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DEL MAR SPOTLIGHT RACES:
Seventh Race: Post: 3:30 PT
Top Pick: 3-Hong Kong Harry (7/2)
Has been freshened since his convincing victory over the local lawn in the Del Mar Mile S.-G2 in early September and should be set for a similar effort in this year’s renewal of the Seabiscuit H.-G2. The Irish import has rising numbers, a strong recent work tab, a comfortable inside draw, and retains Flavien Prat, who is a perfect two-for-two aboard the Phil D’Amato-trained five-year-old. A winner of eight races from 12 career stars, this thoroughly genuine and consistent gelding is listed at 7/2 on the morning line and offers plenty of value at that price if you can get it.
Ninth Race – Post: 4:30 PT
Top Pick: 5-Aligato (7/2)
Wasn’t knocked about when finishing a willing fourth (beaten two lengths) in the California Flag Stakes for California-bred turf sprinters last month at Santa Anita in his first start since January and seems certain to produce a forward move with that sharpener under his best coupled with this return to the conditioned allowance ranks. The Mark Glatt barn has strong stats (20%) with the second-off-the-layoff angle, and with the stretch out in trip the son of Kitten’s Joy should be set for a major effort. A healthy series of workouts at San Luis Rey Downs since raced is a further plus, so at 7/2 on the morning line he offers excellent value in the win pool and in the various rolling exotics.
DEL MAR RECOMMENDED ROLLING EXOTIC STRATEGIES:
1st race: 7-Hail Columbia
2nd race: 4-Alice Marble; 1-Tony Ann
3rd race: 8-American Cat; 3-Wogonahavagoodtime
4th race: 1-Secret Fix; 5-Awesome Taylor
5th race: 8-Maven; 6-Real Money; 7-Fully Loaded
6th race: 9-Harlocap; 4-Spun Intended
7th race: 3-Hong Kong Harry; 8-Set Piece
8th race: 7-Hopkins; 2-Liberty Forever
9th race: 5-Aligato