Jul 12, 2013
AMERICAN TURF CLUB LEAD-DEL MAR OPENING
By: JOE GIRARDI
comes to horse racing the official start of summer should be when Del Mar opens
its doors for the season. The 2013 season gets underway on July 17th
and runs through September 4th.
season gets underway with the traditional Oceanside Stakes which is run over
the turf at one mile with a purse of $100,000. That just gets the stakes season
started but there are seven Grade I’s throughout the meeting and the first one
starts on July 20th with the Grade I Eddie Read Stakes, run over 1
and 1/8th miles over the turf with a purse of $300,000 guaranteed.
The following weekend on July 28th, Del Mare will host the Grade I
Bing Crosby Stakes for three year olds and upward at six furlongs with a purse
of $300,000. The following Saturday, August 3rd, the Clement L.
Hirsch Stakes will be run at 1 and 1/16th miles for fillies and
mares, three years old and upward with a purse of $300,000. Two weeks later, on
August 17th, they will host the Del Mar Oaks, a Grade I for filly
three year olds run over 1 and 1/8th miles again with a purse of
$300,000. The following Sunday, August 25th, the highlight of the
meeting, the Pacific Classic will be run for three year olds and upward over 1
and ¼ miles with a purse of $1 million dollars. GAME ON DUDE is expected to run
and will be a prohibitive favorite to keep his undefeated season alive. Six
days later, the Del Mar Debutante, a Grade I for filly two year olds will be
run over seven furlongs with a purse of $300,000. The seventh and final Grade I
of the meeting will be on closing day, the Del Mar Futurity, also run over
seven furlongs with a purse of $300,000 for two year olds.
attacking the meeting from a bettor’s standpoint, let’s take a look at how the
jockey’s and trainer’s standings went last year. In the jockey’s standings the
winner last year was Rafael Bejarano who crossed the wire first 52 times from
225 starters for a win percentage of 23%. His in the money percentage was a
solid 58%. He defeated the second place finisher, Joe Talamo, by nine wins and an
in the money percentage of 45%. Garret Gomez checked in third just four winners
behind Talamo with 39. Those are the three biggest names in the riding colony
out there for the most part, so getting value at the windows with those jockeys
will not be easy. Here are a few jockeys that can get you some value at the
windows but are also solid riders. Corey Nakatani, didn’t have the best of
years last year with only 13 wins and an 11% winning percentage but he is still
very capable and can add some value at the windows. Agapito Delgadillo, a hard
knocking veteran score with 9 horses last year from 86 tries and had a
respectable in the money percentage of 34%, he could be one to watch especially
on nicely priced horses.
trainers side of things, Peter Miller edged out Bob Baffert by just one win,
21-20 and he had a winning percentage of 20%, his in the money percentage of
52% was solid. Baffert on the other hand had a higher winning percentage with
24% and his in the money percentage was just a tick higher at 53%. There were
definitely a few trainers that come in under the radar that are more than
capable and know how to win and could offer some value at the windows. Carla
Gaines, had just 8 winners but from only 31 starters for a winning percentage
of 26%, her in the money percentage was just below 50% at 48%. Vladimir Cerin,
also had eight winners but from 2 less starters at 29 for a winning percentage
at 28%. Tom Proctor, whose barn was starting to heat up at the end of the
Hollywood meeting, had a solid year here last year with 6 wins from 26 starts
and an in the money percentage just at 50%. Look for his horses when Del Mar
opens next week.
are looking for more insight on the Del Mar meeting but our August issue of
American Turf Monthly by going to www.americanturf.com
or calling 1-800-645-2240. Good luck at the windows!
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