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
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
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
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
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
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