(For additional commentary, follow us on twitter @jsiegelracing).
DEL MAR SPOTLIGHT RACES:
Fifth Race: Post: 2:30 PT
Top Pick: 1-Carmen Miranda (3-1)
Sophomore filly launches a comeback for a barn that has solid stats with layoff runners in this state-bred first level allowance grass miler for fillies and mares and projects to enjoy an ideal ground-saving trip from her favorable rail draw. The daughter of Stanford ran very well in her first route try last May at Santa Anita when establishing the pace and then proving hard to down to finish second with a career top speed figure at this trip and level. A series of strong drills at Los Alamitos should have her fit and ready in a field that may allow her the role as the controlling speed, so at 3-1 on the morning line she offers good value in the win pool and in the various rolling exotics.
Eighth Race – Post: 4:00 PT
Top Pick: 8-Eastbound (3-1)
Promising juvenile colt looks set for maiden win in this juvenile mile dirt event that came up reasonably competitive. A fast finishing third sprinting over the local maiden track in his debut and then an excellent runner-up in a quick turf miler last month at Santa Anita, the son of Good Magic seems likely to produce another forward move with the return to the main track for the highly productive trainer/jockey combo of John Shirreffs and Victor Espinoza. Two easy breezes since raced should tick him over nicely, so an aggressive win play and strong usage in the various rolling exotics seems in order.
DEL MAR RECOMMENDED ROLLING EXOTIC STRATEGIES:
1st race: 1-Invincibella; 7-Fulminate; 6-Flat Out Joy; 5-Redstwirlingdancer
2nd race: 2-Ice Dancing; 5-Doinitthehardway
3rd race: 5-Piroli; 1-The Key Is Unity; 7-Naismith
4th race: 4-King Zog; 1-Black Magician
5th race: 1-Carmen Miranda
6th race: 4-Breakfast Ride; 2-Holden the Lute; 3-Hero Status
7th race: 6-Prince Abama; 7-Dicey Mo Chara
8th race: 8-Eastbound; 1-Reincarnate
9th race: 5-Tiergarten; 1-Ruby Ray