TODAY AT DEL MAR
By Richard Eng
Post Time 2 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $18,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Zee Topper – Dead late closer should adopt well to the Polytrack; note that his two Cushion track races at Hollywood are good.
Neon Princess – Third start off a 1-year hiatus; speedball is stretching out around 2-turns, figures to cut the early pace.
Long Shot – Andover the Cash
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $26,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Scottish Diamond – Arlington shipper has improved since racing over that Polytrack; going 2-turns, will be forwardly placed.
James The Third – Dead late closer has had 15 chances, which dampens my enthusiasm; still, the class drop will help a lot.
Long Shot – Blake’s Passion
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $18,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
Fly Forrest Fly – Huge drop down from Knapp is his MO for winning a lot of races; tactical speed to be forwardly placed.
Hit It Skip – Dead late closer will be far behind early on; Rosario is a good looking rider, so don’t let him concern you.
Long Shot – Storm Ultra
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden claiming $100,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Hi Lily Hi Lo – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to claiming; Harrington adding blinkers on and keeps Talamo.
Princess Susan M – Another dropping from MSW to claiming; she is exiting a very strong MSW field, which should flatter her.
Long Shot – Queen Holly
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Swiss Blend – O’Neill looking to get off to a fast start with this drop down giveaway; third start off a 2-month sabbatical.
Company Secret – New bugboy Quinonez gets a live mount here from the Carava barn; her race two back is fast enough to upset.
Long Shot – Runaway Winner
Race 6 – 5 furlongs (turf), Purse $59,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Spoils of Excess – Failed as the chalk last time, he could rebound at a square price; expect Solis to sit back and make one run.
Acquire the Fire – Third start off a 6-month hiatus; gets class relief off a minor NoCal stakes to face these, be wary of.
Long Shot – Dr. Sinatra
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $75,000, Optional claiming $100,000, 3-year-olds and up
Cimyla – Was way overmatched in the Mervyn LeRoy, he’s not overmatched today; should have had enough time to acclimate.
To Sender – Frankel charge has been away 7-months; they have always though highly of him, though he hasn’t quite delivered.
Long Shot – Wanna Runner
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
Mix – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to claiming; Miller taking the blinkers off, parking lot post is OK.
Transvaal Scottish – Tepid chalk although most of the FTS are of questionable quality; was favored the last time he raced.
Long Shot – Tough Contender
Best Bet – Hi Lily Hi Lo (race 4)
Del Mar Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/4/$27.40; Long Shots, 9/1/$7.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.60
Del Mar Totals – 17/4/$27.40; Long Shots, 9/1/$7.00; Best Bets, 1/1/$5.60