Del Mar in November, wow who would have thunk it and the last Del Mar meet on the synthetic surface as it goes back to conventional dirt after this meet.
No. 2 Diamond Flush ran second in both of her synthetic routes, he two best races and she gets Kent D riding for Hess. No. 5 Wild Caroline ran a good 3rd here with $40k maidens back in August going this mile distance, she drops two classes and her trainer has hit big with this kind of drop in class. 2-5
The go 1-1/16 on the grass and this new turf course should be tons better than it was back in August. No. 2 Unusually Green broke his maiden on this course back in July and he gets Mike Smith in the irons today. No. 5 Lucky J Lane ran first and second in his two starts on this course. No. 7 Benba has finished first for second in five of his last six starts with a third inbetween, he is the controlling speed. 2-5-7
2nd 2-5-7 and an exacta box 2-5-7
No. 3 Adriatic Skye’s last win came here back in August when running at this $16k level, we will take our shot and single in the players pick five. 3
No. 3 Marla Hooch is very steady and the drop to this level makes her very dangerous. No. 4 Eltoninadress is the speed of the speed and may not get caught today first off the Peter Miller claim. No. 5 J and S Express exits the same race as Marla, she will be making a late run and she won here back in August. 3-4-5
No. 1 Battle of Evermore got his first taste of the grass when going down the hill and finishing a closing second, he will love this mile turf race and his last work has him on edge, we will single. 1
Players pick five
No. 1 Spoiledandentitled broke her maiden here back in August when Kent was aboard, he gets back on today. No. 3 Up the Alley also broke her maiden here back in July and she has great tracking speed which will play perfectly today. 1-3
No. 1 Got Even will blast from the gate with the Candy Man on board and try and take them wire-to-wire. No. 3 Toowindytohaulrox gets back on the synthetic surface where he ran a solid second with tougher, he has a very nice last work. No. 4 Ashleyluvssugar will be launching from the back with Mike Smith getting back on board and he won with this 3yo gelding her the last time he rode. 1-3-4
THE $75K KATHRYN CROSBY
Bing would have been proud. No. 1 Bee Brave ran a better than looked race in the Grade I Rodeo Drive. No. 2 Queen of The Sand has been looking for a spot and she beast Bee Brave three races back when the met at Santa Anita. No. 4 Burning Arch is a perfect 2-for-2 on this turf course and exits our HTW list as a $$$$$ play. 1-2-4**
Maiden 2yo fillies end the day going 6-1/2 furlongs, Van Dyke gets on first time starter No. 3 Silver Starlight who is out of the dam Star’s Millennium who has dropped 4 winners from 4 starters and she beds down in a sharp barn. No. 8 Heat the Rocks just missed in her last race on the Santa Anita dirt, if she can transform that form to the synthetic surface she will be very hard to beat. No. 9 Stipend exits the same race as Heat the Rocks, she is a second time starter who lost all chance when breaking in the air to be far back, she took some action in that race and will go much better today. 3-8-9
Exacta box 3-8-9
We will go with the two Emerald downs runners in here No. 4 Ancient Mystery who just missed last out when dropped to this level and No. 7 Magestic Cat with the big drop. 4-7
No. 1 No Team Spirit is our of the hot Howey barn. No. 2 Sanger Silver has won 6 of his 11 starts here.
No. 2 Takin a Dip just missed here by a neck in his last start and finds little to beat today, he looks like a short price winner and a single. 2
No. 5 Quetta’s Toy is a nibble who will break his maiden soon, his best shot is today or the drop in class. No. 6 Smokeshow City exits the same race. 5-6
We will use three exiting the same race No. 6 Deckacards the second place finisher, No. 7 Magic Channel the winner by a neck and No. 9 Port Stanley who finished a closer 4th and could upset today.
No. 3 Krsto Skye is a second time starter with good early speed. No. 5 Son of a Royal also has good early speed and will move forward off that last start. No. 10 Cross the Line is a first timer for Hollendorfer out of the dam Beer Baroness who has dropped 3 winners from 3 starters including a stakes winner and Baze will ride. 3-5-10
No. 1 Pulpit’s Express has a sharp work off that last win and may like it here. No. 2 Blu Jon has a win and two seconds from his three starts here. No. 6 Storm Fashion exits the Blu Jon race and will be closer this time around with Juan Hernandez getting the call. 1-2-6
No. 5 Charisma Code drops trying to cash. No. 7 Sonicvelocity also drops trying to cash.
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