Wit Returns: Hollywood Derby Del Mar Analysis, Selections

Chris Adams

The Saturday card from Del Mar features the Stormy Liberal, the Jimmy Durante, and the Hollywood Derby. Wit is the favorite in the Saturday finale.

Del Mar- Race 1

Post: 12:30 PM PT; $70k Maiden Special Weight going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 12

  • #1 BOLT'S BROAD (5-2) gets the top selection. She has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #4 CANDY CARAMEL (5-1) appears to be a major player in this race. She looks to be the class of the field. This one is well bred for this spot.
  • #8 BALENCIAGA BETTY (15-1) is a price horse and appears to be a major player in this race. She will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #12 ANCIENT PEACE (6-1) debuts here and should be competitive in this spot. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Motion and Hernandez.

Selections: 1 – 4 – 8 – 12

Del Mar- Race 2

Post: 1:00 PM PT; $25k Maiden Claiming going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #3 PITTSBURGH (8-5) is the top pick. He is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race. This one has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #2 BATUKHAN (5-1) shouldn't have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance. This one should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #7 INESPERADO (5-1) makes sense on speed figures.
  • #5 ASPHALT ANDY (20-1) will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.

Selections: 3 – 2 – 7 – 5

Del Mar- Race 3

Post: 1:30 PM PT; $74k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 10

  • #1 THRUMPS DREAM (4-1) looks best here. She has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race. This one has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #2 BUZZ OF NEW YORK (3-1) has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #7 MACADAMIA (8-1) should be competitive in this spot. She goes out for the D'Amato barn and gets Gonzalez in the irons. This one runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here.
  • #5 EVER SMART (5-2) seems to fit well enough here. This one projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.

Selections: 1 – 2 – 7 – 5

Del Mar- Race 4

Post: 2:00 PM PT; $70k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 5

  • #1 TECUMSEH CAROLINE (6-5) gets the top selection. She has to be respected going out for the combination of D'Amato and Vazquez.
  • #4 BOLD CHOICE (5-2) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #3 A LITTLE BIT CRAZY (7-2) isn't without hope. She has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #5 WHIMSICAL HEIR (3-1) debuts here and goes out for the Glatt barn and gets Hernandez in the irons.

Selections: 1 – 4 – 3 – 5

Del Mar- Race 5

Post: 2:30 PM PT; $100k Stormy Liberal S. going 5 furlongs on turf; Entries: 10

  • #2 LANE WAY (5-2) is the top pick. He looks to be the class of the field. This one will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.
  • #6 WHATMAKESSAMMYRUN (4-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #9 COULTHARD (5-1) seems to fit well enough here. This one shouldn't have trouble carrying his speed to the wire.
  • #7 TURN ON THE JETS (5-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.

Selections: 2 – 6 – 9 – 7

Del Mar- Race 6

Post: 3:00 PM PT; $45k Starter Optional Claiming going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #4 MERIT SONG (10-1) is a price horse and looks best here. He shouldn't have trouble with the 6 1/2 furlong distance. This one should be part of the early pace in this spot.
  • #1 FLAME RIDER (3-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He seems to fit well enough here. This one has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #3 CROWNING GOLD (4-1) has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race. This one has to be respected going out for the combination of Koriner and Smith.
  • #2 LET HIM DO (3-1) could be in with a shot in this race. He makes sense on speed figures. This one goes out for the Sadler barn and gets Prat in the irons.

Selections: 4 – 1 – 3 – 2

Del Mar- Race 7

Post: 3:30 PM PT; $100k Jimmy Durante S. going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 12

  • #9 THEBESTISYETTOBE (5-1) appears to be a major player in this race. This one should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #10 SELL THE DREAM (5-1) looks to be the class of the field. This one has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #2 QUICKLY PARK IT (8-1) appears to be a major player in this race. She will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.
  • #1 PALLOTTA SISTERS (6-1) appears to be a major player in this race. She has races good enough to beat this group.

Selections: 9 – 10- 2 – 1

Del Mar- Race 8

Post: 4:00 PM PT; $72k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #1 MASTERING (5-1) is the top pick. He will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late. This one makes sense on speed figures.
  • #5 TRAEGAR (5-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He shouldn't have trouble with the 1 mile distance. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #2 STREET RUCKUS (5-2) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip. This one has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #8 ATOMIC DROP (4-1) will look to sit off the leaders and get the jump on the field as they turn for home. This one may benefit from a hot pace up front.

Selections: 1 – 5 – 2 – 8

Del Mar- Race 9

Post: 4:30 PM PT; $400k Hollywood Derby going 1 1/8 miles on turf; Entries: 11

  • #9 WIT (7-2) looks best here. He has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #3 CELESTIAL CITY (4-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one goes out for the Mcgaughey barn and gets Vazquez in the irons.
  • #10 SPEAKING SCOUT (6-1) has been good at turf routes in the career thus far. This one makes sense on speed figures.
  • #1 CABO SPIRIT (5-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He goes out for the Papaprodromou barn and gets Bravo in the irons. This one makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 9 – 3 – 10- 1

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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.