Sunday, Del Mar Race 9 — 6 pm post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden claiming $25,000, 7 furlongs, 3 yos and up

Possible overlays                        Morning line

#1 Uncle Greg                                          3/1
#2 Royal Import                                     5/2
#3 My Last Tycoon                                7/2
The rail horse #1 Uncle Greg obviously has competitive Beyer Speed Figures and top-notch connections in  trainer Jack Carava and jockey Joel Rosario. But I don’t think his running style is suited for this 7 furlong distance. 
In Uncle Greg’s last two races, Rosario was asking the gelding for everything in the stretch, but got little response. I respect Carava when dropping new claims in class, and this one might look like a different horse today. But I will likely have my money on #2 Royal Import or #3 My Last Tycoon.
Royal Import, who is trained by Bob Hess, ran his first nine races on the grass before a second-place finish on the Del Mar Polytrack on Aug. 8. With his turf racing experience, Royal Import should be able to stay near the middle of the pack and come with a late closing kick.
Trainer Mel Stute likes to race his horses into shape and My Last Tycoon is coming off of two turf routes where he ran OK. My Last Tycoon could be dangerous if he can reproduce the late run he made on Aug. 1 when he came within three lengths of winning a maiden special weight turf route.
I will put $500 to win on #2 Royal Import at 5/2 or higher and $200 to win on #3 My Last Tycoon at 3/1 or more.
Results: Lost $200 with a win bet on #3 My Last Tycoon at 5-1.

1 1 Uncle Greg (KY) Rosario J Carava J 2.20 1
2 2 Royal Import (GB) Espinoza V Hess, Jr. R 1.70 2
3 3 My Last Tycoon (NY) Quinonez A Stute M 5.10 3
4 4 Hamonic Motion (CA) Garcia M Young D 47.60 7
5 5 Warrens Temptation (CA) Velazquez J Van Berg J 26.60 5
6 6 Courtside Action (KY) John K DeLeon R 16.30 6
7 7 Quietly Waiting (KY) Valdez F Knapp S 16.40 9
8 8 Kopriti (CA) Gihua J Frousiakis J 17.80 8
9 9 Anga (CA) Delgadillo A Garcia V 7.20 4
Pgm Win Place Show
1 $6.40 $3.20 $2.60
2 $3.00 $2.20
3 $3.00
Exotic Payoffs
$0.50 Pick 4 paid $2041.65 (3-6-6-1)
$1.00 Exacta paid $7.10 (1-2)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $655.00 (6-6-1)
$1.00 Place Pick All paid $4172.50 (9 OF 9)
$1.00 Super High Five paid $208.00 (1-2-3-9-5)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $69.00 (1-2-3-9)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $16.60 (1-2-3)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $67.00 (6-1)
$2.00 Pick 6 paid $1269.80 (4-4/13/14-3-6-6-1)
$2.00 Pick 6 paid $239706.40 (4-4/13/14-3-6-6-1)
$2.00 Quinella paid $6.20 (1-2)

Talamo riding for Hess and owner Terri Lanni

Jockey Joe Talamo aboard #5 Prophetise heads through the Del Mar tunnel onto the racetrack

Talamo aboard #5 Prophetise heads through the tunnel onto the racetrack

Bob Hess, Jr. talks strategy with jockey Michael Baze in the Del Mar paddock
Bob Hess, Jr. talks strategy with jockey Joe Talamo in the Del Mar paddock

Results, Santa Anita Friday Race 8 — lost $550

Trainer Robert Hess, Jr. had filly Rev Her Up rarin' to go

Trainer Robert Hess, Jr. had filly Rev Her Up rarin' to go

Garrett Gomez is good, but he’s not that good.

Horseplayers, however, continue to bet Gomez in maiden sprints like they’ve already read tomorrow’s paper. These days, any contender Gomez rides — like Delahoosee on Thursday and #8 Dixie Lucky on Friday — is likely to be pounded to less than 3-ro-2. And these horse don’t look much better than the other nags.

For example on Jan. 2, #9 Sky Marni finished just 1-3/4 lengths behind Dixie Lucky when they competed together — and Sky Marni was steadied two times in the stretch. Yet, Sky Marni went off at 9-to-2 in Friday’s eighth, while Dixie Lucky was bet to 7-to-5.  The payout was almost four times greater for Sky Marni, and did Dixie Lucky have a four times better chance of winning because Gomez was riding?

I think not.

Even #4 Rev Her Up, the horse who won Friday’s race, ran a 66 Beyer Speed Figure in her last. And that compares favorably to the 64 that Dixie Lucky ran in her only start.

Anyway in this race, Dixie Lucky finished a well-beaten fifth and was never anywhere close to the front, while Rev Her Up and Sky Marni finished 1-2.

Iwagered $200 on #1 Count’n Tears a 7-to-1 second timer, $150 on Sky Marni, and $200 on #2 Tripped Fuse, a 19-to-1 shot making her debut.

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1 1 Count’n Tears (CA) Talamo J Saavedra A 7.00 10
2 2 Tripped Fuse (FL) Garcia M Glatt M 19.30 4
3 3 Dream Season (KY) Solis A Fanning J 28.30 6
4 4 Rev Her Up (CA) Espinoza V Hess, Jr. R 4.10 1
5 5 Moonshine Molly (KY) Quinonez A Eurton P 38.80 7
6 6 Roll Model (OH) Rios J Dollase C 25.50 3
7 7 Hypnotizing (CA) Valdivia, Jr. J Lewis C 43.30 8
8 8 Dixie Lucky (FL) Gomez G Hollendorfer J 1.20 5
9 9 Sky Marni (KY) Olguin G Gonzalez S 4.60 2
11 10 Warren’s Lisa (CA) Arambula P Gutierrez J 14.60 9
SCR A Taco Short (KY)    
SCR Tie (IN)    
SCR Susananda (KY)    
SCR Comeandcatchme (KY)    
Pgm Win Place Show
4 $10.20 $4.80 $3.80
9 $5.60 $4.40
6 $10.40
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $24.10 (4-9)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $134.50 (6-2-4)
$1.00 Pick 4 paid
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