TODAY AT del mar
By Richard Eng
Post Time 4 p.m.
Race 1 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $31,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
8 With a Miracle - Huge class drop offers her a puncher’s chance; extra ground can only help this closer.
9 Coco de Carchy - Tepid chalk has a parking lot post in this elongated sprint; graduate facing winners for the first time.
Long Shot - 7 Flashy Dame
Race 2 - 5 furlongs (turf, rail at 7 feet), Purse $85,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
5 Sirocco Strike - Gutsy win in last and now a new pilot in Julien Leparoux; he is riding better each day out here.
1 Distinctiv Passion - Speedball chalk does the rail to do his best running; simple tactics of go as fast and as far as he can.
Long Shot - 4 Basmati
Race 3 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 2-year-olds
5 Salt Power - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much in this motley crew.
1 Short Sword - FTS from Mike Mitchell which is respect enough; watch the tote board for additional clues.
Long Shot - 8 Compulsive
Race 4 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Branding - The team of Gary Stevens and Tom Proctor has done some damage in SoCal; good spot for a late rally.
1 Miss Radiance - Logical chalk finally won a race for Mike Pupye in last; gets the rail and similar class for a repeat.
Long Shot - 2 Black Witch
Race 5 - 5 furlongs, Purse $38,000 Maiden claiming $50,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
8 Charissa - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much in this slowpoke group.
6 Sweet Millicent - FTS from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; you’ll have an edge on me in seeing the action of the FTS.
Long Shot - 3 Nikki Allyn
Race 6 - 5 furlongs (turf, rail at 7 feet), Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Darling Dodie - Richard Mandella had a 3-win day earlier this week; this filly faced some good ones last time out.
8 Lemon Hero - Hard trying filly will get a birds eye view from a parking lot post; Rafael Bejarano can carve out a trip.
Long Shot - 6 Madre Luna
Race 7 - 1 1/2 miles, $100,000 Cougar II Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
5 Kettle Corn - Is also entered in the San Diego this weekend; has a solid chance regardless the choice by John Sadler.
6 Sky Kingdom - Bob Baffert will be busy this week, especially with 3-YOs; second tier colt has earned his keep.
Long Shot - 3 Oilisblackgold
Race 8 - 6 furlongs, Purse $33,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Here’s to Rose - A couple Bob Baffert culls can play a big factor in here; John Sadler claimed this one two races ago.
3 Holiday N Newport - Mike Pender took this one from Baffert last time out; she is not protected, maybe a bad sign.
Long Shot - 2 Pearl de Vere
Best Bet - 3 Branding (race 4)
Del Mar Thursday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$14.80; Long Shots, 8/1/$8.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals - 119/32/$236.40; Long Shots, 58/7/$75.40; Best Bets, 7/3/$11.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #5 Doctor Chit (8/5) in race 1 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Willet ran second at Saratoga paying $3.00 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats - 122/79/$593.90; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick