Friday first post at Del Mar moves to 3:30 for the rest of the meet and we have the $75,000 Sandy Blue Handicap run over a mile on turf for three-year-old fillies as our featured race.
Yesterday’s Pick 4 paid a whopping $24,271.55. Congrats to the twelve or so winning tickets. That would be nice.
A big weekend lies ahead as I’ll be live on set with Ken Rudulph for TVG’s Fandicapping at 6:30 pm PDT tomorrow and then Baby Bull makes his debut in Sunday’s seventh race.
Let’s try and cash a nice one tonight and hope to get the bank roll back in the positive.
We’re off to the races!
Leg 1 – Race 5 (9) – A $40,000 optional claiming event sprinting five furlongs on turf kicks things off and we’re down to a field of seven with the late scratch of Argentine invader Unico Lider.
With other speed scratching earlier as well, and Sea of Pleasure not drawing in, No. 9 Winter Camp looks like he’ll be in charge turning for home again. He sped away to clear by two lengths here two weeks ago, only to get caught late by Quick Enough, who should have won The Green Flash here earlier this week.
This improving three-year-old son of Forest Camp will be making his third start off the layoff for Walther Solis and can score at a fair price in wire-to-wire fashion.
Leg 2 – Race 6 (1,4,5,6,7,9) – Bottom level $25,000 maiden claimers sprint five and a half furlongs on the main track and No. 7 Looking for Candy is likely to be your odds-on favorite.
He missed by just a neck in a maiden special weight affair against much, much better in his last start, but that was in November and the drop to the bottom is a big red flag. His work tab has been consistent, but he obviously has issues and there is good value in trying to beat him.
No. 1 Single Shot disappointed here as a heavy favorite on opening week, but adds blinkers and has trained forwardly looking to make amends.
No. 4 Night Justice has had an eventful time of it in his brief racing career, scratching at the gate and ending Tyler Baze’s meet before getting squeezed at the start and eased when he finally did make his debut. Still think there is some talent here and he could show it today.
No. 5 Harlan’s Tune has his tag cut in half off the layoff for Brian Koriner and he has speed that can make him dangerous.
No. 6 Salah Salah also has speed and drops and could be set for a career best effort in his third race.
No. 9 Syllabus comes from the hottest win early trainer on the circuit, hails from a 14% debut sire, and gets Joel Rosario.
Leg 3 - Race 7 (2,4,6,10) – The fillies lined up here are just a cut below those who will run in this weekend’s Del Mar Oaks, but it’s a competitive bunch.
No. 2 Conniption missed by under two lengths to Evening Jewel in the Grade 2 San Clemente and will be packing a late punch under turf specialist Brice Blanc.
No. 4 Warren’s Jitterbug gave PVal his first win back in So Cal earlier in the meet. Ironically, if she wins this stake today, his celebration will likely be more tempered than in her previous win. She has been real close to some of the top female runners in the country throughout her career.
No. 6 Fortunia was bet down to 5-to-1 in the aforementioned San Clemente, but had no chance after a rough trip. Missing to Wasted Tears by a neck in May gives this one instant credibility again here.
No. 10 Excellent News should get to the early lead on the stretch out rather easily and could get brave.
Leg 4 – Race 8 (3,5,9,10,11) – Another bottom level maiden claiming affair sprinting five and a half furlongs on the main track and we’ll go five deep.
No. 3 Absolute Magnitude drops out of maiden special weight races in Northern California, and although he didn’t appear to like the track too much here in his only work, his speed makes him dangerous.
No. 5 Pious David is your likely favorite and will be closing late in his second start off the layoff.
No. 9 Kela’s Assault is out of a 16% debut sire and has not missed a beat in the mornings for Peter Miller since early June.
No. 10 Olympic Magic has plenty of excuses out of his last two starts, and his previous two starts of 2010 make him a logical contender here.
No. 11 Pride of Wilshire can improve second off the layoff for Bob Hess Jr. with the addition of blinkers and Rosario. He’s finished in the money in all five career starts.
Recap – (9) w (1,4,5,6,7,9) w (2,4,6,10) w (3,5,9,10,11) – Total cost of ticket = $60
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Yesterday’s Result – (-$60)
Total for meet – (-$676.70)