Horse Racing: Today at Del Mar, August 17

TODAY AT del mar

By Richard Eng

Post Time 2:05 p.m.

Race 1 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 7 feet), Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

1 Indygo F M A – Envision a ground saving trip under Rafael Bejarano; ran well in last first time with blinkers on.

2 Legacy – Good try in last in initial turf effort; interesting rider switch to hot jockey Julien Leparoux.

Long Shot – 7 Ginger Tap

Race 2 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds

6 Cal Gal – No stopping the Doug O’Neill barn lately; all his horses are running, no matter what their resumes look like.

7 Meinertzhageni – Very good debut for second under returning jockey Chantal Sutherland-Kruse; done well with limited chances.

Long Shot – 2 Kantina Kowgirl

Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

1 Hard Buns – Claimed by Vann Belvoir off a strong maiden claiming win; facing winners for the first time.

2 Chestnut Moon – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; Jim Cassidy having a cold Del Mar meet.

Long Shot – 10 Totally Blonde

Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

2 Can the Man – FTS from the Bob Baffert barn; he’s been winning a lot of races with an unending stock of expensive babies.

8 Yes Yes Yes – FTS from Peter Eurton is talented enough to attract Mike Smith; watch the tote board for more clues.

Long Shot – 1 Test Ride

Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 7 feet), Purse $80,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up

5 Kid Edward – Jim Cassidy has another live horse on the card tonight; third start off a one year hiatus.

8 Rock Me Baby – Deserving chalk is 8-for-8 in the money this year; that earns a lot of cash to pay the bills in the barn.

Long Shot – 4 Big Bane Theory

Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

5 My Secret Affair – Has been working bullets for Mark Glatt; that’s enough to attract the services of Rafael Bejarano.

4 New Year’s Day – Bob Baffert has one here that cost $425K; interesting that he gives Garrett Gomez a leg up.

Long Shot – 3 Little Shack

Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

11 Germany Bay – Speedball draws a parking lot post; Julien Leparoux has been riding great here after two so-so meets.

4 Know More – Leap of faith that the Doug O’Neill magic will continue; colt has underachieved this year as a 3-YO.

Long Shot – 7 Marchman

Race 8 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 7 feet), $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, Fillies, 3-year-olds

2 Discreet Marq – This filly has a world of early speed; we’ve seen how well that plays on this turf course, rail is out 7 feet.

6 Kitten’s Dumpling – Another Kitten’s Joy that loves the turf; dead late closer is always at the mercy of the early pace.

Long Shot – 1 Wishing Gate

Race 9 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds

1 Say’s Who – Maiden ran well for third in stakes last out; gets class relief facing MSW foes in this one.

8 Heaven and Earth – FTS from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; bred to be quick and has been working fast enough.

Long Shot – 9 My Lucky Rose

Race 10 – 1 mile, Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

8 Branding – Garrett Gomez has been riding like a man possessed since returning; he always does good work for trainer Tom Proctor.

2 Star Vesta – Could be a Jerry Hollendorfer late daily double; woke up with a monster win last time over much easier foes.

Long Shot – 10 Acenda

Best Bet – 11 Germany Bay (race 7)

Del Mar Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 13/3/$23.80; Long Shots, 6/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Del Mar Totals – 379/85/$650.60; Long Shots, 184/23/$269.80; Best Bets, 23/4/$17.80

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #10 The Apache (6/1) in race 10 at Arlington Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Mahna ran second at Saratoga paying $2.70 to place and $2.30 to show. Stats – 137/90/$728.80; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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