Three Graded Stakes - Little Red Feather Race Recap (12.2.19)
Posted by Billy Koch on December 2, 2019
After last weeks "three win Sunday", LRF was poised to make a statement over the Thanksgiving weekend Turf Festival at Del Mar. Three LRF runners - Succeedandsurpass (IRE), Andesh (IRE), and AG Indy - competed in three Graded Stakes races on Saturday. Unfortunately, it just wasn't our day.
The first LRF Graded Stake on Satuday afternoon at Del Mar was the GIII $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes at a mile on the turf. 2yo Take Charge Indy filly A G Indy (above) went postward as a big longshot for trainer Richie Baltas. Coming off an impressive maiden victory, A G Indy and Rafael Bejarano were in contention for the first three quarters of a mile before tiring late over a turf course labeled "good" (video replay). According to Rafy, the filly did not handle the soft going and her seventh place finish indicated the same. Look for A G Indy to rebound at Santa Anita this winter. Where did A G Indy get her name from? Her dam is Hong Kong Silver. In the periodic table, the symbol for Silver is AG.
Next up, Andesh (IRE) (above) took on an excellent field of older horses in the GII $200,000 Seabiscuit Stakes for trainer Phil D'Amato. Like A G Indy, Andesh was sent off at long odds and drew a wide post (10). Andesh was taken to the rail to save ground and managed to put in a strong late run on the extreme outside. However, the Euro Import could finish no better than seventh, beaten three and a half lengths in the end by GI winner Next Shares (video replay) . Andesh has had three bad draws and three horrific trips since his allowance win over the summer at Del Mar. He's a horse that is due for some good racing luck in 2020.
Finally, in the biggest race of the day, Succeedandsurpass (IRE) took on many of the best 3yo turf runners in the country in the GI $300,000 Hollywood Derby for Baltas. Sent off at 11-1 by the wagering public and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, SAS broke from the 13 hole and never received an ounce of cover during the entire mile and an eighth journey while checking in fifth (video replay). The Exceed and Excel colt was forced very wide around the far turn (according to Trakus he ran 47 feet more than the winner and 73 feet more than the runner up) and it probably cost him a placing. Look for the talented colt to return once the calendar turns to 2020.
Clearly, the stakes filled weekend didn't turn out the way we wanted it to. However, we like to keep things in perspective at LRF and to run three horses in three different graded stakes races during the Del Mar Turf Festival, certainly provided a fun filled day for all of the LRF Partners.
LRF won't have many runners at the Los Alamitos winter meeting commencing this weekend. However, it does look like GI winner Mirth (above) will try dirt for the first time on Sunday in the GIII $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes at Los Al.
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