HORSES TO WATCH
DEL MAR YOU’RE A GOAT
Trainer: Dan Blacker Last race: Oct. 26, 1st (Santa Anita) Finish: 3rd by 2 1/4 Beyer: 72
This claiming-caliber turf filly is past due for a jockey change. Blocked in deep stretch, steadied, buried, finished with run. She’s no champ but had no shot with this trip.
Trainer: Bill Spawr Last race: Oct. 27, 6th (Santa Anita) Finish: 2nd by nose Beyer: 76 A 2-year-old first-time starter, she weaved through traffic and nearly collared the perfect-trip winner while finishing seven clear of third. Midnight Lute filly has bright future.
TOP OF THE GAME
Trainer: Vladimir Cerin Last race: Oct. 28, 5th (Santa Anita) Finish: 1st by 4 1/4 Beyer: 104
This allowance-caliber gelding blew away his rivals in a minor stakes race, his first start in eight months. Lightly raced (12 starts), he is a top prospect in the winter handicap division.
Trainer: Bill Mott Last race: Oct. 28, 9th (Santa Anita) Finish: 4th by 3 3/4 Beyer: 92 Tough to win a Grade 2 turf route with a four-wide trip, which is what this gelding faced in the Twilight Derby for 3-year-olds. This was a better-than-it-looked effort.
Trainer: Cliff Sise Last race: Oct. 29, 9th (Santa Anita) Finish: 7th by 5 1/4 Beyer: 84 This Smart Strike filly out of a Grade 1 winner was stuck inside, blocked in the lane, and steadied. She would not have defeated impressive winner Lull but would have finished closer.
Trainer: Peter Miller Last race: Nov. 1, 1st (Del Mar) Finish: 2nd by 1/2 Beyer: 88 A turf sprinter, he was tons best in this first-level allowance. Blocked into the lane, nowhere to go, switched outside, finished with a rush. One to beat next time in a similar N1X.
MONY DONT SPEN IT SELF
Trainer: Mark Glatt Last race: Nov. 1, 7th (Del Mar) Finish: 5th by 4 1/2 Beyer: 83 First start in Southern California, first on turf, this gelding had a tough trip into and through the lane. He galloped out super past the wire and fits in another turf route for 3-year-olds.