TODAY AT del mar
By Richard Eng
Post Time 4 p.m.
Race 1 - 7 furlongs, Purse $43,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds
4 Humorous - Chalk sliding down to the lowest class level of his career; tactical speed to sit a nice trip throughout.
5 Space Runner - Dallas Keen doesn’t claim many in SoCal; this horse has changed barns four races in a row.
Long Shot - 1 One Firm Cat
Race 2 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 2-year-olds
11 Heyyoucan - Figures to draw in off the also eligible list; blinkers off after a much improved effort last time out.
6 Salt Power - Tepid chalk in an early opener to the pick 6; regressing Beyer numbers is not a positive, but could rebound.
Long Shot - 8 Mr. Obeso
Race 3 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $62,000, Claiming $50,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
2 Meltarib - Ran evenly in last facing a group tougher than this; this may be the hardest race on the card.
6 Miss Well Molded - Ran 2 good races at Del Mar last year; suspect Paddy Gallagher was pointing to this meet, maybe this race.
Long Shot - 1 Ricspretentiousgal
Race 4 - 6 furlongs, Purse $33,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Queen of the Hill - This race is equally as difficult as race 3; would not be surprised if the pick 6 carryovers over again.
7 Sugar Spice - Racing with no shoes, if you factor in that sort of thing; has high cheese to lead wire to wire.
Long Shot - 8 Tiz the Route
Race 5 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $33,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Southern Sunrise - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; his 103 Beyer last year sticks out.
2 Broker Brett - John Sadler is leading trainer and here is an example why; he spots horses where they can win, like this guy.
Long Shot - 3 Fly High
Race 6 - 1 3/8th miles (turf), $90,000 CTT and TOC Handicap, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Midnight Music - This is another race that can go many directions; Tom Proctor is having a very good summer.
6 Topic - Ran a solid third in the Grade 1 American Oaks; this is easier but still a tough spot, very well balanced field.
Long Shot - 9 I Dazzle
Race 7 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Public Defender - Mike Mitchell has his big horse Obviously running on Sunday; this guy ran a winning race for this class 2 back.
9 Chocolatier - This colt is a good example why the class drop from MSW to maiden claiming is so big; solid contender again.
Long Shot - 10 Tuckers Point
Best Bet - 6 Southern Sunrise (race 5)
Del Mar Thursday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$26.00; Long Shots, 7/3/$33.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals - 447/104/$775.80; Long Shots, 217/31/$342.00; Best Bets, 27/5/$20.40
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #8 Judy the Beauty (5/1) in race 9 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Sam’s Buck ran out at Saratoga. Stats - 141/92/$749.30; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick