TODAY AT del mar
By Richard Eng
Post Time 4 p.m.
Race 1 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $53,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
4 Toomanytomatoes - Appeared overmatched in her last two allowance races; this $40K price tag is a lot easier spot.
3 Distant Image - Claimed by Vladimir Cerin and spotted nicely to win; should be forwardly placed going from sprint to route.
Long Shot - 2 Secret Cove
Race 2 - 6 furlongs, Purse $33,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds
6 Space Runner - Claimed by Vann Belvoir after a sharp win at Pleasanton; has solid synthetics experience.
4 Luz Atticus - Favorite just missed last time at this price tag; his best races have come over the synthetics.
Long Shot - 7 Billy Win
Race 3 - 5 furlongs (turf), Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
8 Field Report - Did everything but win last time in this condition; has a tendency to place and show instead of win.
4 My Slew - Been away 6-months for Peter Miller; he ran well fresh when he won at Del Mar last Sept. 5.
Long Shot - 6 Cammazes
Race 4 - 1 mile, Purse $25,000, Miden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Hard Buns - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; key for me is the vote of Rafael Bejarano.
7 J K’s Mischief - Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this bottom rung; Doug O’Neill and Mario Gutierrez are hot.
Long Shot - 2 Magic Number
Race 5 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
5 Water Issues - Ran very green in debut, slow early, fast late; Dan Blacker adding Lasix, suspect should show improvement.
6 Yodelmesomemagic - Tepid chalk just missed last time; this is a slowpoke group so a similar effort puts her right there.
Long Shot - 2 Hot Bride
Race 6 - 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
7 Surfcup - Bob Baffert is dangerous whether it’s his A, B or C team; Cal-bred has won 3 of her last 4 starts.
8 Pure Loyalty - Gary Stevens is showing his skills are still there; wants to pick and choose his mounts, can’t blame him.
Long Shot - 3 Little Jerry
Race 7 - 5 1/2 furlongs, $100,000 CTBA, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
1 Sprouts - Logical chalk off two smashing wins in a row; suspect Mario Gutierrez will just send hard from the rail.
6 Harlington’s Rose - Broke thru to graduate in last first time wearing blinker’s on; still seems a step slower than the favorite.
Long Shot - 8 Smoove It
Race 8 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $33,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
12 Tenkiller Kid - Like the turn back in distance from route to sprint; figure Rafael Bejarano to sit a trip and come firing late.
4 Major Affair - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to cash a paycheck today.
Long Shot - 2 Brannaman
Best Bet - 1 Sprouts (race 7)
Del Mar Thursday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/6/$42.00; Long Shots, 8/1/$7.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.80
Del Mar Totals - 34/9/$70.80; Long Shots, 17/1/$7.00; Best Bets, 2/1/$5.80
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #1 I’ll Call (6/1) in race 1 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Sky Above won at Presque Isle Downs paying $4.00 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats - 117/74/$560.90; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick