Man­della en­joy­ing en­vi­rons, seeks wins from 3 maidens

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Jay Priv­man

DEL MAR, Calif. – Some train­ers bring their en­tire barn to Del Mar for the fall meet; most only ship in. Richard Man­della brought half his barn, “just enough for a good ex­cuse to stay,” he said.

Man­della, whose main res­i­dence is not far from Santa Anita in Pasadena, has a home near here in Cardiff by the Sea. But, as his fel­low Hall of Famer Woody Stephens used to say, Man­della is here for the rea­son, not the sea­son.

Man­della will send out three run­ners on Satur­day’s nin­er­ace card, all maidens, in­clud­ing a pair of 2-year-old fil­lies who are in split di­vi­sions of a one-mile grass race.

Tap­wa­ter, a Tapit filly who goes in race 9, looks to have the best chance of the Man­della trio. She was a dis­tant sec­ond to the highly re­garded Mother Mother in her lone start go­ing six fur­longs on dirt dur­ing the sum­mer meet here July 22. This will be her sec­ond start.

“She ran well first time out,” Man­della said as he watched his horses train Thurs­day morn­ing. “She’s a frail thing. She needed to grow up a lit­tle bit. She should like a mile on grass.”

In the first divi­sion of that maiden race, which goes as race 5, Man­della will send out first-time starter Truf­falino, a daugh­ter of male turf champ English Chan­nel out of a Kit­ten’s Joy mare.

“She’s just trained so-so on dirt, but she’s bred for turf,” Man­della said.

He’ll also start the come­back­ing Span­ish Bay in race 1, a five-fur­long maiden race for older run­ners. Span­ish Bay, a son of Tapit who has not raced in 13 months, has been gelded since his last start.

Those three are among the horses who will keep Man­della oc­cu­pied un­til some of his sta­ble stars, like Anonymity, the third-place fin­isher last Satur­day in the Breed­ers’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, re­turn to ac­tion.

Man­della said Anonymity, cur­rently at Santa Anita, is “get­ting a lit­tle breather” be­fore em­bark­ing on her 2019 cam­paign. He said he thought she was a win­ner at mid­stretch last week.

“She got a lit­tle in­tim­i­dated in traf­fic. It got tight in there, but she kept com­ing,” Man­della said.

Man­della said he would look to stretch out Anonymity around two turns next year.

“I think go­ing far­ther, she might be bet­ter,” he said.

Keibar Coa rid­ing fall meet

Keibar Coa was to ride open­ing day at Del Mar on Fri­day, head to Gulf­stream Park on Satur­day, but be back for Sun­day’s races and will ride here this meet, his agent, Joe Grif­fin, said Thurs­day morn­ing.

Coa, 26, has won 179 races in a ca­reer that be­gan in earnest in 2012. He rode at Delaware Park this sum­mer and fall, his last mount there on Oct. 20, and has had one mount since, rid­ing in a stakes race at Santa Anita for trainer Tom Proc­tor.

“He’s out here with Proc­tor,” Grif­fin said.

Koa is the son of Eibar Coa, 47, who won 4,080 races in North Amer­ica – in­clud­ing the 2010 Breed­ers’ Cup Sprint on Big Drama – be­fore his ca­reer ended fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent in 2011.

En­hanced se­cu­rity for con­certs

Del Mar will have metal de­tec­tors in­stalled for its two post-race con­certs this sea­son fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent the fi­nal week­end of the sum­mer meet in which an irate pa­tron was shot af­ter fir­ing his gun at the ad­mis­sion gates when de­nied en­try to an Ice Cube con­cert.

The first con­cert at the fall meet is Satur­day, with the reg­gae band Pep­per. The sec­ond con­cert is Nov. 24, fea­tur­ing Eas­ton Corbin.

Pa­trons with bags will have to go through one line in or­der to have them searched. There will be an ex­press line for those with­out bags. Del Mar em­ploy­ees wear­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion badges, any­one hold­ing a Cal­i­for­nia Horse Rac­ing Board li­cense, or any­one need­ing ac­cess ow­ing to the Amer­i­cans With Dis­abil­i­ties Act will have a third lane.

The se­cu­rity will be set up on the apron at the cross­over from the track’s grand­stand to the con­cert area at the west end of the prop­erty.

“We want to get the word out so that our fans can al­low for any ex­tra time they may need to get in,” said Ann Hall, Del Mar’s vice pres­i­dent of hu­man re­sources and ad­min­is­tra­tion.


Richard Man­della trains Anonymity, who was third in the Breed­ers’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

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