Daisycutter exotics plays and field analysis for July 28
Multiple stakes winner Twilight Gleaming will look to defend her title in the $100,000 Daisycutter H. at Del Mar on Friday. The five-furlong turf test for fillies and mares age three years and up drew a field of nine, plus two also-eligibles.
Daisycutter H. selections
- #5 Amy C (5-2)
- #1 Twilight Gleaming (2-1)
- #4 Unbridled Mary (6-1)
Daisycutter H. exotics
- $5 Exacta: 5 with 1, 4 ($10)
- $2.50 Trifecta: 5 with 1, 4 with 1, 4, 8 ($10)
- 30-cent Superfecta: 1, 5 with 1, 4, 5 with 1, 4, 5, 8 with 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ($12)
#1 Twilight Gleaming (2-1): Last seen finishing 16th of 17 against males in the Kings Stand (G1), Irish-bred Twilight Gleaming will return to the U.S. to make her third start at Del Mar, where she’s 2-for-2 for her career. The Wesley Ward pupil posted a 4-2-1-0 record last season, with victories in the Daisycutter and Mamzelle S. at Churchill. She was beaten just three-quarters of a length in the Palisades S. at Keeneland to start her three-year-old campaign and finished out the season with a fourth in the Franklin (G3). The drop in class here plus a favorable spot on the rail can help the four-year-old get back to the winner’s circle. Ward is a 31% winner second start off a layoff and a 28% winner in non-graded stakes. Mike Smith (2-for-5 this meet) will pick up the mount but is just an 8% winner on turf.
#2 Tom’s Regret (Scratched)
#3 Sassy Nature (10-1): Since joining the barn of Luis Mendez, the three-year-old is 0-for-3, but most recently, got caught late to finish a half-length second in a non-graded stakes at Golden Gate. She’ll return off a 47-day layoff here and makes her first start at Del Mar. Edwin Maldonado will regain the mount on the early pacesetter, who has recorded Brisnet Speed figures in the 71-87 range in her last three all near today’s distance.
#4 Unbridled Mary (6-1): Winner of her last two, including the Chicken Fried S. at Lone Star, the Maclean’s Music filly could be dangerous in her second start off a layoff for John Sadler. The four-year-old posted a bullet five-furlong workout at Del Mar on July 21, and she’s 2-for-3 from the distance. She also broke her maiden at this track on debut and will keep rider Hector Berrios, a 20% winner on turf who’s 3-for-8 when paired with Sadler over the last two months.
#5 Amy C (5-2): Tied for the highest last race speed rating among the field, Amy C posted an 89 BRIS figure when a three-quarter-length third to Poppy Flower in the six-furlong Intercontinental (G3) at Belmont on June 9, five months after winning the 6 1/2-furlong Las Cienegas (G3) at Santa Anita. The bay mare will return off another layoff here for Phil D’Amato, a 23% winner in non-graded stakes, and will cut back to five furlongs for the first time after racing between six furlongs and 1 1/16 miles on turf. Umberto Rispoli, a 21% winner this meet, will pick up the mount on the late presser type.
#6 Xmas Surprise (12-1): Second in the Daisycutter as a 29-1 longshot last season, the More Than Ready mare is 0-for-5 from today’s distance and was last seen finishing fourth in a non-graded stakes at Golden Gate on April 29. Leonard Powell is 3-for-7 to start the meet, while jockey Joe Bravo is 2-for-13 with two second-place finishes. While not a win contender, Xmas Surprise can hit the board once again as a longer shot.
#7 Wide West (12-1): Riding a two-win streak at Gulfstream Park, the Frankel filly will ship to the West Coast in her first start in more than two months for Thomas Proctor. The early pacesetter will get hot jockey Juan Hernandez (29% winner this meet) aboard and put in a sharp four-furlong workout at Del Mar on July 20. She can hit the board, but her BRIS figures are lighter compared to others in the field.
#8 Tony Ann (6-1): Moves up in class off a 1 1/4-length win in an allowance optional claimer at Del Mar in November. Phil D’Amato’s other runner in the main field posted an 89 BRIS figure in the process and looked sharp in a five-furlong workout on July 22. The Cairo Prince mare will pick up Kent Desormeaux (8% winner this meet) with Berrios aboard Unbridled Mary.
#9 Princess Adaleigh (8-1): The Goldencents four-year-old wired a six-furlong allowance optional claimer while posting an 87 BRIS figure at Santa Anita on May 27 and moves up in class here. Vladimir Cerin is a 21% winner off a 46- to 90-day layoff and a 25% winner with horses that won their last race. Ramon Vazquez will retain the mount but owns an 18-1-2-2 record to start the meet.
#10 Secrets Told (15-1): The Broken Vow mare makes her second start for John Sadler after finishing a length second to Princess Adaleigh last out. She’s 14-2-5-2 lifetime on turf and will get rider Antonio Fresu, who’s 1-for-8 this meet.
AE #11 Kitty Kitana (6-1): Another D’Amato trainee, the Kitten’s Joy granddaughter was fifth last out when running a mile and has never raced at five furlongs. Her only two career victories came at eight furlongs, and her recent works don’t inspire confidence.