Thursday, Del Mar Race 8 — 5:30 pm post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden claiming $32,000, 5-1/2 furlongs, 2 yo fillies

Possible overlays                         Morning line

#2 Happy Hands                                 20/1
#3 Action Call                                      6/1
#5 Halmish Hy                                      8/1
#7 Zagora’s Pride                                 15/1
#10 Purse Luva                                    6/1
#11 Cardiff Giant                                  9/2

The gate appears full for this one with 14 fillies scheduled to made the 5-1/2 furlong trip.

The fastest demonstrated speed out of the gate goes to #3 Action Call, but she is trying maidens for the seventh time. Another contender is the Caesar Dominquez-trained #10 Purse Luva, who is dropping and adding blinkers for her second start and that’s a powerful one-two punch.

I won’t hesitate to bet many of the debuters in here if their prices are right. For various reasons, I like #2 Happy Hands, #5 Halmish Hy, #7 Zagora’s Pride and #11 Cardiff Giant.

I will bet $150 to win on #3 Action Call at 4/1 or more and $150 to win on #10 Purse Luva at 3/1 or better.

Also, I will place $150 wagers on any of these fillies at 10/1 to 19/1 only: #2 Happy Hands, #5 Halmish Hy, #7 Zagora’s Pride and #11 Cardiff Giant.

Thursday, Del Mar Race 4 — 3:30 pm post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden claiming, 5-1/2 furlongs, 2-year-old fillies

Possible overlays                      Morning line

#1 Bye Bye Hollywood                 12/1
#12 Action Gal                            3/1

The only filly that really sticks out here is #12 Action Gal. But second-timer #1 Bye Bye Hollywood is interesting because she almost won a 4-1/2 furlong race from an outside post position — which is nearly impossible.

Action Gal, a Mike Machowsky trainee, showed the best early speed of any of these in her debut race on Opening Day at Del Mar. In that race, Action Gal raced a distant second to Punctual before she faded to third.

She is the type of second-time starter that has run well in the past, but she may get caught wide breaking from the far outside post.

One of the three first-timers in the race may win, but I can’t bet any of them. And the third second-time starter — #5 Whatusaywhatusmean — looks hopeless. 

But Bye Bye Hollywood may run huge. Breaking from post #8 on May 21, Bye Bye Hollywood was caught 3-wide on the turn but still surged to the front in deep stretch before being passed by Lovers House. Also, trainer David La Croix has proven himself over the years with horses making their second lifetime start for owner Meadowbrook Farms.

I plan on betting $150 to win on #12 Action Gal at 5/2 and up and $100 on #1 Bye Bye Hollywood at 6/1 and higher.

Results, Del Mar Wednesday Race 6 — won $1,005

ist2_580792-money-hat[1]The experienced runners in this 12-horse field all looked weak considering that the median winning Beyer Speed Figure for the class was 59 and the best Beyer any of these could muster was just a 44.

I took a long look at the three-first time starters and saw that #2 Storm Needed, #3 Private Valentine and #9 Royalty Gone Wild all had positive betting angles going for them.

However, I wanted to see some betting action on Storm Needed and she went off at 16-to-1, which was well above my maximum post time odds of 8-to-1. Conversely, I was interested in Washington-bred Private Valentine only at 10/1 to 19/1, but she was surprisingly bet down to just 5-to-1.

I liked Royalty Gone Wild at anywhere from 7/2 up to 19/1, but planned to bump my bet from $150 to $200 if she was at least 10/1.

During the race, longshot #6 Giveme Tat Ting dueled with second-time starter #1 Escape Plan until the top of the stretch when Private Valentine surged to the leaders. Royalty Gone Wild ran near the back of the pack then came like an express train in the stretch to win by 6 lengths.

The only drawback with Royalty Gone Wild winning was that her odds were only 7/1, so I had just $150 on her instead of $200. Anyway, I ended up profiting $1,005 after subtracting out $300 which includes $150 on #10 Sheskey, a 7/1 shot who showed speed in her last.

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1 1 Escape Plan (KY) Talamo J Koriner B 4.20 3
2 2 Storm Needed (CA) Baze M Gaines C 16.20 9
3 3 Private Valentine (WA) Sorenson D Yakteen T 5.80 4
4 4 Bookdmyoceancruise (CA) Valdez F Fulmer D 74.50 10
5 5 Clear Imagine (KY) Arambula P DeLeon R 22.40 7
6 6 Giveme Tat Ting (CA) Delgadillo A Solis W 20.40 8
7 7 Fifty K (CA) Kaenel K Polanco M 65.20 11
8 8 Lena Miss (KY) Atkinson P Stute M 72.80 12
9 9 Royalty Gone Wild (CA) Santiago Reyes C Sadler J 7.70 1
10 10 Sheskey (KY) Quinonez A Gonzalez S 7.30 6
11 11 Rose S. (WA) Pedroza M Harrington M 15.30 5
12 12 Goldeneh Medina (CA) Espinoza V Kruljac J 1.70 2
SCR Chatty Lula (CA)    
SCR Deceptively (FL)    
Pgm Win Place Show
9 $17.40 $7.00 $4.20
12 $3.20 $2.60
1 $3.80
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $25.30 (9-12)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $130.30 (1-3-9)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $530.00 (9-12-1-3)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $101.00 (9-12-1)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $61.80 (3-9)
$2.00 Quinella paid $22.80 (9-12)
Fractional Times
22.89, 47.10, 59.28, 1:05.42
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