A few short-priced winners yesterday was all the Conductor could muster on the chalkiest of days at Del Mar. The favorite or 2nd choice won every race but the last. The Conductor doesn’t make money on those days, that’s not his style. However, we have some quality racing on this fine Saturday and the Conductor sees prices on this card. Let’s ride.
Race 1: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.OC 62500n2x
#6 Pulpit Rider (6/1) – She’s dropping out of Grade 3 company and gets a major rider upgrade to Drayden Van Dyke. She’s three for four at the mile distance including a win at Del Mar vs similar competition this summer.
Race 2: 1 Mile. Mdn 53k
#6 Harmon (5/2) – The Conductor loves to see to sprints to a route and his late pace figures suggest he’ll appreciate the stretch out. He was bred to run long and was a hefty 500k at auction.
Race 3: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) OC 40000n1x
#2 Tough it Out (7/2) – An ultra-consistent runner that loves this Del Mar turf course, there are too many things to like about this gelding.
Race 4: 6 Furlongs. MC 50000
#2 Ohtani (8/1) – In this group filled with unknowns the Conductor will turn to a first time starter. His dam has produced 4 winners from 4 starters including a stakes winner and trainer Bill Spawr is 23% with debut runners this year.
Race 5: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.G3 Jimmy Durante Stakes
Atom Bomb Shot of the Day #3 Elsa (20/1) – What a betting race this is with talented runners at big prices. This girl caught a yielding turf course last time and didn’t run a step. She was favorited in a stakes race at Saratoga this summer and she should improve with the added distance and Lasix today. Jersey Joe ships in to ride her and her workouts are outstanding. The Conductor will key her in the trifecta.
Race 6: 1 Mile. OC 40000n1x
*Double Lock and Gullet Shot of the Day #3 Kershaw (6/1) – In his first try routing last time he drew off and buried the field. Routing could be what he has always wanted, and he has the fastest speed figures in this field sprinting. He’s the Conductor’s best bet of the day.
Race 7: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) G2 Seabiscuit Handicap
#7 Synchrony (9/2) – He was way too far back in his last start in Keeneland and will appreciate getting back to firm turf today. He’s beaten much tougher competition and is 2/2 at this distance.
Race 8: 6 Furlongs. S.Clm 20000
#3 Tanners Pride (5/1) – Dropping to restricted company for the first time he has the back class to beat this field. He gets Talamo back in the saddle, who has steered him to his best races.
Race 9: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) F.OC 40000n1x
#3 Helens Tiger (9/2) – Fanned 6 wide in her last start, she just missed at this level two starts back. She should step forward in her 2nd start off the layoff and will be very dangerous.