TODAY AT DEL MAR
Post Time 2:05 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Hide My Heart – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; I looke at drop downs different at Del Mar as owners and trainers want to win races here.
4 L X Sunrise – The turf experiment of the last two starts is now over; returns to the main track where she has run some decent races and did break her maiden.
Long Shot – 2 Ill Tell You What
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $31,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
4 Jan’s Spirit – Richard Baltas is desperate to win a race with this filly; she runs fast enough speed figures but collapsed in the final furlong in recent starts.
1 Prettypreciousheir – Jockey Santiago Gonzalez has been impressing horsemen, and bettors, with his raceriding; nice pick up mount with a live chance to upset.
Long Shot – 3 Wild Heart Run
Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 L’s Choice – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; also like the subtle cutback in distance, facing a nondescript group today.
6 Visibility – Has finished in the money in all six career starts; that consistency can be looked at two ways, a dependable check casher or a nibbler at best.
Long Shot – 4 Far Out Kailee
Race 4 – 5 ½ furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
10 Newfound Gold – Wide rally trips have been good so far this meet; parking lot post issues are aggravated by the abbreviated sprint distance, short run to the turn.
4 Brando the Birdman – Has his claim voided in last so returns to veteran trainer Bill Spawr; when he gives a horse some time, he is usually deadly upon return.
Long Shot – 6 Rush In
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 6 feet), Purse $70,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
8 Rare Candy – Ship and win candidate ran a strong second in debut at Belmont Park; that should set him up well for his SoCal debut under trainer David Hofmans.
3 Rideo – FTS is well bred from HOF trainer Richard Mandella; looks for workout reports if you can find them, ridden in debut by Flavien Prat.
Long Shot – 9 Handful of Stripes
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, $300,000 Bing Crosby, 3-year-olds and up
5 Masochistic – His win in the Triple Bend was as easy and measured as a victory could be; still he ran very fast so the main fear is any sort of a bounce.
6 Appealing Tale – Ran a game second to Masochistic in the Triple Bend; key is he won’t get caught up in a speed duel, so he’ll grind along in deep stretch.
Long Shot – 1 Kobe’s Back
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $70,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
1 Songbird – Well bred $400K Fasig Tipton purchase comes with good press clippings; your edge over me is seeing the tote board action in a field full of FTS.
7 Tiz a Tommy Town – Has one good race of experience which can be a huge advantage; was more than 6-lengths clear of the third horse, so he ran well in defeat.
Long Shot – 8 Treasuring
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 6 feet), $150,000 California Dreamin’ Handicap, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
3 Rock Me Baby – Was an optical illusion that he rallied to win the Albany turf sprint at Golden Gate; has a solid turf resume especially around 2-turns.
2 Ambitious Brew – Has been more of a hillside turf course specialist; his turf route two races ago facing open company was OK all things considered.
Long Shot – 6 Lucky J Lane
Race 9 – 6 ½ furlongs, Purse $70,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
2 Alamo – This is the kind of horse you don’t mind playing in the place pick all; he ran fast enough last time to beat horses with a lot more experience than these.
8 Power of Hope – FTS from trainer Ron Ellis barn; he talked about this horse on TVG and mentioned the colt is talented but might need a race, watch the tote for clues.
Long Shot – 1 J Serino
Race 10 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 6 feet), Purse $72,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds
9 Spirit of Ten – When a horse gets claimed by Philip D’Amato, that is a good thing; trainer has learned his life lessons well from the late Mike Mitchell.
6 Q’ Viva – Not all jockeys could have won with her last time out; Rafael Bejarano rode her great as she has proven to be camera shy, needs to grab the lead late.
Long Shot – 8 Majestic Heat
Best Bet – 5 Masochistic (race 6)
Del Mar Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/4/$31.60; Long Shots, 10/2/$29.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 137/28/$213.60; Long Shots, 64/11/$111.80; Best Bets, 7/1/$5.00
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #8 Tweet Kitten (4/1) in race 9 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Lady Lara ran out at Saratoga. Stats – 104/72/$566.10; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick