07-31-2021 Del Mar Full Card

A big day of racing with 11 compact fields. There are some nice value plays today.

Value Play of the Day:

Race 6: Very Irish and not because of the name! Well a little bit! Beat a weak field at Los Al BUT this owner/trainer horse scored that 1st career victory last out with the blinkers coming off. Lightbulb moment for this horse? The 20-1 price says yes to me. 6 of 11 times this race was won by horses over 5-1, 2 of 11 were 10-1 or more. ‘Irish also has the top closing kick by a country mile as well. Much to like.

Value Plays for Today:.

Race 1: Catbernay makes the 3rd start off the layoff and comes in with a bullet work this week. Last out going shorter this horse faded late. If the horse that ran at Santa Anita shows up today we are going to love this 15-1 price!

Race 4: Anitanewmercedes in a race ripe for an upset moves back to dirt after doing very well on both turf and the all-weather (2 wins 2 seconds). 

Race 7: D’s Lovely Sophia broke badly last out going longer at Santa Anita and was

10 lengths back into the turn before unleashing a huge late drive to miss by less than a length and pass the winner on the gallop out. A clean break and I can see Pyfer sitting just off the pace and rocketing home at a price. Top class in this field, top closing kick and as much speed at the favorites I hope we get this great price!

Race 10: Vertical Threat 1st start since November has the top speed and top closing kick in this race. He won here last summer as well. Upset special.

Race 11: Trevor T last raced here at Del Mar in October, a victory with Rispoli riding.He rides today for Paddy and that’s enough for me!

Today’s Race 1 50 cent Early Pick 5 will cost $162 with horses listed in preference

Race 1: 2,1,6

Race 2: 6,1,2

Race 3: 3,1,5

Race 4: 7,6,1,3

Race 5: 5,6,8

Today’s Race 5 $0.50 Late Pick 4 will cost $120 with horses listed in preference

Race 8: 3,1,6,8,2

Race 9: 6,1,9,11

Race 10: 8,3,2

Race 11: 5,4,1,7

Selections for each race with horses listed in preference

Race 1: 2,1,6

Race 2: 6,1,2

Race 3: 3,1,5

Race 4: 7,6,1,3

Race 5: 5,6,8

Race 6: 7,4,2,5

Race 7: 7,5,3,2

Race 8: 3,1,6,8,2

Race 9: 6,1,9,11

Race 10: 8,3,2

Race 11: 5,4,1,7

Typos happen and I do my best not to make them. Always read through my writeups to make sure the posted numbers are correct. I list Pick 4, Pick 5 selections and also a listing of all plays for each race. If there are any differences, please let me know.

*Horses listed in brackets are for added coverage if wanted and for exotics.

For races where I only have one or two selections I usually like to KEY the top choice  with the second choice and an outside for trifectas.

When I have three horses selected in a Pick 4 or Pick 5 consider them for Trifecta boxes and for superfecta boxes use the 3 selections with the highest priced horse with good form or top tier jockeys riding, especially if they give a price. Rolling Pick 3 and doubles using selections. 

Irish horse racing saying –

“Bíonn grásta Dé idir an dialait agus an talamh.”

“The grace of God is found between the saddle and the ground.”

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