TODAY AT del mar
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2:05 p.m.
Race 1 - 1 mile, Purse $20,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Hawfinch - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this bottom rung; need not be much to add a modest notch on her belt.
4 Frequent Fame - Steve Knapp likes to win on the drop; class dropper may wake up under the talented bugboy Orozco.
Long Shot - 1 Katy’s Kitty
Race 2 - 6 furlongs, Purse $43,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Zuzu’s Petals - Joe Steiner doesn’t win many, but this is a very fine chance; can sit a trip and grind it out late.
5 Lets Get Frisky - Bounced back in a big way last time; the likely key was being reunited with Rafael Bejarano.
Long Shot - 1 Midnight Lady
Race 3 - 6 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
5 Tookmebysurprise - Steve Miyadi is as clever as the come; NoCal trainer ships to SoCal for the money, not the fun.
1 Thunder Bonnet - FTS from Adam Kitchingman; morning line chalk, watch the tote board for more clues.
Long Shot - 7 Rousseau
Race 4 - 5 furlongs (turf, rail at 7 feet), Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Sacred Ovation - Speed and the rail can work turf or synthetics at Del Mar; Edwin Maldonado takes over.
9 Yankee Rebel - Suspect will draw in off the also eligible list; lots of gaps in his training and racing though.
Long Shot - 6 Unusual Heatwave
Race 5 - 1 mile, Purse $38,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up
8 Boss of Me - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Gary Stevens makes his few mounts count.
2 Money Machine - Peter Miller barn has been really hot of late; maybe Corey Nakatani can ride onto his coattails.
Long Shot - 1 Scatman Blues
Race 6 - 6 furlongs, Purse $80,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
3 Trelawny - Ship and win candidate been working well for Jeff Mullins; speed to lead or follow close up.
4 Doyouseemecoming - Well regarded favorite lost twice here at Del Mar last summer; this is racing with his friends.
Long Shot - 2 Fury Kapcori
Race 7 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 7 feet), Purse $85,000, Optional claiming $100,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Old Time Hockey - Gary Stevens and Tom Proctor, enough said; won the La Jolla at Del Mar last summer.
2 Irish Art - Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; ran well at Del Mar last year, Carla Gaines will start her suspension soon.
Long Shot - 4 Lucayan
Race 8 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Candy Sweetheart - First time gelding for the razor sharp Vann Belvoir barn; the tote board will be doing some singing.
5 In a Wine Tizzy - Tepid chalk was claimed in last by Dan Hendricks; will hold price, or better, with Brice Blanc up.
Long Shot - 1 Warren’s Tyler S.
Best Bet - 2 Hawfinch (race 1)
Del Mar Wednesday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$22.40; Long Shots, 7/1/$9.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals - 187/43/$313.40; Long Shots, 92/12/$132.80; Best Bets, 11/3/$11.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #5 Demon’s Deputy (30/1) in race 8 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Harrods Creek ran out at Saratoga. Stats - 125/80/$601.10; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick