Del Mar Saturday: Spenderella Favored in the Grade 1 Oaks

Chris Adams

The racing from Del Mar on Saturday will feature a Grade 1 turf event. The Del Mar Oaks will be run on the turf where the surf meets the turf.

Del Mar- Race 1

Post: 2:00 PM PT; $82k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #6 RHETORIC (5-2) gets the top selection and has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #2 ECHOSMITH (3-1) makes sense on speed figures.
  • #5 BREAKFAST RIDE (2-1) goes out for the Sadler barn and gets Hernandez in the irons.
  • #1 STREET RUCKUS (6-1) looks to be the class of the field.

Selections: 6 – 2 – 5 – 1

Del Mar- Race 2

Post: 2:33 PM PT; $80k Maiden Special Weight going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 9

  • #4 ALWAYS AT EASE (7-2) should improve off the first start and is the top pick.
  • #5 LA PALOMA BLANCA (6-1) makes the second start for Peter Miller with JJ Hernandez up.
  • #2 QUEENZY (4-1) is well bred for this spot.
  • #8 THREE STRANDS (4-1) debuts here and has the pedigree to be good here.

Selections: 4 – 5 – 2 – 8

Del Mar- Race 3

Post: 3:04 PM PT; $44k Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #4 EVERLYS GIRL (7-2) looks best here. She has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #3 TAPIT DOUX (5-2) seems to fit well enough here on class.
  • #7 TALKATIVE GAL (8-1) will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #5 NEVER SWAY (6-1) is probably best to put underneath on most tickets but could be in the mix.

Selections: 4 – 3 – 7 – 5

Del Mar- Race 4

Post: 3:34 PM PT; $84k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 6

  • #6 FEARLESS GIRL (3-1) gets the top selection. She shouldn't have trouble with the 1 mile distance.
  • #3 COUNTERPARTY RISK (5-2) appears to be a major player in this race. She has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #2 QUATTROELLE (3-1) will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.
  • #5 EVER SMART (10-1) is a price horse and should be competitive in this spot. She makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 6 – 3 – 2 – 5

Del Mar- Race 5

Post: 4:04 PM PT; $80k Maiden Special Weight going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #4 OMNIPRESENT (6-1) should improve off the first start and is the top pick. He has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #7 NULLARBOR (4-1) debuts here. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Baffert and Hernandez.
  • #3 HEJAZI (6-5) is clearly showing himself well on the backside and is well touted on the morning line for the first start.
  • #1 EASTBOUND (10-1) is a price horse that’s a little interesting if you’re looking to round out your selections.

Selections: 4 – 7 – 3 – 1

Del Mar- Race 6

Post: 4:34 PM PT; $45k Starter Allowance going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 9

  • #4 SWEET AND CHEEKY (3-1) looks best here. She projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #9 GILLIAN ELIZABETH (5-2) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #2 DANCING DANA (5-1) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #6 FOUNDER'S DAY (5-1) isn't without hope. She looks to be the class of the field. This one will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.

Selections: 4 – 9 – 2 – 6

Del Mar- Race 7

Post: 5:04 PM PT; $80k Maiden Special Weight going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 12

  • #10 KANGAROO COURT (6-5) should improve off the first start and gets the top selection. The debut was good enough to earn serious respect in this spot.
  • #3 REIGN OF SPEED (6-1) feels like a fringe contender in this spot here but is in with a shot.
  • #9 STAY IN THE GAME (8-1) has run against some decent types.
  • #11 TOM HORN (4-1) debuts here and is probably best to put underneath on most tickets. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Miyadi and Frey.

Selections: 10- 3 – 9 – 11

Del Mar- Race 8

Post: 5:34 PM PT; $300k Del Mar Oaks going 1 1/8 miles on turf; Entries: 14

Spenderella favored at Del Mar
Spenderella wins at Keeneland
  • #2 BELLABEL (5-1) appears to be a major player in this race and may be able to pull the upset. She has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #11 SPENDARELLA (8-5) is the rightful favorite and definitely the most likely winner. She has the top overall power rating in the group and could get the right pace setup in this one.
  • #3 ISLAND OF LOVE (12-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 RHEA MOON (30-1) is a price horse that should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders. This one may benefit from a hot pace up front.

Selections: 2 – 11- 3 – 1

Del Mar- Race 9

Post: 6:04 PM PT; $32k Claiming going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 10

  • #2 SECRET TOUCH (5-1) looks best here. The class on this runner makes him a player.
  • #3 DR. TROUTMAN (4-1) should be competitive in this spot. He has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #4 GRAY MAGICIAN (7-2) should relish the pace scenario and has races that can win this race.
  • #5 LITTLE DEMON (5-2) goes out for the Thomas barn and gets Maldonado in the irons. He has races that are good enough to beat his foes in this spot.

Selections: 2 – 3 – 4 – 5

Del Mar- Race 10

Post: 6:34 PM PT; $80k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 13

  • #6 VIVANDO (7-2) gets the top selection. She should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders. This one may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #3 LEISUREWEAR (4-1) feels like a fringe contender in this spot. She has to be respected going out for the combination of D'Amato and Rispoli.
  • #7 TAKEMEBYTHEHAND (8-1) isn't without hope. She has been keeping solid company in the early part of here career.
  • #13 JUBILEE LAKE (8-1) is probably best to put underneath on most tickets. She has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 6 – 3 – 7 – 13

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Chris Adams
Chris Adams

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.