Del Mar Sunday: Bob Hope Stakes Analysis, Selections

Chris Adams

The Sunday card from Del Mar Thoroughbred Club features the Bob Hope. Havnameltdown was installed as the solid 6-5 morning line favorite.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club- Race 1

Post: 12:30 PM PT; $30k Claiming going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 7

  • #4 BEACHGRASS (5-1) gets the top selection. She has to be respected going out for the combination of O'Neill and Velazquez.
  • #2 ICE QUEEN (6-1) should be competitive in this spot. She has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one seems to fit well enough here.
  • #3 FRAZZLED (5-2) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #5 ROCK THE BOURBON (9-2) has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.

Selections: 4 – 2 – 3 – 5

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club- Race 2

Post: 1:00 PM PT; $25k Maiden Claiming going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #4 CONCH DADDY (3-1) is the top pick. He should be part of the early pace in this spot.
  • #3 DEVIL MOON (3-1) should be competitive in this spot. He is well bred for this spot. This one will likely be out on or near the lead and will look to hold off the charge to the wire.
  • #6 FROST ALERT (5-2) should improve off the first start and could be in with a shot in this race.
  • #8 U R PRESSED (5-1) isn't without hope. This one has races good enough to beat this group.

Selections: 4 – 3 – 6 – 8

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club- Race 3

Post: 1:30 PM PT; $70k Maiden Special Weight going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 8

  • #2 LOYAL TO A FAULT (8-5) looks best here. She has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot. This one could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #6 CAROLE LOMBARD (3-1) should improve off the first start and should be competitive in this spot. She has to be respected going out for the combination of D'Amato and Vazquez. This one is well bred for this spot.
  • #1 MOOREA TIME (4-1) isn't without hope. She shouldn't have trouble with the 1 mile distance.
  • #3 VIOLET CROWN (6-1) should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.

Selections: 2 – 6 – 1 – 3

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club- Race 4

Post: 2:00 PM PT; $75k Allowance Optional Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #3 GINOBILI (2-1) gets the top selection. He has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip. This one is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.
  • #6 FORBIDDEN KINGDOM (5-2) appears to be a major player in this race. He has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one goes out for the Mandella barn and gets Hernandez in the irons.
  • #4 GET HER NUMBER (4-1) has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #5 HOWBEIT (5-2) has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.

Selections: 3 – 6 – 4 – 5

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club- Race 5

Post: 2:30 PM PT; $38k Starter Allowance going 5 furlongs on turf; Entries: 8

  • #6 QUEEN'S CODE (4-1) is the top pick. He will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #7 WYFIRE (5-2) has the top overall power rating in the group. This one looks to be the class of the field.
  • #3 UNCLE GEORGE (4-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of D'Amato and Van. This one projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #8 ICY FLAVOR (3-1) isn't without hope. He makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 6 – 7 – 3 – 8

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club- Race 6

Post: 3:00 PM PT; $36k Maiden Claiming going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #5 NIGHT PARTY (2-1) looks best here. She has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #6 HOT THOUGHTS (5-2) should be competitive in this spot. She has the pedigree to be a major player in this race. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #2 TIME TOGETHER (4-1) comes into the race in really good form.
  • #7 SPEAKING SPANGLISH (5-1) should improve off the first start and isn't without hope. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Papaprodromou and Bravo.

Selections: 5 – 6 – 2 – 7

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club- Race 7

Post: 3:30 PM PT; $72k Allowance Optional Claiming going 5 furlongs on turf; Entries: 14

  • #3 PHENOM (7-2) gets the top selection. She has to be respected going out for the combination of D'Amato and Hernandez. This one has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #7 WOODBINE WAY (4-1) appears to be a major player in this race. This one looks to be the class of the field.
  • #10 ANNIE'S SONG (10-1) is a price horse and should be competitive in this spot. She makes sense on speed figures. This one will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #11 BRIEFCASE GIRL (5-2) makes sense on speed figures. This one will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.

Selections: 3 – 7 – 10- 11

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club- Race 8

Post: 4:00 PM PT; $100k Bob Hope S. going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

Havnameltdown | Blood Horse
  • #2 HAVNAMELTDOWN (6-5) is the top pick. He looks to be the class of the field. This one shouldn't have trouble with the 7 furlong distance.
  • #6 PRACTICAL MOVE (5-1) has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #7 NEWGATE (5-2) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 HARD TO FIGURE (3-1) goes out for the Baffert barn and gets Prat in the irons. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.

Selections: 2 – 6 – 7 – 1

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club- Race 9

Post: 4:30 PM PT; $25k Claiming going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 11

  • #10 CONSTANT CONFLICT (5-2) looks best here. This one will likely be out on or near the lead and will look to hold off the charge to the wire.
  • #9 MAYNARD (3-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He has races good enough to beat this group. This one goes out for the Morfin barn and gets Maldonado in the irons.
  • #11 SIPPIN N KISSIN (3-1) shouldn't have trouble with the 1 mile distance. This one projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #2 STATE OF THE UNION (15-1) is a price horse and comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 10- 9 – 11- 2

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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.