Del Mar Picks for Saturday, July 28
We’ll be saying haaaay to Justify before he heads into retirement this Saturday at the track. Jockey Mike Smith will be signing autographs, too! 🐴🐎 https://t.co/HBf1eHkDEJ— Del Mar Racetrack (@DelMarRacing) July 26, 2018
Race 7 – California Dreamin’ Stakes, $150,000
1 1/16 miles-TurfBecause the California Dreamin’ Stakes is wide-open, what’s wrong with putting a few bucks on Soi Phet at 12/1 on the morning line? Two races ago, Soi Phet won the $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes over the turf at over 47 to 1. He then won the $100,000 Bertrando over the dirt at Los Alamitos at 7/2. He beat B Squared by a nose in the Bertrando. B Squared’s morning line is 8/1. Both B Squared and Soi Phet can upset the favorites on Saturday. Which horse finishes third? It’s hard to knock 7/2 morning line Pee Wee Reese. The problem with backing Pee Wee Reese to win is that the 5-year-old horse likes to run on the lead. There’s a ton of pace in this.
- First: Soi Phet
- Second: B Squared
- Third: Pee Wee Reese
Race 9 – Grade 1 Bing Crosby, $300,000
6 furlongs-DirtBC Sprint Champion Roy H returns to the track for the first time since finishing third in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen to X Y Jet and Mind Your Biscuits. The champ has been training well, but this field is deep. John Sadler trained St. Joe Bay lost by only a head to American Anthem in the Grade 2 San Carlos at 7 furlongs in his last. St. Joe Bay went off at over 42 to 1 one. He didn’t run like it. One less furlong could be all he needs to wire this field. Touching Rainbows bobbled at the start of the San Carlos. He’s 3 for 3 at 6 furlongs, though, and figures to hold his 10/1 morning line odds because of how poorly he ran in his last. There’s a chance American Anthem prefers 7 furlongs to 6 furlongs. That’s why Roy H is the pick over American Anthem for third.
- First: St. Joe Bay
- Second: Touching Rainbows
- Third: Roy H
Race 10 – Maiden Special Weight $60,000
1 mile-TurfDel Mar ends their Saturday card with a terrific $60,000 maiden special weight mile turf race. Trainer Keith Desormeaux puts brother Kent Desormeaux aboard 7/2 on the morning line Ocean Fury. The 2-year-old colt sired by Stormy Atlantic got blocked in his maiden voyage. He ended up finishing fourth by 2 ¾ lengths. With a cleaner trip, he’ll get his picture taken on Saturday. For third, Jerry Hollendorfer trained More Ice makes sense. Hollendorfer not only trains, he’s a part owner. Because More Ice isn’t up for the claim there’s every reason to believe Hollendorfer wants to score with a win on Saturday. Tariq, the 5/2 morning line chalk, figures to get plenty of action. However, he breaks from post 12. It’s almost impossible to win a mile turf race at Del Mar breaking from post 12. Tariq should finish third, though.
- First: Ocean Fury
- Second: More Ice
- Third: Tariq