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HORSE RACING

TODAY AT DEL MAR

By Richard Eng

Post Time 2 p.m.

Race 1 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds

3 Yankee Gone South – Dallas Keen is a sharp Southwest trainer; he intends to take full advantage of the shipper bonuses.

4 Kingsford Drive – Logical chalk in a wide open affair; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.

Long Shot – 2 Ribat

Race 2 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $48,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

4 Matto Mondo – Third start off a 2-month hiatus could be his best; has won 3-of-5 at today’s turf route distance.

6 Achak – Claiming from Mike Mitchell is not usually a profitable angle; Jerry Hollendorfer is the maestro.

Long Shot – 5 Winsome Charm

Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $63,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

4 Basmati – One race experience can be a big advantage; Doug O’Neill adding blinkers on for the money shot.

2 Secret Circle – Bob Baffert figures to have a monster Del Mar meet; Rafael Bejarano will do an inside out ride here.

Long Shot – 5 Guidopanzini

Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $37,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

3 Dearly Concerned – Broke her maiden at Del Mar last summer; class relief for this $25k claimer.

5 Meter Me Gone – Another who broke her maiden at Del Mar last year; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.

Long Shot – 6 Michailasheartlite

Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), $85,000 Osunitas, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

9 Lilly Fa Pootz – Takes the blinkers off for this; ran 3 good turf races at Del Mar, expect another today.

2 Turning Top – Exits the grade 1 Gamely for this much easier spot; has run in 8 straight graded stakes.

Long Shot – 3 Andina

Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $63,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

6 Mint Humor – Has chased some good ones in his first two starts; expect Rafael Bejarano to take back today.

8 Field Report – FTS from John Sadler, who has an uncoupled entry in here; watch the tote board for clues.

Long Shot – 1 Full Effect

Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $65,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

9 Orientatious – Shows the ability to be an above average sprinter; should be the start of something big.

8 Home Sweet Aspen – Deserving chalk off a second in the Eight Belles; she figures to be a very short price today.

Long Shot – 4 Lady Sweetness

Race 8 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $300,000 Eddie Read, 3-year-olds and up

1 Jeranimo – Mike Pender has pointed for this since a disappointing Inglewood; Garrett Gomez riding in top form.

7 Casracortado – Logical chalk run good and hard every time; best runs on turf and synthetic surfaces.

Long Shot – 5 Smart Bid

Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up

7 Perfect Easter – Another going for the shipper bonuses; must admit the early returns are good for quality and quantity.

5 Fortunate Appeal – Claimed by Peter Miller and spotted at this low class; these are his friends and he’ll produce.

Long Shot – 6 Clue Me In

Race 10 – 6 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

12 Silver Luna – Steve Knapp wins most of his races on the class drop; this filly has faster races to run back to.

1 Warren’s Glitter – Ran OK in debut, now Craig Lewis adding blinkers on; has been working fast like she likes the cups.

Long Shot – 3 Nana Beach

Best Bet – 9 Orientatious (race 7)

Del Mar Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$27.80; Long Shots, 7/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Del Mar Totals – 49/13/$101.80; Long Shots, 23/2/$32.80; Best Bets, 3/0/$0

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #5 Gold Trader (6/1) in race 5 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Rock Hard Baby ran second at Ellis Park paying $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 119/74/$604.40

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