Del Mar Weekend Picks for Saturday, August 2, 2014
Del Mar Weekend picks for Saturday, August 2, 2014: Del Mar Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 is a very interesting card with full fields. One of the main features is the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes G1, a race that is part of the “Win & You’re In” Challenge for a paid spot in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Friday, October 31, 2014 at Santa Anita Racecourse. Del Mar Saturday’s card has ten tough races that promise great value. So let’s take a look at my top picks.
Race #1: 1,3,6
Ankenny Hill drops in class, if he duplicates his last race, he should win easily. Snowday, is a winner in 5 furlongs, and also won a grade stakes in France. He deserves a shot. Pimpernel is speedy and his pedigree also suggests he should handle the turf.
Showme Yourfriends is dropping in class today; also he has a sharp 5 furlongs in 58.3 at Del Mar which indicates he can handle the poly. Next Speaker faced tougher company in his last race; if he can duplicate that effort, he’ll be very tough to beat and looked impressive. Mavericks Gun in his last, and Elvis Trujillo stays in the saddle.
Race #3: 9,8,2
Know Plans has good speed figures for the distance, and he seems to like the Del Mar surface. Prime Issue will try to win gate to wire with Van Dyke in the irons. Deraptor finished third against a similar field in his last. The hot jockey Kent Desormeaux stays in the saddle.
Race #4: 6
Loufoque returns with a good workout pattern, and now is facing a weak field. If the race goes smoothly, she will crush the field.
Race #5: 9,1,6,11
Sandy’s Song is a well bred filly, with plenty of good workouts. Her Trainer has a good winning percentage with first time starters. Don’t Blame Me, made his debut at Los Alamitos, finishing in second place. Since that effort, he’s simply flying in the mornings. Call to Congrats pedigree suggests speed, and should appreciate the sprint races. The also elegible Windy Forecast is working steadily and if he enters in the race, he will very tough.
Race #6: 9,10,3
Front Range faced tougher company in her last race; she should love the poly. Downtown My Lady looked like a runner in her debut. She’s trying two turns for first time, but her workouts are pretty good. Tiz Midnight is the other girl trained by Baffert; she beat a weak field in her last, but looked impressive.
Race #7: 8,5,6
Mr. Candy Bar has good races in the turf, against tough horses and should appreciate today distance. Skip Tony is moving up in class, but he’s absolutely flying in the mornings. Fighter Squadron has the stamina to handle the distance and is graded stakes placed in Ireland.
Race #8 3,2
Broken Sword returns with fast works, and all suggest she will try to win gate to wire plus she loves the poly. Iotapa is in the best shape of her career. She will be the heavy favorite.
Race #9: 6,12,10
Turnover lost by a neck in his debut, also the combo Garcia/Baffert is really hot lately. Prontezzo ran a huge race in his debut at Los Alamitos, losing only by a nose. He will appreciate the surface change. Vegas Strip, the other Baffert horse has good races against horses that are racing stakes races.
This race is perfect for an upset so this time we’ll skip the favorites. Gold Medallion drops in class again, but he has plenty of good works on the Del Mar poly. Kayla Stra insists with Cook Inlet; a horse which has 4 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third in 11 starts in the Polytrack. Tuckers Point is dropping in class and despite his last flop, Elvis Trujillo stays in the saddle; that’s a good sign.
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