Del Mar Saturday Picks & Analysis for August 14

Del Mar Saturday rolls in! Where the Turf and the Surf meet! Take a look at these selections ...
Del Mar Saturday rolls in! Where the Turf and the Surf meet! Take a look at these selections ...

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's Meet is on this Saturday! Bringing together the very best that SoCal racing has to offer ...

We at have you covered for all of it, as we offer free picks and analysis on a regular basis. Our turf-man continues to be red hot during the Meet. See what he has in-store as we head towards the weekend! It is going to be another fabulous time at Del Mar!

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Horse Racing Picks

Most Likely Winner: (Race 4: She’s Our Charm #4, 5/2):

In this high-level turf OC62.5k event for older females, if you are looking for a sure bet, then take a gander at Ron McAnally’s 5-yr-old mare out of Candy Ride (ARG). She was excellent back at Santa Anita in early May. That AOC saw her just miss against Peter Miller’s Laura’s Light, who is accomplished as a stakes competitor. I would expect her to be sharp coming back to the turf, and her works are steady and true. Geo Franco does not have a ton of recent experience on the grass, but he can get the job done. I think the 5/2 M/L price is warranted.  

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #4


Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 3: Win Often #3, 10/1):

When it comes to longer plays on the Saturday card look no further than Doug Pederson’s fine Cal bred runner out of Vronsky. The older filly ran at this level last month (finished 4th), and she did well enough against some entries that were a much shorter prices. With a couple of good works under her now, she should be game enough to make this a race. I like the price, and the addition of apprentice jockey Alexis Cedillo. Her inexperience is outweighed by her desire to make the grade …

Wagering Recommendation: $100 Bankroll, Graduated Wager WPS #3 ($10-W, $15-P, $75-S)


Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 8: Turf, 1 3/8th, CTT and TOC S., $80k, F&M 3+):

The Saturday “Feature” is this “Non-G” race which has some particularly tough angles. There is not really a prohibitive favorite, so most of the money will be spread across several entries. The most popular will probably include Neige Blanche (FR) #1 from the Powell Barn, Tapwater #4 from the Mandella Barn, and Rideforthecause (ON) #5 that hails from the McCarthy Barn. All appear fit and ready for duty … Of these, I would probably give the nod to Powell’s filly because she is well-bred, and though she missed last out in a 75k at Santa Anita, she can runback nicely. If you watch the Santa Barbara (G3), it was a game effort at a distance of 1½. JJ Hernandez is as solid as they come on the grass. In a race like this one, you want a jockey who is patient and can bide her/his time. Let’s put this one on top, and roll the other 2 underneath.

Wagering Recommendation: $2 Trifecta Wheel, 1 w 4/5 w 2/3/4/5/6/7/8


Enjoy where the “Surf Meets the Turf!” Best of luck on another run at Del Mar!

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