Paddock profile

Fresh off the plane from Boston, Ed Collins eyeballs the paddock prospects before the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 4.

Fresh off the plane from Boston, Ed Collins eyeballs the paddock prospects before the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 4.

Del Mar: part horse track, part fashion show

One of the many at Del Mar.

One of the many at Del Mar.

Baffert prediction

Trainer Bob Baffert saddles  Roman Threat at Del Mar Sept. 4. As he walked by, Baffert said "This horse is going to win the Breeders' Cup Sprint for me."

Trainer Bob Baffert saddles Roman Threat at Del Mar Sept. 4. As he walked by, Baffert said “This horse is going to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint for me.”

Polished

Rum Point gleams like polished mahogany in the Del Mar paddock Wednesday before the $300,000 Futurity.

Rum Point gleams like polished mahogany in the Del Mar paddock Wednesday before the $300,000 Futurity.

On the lawn

Nothing but bright sunshine   for closing day at Del Mar Sept. 4.

Nothing but bright sunshine for closing day at Del Mar Sept. 4.

The mad scientist talks figs

Part 1

Part 2

Results, Friday (Jan. 27) Santa Anita Race 1 — lost $300

Trainer Dave Hofmans saddled #6 One Fast Frog to an easy win

In a race without much speed and light on overall talent, jockey Martin Pedroza and #6 One Fast Frog took an easy lead and the outcome was never in doubt as they won by open lengths.

In my race preview, I avoided One Fast Frog because she was lightly raced and figured to be a short price. However, this filly was dropping in class from maiden special weight, and two races back on Oct. 20 she ran a 69 Beyer Speed Figure, which was just two points away from the winning median Beyer for this level of 71.

She looked good, which is why One Fast Frog paid just $5.

Instead, I took a shot on #3 Cee’s the Year. Trained by Ron Ellis, this was another filly who was a lightly-raced dropper that had a big race on her resume. On Oct. 2, Cee’s the Year, was steadied hard out of the gate by jockey Victor Espinoza. And by the time she got her stride back, she’d lost an estimated eight lengths.

She rallied well to earn a 60 Beyer, but I thought she could do much better with a clean break.

However, she never threatened in this race. When the gates opened, Cee’s the Year broke toward the rear of the seven-horse field. She showed some fleeting hope on the turn by responding to Espinoza’s urging while passing three horses.

On the front end, though, One Fast Frog was opening up a commanding six-length lead and Cee’s the Year had left herself too much to do.

She continued to hug the rail, but seemed to be all out to finish a disappointing third, some eight lengths behind the winner. After Cee’s the Year earned just a meager 55 Beyer, I was out $300.

To watch a replay of this race, go to www.calracing.com.

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
1 1 Hot Little Honey (CA) Delgadillo A Marquez A 24.20 7
2 2 Missie Ky I You (WA) Rosario J Glatt M 4.50 2
3 3 Cee’s the Year (CA) Espinoza V Ellis R 2.30 3
4 4 Pretty Much (CA) Stra K Semkin S 26.50 4
5 5 Constant Saros (CA) Sutherland C Martinez S 31.90 5
6 6 One Fast Frog (KY) Pedroza M Hofmans D 1.50 1
7 7 Regina S. (KY) Talamo J Mulhall K 3.70 6
 
Pgm Win Place Show
6 $5.00 $3.60 $2.40
2 - $4.80 $2.60
3 - - $2.60
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $9.00 (6-2)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $98.70 (6-2-3-4)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $18.10 (6-2-3)
Fractional Times
22.02, 44.84, 1:09.39, 1:16.03
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