Be aware of the inside speed bias on the Polytrack the first two days. Let’s see if it changes the third day of the meet.
The new the turf course has played fair and you can win from any where.
FIRST RACE: 1. Kantune, 2. Lord Nelson, 3. Calculator. LONG SHOT: Ultra Sharp.
Trainer Mark Casse has come from Woodbine to try Del Mar for the first time and he could be in line for a big meet. Jockey Stewart Elliott, who won a race on opening day, takes the ride on KANTUNE (6-1), a first-timer by Kantharos, who had a big work over the track in preparation for this.
SECOND RACE: 1. Two Step Flor, 2. Whodoo Pirate, 3. More Stormyweather. LONG SHOT: Adellusion.
THIRD RACE: 1. Awesome Return, 2. Toowindytohaulrox, 3. Sheila’s Footsteps. LONG SHOT: Yard Line
FOURTH RACE: 1. Aspirational (best bet), 2. Justification, 3. Mavericks Gun. LONG SHOT: Leedstobeaver.
Trainer Peter Miller did very well last summer with shipper from New Mexico for owners Kirk and Judy Robison. That’s exactly what we have here in ASPIRATIONAL (6-1). This gelding drops into a claimer for the first time and jockey Victor Espinoza takes over. Miller puts blinkers on obviously looking for more speed.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Bench Warrant, 2. Bollywood, 3. Verraco. LONG SHOT: Inexcess Time.
SIXTH RACE: 1. Premier Steps, 2. Beatrice, 3. Moone’s My Name. LONG SHOT: Cozze Up Lady.
Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke has been riding as well as anyone over the last month. He won the Los Alamitos meet and came back with two wins on opening day at Del Mar. Trainer Tom Proctor has been one of his biggest supporters. He puts Van Dyke on PREMIER STEPS (9-2), a dropper from a Grade I race and draws a nice cozy inside post.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Southern Freedom, 2. He’s a Bling, 3. Turnover. LONG SHOT: Power Crazed.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tree of Life, 2. Guns Loaded, 3. Caminetto. LONG SHOT: Drover Crazy.
NINTH RACE: 1. Diversy Harbor, 2. My Conquestadory, 3. Tiz the Key. LONG SHOT: Tepin.
10TH RACE: 1. Dress Code, 2. Fighter Squadron, 3. Accelerant. LONG SHOT: Barney Rebel.
11TH RACE: 1. Bijoux, 2. Star Act, 3. Garnisheed Wages. LONG SHOT: Freethinker.
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Friday’s top choice winners: 0
Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Boozer $5.80, third race; My Fiona $13, seventh)
Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Macho Sox $14.80, second; Pure Tactics $9.40, sixth)
Friday’s long shot winners: 0