Big City Lights: Can Run Short or Long and Should Find Winning Spot Soon

Four year old colt for Richard Mandella made his 1st start in 10 months in the Cal bred Cary Grant stakes at 7/8 on the main Saturday. Off as the 5/2 second choice in a field of just five, due to three late scratches, he went to his knees at the start and pretty lost all chance of ever catching the great The Chosen Vron. He figured to be part of the pace and instead was dead last down the back side four off the leaders. He put in a good run at the ¼ pole to reach contention but the bad start cost him and he couldn’t get much closer to “Vron”, who went on to win by three at the wire. Big City was second and it was another three back to the third horse. This was just his 7th career start and he has never been worse than second. He can run short or long and look for the crafty Mandella to find a winning spot for him up at Arcadia. This son of Mr. Big is all race horse.

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Big City Lights’s Race Information

Race Date:  November 18, 2023 Track:  Del Mar Race #:  8
Distance:  7 Furlongs Conditions: stakes Surface: Dirt
Trainer:  Richard Mandella Jockey:  Juan Hernandez Track Condition:  FAST
Trouble Notes:  stumbled, bumped/lost path early, 6-5wide, 2nd best Track Variant:  +5
Finish Position: 2nd Win Payout:  0 Place: Payout:  $ 2.60 Show Payout:  $ 2.20

Race Replay

Big City Lights – Del Mar –  November 18, 2023

Big City Lights Performance Figures Earned

Race Condition Pars Big City Lights Figures Earned
Race Class Level:  180 Running Style In Race:  Front Runner
Final Time Rating Par: 150 Final Time Rating: 143
CPR Race Par:  150 CPR Earned In Race: 144
Fast Fig Race Par:  134 Fast Fig In Race:
Key Race Winners: 2 Running Style In Race:   Front Runner
(click the links above to learn more avbout each figure and how to use them in your handicapping)

Generally horses that are on the Horses To Watch list ran into unexpected trouble, bad luck, and/or didn’t run the race we believe Big City Lights was cabable of.  We expected that if Big City Lights gets a good trip in their next start than we should see an improvement in Big City Lights performance figures.  Use the performance figures earned in Big City Lights last race (listed above) and compare them to the field and pars of Big City Lights next start.  If Big City Lights appears to have earned higher performance figures in the last race when running into trouble  as compared to the rest of the field’s expected perfomance in the upcoming race than there is a good chance that Big City Lights will dominate the race.

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