2022 Bob Hope Stakes at a Glance

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Horses race on the turn at Del Mar in a 2-year-old race earlier this season. (Eclipse Sportswire)

As much as the main focus of attention among promising 2-year-olds at this time year is testing them around two turns, sprinters are still a highly desirable commodity. In Sunday’s Bob Hope Stakes, a race named for the legendary comedian, it will be no laughing matter when seven speedy juveniles square off in a seven-furlong contest that may or not be a springboard to two-turn success.

Bob Hope Stakes

Racetrack: Del Mar, Del Mar, Calif.
Date: Nov. 20
Purse: $100,000
Distance: 7 furlongs
Race: 8
Post Time: 7 p.m. ET
Notable winners: Mucho Gusto (2018), Mastery (2016), Shared Belief (2013), Declan’s Moon (2004), Lion Heart (2003), Afternoon Deelites (1994), King Glorious (1988), Copelan (1982).
First held: 1981

1. Hard to Figure (3-1 morning-line odds): He isn’t really. He has plenty of speed and took a big step forward winning a Los Alamitos stakes for Bob Baffert as a maiden. Could be tough to catch from the rail.

JOCKEY: Flavien Prat: TRAINER: Bob Baffert

2. Havnameltdown (6-5): Hopefully, he doesn’t live up to his name. Looks like the best of Baffert’s three starters with a second to Cave Rock in the Grade 1 Runhappy Del Mar Futurity and a Grade 3 win before that. Could work out a nice trip outside of Hard to Figure.

JOCKEY: Juan Hernandez; TRAINER: Bob Baffert

3. Lloyds Logic (12-1): He’ll get tested for class in his first start since moving to Jerry Hollendorfer’s barn. Won easily in his last two tries at Emerald Downs, but this is a much tougher spot.

JOCKEY: Edwin Maldonado; TRAINER: Jerry Hollendorfer

4. Giver Not a Taker (SCRATCHED)

5. Mixto (12-1): He’s still maiden after three tries, with a third his best showing. Can sneak into the picture if the pace gets zany.

JOCKEY: Umberto Rispoli; TRAINER: Doug O’Neill

6. Practical Move (5-1): Earned a big speed figure in his debut when he was second to Cave Rock, but they have gone downhill since then. Was a winner last time through a disqualification and will need to get back to the effort he showed initially to be a serious threat.

JOCKEY: Drayden Van Dyke; TRAINER: Tim Yakteen

7. Newgate (5-2): The third member of Baffert’s trio, he was shipped to Keeneland to try two turns in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity and tired in the stretch. Cuts back to a sprint and should be more competitive.

JOCKEY: John Velazquez; TRAINER: Bob Baffert

THE PICK: Havnameltdown

LIVE LONGSHOT: Mixto

TRIFECTA: 2-7-1

2022 Bob Hope S.
November 20th, 2022

Winning Time: 1:21.68
  • Purse: $100,000
  • Distance: 7 Furlongs
  • Age: 2 yo
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Winning Time: 1:21.68
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
2 Havnameltdown
$3.80
$2.20
$2.10
3rd
6 Practical Move
$2.60
4th
5 Mixto
5th
1 Hard to Figure
Scratches
Payoff
Pick 3
5-3-2
5-3-2
$8
Daily Double
3-2
3-2
$11
Exacta
2-7
2-7
$4
Quinella
2-7
2-7
$4
Superfecta
2-7-6-5
2-7-6-5
$2
Trifecta
2-7-6
2-7-6
$5
Payoff
Pick 3
5-3-2
5-3-2
$8
Daily Double
3-2
3-2
$11
Exacta
2-7
2-7
$4
Quinella
2-7
2-7
$4
Superfecta
2-7-6-5
2-7-6-5
$2
Trifecta
2-7-6
2-7-6
$5

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