Silver Max , the 9/5 favorite for Saturday’s $500,000, GI Secretariat Stakeswill get to show why he just might be the best 3yo turfer in the land, as he’ll tackle a field of 7 other fine 3yo turfers, going 1 1/4 mile over the Arlington turf on the Arlington Millions under card!
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Silver Max , was the much the best winner of last month’s $600,000, GII Virginia Derby and just about every other turf outing he has had this year, being 7 for 7 on the turf this year!
SummerFront, at a close on 5/2 second choice, is also a multiple turf winner at the stakes and graded stakes levels, in fact, he has only miss the board once in the GII Peter Pan, a (dirt) contest!
He and Silver Max looked like they were on a collision course for that GII Virginia Derby, but alas it twasn’t to be, until now when it is unavoidable!
FinnegansWake, at 6/1, finished 3rd by just 1 1/2 length behind Silver Maxin that GII Virginia Derby last out and after testing the dirt on the Derby Trail this spring, to no great success, seems to have found a home on the turf!
Daddy Long Legs, also at 6/1, who 2012 claim to fame was a win in the U.A.E. Derby over in Dubai on the poly last March, went on then to finish dead-last in this year’s Kentucky Derby, then a stakes try across the”pond” with a so-so 4th. This one is part of the Aiden O’Brien flying circus too!
Bayrir at 6/1 is a fine 3yo euro prospect with a 3 for 4 european record with his last out a Group 2 win at Maisons-laffitte race course, a northwestern Parisian suburb!
Cozzetti, at 10/1 here, who struggled up the rail here in the GIII American Derby, the local prep for this race, to nip AllStormy at 20/1 here, at the line!
HandsomeMike at 15/1 whose name we’ve been calling ever since the early days of the 2012 Derby Trail. He just a maiden winner but with tons of g/s experience, finished 4th in the recently run GI Haskelllast out! Looks like he’s taking a swipe at a turf career here after finding only marginal glory on the dirt and poly surfaces!
Picks are – 8,2,6,7 exacta box, with the 1,4 super’d up!
So, the GI Secretariat Stakes has been a spring-board for many a 3yo turfers in the past like, Kitten’s Joy, Winchester, Paddy O’ Pradoand last year’s winner running in the GI Arlington Million Stakes later on this Saturday in Treasure Beach!
Del Mar opened up its 3yo, graded stakes, turfing season today where Old Time Hockey, prevailed in a crazy three-way photo finish to win by just a “nose” in the $150k, GII La Jolla Hcp, going 1 1/16 mile out where the Turf meets the Surf!
Our no-brainer picks for this 4-horse field would have minted you no new dollars, but we did say that it wouldn’t right on our “picks page“, so you was warned!
So, Del Mar breaks its 2012, 3yo, graded stakes turfing maiden here today with this compact field of 4, that we’re not entirely sure truly represents the best of the west coast 3yo turfing class of 2012, especially after all that 2-division Oceanside Stakes hub-hub here back on opening day!
The 2012, west coast, 3yo grade stakes turfing season here at old Del Mar moves into high gear this Saturday with the running of the $150,000, GII La Jolla Stakes, going 1 1/16 mile, over the Del Mar turf!
This year’s edition sports a very compact field of just 4-runners, but all of them are coming out of one half or the other of that opening day, split divisions, Oceanside Stakes, here at old Del Mar!
My Best Brother , out of Stormy Atlantic, is a winner of 3 straight including one half of that over-subscribed, split/divisions, opening day Oceanside Stakes here where he clicked off a very nice 1:34.39 mile that day!
Chips All In , out of North Light and a Maria’s Mon mare, took a tough loss in the other half of that same split divisional Oceanside Stakes here on opening day, where he closed well to take the stretch lead only to give it up by a “Neck” to Midnight Croonerat the line. Chips All In , is a multiple stakes winner, so we’d look for him to be in the thick of it here on Saturday!
Blingo , an Artie Schiller son, does own a Stakes win from the La Puente Stakes at Santa Anita this spring but finished 4th in that same half of the Oceanside as Chips All Inback +2 lengths! He’s PP’s however, hint that this longer distance of 1 1/16 mile might suit him better as he was closing here in that same Oceanside mile turfing tilt last out.
Old Time Hockey , out of Smarty Jones and a A.P. Indy mare might be one of the best Pedigreed horses on the west coast, but had to settle for 3rd behind My Best Brother in their half of the Oceanside last out!
Facoltoso , a euro import, comes out for just his 2nd American turf appearance here this Saturday, coming off a 6th showing in the Midnight Crooner half of the Oceanside here on opening day! Facoltoso , does bring quite a euro turfing resume with him but is stretching out to this longer 1 1/16 mile for the first time here on Saturday!
So, Below is this field at a glance as Del Mar presents the GII La Jolla Stakes this Saturday, Race #8 at 5:30 pm PDT!
Picks are – 5,4,2,1 boxed exacta or tri as this is now a four horse field might be a bit tough to make any really serious profit off of!
So, the 3yo turfing Graded Stakes season gets underway here at Del Mar this Saturday as a compact field of just 4 runners comes for a run in this $150,000, GII La Jolla Hcp. out where the “Turf meets the Surf”!