TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Lake Believe – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; should improve in second start.
Jenny Jenny Emily – She ran the best speed figure last time; but it’s not anything to write home about.
Long Shot – Slane Castle
Race 2 – 7 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Resplendently – He looks like a giant in here compared to the others; it is his race to lose, Joel Rosario daily double.
Anga – Ran evenly in last and appears capable of moving forward again; not much in this field to beat.
Long Shot – Action in Motion
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 14 feet), Purse $57,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Always in Style – Strong second last time in a race fast enough to beat these; third start off a 3-month hiatus.
Ruination – Showed good speed to deep stretch in last; can improve a lot in second start off a 3-month hiatus.
Long Shot – Patsy’s Lil Buddy
Race 4 – 7 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Aeromon – Just missed last time in a solid try; he appears capable of better and gets Joel Rosario for the money shot.
Royal Import – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Bob Hess adding blinkers on.
Long Shot – Valley Cat
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Mark of a Warrior – Returns from a 9-month absence; Mike Mitchell barn is steaming hot, they all come out running.
Margarita Shot – Should get some value with low percentage connections; big class drop can only help.
Long Shot – Songfoya
Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Lofty Ambition – This is a betting outfit and the Carla Gaines barn has been red hot; watch the tote board for clues.
Star Presence – This is obviously the stronger half of the Bob Baffert entry; Martin Garcia is his main man now.
Long Shot – Candid Ride
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 14 feet), Purse $44,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds
Siete Machos – The last time he ran for a $40K price tag, he won; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Sufi Dancer – Mike Mitchell barn is doing great and all their runners are well meant; subtle class drop can only help.
Long Shot – Coloursoftheglen
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, $150,000 Best Pal, 2-year-olds
J P’s Gusto – P Val is an ideal sub for Joe Talamo; suspect he’ll pop the gate with this speedball and not look back.
Comma to the Top – Despite winning his maiden for a price tag, it was no ordinary win; can clock the speed.
Long Shot – Western Mood
Race 9 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $22,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up
Gold Trim – Was flattered when Skippy Due won next out; dead late closer should see plenty of pace tonight.
Joe Carl – Rough trip last out in a key part of the race; give Joel Rosario another chance to cap off a big day.
Long Shot – Skellytown
Best Bet – Resplendently (race 2)
Del Mar Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/3/$18.80; Long Shots, 9/3/$43.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 236/58/$385.00; Long Shots, 117/16/$182.20; Best Bets, 14/5/$27.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #3 Secret Getaway (4/1) in race 10 at Monmouth Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Dougie ran second at Saratoga paying $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. Stats – 143/101/$772.20