The Conductor gets back to Del Mar today and that’s enough to get him fired up for the weekend. 76 and sunny every day, full fields and juicy prices. It will be a pleasure to ride the train this meet, I thank my lucky stars every day the Conductor chose me as his scribe. Let’s Eat, Let’s Ride.
3:30pm ET Race 1: 1 Mile. Clm 20000
#2 Plum Dandy (4/1) – Dropping in class, he set a wicked pace and was only beaten 2 lengths. He is 3/4 at the mile distance and he’ll appreciate the cutback.
#6 Twirling Tiger (5/1) – Impressive win last time sprinting, he earned the highest last out speed figure in the group. He loves to run 2nd, he’s a solid key in the vertical wagers.
4:00pm ET Race 2: 7 Furlongs. F.MC 20000
#3 Trappiza (4/1) – The #1 Eskenforadrink (9/5) is the horse to beat, but Trappiza is an overlay at 4/1. Her last race was the fastest of this group and she has some back class. The Conductor will key her in 1st and 2nd.
4:30pm ET Race 3: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.S. 20000n1x
#7 X S Gold (5/1) – Throw out his last race off a layoff on dirt, he has the figures to beat this group on grass and his best races have been on the Del Mar turf. He also gets the Rajin Cajun back in the saddle.
#4 Tenthousandreasons (12/1) – His last start on dirt would beat this field. Trainer Craig Dollase is 4/12 with a +$8.57 ROI trying runners on turf for the first time this year and this race is wide open. At the price he’ll be, he’s worth an include.
5:00pm ET Race 4: 6 Furlongs. MC 100000
*Never a Doubt Bottle Service Friday Night Lock #2 Manhattan Up (3/1) – He broke inwards in his debut and ran a solid 3rd above par for this level. He’s posting bullet works and will be very tough to beat now that he has some experience.
5:30pm ET Race 5: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.Alw 50000s
#2 Foxtail (9/2) – She moved way too early into a hot pace last start and if she runs her race two starts back over this same turf course, she’ll be very tough to beat. 9/2 would make the Conductor too happy for words.
#6 Take a Leap (7/2) – Her maiden breaker last start was very strong and she’s posting monster works leading into today. She has the most potential in this group and the Conductor will personally grantee only these two horses can win.
6:00pm ET Race 6: 5 ½ Furlongs. S.Mdn 53k
#6 Clyde’s Pride (9/2) – This race is wide open, but he’s the Conductor’s top pick. He’s set scorching paces on the turf in his first three starts and held on for 2nds. The cutback to a sprint should suit him perfectly and Hollendorfer is 21% with a +$0.30 ROI switching runners from dirt to turf this year.
6:30pm ET Race 7: 1 Mile. (Turf) F. Kathryn Crosby Stakes 75k
*#4 Gullet Shot of the Day #4 Excellent Sunset (8/1) – The Conductor will bet more money than god if he gets 8/1 on this filly. She’s run back to back quality races at Keeneland and Saratoga, pressing hot paces and finishing strongly. The turf runners on the East Coast are significantly better than the competition these other California runners have been facing.
#7 Way to Versailles (7/2) – Exiting an extremely solid 3rd pressing a pace that was hotter than hot, she’s won a Grade 2 race and is the class of the field. She’s the only other runner the Conductor will use on top.
7:00pm ET Race 8: 5 ½ Furlongs. F.MC 32000
#10 Orca (5/1) – Drawn well to the outside, she didn’t show much in her debut, but was bet heavily against much tougher. The market usually knows when one can run, she’ll take the Conductor’s money today.