Six deep in the first leg yesterday, only to see odds-on favorite, Cayanna, hold on for the win. That set the table for another cash for a loss, as Thomas Baines won the next race as the heavy favorite followed by Connagher, who was bet down to 5-to-2, and Brazzle Dazzle, who went off at 7-to-2.
It’s been a frustrating Pick 4 run, not connecting on big long shots and watching favorites score when going deep, but there are ten days left at Del Mar to cash a big one. And we have a great weekend of racing action ahead to make it happen.
Tomorrow is Pacific Classic Day, and I’ll be co-hosting Del Mar’s handicapping seminar at noon with their head of PR, Mac McBride. If you’re on track tomorrow come hang out with us and get our picks for the entire card of racing. Don’t forget the early first post at 1 p.m. PDT.
Also, I’ll be back on set with Ken Rudulph for TVG’s Fandicapping between 6:30-7 p.m. PDT. If you don’t get TVG, you can also catch the show on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.
We’re off to the races!
Leg 1 – Race 5 (5,6) – With the scratch of No. 4 Restless Soul, we’re left with a lackluster field of six for the $75,000 CTT & TOC Handicap for fillies and mares run over the marathon distance of a mile and three eighths on the turf course.
On class alone, this stacks up as a two horse race between No. 5 Griphsolm Castle and No. 6 Princess Taylor. However, Castle is winless in five starts this year since coming to the U.S. from Europe and the well-traveled Princess Taylor is winless in her last 17 starts over the past two years.
Leg 2 – Race 6 (2,3,4,7,8,9) – Bottom level three-year-old maiden fillies sprint five and a half furlongs and apparently somebody has to win. We’ll use six of the nine runners and hope for a price.
Leg 3 - Race 7 (1,2,8,9) – Back to the turf for this mile and a sixteenth optional claimer and none of these fillies and mares are offered up for the $40,000 tag.
No. 1 Nan missed by less than a length in a pair of Grade 1 races last year, including her last start over this turf course in the Del Mar Oaks. She got a race under her belt sprinting six furlongs in her comeback and should be set to fire a good shot here from off the pace.
No. 2 Ruination scored in wire to wire fashion in consecutive starts earlier this year, but disappointed in her last two after getting to the front early. She had no excuse when she got an easy early lead against tougher in the Osunitas and then was pressed through quick fractions in an allowance race. We’ll give her one more shot to take them all the way in a race where there doesn’t appear to be much other speed.
No. 8 Kalanetta has some talent and could be ready to run her best in her third race of 2010. She has looked good in the morning and the three-year-old could be ready for a break out performance.
No. 9 Americas Dreaming has finished sixth in half of her lifetimes starts with only one victory, but her consistent late run makes her dangerous under Joel Rosario.
Leg 4 – Race 8 (6,9,12) – Two-year-old California-bred colts sprint six furlongs for a $40,000 tag in a wide open affair.
We’ll use three of the horses that exit the July 28th race won by Offlee Wild Boys, in which the third place finisher, Swiss Tart, came back to win.
Recap – (5,6) w (2,3,4,7,8,9) w (1,2,8,9) w (6,9,12) – Total cost of ticket = $72
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Yesterday’s Result – (-$43.20)
Total for meet – (-$736)