Del Mar Full Card Highlights for August 18

DEL MAR full card + SAR 4 for Friday (8-18-17)
By Jarrod Horak (todaysracingdigest.comwinninghorsepicks.com
DMR Weather: Sunny. High 74. DMR Best Bets (races 2, 4) 
DMR Pick 5, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 Spread Tickets included in .pdf file 

HIGHLIGHTS:
DMR 3 An Unusual Group/Kennedie Sky Quinella ($18.80)
DMR 8 MAKE IT A TRIPLE ($3.20)
Double (Races 7-8, $30.80)
Pick 3 (Races 6-8, $68.50)
SAR 4 FLAMEAWAY ($10.80)

DMR 1 (Clm-40k, 6.5f) #4 KARMA KING (7-2) ran last in a local optional claiming route July 19 and might be able to rebound for sharp 3rd off the shelf trainer Koriner. He fired Exacta shots in his other five local outings and earned competitive 131 (8f DMR), 137 (7f SA), and 143 (7f SA) Final Ratings in a trio of strong 2016 efforts. His June 18 (128 Final) return was solid. #5 Mr. Opportunist (2-1) earned a strong number at Los Al July 9 (137 Final) but he meets other speed and might not be able to duplicate that figure at DMR. He likes this distance (4-2-1-1). #1 Iron Rob (4-1) looked good winning from off the pace in a local $32k sprint July 22 (128 Final). #3 Blue Anchor (3-1) fired Exacta shots in 4 of 5 local starts and Diodoro excels first after the claim. Prat climbs aboard the early runner. THE PLAYS: #4 to win, Quinella 4/1-3-5     

DMR 2 (MSW, CA-bred, 6f) #6 MY FRIEND TONY (4-1) exits an okay 3rd from the outside post in his Sacramento sprint bow (122 Pace + 116 Final, 1 next out winner). Bejarano and Jauregui are 1-for-1 together at DMR and this one seems well-meant. #9 Vegas Vic (5-2) landed the place in both starts and added blinkers vs. similar local foes July 27 (105 Final). His debut number vs. lesser was better (116 Final) and he will probably try to get involved early under Roman. #3 Gosofar (7-2) landed the place in his last three downhill sprints (128 Final June 9) and he handles dirt. #4 Desert Law (4-1) switched to dirt and landed the place June 11 (107 Final). THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Quinella 6/3-4-9 

DMR 3 (Clm-25k, 8T) #2 KENNEDIE SKY (9-2) was in too tough vs. local entry level routers July 22 (final 1/4 in 22.1) and she did not get any pace help that day. She fits off her two sharp flat mile turf tries at SA vs. CA-bred foes on May 18 (120 Final, final 1/4 in 23.1) and June 23 (119 Final) and she won a starter allowance turf route at DMR last summer. #4 An Unusual Group (7-2) is fresh, retains Bejarano (4-for-12 w/Machowsky in 2016-17), and shows up in a winning spot (119 Final June 18). #6 Award It (6-1) was nabbed out of her last by Ellis and he is enjoying a productive meet. Her last two Final Ratings were 110 and she did earn better numbers before that. #7 Well Caught (15-1) owns competitive numbers and gets in light with Roman. #8 Scattering (15-1) is back in for a tag and earned back-to-back 117 Finals prior to her last. #9 Del Mar Ann (6-1) dueled and faded vs. $32k foes here July 26. Her sprint numbers before that were good and she won a couple of local turf routes in 2015. #10 Liar’s Smoker (8-1) flopped in her last pair but uncorked a 125 Final in a 9f turf win at SA March 26. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Quinella 2-4, Trifecta 2-4/6-7-8-9-10/2-4 

DMR 4 (MSW, CA-bred, 5.5f) #3 RAVEN CREEK (5-2) took action and checked in 3rd (beaten 7 lengths) in her local bow vs. open company July 22 (110 Pace + 104 Final) and runner-up Fleetwood came back to finish a solid 3rd in the G2 Best Pal. #5 Take Charge Deputy (4-1) took action, had a bad start and raced green in his ugly Los Al debut. The $180k purchase gets in light with Roman and should be viewed as a first timer all over again. Dam has produced four winners from eight starters (2 stakes winners). #8 Fast as Cass (6-1) is a Yakteen firster and he shows a +ROI debut MSW. Dam has produced three winners from five starters. #6 Ministersdontparty (6-1) is a Miyadi (+ROI debut MSW) first timer with two local gate moves. Dam has produced four winners from five starters. #7 Campaigner (10-1) is also a Miyadi firster and his last three local moves were from the gate. THE PLAYS: #3 to win, Trifecta Key 3/5-6-7-8    

DMR 5 (Alw-1x, CA-bred, 8T) #2 POPULAR KID (7-2) exits a much better try in a local turf route (132 Final) and figures tough throughout with anything resembling that effort for Team Desormeaux. The improving 3-year-old gelding removes blinkers (+ROI move for Keith D). #9 Kings River King (9-2) exits a sharp local turf route win (122 Final) and earned a 120 Final Rating in a downhill sprint before that. He drilled a local turf bullet Aug 6 and Baze rode him well in his last pair. #11 Elegant Tanner (12-1) owns ascending numbers for sharp NoCal trainer Martin. He stretches out after rallying to split a 12-horse field in a local turf sprint July 21 (119 Final). #7 The Big Train (5-1) is 0-for-7 on turf with five minor awards and he landed the place in a couple of local turf routes last summer (122, 120 Final Ratings last 2). Bejarano hops aboard the fresh stretch threat. #6 Dano’s Dream (20-1) might need the outing but he did beat today’s contender The Big Train in a GG maiden turf route last fall. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Trifecta 2-9-11/2-6-7-9-11/2-6-7-9-11   
    
DMR 6 (Clm-8k, 6.5f) #8 HAWK’S EYES (8-1) might be dangerous on the turn back for quality, low profile trainer Ruiz. He exits an okay show finish in a flat mile $10k event at Los Al (114 Final, 2 next out winners) and he rallied to win a $10k sprint at SA June 2016. #3 Nagy’s Piggy Bank (3-1) is a 16-for-41 shipper from Illinois with Final Ratings ranging from 125-147. The Hess Jr. trainee gets in light with Roman and should be forwardly placed. Can he transfer his Chicago numbers to SoCal? This race is up for grabs if he does not. #10 Fight Thru (5-2) was 3rd by a length when last seen at SA July 1 (129 Final) and the 1-2 finishers were next out winners. His other recent numbers were solid as well and he should be in the hunt throughout under Pedroza (1-for-13 w/Miller). He is 0-for-3 at DMR. #1 He’saruler (6-1) shipped in from LS and showed nice late interest in a place finish from post 10 vs. similar local sprinters July 26 (116 Final). Stevens stays put and he can move up 3rd off the shelf. #4 Winning Causeway (12-1) was 3rd in a similar SA sprint July 2 (114 Final) and the top two were next out winners. THE PLAYS: #8 to win, Quinella 8/3-10, Trifecta 3-8-10/1-3-4-8-10/1-3-4-8-10       

DMR 7 (Green Flash, 5T) #6 K THIRTY EIGHT (12-1) is one of the Fastest in the Stretch and he got a 140 Final Rating in a downhill win May 11. He is sharp and fresh and was clearly second best to Big Macher in the Thor’s Echo June 11 (138 Final). #11 Guns Loaded (9-2) earned a 150 Final Rating when last seen in the G3 Eddie D but that was more than ten months ago. Bejarano rides him well and his running style versatility should serve him well in this speed laden field. #4 Richard’s Boy (5-2) exits a disappointing try in the Parx Dash but he is not the first shipper to struggle at that venue. He was in excellent form prior to his last (141-149 Final Ratings), loves this distance, and shows two wins and a 2nd in a trio of local turf sprints. #3 Tribalist (15-1) graduated in a local synthetic sprint July 2014 (128 Final), went all the way in a local turf sprint August 2015 (131 Final), and pulled off another turf sprint wire job at DMR July 2016 (131 Final). He sports a local bullet for this and we know the front runner can fire off the bench. THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Quinella 6/3-4-11 

DMR 8 (Mcl-20k, 6.5f) #6 MAKE IT A TRIPLE (5-2) is an 0-for-5 CA-bred and Bejarano got to know him in a stalk/fade vs. state bred MSW foes July 27 (140 Pace). He missed by a nose in a state bred $50k extended sprint event July 3 (122 Final) and Machowsky shows a +ROI with this type of dropper. #1 Shadow Op (8-1) took action and attended the pace wide from the outside post before weakening in his local bow July 20 (119 Pace + 77 Final) and O’Neill claimed him for $20k. Roman hops aboard and he is an inside pace player this time. #3 Zap Again (9-5) is a Baffert trainee diving to rock bottom after back-to-back underneath finishes in MSW dirt sprints (129 Final July 1). They paid $410k for the son of Ghostzapper and this is a suspicious drop to say the least. #8 Moon Zapper (8-1) adds blinkers and the lightly raced gelding is not out of this (98 Final July 22). #10 Buckner (12-1) earned much better numbers in a similar local extended sprint July 21 (128 Pace + 99 Final). #7 Manning (12-1) is a first time gelding now conditioned by Cerin and this is his first dirt sprint try. #2 Supreme Giant (30-1) might be a useful player underneath. He split a 10-horse field from the outside post July 21 and landed the show in 3 of his other 4 local starts. THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Quinella 1-6, Trifecta 1-3-6/2-7/1-3-6-8-10, Trifecta 1-3-6/1-3-6-8-10/2-7 

Rolling Daily Double & Pick 3 Contenders – in order of preference:
1   (4-5-1-3)
2   (6-9-3-4)
3   (2-4-6-7-8-9-10)
4   (3-5-8-6-7)
5   (2-9-11-7-6)
6   (8-3-10-1-4)
7   (6-11-4-3)
8   (6-1-3-8-10-7-2)

ROLLING DAILY DOUBLE/PICK 3 WAGERING STRATEGIES
For $2 Rolling Doubles and $1 Pick 3 tickets, key the top choice in each race to all other contenders. See examples below:

$2 Double (Race 1-2): 
Ticket 1 (4-6)
Ticket 2 (4/3-4-6-9)
Ticket 3 (1-3-4-5/6)

$2 Double (Races 2-3):
Ticket 2 (6-2)
Ticket 1 (6/2-4-6-7-8-9-10)
Ticket 3 (3-4-6-9/2)

$1 Pick 3 (Race 1-3): 
Ticket 1 (4-6-2)
Ticket 2 (4/3-4-6-9/2-4-6-7-8-9-10)
Ticket 3 (1-3-4-5/6/2-4-6-7-8-9-10)
Ticket 4 (1-3-4-5/3-4-6-9/2)

BONUS STAKES RACES FROM SARATOGA

SAR 4 (Skidmore, 5.5T) #5 Flameaway (6-1) is a $400k purchase exiting a smart debut win as the heavy favorite in an all-weather sprint. Castellano hops aboard for Casse and Scat Daddy is a quality turf sire. #6 Dial One (7-2) might be the right Pletcher runner in this spot. He easily won his turf sprint bow at GP as the heavy favorite and dueled/faded to 3rd in the Kiss a Native on GP dirt July 1 (runner-up next out winner). He is a fresh tactical threat under Ortiz. The other Pletcher runner is #7 El Dulce (5-2) and he went all the way at this course/distance July 29. #1 Mentality (3-1) went all the way in his BEL turf sprint bow and should show speed from the rail. #3 Nauti Buoy (5-1) stalked and won his LRL turf sprint bow and was up the track in the G3 Sanford last time. He should appreciate this turf sprint. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Exacta Box 5-6, Trifecta 1-5-6-7/1-5-6-7/3

Del Mar Full Card Recap for August 17

DEL MAR full card + SAR 8 for Thursday (8-17-17)
By Jarrod Horak (todaysracingdigest.comwinninghorsepicks.com)
DMR Weather: Sunny. High 73. DMR Best Bets (races 4, 7)
DMR Pick 5, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 Spread Tickets included in .pdf file

HIGHLIGHTS:
DMR 4 ZARQA STAR (Best Bet #1, $6.80), Trifecta ($28.40)
Double (Races 3-4, $174.40)
Pick 3 (Races 2-4, $498.10)

DMR 1 (Clm-12.5k, 6f) #4 WHERE’S THE D (3-1) romped in a $6250k claimer at SA June 17 (110 Final) and was a length behind today’s rival Altaira at that same venue last time (troubled start). Roman rides her well and she has won here before. #3 Altaira (7-2) finished 1-2 in her last four including a local $8k place finish Aug 9. Knapp is 6-for-28 first after the claim and she earned triple digit Pace + Final Ratings in back-to-back dirt sprint wins at SA. She won a local $8k sprint last summer. #6 Kristie’s Heart (5-2) won her last four dirt sprints and new trainer Saavedra is 2-for-8 first after the claim. #1 Southern Treasure (3-1) fired Trifecta shots in her last 10 (113 Final June 25) and exits a local $8k score. Miyadi is 3-for-16 first after the claim and Risenhoover has no stats with this outfit in 2016-17. THE PLAYS: #4 to win, Quinella 4/1-3-6

DMR 2 (Clm-20k, 8f) #1 OVER ACHIEVER (5-2) confidently double jumps off the Ellis claim despite no starts since March 9. She easily won her last two under Prat. #2 Jonny’s Choice (3-1) is 3-for-3 at DMR and Spawr excels first after the claim. #7 Papa Turf (5-1) has not won in quite some time but gets in light with Roman and should show speed while stretching out in distance. He was last seen finishing 6th (beaten 12.5 lengths) in a $40k sprint at SA and four runners from that heat were next out winners. #5 Ground Rules (5-1) beat lesser $16k/3L foes at SA June 23 and graduated here in 2015. Cerin is 1-for-13 first after the claim. He needs pace help and so does #6 Shackleford Bank (4-1). The latter scored here on opening day under today’s rider Bejarnao and finished up the track off the Stute claim on turf Aug 6. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1-2, Trifecta Key 1/2-5-6-7

DMR 3 (Mcl-62.5k, 8T) #6 RELENTLESS MISS (5-2) added blinkers, attended the pace, and faded to 10th in a MSW turf affair at BEL June 8and she was 3rd (beaten a length) in a $75k maiden claimer at the Big A before that. Baltas has her now, Bejarano rides, and she sports four local moves for this. Dam has produced a turf winner. #8 Fast Bid (5-1) is tagged for the first time and missed by a neck the lone time Gonzalez rode her on GG turf May 18. #7 Paddy Jean (8-1)  showed some turf route ability vs. MSW foes at SA and DMR last fall before tailing off in a trio of starts over the winter. She is tagged for the first time and Belvoir shows a +ROI with 61-180 day layoff runners. #9 Arch of Troy (15-1) finished an improved 3rd in a Los Al dirt sprint second time out and low profile trainer Tsagalakis knows what he is doing. Dam has produced a turf winner. THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Quinella 6/7-8-9, Trifecta 6-8/ALL/7-9

DMR 4 (Clm-16k/3L, 6.5f) #7 ZARQA STAR (5-1) exits an okay 3rd in a similar local sprint and Glatt is sharp first after the claim. He got a 149 Pace + 123 Final in a downhill sprint July 3 and took a NW2L affair at 5.5f May 13 (119 Final). #8 Strong Values (6-1) finished in front of Zarqa Star last time and he has finished in the Top 3 in his last five. #10 Getoffmyback (7-2) exits a hard fought NW2L score here and the top two were well clear of the rest. He got a 113 Final Rating in his first start of the meet July19 and Prat rides back for Miller. #11 Sindys Luck (3-1) switches surfaces and showed nice early interest in a similar flat mile affair at SA June 23 (clear place finish). Bejarano is 3-for-19 w/Puype (1-for-22 at DMR) and this one was 2nd or 3rd in 5 of 7 fast track starts. #1 Jensen (9-2) was given a shot to make the Derby field in 2016 but folded like a cheap suit in the G3 Spiral and was never the same after that. Hess Jr. tries to scoop up the Ship & Win bonus and Kent D takes the call. THE PLAYS: #7 to win, Trifecta Key 7/1-8-10-11, Trifecta 1-8-10-11/7/1-8-10-11, Trifecta 1-8-10-11/1-8-10-11/7

DMR 5 (MSW, CA-bred, 5.5f) #1 SING A SOLO (5-1) is a Miyadi (+ROI debut MSW) first timer with Prat (5-for-14 w/barn) in the saddle. Dam has produced three winners from as many starters (1 stakes winner) and Miyadi also saddles #5 It’s About Alex (8-1). Roman (8-for-29 w/barn) takes the call and her last three local works were from the gate. #3 Sweet Sophie Grace (7-2) sports four local works including a gate move Aug 5. Stevens is 6-for-15 with Glatt. They paid $80k for the daughter of Curlin and dam’s other starter won. #7 Super Patriot (3-1) debuts for Bejarano/Baffert (13-for-30 combo) and her last three moves were from the gate. They paid $195k for the daughter of Unusual Heat. #9 Star of Kobol (6-1) worked from the gate at DMR Aug 13 and Hess Jr. shows a +ROI with first timers. Dam’s other three starters won and she might hit the ground running under Kent D (+ROI combo last 60 days). THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Trifecta 1-3-5/1-3-5-7-9/1-3-5-7-9

DMR 6 (Alw-1x, CA-bred, 8T) #5 AFLEWENCY (5-1) looked good graduating down the hill July 17 (108 Final) and was not disgraced vs. some of these from the outside post July 27 (5th by 3.25 lengths). She gets in light with Roman and might move up in her second route start. #1 My Pi Romancer (4-1) finished a good 2nd in a local turf route last fall, easily graduated in a flat mile turf affair at SA Jan 2, and went to the sidelines after tailing off in her last pair. Prat strings along and she might return running for Keith D. #2 Moonshine Annie (3-1) found herself in the right spot in her June 4 maiden win (110 Final, blinkers on) but stalked above par fractions and came up empty in her last pair. She either needs to track slower fractions or sit comfortably behind quicker splits to succeed. Stevens strings along and he wins races with Glatt. #4 Sea Smoke (5-2) is versatile and finished 2nd or 3rd in 4 of her last 5 turf routes. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Exacta 1-2-5/4, Trifecta 1-5/1-2-4-5/1-2-4-5

DMR 7 (OC-62.5k, 6.5f) #3 AUNTJENN (6-1) goes turf/dirt and she switched surfaces and earned a decent numbers in a sharp SA win at this distance June 10 (146 Pace + 126 Final). She gets in light with Roman and graduated here last summer. #6 Avicii (5-2) turns back and fired Exacta shots in all six local outings (135 Final Ratings May 25 & June 25). The consistent mare likes this distance and Prat rides her well. I have never been a big fan of #2 Noted and Quoted (9-5). She won a below par renewal of the G1 Chandelier last year and set the pace/faded in a forgettable edition of the G1 BC Juvenile Fillies. She did finish a decent 2nd in the Angels Flight at seven panels May 14 (134 Final) and that is the kind of number she needs to put up to contend for the win today. She is firing local bullets for this but figures to take too much action for Bejarano/Baffert. #1 Bitzka (8-1) is 2-for-2 in dirt sprints (123 Final in Barretts Juvenile last fall) and has not been seen since finishing 6th of 11 in the Chandelier. She won her local bow last summer. THE PLAYS: #3 to win, Quinella 3-6, Exacta 3-6/1-2

DMR 8 (Mcl-20k, 8f) #6 HARROVIAN (4-1) is 0-for-9 but has never raced for a tag less than $50k and got a spin over the local oval July 23. He puts blinkers back on and can improve 3rd off the shelf. #4 Fall Harvest (3-1) switches surfaces, gets in light with Roman, and will likely show speed. He drilled a local 5f bullet July 18. #1 Marq One (5-2) rallied to hit the board in 3 of his last 5 turf routes vs. better. He might be able to compete with these on the surface switch for Team Desormeaux. #9 Go Ghetto (9-2) is 0-for-12 and switches surfaces and stretches back out. He added blinkers and finished 2nd in a $50k downhill sprint June 2. THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Quinella 4-6, Exacta 4-6/1-9

Rolling Daily Double & Pick 3 Contenders – in order of preference:
1   (4-3-6-1)
2   (1-2-7-5-6)
3   (6-8-7-9)
4   (7-8-10-11-1)
5   (1-5-3-7-9)
6   (5-1-2-4)
7   (3-6-2-1)
8   (6-4-1-9)

ROLLING DAILY DOUBLE/PICK 3 WAGERING STRATEGIES
For $2 Rolling Doubles and $1 Pick 3 tickets, key the top choice in each race to all other contenders. See examples below:

$2 Double (Race 1-2):
Ticket 1 (4-1)
Ticket 2 (4/1-2-5-6-7)
Ticket 3 (1-3-4-6/1)

$2 Double (Races 2-3):
Ticket 2 (1-6)
Ticket 1 (1/6-7-8-9)
Ticket 3 (1-2-5-6-7/6)

$1 Pick 3 (Race 1-3):
Ticket 1 (4-1-6)
Ticket 2 (4/1-2-5-6-7/6-7-8-9)
Ticket 3 (1-3-4-6/1/6-7-8-9)
Ticket 4 (1-3-4-6/1-2-5-6-7/6)

BONUS STAKES RACES FROM SARATOGA

SAR 8 (Union Avenue, NY-bred, 6.5f) #1 QUEZON (9-5) exits a decent 2nd (beaten 1/2 length) as the chalk vs. optional claiming foes at this tripJuly 3. Castellano rides her well and she finished 2nd in this event last year with an almost identical pattern. In 2016, she followed up a 2nd in the Dancing Renee (7-3-16) with a place finish in the Union Avenue (8-18-16). #2 Hot City Girl (6-1) beat Quezon in this event last year and is 2-for-2 at this distance. She has dropped 4 of her last 5 but can fire a fresh shot and is tough when she shakes loose early in fast track sprints. #5 Clipthecouponannie (6-1) is 5-for-7 (4-for-5 on fast dirt) and Johnny V is 2-for-3 with her. #10 She’s All Ready (12-1) brings decent MTH form to the table and she is 2-for-2 at SAR. THE PLAYS: Exacta 1/2-5-10, Exacta 2-5-10/1, Trifecta Key 1/2-5-10

Del Mar Full Card Highlights for August 16

DEL MAR full card + SAR 9 for Wednesday (8-16-17)
By Jarrod Horak (therunawayhorse.com, todaysracingdigest.com, winninghorsepicks.com)
DMR Weather: Partly Cloudy. High 74. DMR Best Bets (races 5, 7)
DMR Pick 5, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 Spread Tickets included in .pdf file

HIGHLIGHTS:
DMR 2 CANDYMAN GARRET ($2.60)
DMR 3 Lajatico/Easy Rider Quinella ($19.00)
Double (Races 2-3, $11.20)
Pick 3 (Races 2-4, $35.60)
DMR 7 Responsibleforlove/Place des Vosges Quinella (Best Bet #2, $25.80)
DMR 8 Quiet No More/Of Note/Oh Scatty Oh Trifecta ($89.15)
SAR 9 MARCH X PRESS ($6.80), Exacta ($33.00)

DMR 1 (Clm-40k, 5T) #7 WEDDING BLUSH (5-2) pressed and faded as a 19-1 outsider in a local optional claiming turf sprint July 20. She attended the pace and missed by a 1/2 length in a $50k downhill sprint before that under today’s rider Baze and appears poised to move up vs. easier 2nd off the shelf. #4 Little Bit Lovely (2-1) was 4th (beaten 1.25 lengths) in a local optional claiming turf sprint July 30 and Stevens strings along. She went all the way in a couple of downhill sprints earlier this year.  #1 Not Too Shiny (7-2) moves to the Carava barn via claim and she missed by a head in a local optional claiming turf sprint last summer. She won a downhill sprint May 28 and should be finishing under Pedroza (0-for-4 w/barn at DMR). THE PLAYS: #7 to win, Quinella 7/1-4, Trifecta 4-7/ALL/1

DMR 2 (Mcl-62.5k, 5.5f) #1 WILD VERSE (5-2) stalked and faded in his local MSW bow July 22 (125 Pace + 93 Final). He came back to work a bullet Aug 11 and Prat takes the call. #2 Candyman Garret (9-5) dueled and ended up a clear 2nd behind a runaway winner in a similar local sprint July 21 (119 Pace + 94 Final). #6 Dramatic Ride (8-1) is an O’Neill first timer (barn 5-for-48  debut maiden claiming) with Roman (4-for-11 w/O’Neill) in the saddle. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1/2-6, Trifecta Box 1-2-6

DMR 3 (OC-62.5k/2x, 5T) #3 EASY GRADER (4-1) might be sitting on a top effort 3rd off the shelf. She exits an even 5th (beaten 1.5 lengths) vs. similar course/distance rivals July 20 (123 Final) and she defeated CA-bred turf sprinters last summer (120 Final). #5 Lajatico (5-2) set the pace from the inside post and held 3rd in the common July 20 affair (105 Pace + 120 Final). She won a local turf sprint last fall under today’s rider Prat and might move up 2nd off the shelf. #7 Sturdy One (3-1) usually shows speed but relaxed and rallied to win at this course/distance by a nose July 30 (122 Final). #2 Snow Cloud (7-2) beat some of these July 20 and that was her third off the pace tally at this course/distance. #1 Indriya (6-1) was only a couple of lengths behind similar July 20. She gets in light with Roman and fired a bullet for this Aug 5. THE PLAYS: #3 to win, Quinella 3-5, Trifecta 2-3-5-7/2-3-5-7/1

DMR 4 (Mcl-50k, CA-bred, 5.5f) #2 LUCKY WITH YOU (5-2) hit the board in all three dirt sprints and missed by a 1/2 length in his lone tagged outing June 10 (113 Final). He was edged for the place from post 10 as the beaten favorite in his first start for O’Neill July 27 (104 Final) and the switch to Roman might do the trick. #4 Trickonomics (7-2) dueled and weakened as the even money favorite in CA-bred MSW sprint at Los Al July 15 (158 Pace + 93 Final). He adds blinkers, switches to Bejarano, and could go all the way this time. #5 Bolster (4-1) landed the place in his last two long ago starts (99, 110 Final Ratings) and returns as a gelding for new trainer Powell. Prat takes the call and it makes sense that he ends up in SoCal for Lael Stakes (CA-bred by Benchmark). #8 Decarchy Dawn (3-1) and #6 Sunday Nap (4-1) finished 2nd and 3rd in a similar local sprint July 22 (111,102 Final Ratings). THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Quinella 2/4-5, Trifecta 2-4-5/2-4-5-6-8/2-4-5-6-8

DMR 5 (Clm-40k, 8.5T) #8 UNUSUAL TASTE (7-2) won his last two turf routes at GG and Mathis finally got on the board with a DMR winner last week. Bejarano hops aboard and this one sports a pair of local turf wins. #9 Abbey Vale (5-2) was ambitiously placed off the O’Neill claim in the G2 Eddie Read and ran last at 32-1. His earned 140+ Final Ratings in his three races before the Eddie Read and Prat takes the call. #1 Terrys Tom Cat (8-1) finished 6th of 11 in a local $50k turf route July 23 and that was his first start in more than three months. He is 2-for-18 on turf and both wins occurred at DMR and he is one of the Fastest in the Stretch. #4 To the Bar (5-1)gets in light with Roman and might shake loose early (135 Final July 2). #3 Conquest Sabre Cat (6-1) finished 4.5 lengths behind Abbey Vale July 2 (2 next out winners) but he had an uncomfortable trip that day. He got a 137 Final Rating May 26. THE PLAYS: #8 to win, Quinella 8-9, Trifecta 8-9/1-3-4-8-9/1-3-4-8-9

DMR 6 (Clm-16k/2L,8f) #11 SASSY ASHLEY (3-1) was clearly second best in a $12.5k/2L spot at this distance March 30 and was last seen landing the show (beaten 7 lengths) at 8-1 vs. $25k foes June 23 (blinkers on). The Baltas trainee is fresh and should be forwardly placed under Baze. #4 Jill Madden (5-2) went all the way as the strong favorite in a $30k maiden claimer at this distance April 20 and was claimed by Bonde. She drops below her claimed level and switches surfaces after back-to-back unplaced efforts vs. starter allowance foes. Bejarano takes the call. #2 Coronado Cool (12-1) graduated in a LS turf sprint July 16 and she was 2nd or 3rd in all four fast track dirt starts. Roman rides and she will probably show speed. #6 Zanab (8-1) is 1-for-25 but landed the show in 3 of 4 local starts and she hit the board in both starts under today’s rider Pereira. I’ll key her underneath. THE PLAYS: #11 to win, Exacta 2-4-11/6, Trifecta 2-4-11/ALL/6

DMR 7 (CTT & TOC, 11T) #5 PLACE DES VOSGES (4-1) might not want to go this far but projects a decent stalking trip at a hint of a price for the productive Nakatani/Baltas team. She was sharp earlier this year at SA, was only a neck behind Responsibleforlove in the Possibly Perfect, and the freshening probably helped. #3 Responsibleforlove (4-1) set the pace and just held the place in the G3 Santa Barbara and Possibly Perfect. The fresh filly could be ambling along on the lead under Talamo but #8 Goldy Espony (7-2) might have something to say about that. The latter goes from Brown to Baffert (32% barn only 13% turf) and she went all the way in the 2015 River Memories, G3 Waya, and G3 Long Island. Smith rides and she might take too much win action. #6 Decked Out (3-1) makes her first start of the year for Team Desormeaux. She won the G3 Providencia and G1 American Oaks last year but both were on less than firm footing. She missed by a head in the G1 Del Mar Oaks last summer and will try to get involved late. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Quinella 5/3-6-8

DMR 8 (Mcl-20k, 8f) #2 OH SCATTY OH (4-1) drops, switches surfaces, and Prat strings along. She got a 111 Final Rating in a turf route June 10 and Miller shows a +ROI turf/dirt. #6 Quiet No More (7-2) landed the place in 2 of her last 3 starts at this distance (102 Final May 19) including an okay local effort behind a runaway winner July 27. Bejarano strings along and she will get there at some point. #1 Hotsy Dotsy (3-1) drops, switches surfaces, and adds blinkers. She blew out a 3f bullet for this Aug 3. #3 Of Note (4-1) stalked and faded to 4th (beaten 14+ lengths) in a local $40k route Aug 9. She drops and put the hood back on 2nd off the shelf. #7 Blue Over You (5-1) is tagged for the first time and can improve 2nd off the shelf for Spawr after her much needed local dirt sprint return July 26. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Quinella 2-6, Trifecta 2-6/1-2-3-6-7/1-2-3-6-7

Rolling Daily Double & Pick 3 Contenders – in order of preference:
1   (7-4-1)
2   (1-2-6)
3   (3-5-7-2-1)
4   (2-4-5-8-6)
5   (8-9-1-4-3)
6   (11-4-2-6)
7   (5-3-8-6)
8   (2-6-1-3-7)

ROLLING DAILY DOUBLE/PICK 3 WAGERING STRATEGIES
For $2 Rolling Doubles and $1 Pick 3 tickets, key the top choice in each race to all other contenders. See examples below:

$2 Double (Race 1-2):
Ticket 1 (7-1)
Ticket 2 (7/1-2-6)
Ticket 3 (1-4-7/1)

$2 Double (Races 2-3):
Ticket 2 (1-3)
Ticket 1 (1/1-2-3-5-7)
Ticket 3 (1-2-6/3)

$1 Pick 3 (Race 1-3):
Ticket 1 (7-1-3)
Ticket 2 (7/1-2-6/1-2-3-5-7)
Ticket 3 (1-4-7/1/1-2-3-5-7)
Ticket 4 (1-4-7/1-2-6/3)

BONUS STAKES RACES FROM SARATOGA

SAR 9 (Bolton Landing, 5.5T) #5 MARCH X PRESS (8-1) rallied from 10th and last (hit gate start) to beat NY-breds in her course/distance debut Aug 2 for Pletcher. There is plenty of pace in the paper race and she might get there again under Ortiz. Pletcher also saddles #6 Sugar Queen (4-1) and she stalked, pounced, and scored nicely in a local off the turf sprint at this distance July 24 (sloppy track). Johnny V rides back and he is 9-for-19 with this outfit recently. #1 Fairyland (5-1) is back from Ascot after finishing 12th of 20 in the G3 Albany June 23. She easily went all the way in her dirt sprint bow at KEE April 7. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Exacta 5/1-6, Exacta 1-6/5

Del Mar Full Card Recap for August 13

DEL MAR full card + SAR 8 for Sunday (8-13-17)
By Jarrod Horak (therunawayhorse.com, todaysracingdigest.com, winninghorsepicks.com)
DMR Weather: Partly Cloudy. High 77. DMR Best Bets (races 5, 8, 9)
DMR Pick 5, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 Spread Tickets included in .pdf file

HIGHLIGHTS:
DMR 4 Soul Streit/Eskimo Rules/Frenchmen Street Trifecta ($53.45)
DMR 5 RED LIGHTNING (Best Bet #1, $5.20)
Double (Races 4-5, $9.00)
Pick 3 (Races 3-5, $29.20)
Double (Races 5-6, $11.40)
Pick 3 (Races 4-6, $11.10)
Pick 3 (Races 5-7, $25.80)
Pick 6 (Races 4-9) – 5 out of 6 – $37.40

DMR 1 (Mcl-40k, 8f) #1 EMPIRE RULER (7-2) showed some late interest in all five sprints (114, 113, 116 Final Ratings last 3) and might be ready to route (Ellis 10-for-39 dirt route) 2nd off the shelf. Bejarano hops aboard. #4 Hard Arch (3-1) is 0-for-8 but two of his best races were in dirt routes (110, 111 Final Ratings) including a show finish vs. starter allowance foes under today’s rider Gonzalez March 30. #7 Rafter One (4-1) raced wide and ran last from post 10 at this course/distance July 23. He earned numbers between 114-117 in 4 of 5 starts prior to his last and should be forwardly placed. #3 Watered Down (4-1) is out of the CA-bred MSW sprint ranks and might be the one to catch. #2 Trustworthy (8-1) ran last in his MSW turf route debut and Kent D is 3-for-5 with this Sise. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1/4-7, Trifecta Key 1/2-3-4-7

DMR 2 (Clm-16k/2L, 8f) #7 PAPA ROYALE (5-1) put the hood back on and romped in a $20k flat mile maiden event at Los Al July 8 (86 Pace + 110 Final) and flopped as the chalk vs. similar local routers July 19 (110 Pace + 71 Final). He could not cope with quicker fractions last time but there is not much pace in this spot and he can bounce back under Baze. O’Neill shows a +ROI blinkers off and he drilled a 3f bullet for this Aug 5. #2 My Golden One (2-1) rallied to finish a clear 2nd in a similar flat mile affair at Los Al July 13 (114 Final) and the improving gelding graduated in a $20k affair at SA before that (117 Final). #5 Hero Ten All (5-2) went from stakes to optional claiming to a $32k claimer and is now in a NW2L affair. His fast dirt record is not bad (5-1-1-0) and he might wake up but I do not trust him. THE PLAYS: #7 to win, Quinella 7/2-5

DMR 3 (Clm-40k, 5T) #5 COUNTY LINEMAN (5-1) is 2-for-3 in local turf races and smartly won a $32k claimer here July 20 (131 Final). He turns back and was a capable downhill sprinter prior to this year (all five 2017 starts turf routes). #4 Bottle Rocket (3-1) was up for the place off the Stute claim at this course/distance Aug 6 (132 Final). #2 Taima the Hawk (8-1) got a 129 Final Rating down the hill June 9 and Stevens rode him to a couple of place finishes last fall. #1 Secreto Primero (4-1) makes his first start in 7+ months and ran well in a couple of turf sprints last summer (137, 138 Final Ratings). His last four races were not pretty. #8 Eric the Trojan (5-1) finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in his three local turf sprints last year (137 Final Rating November 2016) under today’s rider Prat. His recent form is suspect but the fresh gelding drops and might bounce back. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Quinella 5/2-4, Trifecta 2-4-5/1-2-4-5-8/1-2-4-5-8

DMR 4 (MSW, 5f) #3 GRAN FIESTA (6-2) took some action and went from 9th to 5th in his SA bow from the inside post June 10 (83 Final, 2 next out winners including Serengeti). Hollendorfer shows a +ROI with second timers and Prat (16-for-55 w/barn) stays put. #10 Soul Streit (3-1) is an $85k IN-bred with win early sprint breeding for Baffert and Smith is 4-for-10 with this outfit recently. His last two local moves were from the gate. #6 Frenchmen Street (6-1) is a Malibu Moon first timer for Proctor (12-for-212 w/FTS) and Stevens is 1-for-1 with this outfit. He drilled three Fair Hill bullets prior to his four local moves. #5 Study Perfection (6-1) is an above average $75k sales purchase for Baltas (5-for-58 w/FTS) and Bejarano wins races with this outfit. Three of his last four works were from the gate. #7 Eskimo Roses (10-1) debuts for Ruis and he is 4-for-12 with first timers. THE PLAYS: #3 to win, Quinella 3/6-10, Trifecta 3-10/3-5-6-7-10/3-5-6-7-10

DMR 5 (MSW, 6.5f) #7 RED LIGHTNING (2-1) added blinkers and uncorked new TRD tops across the board (FIRE, CPR, Pace + Final) in a local place finish July 23. Kent D is 5-for-16 with Morey (2016-17 stats) and he looks a strong threat from start to finish. #5 Cat’s Blame (5-1) and #1 Psychedelicat (6-1) finished 2-3 in a $75k maiden claimer at SA June 23 and earned 131 + 128 Final Ratings that day. #4 Little Juanito (5-2) hit the board in all four starts and might be set for a new top 3rd off the shelf. He put the hood on (Garcia 0-for-6 blinkers on) and Baze is 0-for-10 with this outfit (2016-17 stats). #8 Captivate (6-1) broke from the outside post and never made it out of 6th place in his turf sprint bow (113 Final). Prat hops aboard and the $160k Keeneland sales grad is bred to sprint on dirt. THE PLAYS: #7 to win, Quinella 7-8, Trifecta Key 7/1-4-5-8

DMR 6 (G3 Rancho Bernardo, 6.5f) #2 BENDABLE (9-5) is 4-for-6 and runs well fresh for Mandella. Smith is 2-for-2 with her including a smart G3 Desert Stormer triumph June 18 (150 Final). #3 Skye Diamonds (8-5) is on a roll with six wins and a pair of 2nds in her last eight starts for Spawr. She earned 146, 144, and 143 Final Ratings in her last three and won her lone local sprint at this distance last summer. #4 Constellation (2-1) was 2nd to Skye Diamonds in the G2 Great Lady M at Los Al July 8. She is a bit behind my top two on numbers but did circle back to a top 138 Final Rating last time and might have a breakthrough figure in her 2nd off the shelf. THE PLAYS: Exacta 2-3, Trifecta Key 2/3-4

DMR 7 (OC-75k, 8T) #3 SABURAI (12-1) was forced wide early and ended up an uncomfortable 7th off 11 vs. similar SA foes July 2 (117 Final, 2 next out winners). She graduated down the hill March 24 (113 Final) and missed by a head vs. this kind at 9f May 21 (126 Final). Baze stays put. #6 Tooreen Dancer (7-2) made a wide move before flattening out in her US bow vs. this kind July 21 (first start in 8+ months, 119 Final). She beat 13 rivals in her all-weather bow in IRE last fall and dam has produced four turf winners. New rider Kent D is 0-for-1 w/D’Amato, #8 Spooky Woods (5-2) faced graded dirt routers in 3 of her last 4 and added blinkers and uncorked a 134 Final Rating in the G2 Summertime Oaks June 17. Prat rides back for Hollendorfer and 2 of her last 3 works were over the DMR turf course. Ghostzapper is a 9% first turf sire and none of her dam’s four winners scored on turf. #10 Lyrics (6-1) earned her best number yet (123 Final) in a 9f maiden turf win at SA July 4. She might get hung out wide stalking the pace but watch out if Talamo can work out any kind of decent trip. THE PLAYS: #3 to win, Quinella 3/6-8-10, Trifecta 3-6/3-6-8-10/3-6-8-10

DMR 8 (OC-40k, 8.5f) #1 TRIBAL JEWEL (7-2) fired Trifecta shots in 13 of his last 14 starts (129-152 Final Ratings last 6) and is 5-for-8 at DMR. The consistent gelding is a fresh early/pressing threat under Maldonado. #11 Irish Freedom (9-2) won his local sprint bow last summer (117 Final), needed his route return March 9 (110 Final), and finished 8th of 13 in the SA Derby April 8 (119 Final). He shows four solid local works for Baffert and his winning rider Bejarano (3-for-10 w/Baffert last 60 days) stays put. #10 Rocket Fuel (6-1) can be considered if you use his 132 Final Rating in a SA sprint off an 8+ month layoff June 17. He regressed in a local sprint July 23 but might be able to bounce back 3rd off the shelf under Prat (7-for-30 w/D’Amato). #2 Stringent (5-1) added blinkers and showed speed before fading in a sprint prep off a 2-month layoff July 21. He got a 140 Final Rating in a SA dirt route May 21 and sports two Los Al bullets for this. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1/2-10-11, Trifecta 1-11/ALL/2-10

DMR 9 (MSW, 8T) #4 POLISHED (4-1) worked a decent 5f from the gate at Los Al Aug 4 and Hollendorfer is 21% with first timers. Smith is 8-for-24 with this barn, Kitten’s Joy is a 15% first turf sire, and dam’s other starter won on turf. #10 Dawn Traveler (3-1) finished 4th of 15 (beaten 1 length) in her turf sprint bow in IRE and Prat is 5-for-10 with Callaghan. She is probably live in her US debut. #11 Scat Home Lady (6-1) overcame a troubled start to pass six rivals and land the show in her local dirt sprint bow July 20. Sise Jr. is 4-for-11 first turf and Scat Daddy is a decent grass sire. #2 Gia Lula (7-2) improved a bit in a dirt sprint show finish July 23 and Stevens is 6-for-14 w/Glatt. She has some turf influences in her pedigree. #7 Cinnamon Twist (12-1) is a $200k purchase for Callaghan (1-for-20 debut turf) and dam has produced three turf winners. Bejarano is 4-for-12 with this outfit. #5 Ladybug (8-1) took action, raced wide, and faded fast in her local dirt sprint bow July 23. Mandella’s $360k purchase is bred to route and dam has produced two turf winners. Prat jumps ship and van Dyke is 0-for-1 with this outfit. #1 Multiplayer (12-1) is bred to route on turf (dam produced turf winner) and Yakteen is 2-for-7 debut turf. THE PLAYS: #4 to win, Quinella 10/2-4-11, Superfecta 4-10/2-4-10-11/2-4-7-10-11/1-2-4-5-7-10-11

Rolling Daily Double & Pick 3 Contenders – in order of preference:
1   (1-4-7-3-2)
2   (7-2-5)
3   (5-4-2-1-8)
4   (3-10-6-5-7)
5   (7-5-1-4-8)
6   (2-3-4)
7   (3-6-8-10)
8   (1-11-10-2)
9   (4-10-11-2-7-5-1)

ROLLING DAILY DOUBLE/PICK 3 WAGERING STRATEGIES
For $2 Rolling Doubles and $1 Pick 3 tickets, key the top choice in each race to all other contenders. See examples below:

$2 Double (Race 1-2):
Ticket 1 (1-7)
Ticket 2 (1/2-5-7)
Ticket 3 (1-2-3-4-7/7)

$2 Double (Races 2-3):
Ticket 2 (7-5)
Ticket 1 (7/1-2-4-5-8)
Ticket 3 (2-5-7/5)

$1 Pick 3 (Race 1-3):
Ticket 1 (1-7-5)
Ticket 2 (1/2-5-7/1-2-4-5-8)
Ticket 3 (1-2-3-4-7/7/1-2-4-5-8)
Ticket 4 (1-2-3-4-7/2-5-7/5)

BONUS STAKES RACES FROM SARATOGA

SAR 8 (G2 Saratoga Special, 6.5f) #4 BARRY LEE (4-1) romped from the inside post in his Laurel debut and three runners from that heat were next out winners including the clear runner-up. The $380k son of Violence might be this good for sharp dirt sprint trainer DePaz. #3 Hollywood Star (4-1) is a $550k Romans trainee exiting a nice off the pace debut maiden win as the 3-2 favorite at CD (show finisher next out winner). He looks like the best finisher. #8 Diamond Oops (7-2) stalked, pounced, and won both GP dirt sprints including the Kiss a Native (runner-up Bobby Ax broke maiden July 23). Biancone is 0-for-20 in the graded ranks (1 Top 3 finish). #9 Copper Bullet (5-2) ran well in all three starts in Kentucky. He drew outside the other speed and fired a training track bullet for this Aug 4. Ortiz Jr. is 0-for-15 w/Asmussen (1-for-27 at SAR). #2 Mo Diddley (8-1) is a $450k son of Uncle Mo exiting a debut CD win by a head as the heavy favorite and the 4th place finisher was a next out winner. Casse was 1-for-44 at the Spa heading into Aug 12 and got a win in the G1 Fourstardave with World Approval. He sports two local bullets including one from the gate and Castellano rides. THE PLAYS: #4 to win, Exacta Box 3-4, Trifecta Key 4/2-3-8-9

Del Mar Full Card Highlights for August 12

DEL MAR Full Card + Bonus Stakes from AP and SAR  for Saturday (8-12-17)
By Jarrod Horak (therunawayhorse.comtodaysracingdigest.comwinninghorsepicks.com
DMR Weather: Partly Cloudy. High 75. DMR Best Bets (races 3, 8, 10) 
DMR Pick 5, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 Spread Tickets included in .pdf file 

HIGHLIGHTS:
DMR 1 Spinyatta/Wicked Old Fashion Quinella ($6.00)
DMR 3 Barleysugar/Nodiac Quinella (DMR Best Bet #1, $10.20)
DMR 5 LOS BORRACHOS ($4.20)
Double (Races 4-5, $11.60)
Pick 3 (Races 3-5, $31.50)
Double (Races 5-6, $25.40)
Pick 3 (Races 4-6, $38.50)
Pick 3 (Races 5-7, $74.40)
SAR 4 Pure Silver/Southampton Way Exacta ($24.00)
AP 7 Oscar Performance/Taj Majal/Afandem Trifecta ($31.05)
AP 9 POSTULATION ($12.40), Exacta ($22.20)

DMR 1 (Mcl-20k, 6.5f) #6 WICKED OLD FASHION (4-1) does not meet any world beaters and Hess Jr. is a profitable 20% with first timers. She worked from the gate at SA July 8 and her last two moves were at DMR. Kent D is 4-for-16 with this outfit recently and dam has produced four winners. #2 Spinyatta (8-5) probably wins this if she duplicates her 114 Final Rating in a nose defeat vs. $30k foes at Los Al July 16. She figures to stalk the pace. #1 Pretty Expensive (2-1) took action and closed (broke slow) to miss by a neck in Los Al bow July 13 (89 Final). Roman rides back and she will have to run faster to beat these but that is certainly possible. Puype is 6-for-96 with second timers. THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Quinella 6/1-2  

DMR 2 (Clm-16k, 6.5f) #4 FRAC CANDY (4-1) holds the hot hand (131 Final Rating July 20) and Treece might have claimed him at the right time. He is 2-for-3 with a 2nd at DMR and Talamo strings along. #1 Pedro Cerrano (3-1) dueled from the inside pace and slowly weakened in his local $20k return July 19. He should be fitter 2nd off the shelf and captured both of his local dirt sprints last year but Garcia does not usually ride for Miller. #3 He’s a Tiger (8-1) earned an improved 120 Final Rating in his first start after the Trujillo claim vs. $16k foes at Pleasanton June 25. The barn stats are strong (5 for last 15, 27% 2nd after claim, 34% dirt sprint) and the price should be right but he is only 1 for his last 16. #2 Casualty (12-1) ended 2016 with three wins and 2nd (119-135 Final Ratings) and started 2017 with a head defeat in a 5f Los Al affair July 16 (119 Final). THE PLAYS: #4 to win, Quinella 4/1-2-3    

DMR 3 (OC-62.5k, 8T) #1 NODIAC (2-1) goes from post 10 to the rail and she is back at her winning distance. She finished in the Top 3 in all three local turf starts and Prat strings along. She earned a 135 Final (final 1/4 in 23.1) in a local show finish at 9f July 19. #4 Girl Downstairs (5-2) stalked, pounced, and scored as my top in a local allowance event at this course/distance July 22 (123 Final, final 1/4 in 22.1). #3 Barleysugar (3-1) won her US bow in the local Sandy Blue off a layoff last summer and has not won since. Freeman shows a +ROI with 61-180 day layoff runners and Kent D rides the stretch runner. She earned 140 Final Ratings on three occasions last year. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1/3-4 

DMR 4 (Clm-16k/2L, 6.5f) #6 LA GALY (9-2) rallied for the show in a $25k SA sprint off a two month layoff June 30 (111 Final) and runner-up Munny Spunt returned to easily score as the chalk in a local $32k sprint July 29. #1 Sweetwater Gal (7-2) graduated as the favorite in a $20k SA sprint (5f) May 29 (104 Final) and the fresh filly figures to hustle out of the inside gate under Roman. #3 Rizzi’s Honors (5-2) is tagged for the first time since graduating in a $40k affair at SA June 2016 (113 Final). She goes turf/dirt and reconnects with winning rider Baze. #7 Quality Kay (5-1) missed by a neck at Los Al July 16 (105 Final) and was 2nd to Munny Spunt in a SA sprint May 20 (101 Final). THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Exacta 1-6-7/3, Trifecta 1-3-6/1-3-6/7    

DMR 5 (Clm-25k, 6f) #6 LOS BORRACHOS (3-1) owns competitive numbers (137 Final at BEL July 7) and Hess Jr. takes over the training duties. Kent D climbs aboard and he will probably strike from midpack. #4 Forest Blue (5-2) is always in the Top 3 in fast track sprints and he is 4-for-6 at this distance. He earned 132, 132, and 144 Final Ratings in his last three. #1 Logan’s Moon (5-1) ran well in his last three including a close-up 3rd in a local $20k sprint July 19 (114 Final). He has been popular at the claim box recently and low profile trainer Saldana has him now. Bejarano hops aboard and his last two wins were at 6f. Look out below if the pace heats up. #7 Where Y’at Joe Joe (5-1) was nabbed out his last by claiming artist Diodoro. He enters in decent form (114 Final July 19) and landed the place in all three local outings. #8 Alley Boss (5-1) exits a decent local $32k place finish (120 Final) and his other DMR start was an easy starter allowance wire job last fall. #5 Stoneys Mr Cruiser (10-1) is a first time gelding and Roman rides again. He earned a 126 Final June 4 and a 122 Final June 30. THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Trifecta 4-6/1-4-6-7/1-4-5-6-7-8  
    
DMR 6 (OC-20k, CA-bred, 5T) #8 EICHEL (6-1) stalked and finished 3rd in his last three downhill sprints (123, 125, 128 Final Ratings). He won a couple of 5.5f all-weather sprints at GG and might have more punch at this abbreviated trip for Freeman, who also saddles #3 Salient (5-1). The latter was hung out wide from post 10 vs. some of these July 21 (113 Final). He looked good graduating in a downhill sprint April 15 (125 Final) and can bounce back under Theriot. #4 Jet Set Man (3-1) missed by a head in a similar local spot July 21 (125 Final) and should be forwardly placed. #1 Chief Hosa (9-2) and #2 Tomasino (7-2) finished 3-4 in the common July 21 affair at this course/distance. The former is an inside speed threat and the latter should be finishing. THE PLAYS: #8 to win, Quinella 3-8, Trifecta 3-8/1-2-3-4-8/1-2-3-4-8  

DMR 7 (MSW, 5f) #8 FANTASTIC GIRL (5-1) sports three local moves (2 from the gate) and Sadler can strike with a first timer. Espinoza is 4-for-16 with this outfit and they paid $550k for the daughter of Pioneerof the Nile. Dam has produced three winners from four starters. #3 Beyond Pleasure (7-2) sports back-to-back local gate moves including a 3f bullet Aug 9. Hess Jr. shows a +ROI with first timers and Kent D is clicking with this barn recently. #5 She’s Funny (3-1) is a well-bred Godolphin first timer with four gate moves (2 at DMR) and Prat rides for Mandella. #7 Piedi Bianchi (9-2) finished a clear 2nd from the inside post in his Los Al debut July 6. #9 Ms Bad Behavior (5-1) is a first timer for Bejarano/Baltas and Blame is a 15% win early sire. THE PLAYS: #8 to win, Trifecta 3-5-8/3-5-7-8-9/3-5-7-8-9     

DMR 8 (OC-75k, 8T) #5 FORTUNE OF WAR (6-1) was on the upswing (126 Final April 30, final 1/4 in 22.8) prior to finishing up the track off a layoff from post 11 in the Oceanside. He reconnects with winning rider Stevens and can bounce back.  #1 Kencumin (4-1) ran well as the favorite in both all-weather starts in GB and Bejarano (4-for-14 w/Eurton) rides the overseas transplant. He drilled a local turf bullet July 30. #3 Caribou Club (3-1) finished 3rd from post 10 in the Oceanside July 19 (129 Final) and Van Dyke is 3-for-8 w/Proctor recently. #10 Master Merion (9-2) cracked the Top 3 in all six turf starts (129, 131 Final Ratings last 2) and should show speed under Roman. #6 Ritzy A. P. (6-1) added blinkers and earned 128 + 122 Final Ratings in his last pair. He removes blinkers and graduated at this distance on turf. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Trifecta 1-5/1-3-5-6-10/1-3-5-6-10   

DMR 9 (G2 Best Pal, 6.5f) #6 FLEETWOOD (10-1) was clearly second best from the inside post in his local debut at 5f July 22 (126 Pace + 117 Final). Keith D races his stock into shape and the $125k purchase can move up under Kent D. #5 Serengeti (9-5) finished 2nd as the favorite in his SA bow at 5f June 10 and aired at that same distance as the big chalk June 25 (134 Pace + 122 Final, blinkers on). He has better spacing today (48-days), drilled a local bullet for this Aug 1, and can score again for Smith/Baffert. #1 Run Away (8-5) dueled and inched clear as the heavy favorite in back-to-back SA wins at 4.5f and 5.5f including the SA Juvenile (138 Pace + 131 Final). Prat will have to hustle him away from the inside post and he meets other speed while trying to navigate another furlong. #7 Arawak (4-1) is a bit of a mystery for Ward. He dusted three rivals as the big chalk in his BEL debut May 26 and ended up 12th of 18 in a turf sprint as Ascot last time. The $200k son of Uncle Mo looms a pace factor at the very least. THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Quinella 6/1-5-7, Trifecta 5-6/1-5-6-7/1-5-6-7  

DMR 10 (MSW, 8T) #2 DATA CENTRAL (3-1) ended up an okay 4th in his flat mile turf bow July 1 (107 Final) and should improve for Team Desormeaux. #7 Arch Anthem (5-1) is a first timer for Prat/Mandella and dam has produced seven turf winners. She sports a steady worktab and worked a solid 5f from the gate at DMR July 27. #5 Kazan (5-2) was a length in front of Data Central last time and he also has every right to move up second time out. Prat jumps ship and new pilot Garcia is 0-for-31 on turf. #8 Big Buzz (12-1) is an interesting first timer with Bejarano in the saddle. Yakteen is 2-for-7 debut turf, Mr. Big is a 14% first turf sire, and dam has produced a turf winner. #4 Pubilius Syrus (9-2) split an 8-horse field in his turf sprint bow at GP. Cerin has him now and the $140k Keeneland sales grad is bred to go this far. #3 Landonese (8-1) was up for 3rd in his dirt sprint bow at LS July 15 (93 Final). Stevens takes the call and he is bred to route. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Quinella 2-7, Trifecta 2-7-8/2-3-4-5-7-8/2-5-7  

Rolling Daily Double & Pick 3 Contenders – in order of preference:
1   (6-2-1)
2   (4-1-3-2)
3   (1-4-3)
4   (6-1-3-7)
5   (6-4-1-7-8-5)
6   (8-3-4-1-2)
7   (8-3-5-7-9)
8   (5-1-3-10-6)
9   (6-5-1-7)
10 (2-7-5-8-4-3)

ROLLING DAILY DOUBLE/PICK 3 WAGERING STRATEGIES
For $2 Rolling Doubles and $1 Pick 3 tickets, key the top choice in each race to all other contenders. See examples below:

$2 Double (Race 1-2): 
Ticket 1 (6-4)
Ticket 2 (6/1-2-3-4)
Ticket 3 (1-2-6/4)

$2 Double (Races 2-3):
Ticket 2 (4-1)
Ticket 1 (4/1-3-4)
Ticket 3 (1-2-3-4/1)

$1 Pick 3 (Race 1-3): 
Ticket 1 (6-4-1)
Ticket 2 (6/1-2-3-4/1-3-4)
Ticket 3 (1-2-6/4/1-3-4)
Ticket 4 (1-2-6/1-2-3-4/1)

BONUS STAKES RACES FROM SARATOGA

SAR 4 (G2 Adirondack, 6.5f) #8 SOUTHHAMPTON WAY (5-1) drew outside the other speed and there is nothing wrong with his local maiden win at 5.5f July 21 (140 Pace + 108 Final, blinkers on). DePaz is 6 for his last 15 and 14-for-40 in dirt sprints, and Santana is 4-for-10 with this outfit. #3 Sly Roxy (5-2) smartly graduated from post 10 on a local good track July 27 (123 Pace + 108 Final) and she is Casse’s only winner at SAR after forty starts. Castellano rides again and she owns the second best FIRE Number. #1 Pure Silver (2-1) went all the way in her first two NY-bred BEL starts for Johnny V/Pletcher. She only beat three rivals from the rail in the Lynbrook (120 Final w/top CPR + FIRE) and might have a tougher time from the inside post at this longer trip. #6 Limited View (4-1) was clear throughout as the strong favorite in his sharp LRL debut June 17 (132 Pace + 107 Final).Aggressive pilot Carmouche will probably shoot for the early lead. THE PLAYS: #8 to win, Exacta 8/1-3-6, Exacta 1-3-6/8, Trifecta 3-8/ALL/1-6   

SAR 10 (G1 Fourstardave, 8f inner turf) #2 AMERICAN PATRIOT (6-1) is the only entrant with a grade one win in 2017 (G1 Maker’s 46 Mile at KEE April 14 – 152 Final). He exits an 11th of 16 at Ascot and will try to get involved late for the recently hot Johnny V/Pletcher team (8 for last 17 together). #6 Disco Partner (2-1) has never been better (three straight wins) and successfully navigated a flat mile at BEL in a razor sharp Forbidden Apple score July 15 (137 Final). #3 Time Test (8-5) finished 2nd in both US outings (141 + 143 Final Ratings) and both were disappointing results based on the hype and betting action. Brown starts over and gives him a shorter assignment and he did win a group two at a flat mile in 2015. Castellano stays put and he is working well for this. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Exacta 2/3-6, Exacta 3-6/2

BONUS STAKES RACES FROM ARLINGTON

AP 7 (G1 Secretariat, 10T) #1 AFANDEM (9-2) might be the value play. The invader from France lost for the first time in four outings by a 1/2 length in the G2 Prix Eugene Adam July 16 and a ground saving tactical trip under Dettori is expected. #3 Permian (9-5) is a 6-for-13 Godolphin runner exiting a nose defeat in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris at 12f. He aired by 4+ lengths at this distance in GB May 6 and looks like a solid threat under Buick. #4 Oscar Performance has proven on multiple occasions that if you give him an easy lead through soft fractions, he will make you pay, but you could say that about any quality stakes animal. I did not like him in the G1 Belmont Derby but did not expect him to walk on the lead like he did in the G3 Pennine Ridge. He only meets five rivals and could get a free pass up front but a quality overseas runner should spoil his fun. #6 Taj Mahaj (5-1) invades for O’Brien and his overseas runners must always be respected in big US turf races. This one is only 1-for-14 (6 minor awards) and landed the place under today’s rider Moore April 8. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Exacta Box 1-3, Trifecta 1-4/1-3-4-6/1-3-4-6   

AP 9 (G3 American St. Leger, 1 mile + 11/16ths Turf) From a value standpoint, #7 POSTULATION (5-1) looks like the right one. Blinkers have helped him focus and he easily went all the way in the Cape Henlopen at DEL July 8. Graham is a sharp, low profile trainer and I can see this one setting up shop on the front end and cruising home again. #2 Taghleeb (2-1) is the one to beat if he can get back to his sharp GP winter form that saw him win the H. Allen Jerkens at two miles and the G3 W. L. McKnight at a mile and a half. He is 0-for-4 in the graded ranks since. #1 Keystoneforvictory (5-2) is the sharp local threat exiting a nice win in the G3 Stars N Stripes at twelve furlongs. THE PLAYS: #7 to win, Exacta 7/1-2, Exacta 1-2/7  

AP 10 (G1 Beverly D, 1 mile + 3/16ths Turf) #5 GRAND JETE (6-1) was only 1-for-8 in France but won all three starts since arriving in the US for Brown. She might be a good gamble for quality connections. #4 Dona Bruja (7-2) went 8-for-10 in Argentina and is a perfect 2-for-2 in the US including a sharp win in the local prep for this July 3 (G3 Modesty). #10 Rain Goddess (5-1) is only 1-for-7 but landed the place in back-to-back group one events in Ireland for O’Brien and she reconnects with Moore. #9 Hawksmoor (9-2) exits back-to-back graded wire jobs and she controlled the tempo both times. I bet one or two of these challenge her in the early stages. #1 Dacita (4-1) was too far back in the paceless G2 New York June 9. The classy mare has fired Exacta shots in 13 of 18 turf starts and will try to get involved late under Ortiz Jr. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Exacta 5/4-10, Exacta 4-10/5, Trifecta 4-5-10/1-4-5-9-10/1-4-5-9-10

AP 11 (G1 Arlington Million, 10T) I like fresh overseas runners in big US turf races (Exception: Aidan O’Brien trainees) and #13 MEKHTAAL (9-2) fits the bill. He won the G1 Prix D’Ispahan May 28 and finished 1-2 in 5 of 6 starts at this distance. I remember doing a BC study back in the day and the Prix D’Ispahan came back as a productive overseas prep over the years. #5 Deauville (7-2) shipped to the US and took the G1 Belmont Derby last summer and almost got the job done in this race as a sophomore (3rd by 1/2 length). He cracked the Top 3 in his last five overseas starts and reconnects with winning rider Moore. #11 Divisidero (5-1) is a fresh rebound threat but I am concerned about his 0-for-3 record at 10f. His last two wins were accomplished in the G1 Turf Classic at CD in 2016-17. #10 Beach Patrol (5-1) won the G1 Secretariat at this course/distance last summer and finished 2-3 in 5 of 6 graded routes since. THE PLAYS: #13 to win, Exacta Box 5-13, Trifecta 5-13/ALL/10-11 

Del Mar Full Card Highlights for August 11

DEL MAR full card + SAR 8 for Friday (8-11-17)
By Jarrod Horak (therunawayhorse.com, todaysracingdigest.com, winninghorsepicks.com)
DMR Weather: Partly Cloudy. High 78. DMR Best Bets (races 4, 8)
DMR Pick 5, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 Spread Tickets included in .pdf file

HIGHLIGHTS:
DMR 3 TIGER MOM ($16.80), Exacta ($19.00)
Double (Races 2-3, $33.00)
Pick 3 (Races 1-3, $189.40)
Double (Races 3-4, $80.00)
Pick 3 (Races 2-4, $95.50)
DMR 5 UNOBTAINABLE ($6.40)
Double (Races 4-5, $29.00)
Pick 3 (Races 3-5, $140.30)
DMR PICK 5 (Races 1-5, $2,539.50)
Double (Races 5-6, $71.40)
Pick 3 (Races 4-6, $240.10)
DMR 7 Majestic Heat/Moonless Sky Quinella ($7.80), Trifecta ($10.75)
Pick 3 (Races 5-7, $70.80)

DMR 1 (Mcl-50k, 5f) #9 SHANE DOAN (5-2) finished 2nd in both CBY starts as the favorite (105 + 102 Final Ratings), He adds blinkers and might not look back. #2 Southern Warlord (6-1) finished up the track in his local bow July 21 and the top two finishers from that heat returned to run 1-2 in the $100k Graduation. #4 Minister’s Glory (5-1) sports a trio of local works and Talamo wins races with Machowsky. #3 Psycho Dar (12-1) debuts for Miyadi and Roman is 7-for-27 with this outfit. His last four works were from the gate. THE PLAYS: #9 to win, Quinella 9/2-3-4, $1 Place Pick All 9/3/5/1-2/1/3/1-2/1-5 ($8)

DMR 2 (OC-62.5k, 11T) #2 FRENCH GETAWAY (3-1) moved back to dirt but could not hang with the graded set in the Cougar II last time. He ran well in back-to-back turf marathons (141+ 129 Final Ratings) prior to his last and might bounce back on the surface switch. #3 Chicago Style (2-1) cruised to an easy off the pace score at this course/distance July 26 (138 Final) for Van Dyke/Proctor (3-for-8 combo at DMR). #1 Conquest Typhoon (4-1) won the G3 DeMille here in 2014 and is back in SoCal for the first time since for new trainer Miller. He has earned Final Ratings from 125-147 in his last six turf routes but has yet to go this far. #6 Little Scotty (5-1) enters in decent form (140 Final Ratings last 2) and ran well in a pair of course/distance starts last summer. He might be the one to catch. #5 Oscar Dominguez (4-1) fits on numbers and reconnects with winning rider Bejarano but is 0-for-4 at DMR. #4 Juristar (8-1) had an uncomfortable journey in his US bow at a flat mile (2 next out winners). He was able to navigate ten furlongs in Argentina and Brazil. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Quinella 2-3, Trifecta 2-3/1-6/4-5

DMR 3 (Mcl-32k, 5.5f) #2 TIGER MOM (5-1) took some money and was in the hunt early before retreating in her MSW bow at GG June 17 (1-2 finishers next out winners). Kent D is 5-for-15 with Hess Jr. recently and she sports three local works for this. #5 Willows Babe (9-5) landed the place in both starts vs. better (102 Final June 18) and the drop might do the trick for Bejarano/Baltas. #4 We Will Re Joyce (9-2) adds blinkers, drops back in for a tag, and should show speed under Roman (4-for-12 w/Miyadi last 60 days). This shorter trip helps and she might not look back for Miyadi (5 for last 15). #6 Rossmoor Way (12-1) was a 1/2 length behind We Will Re Joyce in her Los Al bow and can go better. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Exacta 2-4-6/5

DMR 4 (Clm-32k, 8T) #1 PREACHER ROE (5-1) just missed in a $16k dirt route off a 9+ month layoff July 19 (122 Final) and she beat CA-bred optional claiming foes at this course/distance last fall (122 Final, final 1/4 in 23.7). #2 Spanish Hombre (7-2) put the hood back on and landed the place vs. similar local turf routers July 20 (126 Final, final 1/4 in 23.9). Elliott decides to stay with Preacher Roe but Bejarano is certainly an ample sub. #6 Crown the Kitten (9-2) has not won since October 2015 but he hit the board in his last pair at a flat mile (132 + 129 Final Ratings). #7 Path of David (6-1) was up for 4th in the same race Spanish Hombre exits and he came home in 23.5. #10 Awesome Return (12-1) was good enough to compete here in 2014-15 but his only decent race this year was a 2nd at SA Feb 24 (134 Final). He might go better 2nd off the shelf for Ellis (8-for-32 second after the claim). #8 Lord of Chaos (12-1) fits on numbers and is 2-for-2 in local turf routes. His recent fitness is unknown and he might need another race or two before showing some spark. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1-2, Trifecta 1-2/6-10/1-2-6-7-8-10, Trifecta 1-2/1-2-6-7-8-10/6-10

DMR 5 (Mcl-50k, CA-bred, 5f) #1 UNOBTAINABLE (5-2) dropped, switched to apprentice Werner, and finished 2nd in a local $32k affair Aug 3. He is back quickly, lands the rail again, and should show speed under Roman. #9 Respect the Shot (3-1) is probably a live first timer in an empty heat. Cerin (0-for-8 debut maiden claiming) is 4-for-15 at DMR and Maldonado will probably try to coax speed out of this one. #4 Weiden (8-1) raced wide from the outside post and ran last in the key Smokem-Continental Divide affair July 21. #7 Big Bad Gary (7-2) faced state bred MSW foes in his first two outings and the place finisher from his las returned to score as the chalk here Aug 6. The trainer stats are not pretty but he might be good enough for a share. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1-9, Trifecta 1-9/ALL/4-7

DMR 6 (MSW, 6.5f) #9 PHANTOM PROTON (6-1) finished fast for the place at 28-1 in her SA bow last fall (1113 Final, 2 next out winners) and Prat is 2-for-9 w/Drysdale (10-for-37 w/second timers). She was a $105k Keeneland sales grad in 2014 and dam’s other starter won. #3 Pretty Owl (8-5) stalked and finished a decent 2nd here July 19 (129 Pace + 122 Final). She sports two local works since and could easily earn her diploma for Smith/Baffert. #5 Meiji (4-1) sports four local moves (2 from the gate) for Hollendorfer and Bejarano wins races with this outfit. They paid $115k for her. #7 Anonymity (6-1) is a $600k first timer for Mandella but Espinoza is not one of his money riders. Her last two local works were from the gate and I would not be surprised if she needed this outing. #8 So I Sang (8-1) finished a solid 2nd in her SA bow June 24 (114 Final) and Hollendorfer gives Roman a return call. #6 Hot Blooded Girl (5-1) is the other Baffert exiting back-to-back show finishes (117 Final May 29). She fired a local bullet for this Aug 7 and should show speed under Garcia. THE PLAYS: #9 to win, Exacta 5-9/3, Trifecta 3-9/3-5-7-9/6-8

DMR 7 (Solana Beach, 8.5T) #1 MOONLESS SKY (3-1) projects a ground saving tactical trip in a race without any pace. She had her 4-race win streak snapped as the favorite vs. some of these July 19 (4th by a length, 134 Final). #2 Majestic Heat (5-2) won this race by a nose last summer (134 Final) for Prat/Mandella and her only two starts since were in the graded ranks (146 + 140 Final Ratings). She sports a couple of local bullets for this and might return running. #8 Shehastheritestuff (7-2) is sharp (137 Final July 19) and Bejarano rode her perfectly last time but she will not get any pace help. #6 How Unusual (5-1) was 2nd (135 Final) in the same race Shehastheritestuff exits. #3 Qiaona (20-1) stretches back out and I have a feeling that she might outrun her odds under Roman. She was 2nd in the 2014 Solana Beach. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1-2, Trifecta 1-2/1-2-3-6-8/1-2-3-6-8

DMR 8 (Str-Alw, 8f) #1 SECRET TOUCH (5-1) exits a solid course/distance maiden win (119 Final) and projects a decent ground saving tactical trip. #5 Desert General (7-2) was clearly second best when last seen at SA June 25 (122 Final) and a trio of runners from that heat were next out winners. #4 War Union (6-1) switches surfaces for new trainer Blacker and he figures to show speed under Roman. He added blinkers and went to the front in his last pair (119 + 131 Final Ratings). #8 Super Echelon (6-1) finally gets to do what he does best and that is compete in a flat mile dirt race (123 + 122 Final Ratings in both 8f dirt outings). #6 Kionntal (6-1) added blinkers and graduated off a long layoff June 30 (111 Final). He will need to improve again to compete here. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 5/1-4-8, Trifecta 1-5/1-4-5-6-8/1-4-5-6-8

Rolling Daily Double & Pick 3 Contenders – in order of preference:
1   (9-2-4-3)
2   (2-3-1-6-5-4)
3   (2-5-4-6)
4   (1-2-6-7-10-8)
5   (1-9-4-7)
6   (9-3-5-7-8-6)
7   (1-2-8-6-3)
8   (1-5-4-8-6)

ROLLING DAILY DOUBLE/PICK 3 WAGERING STRATEGIES
For $2 Rolling Doubles and $1 Pick 3 tickets, key the top choice in each race to all other contenders. See examples below:

$2 Double (Race 1-2):
Ticket 1 (9-2)
Ticket 2 (9/1-2-3-4-5-6)
Ticket 3 (2-3-4-9/2)

$2 Double (Races 2-3):
Ticket 2 (2-2)
Ticket 1 (2/2-4-5-6)
Ticket 3 (1-2-3-4-5-6/2)

$1 Pick 3 (Race 1-3):
Ticket 1 (9-2-2)
Ticket 2 (9/1-2-3-4-5-6/2-4-5-6)
Ticket 3 (2-3-4-9/2/2-4-5-6)
Ticket 4 (2-3-4-9/1-2-3-4-5-6/2)

BONUS STAKES RACES FROM SARATOGA

SAR 8 (Tale of the Cat, 6f) #3 WEEKEND HIDEAWAY (5-2) just had enough in the tank to repeat in the Commentator and the wet track probably helped his wire job cause. The fresh early/pressing type likes this oval (8-4-1-0). #6 Stallwalkin’ Dude (7-5) has been a tough competitor for quite some time and he captured his last three non-graded starts including this event last summer (also won the Tale of the Cat in 2015). The only knock is price. #5 Candid Desire (15-1) does not care for a wet track so his last can be forgiven. He was in decent form prior to his last, Lezcano has booted him home before, and he can rally for a share at square odds. THE PLAYS: #3 to win, Exacta Box 3-6, Trifecta 3-6/ALL/5

Del Mar Full Card Recap for August 10

DEL MAR full card + SAR 8  for Thursday (8-10-17)
By Jarrod Horak (therunawayhorse.com, todaysracingdigest.com, winninghorsepicks.com)
DMR Weather: Partly Cloudy. High 76. DMR Best Bets (races 7, 8)
DMR Pick 5, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 Spread Tickets included in .pdf file

HIGHLIGHTS:
DMR 2 WARM ENDOWMENT ($3.80), Trifecta ($17.35)
Double (Races 1-2, $25.40)
Double (Races 2-3, $81.40)
Pick 3 (Races 1-3, $139.10)
Pick 3 (Races 2-4, $221.20)
DMR 6 Hold That Smile/Twisted Rosie Quinella ($8.80)
DMR 7 TOUCHING RAINBOWS (Best Bet #1, $5.20), Quinella ($5.20), Trifecta ($9.20)
Double (Races 6-7, $8.40)
Double (Races 7-8, $53.40)
Pick 3 (Races 6-8, $62.80)

DMR 1 (Clm-12.5k, 8f) #1 OH NEWMAN (4-1) exits an okay 3rd in a local sprint vs. similar (128 Pace + 123 Final) and Puype is 6-for-27 first after the claim. Prat rides back and he can handle two turns. #5 Dynamic Scoring (5-2) exits a sharp stalk and pounce score as the even money favorite at Los Al (120 Pace + 122 Final) and Roman rides again. #3 Tiz Jolie (3-1) exits a decent 2nd in a $20k turf route (147 Pace + 128 Final) and Brocklebank shows a +ROI 2nd off the shelf. He likes this distance on dirt but is 0-for-9 at DMR. #4 Alex Rossi (4-1) earned 122 + 128 Final Ratings in his last pair and is sharp enough to contend here. #6 Accelerant (5-1) is a 10-year-old gelding with a trio of local wins. He got a 1116 Final in an easy $8k win at SA May 21. #2 African Fighter (5-1) is a first time gelding and Pederson is 4-for-19 first after the claim. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Exacta 1-5/3, Trifecta 1-5/3-4/2-6

DMR 2 (Clm-32k, 8.5T) #1 WARM ENDOWMENT (5-2) was last seen landing the show in an optional claiming turf route at SA June 10 (122 Final, Last Fraction 29.5). Prat takes the call and he booted this one home in a CA-bred MSW turf route last summer. #4 Brookes All Mine (4-1) was re-claimed out of her last by Bell and Stevens takes the call. She stretches back out and earned 116 + 122 Final Ratings in her last two turf routes. #2 Comet Sixty Two (2-1) owns competitive NY turf numbers and was claimed out of her last by $40k by Hess Jr. She is 0-for-4 at this distance and will try to get involved late under Kent D (6-for-23 w/Hess). #5 Top Tizzy (5-1) had trouble vs. similar local turf routers July 26. She was a decent turf router in NoCal prior to her last and Roman hops aboard the wire job threat. #6 Summer Lady (4-1) has run races good enough to compete here (120 Final May 28). She remains above her $25k claimed price and can move up 3rd off the shelf. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1-4, Trifecta 1-4-5-6/1-4-5-6/2

DMR 3 (Mcl-20k, 5.5f) #9 TYBEE ISLAND (4-1) beat a total of one horse in his last three turf starts and drops/switches surfaces 3rd off the shelf. Bejarano hops aboard for Baltas and he did earn triple digit Pace + Final Ratings in two of his turf starts earlier this year. #11 Clifton Beach (7-2) stumbled at the start and finished 4th in a similar local sprint July 20 (86 Final) and landed the place under today’s rider Roman July 3 (138 Pace + 108 Final, blinkers on). #12 Flash Henry (8-1) earned improved numbers in a local CA-bred $50k sprint July 22 (125 Pace + 81 Final) and Bonde is 3-for-13 blinkers off. #10 Vigorously Juan (8-1) earned triple digit numbers in his last two Los Al starts and should be forwardly placed. THE PLAYS: #9 to win, Quinella 9-11, Trifecta 9-11/ALL/10-12

DMR 4 (MSW, 5T) #7 SCHWARY’S GIRL (5-1) stalked/faded in a local turf sprint last summer and Puype shows a +ROI with this type of layoff runner. Prat ends up here and she will probably show more today. #1 Cool Munnings (3-1) fired a 5f Los Al bullet for this July 19 and D’Amato shows a +ROI first turf. #6 Ib Prospecting (7-2) finished a distant 2nd in her Los Al bow and Eurton shows a +ROI dirt/turf. #3 Angel Allie (5-1) and #5 Sunday Prophet (5-1) debut for quality connections (Glatt, Hess Jr.) but outfits are a combined 4-for-64 w/turf sprinters. THE PLAYS: #7 to win, Trifecta 1-7/1-3-5-6-7/1-3-5-6-7

DMR 5 (Clm-8k, 8f) #5 BLOOMING HANNAH (7-2) made a wide move before weakening vs. local $12.5k foes at this distance July 23 (92 Final). She hit the board in back-to-back SA sprints prior to her last (107 Final Ratings both times) and got a 114 Final Rating in a $16k win at 8f June 2016. #1 Forbidden Command (5-2) exits a sharp $6250k win at this distance (107 Final) and Miyadi is 10-for-45 first after the claim. She likes this trip (11-4-2-1) and is a fresh pace factor from the rail. #3 Scathing (6-1) drops, gets in light with Werner, and a flat mile is her preferred trip (8-2-3-1). Cerin is 3-for-8 blinkers off. #4 Nazareth (3-1) exits a decent 2nd in a local $8k sprint (101 Final) and Roman (3-for-5 w/Sherlock) sticks but she is only 3-for-41 lifetime with 17 minor awards. #2 Forthenineteen (5-1) eased in a local $25k extended sprint July 26 but the 30-1 outsider was not expected to contend that day. She earned triple digit numbers in 4 of her last 6 starts and looms a pace factor at the very least. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Quinella 1/3-5, Trifecta 1-2-3-5/1-2-3-5/4

DMR 6 (Mcl-50k, CA-bred, 5f) #1 TWISTED ROSIE (3-1) shows four local works (2 from the gate) and Kent D takes the call for Bonde (6-for-50 debut maiden claiming). Dam’s other two starters won. #9 Hold That Smile (9-5) landed the place in both state bred MSW starts including a decent local effort July 20. Pedroza is 4-for-16 w/Callaghan and it might be cap and gown time. #7 Ciao Luna (8-1) sports a pair of local moves and Mathis (0-for-14 at DMR) shows a +ROI debut maiden claiming. Roman (+ROI sprints) taking the call is interesting. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 9/1-7

DMR 7 (OC-20k, CA-bred, 6f) #8 TOUCHING RAINBOWS (5-2) earned an improved number for his new trainer D’Amato in a neck defeat in his first start in seven months July 1 (131 Final, Freddies Dream next out winner). He drew outside the other speed, reconnects with winning rider Prat, and figures to get the jump on #9 The Street Fighter (2-1). The latter gets pace to chase in the paper race and earned competitive 128 + 122 Final Ratings in his first two dirt sprints. #3 Coils Gold (4-1) bounced back off a 4+ month layoff at Los Al July 7 (122 Final) and his only other strong effort was a local maiden win at this distance in his career debut last fall (123 Final). #4 Miracle March (8-1) has only fired once in three outings and that was a sharp maiden wire job in his lone dirt sprint try at 6f June 11 (120 Final). Roman hops aboard the surface switching pace player. #2 Johns Journey (15-1) exits a sharp win at Los Al for Avalos (8 for last 15, 15-for-39 in 2017). He earned an improved 119 Final Rating in his $8k win and looms a pace factor at the very least. He is 0-for-11 at 6f and 0-for-4 at DMR. THE PLAYS: #8 to win, Quinella 8-9, Trifecta 8-9/2-3-4-8-9/2-3-4-8-9

DMR 8 (MSW, CA-bred, 8T) #3 SPEAKERS (7-2) flopped from the outside post (wide trip) as the favorite off a layoff in her second career start vs. some of these July 20. Prat (0-for-9 w/Gallagher) hops aboard and she can compete here if she runs back to her June 4 debut (102 Final, final 1/4 in 24.9). Gallagher is an impressive 12-for-40 2nd off the shelf. #11 Battleground State (3-1) ran well as my value top in a similar local affair from post 10 July 20 (102 Final, final 1/4 in 24.1). Roman (0-for-9 w/Drysdale) strings along and an outside stalking trip is expected. #1 R Sunday Surprise (6-1) is the Fastest in the Stretch (final 1/4 in 23.1 July 20) but she leaves herself with too much real estate to make up and ends up settling for minor awards. #4 Zillinda (5-1) hit the board in her last three (101 + 107 Final w/blinkers last pair) and figures in the hunt throughout. #5 Halo Ahead (6-1) lures Bejarano away from Speakers and she was right with this kind from post 11 off the Machowsky claim July 20 (99 Final, final 1/4 in 23.7). #7 Christiana’s Song (6-1) was competitive in her first three starts (105 Final June 30, final 1/4 in 24.2) and Ellis is enjoying a fine meet. THE PLAYS: #3 to win, Quinella 3/1-11, Trifecta 3-4-5-7-11/3-4-5-7-11/1

Rolling Daily Double & Pick 3 Contenders – in order of preference:
1   (1-5-3-4-6-2)
2   (1-4-2-5-6)
3   (9-11-12-10)
4   (7-1-6-3-5)
5   (5-1-3-4-2)
6   (1-9-7)
7   (8-9-3-4-2)
8   (3-11-1-4-5-7)

ROLLING DAILY DOUBLE/PICK 3 WAGERING STRATEGIES
For $2 Rolling Doubles and $1 Pick 3 tickets, key the top choice in each race to all other contenders. See examples below:

$2 Double (Race 1-2):
Ticket 1 (1-1)
Ticket 2 (1/1-2-4-5-6)
Ticket 3 (1-2-3-4-5-6/1)

$2 Double (Races 2-3):
Ticket 2 (1-9)
Ticket 1 (1/9-10-11-12)
Ticket 3 (1-2-4-5-6/9)

$1 Pick 3 (Race 1-3):
Ticket 1 (1-1-9)
Ticket 2 (1/1-2-4-5-6/9-10-11-12)
Ticket 3 (1-2-3-4-5-6/1/9-10-11-12)
Ticket 4 (1-2-3-4-5-6/1-2-4-5-6/9)

BONUS STAKES RACES FROM SARATOGA

SAR 8 (NY Stallion Series, 8f inner turf) #1 PAZ THE BOURBON (3-1) rolled a pair of 3‘s in her last two turf sprints at BEL and she got no pace help June 25 (3rd by 1.5 lengths). Today’s rider Castellano was aboard for both wins including a flat mile turf score last fall. She can turn the tables on #4 Lady Joan (2-1) and #6 Lover’s Key (5-2) if the fractions are honest. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Exacta 1/4-6, Exacta 4-6/1, Trifecta 1/ALL/4-6

Del Mar Full Card Recap for August 9

DEL MAR full card + SAR 9  for Wednesday (8-9-17)
By Jarrod Horak
DMR Weather: Partly Cloudy. High 77. DMR Best Bets (races 5, 7)
DMR Pick 5, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 Spread Tickets included in .pdf file

HIGHLIGHTS:
DMR 3 For Him/On the Right Exacta ($17.20)
DMR 5 Tina’s Exchange/Mr Vargas Quinella (Best Bet #1, $9.00)
DMR 6 Vallestina/Candy Boss Quinella ($12.00)

DMR 1 (Mcl-40k, 8f) #7 CHRISTMAS CAROL (3-1) was clearly second best in her $75k dirt sprint debut Jan 15 (93 Final) and was competitive in her last two $50k turf routes (101, 99 Final Ratings). Roman rides back for Baltas and she can pounce on Tiki Bar Logic if/when that one folds her tent. #2 Tiki Bar Logic (5-2) has run fast enough to win this one time and that was a runner-up effort in her only $40k start June 9 (113 Pace + 111 Final). She adds blinkers, Machowsky shows a +ROI sprint/route, and she should be forwardly placed. A pair of also-rans from her last returned to score and maybe she will be the third. #5 Bridal Arch (4-1) is in from NoCal with Bejarano in the saddle and Jauregui is 2-for-3 w/MSW droppers. #1 Grace Hopper (6-1) steps up in class following a $20k place finish Aug 2 (81 Final). Prat climbs aboard and she might improve again. THE PLAYS: #7 to win, Quinella 7/1-2-5, Trifecta 2-5/1-2-5-7/1-2-5-7, $1 Place Pick All 2-7/1-5/1-3/8/1/1-3/1/9 ($16)

DMR 2 (Clm-16k/3L, 8f) #5 MONTEREY SHALE (7-2) ran last in a starter allowance event at Los AlJuly 7 but that was a tough spot and runner-up Chris and Dave returned to go all the way in a local turf route Aug 5. He won his last two tagged dirt starts (117 Final June 4) and today’s rider Baze was up for the maiden win May 14. #1 Dream Police (4-1) earned 117 + 126 Final Ratings in his last two flat mile dirt starts and he should be forwardly placed from the rail under apprentice Werner. #4 Radio Silent (5-2) has not been seen since cruising as the favorite in a local NW2L affair at this distance last fall (122 Final). He returns as a gelding for Hess Jr. (3-for-25 first after claim) and fired Exacta shots in his five previous outings at one mile. He missed almost five weeks of training from June 7 – July 11 and might come up a tad short. #6 Real Big Deal (8-1) gets in light with Roman and went all the way in his lone local outing in a maiden claiming dirt sprint in 2015. He was unplaced in both starts this year vs. better but might improve and has the back numbers to compete here. #8 Woody’s Folly (4-1) goes on the half-price rack for +ROI turf/dirt trainer Spawr. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Quinella 5/1-4, Superfecta 1-5/1-4-5/ALL/1-4-5-6-8

DMR 3 (Mcl-50k, 8f) #3 IMA TAKE CHARGE (5-1) is tagged for the first time and Keith D (+ROI sprint/route) typically races his youngsters into shape. Barn $$ rider Kent D hops aboard and he is bred to go this far. #9 Davka (5-1) was only a couple of lengths behind stablemate and  today’s On the Right in her 5f bow June 25 and broke slow again in a local turf route July 30. He gets in light with Roman and Miller shows a +ROI turf/dirt and he also excels with MSW droppers. #1 On the Right (5-2) should be prepared to route following two sprints but Talamo does not win races with Miller (1-for-33 combo 2016-17). He is an obvious contender on paper after an improved 101 Final Rating July 22. #7 For Him (4-1) improved nicely in a neck defeat as the heavy favorite in a $40k Los Al maiden claiming sprint July 14 (93 Final). He should be forwardly placed. THE PLAYS: #3 to win, Exacta 3-7-9/1

DMR 4 (Clm-20k, 6f) #2 PAY OF PLAY (10-1) showed marked improvement graduating second time out April 20 (116 Pace + 101 Final). She dueled/faded in the common July 13 (129 Pace) affair at Los Al and might get brave if able to shake loose early 2nd off the shelf under Roman. #8 Love Winning (5-2) won her last two including a 7+ length romp in a $12.5k extended sprint July 3 (149 Pace + 123 Final, show finisher next out winner). Roman’s aggressive tactics from the inside post paid off last time but he rides my top choice in this spot (Bejarano hops aboard). She was improving prior to her last but the July 3 numbers might be inflated and she picks up weight while traveling a shorter distance and won’t offer much value. #5 Victory Seeker (5-1) earned triple digit Final Ratings in 4 of her last 6 starts at GG and she graduated on real dirt. Mathis is struggling at DMR and Pedroza is 0-for-8 with this outfit. #7 Besides the Point (9-2) has been an all or nothing type after six races (three wins + 4 triple digit Final Ratings). She won the aforementioned July 13 Los Al affair but followed up her other two wins with unplaced losses. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Quinella 2-8, Trifecta 2-8/2-5-7-8/2-5-7-8

DMR 5 (MSW, 5T) #7 MR VARGAS (4-1) earned an improved 126 Final Rating in a GP dirt sprint second time out and three also-rans from that heat were next out winners. Midshipman is a 14% first turf sire, Koriner shows a +ROI first turf, and he figures in the hunt throughout under Roman. He has five Los Al bullets in his holster. #5 Milhaud (7-2) earned his best number (122 Final) in a downhill place finish under today’s rider Prat May 26 and should be forwardly placed. #1 Tina’s Exchange (5-2) landed the place in all four starts and was the beaten favorite in his last pair (125 Final Rating June 3). A ground saving tactical trip is expected. #3 Zipman (3-1) is a first timer with a local bullet but Baffert is only 1-for-21 first turf. City Zip is a decent turf sire and dam has produced two turf winners. THE PLAYS: #7 to win, Quinella 7/1-3-5

DMR 6 (Str-Alw, 6f) #1 CANDY BOSS (3-1) switches surfaces and figures to show speed from the rail under Roman. She got a 150 Pace + 125 Final in speed/fade trip as the beaten favorite down the hillMay 29 and that $50k claimer made her eligible for this spot. #3 Vallestina (5-2) cleared off early and widened throughout in a 17+ length maiden win at CBY June 24 (137 Pace + 126 Final). McCarthy is 0-for-13 with new additions to his barn and Prat is 3-for-18 with this outfit. She sports a pair of local moves for this and might be this good. #7 Furious Fire (15-1) showed marked improvement in herJune 16 (110 Final) maiden win and two runners from that heat were next out winners. #2 Lady Bellamy (7-2) might be able to move forward 2nd off the shelf under Bejarano. She graduated in a SA maiden claimer May 21 (111 Pace + 113 Final) and was 4th of 5 vs. the boys at Los Al July 9 (134 Pace + 107 Final). #4 Pied N True (4-1) landed the show in her last two downhill sprints vs. this kind and she graduated at this course/distance last summer. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1/2-3-7, Trifecta 1-2-3-7/1-2-3-7/4

DMR 7 (OC-40k/1x, 8f) #1 JUST A LITTLE HOPE (7-2) rallied for the place in her dirt sprint bow April 8 (123 Final) and followed that up with a sharp maiden win May 29 (132 Final). Her Final Rating dipped to a 128 in a turf route July 2 (3rd by 1.5 lengths) but her Pace Rating jumped way up to a 123 so that is a valid reason why her number dropped a bit last time. She drilled a local bullet for this Aug 2 and Hendricks is 6-for-25 turf/dirt. Stevens stays put and she looks like a solid contender. #3 Reiki Baby (5-1) got up by a nose in her extended sprint bow June 11 (126 Final) and finished a grinding 2nd at Los Al July 13 (6f, 123 Final). She is bred to get this trip (Curlin-Storm Cat) but Kitchingman is 0-for-13 sprint/route. #8 That’s a Lady (3-1) fits on numbers and gets in light with Roman but has lost her last nine starts (1-for-15 overall w/7 minor awards). #9 Rosie My Rosie (4-1) disappointed in her last two CD starts (2 next out winners June 24) and Hess Jr. has her in SoCal now. She will try to get involved late under Kent D and she earned 140 + 132 Final Ratings in a pair of dirt route wins at FG earlier this year. #4 Candy Swirls (12-1) earned improved numbers (120 Pace + 119 Final) in a dirt sprint maiden win second time out and might attempt a wire job at a speed friendly distance. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1-3, Superfecta 1-3/1-3-8/ALL/1-3-4-8-9

DMR 8 (Clm-8k, 5.5f) #11 EBONY CAT (9-2) exits a sharp $8k win at Los Al (113 Pace + 122 Final) and new 10-pound apprentice Falgione is her exercise rider. She drew outside the other speed and might repeat. #9 Altaira (3-1) earned triple digit Pace + Final Ratings in back-to-back dirt sprint wins at SA and she figures to track the pace under Jimenez. She won a similar local $8k sprint last summer. #1 Marynetta (5-1) needed her $20k return at Pleasanton July 9 and the 9-year-old mare was the betting favorite in 9 of her last 10 NoCal starts (3 wins). She is an inside pace factor at the very least but Mathis is not sending out live runners at the current stand (0-for-14). #2 Public House (6-1) makes her first start in 6+ months for Mulhall (+ROI route/sprint). She has won at this course and distance before and her winning rider Baze strings along. THE PLAYS: #11 to win, Quinella 9/1-2-11, Trifecta 9-11/1-2-9-11/1-2-9-11  

Rolling Daily Double & Pick 3 Contenders – in order of preference:
1   (7-2-5-1)
2   (5-1-4-6-8)
3   (3-9-1-7)
4   (2-8-5-7)
5   (7-5-1-3)
6   (1-3-7-2-4)
7   (1-3-8-9-4)
8   (11-9-1-2)

ROLLING DAILY DOUBLE/PICK 3 WAGERING STRATEGIES
For $2 Rolling Doubles and $1 Pick 3 tickets, key the top choice in each race to all other contenders. See examples below:

$2 Double (Race 1-2): 
Ticket 1 (7-5)
Ticket 2 (7/1-4-5-6-8)
Ticket 3 (1-2-5-7/5)

$2 Double (Races 2-3):
Ticket 2 (5-3)
Ticket 1 (5/1-3-7-9)
Ticket 3 (1-4-5-6-8/3)

$1 Pick 3 (Race 1-3): 
Ticket 1 (7-5-3)
Ticket 2 (7/1-4-5-6-8/1-3-7-9)
Ticket 3 (1-2-5-7/5/1-3-7-9)
Ticket 4 (1-2-5-7/1-4-5-6-8/3)

BONUS STAKES RACES FROM SARATOGA

SAR 9 (Quick Call, 5.5T) #2 MONGO NATION (7-2) was thrown off his game in an off the turf sprint at MTH July 7 (3rd by 10) and a fading 6th in the Paradise Creek at seven panels May 27. Before those two races, he won back-to-back GP turf sprints at five furlongs under today’s rider Saez. He fired a local turf bullet for this July 29 and can bounce back 3rd off the shelf. A stalking trip behind multiple front runners is expected. #4 The Money Monster (5-1) won all three of his non-graded dirt sprints and is an interesting threat from on the pace on the surface switch. #1 Blind Ambition (5-2) easily went all the way in his lone turf try and that was his top number. This distance might be too short and Castellano is 1-for-20 w/Pletcher recently. #3 Malraux (2-1) went to the front in all three outings and won his last two off the turf all-weather sprints at AP after finishing 2nd in his turf sprint bow. He meets other speed. #5 Expedited Vision (5-1) won both of his LRL starts including his turf sprint bow over a next out winner June 9. #6 Indy Hill (12-1) rounds out the field and adds speed to the mix. He won back-to-back turf sprints in Kentucky prior to fading vs. local optional claiming foes July 22. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Exacta Box 2-4, Trifecta 2-4/1-3/5-6  ​

Del Mar Full Card Recap for August 6

DEL MAR full card + SAR 3, 10 for Sunday (8-6-17)
By Jarrod Horak (horseracingnation.com, therunawayhorse.com, todaysracingdigest.com)
DMR Weather: Partly Cloudy. High 76. DMR Best Bets (races 6, 8, 9)
DMR Pick 5, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 Spread Tickets included in .pdf file

HIGHLIGHTS:
DMR 1 FREDDIES DREAM ($3.20)
DMR 2 Zuzanna/Tink’s Twirl Quinella ($14.40), Trifecta ($12.40)
Double (Races 1-2, $10.00)
Pick 3 (Races 1-3, $13.90)
DMR 5 Continental Divide/Smokem Quinella ($13.80)
DMR 7 Take the One O One/General Interest/Shackalov Trifecta ($70.60)
DMR LATE PICK 4 (Races 6-9, $87.05)
SAR 10 Green Mask/Holding Gold Exacta ($18.00)

DMR 1 (OC-20k, CA-bred, 8f) #2 FREDDIES DREAM (8-5) scored by a neck from the outside post in an extended sprint at SA July 1 (132 Final) and he won a turf route at DMR last summer (88 FIRE Number). Roman rides back and he can easily make it two straight. #3 Que Chistoso (2-1) exits a disappointing turf try and Hess Jr. claimed him out of that one for $35k. He improved his Final Ratings in five straight (126 Final April 16) prior to his last and he handles dirt. #1 Old Man Lake (4-1) landed the show in all four of his local dirt tries and he might round out the Trifecta again (no wins since June 2015). He earned 131 + 132 Final Ratings in his two local dirt sprints last summer. THE PLAYS: Exacta 2/1-3, Trifecta 2-1-3

DMR 2 (Clm-40k, 8T) #6 TINK’S TWIRL (6-1) finished 8th of 11 from an outer post in a fast optional claiming turf route at SA July 2 (116 Final, final 1/4 in 23.9) and 4th place finisher Meadowsweet returned to win a local optional claiming turf route July 21 (beat Pacific Wind). Theriot is 4-for-15 w/D’Amato. #3 Simmy’s Temple (5-2) ran well in her last three optional claiming starts at GG (123 Final June 11, final 1/4 in 23.8) and Prat takes the call for O’Neill. #5 Zuzanna (3-1) shows up in the Hess Jr. barn and Kent D is 4-for-10 with this outfit recently (last 60 days). Her last was a bust at BEL for Contessa but she fired Trifecta shots in six straight turf starts for Motion before that (113 Final May 17). #7 Glorious Venezuela (6-1) won her 7.5f turf debut at GP June 15 (96 Final) and was flattered when the runner-up returned to graduate June 25. She is now in SoCal with Miller and has upside. #4 Mo’vette (6-1) has only fired once in eight outings and that was a good looking course/distance maiden win under today’s rider Gonzalez last fall (120 Final, final 1/4 in 24.7). She might be able to sit back and make a decent late run at square odds. THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Quinella 6/3-5, Trifecta 3-5-6/3-4-5-6-7/3-5-6

DMR 3 (MSW, 6.5f) #1 WISH YOU WERE MINE (7-2) drilled a 5f gate bullet at Los Al July 27 and worked 5f from the gate at DMR Aug 2. Smith is 9-for-25 w/Hollendorfer and the $45k purchase might hit the ground running from the rail. #10 Gas Station Sushi (3-1) is a $240k first timer for Baltas (4-for-57 w/MSW FTS) and Nakatani shows a +ROI with this outfit. She worked from the gate at DMR July 21 and her connections like her. #2 Proud Heroine (6-1) gets Prat for the debut and he worked a decent 4f from the gate at DMR July 27. #4 Broome (6-1) and #8 My Princess Taylor (6-1) are a pair of Miller second timers exiting the tough Just a Smidge-Tyfosha maiden race at DMR July 19. The latter is a $150k purchase adding blinkers. THE PLAYS:#1 to win, Quinella 1/2-10, Trifecta 1-10/1-2-4-8-10/1-2-4-8-10

DMR 4 (Clm-25k, 8T) #5 ROARING RULE (6-1) earned 125 + 119 Final Ratings in his last two dirt routes and got a 125 Final in a downhill sprint April 20. Palma shows a +ROI dirt/turf, Tribal Rule is a good turf sire, and he should be all over tepid early fractions. #2 BUYMEABOND (3-1) rallied for the show from an outer post vs. local $32k turf routers July 20 (123 Final, final 1/4 in 23.6). He likes this turf course (9-4-2-2), switches from Prat to Bejarano, and should be finishing. #4 Atomic Rule (5-2) drops a peg (128 Final May 20) while moving from Baltas to O’Neill and Prat ends up here. He is 0-for-6 at this distance but has won here before. #3 Lindante (5-1) has the ability to race close to the pace and he garnered a 128 Final Rating in a show finish at a flat mile on SA turf May 5. He is probably best used underneath based on his course, distance, and overall turf record. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Quinella 5/2-4, Trifecta 2-4-5/2-4-5/3

DMR 5 (Graduation, 5.5f) #2 SMOKEM (7-2) rallied from 6th to win his local dirt sprint debut July 21 (128 Final) and Roman (3-for-5 w/Sherlock) sticks with the CA-bred son of Union Rags. #4 Schulace (9-2) might be better than the numbers indicate. He easily went all the way in his SA bow June 2 (99 Final) and chased Kimberlea K (2nd CTBA stakes at DMR Aug 2) in a stakes at Pleasanton July 8 (98 Final). Bejarano was up for the maiden win. Talamo followed Schulace to NoCal last time but chose his stablemate #10 Drizzy (5-1). The latter easily won his SA bow May 20 (104 Final). #11 Continental Divide (8-1) was up for the place in the same local race Smoken exits (120 Final) and he can move up second time out. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Quinella 2/4-10-11, Trifecta 2-4-10/2-4-10/11

DMR 6 (OC-40k, 5T) #5 ALLABOUTMIKE (3-1) dueled and weakened in the Oceanside on opening day (140 Pace + 116 Final). He won back-to-back downhill sprints before that (131, 129 Final Ratings) and can bounce back at this abbreviated trip. #2 El Tovar (7-2) exits back-to-back downhill wins from off the pace (131, 128 Final Ratings). He was nowhere in a local turf sprint last fall but that was for different connections and he has never been better. He is a late threat for Bejarano/Baltas. #3 Microrithms (4-1) dueled and kept on going in his bow (132 Final) and dueled and weakened to 3rd at Los Al second time out (135 Final). Roman sticks and dam has produced a turf winner but Baffert is only 5% first turf. #6 Gutsy Ruler (9-2) has not been big on winning lately but exits a decent 2nd on the downhill course and finished 2nd or 3rd in 5 of 6 local turf sprints (129, 132 Final Ratings last 2 local turf sprints). #9 Bottle Rocket (15-1) ran a pair of quality races at this course/distance last summer (138 Final last August) but has not done much since. Stute excels first after the claim and he can spice up the exotics. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Trifecta 2-3-5-9/6/2-3-5-9, Trifecta 2-3-5-9/2-3-5-9/6

DMR 7 (MSW, CA-bred, 6f) #8 BLACKHAWK BEAUTY (7-2) is a $40k Smiling Tiger first timer (sire average $29.6k) and he drilled a 5f bullet at SA July 14. His last two moves were at DMR and Bonde shows a +ROI debut MSW. #9 Take the One O One (5-2) set the pace and just held the place in her 5f debut at Los Al July 13 (104 Pace + 111 Final). Koriner is 30% with second timers and Talamo rides back. #5 Whoodat (9-2) was edged for 3rd in the same race Take the One O One exits (110 Final). He drilled a Los Al bullet for this July 26. #2 General Interest (8-1) debuts for Hess Jr. and he shows a +ROI with first timers. Kent D takes the call and he worked from the gate here July 30. #1 Shackalov (6-1) broke last from the inside post and was up for 4th in an okay SA bow July 4 (87 Final, final 1/4 in 24.9). Baze sticks and Sherlock is sending out some live runners at DMR. THE PLAYS: #8 to win, Quinella 8-9, Trifecta 8-9/1-2-5-8-9/1-2-5-8-9

DMR 8 (G3 La Jolla, 8.5T) #2 COLONIST (7-2) earned 135-141 Final Ratings in his last four dirt routes and Pioneerof the Nile is a 16% first turf sire. Hollendorfer’s $300k purchase adds blinkers and projects a decent tactical trip under Prat. He worked on DMR turf July 27 and the barn liked the move. #7 Sharp Samurai (5-2) earned quality Final Ratings (143, 138, 140) in his last three turf routes at SA. He owns early/pressing versatility and Stevens (2 wins Aug 5) rode him perfectly in the Rainbow last time. Glatt is 0-for-25 in the graded ranks. #8 Double Touch (8-1) finished fast (28.7) in a late running optional claiming turf route score at SA June 30. Stevens chose Sharp Samurai but Kent D is an ample sub. #3 Placido (6-1) improved his FIRE + Final Ratings in all three outings and looked good graduating in a downhill sprint July 2 (129 Final). Bejarano takes over for Prat. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Quinella 2/3-7-8, Trifecta 2-3-7/ALL/8

DMR 9 (Mcl-20k, 7f) #6 OREJAS (5-1) woke up on the drop to this level in a local sprint July 20 (111 Pace + 101 Final) and Roman rides back. He has bettered all of his TRD numbers in all three starts (FIRE, CPR, Pace + Final) and it might be cap and gown time. #8 Whiskey Ginger (7-2) blew the break and ran on for the show April 15 (104 Final) and broke slow, stalked (pulled), and weakened May 19 (99 Final). He returns as a gelding and drops from the $75k ranks. #3 Gato Dulce (3-1) finished 2nd or 3rd in his last six (92-107 Final Ratings) including four straight runner-up efforts. He adds blinkers and is always on the board with Gonzalez in the saddle. #10 Whata Guess (10-1) dueled and ended up 5th of 11 in his $30k SA bow July 1. Talamo rides back, he fired a Los Al bullet July 30, and Hofmans shows a +ROI in maiden claiming dirt races. #2 True Force (8-1) was nowhere in his turf route bow at WO and it is interesting that Bejarano hops aboard for Belvoir. THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Quinella 6-8,  Trifecta 2-6-8-10/2-6-8-10/3, Superfecta 6-8/3-6-8/ALL/2-3-6-8-10

Rolling Daily Double & Pick 3 Contenders – in order of preference:
1   (2-3-1)
2   (6-3-5-7-4)
3   (1-10-2-4-8)
4   (5-2-4-3)
5   (2-4-10-11)
6   (5-2-3-6-9)
7   (8-9-5-2-1)
8   (2-7-8-3)
9   (6-8-3-10-2)

ROLLING DAILY DOUBLE/PICK 3 WAGERING STRATEGIES
For $2 Rolling Doubles and $1 Pick 3 tickets, key the top choice in each race to all other contenders. See examples below:

$2 Double (Race 1-2):
Ticket 1 (2-6)
Ticket 2 (2/3-4-5-6-7)
Ticket 3 (1-2-3/6)

$2 Double (Races 2-3):
Ticket 2 (6-1)
Ticket 1 (6/1-2-4-8-10)
Ticket 3 (3-4-5-6-7/1)

$1 Pick 3 (Race 1-3):
Ticket 1 (2-6-1)
Ticket 2 (2/3-4-5-6-7/1-2-4-8-10)
Ticket 3 (1-2-3/6/1-2-4-8-10)
Ticket 4 (1-2-3/3-4-5-6-7/1)

BONUS STAKES RACES FROM SARATOGA

SAR 3 (Alydar, 9f) #1 MOHAYMEN (9-2) is heading for retirement if he does not turn things around in a hurry. Early/pressing types from inner posts are typically strong at this distance and the McLaughlin trainee adds blinkers (27% move for barn) and figures to be sent to the lead under Alvarado. He was once this good but has not cracked the Top 3 since winning the G2 FOY at GP in 2016. The FOY was his fifth win from as many starts and his career has gone into a tailspin since. #6 Rally Cry (8-5) owns tactical speed and his two triple digit numbers prior to his G1 Met Mile fade would be probably enough to win this. #4 Conquest Windycity (8-1) flopped in the G3 Cornhusker July 8 but earned a decent number in the G3 Pimlico Special before that and looked good winning at KEE April 13. #3 Mo Tom (5-1) probably won’t get enough pace help in this compact field. He showed nice late interest in a $100k stakes event at IND July 15 and Castellano was aboard for his G3 Ohio Derby win last year and in his 2nd in the CD slop May 6. #2 Red Rifle (4-1) switches surfaces in hopes of getting back on track and he handles dirt (9-3-3-1) but has not won in quite some time. #5 Breaking Lucky (7-2) finished 3rd in yesterday’s G1 Whitney and will scratch. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Exacta 1-4/6, Trifecta 1-6/2-4/3

SAR 10 (Troy Hcp, 5T) #6 HOLDING GOLD (9-2) beat Green Mask in the G2 Shakertown at KEE April 28 but finished behind that one in his last pair. He runs well fresh, won the Quick Call here last summer, and sports a pair of local bullets for this. Johnny V got to know him in the G3 Jaipur June 10 (3rd by a length).#3 Pure Sensation (9-5) exits a romping win in the Parx Dash and he is 2-for-3 at SAR and 5-for-8 at this distance. Carmouche rides the early/pressing type well. #4 Green Mask (8-5) has been in excellent form all year and easily won the G2 Highlander at WO July 2. He won 2 of his last 3 under Castellano and finished in the Top 3 in all eight starts at this distance. THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Exacta 6/3-4, Exacta 3-4/6

Del Mar Full Card Recap for August 5

DEL MAR full card + SAR 3, 7-10 for Saturday (8-5-17)
By Jarrod Horak (winninghorsepicks.comtherunawayhorse.comtodaysracingdigest.com
DMR Weather: Partly Cloudy. High 77. DMR Best Bets (races 4, 8, 10) 
DMR Pick 5, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 Spread Tickets included in .pdf file 

HIGHLIGHTS:
DMR 4 Getoffmyback/Have Some Pride/True Ranger Trifecta (Best Bet #1, $8.15)
DMR 6 SPECTATOR ($10.40)
Double (Races 6-7, $21.00)
DMR 8 CAMBODIA (Best Bet #2, $6.60), Quinella ($28.60)
Double (Races 7-8, $13.20)
Pick 3 (Races 6-8, $38.30)
Double (Races 8-9, $26.00)
Pick 3 (Races 7-9, $29.50)
Pick 3 (Races 8-10, $159.00)
SAR 9 Gun Runner/Keen Ice/Breaking Lucky Trifecta ($32.80)

DMR 1 (Mcl-50k, CA-bred, 5.5f) #5 CHRISTY JACKSON (4-1) flopped in a turf route June 30 but earned triple digit Final Ratings in all three dirt sprints (runner-up each time). She should sit a good trip behind the speed under Baze but Black is 0-for-16 route/sprint. #6 Privy (7-2) was competitive throughout in both starts vs. similar (131 Pace + 108 Final June 3) but was the beaten favorite both times and might take too much action again. #2 Soul Sound (3-1) landed the show in his last two CA-bred MSW starts (125 Pace + 93 Final June 24) but Jones is 0-for-11 with this type of dropper and Gonzalez is 0-for-13 with this barn. She looked good working for this July 29 (final 1/4 in 23.4). #8 Anchor Baby (4-1) took action, broke slow, and was only 1.25 lengths behind Privy last time (87 Pace + 92 Final). She might improve for Baffert. #4 I’m Sassy (6-1) showed speed and weakened in both MSW starts (98 Final May 28) and was the beaten favorite at Los Al July 16 (141 Pace). I have always liked the low profile Scolamieri barn. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Quinella 5/2-6, Trifecta 2-5-6/2-4-5-6-8/2-5-6

DMR 2 (Clm-8k, 8f) #7 ROMAN TIZZY (4-1) exits a 6th of 8 finish in a similar extended sprint at SA (110 Final) and the 1-2 finishers were next out winners. He handles two turns (122 Final Jan 14), has won here before, and worked smartly for this July 29. #8 Tisdale (7-2) is now conditioned by Hess Jr. and he has competed at a mile or over five times with three wins (132 Final July 1). Roman ends up here and he worked a nice 5f at DMR July 28. #1 So Elite (3-1) is a 10-year-old NoCal shipper for Bonde with Stevens in the irons. He finished in the Top 3 in 9 of his last 10, has two GG bullets in his holster, and handles fast dirt (113 Final July 1). THE PLAYS: #7 to win, Quinella 7/1-8, Trifecta 7-8/ALL/1  

DMR 3 (Str-Alw, 8.5T) #1 WOOD MACHINE (7-2) raced wide from post 10 and was no threat vs. local $50k turf routers July 23. He fits off his three turf route numbers (128, 131, 150 Final Ratings) prior to his last and this time he should save ground under Stevens. He is one of the Fastest in the Stretch and might offer a hint of value. #6 Unusual Meeting (3-1) exits an okay 3rd in a downhill sprint (125 Final) and Mulhall claimed him for $25k. He won back-to-back flat mile events at GG before his last (132, 135 Final Ratings) and this distance suits. #7 I’malreadythere (5-2) exits back-to-back wins including a $25k turf route at SA April 21 (132 Final). He is 0-for-5 at DMR, Machowsky is 2-for-25 first after the claim, and winning rider Prat sticks with the fresh stalker. #4 Chris and Dave (7-2) brings sharp recent dirt form to the table (122, 132 Final Ratings last 2) and he won a local turf route last summer (87 FIRE Number). #3 Blanket of Ice (6-1) earned 125+ Final Ratings in his last three dirt route wins and Roman (8-for-26 w/Belvoir) stays put. He did not do anything in his previous turf route try and the claim was voided June 23. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Quinella 1/6-7, Trifecta 1-6-7/1-3-4-6-7/1-6-7        

DMR 4 (Clm-16k/2L, 5.5f) #7 HAVE SOME PRIDE (5-2) followed up a 2nd to a runaway winner in his SA bow (89 Final) with a nice maiden win as the heavy favorite at Los Al July 14 (110 Final, show finisher next out winner). Roman jumps off Getoffmyback in favor of this one. #1 Getoffmyback (2-1) exits back-to-back place finishes including one in a similar local flat mile affair July 19 (113 Final). Prat takes over for Roman and his only win was at this course/distance. #5 True Ranger (3-1) is 1-for-16 with 10 minor awards and he likes it here (4-1-2-1). He earned triple digit Final Ratings in his last three and is probably good for a share. #6 Red Carpet Cat (6-1) also loses Roman but earned triple digit Final Ratings in his last three and figures to relish this shorter trip. THE PLAYS: #7 to win, Exacta 5-6-7/1, Trifecta 1-6-7/1-6-7/5  

DMR 5 (OC-40k, 8T) #6 G Q COVERGIRL (5-1) switches surfaces, stretches out, and looks like the one to catch for the productive Prat/D’Amato team. Dam has produced a turf winner, she drilled a local turf bullet July 23, and she earned 120+ Final Ratings in her first three dirt sprint wins. #5 Mai Tai (7-2) has fired Exacta shots in 8 of 9 lifetime starts and reconnects with winning rider Kent D. She was last seen landing the place in a downhill sprint April 14 (132 Final) and three runners from that heat were next out winners. She runs well fresh and landed the place in a pair of local turf starts last year (122, 110 Final Ratings). #1 Out Ofthe Ordinary (15-1) won back-to-back local turf routes last summer (122, 120 Final Ratings) including a sharp graduation run off a 5+ month layoff. A ground saving stalking trip is expected. #7 Peach Cove (9-2) is entered for the $40k tag and gets in light with Roman. She earned 120+ Final Ratings in 5 of her last 6 and missed by a head in a local turf route last fall. THE PLAYS: #6 to win, Exacta 1-6-7/5    
    
DMR 6 (G2 Sorrento, 6.5f) #2 SPECTATOR (5-2) stalked and cruised home from an outer post in her SA debut June 23 (108 Pace + 111 Final). Four horses from her debut race returned to win their next starts and she should offer a hint of value. #6 Diamondsandpearls (8-5) easily went all the way in her July 2 (119 Pace + 116 Final) debut for Baffert and she is probably the one to catch under Smith. #1 Surrender Now (9-5) followed up a sharp debut win at SA (116 Pace + Final) with a stroll in the park in the Landaluce (113 Pace + 125 Final). Prat takes the call and she should be forwardly placed from the rail. 

DMR 7 (MSW, 6.5f) #2 KING CAUSE (9-2) is a $200k first timer and dam’s other starter won. Creative Cause is a 15% win early sire and he sports a pair of local 5f works for this. #4 Bolt d’Oro (7-2) fired a local 5f bullet for Ruis (2-for-10 w/FTS) July 23 and the $630k purchase might come out running under Nakatani. Dam’s other starter was a stakes winner. #6 Xten (8-1) is a first timer with Smith in the saddle and Yakteen shows a +ROI debut MSW. #3 Chanel Crossing (5-1) is an $85k Hollendorfer first timer with Prat in the saddle. His last four Los Al works were at 5f and two were from the gate. #7 Bank Walker (10-1) was the beaten favorite in his local debut for Team Desormeaux and might be fitter today. #9 So Long Sailor (5-1) is a $210k purchase for +ROI first timer trainer Miller and Roman ends up here. Dam has produced two winners from six starters. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Quinella 2/3-4-6, Trifecta 2-4/2-3-4-6/2-3-4-6-7-9

DMR 8 (G2 Yellow Ribbon, 8.5T) #7 CAMBODIA (5-2) fired Trifecta shots in all 8 turf starts and 3 of her 4 wins occurred at this distance. She sports two local turf bullets for this, is one of the Fastest in the Stretch, and earned 138 Final Ratings in her last pair. #8 Avenge (8-5) won both of her local turf routes last summer including the G2 Mabee (150 Final) and ended her 2016 campaign with a good 3rd in the G1 BC F&M Turf (146 Final). Her lone start this year was a weakening 3rd in the G1 Gamely (140 Final) and she figures in the hunt throughout under Prat. Juno might go with her early and her main rivals won’t be too far behind. She probably want more ground and might not be as good this year. #5 Hillhouse High (4-1) earned a big number (152 Final) in the G2 Royal Heroine but that does not seem representative of her true abilities. Her other numbers are much lower and a flat mile looks like her best distance but she reconnects with winning rider Nakatani and projects a stalking trip. #6 Pretty Girl (8-1) is one of the Fastest in the Stretch and Smith rides back. She rallied for the place in the G2 Santa Ana March 12 (144 Final) and might be able to rally for a share. THE PLAYS: #7 to win, Quinella 7/5-6-8, Trifecta 5-7-8/5-7-8/6  

DMR 9 (OC-62.5k, 8f) #1 RIVER ECHO (3-1) fired Trifecta shots in his last six and has earned 126-134 Final Ratings in his last five. #3 Stormin Monarcho (3-1) was nabbed out of his last by Eurton and the NY shipper likes this distance and earned a 140 Final Rating April 1. #4 Avanti Bello (6-1) and #5 Coastline (6-1) run for the $62.5k tag and both drop out of the stakes ranks. The former gets in light with Roman, likes this distance (140 Final Rating April 1), and has won here before. #6 Curlin Rules (9-2) got a 134 Final Rating in a place finish at SA June 18 and should be forwardly placed under Prat. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Trifecta Key 1/3-4-5-6, Trifecta 3-4-5-6/1/3-4-5-6, Trifecta 3-4-5-6/3-4-5-6/1 

DMR 10 (Mcl-62.5k, 8T) #5 CAPTAIN RON (5-1) ran well in all thee sprint outings and might be set to route 3rd off the shelf following a pair of decent downhill tries June 2 (155 Pace + 125 Final) and July 1 (147 Pace + 117 Final, blinkers on). He might be able to control the pace under Roman (4-for-7 w/O’Neill) and is a big threat if able to handle a flat mile. O’Neill shows a +ROI blinkers off. #4 I’m Living Proof (6-1) raced wide from post 10 as the beaten favorite vs. this kind July 4. This is his second start as a gelding and better seems possible. #11 Captain Walker (12-1) returned from a year layoff to split a 12-horse field from the outside post in a respectable downhill effort July 1 (113 Pace + Final). Prat surprisingly ends up here and he should go off at square odds. #12 Waldorf (12-1) looked good working for this July 31 (strong gallop out) and Stevens (4-for-11 w/Glatt) stays put. His numbers (FIRE, CPR, Final) improved in all three starts and he looks interesting on the surface switch. THE PLAYS: #5 to win, Quinella 5/4-11-12, Exacta 4-5/11-12, Trifecta 4-5/ALL/11-12 

Rolling Daily Double & Pick 3 Contenders – in order of preference:
1   (5-6-2-8-4)
2   (7-8-1)
3   (1-6-7-4-3)
4   (7-1-5-6)
5   (6-5-1-7)
6   (2-6-1)
7   (2-4-6-3-7-9)
8   (7-8-5-6)
9   (1-3-4-5-6)
10 (5-4-11-12)

ROLLING DAILY DOUBLE/PICK 3 WAGERING STRATEGIES
For $2 Rolling Doubles and $1 Pick 3 tickets, key the top choice in each race to all other contenders. See examples below:

$2 Double (Race 1-2): 
Ticket 1 (5-7)
Ticket 2 (5/1-7-8)
Ticket 3 (2-4-5-6-8/7)

$2 Double (Races 2-3):
Ticket 2 (7-1)
Ticket 1 (7/1-3-4-6-7)
Ticket 3 (1-7-8/1)

$1 Pick 3 (Race 1-3): 
Ticket 1 (5-7-1)
Ticket 2 (5/1-7-8/1-3-4-6-7)
Ticket 3 (2-4-5-6-8/7/1-3-4-6-7)
Ticket 4 (2-4-5-6-8/1-7-8/1)

BONUS RACES FROM SARATOGA

SAR 3 (G3 Waya, 12f inner turf) #1 APPLE BETTY (3-1) got out there and controlled the pace in the River Memories at this distance at BEL July 9 and it looks like she can do the same thing in this spot under Johnny V. #8 Guilty Twelve (5-1) has won two straight under DeCarlo and 4 of her last 6 for Motion. She earned her best number yet in the G3 Robert Dick Memorial July 8 and the improving miss should not have any problems with this distance. Motion also saddles #5 Lottie (8-1) and her numbers improved in her last two long distance turf starts. #4 Suffused (7-5) missed by a head in this event last year but she is just not as sharp recently. THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Exacta 1/4-5-8, Exacta 4-5-8/1

SAR 7 (Lure, 8.5T) #11 CAMELOT KITTEN (9-2) returns for Brown and he won the G2 Hall of Fame at SAR last summer. He finished 1-2 in all five turf starts at this distance and might run past them all under Ortiz Jr. #1 Projected (9-5) ran well in his last three turf starts including back-to-back graded placings. Castellano takes the call for Brown and he might be classier than these. #7 Blacktype (8-1) finished in the Top 3 in all seven turf tries at this distance. #8 Ring Weekend (6-1) was once good enough to beat this type and won the G2 Baruch at SAR last summer. He has dropped 7 of his last 8 but ran well vs. lesser foes June 15 and the winner captured his next start. THE PLAYS: #11 to win, Exacta 7-8-11/1, Trifecta 1-8-11/ALL/7  

SAR 8 (G1 Test, 7f) #2 YOUR LOVE (6-1) is a $425k purchase with a 2-for-2 record for Brown. She stalked, pounced, and won by a neck both times (fast track + slop) and three runners from her last were next out winners. #10 American Gal (5-2) drew outside the other speed and easily captured all three of her sprint starts including the G3 Victory Ride July 9 (first start in 6+ months). It is also a good sign that her return number was better than any of her juvenile speed figures. #8 Faypien owns an ascending numbers pattern and handled two turns in the G2 Summertime Oaks last time. Bejarano is 2-for-2 with her, she won the Angel Flight at this distance May 14, and I like her tactical speed. She sports three bullets for this but her numbers are nothing special and she will probably take took much win action based on her connections. #7 Divine Miss Grey (12-1) easily captured all three starts since moving to the Gargan barn and she earned okay numbers each time. Class is a question but she projects a nice tactical trip at square odds. THE PLAYS: #2 to win, Exacta 2/8-10, Exacta 8-10/2, Trifecta 2-8-10/2-8-10/7  

SAR 9 (G1 Whitney, 9f) #1 WAR STORY (6-1) is capable of big efforts like his Queen’s County romp at this distance and his last out G2 Brooklyn score. He moves up on a wet track (rain in forecast) and projects a ground saving stalking trip under Castellano. #6 Gun Runner (4-5) has never been better and controlled the pace in his last three graded wins. #4 Tu Brutus (8-1) may take it to Gun Runner early, along with War Story’s rabbit #3 Cautious Giant (30-1), and things could get interesting in the stretch if that happens. #5 Keen Ice (3-1) got no pace help but surprisingly ran past Shaman Ghost in the G2 Suburban and that was his first win since the 2015 Travers. He is reportedly training well for this but is 0-for-6 at 9f. #2 Breaking Lucky (8-1) has tactical speed and has run well with this type before (2nd to Gun Runner in G1 Clark in 2016). THE PLAYS: #1 to win, Exacta 1-2-5/6, Trifecta 1-5-6/1-5-6/2 

SAR 10 (De La Rose, 8f inner turf) #8 BAR OF GOLD (10-1) is a wet track specialist exiting a good 2nd in a BEL turf route and she got no pace help last time. Ortiz Jr. knows her now and there is pace to chase in the paper race. #7 On Leave (3-1) has only finished out of the Top 3 once in nine tries and that was an okay 4th in the G1 QEII Challenge Cup at KEE last fall. She won the Riskaverse here last summer and ran well in both 2017 turf starts. #2 Sassy Little Lila has finished 1-2 in her last seven turf outings including a pair of nice efforts over the local inner turf course last summer. She meets other speed and might be vulnerable in the late stages. #10 Elysea’s World (5-2) was nowhere as the favorite in a stakes race at Parx last time and she might not have cared for the footing. She ran well in her previous four turf tries under today’s rider Rosario and she packs a decent late kick. Her stablemate #11 Light in Paris (8-1) was also up the track at Parx last time but was in decent form before that and can bounce back. THE PLAYS: #8 to win, Exacta 8/2-7, Exacta 2-7/8, Trifecta 2-7-8/2-7-8-10-11/2-7-8