08-15-2018 Del Mar Full Card

With  scratches the bests are cheaper – no additions except in race 3 we will use Peach Cove #5


My run of pick 5 wins ended on Sunday so away we go to start another winning streak!  Let’s get to work! In the Pick 4 today I would say the toughest race and the one I felt the need to go deep in is the 7th, a 5 furlong race on turf. It seems lately the more horses you use in these 5fl turfs the better!


If you are at Del Mar this summer be sure to stop by the Newcomers Seminar and say hello as I will be hosting it each Sunday one hour before the first race at the main entrance.



Pick 4 I need a single is race 6 Opus Won. Highest speed in the race, best last race speed and Prat is riding for Baltas and they are 3 of 4. I am using a couple of others in this race but if you twisted my arm and said Ciaran give me a single this is it in the sequence!


Pick 5 I need a single is in race 1 Two Fifty Coup who picks up Prat off a second last out. Sharp work, 1st off the claim for O’Neill who is hitting 23% on this, rising in class and trainer is 29% on this, highest last race speed, top speed in this race, did I mention Prat now rides. If this is not a single what can one say!!!!!



Longshots of the Day:

Race 3: Easy Song, tried to gate to wire last time off a 6 week break and prior to that race in June was off a year. 3rd start off the layoff with some sharp works and Carla puts Talamo on and while he has been cold like Desormeaux was it looks time for some wins from this great young jockey. Regular rider Baze defects but we get 8-1 or more. 9 of the last 10 works were sharp – live here at a price. This race is won by horses 5 to 10-1 31% of the time. 9-1 would rock!

Race 7: Kimberly K, unlikely we get 8-1 with Prat riding for Dorf as they are 67% but we can hope in what looks like an “ALL” race”. Won last out, picks up Prat and Jerry does not waste rides on Prat. Recent rider Van Dyke bails for the Baffert horse but let’s be real, all jockeys would ride a 3 legged Baffert horse just for the opportunity! Last August this horse ran second on dirt at Del Mar going 5 ½ with Prat riding – again when Prat rides for Jerry pay attention – shhhh though we want that 8-1!!!!!!!


Today’s Late Pick 4 will cost $30 or $54 with the single with horses listed in preference.



4,5,2,1,9 or ALL



Today’s Early Pick 5 will cost $60 with singles with horses listed in preference

9 (5,8)



2,10,7 (8)





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.”