TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 3:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $23,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds
Stormin Story – Mike Mitchel has an uncoupled entry, this is the longer odds; lost to North Folk in last, another Mitchell.
Russian Liquor – Tepid chalk in a wide open race; note that Garrett Gomez rides this cheapie, sure to depress his price.
Long Shot – Romance Is Zenon
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Gold Datnoid – Like the turn back in distance from routes for this; she could be the only horse rallying in deep stretch.
Kilmartin Hall – All out win in last, maybe she has another left in her; consistent sort is 6-for-9 in the money in 2008.
Long Shot – Hard Woman
Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Good Shot Mally – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; off 5-months, returns with Bejarano.
My Sister Laureen – Tepid chalk in an awful looking race; her last two seconds tower over these, somewhat consistent.
Long Shot – Paradise Point
Race 4 – 5 furlongs (turf, rail at 7 feet), Purse $56,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Donas Miracle Lane – Good spot facing mostly underachievers; tactical speed to clock Dine At Nine and challenge him late.
Dine At Nine – Speedball draws the preferred rail post in this abbreviated turf sprint; goes as fast and as far as he can.
Long Shot – Havens Lake
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
Tactful – Ran well, but greenly, in debut; figures to improve a lot in second start, Tyler Baze takes over for Garrett Gomez.
Pinstripe Kid – Blew a tire as the chalk in last; forgiving handicappers will give him another chance at much higher odds.
Long Shot – Tiz Again Roused
Race 6 – 1 mile, Purse $60,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
North Fork – Phenomenal race in last to overcome an awful start; logical repeater unless the race took too much out of him.
Nima’s Pad – Huge trainer and rider switch to John Sadler and Garrett Gomez; suspect Gomez will sit a trip and grind late.
Long Shot – South Coast
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 7 feet), $80,000 Sandy Blue Handicap, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Sweeter Still – Gets class relief from graded stakes to this ungraded variety; huge rider switch by Mullins to Garrett Gomez.
Dubai Majesty – Interesting shipper from Calder debuts for top trainer Bret Calhoun; her one turf race was a corking victory.
Long Shot – Danseuse Volante
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $42,000, Maiden claiming $100,000, 2-year-olds
Bowie at Saratoga – Jeff Mullins has been firing a lot of bullets of late; his babies typically improve with experience.
Mr. Rod – Ran well enough last time to merit strong consideration; has speed but Solis is no longer a send it jockey.
Long Shot – Pick to Click
Best Bet – Tactful (race 5)
Del Mar Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/3/$18.00; Long Shots, 8/3/$70.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 415/100/$699.20; Long Shots, 216/32/$416.80; Best Bets, 26/7/$32.60