Today at Del Mar: Aug. 10, 2014

TODAY AT DEL MAR by Richard Eng

Post Time 2 p.m.

Race 1 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds

7 Princess Bertrando - Tiny edge in a real head scratcher of an opener; a couple of these have run in stakes.

6 Slew’s Charm - Appears to have speed to spare, not a bad thing at Del Mar; Tyler Baze tries for landmark win.

Long Shot - 4 Tatum’s Gold

Race 2 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds

6 Home School - With the turf rail out 24 feet, it should flatter his early speed; catch me if you can.

1 Toowindytohaulrox - Will save all the ground inside, key factor in turf racing; must rally fast late.

Long Shot - 8 Clever Royal

Race 3 - 7 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Claiming $10,000, 3-year-olds and up

8 When We Met - Sharp synthetic win over easier in last; has the back class to handle the class rise.

12 Two Is to Many - Do not mind the parking lot post in an elongated sprint; long run before the turn.

Long Shot - 6 Close to the Edge

Race 4 - 6 furlongs, Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

8 Raised a Secret - Tiny edge in a real difficult heat; has come in second to some talented foes.

2 Demonic - Exited a key race back in December at Hollywood Park; has fast speed figures on his resume.

Long Shot - 4 Love Rules All

Race 5 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

10 He’s On His Toes - NoCal shipper from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; like that Rafael Bejarano is up.

11 Next Book - Twice beaten favorite has run fast enough already to beat these; stalks from the wide out.

Long Shot - 7 Shaniel

Race 6 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $43,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up

7 Gladding - Used to be a lot classier than this; still runs fast speed figures, they’ll need to catch him.

3 Motown Men - Won his only start over Del Mar synthetics; Philip D’Amato has the barn primed to run.

Long Shot - 1 Too Fast to Pass

Race 7 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds

1 Manahatta - Fast working FTS should light up the tote board early; from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer.

4 Diva Express - Mark Casse would have a lot of wins if it weren’t for Bob Baffert; should be ready to roll.

Long Shot - 9 Mucho Blessings

Race 8 - 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), $250,000 John C. Mabee, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

6 Miss Serendipity - Got a perfect ride last time by Brice Blanc to win the Gamely; Rafael Bejarano up today.

9 Cozze Up Lady - Not sure how Kent Desormeaux kept her going last time, but he did; formidable foe with speed.

Long Shot - 3 Wishing Gate

Race 9 - 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up

2 Juliet’s Tizzy - Claimed by Robertino Diodoro who can move them up; key is he is facing a slow group.

7 Intoclassymischief - Hasn’t run since December at Hollywood Park; has some early lick, value with Saul Arias.

Long Shot - 8 Shop Forever

Best Bet - 8 When We Met (race 3)

Del Mar Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/5/$34.40; Long Shots, 9/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.80

Del Mar Totals - 306/63/$441.60; Long Shots, 151/15/$146.00; Best Bets, 16/3/$16.60

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #9 Toy Cannon (8/1) in race 8 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Seek Again won at Saratoga paying $6.70 to win, $3.80 to place and $3.10 to show. Stats - 123/73/$707.20; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick


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