D’Amato, Alexan­der pack dou­ble wal­lop in Betty Grable

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

DEL MAR, Calif. – S Y Sky should be near the early lead, while Just Grazed Me will be one to fear late. It’s a com­bi­na­tion that could well serve trainer Phil D’Amato and owner-breeder Nick Alexan­der on Sun­day at Del Mar in the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes, in which they will send out two of the nine run­ners.

“It’s no easy race,” D’Amato said Fri­day morn­ing. “It looks like there are a lot of nice horses in there. I think we’ve got two good ones. But I think we’ll need two good ones.”

Just Grazed Me, 3, may have the ideal style for the Betty Grable, a seven-fur­long race for Cal­i­for­nia-bred fe­males. She won her first two starts sprint­ing, then tried two turns and now is cutting back.

“I was al­ways on the fence as to whether she was a twoturn horse or a late-run­ning sprinter,” D’Amato said. “She ran two turns twice and didn’t dis­grace her­self, but I think at the end of the day seven-eighths is her sweet spot.”

S Y Sky, 4, re­cently re­turned from a 15-month lay­off to fin­ish sec­ond in the Cal­i­for­nia Distaff at Santa Anita last month. She was beaten 1 1/4 lengths by Love a Honey­bad­ger, who looks like the one to catch in the Betty Grable, too.

D’Amato said S Y Sky has “shown a lot more speed” since re­turn­ing.

“She’s a big, strong filly,” D’Amato said. “She needed her last off a long lay­off. She should be right there.”

D’Amato said S Y Sky was off ow­ing to a “soft-tis­sue in­jury.”

“We gave her dou­ble the amount of time she needed to make sure it healed right,” he said.

Love a Honey­bad­ger led from start to fin­ish in the Cal­i­for­nia Distaff. She car­ries top weight of 124 pounds.

Peter Miller, trainer of Love a Honey­bad­ger, also sends out Mo See Cal, who crushed a firstlevel al­lowance field last time out in an off-the-turf race.

Spiced Per­fec­tion should be a main player. She is 3 for 5 at Del Mar. She and Show It N Moe It both fin­ished be­hind Just Grazed Me in the Fleet Treat Stakes here July 29.

The Betty Grable goes as race 8 on a nine-race card that be­gins at 12:30 p.m. Pa­cific.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Just Grazed Me, by Grazen Last 3 Bey­ers: 82-77-87

◗ Both her one-turn races re­sulted in run­away vic­to­ries, in­clud­ing the Fleet Treat.

S Y Sky, by Grazen Last 3 Bey­ers: 84-91-83

◗ She has never fin­ished worse than sec­ond in five ca­reer starts.

◗ Joe Talamo opted for her over Spiced Per­fec­tion, who ended up with Flavien Prat.

One Fast Broad, by De­carchy Last 3 Bey­ers: 89-78-74

◗ She was a dis­tant third in the Fleet Treat af­ter a poor start and has won her other two main-track races here.

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