LRF Race Review (11.11.19)
Posted by Billy Koch on November 11, 2019
photo courtesy of DMTC
Opening weekend of the Del Mar fall meet saw all three LRF runners, Super Patriot, Lady Timmy Ho (IRE), and Rip City fire big shots for trainer Richie Baltas.
On Friday, 4yo CA Bred filly Super Patriot (above) ran second, beaten a dirty nose, in the $97,500 Kathryn Crosby Stakes. Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Super Patriot entered her second straight stake start off a series of terrific efforts - including two allowance wins at Del Mar - after being claimed for $35,000 last spring. Sent off as the 5-1 third choice by the wagering public, Super Patriot - as she always does - lagged towards the back of the pack, started picking off the back markers around the far turn, then exploded late to grab the lead before being run down in the shadow of the wire by Wicked Old Fashion (Race Replay). Super Patriot has earned over $133,000 in just four starts since the claim and looks as if she will be a major force in the older filly and mare turf division in Southern California in 2020.
Saturday saw the highly anticipated debut of 2yo filly Lady Timmy Ho (IRE). Making her U.S. debut and only her second career start, Lady Timmy Ho drew the outside post (11) in the one mile turf maiden allowance race for 2yo fillies. Sent off as the 4-1 third choice in the wagering and ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Lady Timmy Ho broke slowly and settled at the back of the pack to save ground around the clubhouse turn. The Irish bred daughter of Kodiac (GB) made a bold move around the far turn while splitting horses and although she had to settle for third, she provided all the LRF Partners with a glimpse into her future potential (Race Replay). Lady Timmy Ho is scheduled to make her next start at Del Mar on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28.
Finally, on the Sunday afternoon finale at Del Mar, 2yo Rip City ran the best race of his young career finishing fourth, beaten less than a length, in a maiden special weight at a mile on the grass. The son of City Zip, sent off at 8-1 and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, took the lead from the outset from his inside post, battled for the lead all the way around the far turn and fought back late to be the fourth horse on the wire (Race Replay). The improving Rip City could make one more start at Del Mar on Saturday, November 30.
Three runners are set face the starter in week two of the Del Mar Fall meet. On Thursday, Commander (FR) faces a small field in an allowance/$80k optional claiming race for Phil D’Amato. Friday, we are excited for the highly anticipated debut of Beguiled for D’Amato. Beguiled, by Kentucky Derby winner Orb, is the half sister of LRF’s GI winning filly, Fault. Finally, The Hunted returns in an allowance race on Sunday for Baltas. Click here to check out all of the LRF Upcoming Races.