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Summer's Over: Saratoga And Del Mar Meets Come To A Close

The win by Dullahan in the 2012 Pacific Classic was rated one of the best performances over the Del Mar Polytrack during this summer's meet.
The win by Dullahan in the 2012 Pacific Classic was rated one of the best performances over the Del Mar Polytrack during this summer's meet.

As quickly as they arrived, the Saratoga and Del Mar meets have faded away into the 2012 racing calendar. Sadly, as happens every year, summer must eventually come to an end and the action at the Spa and the Surf moves on for the winter. And while the Del Mar and Saratoga meets are now over, there are plenty of performances for us to analyze as we move towards the end of the racing season.

Below is a summary of the graded stakes winners at Del Mar and Saratoga in 2012, along with the speed figures from Beyer, Bris and Equibase and some thoughts on the top performances.

Top rated races by speed figure system:

Del Mar Polytrack:

Beyer – Dullahan (111; Pacific Classic)
Bris – Dullahan / Include Me Out (104; Pacific Classic / Clement Hirsch)
Equibase – Richard’s Kid (114; Cougar II)

Del Mar Turf:

Beyer – Obviously (IRE) (104; Del Mar Mile Handicap)
Bris – Obviously (IRE) (103; Del Mar Mile Handicap)
Equibase – Acclamation (114; Eddie Read)

Saratoga Dirt:

Beyer: Fort Larned (110; Whitney)
Bris: Fort Larned / Emcee (109; Whitney / Forego)
Equibase: Fort Larned (123; Whitney)

Saratoga Turf:

Beyer: Wise Dan (108; Fourstardave)
Bris: Wise Dan (110; Fourstardave)
Equibase: Zagora (FR) (120; Ballston Spa)

The figure-makers from Beyer, Bris and Equibase were fairly consistent at Del Mar and Saratoga this summer, with some minor exceptions. Both Beyer and Bris have Dullahan’s Pacific Classic as the top Polytrack performance of the meet. (Bris also has Include Me Out’s Clement Hirsch win as the co-top Poly win.) Equibase rated Richard's Kid’s Cougar II win as its top performance with the Pacific Classic the 3rd best. (The win by Fed Biz in the El Cajon was the 2nd best Poly performance under Equibase.)

On the grass, Obviously (IRE) scored top marks from both Beyer and Bris, while Equibase gave Acclamation the best rating on the lawn. Obviously’s win came in as the 2nd best Equibase figure of the meet.

On the bottom side of the figures, the juvenile races came back soft on almost every single system at Del Mar.

Over at Saratoga, the situation is similar; all three systems rate Fort Larned’s win in the Whitney as the best performance on the dirt during the meet, although Bris rates Emcee’s Forego equally as strong. On the grass, Wise Dan’s win in the Fourstardave is the top performance from Beyer and Bris while, once again, Equibase goes a different direction in tabbing Zagora’s win in the Ballston Spa as the top grass performance. Equibase rates Wise Dan’s Fourstardave as the third best grass performance behind Point of Entry’s win in the Sword Dancer.

On the bottom side of the leger, the juvenile races also rated on the soft side at Saratoga. In terms of older horses, Alpha’s win in the Jim Dandy was one of the weaker performances on the Beyer scale in dirt races, while Bris rated the win by Emma’s Encore in the Prioress as the lowest stakes effort on the dirt for non-juveniles. Equibase gave its lowest dirt stakes winning number to C C’s Pal in the Honorable Miss (98).

2012 Del Mar Stakes Results
Race Cond. Surf. Going Dist. Winner BSF Bris Equi.
G1-Bing Crosby 3up AW Fast 6.0 Amazombie 103 101 104
G1-Del Mar Debutante 2yo, f AW Fast 7.0 Executiveprivilege 86 98 96
G1-Del Mar Futurity 2yo AW Fast 7.0 Rolling Fog 79 tbd 83
G1-Hirsch 3up, f&m AW Fast 8.5 Include Me Out 99 104 108
G1-Pacific Classic 3up AW Fast 10.0 Dullahan 111 104 109
G2-Best Pal 2yo AW Fast 6.5 Know More 82 90 93
G2-Pat O'Brien 3up AW Fast 7.0 Capital Account 100 98 104
G2-San Diego Hcp. 3up AW Fast 8.5 Rail Trip 97 100 98
G3-Cougar II 3up AW Fast 12.0 Richard's Kid 99 99 114
G3-Rancho Bernardo 3up, f&m AW Fast 6.5 Winding Way 85 91 94
G3-Sorrento 2yo, f AW Fast 6.5 Executiveprivilege 83 91 86
El Cajon 3yo AW Fast 8.0 Fed Biz 103 102 110
G1-Del Mar Oaks 3yo, f Turf Firm 9.0 Lady of Shamrock 93 99 104
G1-Eddie Read 3up Turf Firm 9.0 Acclamation 98 99 114
G2-Del Mar Derby 3yo Turf Firm 9.0 My Best Brother 94 98 107
G2-Del Mar Handicap 3up Turf Firm 11.0 Casino Host 93 95 98
G2-Del Mar Mile Handicap 3up Turf Firm 8.0 Obviously (IRE) 104 103 113
G2-La Jolla 3yo Turf Firm 8.5 Old Time Hockey 92 97 108
G2-Mabee 3up, f&m Turf Firm 9.0 City to City 89 96 108
G2-San Clemente Hcp. 3yo, f Turf Firm 8.0 Eden's Moon 91 93 102
G2-Yellow Ribbon 3up, f&m Turf Firm 8.5 Halo Dolly 92 99 112
Oak Tree Juve. Fillies Turf 2yo, f Turf Firm 8.0 Renee's Queen 64 79 81
Oak Tree Juvenile Turf 2yo Turf Firm 8.0 Dry Summer 80 tbd 95
2012 Saratoga Stakes Results
Race Cond. Surf. Going Dist. Winner BSF Bris Equi.
G1-Alabama 3yo, f Dirt Fast 10.0 Questing (GB) 109 108 109
G1-Ballerina 3up, f&m Dirt Fast 7.0 Turbulent Descent 96 100 105
G1-CC American Oaks 3yo, f Dirt Fast 9.0 Questing (GB) 98 102 109
G1-Forego 3up Dirt Fast 7.0 Emcee 108 109 122
G1-King's Bishop 3yo Dirt Fast 7.0 Willy Beamin 97 103 116
G1-Personal Ensign 3up, f&m Dirt Fast 9.0 Love and Pride 100 107 111
G1-Prioress 3yo, f Dirt Fast 6.0 Emma's Encore 94 97 106
G1-Spinaway 2yo, f Dirt Fast 7.0 So Many Ways 80 94 89
G1-Test 3yo, f Dirt Fast 7.0 Contested 91 99 109
G1-Travers 3yo Dirt Fast 10.0 Alpha 100 102 105
G1-Travers 3yo Dirt Fast 10.0 Golden Ticket 100 102 105
G1-Vanderbilt 3up Dirt Muddy 6.0 Poseidon's Warrior 102 107 117
G1-Whitney 3up Dirt Fast 9.0 Fort Larned 110 109 123
G1-Woodward 3up Dirt Fast 9.0 To Honor and Serve 105 106 118
G2-Adirondack 2yo, f Dirt Fast 6.5 Kauai Katie 84 93 93
G2-Amsterdam 3yo Dirt Fast 6.5 Currency Swap 103 100 119
G2-Honorable Miss 3up, f&m Dirt Fast 6.0 C C's Pal 90 98 98
G2-Hopeful 2yo Dirt Fast 7.0 Shanghai Bobby 88 98 97
G2-Jim Dandy 3yo Dirt Sloppy 9.0 Alpha 96 103 110
G2-Sanford 2yo Dirt Fast 6.0 Bern Identity 80 90 80
G2-Saratoga Special 2yo Dirt Fast 6.5 Spurious Precision 88 95 96
G3-James Marvin 3up Dirt Fast 7.0 Pacific Ocean 103 108 104
G3-Schuylerville 2yo, f Dirt Fast 6.0 So Many Ways 79 94 82
G3-Natl Racing Muse. HOF 3yo OffTurf Sloppy 9.0 Quick Wit 90 96 113
G1-Diana 3up, f&m Turf Good 9.0 Winter Memories 100 104 114
G1-Sword Dancer 3up Turf Firm 12.0 Point of Entry 103 105 117
G2-Ballston Spa 3up, f&m Turf Firm 8.5 Zagora (FR) 102 102 120
G2-Bernard Baruch 3up Turf Firm 8.5 Dominus 98 96 110
G2-Fourstardave 3up Turf Yielding 8.0 Wise Dan 108 110 115
G2-Lake George 3yo, f Turf Firm 8.5 Centre Court 89 91 108
G2-Lake Placid 3yo, f Turf Firm 9.0 Stephanie's Kitten 88 99 103
G3-Glens Falls 3up, f&m Turf Firm 11.0 Hit It Rich 94 99 111
G3-Saranac 3yo Turf Firm 9.0 Unbridled Command 87 95 108