2yo $50k maiden claimers going 5 furlongs. This one call for board watching or just hit the all button. The probable favorite is second time starter No. 7 Sacred Temple who showed high early speed in his one and only at Santa Anita when going off at 9/5, the colt that beat him that day came right back to score in his next start. 7
3yo fillies going a mile on the grass. No. 2 Hugh Knew is very fast and that last work here says she is will be on her engine, but she will need to contend with some other speed in here and that could soften her up and that will set things up for No. 6 Scene Queen who will be making a late run along with the Arlington Park shipper No. 7 George’s Peach who draw’s Bejarano. 2-6-7
No. 1 Tebowing won here last year at this mile distance on the synthetic surface. No. 7 Pebble Beach Baby has a shot first off the Mark Glatt claim with Bejarano getting the call if she can transfer her Golden Gate synthetic form over to Del Mar. 1-7
No. 7 Kristinite gets off the grass and back to a sprint, the drop in class will help her chances. No. 10 Citizenship gets her second start off the long layoff, she drops into a maiden claimer for the first time.
It took No. 1 Coconut Cream Pie eleven starts to break her maiden, she finally got there when dropped in class last out and now moves into a starter allowance race as she gets back going long on the grass. No. 7 Lakota Road comes here in top form and her downhill turf sprint races win this. 1-7
Exacta box 1-7 and win and place 7
No. 5 Perfect Set gets dropped to his lowest level and gets a top jock as the go all out for the win and the same thing can be said about No. 9 Counting Days. 5-9
No. 3 Tiz Point gets his first start off the Jerry Hollendorfer claim and Elvis gets the call, that last work here on the 18th says he is on go. No. 5 Stormin Lute broke his maiden here last year at .60 cents on the dollar. No. 6 Mike Man’s Gold ships in from Emerald Downs and will be very tough at this level, he loves to win races. No. 7 Regally Soul is in top form and owns a win here on this surface. Horses for courses belongs to No. 8 Hadfunlastnight who has 3 wins and 2 seconds from his six starts here. Baffert gives No. 10 Rauschenberg the huge drop in class. When all is said and done play on the best price among the 3-5-6-7-8-10
No. 6 Song to You may end up being the speed in this 1-3/8 turf route, he could get real brave on the front end. No. 11 Mambo Man who bombed in the 2 mile Belmont Gold Cup is back at his best distance. He is 2-for-2 at this distance and won here last year going this distance. 6-11
It doesn’t get any easier in this 2yo filly $40k maiden claimer. No. 9 Positivo gets her second start and first off the Mike Puype $50k claim. She was sent off at even money in her first go around but hopped out of the gate and race a nice even race after that, we will make her the play. 9
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