After three graded stakes were run yesterday on the biggest day of the Del Mar meeting, another black type event goes today, as the Grade 2 $200,000 Del Mar Handicap is run as the eighth race on the card.
Just seven days of racing remain at our seaside paradise after today, so let’s enjoy the final week and hope to end the meet with a nice cash along the way.
We’re off to the races!
Leg 1 – Race 6 (4,5,6) – A wide open seven furlong sprint for $32,000 claimers and we’ll try to get by with three.
No. 4 Sea Rascal has won his last two and now gets Joel Rosario’s muscle to help push him through the lane.
No. 5 Leandros finished a close second to Sea Rascal in his last race and can turn the tables today with a little better trip.
No. 6 All Man drops back down to a realistic level and can get the best trip from just off the pace.
Leg 2 – Race 7 (2,4,5,11) – Another tough sprint, this time going six and a half furlongs for optional claiming California-breds. There’s lots of early speed signed up, and much of it is on the cheaper side, so we’ll look for horses coming from off the pace.
No. 2 Daylight Storm has shown versatility and can win from off the pace today for his new connections. He’s been claimed out of his last two starts and has finished in the money in all five starts at Del Mar.
No. 4 Scofield Barracks has finished second in his last three, closing into moderate early fractions. He should get a quicker pace today to set up his closing kick.
No. 5 Rents Paid is a new face on the scene from Northern California and has trained forwardly off a good maiden win and moved to the barn of Jerry Hollendrofer.
No. 11 Earnednevergiven drops back down into a realistic spot after three starts against tougher. He won his first two races of the year and looks set to fire a good shot third off the layoff.
Leg 3 - Race 8 (2,3,4,7) – We’ll go three deep in this marathon distance of a mile and three eights over the turf course.
No. 2 Sporting Art ships in from Monmouth for trainer Mike Mitchell, who has excelled in the past with getting horses ready for these long races. A two-time Grade 3 winner in Florida in 2008, he has the credentials to win this.
No. 3 Megastar could begin to live up to his name with a break though victory here. He’s finished in the money in six of seven starts this year and should appreciate the added distance.
No. 4 Soul Candy won over this course at the distance in his last start and has now won two in a row. He is improving rapidly and has worked well for his first shot in a stakes race.
No. 7 Champ Pegasus missed by just a length in the Grade 3 Sunset at Hollywood Park in his last start and acquires the services of a jockey who won five races yesterday. He’d won his previous two, including a maiden win over Megastar, and could be set for his best third off the layoff.
Leg 4 – Race 9 (1,2) – Bottom level claimers go a mile and a sixteenth to close out the penultimate week of racing at Del Mar and we’ll go with the two inside posts.
No. 1 Morganouska showed speed in his debut and has some stamina building works since. He draws the ideal post for an attempt to go wire to wire on the stretch out.
No. 2 My Last Tycoon comes back in seven days after running an even race in last Sunday’s finale, where he finished third behind a wire to wire winner.
Recap – (4,5,6) w (2,4,5,11) w (2,3,4,7) w (1,2) – Total cost of ticket = $48
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Yesterday’s Result – (-$50)
Total for meet – (-$858)