Dab­ster goes long in Spe­cial

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Daily Racing Form - By Steve An­der­sen

CYPRESS, Calif. – Dab­ster, a $1 mil­lion pur­chase as a 2-yearold in 2016, won his first stakes in his eighth start in the $79,162 Harry Brubaker Stakes on Aug. 22 at Del Mar.

Jockey Joe Talamo rode Dab­ster for the first time in the Brubaker and was left im­pressed with Dab­ster’s de­ter­mi­na­tion in the one-mile race. Dab­ster fought for the lead and pulled clear in the fi­nal fur­long.

“He loves to be in a dog­fight,” Talamo re­called Fri­day. “When those horses came to him, he seemed to like it.”

Dab­ster beat three ri­vals in the Brubaker Stakes. On Sun­day at Los Alami­tos, Dab­ster will be part of a field of nine in the $100,000 Los Alami­tos Spe­cial at 1 1/4 miles. The new race is re­stricted to horses who have not won a first-place prize worth $50,000 or more at a mile or longer.

Dab­ster, who races for Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Khal­ifa Al Mak­toum of Dubai, earned $47,640 in the Brubaker. The Los Alami­tos Spe­cial will be the long­est race in Dab­ster’s ca­reer.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Dab­ster, by Curlin Last 3 Bey­ers: 89-94-93

◗ Trained by Bob Baf­fert, Dab­ster was fifth in the Grade 2 San Car­los Stakes at seven fur­longs June 23 at Santa Anita and third be­hind Catalina Cruiser in the Grade 2 San Diego Hand­i­cap at 1 1/16 miles on July 21 at Del Mar.

◗ Dab­ster led through­out the Brubaker, but Talamo is con­vinced the 4-year-old can be equally as ef­fec­tive as a stalker, par­tic­u­larly with a speedy ri­val such as Lit­tle Scotty in Sun­day’s field.

“We can stalk him,” Talamo said. “That would be a great trip.”

◗ The dis­tance does not con­cern Talamo. Dab­ster led by a half-length with a fur­long re­main­ing in the Brubaker and won by 1 1/2 lengths over the graded stakes win­ner Isotherm.

“Los Al is a bit quicker of a track than Del Mar,” Talamo said. “Even though it’s a mile and quar­ter, it may play like a mile and an eighth.”

Lit­tle Scotty, by Paddy O’Prado Last 3 Bey­ers: 84-97-94

◗ Lit­tle Scotty led through­out an al­lowance race with a $40,000 claim­ing op­tion at 1 1/4 miles on dirt at Santa Anita in April. At Del Mar, Lit­tle Scotty was only fifth of seven in the Grade 3 Cougar II Hand­i­cap at 1 1/2 miles, fad­ing in the fi­nal half-mile in his only start of the sum­mer meet­ing. Ya Gotta Wanna, by Proud Cit­i­zen Last 3 Bey­ers: 97-87-88

◗ Ya Gotta Wanna has run on turf in all seven of his starts this year, win­ning three races. A geld­ing trained by Phil D’Amato, Ya Gotta Wanna was sec­ond, beaten 5 1/4 lengths, in his stakes de­but in the Grade 2 Del Mar Hand­i­cap at 1 3/8 miles on Aug. 18.

“We’ll try him on the dirt and see if he can marathon on both sur­faces,” D’Amato said. “The way the con­di­tions are it’s a good spot to take a shot.”

Colonist, by Pioneerof the Nile Last 3 Bey­ers: 95-92-100

◗ The Los Alami­tos Spe­cial is the 10th ap­pear­ance in a stakes for Colonist, who was fourth in the Del Mar Hand­i­cap. Last April, Colonist was sec­ond by a neck in the Grade 3 Amer­i­can Stakes at a mile on turf at Santa Anita.

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