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Popularity Contest

Posted by on 8/6/2015 4:10:31 AM

When we are young, being popular seems important but as life rolls out real decisions change that dynamic except when talking about popular claiming horses at the Del Mar meeting.

Every season, it’s harder to keep a good claiming horse in a barn than it is to beat Serena Williams at tennis.

There have been some very coveted runners so far so let’s take a look at some that should come back and run huge when they next appear.

If I Don’t Care Who were a student in high school, he would be the quarterback of the football team, the highest scorer on the basketball team, the president of the student body and the smartest guy around but since he is a gelding, he is just coveted.

A total of 22 claim slips were put in to purchase this runner on July 18 and when he runs back, he should be a handful.

He went from the John Sadler barn to the stable of Jack Carava, who has a nice claiming history over the decades in California.

I Don’t Care Who was compromised in his Del Mar debut this year when he caught the slop. He has won 5 of 24 starts, has tactical speed, has plenty of back class and should be very competitive if he returns routing for a $32,000 price tag.

Eleven claims were put in for Lexie Arleen on July 23 as she went from the Efrain Miranda barn to the stable of Ed Freeman.

When multiple claims are put in for a runner, there is a shake to see who wins the claim. Each trainer is assigned a number with dice and after the roll; the correct number that corresponds to the trainer wins the claim.

Lexie Arleen has been in the exacta in 11 of 21 starts, so she brings back checks. She has a nice stalk and kick style and should be in the thick of in a $12,500 claimer next out.

There is no place to enjoy Miller Time like Del Mar and trainer Pete Miller won a 12-way shake for Wild Heart Run the end of July.

The filly was in the good barn of Hector Palma and she has only run one poor race in her life when they went :21 and small change early. She has a race over the Del Mar dirt now, the show horse was nearly 5 lengths clear in last and she has the speed to be in the thick of it from the sound of the bell.

A $20,000 or $25,000 claiming sprint would be right up her alley next time.

Granted, these are just a few of the runners that are sitting on big efforts at Del Mar but there are others that need to be mentioned.

Seven slips were put in for the gelding Macho Sox and new trainer Mike Pender has a good eye for a horse.

My Slew ran the last day of July and Jeff Mullins won a 14-way shake for this gelding. Mullins is off to a super start at this meet and this runner fits vs. $10,000 claimers.

Astute players go to the Del Mar website and monitor how may people try to claim a particular horse and who now has the pleasure of training that runner.

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