth in six races on North American soil. The Great Britain mare has three wins and nine cashes in 14 career starts on the grass, however, she is 1-0-0-0 at the current distance. Trainer Manuel Badilla has a 32% strike rate when his horses are coming off a win. Badilla also has a 23 win rate in stakes meets. Fast Closer.
#3 Colonial Creed (12/1) has shown improvement in each of her last three outings and has hit the board in each of those starts, finishing one length behind Never Be Enough in the Kathryn Crosby Stakes and third in the Swingtime Stakes. While this is the 4-year-old daughter of Jimmy Creed’s first attempt at the current distance, she has won three times and posted a 72% WPS percentage in 11 starts on the turf while going 4-1-3-0 at DMR. Colonial Creed has also turned in two good training sessions for trainer Richard Baltas, who has won 23% of his races teamed with jockey Flavian Prat. Prat has experience in the saddle with the filly, finishing in the money twice in three rides. A stalker who possesses a lot of early speed.
#4 Orglandes (5/2) has continued the success that she had while racing in France since moving to the US. The 4-year-old French horse, which is 8-3-2-2 on the grass, is coming off a win against $62,500 optional claimers on Oct. 9 at Belmont and was third in her debut in America. She was second in her only experience at the current distance. Has the reputable duo of trainer Chad Brown and jockey Irad Ortiz working together. Midpack
#5 Going to Vegas (12/1) has shown improvement in each of her last three races since finishing sixth in her debut under trainer Richard Baltas, who has a 24% strike rate as well as a 48% WPS percentage at DMR this session, following a $50,000 claim. Going to Vegas is coming off a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Autumn Miss Stakes as she was outkicked in the stretch after rallying off the pace. Stalker.
#6 Woodfin (30/1) is making her first start in a stakes race. She hit the board with a third-place finish for the first time in six outings and is 14-1-1-4 on the grass for her career.
#7 Aunt Lubie (20/1) is entering a stakes race for the first time since 2018 where she finished seventh in the $100k Grade 3 Torey Pines Stakes.The 5-year-old mare, a daughter of Uncle Mo, has raced very consistently with jockey Victor Espinoza in the saddle the last three outings, picking up two top-3 finishes. Aunt Lubie is 7-0-2-1 on the turf. Frontrunner.
#8 Blame Debbie (3/1) has crossed the finish line first in three straight races, but she was disqualified to third in her first of the trio of affairs. The 3-year-old filly comes to DMR, for the first time, from Keeneland where she edged Always Shopping by a head in the Grade 3 Rood and Riddle Dowagger Stakes going one and one-half miles. This is Blame Debbie’s fifth stakes race and her third graded stakes event. Trainer H. Graham Motion and jockey Manuel Franco have fared well together over the past year. Pacesetter.
#9 Hollywood Girl (20/1) is making her stakes debut as well. She has run in route events in each of her six career starts (all on turf), though Giant Causeway’s daughter has just one first along with a second-place finish to show for it. Hollywood Girl is 0-2 against Aunt Lubie, which includes finishing second to her by the neck here at DMR two starts back. HOF’er Mike Smith gets his fourth consecutive ride.
#10 Quick (6/1) has been fantastic since coming across the Atlantic. The 4-year-old Great Britain filly has finished in the money in six of her seven starts on American soil and has posted a Beyer score of at least 94 in each of those appearances. She is 14-3-5-2 on the turf as well as 3-1-1-0 at DMR. Jockey Umberto Rispoli, who has a 23% strike rate working with trainer John Sadler, has done a good job in Quick’s saddle. Fast closer.
Projection of Finish: 1. Colonial Creed 2. Quick 3. Never Enough 4. Orglandes 5.Blame Debbie 6. Aunt Lubie 7. Going to Vegas 8. Woodfin 9. California Kook 9. Hollywood Girl