Today at Del Mar: Aug. 28, 2014

TODAY AT DEL MAR by Richard Eng

Post Time 2 p.m.

Race 1 - 6 furlongs, Purse $53,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

4 Popalicious - Just missed as a ship and win horse in last; still it was a solid SoCal debut and proves that she belongs.

2 Lindz Winz - Rafael Bejarano had options and landed here; he is the main man for the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer.

Long Shot - 3 On Golden Pawn

Race 2 - 1 1/8th miles, Purse $80,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up

4 Big Cazanova - Bolted out to a big win last time in his synthetic surface debut; ran a career best, a repeat would crush these.

3 Patrioticandproud - Mark Casse has been a bit unlucky this meet; he brought out horses good enough, but has a bevy of seconds.

Long Shot - 6 American Act

Race 3 - 1 mile, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

6 Noble Bird - Did everything but win last time in a top shelf try; Stewart Elliott is back from his sore rib issue.

4 Nowalking - Huge trainer switch to Philip D’Amato; his work has impressed everyone and his barn is sure to grow.

Long Shot - 5 Silver Torch

Race 4 - 1 mile, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

8 Hey Pretty Girl - Sure to get value from small Denise Breuer barn; takes a huge class drop with low percentage rider in Julien Couton.

2 Woodys Wharf - Elvis Trujillo had options and chose to ride for Doug O’Neill; this barn asked him to come ride for them.

Long Shot - 6 Sheza Eyeopener

Race 5 - 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up

13 Superboot - Hope he draws in off the also eligibles; has run two good seconds in a row, facing a very slow group tonight.

2 Dead Easy - Ran flatter than a pancake in return off a year layoff; hint for me was he was bet to 5/2 so the barn had to like him.

Long Shot - 3 Znelle

Race 6 - 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $43,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

8 George’s Peach - Must describe this foray by Mike Stidham barn as a success; been spot on with the limited numbers he sent to SoCal.

7 Carrick Bay - Vann Belvoir barn has been hot and he just claimed this one; equally impressed that Mike Smith took the call too.

Long Shot - 3 Chilada

Race 7 - 6 furlongs, Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

1 Seeking Shamrocks - Sharp win from the rail last time; claimed by Mike Pupye and starts from the rail again, just needs to repeat.

9 Moving Desert - Ran like a horse who needed a race off a 10-month hiatus; upset chance if tighter off that effort.

Long Shot - 11 J and S Express

Race 8 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

12 Next Book - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; has run numbers fast enough to beat these.

11 It Is Living Water - Claimed by Peter Miller in last; that’s a good thing as his barn is hot and he can move a horse up.

Long Shot - 4 Silver Dollar

Best Bet - 1 Seeking Shamrocks (race 7)

Del Mar Wednesday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$14.60; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.40

Del Mar Totals - 504/111/$776.40; Long Shots, 252/25/$276.80; Best Bets, 27/7/$38.80

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #8 Stormy Rush (7/2) in race 9 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Isn’tlovejustgrand ran out at Saratoga. Stats - 134/81/$782.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick


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