I sure hope someone, anyone, used some of my third-choice horses on Friday and made some money because I just can’t find a winner on top at Del Mar these days.
The fields are big and you never know how the Polytrack is going to play. Plus, the new turf course seems to be on the hard side. Maybe Del Mar should think about soaking the course like Santa Anita did during its long meet.
All I can do is keep plugging away and hope others have winners because I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it this hard to handicap at the seaside oval.
FIRST RACE: 1. Candy Anniversary, 2. Charisma Code, 3. Sidepocket Champ. LONG SHOT: Magna Warrior.
SECOND RACE: 1. Louden’s Gray, 2. Final Step, 3. Bettys Bambino. LONG SHOT: Cherubim.
THIRD RACE: 1. Olympic Lady (best bet), 2. Appealing Lady, 3. Ashley’s Sassy. LONG SHOT: Tatum’s Gold.
OLYMPIC LADY (5-2) is a first-time starter by Fusaichi Pegasus from the Victor Garcia barn with Agapito Delgadillo in the irons. The 2-year-old filly has been training well for her debut and Garcia loves to win races at the seaside oval.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Sunday Rules, 2. Rovenna (SCRATCHED), 3. Grazenette. LONG SHOT: Bonus Spin. NEW PICKS: 1. Sunday Rules (SCRATCHED), 2. Grazenette, 3. Go West Marie. LONG SHOT: Bonus Spin. LATEST NEW PICKS: 1.Go West Marie, 2. Grazenette, 3. Bonus Spin. LONG SHOT: Sprouts.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Winning Rhythm, 2. Zanbo, 3. Baruta. LONG SHOT: Another Sky.
SIXTH RACE: 1. Battle of Evermore, 2. Harmonic, 3. Homer Matt. LONG SHOT: Lovenseek.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Thundergram, 2. Seeking the West, 3. Big Cazanova. LONG SHOT: Toledo Eddie.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Frac Daddy, 2. Fed Biz, 3. Imperative. LONG SHOT: Soi Phet.
Trainer Ken McPeek brought FRAC DADDY, a son of Scat Daddy, to run specifically on the Polytrack as the 4-year-old has three wins from four starts on synthetic tracks. McPeek is putting local jockey Joe Talamo aboard.
NINTH RACE: 1. Classified Wagon, 2. Yes Yes Yes, 3. Grachus the Hunter. LONG SHOT: Bucfiftytwo.
10TH RACE: 1. Copper Bay, Heyyoucan, 3. Malibu Colony. LONG SHOT: The Tom Squad.
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Friday’s top choice winners: 0
Friday’s second choice winners 1 (Clever Royal $10.20, third race
Friday’s third choice winners: 4 (Wild Heart Run $10, first; Newfound Gold $19.60, second; Mark of a Gem $31.20, sixth; Sam’s Sister $16, eighth)
Friday’s long shot winners: 0