A day before the six-year-old super mare Zenyatta attempts to make it a perfect 18-for-18, two-year-old fillies steal the spotlight in the Grade 3 $150,000 Sorrento Stakes on a Friday evening at Del Mar.
After the races, The B-52s (pictured) will perform in the infield as part of Del Mar’s summer concert series. The band gained mainstream popularity in the late 80’s with their hits “Love Shack” and “Roam.”
We were stung for the fourth time by a long shot in a maiden claiming event yesterday, as once again rail speed proved to be golden in these events. We’ll try catching a price in a similar event in today’s sixth race.
We’re off to the races!
Leg 1 – Race 5 (4,5,6,7) – Cheap female claimers go one mile on the main track and No. 7 You Can Dream appears to be lone speed again. She opened up by over four lengths last time at Hollywood Park with slow fractions and still got mowed down, but she could get brave today.
No. 4 Wood Art takes a big drop in class and anywhere near her best is more than enough to defeat these.
No. 5 Saint Cindy was claimed back by Jack Carava and has finished first or second in three of her last four.
No. 6 Twodollarstowin last won when she rolled home by over four lengths here last summer. She’s knocked on the door a couple of times since, but returning to Del Mar and having Joel Rosario ride for the second time could get her back in the winner’s circle.
Leg 2 – Race 6 (ALL 9) – There seems to be a lot of speed signed up here, but the two closers, No. 6 Kim’s Leading Man and No. 9 Uncle Greg, can’t be trusted. While No. 2 Fully Loaded Chip doesn’t seem to have any chance, weirder things have happened, and it’s not wise to use all others and leave one out.
Leg 3 - Race 7 (4) – This is probably the best two-year-old lineup to date this year and it could be won by a maiden. Izshelegal debuted in the Landaluce at Hollywood Park and came flying to miss by less than a length at 20-to-1. There’s lots of speed here to set up her closing kick and the extra half furlong should work in her favor.
She brought $130,000 at Keeneland last year, more than any of her foes sold for, and her connections turned down even bigger bucks after her debut.
Leg 4 – Race 8 (3,7) – More cheap females, this time three-year-old fillies sprinting six furlongs, and again there seems to be lots of speed signed up.
No. 7 Pretty Kinzie is a four-time winner and reunites with Rosario after a dull effort at Hollywood Park. She’ll be far back early, but should be in front at the end.
No. 3 Shine’n Time has shown the ability to win from just off the pace, which will suit her well here. She faced older mares last time and this will be her third start off the layoff. Jockey Victor Espinoza and trainer Eric Kruljac can do no wrong right now.
Recap – (4,5,6,7) w (ALL) w (4) w (3,7) – Total cost of ticket = $36
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Yesterday’s Result – (-$54)
Total for meet – (-$385.15)
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