08-22-2018 Del Mar Full Card

Drayden Van Dyke was on fire on Sunday winning 7 races, tying Victor Espinoza’s Del Mar record. What a performance. Prat has not been riding much over the last few days and now Van Dyke is atop the leader board. We saw a similar thing play out over the last couple of summers with Bejarano and Prat. You have to look at every horse these two jockeys ride right now.



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 Friday and Sunday one hour before the first race at the main entrance.



Pick 4 I need a single is race 5 Belle Monte who lost by a nose last out here going shorter. Jockey is 36% for the trainer and rides through the claim for Miller who is 30% 1st off the claim and this combo is 4-1-1 from the last 7 starts. 2nd start off the layoff I hope we get that 3-1 price! Single all the way and key on top of exotic bets.


Pick 5 I need a single is in race – same as Pick 5



Longshots of the Day:

Race 1: War Moccasin, won here at this distance 2 weeks ago and jockey is 2 of 4 for trainer. The top two choices are blah in a tough opening race. Let’s go with the horse that can win and likes to pass other horses

Race 6: Exotic Ghost, trainer is 5 of 10 for 50% 2nd off the claim, has the highest last race speed after losing by a head here last month. Moves back to turf today and his best races came on turf last year

Race 7: Ike Walker absolutely loves Del Mar and has a 5-1 record from 6 starts here. Bug boy rides through the claim for Hollendorfer who is 21% winner last race. Rising in class with a sharp work we get 8-1 or more


Today’s Late Pick 4 beginning in race 7 will cost $24 with horses listed in preference.

10 (7,9)


3,2,1 (4 if they run but word is he wont)



Today’s Early Pick 5 beginning in race 1 will cost $36 with horses listed in preference





10 (7,9)


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.”