TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $80,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Cathy’s Crunches – She is 2-for-2 wins and has a high ceiling; private purchase from Calder takes the next step up.
Swiss Wild Cat – Beat 2 of these in the CTBA stakes in a weak field; she appears the best of the rest in here.
Long Shot – Gone Rebel
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Miss Picaboo – Set a fast pace in last before tiring late; she drops in class for a price tag and is capable of better.
Primed – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; like that Rafael Bejarano is back.
Long Shot – Lutess
Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
Cajun Gent – Was overmatched in last when run for $32K after being claimed for $16K; this is a much easier spot.
Conga Rock – The team of Cash Asmussen and Tony McNeil won a nice race last week; will be closing fast late.
Long Shot – De Car Guy
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Maiden claiming $62,500, 2-year-olds
American Wildcat – Ran a better than looked race in last; that was a tough field, a fast race, this is much easier.
Real Heart – Another taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; chance with logical improvement.
Long Shot – Winning Desire
Race 5 – 1 mile, Purse $57,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
North Fork – Like the fact he’s won 4-times facing NW1X condition; he’s also outstanding at the one mile distance.
Cee’s Pryme – Taking the biggest class rise in racing facing winners for the first time; showed a lot of potential.
Long Shot – Sammy’s a Runnin’
Race 6 – 5 furlongs (turf), $75,000 Green Flash Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
California Flag – Won this stakes last year off a long layoff; if he’s ready to go, he’s clearly the one to beat.
My Summer Slew – Has now won 3-of-4 on turf, all in sprints; can benefit from a sizzling speed duel.
Long Shot – Cost of Freedom
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $59,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Fund Raiser – Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; logical chalk in a very difficult heat.
Royal Taat – Dead late closer runs for a price tag tonight; like that Corey Nakatani is starting to heat up.
Long Shot – Precious Union
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Sammartino – Like the rider switch to P Val; sprinter stretching out figures to be forwardly placed throughout.
Minister d’Oro – Just missed in last in a gutty effort; like the turn back in distance, Rafael Bejarano remains loyal.
Long Shot – Mediterrano
Best Bet – Cathy’s Crunches (race 1)
Del Mar Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/8/$58.60; Long Shots, 8/1/$8.60; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.00
Del Mar Totals – 335/83/$563.20; Long Shots, 165/21/$230.40; Best Bets, 20/8/$38.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #12 Zaffer (5/2) in race 10 at Calder. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, West Ocean ran second at Monmouth Park paying $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 149/105/$800.50