TODAY AT del mar
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2:05 p.m.
Race 1 - 6 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies, 3-year-olds
2 Dancing Lute - Claimed by Bill Morey off a pair of NoCal wins; key vote is leading rider Rafael Bejarano taking over.
4 Egyptian Femme - Sliding down the claiming ladder to face the worst group of her life; Craig Dollase adding blinkers on.
Long Shot - 6 Devious Chic
Race 2 - 5 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
8 Exotic Behavior - Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry and both appear capable of winning; this one has Rafael Bejarano up.
2 Cadron - This Baffert baby is the morning line favorite; Martin Garcia has the ride on this $370K purchase.
Long Shot - 5 L T Reckless
Race 3 - 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $53,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
3 Lil Bit O’Fun - Tom Proctor with a ship and win horse; like the way he and Gary Stevens have teamed up, like the old days.
4 Shadow Runner - Claimed by Richrd Baltas and spotted well to win at first asking; Rafael Bejarano rides all chalk today.
Long Shot - 1 Facoltoso
Race 4 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
9 Afflication - Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to the bottom; more chalk mounts for Rafael Bejarano.
3 Mojave Desert - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; also adding blinkers on too.
Long Shot - 5 Matagot
Race 5 - 6 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Saturday Nite Wish - Claimed by Ted West off a good second versus tougher; NW2L tag today for $16K instead of $25K.
7 Briteness - Ran a solid second in last at this exact class; more than capable of improving a step, which could upset.
Long Shot - 1 Sugar Spice
Race 6 - 1 3/8th miles (turf), Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Kid Dreams - A ship and win horse for Neil Drysdale; odds are the Woodbine stakes are a lot tougher than today’s allowance.
7 Danderek - Always respect a claim by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; first thing he does is leg up Rafael Bejarano.
Long Shot - 8 Lumberyard Jack
Race 7 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $85,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
5 Castaway - Bob Baffert has been winning all the 2-YO races, why not this?; like the cut back in distance today too.
6 Isn’t He Clever - The ship and win horses from New Mexico have run lights out; the other winners came from Peter Miller barn.
Long Shot - 4 Chiloquin
Race 8 - 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
8 Marcyjane - Been away 5-months but showed some talent back when; Julien Leparoux looking more and more comfortable out west.
9 Dow Diva - After many close but no cigar finishes, Doug O’Neill taking the blinkers off; Kevin Krigger on a donut so far.
Long Shot - 1 Hot and Pleasing
Best Bet - 2 Kid Dreams (race 6)
Del Mar Wednesday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/6/$44.20; Long Shots, 7/1/$14.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals - 103/29/$221.60; Long Shots, 50/6/$67.40; Best Bets, 6/3/$11.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #5 Willet (2/1) in race 4 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Tapicat ran third at Saratoga paying $2.80 to show. Stats - 121/78/$588.30; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick