The weekend is here and the Grade 1 $300,000 Eddie Read run over a mile-and-an-eighth on the turf is part of a nice Pick 4 sequence.
We go to press early, as an early ride down Interstate 5 awaits to watch Baby Bull work for the first time at Del Mar.
The Pick 4 kicks off with an extremely difficult maiden sprint for two-year-olds with a full field of 10 with eight first-time starters. Make sure to follow me on twitter @mdoche to get my final picks in the first leg after I see the horses in the paddock.
We’re in the black after three days of the meet and hopefully we can build a nice pad by scoring again today.
After the races, I’ll be playing in the CARMA poker tournament at the Del Mar Hilton, so if you’re there make sure to say hello.
We’re off to the races!
Leg 1 – Race 7 (TBD) – Will most likely being going pretty deep unless there is a complete stand out in the warm-up.
Leg 2 – Race 8 (3) – The Usual Q.T. dispelled the Dubai bounce angle by winning at Hollywood Park three weeks ago after coming up short in the Grade 1 $5 million Dubai Duty Free in March. He should get a perfect trip behind Acclamation and Enriched and Victory Espinoza is off to a flying start early in the meet.
Leg 3 - Race 9 (1,2,6,10,11) – One more chance for No. 1 The Women’s Diva who drops into a non-winners of two for the first time, and assuming that No. 14 Misty Miss Joanna doesn’t draw in, she could have the early lead to herself breaking from the inside.
No. 2 Fleet Royale has finished second a whopping eight times in 16 starts, but she’s been training exceptionally well at Santa Anita and could finally break through today.
No. 6 Tuscan Moon takes a big drop in class and has worked well at Hollywood Park. Joel Rosario and John Sadler are winning at nearly a 40 percent clip at Del Mar the past two years.
No. 10 Tammy’s Luck has a win and a place in two career starts here at Del Mar and will only be making her second start in a non-winners of two race after finishing second at this level last time when breaking from the rail.
No. 11 Church Avenue drops to a non-winners of two for the first time and won her only start over Del Mar’s Polytrack.
Leg 4 – Race 10 (6,8,9) – A pair of horses, No. 3 Otto Von Voom and No. 7 Sarava’s Wild Again, are likely to be over bet coming out of the same race. I’ll take the stance that it was a weak race, and although Otto Von Voom has won 4-of-7, I’ll play against him.
No. 6 Siete Machos drops back down to a realistic level and has shown consistency going two turns on the grass. He can win from on or just off the early lead.
No. 8 Coloursoftheglen comes out of much tougher races and could be ready to show some of the same form that saw him win once and finish second on three occasions in Europe.
No. 9 Fantastic Pick also comes out of tougher races, including the same race as Coloursoftheglen in his last when he lost by only a length-and-a-half. He too had good form in Europe, including a pair of wins.
Recap – (TBD) w (3) w (1,2,6,10,11) w (6,8,9) – Total cost of ticket = $TBD
Make sure to follow me on Twitter @mdoche for last minute changes caused by scratches.
Yesterday’s Result – (-$60)
Total for meet – (+$123.85)