Maddog Maddie had an interesting trip in her most-recent start, racing at today’s distance at Hollywood Park, minus the blinkers she had worn in her four starts immediately preceding that race. She broke in the back of the pack. Then she quickly recovered and made up ground, getting into striking position short of the 1/2-mile pole. Then she made a wide, menacing move around the turn and into the stretch–before tiring late. For her efforts she earned a competitive speed figure of 64. Then her trainer, Mark Glatt, sent her to Del Mar, where she reportedly had an excellent workout over that quirky surface. Her two previous starts over the Del Mar Polytrack had come as a two-year-old, and, though hard to read for that reason, they were certainly respectable efforts. Moreover, Mark Glatt has solid TFUS trainer ratings in today’s category.
Maddog Maddie loses Rafael Bejarano to morning line favorite U R My Candy Girl today and will instead be ridden by low-percentage rider Alberto Delgado. Unfortunately, we are short the few hours of additional sleep we would have needed to muster the creativity to spin this fact into something truly positive. Best we can do is to point out that Delgado will help the price–and even that effect will be weakened somewhat by the fact that so many people confuse Alberto Delgado with the deliciously named Agapito Delgadillo. Still, there are enough positives here for us to take a shot with Maddog Maddie.
The filly Secret Memo also deserves a mention. She has a pattern of speed figures that we loathe. The first two speed figures of her career were strong. Then she came undone. Then she reacted negatively after taking a small step back toward her best efforts. This is the type of behavior we are always itching to play against. However, this is Del Mar, and Secret Memo is trained by Peter Miller, and Secret Memo’s best efforts came over this surface, and she just had a terrific workout over this surface. This is a dangerous filly today–whether she takes money or not. (Peter Miller-trained horses can fire while the toteboard is asleep.)
Finally, U R My Candy Girl has a lot of obvious factors in her favor today and needs to be used defensively.