DEL MAR OPENING DAY
As usual on opening day we get the horses starting in front of the grandstand. The roar will be like a Kentucky Derby finish when the go by the stands for the first time, you really need to be there.
In this mile dirt race No. 1 I Can Do This will get a perfect stalking trip behind No. 2 Secret Courier and No. 3 Julius. Both will be out winging it on the front end. 1-2-3
Optional $62,500 runners travel 1 1/8 on the grass. No. 4 Morse Code’s last win came here at Del Mar. He exits the same last race as No. 6 UNITED who exits our HTW list off a troubled trip. 6**-4
WIN AND PLACE 6 AND AN EXACTA BOX 4-6
$16k runners travel a flat mile on the dirt and we will go with two price plays in here. No. 6 Gran Fiesta who is in from Emerald Downs. And No. 7 Monsajem Accrete who is in from Golden Gate, the price will right on both runners. 6-7
$20k runners go six furlongs. No. 2 Incensed is one very consistent 6yo horse and a must use. No. 4 Facts Matter is in top form and if able to sit right behind the speed he can repeat. No. 5 Giddymeister is the speed of the speed. 2-4-5
$40K optional fillies and mares go five furlongs on the grass in what looks to be a very wide open race. We will be looking to make it simple in this 12 horse field and single No. 4 HONEYFROMTHESOUTH. She showed she can sit off a hot pace and mow them down in the lane. She has run six times and hit the board in all six races including her last race when she broke her maiden going this five furlong turf distance. She has come back to work very good and all systems are a go.
WIN AND PLACE 4
Cal bred $50k maiden 2yo fillies go 5 ½ furlongs. No. 5 I Want One is a first time starter for our trainer to watch at the meet Andrew Lerner, we think the price will be right. No. 9 Arouse N Go is a first time starter for trainer Jeff Bonde. This filly is out of the dam Go Jaylo who has dropped 9 winners from 9 starters. 5-9
Cal bred maiden 2yo fillies go five furlongs. No. 1 Bella Renella ran big first out when a close 3rd. she gets a big jock upgrade to Rafael Bejarano. No. 3 Smiling Shirlee has been working like she can really motor. After these two this race as we say is hit the all button. 1-3 (all).
THE $100K OCEANSIDE AT A MILE ON THE GRASS FOR 3YO
No. 3 JASIKAN exits our HTW list off a big win last out. Flavien Prat will ride today for John Sadler. No. 4 Legends of War exits the same race as Jasikan one race back. He came out of that race and ran second vs Listing who won again next out. No. 8 Gregorian Chant losses Prat to Jasikan but attracts Geovanni Franco. 3**-4-8
WIN AND PLACE 3 AND KEY EXACTA BOX 3 WITH 4-8
$40k optional runners travel seven furlongs. No. 3 Coil Me Home last won when Prat rode him, Prat is back on today. No. 9 Metropol looks very live off the layoff for Bob Baffert. He won his only start last year when sent off at .70 cents on the dollar. No. 10 Bucky’s Pick was over his head last out, he is back in a good spot. 3-9-10
Opening day ends with cal bred maidens going a mile on the grass. No. 7 Unusually Handsome finds his way into the barn of Peter Miller who also sends out No. 8 GIVE ME THE LUTE who exits our HTW list. We will use both. No. 11 Claim of Passion exits the same last race as Give Me The lute, he will run better today on the stretchout. 7-8-11
EXACTA BOX 7-8-11
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