Couple of big scratches already this morning. Also I’ll be doing the Del Mar handicapping seminar near the Seaside terrace at 11:30 a.m. Come by and say hi.
FIRST RACE: 1. Pursuitofparadise, 2. Acute, 3. Parada. LONG SHOT: J and S Express.
SECOND RACE: 1. Light the City, 2. Achiever’s Legacy, 3. Maybellene. LONG SHOT: Into Oblivion.
THIRD RACE: 1. Steam Play, 2. Blue Law, 3. Force. LONG SHOT: Serbian Syclone.
Trainer Bob Baffert wins 23% with first-time starters and he owns half of STEAM PLAY (2-1), a son of Stroll, who has been training well for his debut. Will have to gun from the No. 1 hole, but it appears the works say he can do that under barn jockey Martin Garcia. This is a very point race as the newcomers are all working well.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Tosheen, 2. Crux, 3. Kozani. LONG SHOT: Public Policy.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Militant, 2. Boss Cat, 3. Bittter Heat. LONG SHOT: Smokey’s Legacy.
SIXTH RACE: 1. Sir Barclay, 2. Mosso, 3. Bourne Hot. LONG SHOT: Dynamo Dixie.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tale of Papa Nick (BEST BET) SCRATCHED, 2. Wild At Best, 3. No Comparison. LONG SHOT: Radiant Journey. New picks: 1. Wild At Best, No Comparison, 3. Fast Magoo. LONG SHOT: Radiant Journey.
TALE OF PAPA NICK (6-1), a 3-year-old filly, is by Papa Clem, who is a good first-out sire, especially in the Cal-bred ranks. Trainer Richard Baltas has come out firing at this meet with two winners from nine starts. WILD AT BEST has the experience edge and only figures to improve. TALE OF PAPA NICK was scratched this morning.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Law Dog, 2. Lindante, 3. Eddie’s Turn. LONG SHOT: Smart Journey.
NINTH RACE: 1. Dr. Suer, 2. Tough Sunday (SCRATCHED), 3. Neveradoubt. LONG SHOT: Lovely Summer. NEW PICKS: 1. Dr. Suer, 2. Price of Glory, 3. Neveradoubt. LONG SHOT: Lovely Summer.
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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (My Monet $4.20, second race)
Saturday’s second choice winners: 0
Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Sky Mega $7.40, third; Memphis $7, fifth; Regally Soul $16.60, ninth)
Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Play Hard to Get $24.60, seventh)