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DEL MAR SPOTLIGHT RACES:
Fourth Race: Post: 2:00 PT
Top Pick: 4-Teena Ella (2-1)
War Front filly from the marvelous race mare Beholder makes her well-anticipated debut in this six furlong main track dash for juvenile fillies and has shown enough in her morning preps to expect a winning performance first crack out of the box, the presence of two highly regarded Bob Baffert entrants (3-Wudi and 7-Faiza) notwithstanding. The Richard Mandella-trained filly appears to be an excellent athlete with plenty of speed and has been given a solid foundation to be fit and ready. At 2-1 on the morning line, she’s a win play and rolling exotic single.
Fifth Race – Post: 2:30 PT
Top Pick: 5-Ballet Dancing (5/2)
The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro drops into a first-level allowance event after finishing a non-threatening but respectable fifth in the Del Mar Oaks-G1 over this course and distance in August and a recent steady, healthy work tab should have her primed for a major effort. The Simon Callaghan-trained filly lacks early speed but can turn it on late, and a repeat of her strong runner-up performance at this level two races back (subsequent third place finisher Rhea Moon has subsequently won a stakes race) should be good enough. Listed at 5/2 on the morning line, she offers good value in the win pool and in the various rolling exotics.
DEL MAR RECOMMENDED ROLLING EXOTIC STRATEGIES:
1st race: 7-Feathers; 6-Octane; 3-Nice Ice
2nd race: 4-Memes; 5-Pittsburgh
3rd race: 10-Thebeestisyettobe; 2-Pride of the Nile
4th race: 4-Teena Ella
5th race: 5-Ballet Dancing
6th race: 9-Post Facto; 10-Reign Over Me; 8-Rich Gold
7th race: 5-Burgoo Alley; 7-Warrens Candy Girl; 3-Sugar Fix
8th race: 1-Big Summer; 6-She’s Bulletproof; 9-Tiger Spice
9th race: 1-Ransomeware; 11-De la Luna