Sorry haven’t been posting much in the last week, but been battling kidney stones since Friday afternoon.
Jeff Nahill’s picks for Wednesday, July 17
FIRST RACE: 1. Casa de Cambio, 2. Titian, 3. Husband’s Folly. LONG SHOT: Golden Mexico.
Defending training champion Peter Miller received a shipment of horses from New Mexico for Del Mar’s “Ship and Win” program and he’s starts right off in the first race with CASA DE CAMBIO. He gets the nation’s leading jockey, Joel Rosario, to ride and inside is always good going a distance of ground on the Polytrack.
SECOND RACE: 1. This One’s for Mel, 2.Sinfully, 3. Bipartisan. LONG SHOT: Keep Movin’
Could be a Miller daily double to start the meet off with. THIS ONE’S FOR MEL has inside speed and gets a key jockey switch from apprentice Orozco to Garrett Gomez.
THIRD RACE: 1. Katy’s Star, 2. Wink and Wish, 3. Bluegrass Ellie. LONG SHOT: Say Say.
KATY’S STAR ships down from Golden Gate into a mediocre field and gains the services of defending riding champion Rafael Bejarano.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Gab Power, 2. Cyclometer, 3. Duke of Doom. LONG SHOT: Huntsville.
Went a little bit out of my comfort zone when it comes to post position on the turf course, but GAB POWER has Joe Talamo riding on the turf and we love that. Basically on Del Mar’s turf you want to be in one of the first five gates, but Gab Power starts from No. 7 here.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Moving Desert, 2. My Lucky Rose, 3. Cause Ur My Baby. LONG SHOT: Betty Bing Bing.
Owner John Harris loves to win races and on opening day at Del Mar would be just fine with MOVING DESERT, who has shown speed in her first two races. Bob Baffert’s MY LUCKY ROSE has a big work showing for her debut and so does BETTY BING BING, but Betty’s trainer, Peter Eurton, is 0-for-31 with first-time starters.
SIXTH RACE (OCEANSIDE STAKES, First division): 1. Undrafted, 2. Gervinho, 3.Examen. LONG SHOT: Greeley Awesome.
UNDRAFTED is owned by Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker and trained by Wesley Ward. He was on the Triple Crown trail for a while this spring, but wasn’t good enough. GREELEY AWESOME could be the upsetter. He was claimed for $40,000 by John Sadler and has been working well for this spot.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Royal Meridian, 2. Chasing the Heat, 3. Legal Separation. LONG SHOT: Peacenik.
Del Mar is a “horse-for-courses” track and you won’t go wrong betting those which have done well here in the past. ROYAL MERIDIAN is 2-for-2 on the Polytrack.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Bro’s Bro, 2. Love de Car, 3. Senor Snickers. LONG SHOT: In Excessiveness.
BRO’S BRO showed speed in his debut and switches to Talamo. He figures to improved off that effort. LOVE DE CAR could be a sneaky sort and may have races under his belt at unrecognized Utah tracks. Be careful.
NINTH RACE (Oceanside Stakes, second division): 1. Den’s Legacy, 2. Joelito, 3. Rosengold. LONG SHOT: Gabriel Charles.
DEN’S ELGACY comes out of the best races and draws the cozy No. 3 post. JOELITO has shown potential all along on the turf and ROSENGOLD is undefeated on the surface, but draws on the outside.
10TH RACE: 1. BIG MACHER (best bet), 2. Promissoryexchange, 3. Jimmy the Whip. LONG SHOT: Valid But True.
Trainer Miller is 28 percent first first-time starters at Del Mar the last three years and he gets Rosario to ride here. Joel could be heading to dinner rather than ride a maiden claimer so this one must be live.