TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $63,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Shesaperfectdoll – Exits an astounding 57 3/5 work on Aug. 29; blinkers on, Warren-Espinoza clicking at 50 percent winners.
Gumption – Logical chalk has run a couple races fast enough to beat these; has proven to be camera shy despite fast races.
Long Shot – Glory Forever
Race 2 – 1 mile, $100,000 Torrey Pines, 3-year-olds
Third Dawn – Got a nice confidence builder in last; she’s proven to be much better on synthetics than the grass course.
Chalula One – Very consistent filly gives you your money’s worth; saves ground under Victor Espinoza and grinds it out late.
Long Shot – Music Magic
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $73,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
Coronet of a Baron – Had no chance in return chasing a blazing 44 3/5 half mile; softer turf fractions will flatter him.
War Native – Good turf resume for this Neil Drysdale import; need not be much to competein this entry level condition.
Long Shot – Pleasure to Ride
Race 4 – 7 furlongs, $300,000 Pat O’Brien, 3-year-olds and up
Zensational – He’s a monster, and lone speed to boot; he runs a 44 half mile under a stranglehold, catch me if you can.
Noble Court – Dead late closer adores the synthetic surfaces; this elongated sprint is likely his best distance.
Long Shot – Talkin to Mom Roo
Race 5 – 7 furlongs, Purse $70,000, 3-year-olds and up
Bet On Victor – Ran a winning race in defeat last time; Vladimir Cerin thought enough of him to run in stakes races.
Korban – Second best to a very talented M One Rifle; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip and fire fast late.
Long Shot – Canyon Drive
Race 6 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $350,000 Del Mar Derby, 3-year-olds
Battle of Hastings – He’s not overly fast, but he loves winning races; Jeff Mullins has pointed for this race all summer.
Afleet Eagle – Proved that an ex-claimer can improve and step up in class; he does not need the lead to succeed.
Long Shot – Meteore
Race 7 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $63,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Icey Temper – Jeff Mullins seldom wins with FTS; colt got valuable experience, should be ready to fire for real.
Deputy Max – Ran a solid second in last showing some growth and potential; chased a talented Sterling Outlook.
Long Shot – Pacha
Race 8 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $73,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
On Fire – Combo of Barry Abrams and Alonso Quinonez are usually overlooked; will sit in arrears and make one run.
Quarter Moon – Continues to outrun his high odds; tactical speed to sit close up or take a back seat early.
Long Shot – Dangerous Devil
Race 9 – 1 1/4 miles, $1-million Pacific Classic, 3-year-olds and up
Colonel John – Received a perfect prep with an easy turf win in return; appears to have matured very nicely as a 4-YO.
Rail Trip – Legit grade 1 win in the Hollywood Gold Cup; he’s done nothing but run big races every time out.
Long Shot – Global Hunter
Race 10 – 7 furlongs, Purse $70,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Streakin Excess – MSW grads typically get overbet and can’t handle the class rise; this gal won easy and gets Gomez back.
Earstoyou – Perfect parking lot post to stick like glue to the speed; has finished well in every career start.
Long Shot – Dominadora
Race 11 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $65,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Cedros – I’ve said all summer John Glenney will win a race at Del Mar; this may be his best last chance to do so.
Amazombie – Logical chalk was running well late in debut; was bet in debut, key will be if he moves forward at all.
Long Shot – Arcodoro
Best Bet – Zensational (race 4)
Del Mar Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/5/$26.60; Long Shots, 9/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.00
Del Mar Totals – 581/141/$987.80; Long Shots, 303/30/$451.20; Best Bets, 32/13/$50.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #6 Ailalea (5/1) in race 2 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Gold d’Oro won at Saratoga paying $4.60 to win, $3.10 to place and $2.30 to show. Stats – 136/104/$774.10