TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2:05 p.m.
Race 1 – 5 furlongs (turf, rail at 14 feet), Purse $80,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
1 Et Tu Walker – Did everything but win last time in a solid try; has won 3-of-6 start over sod.
2 Summer Exclusive – Has a lot of gaps in his resume, but lot of talent too; won the Harry Henson for Peter Miller.
Long Shot – 3 A Toast to You
Race 2 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
7 Go First – Was supposed to be ridden by Garrett Gomez; live mount now goes to Corey Nakatani.
3 Smogcutter – Bob Baffert has won a slew of races with his talented babies; this one did a quick pop and stop in debut.
Long Shot – 2 Sudden Rumor
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
7 Addendum – Vladimir Cerin is still winless at the meet; suspect that won’t last for long with Rafael Bejarano up.
2 Ghost N Your Heart – Not seen since a nice win at Hollywood; like to roote for Iggy Puglisi and Paul Aguirre to win one.
Long Shot – 6 Spring Breeze
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 14 feet), Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
1 Clenor – Doug O’Neill is very high on this import; note that she is running without Lasix in her U.S. debut.
2 Exotic Behavior – More Bob Baffert love on this card; second time out, figures to improve somewhat.
Long Shot – 3 Sierra Electronica
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
11 Slewthatflew – Should draw in off the also eligible list with the scratch of the #1 horse; ran an even third in debut.
7 Take One – FTS from Adam Kitchingman; still winning this year at 32 percent after a fantastic Hollywood meet.
Long Shot – 8 Pining Play
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $80,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Ismene – Exits two Hollywood stakes for this condition spot; Mike Smith is having a great year with a small number of rides.
9 Minds Eyes – John Sadler barn on a nice streak to take the trainer lead; lot of success using Julien Leparoux.
Long Shot – 3 Charm the Maker
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, $150,000 Sorrento, Fillies, 2-year-olds
2 Concave – Tiny edge in a very interesting stakes race; won in-hand in turf debut, facing winners for the first time.
4 She’s a Tiger – Has won both career starts but was stretched out in the Landaluce; she figures to be a 1-turn horse.
Long Shot – 5 Stop Smiling
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
8 Suances Pride – Was flattered when Mia Lady won next out; adding blinkers on for third career start.
5 Lakeside Bride – Getting long in the tooth; key is 6-of-7 in the money over the synthetic surface.
Long Shot – 10 Sri’s Red
Best Bet – 7 Go First (race 2)
Del Mar Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/3/$10.80; Long Shots, 8/2/$30.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 254/55/$404.20; Long Shots, 125/17/$219.20; Best Bets, 15/4/$17.80
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #2 West Hills Giant in Race 5 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Harrods Creek ran out at Saratoga. Stats – 125/80/$601.10; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick