Preview: I will tell you this was a tough card to handicap due to the weather forecast. It was well known last weekend that it was going to rain on Thursday (up to an inch along the coast), but Del Mar stuck to its original plan with four of the eight races on the grass. I will be surprised if that happens. I definitely think the two turf sprints at 5 furlongs won’t be on the grass and the other two, we’ll see. I encourage you to check back Thursday morning after 10:30 a.m. after the Del Mar changes are announced. I hope I’m wrong, but don’t think so.
TOLD YOU SO!!
FIRST RACE: 1. S Y SKY (best bet), 2. Moon Kitty, 3. Nine Point Nine. LONG SHOT: Ippodaamia’s Girl.
I really like this filly, rain or shine. She won in her only turf try at Santa Anita and she has a second over an off track, also in Arcadia. She drops out of the Betty Grable and I think she will stay in the race no matter what.
SECOND RACE: 1. Square Peggy, 2. Luck’s Royal Flush, 3. Rickey B. LONG SHOT: Bea’s Boy.
THIRD RACE: 1. Aristocratic, 2. R Cha Cha, 3. Doc Curlin (SCRATCHED), New No. 3 Forest Chatter. LONG SHOT: Short of Ez.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Sidepocket Action, 2. Bless His Heart, 3. Lil Milo. LONG SHOT: Checks in the Mail (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Perfect Tale.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Mobou (SCRATCHED), 2. Unusual Rider, 3. Unusual Angel. LONG SHOT: He Be Mojo Risin. New order: 1. Unusual Rider, 2. Unusual Angel, 3. Brix. LONG SHOT: He Be Mojo Risin.
SIXTH RACE: 1. Tidal Effect, 2. Goodwillambassador, 3. Mongolian Groom. LONG SHOT: Ayacara.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Gray Admiral, 2. Offshore (SCRATCHED), 3. Hot American (scratched). LONG SHOT: Rinse and Repeat. NEW ORDER: 1. Gray Admiral, 2. Rinse and Repeat, 3. Wilshire Dude. LONG SHOT: Facts Matter.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Shake N Fries, 2. Violent Behavior, 3. Tanker. LONG SHOT: Concord Jet.
Top choice winners: 3 (Battle of Midway $3.20, third race; Qhira $4.60, seventh; Littlebitamedal $9.20, ninth)
Second choice winners: 1 (Lucky Student $5.40, fifth;Flying Scotsman $4, sixth)
Third choice winners: 1 (Perfectly Majestic $5.20, second)
Long shot winners: 1 (Sweet Treat ($8.40, first)