TODAY AT del mar
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2:05 p.m.
Race 1 - 1 mile, Purse $80,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
6 Soi Phet - Was scratched from a much harder race on Saturday for this; winning races at shorter odds is a lot more fun.
4 Huntsville - He is 0-for-9 this year, but not for lack of trying; has lost some excrutiating finishes this season.
Long Shot - 2 lucky Primo
Race 2 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Scatman Blues - Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this bottom rung; need not be much to graduate tonight.
6 Excessive Tequila - Typical green race, slow early, fast late; should move forward especially with more ground to work with.
Long Shot - 11 Moonlit Meteor
Race 3 - 1 mile, $100,000 Torrey Pines, Fillies, 3-year-olds
5 Beholder - She has not run inn 4-months, but has the back class to crush these; just depends on how tight she is today.
2 Becky Lou - Class relief from the grade 1 American Oaks; still has the big mare, Beholder, to worry about.
Long Shot - 4 Miss Empire
Race 4 - 1 3/8th miles (turf), Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
9 Lumberyard Jack - Tiny edge in the hardest race on the card; thing is it’s too expensive to go all in this bulky field.
1 Ransom Canyon - Have to like the way Garrett Gomez is riding; he’s rallying inside which is not the married man’s route.
Long Shot - 3 Summerian
Race 5 - 1 mile, $90,000 Adoration, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Via Villaggio - Part of a 3-prong Jerry Hollendorfer uncoupled entry; exits the grade 1 Hirsch for this easier spot.
6 Charm the Maker - Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; was finishing fast in last in an obvious prep for bigger fish.
Long Shot - 8 Maker Or Breaker
Race 6 - 1 1/8th miles (turf), $250,000 Del Mar Derby, 3-year-olds
4 Rising Legend - Euro charger won a division of the Oceanside last out; facing many familiar faces in a very hard stakes.
8 Gervinho - He won the other half of the Oceanside; Rafael Bejarano had a rough day in Saratoga, happy to be home.
Long Shot - 9 Redwood Kitten
Race 7 - 1 mile, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
6 Tiz the Key - Good debut where she idled early and kicked it in too late; she is meant by pedigree for more ground.
7 Exotic Behavior - Bob Baffert has had his fingerprints on all the baby racing this meet; would like to know how many 2-YO he has.
Long Shot - 8 Say’s Who
Race 8 - 6 furlongs, Purse $80,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Hail Mary - Regained her confidence with an explosive win in last; high cheese to lead or follow close up.
1 Hidinginplainsight - Offers solid value at 8/1 odds; can save all the ground inside and come grinding late.
Long Shot - 2 Minds Eyes
Race 9 - 1 1/8th miles (turf), $250,000, Del Mar Derby, 3-yer-olds and up
9 Dice Flavor - Tiny edge in a ridiculously difficult heat; mulitple shippers add a lot of spice to the turf recipe.
7 Dry Summer - Has run 2 very good turf races over this Del Mar course; like the fact he is 8/1 and has a puncher’s chance.
Long Shot - 4 Den’s Legacy
Race 10 - 6 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
8 Missing Groom - FTS from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; owner Tommy Town likes to cash a bet, you’ll have an edge over me here.
5 Oh Daddy Oh - Lot to consider with many slowpoke starters; tend to look at the FTS, watch the tote board for clues.
Long Shot - 4 Ajac
Race 11 - 7 furlongs, Purse $31,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
11 With a Miracle - Ron Ellis doesn’t claim many, so this is worth noting; one step improvement can win this.
7 Chestnut Moon - Claimed by Matt Chew; he is a low profile trainer who usually wins a boxcar prices.
Long Shot - 10 Dolphin Shorts
Best Bet - 6 Soi Phet (race 1)
Del Mar Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 21/5/$26.60; Long Shots, 10/1/$11.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals - 565/131/$943.60; Long Shots, 273/44/$475.80; Best Bets, 34/9/$35.40
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #4 Sweet Reason (8/1) in race 10 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Flat Out ran second at Saratoga paying $3.50 to place and $2.20 to show. Stats - 147/97/$781.20; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick