TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Band of Thunder – An example of what trainers will do to win at Del Mar; claim for $50k, drop for $40k to win, lose the horse.
Follow My Moon – Should be dead fit exiting 2-turn turf route; big class drop and Rafael Bejarano, will be charging late.
Long Shot – Make Mine Vodka
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $53,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Extravagant – FTS from the Craig Dollase barn; nothing special about the works, but enough there to attract Garrett Gomez.
Marquee Player – The only filly in the field to have started where she ran second; will be a factor with slight improvement.
Long Shot – Moonlight Tizzy
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Big Red Tate – Claimed by Bill Morey and spotted nicely to win quick; note that Morey has an uncoupled entry in this race.
Candy Pull – Unlucky loser last time when he ran fast enough to win this condition; repeat effort puts him right there again.
Long Shot – Roadside Rest
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Meat Sauce – In a race this bad, I look at the FTS for any sign of ability; Ted West filly has win early pedigree, so be it.
Fastcar to Freedom – Of the ones with experience, she has the most upside; exits a NoCal stakes where she ran pretty evenly.
Long Shot – Pistoia
Race 5 – 5 furlongs (turf), Purse 459,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Synnin and Grinnin – Has won 3 straight and shows no signs of slowing down; was razor sharp in winning her sprint turf debut.
Mama Knows Best – Tepid chalk has been freshened for 3-months; undefeated in 3-starts, but she’s no danger to Cigar just yet.
Long Shot – Masterful Miss
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $53,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Idontbelievemyeyes – Eoin Harty has an uncoupled entry, both are royally bred; this one draws Rafael Bejarano, your move.
Diamond Tags – FTS from trainer Bob Baffert; he’s said his barn is loaded with nice 2-YOs, it’s about time they showed up.
Long Shot – Candilejas
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles (turf), Purse $63,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Mr. Chairman – Consistent sort has not run a bad race in 2008; loses Bejarano to the favorite, but I like this guy better.
Man to Man – He’s been stuck in this condition for a while, never a good sign; still he runs fast enough to get in the number.
Long Shot – Spinning Sound
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, $150,000 Best Pal, 2-year-olds
Coronet of a Baron – Chicago shipper figures to be overlooked by the wiseguys; toyed with a good field, has been working great.
Captain Steel – Earned a big figure in his MSW win, but his foes have done poorly since; still he’s a Jeff Mullins, beware.
Long Shot – S.S. Stone
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Tommys Luck – Remember that layoff horses come to Del Mar to win, not for a test drive; returns off a 6-month sabbatical.
Vanaldi – Ran well first time off the claim by Frank Monteleone; suspect he’ll hold his form, enough to compete with these.
Long Shot – Something Stellar
Best Bet – Big Red Tate (race 3)
Del Mar Saturday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/4/$21.40; Long Shots, 10/4/$63.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Del Mar Totals – 352/84/$606.40; Long Shots, 185/27/$330.40; Best Bets, 22/7/$32.60