We are back at Del Mar on Labor Day for more stakes racing after a successful day on Sunday. Two stakes picks and two wins in the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf and Del Mar Debutante Stakes at Del Mar. Princess Noor was the most impressive horse of the day, as she ran away from the competition in the stretch for Bob Baffert. There was some controversy, and an inquiry was raised following the race.
Princess Noor bumped My Girl Red out of the gate, which effectively removed My Girl Red from the race as she was so far back and exited the track. Officials are a little more tolerant when it comes to juvenile runners, so Baffert caught a break with that decision. I’ve seen worse and no DQ, though. Princess Noor will learn better in the future, who is a horse you are going to hear a lot about in 2021 barring an injury.
Del Mar has two stakes races on the schedule on Labor Day, with the feature event of the day the $250,000 Runhappy Del Mar Futurity (Gr. 1). Several of the top riders at Del Mar stayed behind and passed on the Kentucky Derby to fulfill their obligations in California. Drayden Van Dyke, Flavien Prat, and Victor Espinoza will be in the Del Mar Futurity today.
What a race it was for Prat in the stretch to win the Juvenile Fillies Turf yesterday. There wasn’t much room for Madone, and Prat found an opening in traffic to secure the win for us. You can watch the replay of the stretch below. You can also head below for our free Del Mar picks for September 7, 2020.
Madone kicks through the field to get up and win the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf. pic.twitter.com/MTQyg6lTVi
— Del Mar Racetrack (@DelMarRacing) September 6, 2020
Post Time: 4:30 p.m. PST
Distance: 6 ½ Furlongs
We will get going at Del Mar with a maiden event in Race 7. This event will cover a mile on the turf for a $55,000 purse. Look for Table for Ten and Tropical Terror to get after it in the stretch. Luvluv should be able to have a say as well. Table for Ten has been consistently performing to reach the money in the first three races of his career.
He has finished 3rd, 3rd, 3rd in his first three races for some nice consistency. In his most recent entry, Table for Ten finished 3rd behind Tropical Terror and Hammering Lemon for a $55,000 purse on August 9. Prior to that outing, Table for Ten did virtually the same to finish 3rd.
There was some decent kick there in the stretch for Table for Ten, so that was at least encouraging. He was also to edge out Tropical Terror in that race, though Tropical Terror can right back in their next meeting to beat Table for Ten by 1 ¼ lengths on August 9.
Tropical Terror has been consistent as well, but just a bit better than Table for Ten except that race in July. He has finished in the top-2 in 6 out of 10 races, and in 5 of his previous 6 races. Tropical Terror placed 2nd behind Hammering Lion by a nose in his most recent performance on August 9.
He edged out Table for Then in that one by 1 ¼ lengths. He was great in two recent 5-furlong workouts with times of 59.80 seconds and 1:00.80. Look for Drayden Van Dyke to steer Tropical Terror to the winner’s circle after getting so close several times in his nine-race career.
Post Time: 4:30 p.m. PST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
This might not be the feature race of the afternoon at Del Mar, but it is expected to be a thrilling race nonetheless. A seven-horse field will travel 6 ½ furlongs on the dirt for a $57,000 purse. Magic At Midnight and Happier are likely going to battle hard in the stretch for the win in this allowance event on Monday. Magic At Midnight is coming off a hat-trick and looking for more on Labor Day.
Magic At Midnight is a perfect 3 for 3 to open his career and was excellent coming off a layoff. She won on September 2, 2019 by 8 ¾ lengths in a blowout over Diamond of Value for a $36,000 purse, and then returned on August 14 for a 2 ¾ length win in a $57,000 event for the biggest score of his career thus far. Instead of jumping up in class, Magic At Midnight will stay put for trainer Abel Cedillo.
Bob Baffert will send out Happier looking for another win to add to his elite portfolio. Happier was an impressive first-time runner on July 31 in a 3 ¼ length event. It was a wire-to-wire win for Happier. She had a 1 length lead at the ½ pole and pulled further ahead for a 3 ¼ length win at the wire for a $55,000 purse.
She has been in great form in morning workouts, with recorded times of 59.80 seconds and 1:00.00 at 5 furlongs. Happier was a $800,000 purchase in 2018 and is expected to be a consistent winner. So far so good, and Happier is open to improvement from his debut as well. Look for Happier to have just enough to get by Magic At Midnight in what should be an entertaining event between two talented fillies. This would make for back-to-back win for Van Dyke on Labor Day.
Race 10 – Runhappy Del Mar Futurity
Post Time: 5:30 p.m. PST
We’ve arrived at the main event at Del Mar on Monday, with the running of the Runhappy Del Mar Futurity (Gr. 1). It’s one of only two Grade 1 events on Labor Day. The other taking place at Saratoga earlier in the afternoon. Baffert will have another entry today, as he sends out Spielberg in the $250,000 event. Spielberg draws the No. 1 post position and should give Baffert a decent chance at getting the win.
Spielberg made his debut on August 8 and looked strong. He placed 2nd to lose by 5 ¾ lengths in a nice run as a first-time runner. Spielberg held nicely throughout the event to hold 2nd for place money.
For $1,000,000, the Baffert barn hopes to see improvement from him, though. When you’re a million-dollar horse, graded wins have to be part of the equation. In prep work for today, Spielberg completed 5 furlongs in 59.60 seconds and 6 in 1:12.60. Expect him to compete for a win again today.
The horse that Spielberg lost to in his debut was Dr. Schivel. Dr. Schivel ran a terrific race with Juan Hernandez aboard to get the 5 ¾ length win over Spielberg. This was a $37,000 horse beating a $1,000,000 horse. Dr. Schivel was purchased for $37,000 and is running like the million dollar pony. He has finished 3rd, 2nd, 1st in his brief career, and has been fast in the morning.
Dr. Schivel completed 4 furlongs in 46.20, 48.60, and 47.20 seconds in August. Look for Spielberg, along with Weston, to threaten in the Del Mar Futurity on Labor Day. But based on recent form, Dr. Schivel should have enough to close them out in the stretch.