Watch This Cat has been here be­fore

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Front Page - By Jay Priv­man

DEL MAR, Calif. – Watch This Cat got prac­tice break­ing from the rail in a turf sprint’s small field in her last start. She’ll en­counter a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion Thurs­day at Del Mar when she faces five other fe­male grass sprint­ers in race 7, a five-fur­long op­tional claimer which car­ries a $67,000 purse.

“It looks like the same race,” her trainer, Richard Bal­tas, said Mon­day morn­ing. “She got the rail again.”

Watch This Cat set the pace against four oth­ers in the Daisy­cut­ter, then was over­hauled in the fi­nal yards by Long Hot Sum­mer, whom she must hold off again Thurs­day. Bal­tas is hop­ing jockey Rafael Be­jarano doesn’t make things easy for Long Hot Sum­mer, who was able to slip through in­side Watch This Cat on Aug. 4 be­fore beat­ing her by one length.

“She got through on the rail,” Bal­tas said. “I thought that was a bad move. Left it open, she came through,” he said, con­ced­ing, “the other horse was bet­ter on the day.”

Watch This Cat has sharp speed, but fig­ures to have com­pany early from La­jatico, who won a sec­ond-level al­lowance over this course in fron­trun­ning fash­ion Aug. 16.

Long Hot Sum­mer and Snow Cloud both own mul­ti­ple wins sprint­ing on this course.

Belvoir Bay and In­driya round out the field. In­driya is in for a $100,000 claim­ing tag, while the other five run­ners are us­ing their third-level al­lowance con­di­tion.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Watch This Cat, by Esk­endereya Last 3 Bey­ers: 85-82-85

◗ This will be her third start of the meet. Af­ter a poor try go­ing long in the Osuni­tas, she re­turned to her fa­vorite game, sprint­ing on turf.

“She’s a sprinter,” Bal­tas said. “She loves the hill at Santa Anita. She’s built like a sprinter, re­ally com­pact.”

Long Hot Sum­mer, by Street Boss Last 3 Bey­ers: 88-80-72

◗ Af­ter be­ing fresh­ened for six months, she prepped at Santa Anita down the hill be­fore win­ning the Daisy­cut­ter, her sec­ond win in five starts over this course.

◗ Her reg­u­lar rider, Joe Talamo, is back aboard.

La­jatico, by Equiano Last 3 Bey­ers: 88-83-83

◗ She led from start to fin­ish when win­ning Aug. 16, her sec­ond vic­tory in three starts sprint­ing on this course.

◗ Flavien Prat is on sus­pen­sion Thurs­day, so Dray­den Van Dyke picks up the mount for trainer Doug O’Neill.

Snow Cloud, by Ko­diac Last 3 Bey­ers: 81-86-77

◗ She fin­ished fourth to La­jatico on Aug. 16, but won over this course July 20.

◗ She has won three times in six starts on this course.

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