TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $53,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Sweet Thoughts – She was favored in debut back in January; John Shirreffs returns her on closing day, interesting.
Cherryblossommiss – 5 seconds in a row is enough for me; good for the place pick all, but not in the daily double.
Long Shot – Broken Silence
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
Tiz Bodacious – Third start off a 7-month hiatus; John Sadler takes the blinkers up, waves the white flag of surrender.
Trip to the Ranch – Another Christmas in summer horse, this one from Jeff Mullins; need not be much to earn a paycheck.
Long Shot – Don’t Forget Muq
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, $85,000 The Pirate’s Bounty, 3-year-olds and up
Dancing in Silks – Has a big edge over the favorite, recent action; this is a pretty nice sprinter in his own right.
Cost of Freedom – The most talented horse in the race; he’s been away a year, this race isn’t the target for him.
Long Shot – Candy Pull
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Zohan – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; dead fit from two turf routes.
Great Raid – Ground saving trip can only help in a bulky field; Victor Espinoza sits the pocket until the stretch run.
Long Shot – Tom Bombadil
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $70,000, Optional claiming $100,000, 3-year-olds and up
Racketeer – Big run in the Brubaker will set him up for this; no turf wins will only inflate his odds further.
Times Gone By – Second start off a 9-month hiatus; has a ton of ability, but lacks the experience of others.
Long Shot – Victory Pete
Race 6 – 7 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
I Swear – Rough, wide trip hurt her chances; give Joel Rosario another chance, no one is riding better than him.
Bubbley Blonde – Lone speed is the most dangerous bet in racing; big rider switch to Garrett Gomez, just go baby go.
Long Shot – Morgan Lane
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $62,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
M One Rifle – This is one fast baby; they haven’t tried to rate him, so expect Mike Smith to be the speed of the speed.
Bonfante – If the early pace is overly hot, he could be winging it late; figures to be a big overlaid price.
Long Shot – Supreme Summit
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), $200,000 Palomar Handicap, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Carribean Sunset – The best rider in the U.S., Ramon Dominguez, comes to Del Mar; he’ll carve out a trip from post 10.
Allicansayis Wow – Patrick Biancone wheels her back on short rest; key for me is Garrett Gomez takes the call.
Long Shot – Wild Promises
Race 9 – 1 mile, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, 4-year-olds and up
Self Insured – John Sadler has dropped some horses right thru the floor; could win by a pole or not make the trip.
Skippy Due – Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; draw a line thru his last race and his resume fits right in.
Long Shot – A Cat Named Snipe
Race 10 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $27,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Andwhatelse – Showed a fondness for Del Mar synthetics in last; Alex Solis figures to sit a trip and fly down the lane.
Axel Foley – Many barns are culling their stock before heading north; had a fun Del Mar meet, see you at Oak Tree.
Long Shot – Just Heat
Best Bet – Racketeer (race 5)
Del Mar Monday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/5/$32.60; Long Shots, 10/1/$8.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.00
Del Mar Totals – 623/149/$1,036.00; Long Shots, 323/32/$467.80; Best Bets, 34/15/$57.00
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #10 Dynamont (7/2) in race 8 at Philadelphia Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Hatheer won at Saratoga paying $3.40 to win, $2.50 to place and $2.20 to show. Stats – 138/105/$782.20