TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $29,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up
Winning Yield – Been away 3-month, every horse in the field is dropping in class; like the turn back in distance too.
Kaffeinator – Tepid chalk in a real dart throw race; showed tactical speed so Bejarano can place him where he wants.
Long Shot – Whistle Stop
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $58,000, Claiming $62,500, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Great Grace – Garrett Gomez is not known as a speed rider, but he has lone speed in here; she’ll boss them early on.
Harmony Creator – Another weak favorite in an open race; was flattered in last by Ginger Pop, been freshened 2-months.
Long Shot – Four Paws
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Steppin Out Rose – Claimed by Bob Hess and spotted smartly to win right away; saves all the ground and grinds it out late.
Twix – Sliding down the claiming ladder for A.C. Avila; he adds blinkers on and Isais up, where the heck did Omar Berrio go.
Long Shot – Spy Aly
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $29,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Big Red Tate – Claimed by Rafael Becerra and spotted right back to win; was flattered when Foul Play won right back.
Syndicator – Didn’t run a step in last while facing much tougher; Garrett Gomez takes over for John Sadler, live connections.
Long Shot – Headed for Home
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Trash Master – Ran evenly in debut in what could be described as a test drive; key for me is Rafael Bejarano remains loyal.
Spanish Ice – Logical chalk showed speed and was game inside the final furlong; she will be the one to catch today.
Long Shot – Deb’s Mojo
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $63,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Mr. Chairman – Has been a model of consistency since returned off a 19-month hiatus; saves all the ground and rallies late.
Swift Winds – First starter for Victor Garcia since his dad Juan retired; expect to show the barn’s best foot forward.
Long Shot – Lockford
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $72,000, Optional claiming $100,000, 3-year-olds and up
El Manuel – The key question is whether part owner Jim Rome can make it to Del mar; good spot for a confidence builder.
Barber – Rail skimming ride for the suddenly rejuvenated Alex Solis; have to discover where he found the fountain of youth.
Long Shot – Peace Chant
Race 8 – 1 mile, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Gloria Goodbody – Did not run badly in last in a disguised effort; stretches back out which will be more to her comfort level.
Cherryblossommiss – Garrett Gomez is getting first call for John Sadler, so the stock must be respect; adds blinkers on here.
Long Shot – Holladay Dixie
Best Bet – Big Red Tate (race 4)
Del Mar Wednesday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/7/$51.40; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.20
Del Mar Totals – 112/29/$204.40; Long Shots, 60/6/$66.60; Best Bets, 7/3/$15.60