Del Mar Saturday: Graded Stakes Pair Highlights Program

Chris Adams

Del Mar Saturday features 2 graded stakes races. The Sorrento and The Yellow Ribbon both hold that distinction. The former on dirt, the latter on turf.

Del Mar- Race 1

Post: 2:00 PM PT; $43k Starter Allowance going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #4 CONUNDRUM (9-5) gets the top selection. He has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #6 SUZIE QZZ BROTHER (6-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #7 BALADI (4-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #2 MULTI PLATINUM (5-2) comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 4 – 6 – 7 – 2

Del Mar- Race 2

Post: 2:33 PM PT; $80k Maiden Special Weight going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 10

  • #3 SMOKIN CHEENA (6-1) is the top pick and will likely be out on or near the lead and will look to hold off the charge to the wire.
  • #10 FUN MONEY (5-2) has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 BIG HOPES (3-1) debuts here and has to be respected going out for the combination of Sadler and Hernandez.
  • #4 ORGANIC (8-1) should improve off the first start and isn't without hope. The first race was honest enough to be a player here.

Selections: 3 – 10- 1 – 4

Del Mar- Race 3

Post: 3:04 PM PT; $82k Allowance Optional Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #5 RHETORIC (9-5) looks best here. He has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #3 GOOD VIBES ONLY (4-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here.
  • #1 CRASH CORRIGAN (4-1) should be competitive in this spot. He has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #6 CITY RAGE (6-1) looks to be the class of the field.

Selections: 5 – 3 – 1 – 6

Del Mar- Race 4

Post: 3:34 PM PT; $62k Claiming going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 10

  • #7 SHADOW SPHINX (7-2) gets the top selection. He has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a top effort.
  • #9 NEPTUNE'S STORM (4-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He seems to fit well enough here. This one may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #8 COAST OF ROAN (5-1) should be competitive in this spot. He looks to be the class of the field.
  • #1 COUNT OF AMAZONIA (4-1) could be in with a shot in this race. He makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 7 – 9 – 8 – 1

Del Mar- Race 5

Post: 4:04 PM PT; $30k Claiming going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 14

  • #1 TOM BOMBADIL (4-1) is the top pick. This one has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #7 SUPERMAN SHAQ (7-2) appears to be a major player in this race. He should like the pace setup of this race.
  • #10 SONIC BREES (3-1) runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here. The top 3 are tough to separate
  • #13 QUICK INTRO (6-1) feels like a fringe contender in turf sprint.

Selections: 1 – 7 – 10- 13

Del Mar- Race 6

Post: 4:34 PM PT; $250k Yellow Ribbon H. going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 7

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  • #2 GOING GLOBAL (6-5) looks best here. She has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #7 FLIPPANT (4-1) should be competitive in this spot. She has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 AVENUE DE FRANCE (4-1) could be in with a shot in this race. She makes a ton of sense on speed figures.
  • #5 PARK AVENUE (4-1) isn't without hope. She seems to fit well enough here on class.

Selections: 2 – 7 – 1 – 5

Del Mar- Race 7

Post: 5:04 PM PT; $80k Maiden Special Weight going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 10

  • #6 ABELIEFINTHISLIVIN (2-1) gets the top selection. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #3 ALEXANDER HELIOS (10-1) is a price horse and shouldn't have trouble with the 6 1/2 furlong distance.
  • #2 CAVE ROCK (5-2) debuts here and has to be respected going out for the combination of Baffert and Hernandez.
  • #7 ULTIMATE GAMBLE (3-1) is well fancied going out first time here.

Selections: 6 – 3 – 2 – 7

Del Mar- Race 8

Post: 5:34 PM PT; $82k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 9

  • #9 HANDY DANDY (7-2) should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #4 ANMER HALL (5-2) has to be respected going out for the combination of Miller and Vazquez.
  • #3 OPTIMISING (5-1) seems to fit well enough here. This one comes into the race in really good form.
  • #8 DANDY WARHOL (7-2) goes out for the combination of Glatt and Rispoli. The jockey is one of the best on the California grass.

Selections: 9 – 4 – 3 – 8

Del Mar- Race 9

Post: 6:04 PM PT; $200k Sorrento S. going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #6 ABSOLUTELY ZERO (9-5) looks best here. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #5 SATIN DOLL (5-1) should improve off the first start and appears to be a major player in this race. She has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one makes sense on speed figures.
  • #2 VEGAS MAGIC (6-1) could be in with a shot in this race. She has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #1 PROCRASTINATION (8-5) should improve off the first start and feels like a fringe contender in this spot.

Selections: 6 – 5 – 2 – 1

Del Mar- Race 10

Post: 6:34 PM PT; $80k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 11

  • #5 PRAY FOR ME RAY (3-1) gets the top selection. He looks to be the class of the field. This one has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #4 SPYCATCHER (4-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Glatt and Rispoli. This one has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #11 DEVIL MOON (4-1) isn't without hope. He could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #7 PERCOLATE (15-1) is a price horse and isn't without hope. He has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.

Selections: 5 – 4 – 11- 7

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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.