After cashing a Pick 4 ticket for the second time this meet yesterday, we’ll look to make it two days in a row with one of the weaker cards of the summer.
That being said, the fields aren’t too small and they are rather competitive so we could still find a nice pay day.
No stakes action on tap today, but plenty to come this weekend.
We’re off to the races!
Leg 1 – Race 5 (7,9) – A bad group of two-year-old $32K maiden fillies sprints five and a half furlongs and we’ll begrudgingly stick with the two favorites, who have the most experience and have come close on a few occasions.
No. 7 Lucky Sis has finished fourth or fifth in her last seven starts against presumably better than what she faces today. She draws better today than she did in her first race over this track for leading trainer Doug O’Neil.
No. 9 Leslie Rules will almost certainly be in front coming for home as she has been in all five career starts. She’s burned a lot of money in her young career and is sure to take more today with a pair of second and third place finishes to her credit.
Leg 2 – Race 6 (2,3,7,8) – Older females sprint six furlongs in this optional claiming event and we go deep.
No. 2 Frequent Fame has won three of her last four, with the last two coming in decisive fashion. She’s protected for the first time in a while as she moves up the class ladder and can make an impact from off the pace.
No. 3 Church Avenue is a perfect 2-for-2 over this track after scoring here on opening week and she can sit a good trip just off the pace. However, she does come out of a non-winners of two and has never run two good races in a row.
No. 7 Spanish Ice is clearly the class of the field, but she is coming off more than a year layoff and being offered up for $25K after competing in stakes races last year. She’s trained forwardly for her return and did break her maiden here two years ago.
No. 8 Perfect Vintage moves back to Joel Rosario and can be on the lead or just off of Yodelady O breaking from the inside. She’s always run her best races second off the layoff and comes out of better races than most of the other runners in here.
Leg 3 - Race 7 (4,6,7) – More optional claiming company, this time males going the marathon distance of a mile and three eights on the turf course.
No. 4 Sartorial always looks the part on the track, but the seven-year-old doesn’t often run to his looks. The extra distance should suit him well today, and he has finished in the money in three of five starts over Del Mar’s grass.
No. 6 Dynamic Range has run in graded stakes company in four of his last five without much success. He’s back to a level where he can make an impact today for the red hot Mike Mitchell, who excels with horses running these distances
No. 7 Tripitaka finished second after running a winning race under these exact same conditions on the second day of the meet and can break through for his first U.S. score here. He did win three times in Europe.
Leg 4 – Race 8 (1,3,4,6,7,11) – More two-year-old maiden claimers here, this time colts going six furlongs. As usual, we’ll focus on runners with experience while getting lots of coverage.
No. 1 Alex T had a rough go of it early in his debut and gets a positive rider switch to Corey Nakatani. The rail could be tricky, but the added distance can help.
No. 3 Liquid Asset has finished second in his last two and with the addition of blinkers he is sure to be forwardly placed again.
No. 4 Swiss Tart draws better than he did in his first try versus claimers and can make amends here.
No. 6 Purgestein drops out of a tough maiden special weight race for trainer Jeff Bonde, who excels with two-year-olds.
No. 7 Ultimate Question comes from a sire winning with over 20% of his first-time starters and he can make an impact against this suspect bunch.
No. 11 Trouble Rules has improved in each of his three starts and can hopefully break better today with the rider switch.
Recap – (7,9) w (2,3,7,8) w (4,6,7) w (1,3,4,6,7,11) – Total cost of ticket = $72
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Yesterday’s Result – (+$108.55)
Total for meet – (-$416.60)