First picked post at Del Mar, the 4th, goes at 6:30 pm EDT
Del Mar has a Monday card today, and we’ve found three plays on it. The weather will be perfect, as it always is at Del Mar, and the turf firm and the dirt fast. Let’s go.
Maiden Special Weight, 1 1/16 miles, Turf, 3 & Up
Eleven maidens line up here to go a mile and a sixteenth on the Del Mar grass. It’s absolutely wide open, and we like a colt at a price: it’s 4-Cosmo, who starts for Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale. He’s well, bred, by Distorted Humor out of a Grand Slam mare, and he was a good-looking foal, as he sold for $300,000 as a yearling.
He ran OK in his first five career starts, all of which were on grass, hitting the board a couple of times without really threatening to win. But what we like about his form is his last race: Drysdale ran him in a stakes race on the dirt, the Los Alamitos Derby, where he showed speed for a mile before fading to finish third in a four-horse field. He returns to the grass today, and we think that the prior effort will wake him up. He’s got a good late kick, and the dirt race should have him showing more speed than he displayed in his prior starts. We think he’s in with a big shot today and will bet him to win at 8-1. The bet: Del Mar, Race 4, $40 to win on 4-Cosmo.
Allowance/Optional Claiming, 1 mile, Turf, 3 & Up
This second-level allowance drew a field of seven. 3-Untamed Domain is a strong play: he is new to trainer John Sadler’s barn, and is coming off a layoff, but he has some back class in races in the East and Midwest the past two years. If he is sound and fit -- and his morning workouts suggest he is -- then he simply outclasses this field. Look for him to sit just behind the early leaders, and to win going away with a strong stretch move. We will bet him to win at 3-1. The bet: Del Mar, Race 8, $40 to win on 3-Untamed Domain.
Allowance/Optional Claiming, 6 furlongs, Dirt, California-bred Fillies & Mares 3 & Up
Nine state-breds line up to sprint six furlongs on the Del Mar main track here. We like a second-time starter, 5-Anna Fantastic. She’s a modestly-bred 3-year-old filly trained by Karen Headley, and we like that she won her career debut last out, but we especially like how she did it: she earned good pace and speed figures for a barn that doesn’t always have horses cranked up first out. She should improve in this spot, and that makes her plenty dangerous. We will bet her to win at 5-1. The bet: Del Mar, Race 9, $40 to win on 5-Anna Fantastic.
That’s all for today. Until next time, enjoy the racing, be safe, and, as always, good luck at the windows.