Del Mar and Saratoga Stakes
Horse Racing Graded Stakes Analysis – July 25
by: Ed Meyer
Race #3 – The G-2 Ballston Spa – 1 1/16 on the turf – 2:18 pm
BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Sistercharlie / #6 – Starship Jubilee / #1 – Call Me Love
#5 Sistercharlie hails from the Chad Brown barn and is 2 for 2 at Saratoga. She’s a solid late runner who has been on the shelf for 8 months. Her last race was the BC FM Turf and she finished a big 3rd. She loves the distance and Johnny V fits like a glove. This looks like the kickoff for 2020. #6 Starship Jubilee has been away for 4 months from TBD. Kevin Attard is the trainer with Javier Castellano in the irons. She’s looking for 4 in a row and looks to make her presence felt stalking just off the pace. #1 Call Me Love goes to post for Christophe Clement and cuts back from 10f and bred to relish the green. Her work is cut out today, but can easily be a player in the field.
Race #10 – The G-1 Vanderbilt – 6f – 6:16 pm
BetPTC.com Selections / #4 – Volatile / #2 – Whitmore / #3 – Firenze Fire
#4 Volatile enters for Steve Asmussen and his go to rider Ricardo Santana. They are looking for four in a row off a 49 day layoff. He should stalk the pace and pounce when asked. His last race at CD was very impressive and it is time to take his skills to the Spa. #2 Whitmore hails from the Moquett barn with Joel Rosario in the irons. A long range closer who will need plenty of early speed to have him in top gear turning for home. He is 1 for 1 at the Spa and exits OP where the competition was tip top this season. #3 Firenze Fire enters for Kelly Breen and Irad Ortiz in the saddle. The perfect stalker who fits the field well. His victory in the G2 True North was a great prep turning back in distance.
Race #9 – The G-2 San Clemente – 1 mile on the turf – 9:00 pm
BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – She’s So Special / #3 – Laura’s Light / #4 – Over Attracted
#1 She’s So Special comes from the Peter Miller barn with Flavien Prat in the driver’s seat. She goes from a sprint to a route and will jet out for the lead. Prat wins 27% with his early runners and draws the rail. She’s been off 49 days off a last race win where the barn scores at a 25% clip. #3 Laura’s Light is a daughter of Constitution coming off a 56 day break. She is 5 for 6 ITM lifetime and should be right on the lead under Abel Cedillo who wins with 21% of his speed runners. #4 Over Attracted enters for Carla Gaines and Mike Smith in the saddle. She’ll come running late, and since shipping over from France in March has a fast closing 2nd and some very good works. I think she’ll be a major danger in here.
Race #10 – The G-2 San Diego – 1 1/16 – 9:30 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Maximum Security / #1 – Higher Power / #4 – Combatant
#5 Maximum Security comes in for Bob Baffert and Abel Cedillo picking up the mount. He exits a big win in the Saudi Cup and been off 4 months. He’s a gamer and will jump right to the lead. Baffert will want to keep him out of trouble and Cedillo wins 22% with his speed runners. The one to beat. #1 Higher Power enters in for John Sadler and Flavien Prat in the irons. Backs up from 10f and is one for one at DM. Draws the rail and can be a dangerous foe if Maximum Security runs into any problems. He should be a player in your exotics. #4 Combatant is a long range closer for John Sadler and Drayden Van Dyke. Exits the G2 Oaklawn Hcp and had a tough trip. He’ll come calling late, and could be a nice addition to your exotics.