HORSE RACING

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

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