The Conductor’s Friday Plays at Del Mar

The Conductor will key in on two runners out west on opening day as well.

Race 2: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) OC 40000n1x

#1 Big Runnuer (5/1) – You don’t see many colts breaking from the rail and winning as easily as he did in his debut sprinting on the grass. He draws the 1 hole again, but he’ll be a decent price and there is a chance he is special.

Race 8: 1 Mile. F.Alw 16000s

#6 Alta Key (12/1) – 3rd off the layoff, her best effort by far was over this Del Mar surface at this distance two back. She is working well for strong connections and looks to get a good setup today with a hot pace in front of her to close into. The Conductor will key her in the exacta and tri.

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Wrapping Up Saratoga and Del Mar

No, that is not the Conductor…..but he ride on this train any day. Get that passenger a coupon code!

Saratoga, Del Mar and the summer have come to an end. The Conductor couldn’t get up to Toga as much as he’d like this year and the betting success was not what the ductor ordered. He can’t remember being knocked out in the last leg of the horizontal wagers by head scratching winners or “they knew” horses winning at crazy underlays.

He’ll focus his attention on Belmont and Santa Anita leading up to Breeders’ Cup, as well as the Keeneland meet.  Football is back, the weather is turning and the Conductor is going to be in the trenches for the foreseeable future. Absolutely no vitamin D for him. He’s also got a few more #content ideas up his sleeve, so be on the lookout for that moving forward.

Conductor life isn’t for the faint of heart, but he will never quit. The battle is what gets him up in the morning. This train is throttling it until it goes off the rails or eternal glory is reached.

As the great Winston Churchill once said, “We shall defend our train, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the turf, we shall fight on the dirt, we shall fight in the paddock and in the winners circle, we shall fight in the grandstands; we shall never surrender.”

God Bless the Passengers.


The Conductor’s Spot Play of the Day at Del Mar

We came up short today at Saratoga with the spot play, but the Conductor’s atom bomb shot ran 3rd in race 5, so hopefully a few of you passengers hit a nice trifecta.

His atom bomb shot got scratched at Del Mar, but he’s still going to key his gullet shot. He doesn’t want another peanut butter sandwich tonight, he wants the finest cut of meat dripping off the bone. Let’s Ride

Spot Play Race 4:

Double – 4,9 / 3

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The Conductor’s Wednesday Preview at Del Mar

Race 1: 1 Mile. (Turf) Clm 32000

#1 Juggles (5/2) – 2nd off the layoff, dropping in class and stretching out to a route, this colt has an early pace advantage over this field. Gate to wire.

Race 2: 1 Mile. F.Alw 12500s

#5 Road Test (3/1) – 1st off the claim and dropping in class, this mare is in good form her figures stand above this group’s.

Race 3: 1 1/8 Mile. (Turf) S.OC 40000n2x

#5 Red King (7/2) – He just missed at this level last start and his 3rd two starts back vs Grade 3 company makes him the one to beat in the Conductor’s eyes. 7/2 would be a great price on him.

Race 4: 5 ½ Furlongs. MC 50000

#10 Arouse and Go (6/1) – She was well bet in her debut and didn’t do much running. The Conductor will give her another chance now with experience, a weight break, and a better price.

Race 5: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) F.Alw 50000s

*Gullet Shot of the Day #3 Dunbow Road (8/1) – She was dominant in her maiden breaker last start and posted a bullet last work. Trainer Tim Yakteem is 16% with a +$0.32 ROI moving runners to grass for the 1st time this year.

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Race 6: 1 Mile. Mdn 61k

*Atom Bomb Shot of the Day #6 Include The Tax (20/1) – 2nd off the layoff, this colt gets a weight break and ran a decent 4th last time. He stretches out for the 1st time today, which is trainer Michael McCarthy’s specialty. He’s 25% with a +$4.14 ROI this year with 1st time routers.

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Race 7: 6 Furlongs. F.S.Generous Portion Stakes 100k

#5 Bulletproof One (4/5) – She’s obliterated every field she’s faced thus far and the Conductor doesn’t really like any of the contenders.

Race 8: 5 ½ Furlongs. F.MC 20000

#11 Trapani (8/1) – Drawn well to the outside, this race is wide open. This is trainer David Hofman’s specialty, he’s 25% with a +$2.20 ROI debuting maiden claimers this year.


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.


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.


The Conductor’s Pacific Classic Day Late Pick 4 Preview at Del Mar

Pacific Classic Day tomorrow at Del Mar with a nice late card sequence the Conductor will look to exploit. It will be a hell of a day of racing across the country.

Race 8: 1 Mile. F.G3 Torrey Pines Stakes

#1 Into Chocolate (10/1) – This filly has taken a step forward in each of her 3 starts and she ran huge after stumbling last time. She adds blinkers today and Mike Smith stays aboard, which is a great sign.

#4 Hollywood Hills (12/1) – In her 1st start on dirt last time she beat a formidable favorite, #6 Sneaking Out (7/2) on the square.  She also loves to win with 6 victories in 11 starts.

#7 Fighting Mad (5/2) – The Conductor must use this Baffert colt stretching out for the 1st time. He’s posting bullet works.

Race 9: 1 1/8 Mile. (Turf) F.G1 Del Mar Oaks

*Never a Doubt Lock Chad Brown Leg Lock #1 Cambier Parc (5/2) – She looks like a clear standout to the Conductor and he will have the majority of his play going through her. Shipping in for Chad, her only 2 losses in her last 5 starts have come to Concrete Rose, who is the best filly in the country.

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Backups: 4,5,7,13

Race 10: 1 ¼ Mile. G1 Pacific Classic

#5 Seeking the Soul (3/1) – This isn’t the saltiest Pacific Classic, but the Conductor sees this colt as a cut above the rest. He’s really matured and has run well against the likes of McKinzie and City of Light.

#8 Campaign (6/1) – The Conductor is going to fade #3 Pavel (7/2) and will use this colt as his only backup.  He’s in good form, steadily progressing and has the strongest late pace figures in the field.

Race 11: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) F.OC 40000n1x

The Conductor will be spreading in the finale and he will not be using the M/L Favorite #8 Salsa Bella (7/2)

Using: 1,2,7,10,11


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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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.


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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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