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Wind Pipe Whack Wednesday: The Conductor’s Plays at Saratoga and Del Mar

Off the turf today like the Conductor expected. Here are the Conductor’s changes after scratches.

Saratoga

Race 1: Cancelled

Race 2: 1 1/8 Mile. F.OC 25000n1x

#1 South of the Shore (8/5) – 2nd behind Dunbar Road who came back to win the Alabama on Saturday. 8/5 in a 5-horse field would not be a bad price.

Race 3: 5 ½ Furlongs. MC 75000

#4 Rejected Again (2/1) – He’s most likely, the Conductor doesn’t have a strong opinion in here.

Race 4: 1 5/8 Mile. (OFF Turf) John Call Stakes 100k

#1 Highland Sky (5/2) – His last 7 races have been against G1 or G2 company. He’s facing a very weak field now that its on the dirt and the Conductor will bet his class will translate over.

Race 5: 5 ½ Furlongs. F.S.Mdn 78k

#2 Sophie Rules (9/2) – This filly is working well and the Jose Ortiz/Englehart jockey/trainer combo have been red hot this meet.

Race 6: 1 1/16 Mile. (OFF Turf) Mdn 75k

#2 Justintimeforwine (15/1) – The Conductor still likes this boy to hit the board at a huge number. She was favorited sprinting on dirt at Saratoga two starts back, which tells the Conductor she has more talent than she’s shown.

Race 7: 7 Furlongs. Clm 20000n3L

*Gullet Shot of the Day #2 Autostrade (6/1) – Switching back to dirt and cutting back to a sprint, he made an early move into a hot pace last time. The Conductor loves him here.

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Race 8: 5 ½ Furlongs. (OFF Turf) F.Clm 50000b

#8 Morisette (8/1) – Dropping back to the claiming ranks today, she was favored against much tougher last time and had trouble at the break. With a clean break, she’ll have every chance. She won her lone start on a sloppy track, so the Conductor will still ride with her.

Race 9: 6 Furlongs. S.Alw 80000n1x

#3 Our Last Buck (8/1) – Switching back to dirt and dropping out of open company, his race two back at Aqueduct would be tough for this field to beat. 2nd off the layoff, he’ll be ready to roll.

Race 10: 5 ½ Furlongs. (OFF Turf) F.Clm 40000n2L

#6 Zandora (5/1) – 1st off the claim, the Conductor is sticking to his guns again. Dirt or turf, her early pace figures give her an edge.

Del Mar

Race 1: 1 Mile. (Turf) S.Mdn 61k

#10 Bayonce (6/1) – The Conductor liked him in his debut and he took money at the windows. Stretching out on turf for the first time, the Conductor still thinks he has talent and he’ll be a nice price.

Race 2: 1 Mile. F.Clm 25000n3L

#4 Atina (3/1) – She’s steadily progressing and her last performance will be tough for this group to beat.

Race 3: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) F.Mdn 61k

#1 Secret Square (4/1) – Switching to turf for strong connections, she was well bet in her debut on dirt. None of the 1st time starters in here look playable to the Conductor.

Race 4: 1 Mile. Mdn 61k

#2 Still in the Game (5/1) – Switching back to dirt, his race two back will give him every chance.

Race 5: 1 Mile. (Turf) Clm 32000n1y

#4 Mauraud Khan (5/2) – Shipping in from Churchill an making his first start for trainer Leonard Powell, he’s a cut above these California turf horses.

Race 6: 1 Mile. Harry F. Brubaker Stakes

#5 Line Judge (7/2) – Dropping out of Grade 1 company where he didn’t embarrass himself, he gets back to his favorite distance today. He looks to get a perfect trip stalking a hot pace.

Race 7: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) OC 80000n1x

*Never a Doubt Humpday Best Bet #4 Hartel (4/1) – This girl took a step forward last start and ran her best last year sprinting on this turf course. Prat taking the mount is a great sign.

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Race 8: 6 Furlongs. Mdn 100k

#1 Railsplitter (7/2) – Cutting back to a sprint and switching back to a sprint, he was favored last start and ran well pressing a hot pace. Only 125k at auction, this spot looks perfect for him.

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Wind Pipe Whack Wednesday: The Conductor’s Spot Plays at Saratoga and Del Mar

Only three more racing weeks left at the Spa. Let’s get the gullet to start the racing week. Let’s Ride.

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Saratoga

Full Card Top Picks: The Conductor’s Wednesday Preview at Saratoga

Race 2: 6 Furlongs. Mdn 75k

Win – #2 More Thunder (4/1)

Race 4: 1 1/8 Mile. (Turf) S.Alw 80000n1x

Win – #5 Honorable Hero (8/1)

Pick 3 – 1,3,5,6,7 / 1,2,3,4,6,7 / 10

Race 5: 7 Furlongs. F.Mdn 90k

Daily Double – 2,3,6 / 10

Race 6: 1 1/16 Mile. (Inner Turf) F.S.Mdn 78k

*Win – #10 Mazal Eighteen (8/1)

Race 9: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) Clm 25000

Daily Double – 4,7,10 / 12

Del Mar

Full Card Top Picks: The Conductor’s Wednesday Preview at Del Mar

Race 2: 6 Furlongs. F.MC 20000

Win – #4 Taylor’s Gal (5/1)

Race 4: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) F.Alw 50000s

Win – #6 Heathers Grey (4/1)

Daily Double 6 / 5

Race 5: 6 Furlongs. MC S.50000

Daily Double – 5 / 7

Race 6: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) F.OC 62500n2x

Win – #7 Holly Hundy (8/1)

Daily Double – 7 / 1,2,4,10

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The Conductor’s Wednesday Preview at Del Mar

Race 1: 5 ½ Furlongs. MC 40000

#6 Deckology (2/1) – The 3rd he ran in his debut last time will make him very tough to beat.

Race 2: 6 Furlongs. F.MC 20000

#4 Taylor Gals (5/1) – Her work three back catches the Conductor’s eye. It wouldn’t take much talent to surprise this group.

Race 3: 1 Mile. Clm 32000

#7 Rocko’s Wheel (5/2) -2nd off the layoff, a natural step forward will make him a winner.

Race 4: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) F.Alw 50000s

#6 Heathers Gray (4/1) – Lightly raced, she’s improved in each of her four lifetime starts. She’s posted three bullet works in a row and the Conductor sees her taking another step forward today.

Race 5: 6 Furlongs. MC S.50000

#5 Afternoon Heat (2/1) – He’s run two solid 2nd’s behind favorites to start her career. She’ll graduate today.

Race 6: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) F.OC 62500n2x

*Gullet Shot of the Day #7 Holly Hundy (8/1) – 2nd off the layoff, this filly drops in class and posted a bullet work entering today. She’s proven she can pass horses and looks to get a perfect trip in this spot, sitting behind a wicked pace.

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Race 7: 5 ½ Furlongs. Clm 80000

#10 Westmont (6/1) – Taking a big class drop, this gelding loves to win, especially at this trip. He has 4 wins at 5 ½ Furlongs.

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Wind Pipe Whack Wednesday: The Conductor’s Spot Plays at Saratoga and Del Mar

Looks like rain is in the afternoon in New York, but fast and firm for now. We don’t want a big week, we need one. Let’s Ride.

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Saratoga

Full Card Plays: The Conductor’s Wednesday Preview at Saratoga

Spot Plays:

Race 3 Exacta: (3 / 2,7), (2,7 / 3)

Race 8: Win #2 (12/1)

Double: (2,4,5,6 / 1,2)

Del Mar

Full Card Plays: The Conductor’s Wednesday Preview at Del Mar

Race 1: Exacta: (1 / 3,4,6,7), (3,4,6,7 / 1)

Race 3: Win #4 (6/1), Double (4,6 / 3,8)

Race 4: Double (3,8 / 6)

Race 5: Exacta: (6 / 4)

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The Conductor’s Wednesday Preview at Del Mar

Race 1: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) Mdn 61k

#4 Tomorrow Knows (3/1) – This 165k colt is bred to sprint on the grass and the Conductor likes his work pattern leading into today.

#1 Whispering Flame (20/1) – He’s a bomb but posted a quick work in his last and is bred for the grass. Trainer James Cassidy is 15% with a +$1.71 ROI debuting turf runners this year. The Conductor will try to get him in the exacta and trifecta to spice things up.

Race 2: 6 Furlongs. F.Alw 50000s

#1 Diamond of Value (7/2) – The Conductor loves her steady progression and quick 3 week turn around.

Race 3: 1 Mile. (Turf) Clm 32000n2L

*Gullet Shot of the Day #4 War Chest (6/1) – He’s improved his speed figure in his last four starts and drops to his lowest career class level.

Race 4: 5 ½ Furlongs. F.MC 20000

#3 Tell It Again (5/1) – Taking a big drop in class switching to dirt for the first time, trainer Jeff Mullins is red hot at Del Mar with 4 firsts and 4 seconds with 10 starters.

#8 Ma Bella (5/1) – 2nd off the layoff and 1st off the claim for Peter Miller. Miller’s barn is also scorching hot.

Race 5: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.OC 100000b

*Never a Doubt Lock of the Day #6 Toinette (7/5) – Its her return to the races this year, but she lays over the field in the Conductor’s eyes.

#4 Youngest Daughter (15/1) – She’ll be the biggest price in the field and the Churchill shippers have been outrunning their odds on the Del Mar turf. The Conductor will use her in 2nd and 3rd.

Race 6: 1 1/16 Mile. Clm 12500

#2 For Him (5/1) – 3rd off the layoff and trending in the right direction, he still has room to improve as a four-year-old.

Race 7: 1 Mile. (Turf) Mdn 61k

#2 Fravel (6/1) – This colt is working well and Prat hops aboard for Mandela

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Wind Pipe Whack Wednesday: The Conductor’s Spot Plays at Saratoga and Del Mar

Off the turf in Race 1 and 5 today at Saratoga, thankfully that doesn’t change much for the Conductor as he’ll sit those out. Let’s get the train humming to star the racing week, Let’s Ride

Saratoga:

Full Card Top Picks: The Conductor’s Wednesday Preview at Saratoga

Play of the Day

Race 7: Daily Double 2 / 6

Del Mar:

Full Card Top Picks The Conductor’s Wednesday Preview at Del Mar

Play of the Day

Race 3: Trifectas

3 / 1,2,6,7.9 / All

3 / all / 1,2,6,7,9

1,2,6,7,9 / 3 / All

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The Conductor’s Wednesday Preview at Del Mar

Race 1: 6 Furlongs. F.MC 40000

#2 So Much Happy (8/1) – She set a scorching pace last time and is cutting back to a sprint and switching back to dirt. Her early pace figures make her dangerous, she was able to get the lead vs maidens in her debut as well.

Race 2: 1 Mile. Mdn 61k

#7 C Falls (4/1) – Making his 3rd career start, he took a nice step forward last time. With natural progression the Conductor likes his chances.

Race 3: 6 Furlongs. Alw 50000s

*Gullet Shot of the Day #3 Big Barrel (8/1) – He took a big step forward last start, but the Conductor doesn’t think it was a fluke. He showed ability last year and the Conductor sees it natural progression. He gets a weight break against this group as well.

Race 4: 5 ½ Furlongs. F.S.Mdn 61k

#5 Beyonce (5/1) – Her last two works have been bullets for solid connections. She looks ready to roll. Slay Queen Slay.

Race 5: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.Clm 25000

#1 My Aunt Tillie (6/1) – This mare is returning off a long layoff, but trainer Myke Puype brings them back ready and she’s run well fresh before. If she runs her race she’ll have every chance and Van Dyke taking the mount is a good sign.

Race 6: 5 ½ Furlongs. F.S.CTBAB Stakes 100k

*Never a Doubt Lock of the Card #7 Cholula Lips (2/1) – If she runs her last race vs tougher at Churchill, it will tough for the others beat to jump up and beat her, let alone if she takes a step forward. Her works leading into today suggest she’s ready to run.

Race 7: 1 Mile. (Turf) Alw 50000s

#9 Honos Man (6/1) – Shipping in from Churchill after a nice win last start, the Kentucky invaders have run well on the turf this meet. The Conductor will load up the caboose if we get that price.

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Race 1: 6 Furlongs. S.Mdn 61k

#5 Santanta (7/2) – The lone 4-year-old in the field taking on 3-year-olds, the Conductor likes his work tab.

Race 2: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) Clm 32000

#1 Lifeline (10/1) – 2nd off a long layoff and taking a big drop in class, he gets a 7 lb weight break and has a nice inside draw.

Race 3: 5 Furlongs. F.MC 80000

*Never a Doubt West Coast Night Cap Best Bet of the Day #7 Foggy Bottom (6/1) – Drawn well to the outside, the Conductor loves her long works over a tiring Golden Gate surface. Trainer Bill McLean is 17% with a +$2.85 debuting maiden claimers this year.

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Race 4: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) F.Mdn 61k

#2 Stylishly (5/2) – 1st time in the Simon Callahan barn is always dangerous. This filly has run well against tougher and looks to be ready to roll.

Race 5: 1 Mile. Clm 8000

#4 Excavation (4/1) – Dropping in class and getting a 7 lb weight break he looks to get a favorable trip on or up close to a moderate pace.

Race 6: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.S.OC 20000n1x

*Gullet Shot of the Day #7 Hot On the Trail (12/1) – Lightly raced and stretching out to a route, she looks to get a good trip with a hot pace to run at. Desormeaux doesn’t ride for Glatt often, but when he does, he’s usually live. They’ve won 3 of their last 4 starts together.

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Race 7: 1 Mile. MC 50000

#9 Lostinthemoment (10/1) – Van Dyke hops a board for an out of town barn and the shippers have been live this meet with the bonuses offered.

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The Conductor’s Wednesday Preview at Del Mar

The racing week starts tomorrow, Let’s Ride.

Race 1: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) OC 100000b

#4 Eddie Haskell (6/5) – 3rd off the layoff, he’s 5/6 at Del Mar with one 2nd and 8/11 at the distance. He’s the type of favorite that’s tough to bet against.

Race 2: 6 ½ Furlong. Clm 8000

#3 Twirling Tiger (5/1) – This old gelding gets back to Del Mar where he was last victorious and drops in class.  The weight break helps as well.

Race 3: 5 ½ Furlongs. S.MC 500000

#2 Afternoon Heat (7/2) – She gets a 7 lb weight break as well and ran a good 2nd last time at this level in her debut.  With a natural step forward, the Conductor sees her in the winners circle.

Race 4: 1 Mile. OC 62500b

*Never a Doubt Best Bet of the Day #6 Hot Sean (4/1) – 3rd off the layoff, he made an early move into a hot pace last start and now stretches out to a route. Baffert is 44% with a +$1.04 ROI moving runners from two sprints to a route this year.

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Race 5: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.Alw 50000n2L

#5 Shanghai Truffles (3/1) – She’s lightly raced and took a nice step forward last time. The Conductor likes fillies on the incline.

Race 6: 1 ½ Mile. G3 Cougar Handicap

*Gullet Shot of the Day #1 Premium Forest (20/1) #7 Campaign (6/5) is the clear one to beat, but the Conductor will key this colt in the exacta and trifecta at a big number. A winner on synthetic, turf and dirt, he is versatile and on the improve. He looks to get a favorable trip up close to a slow pace and has the late pace figures to get the distance.

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Race 7: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) F.Mdn 61k

#3 Miss Stormy (6/1) – She’s coming in off a long layoff, but with solid connections and a sprint distance that doesn’t concern the Conductor. She ran 2nd at this level last fall and with some maturity she has major upside.

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Wind Pipe Whack Wednesday: The Conductor’s Plays at Saratoga and Del Mar

Looks like there is rain in the forecast for Saratoga, but the races remain on the turf as of now. From 12:50 pm ET until about 10pm ET when the West Coast wraps up, the Conductor’s face will be an inch away from the screen watching the ponies run. His eyes will be bleeding, but he will love every second of it. Let’s Ride.

Full Card Top Picks at Saratoga: The Conductor’s Wednesday Preview at Saratoga

Spot Plays:

Race 3: 5 ½ Furlongs. (Turf) OC 62500n2x

Daily Doubles: (9 / 2), (1 / 2)

Race 7: 1 Mile. (Inner Turf) Mdn 90k

Exactas: (6,9 / 7), (7 / 6,9) The Conductor’s Opening Day Plays at Del Mar

Daily Double: (7 / 7)

Race 8: 7 Furlongs. F.Clm 100000

Daily Double: (7 / 2)

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Full Card Top Picks at Del Mar: The Conductor’s Opening Day Plays at Del Mar

Spot Plays:

Race 7: 5 Furlongs. F.S.Mdn 61k

Pick 3: (3 / 1,2,3,4,8 / 6)

Race 8: 1 Mile. (Turf) Runhappy Oceanside Stakes 100k

Exactas: (2 / 1,3,4,8), (1,3,4,8 / 2)

Trifectas: (2 / 1,3,4,8 / All), (2 / All / 1,3,4,8), (1,3,4,8 / 2 / All), (1,3,4,8 / All / 2)

Race 9: 7 Furlongs. OC 40000n1x

Exactas: (6 / 2,3,4,9,11), (2,3,4,9,11 / 6)

Trifectas: (6 / 2,3,4 / All), (6 / All / 2,3,4), (2,3,4,9,11 / 6 / All), (2,3,4,9,11 / All / 6)

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