Another week of racing kicks off at heaven on earth with a solid eight race card highlighted by the $100,000 Real Good Deal for California-bred three-year-olds going seven furlongs on the main track.
It’s interesting to note that four of the runners made their last start in stakes races going two turns on the turf.
The early scratch of No. 6 Blue Jay Attack should pave the way for No. 4 Goggles McCoy to make an easy early lead and win in wire-to-wire fashion for the fourth time in as many starts.
We’re off to the races!
Leg 1, Race 5 (1, 2, 6, 9, 10) - Bottom level claimers go a mile on the main track, so kick off the first Pick 4 of the week.
No. 1 James Prior won here last year and has three works for his second start of the layoff. He’s usually running late.
No. 2 Mr. Rancho Vista reeled off four straight wins at Turf Paradise earlier this year and debuts for top local connections with three solid works over the track after a pair of duds in the Midwest.
No. 6 Souvenir Slew has finished first or second in all four starts over Del Mar’s main track and also puts in a consistent solid late run.
No. 9 My Man Murf dueled in a sprint here two weeks ago, but is better suited coming from off the pace moving back to two turns. He did finish second in his only other local start on the main track.
No. 10 Mind the Minister hasn’t won in a long time, but drops to the lowest level of his career, and can sit just off the lead with PVal taking over.
Leg 2, Race 6 (3, 5, 6, 8) - A wide-open $40K claiming event for three-year-old fillies going a mile on the turf includes a good amount of early speed. That has still not been the place to be, so we’ll look for horses coming off the pace.
No. 3 L’Enchantresse has been showing speed sprinting, but was taken back going two turns last time and ran a sold third behind a pair of hot horses.
No. 5 Glass of Red will be running late and could be set for her best third off the layoff.
No. 6 Sky Chant has shown speed going two turns in her last two races, but she also showed the ability to come from off the pace in sprints earlier this year. Expect Rafael Bejarano to give her a more patient ride today and sit just off the early speed.
No. 8 Cash Queen Anna has been facing much better and can return to the solid form she showed in Europe with the class relief.
Leg 3, Race 7 (4) - As mentioned above, it seems that Goggles McCoy will get everything his way here and should be a short-priced winner.
Leg 4, Race 8 (4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13) - Two-year-old California-bred maiden colts sprint five and a half furlong for a $40K tag and we go deep. We’ll use all the runners that have at least one race under their belt and the first-timer, Courtside, whose sire Cindago has already thrown a first-time winner.
Recap - (1,2,6,9,10) w (3,5,6,8) w (4) w (4,5,7,8,9,13) - Total cost of ticket = $60
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Sunday’s Result – (-$56)
Total for meet – (-$525.15)
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