TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Spring Forth – Been away 5 months when last seen as a beaten favorite; exits a bullet work and gets P Val for the ride.
Tweebster – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; expect Martin Garcia to let the throttle out tonight.
Long Shot – Sky Fox
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 2-year-olds
Swiss Tart – Last out graduate can sit a trip inside and grind it out late; like Christian Reyes to sit still early.
Gibson Home Run – Speedball was ridden like the old days on dirt by P Val; expect him to send hard to the front.
Long Shot – Blingboy
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Holloween Candy – Speedball was hand ridden in graduation day win; she will be in front and provide the target.
Word Association – Tepid chalk in a difficult first-level condition; third start off a 3-month sabbatical.
Long Shot – Ascot’s Highflyer
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $62,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds and up
Cigar Man – If you like the chalk, you must consider this guy too; class relief from the Gold Cup and Californian.
Diferentkindagreat – Tepid chalk in another wide-open race; in this evenly-matched field, the trip will mean everything.
Long Shot – Deal Breaker
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 7 feet), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Lilly’s Perfect – Was flattered when Go Forth North won the Friday feature; should improve in her third career start.
Russian River – Favored but is making her grass debut; private purchase by Little Red Feather Stable.
Long Shot – Jax El
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Indian Winter – The maestro Jerry Hollendorfer has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; Rafael Bejarano made his choice.
Prayer for Relief – Ran evenly in career debut for Bob Baffert; if he has any ability, he’ll show some in here.
Long Shot – Red Sharp Humor
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 7 feet), Purse $32,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up
Hammurabi – Claimed by Jack Carava; looks like lone early speed and with the turf rail out 7 feet is clearly the one to catch.
Easy On The Eye – Has a solid turf resume but most races are around 1 turn; good jockey in Brice Blanc to nurse his energy.
Long Shot – Incurable Lou
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $54,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Saint Isabelle – Looks like one of the chalkier races on the card; she just missed in last in a solid effort.
Jet Blue Girl – P Val subs for Joel Rosario, who is riding Blind Luck at Saratoga today; keeps her close and fires late.
Long Shot – Downhill Diva
Race 9 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 7 feet), $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Evening Jewel – Good enough to have pictures taken with Blind Luck, noses apart; hasn’t bounced yet off some big efforts.
Antares World – She did all the dirty work when second in the American Oaks; she will be overlooked again with these.
Long Shot – Perfect Shirl
Race 10 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Carrie Rose – May have moved too soon in last; Mike Smith takes over for Martin Garcia, who rides Real Obvious.
Rising Honour – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; P Val getting lots of live mounts.
Long Shot – Ride a Wave
Best Bet – Saint Isabelle (race 8)
Del Mar Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$17.00; Long Shots, 7/1/$6.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 380/91/$603.00; Long Shots, 188/26/$298.20; Best Bets, 23/8/$38.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #4 Applesolutely Wild (5/1) in race 6 at Arlington Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Shrewd One ran second at Monmouth Park paying $2.40 to place and $2.20 to show. Stats – 152/108/$820.80