TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 4 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $30,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds
Change Your Mask – His synthetic surface record is fine for this surface switch; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Mix – Reclaimed by Peter Miller, that is a strong trainer angle; figures to sit in arrears and do his best running late.
Long Shot – Call Transfer
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Enchanting Moment – Claimed by Doug O’Neill and spotted smartly to graduate; like that he hires main man Bejarano.
It’s Time to Shine – Ground saving trip for this dead late closer; should sit snug as a bug until they turn for home.
Long Shot – Molitta
Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $39,000, Maiden claiming $80,000, 2-year-olds
Beau Gris – Florida shippers have a solid track record relocating in SoCal; Vladimir Cerin has had time to work with him.
The Bat Signal – Logical chalk exits the Candy Lion key race; kind of surprised that Eric Kruljac is running for a tag.
Long Shot – Nascar Johnny
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, $75,000 CERF Handicap, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Tizsweetdreams – She will try to be the speed of the speed; if she doesn’t break sharp, she could be forced to duel early.
Highland Torree – Tactical speed to sit a perfect trip; Martin Garcia would be smart to let a speed duel develop, then move.
Long Shot – Spenditallbaby
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $53,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
Pinstripe Kid – Showed marked improvement in his second start; bugboy Martinez has shown some ability on the synthetic.
Cookin Expresso – Leap of faith that Garrett Gomez is climbing on a live mount; took some betting action first time out.
Long Shot – Escalon
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 14 feet), Purse $63,000, Optional claiming $80,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Barbara’s Love – Like this filly stretching out on turf; showed big improvement off the claim by Ted West, she should route.
Fire n’ Brimstone – Ground saving trip for this solid closer; Martin Garcia has seen his business drop, but he can still ride.
Long Shot – Lemon Punch
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, $75,000 CERF Handicap, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Silky Smooth – Freshened since her Great Lady M stakes win 2-months ago; cozy outside post to track the speed inside of her.
Coco Belle – She is the speed of the speed, but has a tendency to get caught late; Polytrack has been pretty fair so far.
Long Shot – Tizzy’s Tune
Race 8 – 1 mile, Purse $18,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Galica – Trainer Bill Morey has sent some live horses to Del Mar; you know for sure when leading rider Bejarano takes the call.
Zee Topper – Dead late closer gets the right jock for here, Joel Rosario; you have to like the way he’s been riding this meet.
Long Shot – Gold Datnoid
Best Bet – Silky Smooth (race 7)
Del Mar Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$30.20; Long Shots, 8/2/$22.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 228/50/$407.20; Long Shots, 117/16/$182.60; Best Bets, 14/4/$19.20