Weekend Work Horse

Blue Chagall and Tiz West
Entry Alert: Sunday, Aug. 31, Race 9 at Del Mar

The big race of the weekend, the Del Mar Derby, needs to have some morning reports attached to it. Like last week, I will give two horses for the price of one. First up is the French invader from the Julio Canani barn, BLUE CHAGALL.

'CHAGALL' has turned in a progressive series for Team Julio. His last three works told me he is a horse that deserves a lot of respect. On Aug. 13, he cruised through 7 furlongs so easily that his ears were straight up at the wire as if to say, "That's it!" Seven days later, he flipped the switch with a real belt-tightener. At the end of this 7-panel move, there was no playing around -- he was all business down the lane, finishing the drill in full stride. His efficient action and apparent quick acclimation makes him a colt to fear in his first U.S. start.

The other worker of note is TIZ WEST. 'TIZ' has a very aggressive personality. This colt wants to run. He does not want to be patient. He is in too much of a hurry to be patient. His Aug. 23 drill was a perfect blueprint for what this guy is all about. He wanted to go, and the rider wanted to manage. 'TIZ' was into the bit and dragging the rider through the early stages. Down the lane, he was given his head and he responded with a purposeful finish and subsequently strong gallop-out. Ignore his La Jolla effort. He is much better than that race would suggest.

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