After some technical difficulties due to no Internet in the Del Mar press box on Sunday, we’re back with a nice Wednesday afternoon card.
Sunday’s play was posted on Twitter and was a cash, but at a small loss after we got aggressive and played a $96 ticket.
Today’s featured Green Flash sprinting five furlongs on turf is a non-graded affair for a $75,000 purse, however it could very well be a Grade 1 race with the talent that’s lined up.
California Flag makes his first start in the U.S. since winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita last November. He’s had his traveling boots on since then, with near misses in both the Grade 1 Hong Kong Sprint and Grade 3 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup Day.
Grade 1 winner Cost of Freedom also shows up, making his turf debut two weeks after a disappointing effort in the Bing Crosby.
We’re off to the races!
Leg 1 – Race 5 (1,6) – This $25,000 optional claiming event for Cal-breds going a mile on the main track appears to be a one horse race.
No. 1 Cee’s Pryme was ultra impressive breaking his maiden in his debut here three weeks ago and should win right back against a suspect field.
We’ll also use No. 6 Alabama Boy since he always makes a consistent late run and has been training well on the Poly. He’s the only multiple winner in the field and finished in the money in 10-of-13 starts last year.
Leg 2 – Race 6 (3,6,8) – There’s some other speed signed up in the Green Flash that could give No. 3 California Flag some company early, however if he flies away to the half in 43 seconds he’ll likely run them off their feet and win this race for the second year in a row.
However, we’ll use a couple others in here that can come from off the pace.
No. 4 My Summer Slew is in the best form of his career and Craig Dollase and Alonso Quinonez scored with long shot Bonifacio in last week’s Daisycutter at this same distance.
No. 8 Stoneside hasn’t won in a while, but he’s run some really good races against tough competition and the move to Joel Rosario may put him over the edge.
Leg 3 - Race 7 (All) – This $62,500 optional claiming event for fillies and mares going six and a half furlongs on the main track can realistically be won by any of these runners. We’ll hope for a price.
Leg 4 – Race 8 (4,8,10) – A mile on grass to close things out in this Cal-bred maiden special weight event and we’ll play against No. 3 Minister d’Oro and No. 7 Warren’s Rough Luv. They come out of the same race on July 28th where there were five horses blanketed across the wire in a weak race.
Instead, we’ll use No. 4 Mediterrano, who is a good looking son of Redatorre and can improve second time out for Marty Jones, No. 8 Sammartino, who is likely the quickest of the bunch and might roll all the way home under PVal, and No. 10 Tribal Nation, who gets a positive rider switch and can mow them down late.
Recap – (1,6) w (3,6,8) w (ALL) w (4,8,10) – Total cost of ticket = $72
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Sunday’s Result – (-$25.90)
Total for meet – (-$544.70)