TODAY AT del mar
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 - 1 mile, Purse $28,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
2 Husband’s Folly - Tepid favorite opens the Del Mar meet; he ran a winning race for this class two races ago.
10 Beer Meister - Popular gelding has been claimed in his last 3 starts; has the back class to handle this group.
Long Shot - 8 Sir Bell
Race 2 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $43,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Scorcher - The ship/win angle makes sense for us handicappers; you know the connections are all out to win in the spot.
2 This One’s for Mel - Peter Miller is typically tough at the sea shore meet; suspect most of his stock will be live.
Long Shot - 6 Bipartisan
Race 3 - 6 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
5 Bluegrass Ellie - Speedball cuts back in distance for this; suspect he’ll have some gas left for the end.
4 Wink and Wish - Claimed by Bill Spawr and spotted nicely to win; her best races have been on the engine.
Long Shot - 2 Katy’s Star
Race 4 - 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse 480,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
4 Cyclometer - Sprinter stretching out could be the speed of the speed; suspect the turf course will be very firm and fast.
1 Ivanho - Gary Stevens has a big shot to break the ice early on this meet; hugs the rail to save ground, grinds it out late.
Long Shot - 7 Gab Power
Race 5 - 5 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
6 My Lucky Rose - Bob Baffert babies figure to be front and center; with the BC at SA, he’ll get them all lined up.
10 Cal Gal - FTS from the Jeff Mullins barn; expect him to have a good meet, legs up co-leading rider Edwin Maldonado.
Long Shot - 9 Jaycee’s Faith
Race 6 - 1 mile (turf), $100,000 Oceanside, 3-year-olds
2 Gervinho - Nice comeback in last in NoCal stakes; idle since the BC, he’s got the license to be a nice turf stakes horse.
5 Undrafted - Logical chalk off a huge turf win in last; ridden by bugboy Dylan Davis, son of jockey Robbie Davis.
Long Shot - 6 Freakin Rocket
Race 7 - 6 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
8 Legal Separation - Runs for the lowest price tag of his career; claimed two races ago by John Sadler, is spotted to win.
1 Magic Beam - Another interesting claim by Bill Spawr; he remains one of the most underrated trainers in SoCal.
Long Shot - 6 Royal Meridian
Race 8 - 6 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
9 E K Ruler - Huge rider switch to Garrett Gomez for the money shot; like a big jockey riding for a low percentage barn.
5 Love de Car - FTS from Jeff Mullins; I’ll be paying close attention to the Joel Rosario mounts today.
Long Shot - 2 Gentlemen Pete
Race 9 -1 mile (turf), $100,000 Oceanside, 3-year-olds
4 Den’s Legacy - Bob Baffert second stringer is a hard trying colt his biggest win came in the grassy Generous.
9 Rosengold - He wins with pure blazing speed so no secret’s here; goes as fast and as far as he can.
Long Shot - 6 Si Sage
Race 10 - 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
11 Blue Cherokee - Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this bottom rung; if you’re live in the pick 6, hope your spread.
12 Spring Up - Another one of the ship and win horses on the card; Cody Autrey keeps coming back for more, wish him success.
Long Shot - 6 Big Macher
Best Bet - 8 Legal Separation (race 7)
Hollywood Park Sunday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 21/6/$29.20; Long Shots, 10/3/$41.20; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.40
Hollywood Park Final Totals - 830/211/$1,381.40; Long Shots, 403/60/$663.80; Best Bets, 48/18/$72.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #3 Political Miss (3/1) in race 2 at Delaware Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Conte won at Monmouth Park paying $3.00 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats - 114/73/$551.70; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick