The Hunted Goes Hunting - Little Red Feather Race Recap (11.18.19)
Posted by Team LRF on November 20, 2019
Week two of the Del Mar was a spectacular one for LRF Nation. LRF saddled two winners - King Abner and The Hunted - and finished second and third with Dubnation and Commander (FR) respectively.
On Thursday, 2yo French import Commander (FR) finished third in a salty first condition allowance race for trainer Phil D'Amato. Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Commander poked his nose in front as the field of four lined up for the stretch run, but could do no better than third, beaten three lengths in the end (race replay). Commander (below) will return to action on short rest this Friday at Del Mar.
Friday saw the highly anticipated debut of 2yo filly Beguiled for D'Amato. The Orb filly is a half sister to LRF GI winner, Fault, and had been training well at San Luis Rey Downs. Cedillo had the call once again and, unfortunately, nothing went right. Beguiled hopped in the air at the start, was blocked turning for home, dove down to the rail for the stretch run and made a belated bid to get seventh (race replay). Beguiled (below) galloped out strongly past the field and should fare much better with a race under her belt.
Dubnation started off the day on Saturday with a good second in a $16kN2L race for D'Amato. The 4yo CA Bred was sent off as the 2-1 favorite with Heriberto Figueroa aboard and made a bold move to get the lead at the top of the lane. Unfortunately, he was run down in the shadow of the wire and settled for second (race replay). Dubnation (below) should be seen next at Los Alamitos in December.
Later on Saturday afternoon, King Abner turned in the co-race of the week as he destroyed a good group of second condition allowance horses for D'Amato. Making his second start off a brief layoff, King Abner was sent off as the 4/5 favorite and Martin Garcia was merely a passenger. The 4yo CA Bred son of Hansen could not have won any easier and the margin of victory - 2 3/4 lengths does not tell the whole story. Garcia called it one of the easiest races he's ever had to ride (race replay). King Abner (below) . pushed his career earnings north of $340,000 and should be seen in stakes races come 2020.
Finally, on Sunday afternoon at Del Mar, The Hunted returned to the winners' circle for Del Mar's leading trainer, Richie Baltas. The 4yo CA Bred son of Unusual Heat showed a wicked turn of foot in the one mile second condition allowance race and cruised home under Tiago Periera for the easy win (race replay). With the impressive victory, The Hunted (below) pushed his career earnings over the $230,000 mark and figures to be a force in the CA Bred stakes division - at the very least - in 2020.
Congratulations to all of the LRF Partners on a great weekend of racing. But we're not through yet! LRF is set for seven runners - on both coasts - this weekend. At Del Mar, Commander (FR) (D'Amato) and Velvet Queen (Baltas) will run on Friday. Then, at Aqueduct over the weekend, both Charlie McCoy and My Boy Tate return to action for trainer Michelle Nevin. Finally, on Sunday at Del Mar, Shandling (D'Amato) looks to make his second start a winning one while Red King (D'Amato) and North County Guy (Baltas) square off in an allowance race where the turf meets the surf.
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