TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Moon Moment – Reputation choice from the Craig Dollase barn; workouts have been so-so, live rider in Corey Nakatani.
Chilliwack – Only horse with experience facing 7 FTS; has early speed so her tactics are simple, pop the gate and keep going.
Long Shot – Diva Dolly
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $40,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
High Stakes Silver – Just missed in last and is now dropped one notch in class; better tactical speed to sit a good trip.
Hunter Creek – Claimed by Art Sherman off a disappointing effort; he offers good value on the class rise with Joel Rosario.
Long Shot – Change Your Mask
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 7 feet), Purse $48,000, Claiming $50,000, 4-year-olds and up
Charmo – Could see a favorable race shape if Boule d’Or and Quest Venture do battle early; serious class drop for Canani.
Boule d’Or – Speedball gets class relief from graded stakes for this; Tyler Baze will keep a close eye on Lightning Hit.
Long Shot – Lightning Hit
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Deb’s Mojo – Wesley Ward takes the blinkers off the speedball to try and relax her; slight choice in a wide open race.
Grace Gryder – Outran her high odds last time when up late for second; she’ll need a fast pace up front to do her best work.
Long Shot – Flash Dance
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 7 feet), Purse $53,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Kinesiology – Positive trend for Craig Dollase babies second time out; good education in debut, wasn’t asked to do too much.
Century Park – Bob Baffert barn has won a couple races of late; this filly was favored in debut due to high profile connections.
Long Shot – Dreamalong
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
She Floats – Of the last out maiden claiming winners, her race was best looking; claimed by John Sadler, has a high ceiling.
Ms Toomsuba – Claimed by Steve Knapp off a sharp maiden claiming win; suspect Rafael Bejarano will try to take her back.
Long Shot – Bella Dancer
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles, $80,000 Harry F. Brubaker Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Rush Rush – Figures to be overlooked because his big won was in an $80k claimer; note that he is unbeaten over Del Mar turf.
Hyperbaric – Logical favorite figures to be a very short price for Julio Canani and Garrett Gomez; strictly the one to beat.
Long Shot – Knockout Artist
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Winning Yield – Taking a 50 percent drop from $50k to $25k today; has tactical speed for Aaron Gryder to sit a perfect trip.
Gato Viejo – Another class dropper, an important element in this bottom class level; Mike Smith may have to ride him hard.
Long Shot – Nasty Gent
Best Bet – She Floats (race 6)
Del Mar Tuesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$17.20; Long Shots, 8/3/$20.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 385/90/$600.60; Long Shots, 196/28/$327.60; Best Bets, 23/12/$52.80