Umberto Rispoli. Benoit Photo.

Del Mar Diaries: Rispoli Hoping Quick Tempo Lives Up to His Name

By Umberto Rispoli (as told to Joaquin Jaime)

On Friday, I’m on The Chosen Vron in the Real Good Deal Stakes and I think he’s one of the most consistent horses I’ve ridden so far. He’s very little but he has such a big heart. Obviously, his last two performance went pretty good. He beat (Classier) (in the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes) who was the winner of the Los Alamitos Derby (G3), so the horse looks in a in a good shape to me. It doesn’t matter with the draw, he comes come from behind anyway so I just hope there is going to be some pace in the race. I know around the three-quarter pole he is going to start to wind up and he will run his race for sure.

I probably think he is probably better at the mile distance right now, but yeah going seven furlongs (in the Real Good Deal), we have a long stretch to go down to the three-eighths pole so I’m pretty sure he’s going to find his stride. I don’t think he’s going to disappoint me.

In Saturday’s third race, I’m on Astronomer who is a very good looking 2-year-old. He’s a brother of Mr. Impossible, a horse I know pretty well. He had his work from the gate last time and I was very happy with him. He’s probably the kind of horse than he might need one race to gain some more experience, but he is more likely to be ready than unready. I’m not afraid about the distance, I think the horse can run a mile for sure. 

In Race 9 on Saturday, I’m on K P All Systems Go and he’s a big good-looking horse. I think obviously 1 1/8-miles is going to be his distance, no problem with that. He is straightforward. He is coming from long layoff but look, he’s ready. I only wish there’s going to be some pace in the race, and this is a horse who can be keen sometimes. But the race is very tough, it’s not the easiest race of the card.”

In the Grade 1 Bing Crosby, I’m on Quick Tempo and (trainer) Christopher Davis is very confident. I think his performance in the in Iowa (second in the Iowa Sprint Stakes) was a good performance, but it’s all about the pace for this horse. I think is going to be tremendous pace in this race with the Brickyard Ride on the outside and Dr. Schivel…I mean all the speed is on the outside. This horse is very fast too, I mean his name suits him pretty well. We’re going to see how he’s going to adapt himself to the to the California dirt. I think in California it’s very important to be to be on the lead on the dirt racing and he’s a 3-year-old, so going to gain some pounds from the others. I’m very positive about it.”