TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Martini Mixer – Claimed by Peter Miller off a sharp win last time; moves up one notch in class, comfortable.
Love to Fish Kona – Good second to the favorite in last; could improve in second start off a 5-month sabbatical.
Long Shot – Cactus Flyer
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Optional claiming $100,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Coco Belle – Went a furlong too far in the A Gleam; she is a nice sprinter and 6-furlongs is her max distance.
Golden Doc A – She needs a confidence builder in the worst way; Barry Abrams adds blinkers on today.
Long Shot – Ashley’s Kitty
Race 3 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $60,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
Mark S the Cooler – Ran a winning race last time except for Afleet Eagle; main thing is he’s not big on winning.
Pleasure to Ride – Gets tested for class today facing a tough task; he’s in good form, deserves to step up.
Long Shot – Vaquero
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $51,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Star of Sapphire – Key for me is Mike Smith jumps off Baffert to ride FTS for Biancone; watch the tote for clues.
Imperatriz – Of the ones with experience, her last race was best; A.C. Avila barn has been heating up of late.
Long Shot – Linda Surprise
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $44,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Seminole Native – I like the way he fired late last time; Gary Stute wheels him back in 8-days, a positive.
Epic Power – Takes a big class drop down to a surefire comfort level; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Our Partner
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Morton Owen – Been away 4-months, should be fresh, fit and dangerous; figures to come flying late.
Smokenomore – Beaten favorite in debut 10-months ago; Bill Spawr barn is starting to heat up.
Long Shot – Al N Con
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $57,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Bet On Victor – In form horse has a chance to upset better talent; like the rider switch to Corey Nakatani.
Coronet of a Baron – Logical chalk returns off a 9-month hiatus; he ran with the best last year, high ceiling.
Long Shot – Bestdressed
Race 8 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $350,000 John C. Mabee, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Tuscan Evening – This filly knows how to win; will save all the ground under Joel Rosario, fight it out late.
Gotta Have Her – If you like Tuscan Evening, this mare is right behind her; upset chance with a good trip.
Long Shot – Meydan Princess
Race 9 – 1 1/8th miles, Purse $17,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
Dadsalittleunusual – Mike Mitchell barn is heating up so expect improvement; dead late closer will need a trip.
Yodelen Dan – Beaten favorite has found no takers in the claim box; Jeff Mullins shoves him down our throats again.
Long Shot – Summer Survivor
Race 10 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $53,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds
Meili – Fast sprinter will stretch out for the first time; she’ll be in front, catch her to win.
Inca’s Flight – She is bred to route, stretches out for the first time; Nakatani will sit and make one run.
Long Shot – Brookie Girl
Best Bet – Martini Mixer (race 1)
Del Mar Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/4/$33.40; Long Shots, 10/1/$20.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.00
Del Mar Totals – 324/81/$574.00; Long Shots, 170/17/$206.60; Best Bets, 17/7/$29.20
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #9 Spanish Wedding (8/1) in race 7 at Monmouth Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Lauro ran out at Belmont Park. Stats – 122/96/$714.30