A pair of dirty noses on the turf cost us a five-figure pay day yesterday, but we’ve brushed it off and pulled up our boot straps heading into an exciting weekend that kicks off with 4 o’clock Friday and California-bred 2-year-old fillies sprinting 5 ½-furlongs on the main track in the $100,000 CTBA Stakes.
Benefiting from a perfect pace-pressing trip to win her debut at Hollywood Park on June 24, Tribal Peace is the 5-to-2 favorite drawn outside in post No. 7 for John Sadler. The daughter of Tribal Rule cleared turning for home in that win and dug in gamely to hold off Cotton’s Point through the lane.
Cotton’s Point was making her second career start and has since transferred partial ownership to our friends over at Summit Racing. It was a big improvement for the daughter of Salt Lake after a fourth-place finish in her debut and the maiden is listed as the 3-to-1 co-second choice needing only slight improvement for the potent combo of Jeff Bonde and Edwin Maldanado to get the money tonight.
Off a third-place finish in the Cinderella Stakes on June 16, Tilde is also 3-to-1 with Rafael Bejarano aboard the daughter of Swiss Yodeler for the third time. They dug in valiantly on the rail to win when debuting on May 20 and can sit a stalking trip just off the speed.
Gary Sherlock sends a pair of 8-to-1 shots with Akiss Forarose breaking from the rail after rallying past Cotton’s Point and others to break her maiden when debuting on June 2 and Awe’ Some Kitten, who posted a field best 72 Beyer when breaking her maiden two starts back, but faded to finish fifth in the Cinderella.
We’re off to the races!
Pick 4 -
Leg 1 – Race 5 (2,5,7,9,11) – Bottom-level claimers at six furlongs on the main track and we spread with No. 2 American Wildcat, No. 5 Deputiformer, No. 7 Itssultryinthecape, No. 9 Arabian Storm and No. 11 Imperial Pride.
Leg 2 – Race 6 (3,7,9) – The lone multiple winner in the field, No. 3 Distort This ships in from Kentucky with three victories, two of those coming over his last three races. The last time he was on the turf he broke his maiden sprinting five furlongs at Arlington last summer. Best of all, he’s almost sure to be lone speed and he’s in good hands with John Sadler.
If he tires, both No. 7 Ransom Canyon and No. 9 Seventh Avenue get jock upgrades and can motor late.
Leg 3 – Race 7 (ALL) – Lightly-raced 2-year-old fillies in stakes action where anything can happen so we’ll use all seven runners.
Leg 4 – Race 8 (1,2,11) – No. 1 Pork Chop drops to the bottom and should be running late, No. 2 Hammer the Bay also drops and is tough if you toss his last and No. 11 Sparkle Joel is a live long shot moving from inside to outside.
Recap – (2,5,7,9,11) w (3,7,9) w (ALL) w (1,2,11) – Total cost of ticket = $157.50
Yesterday’s Result – (-$168)
Total for current Del Mar meet – (+$379.20)
Total from 12/26/10 – 7/15/12 – (-$1,571.15)
Pick 5 –
Leg 1 – Race 1 (ALL) – No. 6 Promiscuoussuances should be clearing speed and romped by over three lengths over maidens when last seen at Del Mar, but she’s the only one to break her maiden against claimers so we’ll punch the all button.
Leg 2 – Race 2 (1,2,3,4,7) – Spread five deep in this turf dash with No. 1 A Toe by Three, No. 2 Norm’s Passion, No. 3 Red Defense, No. 4 Quietly Mine and No. 7 A Toast to You.
Leg 3 – Race 3 (7) – The scratch of No. 1 Mary Contrary leaves No. 7 D’princess as lone speed and getting the bug boy weight break for the first time. Her sire D’wildcat has won with 16% of his starters on Del Mar’s Polytrack.
Leg 4 – Race 4 (2,3,5,9) – Stick with the four logical runners in this Cal-bred maiden allowance on turf using No. 2 Zanbo, No. 3 Miss Well Molded, No. 5 Passionville and No. 9 Marlenadarlena.
Leg 5 – Race 5 (5,11) – Narrow it down to a pair with No. 5 Deputiformer, who sees his tag cut in half off the long break and ran well here last summer, and No. 11 Imperial Pride, a threat on the front end and perfect over this main track.
Recap – (ALL) w (1,2,3,4,7) w (7) w (2,3,5,9) w (5,11) – Total cost of ticket = $100
Yesterday’s Result – (-$144)
Total for currentDelMar meet – (-$288)
Total from 7/20/11 – 7/15/12 – (+$1,874.55)
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