Post Time 2:05 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 ½ furlongs, Purse $56,000, Optional claiming $50,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
6 Sooner Time – Ran a cropper as a 6/5 favorite in last; big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot, her debut race, if repeated, will win today.
2 Dragon Flower – Showed solid improvement in start number two for trainer Rosemary Trela; small barn has an outstanding record this year, 4-of-9 wins so far.
Long Shot – 4 Aiming Straight
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $50,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Zanbo – Ran evenly in last first race off the claim by Vann Belvoir; he took this filly for $40K so that is where she if today, these are her friends.
1 Fantastic Mizz – Speed from the rail could be dangerous with the turf rail out a maximum 30 feet; what that means is the early speed will be advantaged.
Long Shot – 4 She’s Flush
Race 3 – 5 ½ furlongs, Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
7 Scarlet Emerald – The two Spa meets are going out like lions, not lambs; odd results led to two P6 carryovers today, $51K at Del Mar, $201K at Saratoga.
6 Brookes All Mine – If you are going to play the Pick 6 at Del Mar, this is not an easy sequence of races; the card blew up yesterday and could again today.
Long Shot – 2 Of Course It Is
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $70,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
3 Sir Cal – Rafael Bejarano is due to take a vacation, complements of the Del Mar stewards; suspect he’ll want to pile up some wins before leaving.
8 At Ease – Small barn of Kenny Black has run very well this meet; he has one winner from 9 starters, but has three other horses run second.
Long Shot – 9 Ace Deuce
Race 5 – 6 ½ furlongs, Purse $27,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Secret Command – This is as impossible a race as you’ll find it such a key spot; race 5 on an 8 race card finishes the Pick 5, in the Pick 6 and starts the Pick 4.
9 Moonlight Meeting – Claimed by trainer Eddie Truman and spotted nicely to win first out; has some back class so if he’s feeling good today, look out.
Long Shot – 5 Harbaugh
Race 6 – 1 mile, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Pippappy – Claimed out of a sharp second by trainer Cliff Sise; he adds blinkers on to an already improving pattern, should close strongly under Kent Desormeaux.
10 L’s Choice – Trainer Peter Eurton drops this one to the bottom; that would be reason enough to like his chances, but top jock Rafael Bejarano remains loyal.
Long Shot – 8 Merle
Race 7 – 5 furlongs, (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $75,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
3 Boozer – Been away since March, but the thing going for him is he loves Del Mar sod; has good tactical speed to sit a trip with rail out 30 feet.
6 Tizcano – May have found a nice niche as a closing turf sprinter; if the speedballs go too fast tonight, Victor Espinoza will fly over the top of them.
Long Shot – 2 Turnover
Race 8 – 1 mile, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Attack – Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this bottom rung; Rafael DeLeon is adding blinkers on and Martin Garcia, need not be much to handle these.
2 Alltheleavesrbrown – Tepid chalk is taking an extreme class drop to the bottom; the thing is most of these in here have shown they can’t run fast at all.
Long Shot – 4 Vartan
Best Bet – 3 Sir Cal (race 4)
Del Mar Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/2/$12.40; Long Shots, 8/2/$22.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 594/140/$955.00; Long Shots, 293/42/$522.80; Best Bets, 34/13/$54.40
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #9 Why Not Whiskey (8/1) in race 7 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Island Therapy ran out at Saratoga. Stats – 130/89/$678.90; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick