Wow, what a first week of racing at Del Mar! It wasn’t easy to, as they say, connect the dots looking to hit a pick four or five but if you did you got rewarded.
On Sunday at Del Mar they even put over a $150 horse named Kentan Road who somehow went wire to wire going five furlongs. I’m still trying to figure out how she got to a lone lead with several other speed horses in the race. It could have been the lightweight with the bug boy Asa Espinoza riding – his uncle just happens to be Victor Espinoza.
The early pick five within the sequence paid only $42,028.25! Now that’s a nice piece of change for those who were using Kentan Road.
Last week in this column we did the first five races at Del Mar for the Wednesday card and had a lot of readers who liked it. So we will continue to do it till college football begins the last week of August. Here we go for this Wednesday’s Del Mar card.
Race 1: Wednesday begins with $20K fillies and mares going 6-1/2 furlongs on the main that have never won three races. No. 1 Miz Tianjin gets her second start off the layoff and she also gets Geovanni Franco back on today. He rode this filly three times with two wins and a third.
No. 4 Duranga comes off the layoff for the hot training Jerry Hollendorfer. This filly had a big time last work here at Del Mar on the 21st just four days ago. Flavian Prat was on her last out for the win back in April.
No. 5 Dizzy Diva is a consistent sort and was scratched last week for this spot. She moves up off the win, owns a nice last work and gets a turn back in distance from routing in her last three starts.
No. 7 Robin’s Love just won at even money six days ago for a $25K price tag in non-winners of two races. Peter Miller is striking while the iron is hot. 7**-4-1-5
Race 2: $50K maidens travel a mile on the main. No. 2 Street to Indy is a 15-time loser, who gets his second try at this level and will be part of the exotics. He just missed here last year vs. starter allowance runners.
No. 3 Bartlett Hall drops to his lowest level and takes his first start on the dirt after running on the grass in his first six starts.
No. 5 Earnednevergiven has good early speed, just failing to hold for the win last out for $30K tag. His last work here on the 20th was big time and the price will be right on the move up.
No. 6 Tidal Effect gets his second start off the Bill Morey claim. He has a good record second off the claim. 2-3-5-6
Race 3: $8K claimers go 5-1/2 furlongs and we will use just two runners in this race. No. 1 Louden’s Gray is second off the John Martin claim. This top Northern California trainer hits at almost 30 percent second off the claim and this gelding has won four of his eight starts at this distance. A perfect fit at this level.
No. 8 Tomasino could be a good price play off the layoff for Andy Mathis. He has a work over the course plus gets Franco, who will start to heat up and also won here in the past. 8-1
Race 4: Optional $100K runners will be speeding five furlongs on the grass. Another race we will be using just two runners. No. 5 Tribalist comes off the layoff for Blake Heap. This 7yo gelding has a perfect 3-for-3 record on this five-furlong grass course and is proven off the layoff.
No. 7 Stormy Liberal is the one to beat. He is the absolute class of the field, winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint here last year. Will be a short price but a must use in the pick five and pick four. 7**-5
Race 5: Cal-bred $50K maidens go six furlongs. Trainer Val Brinkerhoff won with two of his first three starters at the meet. He sends out another live runner in No. 1 Poise to Strike, the speed on the rail. The price will be juicy.
No. 3 Hoss Cartwright, not the one from “Bonanza,” will also be a nice juicy price. He ships in from Golden Gate after showing good early speed for a $25K price tag. These are much stronger but his trainer is very sharp and we must take note that Rafael Bejarano will ride.
No. 2 Cayate drops from straight maiden races. He finished second the one time he ran for this price tag. 2-1-3
One thing about betting the ponies, it only takes one race to make a great day. Always remember, if you are not in you can’t win. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.