Who will Star in the Cary Grant Stakes?

Horse Racing Radar
Rich Bieglmeier
Rich Bieglmeier is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Sunday, November 22, 2020

I don't know why races honoring "Golden Era" movie and entertainment stars are some of my favorites. The funny thing is, I rarely watch their movies, movies in general, and wasn't alive back then. So, I have zero time invested or any emotional attachment. Yet, I have an inner good feeling when I see one of them on the calendar.

Today's eighth at Del Mar is named after Cary Grant and is one of those make me feel good races. To be honest, if you showed me a picture of the English born movie star, I might not correctly guess who it is. But I do know he was the "it" guy in Hollywood when the screen was still black and white.

Maybe we can make you feel good too by identifying the top contenders to be the "it" horse, in vivid color on your computer/smartphone/TV screen.

For those who like to bet horses because of their names, EL TIGRE TERRIBLE (PP: 6 ML 7/2) is by far the coolest name in the field. It sounds like a nickname a boxer would use. Can't you see Michael Buffer, "In this corner, El Tigre Terrible... " Normally, the three-year-old has some horse racing game to go with his name.

Last time out he bombed on Santa Anita turf. Racing on Del Mar dirt should be a welcome switch for EL TIGRE. He's raced on Del Mar's main track four times, winning three of them with a third. A horse for the course as they say.

Another horse for the course is TAKE THE ONE O ONE (PP: 3 ML 3-1). He's run on the southern California track's dirt course three time and won them all. By contrast, the five-year-old son of ACCLAMATION has tried other tracks and surfaces 14 times, visiting the winners' circle in just three. He's coming off a race where he faded late but still tied for the highest, last race speed figure. Dropping in class could help him have more staying power.

Morning line favorite GALILEAN (PP: 8 ML 5/2) has been trying his luck on turf in his last three starts for trainer John Sadler. The results were good, two wins and a not so good fifth. Sadler flips GALILEAN back to dirt today which is a solid angle for the trainer, hitting at 25%. It's also a solid surface for the $600k horse. He loves himself fast, dirt track conditions with four wins, a second and three thirds in eight races. That's eight for eight in the eighth for numerologists. It never rains in southern California, so he should get a surface to his liking.

With BRICKYARD RIDE (PP: 2) scratching, we'll take LOUD MOUTH (PP: 9 ML 12-1) as our longshot with a chance. He's the other who tied for the top, last race speed figure in a 6 ½ furlong win at Santa Anita. The fractions he ran were off the chart better than any he's run in the last 10. If he can run the same race here, he'll win this one too for the Thomsen Racing barn.

Hopefully, we've got "it" right for the $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes and you'll share good feelings when the horse hits the wire and it goes official.


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