TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2:05 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $28,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
1 Cayambe – Claimed by Jeff Mullins and spotted nicely to win; has a ton of back class to run an advanced speed figure.
4 Cook Inlet – Woke up last time in a big way for Leandro Mora; if he can repeat the winning effort, he’s right there again.
Long Shot – 6 Megaride
Race 2 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $70,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
3 Imwiththeblonde – Ran a winning race in debut defeat; what that means is she ran faster than par time for a MSW baby race.
4 Wednesday – FTS from Carla Gaines has been working up a storm; your edge over me will in seeing the tote board action.
Long Shot – 9 Fiftyshadesofhay
Race 3 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $40,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
5 Lime Rickey – Dallas Keen is on an 0-for-29 goose; he drops this horse down in class and keeps Rafael Bejarano, now or never.
4 Muny – Put in a sharp run last time in a gritty win; Mike Mitchell drops in class of the victory, a sure sign he wants more.
Long Shot – 9 Let’s Do It
Race 4 – 1 mile, $85,000 Harry F. Brubaker, 3-year-olds and up
3 Midnight Interlude – Ran like a short horse last time off a 9-month hiatus; will be a lot tighter tonight for Bob Baffert.
6 John Scott – Did everything but win the San Diego when edged by Rail Trip; skipped the Pacific Classic for this much easier spot.
Long Shot – 2 Kettle Corn
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $70,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
6 Citizenship – FTS from Bob Baffert has been working bullets, what else is new; watch the tote board for additional clues.
2 Miss Sweet Afleet – Leandro Mora has not missed a beat subbing for boss Doug O’Neill; exits a blistereing 3-furlong bullet work.
Long Shot – 7 Exchange Student
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $36,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Blue Jay Attack – Subtle class drop and Rafael Bejarano remains loyal; first start ever at Del Mar, been pointed for this.
6 Iron Joe T. – This is out of respect for Bill Spawr off the claim; big win last time in Del Mar debut, may like this track that much.
Long Shot – 4 Five Star David
Race 7 – 1 mile, Purse $70,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
7 Code West – Typical green debut, slow early, fast late; Bob Baffert adding blinkers on and retains stable rider Rafael Bejarano.
4 Cinco de Mario – Well regarded colt finally showed some run in last turf route; cuts back and adds blinkers on under Garrett Gomez.
Long Shot – 3 Prince Telemachus
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $71,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
8 Starry Skies – Been away 3-months, but showed talent before the respite; big class drop for return, will be flying fast late.
10 Dancingtothestars – Third in this class last time out; she is a good looking closing sprinter, useful sort for the long haul.
Long Shot – 0 Self Preservation
Race 9 – 7 furlongs, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante, Fillies, 2-year-olds
8 Executiveprivilege – She won the Sorrento in last despite an even effort; if she moves forward today, she could crush these.
4 Speedintheruthecity – Peter Miller has a 3-prong uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; this filly has been second twice to the chalk.
Long Shot – 6 Mechaya
Race 10 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $58,000, Claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds
9 Buffalo Billy – Takes a big class drop to run for a $50K price tag; Jose Valdivia, Jr. must carve out a trip from a parking lot post.
5 Shadow Runner – Finally a ship and win victor, this one came from Calder; explosive quarter-mile kick, must be repeated.
Long Shot – 7 A Toast to You
Race 11 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
11 California Roll – Showed much improvement in return off a 11-month hiatus; another step forward and she can get her photo taken.
2 Cupid’s Bling – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; her race two back is fast enough to compete.
Long Shot – 6 Jaded Mystery
Best Bet – 3 Imwiththeblonde (race 2)
Del Mar Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 13/3/$15.20; Long Shots, 7/1/$6.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.00
Del Mar Totals – 533/133/$877.20; Long Shots, 274/36/$380.40; Best Bets, 31/15/$62.40
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #2 Conquesta (6/1) in race 4 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Tamarind Hall ran out at Saratoga paying $10.20 to win, $4.80 to place and $3.30 to show. Stats – 137/97/$844.10; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick