TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Seedless – Among others taking a big class drop to face these; like the turn back in distance and switch to P Val.
Warren’s Swap Fox – Clear victor in last while facing softer; second start off the claim by Doug O’Neill.
Long Shot – Jordon’s Sister
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $39,000, Claiming $32,000, 4-year-olds and up
Saint Paul – Rafael Bejarano had choices and opted to ride for Mike Pupye; suspect he’ll try to sit off of Equiparado.
Star Nicholas – Old timer showed some spunk last time while sliding down the claiming ladder; slower route may suit him.
Long Shot – Equiparado
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Claiming $62,500, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Fairway Road – Just missed in last and is aggressively raised in class; saves ground and grinds it out late.
Jaws ‘n Paws – Dead late closer was claimed by Barry Abrams in last; should see a rapid pace to close into.
Long Shot – Folk Dancer
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Don Perico – Ran well in debut and Marty Jones babies improve with experience; clearly the one to beat.
Papa Lev – Has a couple close calls in turf routes; like the turn back in distance where he will be closing.
Long Shot – Real Lucky
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
Joyful Success – Speedy sort ran like a short horse in last off a 3-month hiatus; Martin Pedroza may show more patience.
Titus Aurelius – Sharp maiden claiming win in last; faces winners for the first time, this is a fairly soft group.
Long Shot – Smokenomore
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $59,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
Fantasy Free – Mike Mitchell takes over for A. C. Avila; exits 2 graded stakes for this easier spot, can improve a step too.
All Man – Doug O’Neill has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; claimed from Julio Canani, 7-YO has been in dead stroke.
Long Shot – A Lil Dumaani
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $57,000, Optional claiming $80,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Sandy Cheeks – Has improved a lot since returning from a 3-month hiatus; Corey Nakatani is riding at Saratoga today.
Ninth Infantry – Upset winner in last was flattered when Sandy Cheeks won next out; suspect she’ll be a square price.
Long Shot – Hemera
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Lagoon of Diamonds – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; his babies are just lighting it up.
Just Imagine – No secret when heavily favored in debut; ran third, so Doug O’Neill adds blinkers on for this.
Long Shot – Benergy
Race 9 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), $150,000 La Jolla Handicap, 3-year-olds
Golden Itiz – Makes his turf debut, but his ability is unquestioned; tactical speed to sit a trip and fire late.
Leroy’s Dynameaux – Been away 2 months and can be a grass factor second half of the year; saves all the ground.
Long Shot – Summer Movie
Race 10 – 6 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Teddy’s Promise – Big favorite in debut and finished second best; flattered when Faisca won next time out.
California Nectar – FTS from Doug O’Neill who hires Rafael Bejarano to ride; must be something under the hood.
Long Shot – Top Student
Best Bet – Teddy’s Promise (race 10)
Del Mar Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$36.40; Long Shots, 7/1/$15.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 299/73/$493.40; Long Shots, 148/18/$204.60; Best Bets, 18/7/$35.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #10 Broad River (7/2) in race 6 at Monmouth Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, La Mousse ran out at Monmouth Park. Stats – 147/104/$796.20