Chismosa, Justique top noms for Desi Arnaz

November 13, 2022

Chismosa winning the Generous Portion. Photo by Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire

Summer Meet Winners Eager for Bing Crosby Stakes Weekend


DEL MAR, Calif. The Stakes action at Del Mar’s Bing Crosby meet continues next weekend with the possibility of all three races featuring winners from the summer meet.

There are two stakes on tap for Saturday, the seven furlong $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and the $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes for Cal-bred 3-year-olds and up also going seven furlongs. Then next Sunday, it’s the first graded stake of the fall meet, the G3 Bob Hope, a seven-furlong test for 2-year-olds.

Topping the nominations for the Desi Arnaz are two fillies who put on impressive performances this past summer at Del Mar. Chismosa, a talented Cal-bred daughter of Clubhouse Ride, is trained by Rafael DeLeon. She’s won the first three starts in her career, all at Del Mar, including the $125,000 C.T.B.A Stakes in August and the $125,000 Generous Portion in September.

Justique’s maiden win at Del Mar July 31.

She may match up with Justique, an imposing daughter of Justify who wowed the Del Mar crowd in July with her come-from-behind maiden victory. She then went up to Santa Anita and ran third in the G1 Chandelier. That was at a mile and a sixteenth so she’ll be cutting back should she run for trainer John Shirreffs next Saturday.

The Cary Grant could mark the return of Big City Lights to Del Mar. The 3-year-old son of Mr. Big captured the $175,000 Real Good Deal Stakes last summer before heading up to Los Alamitos and finishing second to The Chosen Vron in the $75,000 E.B. Johnson Stakes.

The Chosen Vron is also nominated for the Cary Grant. The 4-year-old son of Vronsky has won four times and finished in the money in 10-of-his-11 career starts, including the G3 Laz Barrera and the G3 Affirmed at Santa Anita last year. He’s riding a two-race win streak after taking the $100,000 California Flag Handicap last out at Santa Anita.

The top 3-year-old from the 2021 Del Mar summer meet, None Above the Law, is also nominated for the Cary Grant. Entries for both of Saturday’s races will be drawn Wednesday.

Trainer Bob Baffert has nominated four colts to the Bob Hope, including the hard knocking Havnameltdown, winner of the G3 Best Pal at Del Mar this summer. Newgate, Carmel Road and Hard to Figure also may go in the graded stake.

Peter Miller may bring Giver Not a Taker to the Bob Hope. The son of Danzing Candy won the $125,000 I’m Smokin at Del Mar in September.

Entries for the Bob Hope will be drawn Thursday.

Racing resumes at Del Mar Friday with first post at 12:30 p.m.

COOLING OUT:  Teena Ella, the first foal by Beholder, made her long-anticipated debut Saturday. Unfortunately for her connections and backers she hooked another talented 2-year-old out of the Bob Baffert barn, Faiza. The pair dueled to the top of the stretch where Faiza went on to an impressive 3 ½ length victory while Teena Ella faded to sixth…Trainer Peter Miller says Handy Dandy, winner of Friday’s Let It Ride Stakes, came out of the race fine and will be pointed to the G1 Hollywood Derby…Notable works on Sunday: Dirt – Giver Not A Taker (4f, :50.60); None Above the Law (4f, :48.60); Justique (5f, :58.00); Turf – Bellabel (4f, 51.80); Rhea Moon (4f, :53.60); Hong Kong Harry (5f, 1:03.20); Masteroffoxhounds (5f, 1:02.60). A total of 64 horses put in official works on the main track, 20 horses on the turf, 17 of which from trainer Phil D’Amato’s barn.

Del Mar Statistics

Jockey Standings
(Current Through Saturday, November 12, 2022, Inclusive)

Trainer Standings
(Current Through Saturday, November 12, 2022, Inclusive)

Winning Favorites Report
(Current Through Saturday, November 12, 2022, Inclusive)

Winning favorites — 4 out of 17 — 23.53%
Winning favorites on dirt — 2 out of 8 — 25.00%
Winning favorites on turf — 2 out of 9 — 22.22%
Winning odds-on favorites — 1 out of 2 — 50.00%
In-the-Money favorites — 11 out of 17 — 64.71%
In-the-Money odds-on favorites — 2 out of 2 — 100.00%

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