Preview: The main track seemed to favor outside posts and rally wide types, but overall for the meet the numbers from Equibase seem to suggest all positions are getting a fair shake.
In dirt sprints, posts one through three are winning 35.5 percent of the time, but posts six and seven are scoring 30.8 percent.
In main track two-turn races, the inside two posts are at 30.6 percent while post five through seven are at 37.2 percent.
It’s more of the same on the turf course.
Posts one and two are scoring 28.6 percent of the time while posts six and seven are winning at a 22.5 percent rate. Most interesting is that post No. 9 is winning 15.3 percent of the time when it’s occupied (9-for-59) and post No. 11 wins 19.4 percent (6-for-31).
LONG SHOT: War Moccasin
PIRATE’S PUNCH (BEST BET)
LONG SHOT: Gunmetal Gray
In the second race today, trainer William Morey has No. 3 Pirate’s Punch making his first start around two turns. According to Jim Mazur’s The Del Mar Handicapper 2018, Morey is 45 percent when he starts a horse the second time at the meet the last two years and he’s 50 percent in dirt route races. Bingo.
LONG SHOT: Winsinfashion
Data Storm Kitty
LONG SHOT: Diosa
Queen Shelly Ann
LONG SHOT: Scurry
Six Point Rack
LONG SHOT: Junior Gilliam
LONG SHOT: Isotherm
MUBTAAHIJ was stuck in the race on Tuesday, but trainer Bob Baffert will likely scratch him on Wednesday.
Just Call Me Ken
Our Tiger’s Boy
LONG SHOT: Colormemoney
Top choice winners: 2 (Triple Shot $26.20, fourth race; Best Two Minutes $4.60, sixth)
Second choice winners: 4 (Quebec $8, third; Tantara $6.20, fifth; Policy $3.80, ninth; Ohio $9.60, 10th)
Third choice winners: 0
Long shot winners: 1 (Neighborhood Bully $12.80, second)