TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Athenry – Like the turn back in distance from two 2-turn routes races for this elongated sprint; best stride will come late.
Russian Liquor – This horse is doing the opposite, stretching out in distance; subtle class drop can only help him.
Long Shot – Sincity Glow
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Claiming $32,000, 4-year-olds and up
Cape Town King – Came back off a year hiatus with a monster win; some bounce off an effort like that, but he won eased up late.
Storm Machine – Claimed by John Sadler who hires the main man Rafael Bejarano; is well spotted for a quick return on investment.
Long Shot – Euroglide
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $53,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Major Smoke – Gets a big rider switch to Bejarano for the money shot; exits two bullets works so expect a kitchen sink try.
Draft Choice – Tepid chalk in another interesting heat; second start off a 3-month hiatus, he has good tactical speed.
Long Shot – One Chin Again
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $53,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Irish Gypsy – Got a test drive at the end of the Hollywood meet; Bob Baffert figures to have him cranked up for Del Mar.
Montana Fields – FTS from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; fast bullet workouts and Rafael Bejarano, it’s a lot to like.
Long Shot – Kinesiology
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $51,000, Claiming $50,000, 4-year-olds and up
Sacred Light – Forgiving handicappers can give him a big shot to upset; his race two back is fast enough to win.
Cowboy Cruiser – Tepid chalk in a mad scramble of a turf race; Garrett Gomez will likely sit off the pace set by Wild Buddy.
Long Shot – Wild Buddy
Race 6 – 1 mile, Purse $68,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds and up
Rush With Thunder – First race off the claim by Doug O’Neill; he has an uncoupled entry in here, and this is the longer odds.
Soul City Slew – Don’t expect the O’Neill horses to duel with each other; logic dictates this guy takes back a little bit.
Long Shot – Sensational Score
Race 7 – 7 furlongs, $100,000 Fleet Treat, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Lethal Heat – Did not run with her usual vigor in the Flawlessly; gets class relief facing state-breds, bounces right back.
Spring Awakening – Chalk has not been out in 7-month; the good news is she will be fresh, the bad is she may need a race.
Long Shot – Final Fling
Race 8 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Spring House – Been away 4-months since a brutal try in Dubai; he’s a talented horse and the race shape will flatter him.
Monzante – May be a tough favorite to swallow considering he is 0-for-5 lifetime on grass; his last race with a big step up.
Long Shot -Whatsthescript
Race 9 – 7 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Special Grey Ghost – Gets class relief off a MSW effort in last; Bill Morey takes the blinkers off, adds Russell Baze.
Elusive Destiny – Favorite has proven he does not want to win; the extra ground may help, then again it may not.
Long Shot – Happy Prayer
Best Bet – Major Smoke (race 3)
Del Mar Saturday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/4/$26.40; Long Shots, 10/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$6.40
Del Mar Totals – 63/16/$111.00; Long Shots, 35/1/$14.80; Best Bets, 4/2/$12.40