The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's Meet is in full swing, and brings together the very best that SoCal racing has to offer.
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Most Likely Winner: (Race 5: Eagle in the Sky #11, 5/2):
This is one of those plays that I hope happens because I have been waiting for this one to run back again for accomplished trainer Mike McCarthy. His gelding out of Sky Mesa is not officially entered in this race, as he is an “AE,” an also-eligible. He might get in, then again, he might not. What I do know is that he ran nicely last out at Del Mar, and had Trevor McCarthy not lost his whip, maybe he could have pulled off the victory. I think he is a sure bet if he draws in. Adding the “blinkers” is an even bigger vote of confidence. It’s a bet … come on scratches!
Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #11
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 6: Rousing Slammer #8, 8/1):
When it comes to “off-the-pace” action you always want a trainer who knows what to do up against a tough field. Mike Puype is a longtime fixture in SoCal racing, and he always has something up his sleeve. This gelding out of Rousing Sermon is coming to his outfit to run for the 1st time. He was with Northern Cali conditioner Steve Specht, and he flashed some ability on the poly up at Golden Gate. With vet rider Tyler Baze in the irons, that should give this one a chance against a field that has some major holes. It will not be easy, but Puype has a plan for this new acquisition. The price will be more than square at 8/1 or higher by post time.
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 7: Turf, 5F, ALLW76k, 3):
"Hanging Ten" into this ALLW Co. contest, it looks as though trainer Peter Miller has the inside track. In other words, the conditioner's able-bodied entry amounts to the prohibitive favorite in this spot. Good With People #2 could make the jump, but I am unsure if it is going to happen today. Even with Flavien Prat in the saddle, sometimes it just doesn’t go to plan. I want a runner who is going to be ready, even if it is off the bench. I liked Beer Can Man #5 all last year, even when he was in the barn of Tommy Short. Once he came to Del Mar, and Mark Glatt began to train him up, he started to do well there too. The win in that G3 in late November was impressive, and since February, I have waited for his return to the track. Juan Hernandez gets aboard once again, and he should be able to recall what needs to be done.