Post Time 2:05 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Canadian Exchange – Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this career low class; best chance to graduate facing a motley crew.
1 Alyeska – Was well bet at 5/1 in her career debut; your edge over me is seeing the tote board action on a trio of FTS.
Long Shot – 4 Triple Vanilla
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $40,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
5 Little Emma – Ran the best last race in a convincing win; kind of surprised that trainer Vladimir Cerin does not protect her, guess he’s happy with another win.
6 Summer Veil – Was claimed for $20K two races ago, now put back in for $25K; chance to win a nice purse and pick up an extra $5k for the trouble.
Long Shot – 2 Chia Love
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $70,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
9 Imflatoutsweet – Ran well in her career debut on the main track; has pedigree to handle the grass and strong connections in Jerry Hollendorfer and Rafael Bejarano.
5 Straight N Strong – Showed good early speed in her career debut; makes first start on grass and with turf rail out 24 feet, that will carry her speed farther.
Long Shot – 1 Sheeza Milky Way
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
7 Mighty Brown – Did everything but win last time in a solid second; James Graham can make it if he’s willing to hang in there for the rest of the season.
9 Shakahari – Claimed by trainer Michael Pender who is having a most quiet Del Mar; still working on the duck, this may be his best shot at winning a race.
Long Shot – 8 Alpine Luck
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $58,000, Claiming $50,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Intoxicating Move – After a fruitless dirt route in last, returns to her preferred grass surface; Philip D’Amato barn has been profitable for his backers.
1 Agustina de Aragon – Claimed by trainer Richard Baltas; claiming action is fierce at Del Mar as connections, trainers and owners, are desperate to win races.
Long Shot – 8 Zanbo
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Optional claiming $50,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
5 Gypsy’s Rule – Won her maiden claiming debut like she had more in the gas tank; like that she is protected today as who knows where her ceiling will end up.
1 Sooner Time – Nothing beats breaking your maiden at Del Mar, especially in your career debut; won for a $50k price tag, is protected today.
Long Shot – 7 Aiming Straight
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $72,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
8 Unusually Green – Teaser has not one drop of early speed; like you can’t change a tiger’s stripes, you can’t ask him to sit closer to the pace or he has no late kick.
2 Tiz Futurity – Has been knocking on the door since claimed by Michael Pender last January; he may not look like it, but he has been improving.
Long Shot – 6 Rainbow North
Race 8 – 5 ½ furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Relative Time – He made my horses to watch list, but now everyone knows he broke thru the gate before the start; big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano.
8 Royal Gambler – Jockey David Flores is having an abysmal return to SoCal; he’s not going thru anything different than an Alex Solis is, can’t win riding donkeys.
Long Shot – 3 Lucky Logan
Best Bet – 3 Intoxicating Move (race 5)
Del Mar Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/6/$34.00; Long Shots, 6/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.80
Del Mar Totals – 340/76/$521.60; Long Shots, 166/24/$297.60; Best Bets, 19/7/$27.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 Elroi (5/1) in race 8 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Radiator ran third at Saratoga paying $2.70 to show. Stats – 116/81/$624.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick