TODAY AT DEL MAr
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2:05 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $52,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
7 Joeandbetty’sbaby – Consistent turfer slides down this career low $40K class; should sit closer on the stretch out.
8 Princess of Pearl – Maiden facing winners has done her best running on turf; she’ll be a big price, has the “M” on her chest.
Long Shot – 5 Boller Bomb
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Socialbug – She is a half-sister to champion sprinter Midnight Lute; interesting that Martin Garcia, not Rafael Bejarano, is up.
8 Humor Me – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry and this is the other half; this filly is the one Bejarano ends up on.
Long Shot – 6 Fanticola
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Everton – Could complete a short priced Bob Baffert daily double; has run two big career starts so far.
2 Curly Top – The is the other half of a Bob Baffert uncoupled entry; more than capable of completing a Baffert quinella.
Long Shot – 7 Anythingscookin
Race 4 – 5 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
5 Better Bet – Was second in a weak field MSW last time; this isn’t much better, or not, and has a puncher’s chance.
8 Tamarando – Typical green career debut, slow early, fast late; Julien Leparoux business has been picking up of late.
Long Shot – 6 Tribal Mystic
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), $150,000 California Dreamin’ Handicap, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
3 Compari – Tiny edge in a very difficult heat; race 5 is always a key race, completing the pick 5 and in the pick 6.
6 Summer Hit – Speedy sort best strategy is to gun to the lead; Rafael Bejarano riding for regular Russell Baze.
Long Shot – 7 Risky Reward
Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
8 Fascinating – Bob Baffert keeps rolling out fantastic looking babies, one after another; this one cost $1.3-million.
2 My Lady’s Holiday – Ran evenly in career debut for the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; his babies will improve with experience.
Long Shot – 7 Southern Sunshine
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $53,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Chapman’s Peak – Claimed by Ron Ellis off a sharp race and spotted nicely to win; can save all the ground for Mike Smith.
10 Gutshot Straight – Weak chalk and a very difficult heat; Mike Mitchell won in this class last time out first off the claim.
Long Shot – 7 Carbonite
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), $150,000 San Clemente Handicap, Fillies, 3-year-olds
7 Judy In Disguise – Reunited with Rafael Bejarano who rode her two races back; that was a strong try with blinkers on.
2 Iotapa – Favorite can be deemed beatable in first race over turf; she has plenty of class, must handle the surface switch.
Long Shot – 8 Charlie Em
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
8 Hustlin Nu – Followed bullet workouts with a strong maiden win; facing winners for the first time, this is a soft group.
6 Cosmic Heat – Graduated in last first start for Jeff Mullins; his third trainer in only four career starts.
Long Shot – 12 Robie the Cat
Best Bet – 1 Socialbug (race 2)
Del Mar Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/6/$53.80; Long Shots, 10/2/$29.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 69/20/$160.40; Long Shots, 34/5/$53.40; Best Bets, 4/2/$8.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #6 Uno Duo (7/5) in race 4 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, My Happy Face ran second at Saratoga paying $3.80 to place and $3.50 to show. Stats – 119/76/$578.20; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick