TODAY AT del mar
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 5 furlongs, Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Follini – Speed and the rail; will play catch me if you can from gate to wire.
8 D’Obsession – Must overcome a parking lot post; has enough speed to not get too far behind early.
Long Shot – 7 My Slew
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $80,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Lady Asano – Powerhouse win last time under Julien Leparoux; figures to sit a trip and try a repeat performance.
3 Ismene – Bill Spawr has done well with limited starters this meet; lost all chance at the start in last.
Long Shot – 6 Magic Union
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Just Irish – Claimed by little known trainer Emily Mode off a sharp second; don’t worry, she can train, and win this race.
2 Suances Candy – Like the cutback in distance for this speedball; should have some late energy tonight.
Long Shot – 1 Mudflats
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
3 Be Proud – Did everything but win last time for Bob Baffert; should improve in her second career start.
5 Antiquity – Joel Rosario will not ride today due to injury; pay special attention to his many mounts this afternoon.
Long Shot – 4 Lady Bugatti
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf), $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
4 Obviously – Will be a deserving short price in a grade 1 stakes; it is his race to lose on the front end.
3 Silentio – Rafael Bejarano likes to sit a trip and give his horse a chance late; may not have the firepower to win this.
Long Shot – 2 Tigah
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
2 Primal Instinct – FTS from Bob Baffert who has been winning a ton of baby races; watch the tote board for more clues.
6 Bardstown – Exits two bullet works for Bob Hess; cost $400K so a lot is expected from this Stormy Atlantic horse.
Long Shot – 9 Van Fraassen
Race 7 – 7 furlongs, $250,000 Pat O’Brien, 3-year-olds and up
3 Goldencents – Did everything but win the Bing Crosby in last; musical jockeys, Kevin Krigger, Joel Rosario, now P Val.
6 Fed Biz – Like the cut back in distance from 2-turns to elongated sprint; can sit a trip and come on late.
Long Shot – 9 Batti Man
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Zanbo – Gutty win in last, now steps up to face tougher; like that Rafael Bejarano remains loyal to the cause.
3 Lilbourne Eliza – Huge class relief from a grade 2 to this optional claimer; been frustrating for trainer Jim Cassidy.
Long Shot – 2 Include the Aussie
Race 9 – 1 1/4 miles, $1-million Pacific Classic, 3-year-olds and up
10 Delagation – Interesting Canadian import loves the Woodbine synthetics; plus he is long winded too.
11 Game On Dude – Short priced favorite is still considered a vulnerable chalk; all he does is win stakes races.
Long Shot – 9 Dullahan
Race 10 – 1 mile, Purse $38,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
9 Smokin’ Cat – Claimed out of a win by Robertino Diodoro; he keeps Martin Pedroza up, a jockey he rarely uses.
1 Format V. – Claimed by Cody Autrey who has had more success this meet than in the past; expect a ground saving trip.
Long Shot – 8 Diamond of Blue
Race 11 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
5 Volkonsky – Turf course has been playing well to speed this meet; beaten favorite in last, will Joe Talamo change strategy?
9 Empty Headed – Dead late closer gets a hot riding Garrett Gomez; he’ll sit in arrears and make one run.
Long Shot – 1 Mr Lemon Tree
Best Bet – 4 Obviously (race 5)
Del Mar Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$31.20; Long Shots, 8/1/$7.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.80
Del Mar Totals – 476/113/$828.40; Long Shots, 231/35/$378.60; Best Bets, 29/7/$30.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #1 Enchanting Lisa (7/2) in race 11 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, My Happy Face ran third at Saratoga paying $2.50 to show. Stats – 142/93/$751.80; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick