TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, 4-year-olds and up
Self Insured – Flattered when Skippy Due won next out; like that Rafael Bejarano remains loyal to the cause.
Magnificent Blend – Exits a sharp win, got claimed by Blake Heap; key question is can he repeat that fast race.
Long Shot – Capt. Sparrow
Race 2 – 1 mile, $75,000 Windy Sands Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Low Gear Power – Upset chance with a lot of early speed in here; Corey Nakatani will sit back and make one run.
Red Door Drive – Get 2 for the price of 1 from Bob Baffert; one is a closer while this guy has tactical speed.
Long Shot – Informed
Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Dazzling Display – Solid career debut when second; any value will come from the jockey, not from Bob Baffert.
Tales in Excess – FTS from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; teams up with Joel Rosario, workouts are fast enough.
Long Shot – Tiz the Route
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $57,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
Sebastian Flyte – Interesting import makes U.S. debut versus a vanilla group; the winner is he has the fitness.
Deputy Max – Showing a lack of killer instinct with multiple seconds and thirds; seems to always cash a paycheck.
Long Shot – Very Fair
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $31,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Can’t Topper – Should enjoy the extra furlong today, albeit on synthetic; tactical speed to for a wide stalking trip.
Movie Duty – Tepid chalk in another open affair; was running out of gas in last, but had enough to hold the lead.
Long Shot – Cosmic Angel
Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Born Lucky – FTS from the Mike Machowsky barn gets speed rider P Val; you have an edge of seeing the tote board action.
May Day Rose – Logical chalk of a second in a well bet debut; to me, she is strictly the one to beat.
Long Shot – Hey Maria
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $48,000, Claiming $50,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Dreamed to Dream – Flattered when Westwood Pride won on Friday; Brian Koriner adds blinkers on and drops in class.
Sky Chant – Has improved a lot since switched to turf; by War Chant, how could this filly not like the grass?
Long Shot – Pulpit Magic
Race 8 – 7 furlongs, $250,000 Darley Debutante, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Tell a Kelly – Visually impressive MSW win with an inside sweeping move; should improve as the races get longer.
Sugarinthemorning – It’s a frigid day at Del Mar when Ron McAnally wins with a FTS; shows this filly must have uber talent.
Long Shot – Izshelegal
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Streakin’ Mohican – Strong SoCal debut after exiting stakes at Northland Park; repeat race can win this.
Gallatin’s Run – Taking the biggest class rise in racing facing winners for the first time; speed effort for Mike Mitchell.
Long shot – Nextdoorneighbor
Race 10 – 7 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Magic Lantern – Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this career low level; has already run fast enough to graduate.
Snovember – Tepid chalk figures to get overbet with Rafael Bejarano up; beaten favorite was grinding well late in last.
Long Shot – Princess Beau K
Best Bet – Dazzling Display (race 3)
Del Mar Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$22.40; Long Shots, 7/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 542/130/$849.60; Long Shots, 269/43/$434.00; Best Bets, 33/13/$59.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #2 Nacho Saint (7/2) in race 11 at Monmouth Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Fuencia won at Monmouth Park paying $4.80 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.80 to show. Stats – 160/115/$867.20