Well, it’s looking like no news is good news on the Del Mar turf front.
CHRB officials were out Tuesday to check the turf and no announcement that they weren’t running on it Wednesday came.
On the main track, there is no telling how it will play after wax was added to the Polytrack after Tuesday morning training hours. Last week three track records were set so Wednesday it could be a completely different surface. be careful.
FIRST RACE: 1. Big John B, 2. Empty Headed, 3. Tigah. LONG SHOT: Thirtyfirststreet.
The Jimmy Durante Turf Course gets tested right out of the gate in the first race. The rails will be set at 18 feet and here’s hoping it’s a slower and softer surface for man and beast.
SECOND RACE: 1. Southern Sunshine, 2. Reverchon (SCRATCHED), 3. Ladysgotgame. LONG SHOT: Plus Value. NEW PICKS: 1. Southern Sunshine, 2. West Riding, 3. Ladysgotgame. LONG SHOT: Plus Value.
You don’t see apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke jump off horses for trainer Tom Proctor, but he does in this race. Van Dyke jumps on SOUTHERN SUNSHINE (8-1), a 3-year-old filly, for trainer Peter Miller, who sends this daughter around two turns for the first time. WEST RIDING has big works for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith.
THIRD RACE: 1. Number Five, 2. Maxx the Giat, 3. Romar Success. LONG SHOT: Sun Spots.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Tosheen, 2. Crux, 3. Red N Black Attack. LONG SHOT: Skydreamin.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Sheza Dish (SCRATCHED), 2. Nero’s Pleasure, 3. Up the Alley. LONG SHOT: Veronica Bay. NEW PICKS: 1. Nero’s Pleasure, 2. Up the Alley, 3. Veronica Bay. LONG SHOT: Spoiledandentitled.
SIXTH RACE: 1. Nakamoto, 2. Dallas Skyline, 3. Bollente. LONG SHOT: Papacoolpapacool.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Wake Up Nick (best bet), 2. Peradventure, 3. Atta Boy Woody. LONG SHOT: Colorado Strong.
WAKE UP NICK is 2-for-2 in his young career and drops into the Cal-bred Graduation stakes after winning the open Santa Anita Juvenile on June 22. WAKE UP NICK is by Cindago out of a Lion Hearted mare, which screams sprinting. The 2-year-old colt might not be able to go much further than this pedigree wise so trainer Doug O’Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez are trying to make hay while the sun shines.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. A C’s Crackerjack, 2. Ron’s Boy, 3. Coyotero. LONG SHOT: Eleven Zip.
A C’S CRACKERJACK (4-1), a 3-year-old colt, drops from straight maiden ranks all the way down to the $20,000 maiden claiming level after he dwelt at the start. Trainer Tom Proctor had put a couple of works into him at the seaside oval and apprentice Drayden Van Dyke jumps on.
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