Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Starter allowance $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Shared Image – Has been claimed in 4 of her last 5 starts; what that tells me is she must be sound as a dollar despite not winning lately.
5 Papaslilprincess – Did a classic pop and stop while going 2-turns in last; if you know me, then you know I like cutbacks like this mare.
Long Shot – 4 Wild Caroline
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Almost Reality – With the turf rail out 30 feet, her task and strategy will be very simple; expect Tyler Baze to gun the engine from the get go.
4 Dressed to a T – Her debut running line looks a little odd, but she did finish well; was second early, dropped 11-lengths back before rallying.
Long Shot – 3 Lily Kai
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Carlot Cowboy – In winless this year among 9 starts, but seems to be rounding back into good form; likes to sit mid-pack and try them late.
4 Warren’s Joe T – Has been claimed twice in a row and run well in both starts; no doubt she is comfortable at this bottom reduced level.
Long Shot – 7 Cant Do the Danse
Race 4 – 1 mile, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
7 Urlacher – Was clearly second best to a nice colt named Mor Spirit; that one is getting a lot of action in the Wynn LV KY Derby Future book.
6 Uninvited – Part of a 3-horse uncoupled entry for HOF trainer Bob Baffert; he’s dangerous in the first leg of the P6 with a $230K carryover.
Long Shot – 2 Diplodocus
Race 5 – 7 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
10 Where’s Bubba – Regressed in last after a strong effort two races ago; in an elongated sprint I like the parking lot post to stalk the early pace.
8 Anthonysgotgame – You don’t see many horses claimed in their debut in a maiden claiming $20K level; trainer Doug O’Neill took her and he’s cagey.
Long Shot – 6 Affluent Asset
Race 6 – 5 furlongs (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $53,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
4 Oil – He looks like lone early speed as he should be able to clear Pay the Fine and Feisty’s Cause; Joe Talamo should play catch me if you can.
2 Pay the Fine – Has a lot of natural early speed, be it turf or dirt; suspect Mario Gutierrez will take a hold, get position, and try them late.
Long Shot – 8 Native Treasure
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
5 Ceeme Run Wild – Outran her generous 23/1 odds in debut when finished third; part of an uncoupled entry from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer.
7 Unbridled Summer – After an inspiring career debut, has slid backwards instead of progressing; trainer Jeff Bonde takes the blinkers off this time.
Long Shot – 6 Sweet Halory
Race 8 – 7 furlongs, $100,000 Desi Arnaz, Fillies, 2-year-olds
7 Pretty N Cool – Trainer Bob Baffert won the colt version yesterday so will go for this daily double; Martin Garcia can go or stalk from here.
1 Surfside Tiara – Beat Pretty N Cool in the Anoakia last time; my reason for reversing their roles is the draw, the rail is rough at 7-furlongs.
Long Shot – 3 Lucky Folie
Race 9 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $53,000, Optional claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Durango Flier – I hope you are live in the Pick 6, because this finale is a real doozy; we’ll lean to Rafael Bejarano to pick up the pieces late.
1 Rainbow North – Not often you see both Gary Stevens and Rafael Bejarano stay for the finale; should save all the ground and come grinding late.
Long Shot – 5 Over Par
Best Bet – 7 Pretty N Cool (race 8)
Del Mar Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/4/$30.40; Long Shots, 9/1/$22.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 183/53/$308.00; Long Shots, 88/7/$85.20; Best Bets, 11/5/$15.40
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #6 Sheriffa (5/2) in race 8 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Kaigun ran second at Aqueduct paying $4.90 to place and $3.60 to show. Stats – 169/112/$838.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick