FIRST RACE: 1. Luckbox Sam, 2. Mistaken Identity, 3. Carlsbad Mountain. LONG SHOT: The Mad Hungarian.
This 3-year-old gelding is making his turf debut in this spot. He has the top late BRIS pace figure and that should work on the stretch out. The meet’s leading jockey, Santiago Gonzalez, keeps the mount for trainer Marty Jones, who is 16% with horses going from dirt to turf.
Might hold the early pace advantage and that’s a good thing on this course. Speed jockey Edwin Maldonado, who won three races on Friday, jumps on for trainer Phil D’Amato, who is 24% with horses third off the layoff.
This filly gets a huge jockey upgrade to Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who has put others to sleep at least twice at this meet on the front. If this filly breaks smartly, maybe he’ll try it again. Trainer Tom Proctor is 20% with horses second time on the grass and 29% with Smith at Del Mar.
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