Results, Del Mar Wednesday Race 1 — won $1,375

imgresBy looking at the post time odds, it’s easy to see that the public could not separate these horses. Six of the seven fillies were between 9-to-2 and 8-to-1 with only #5 Stevie’s Afleet, an 8-to-5 shot, being bet out of that range.

As the race began, #1 Auntgrace battled for the lead inside of Stevie’s Afleet with #6 Hard Eight just a half a length away. They ran that way until the top of the stretch when Hard Eight faded and both #3 Miss Anime and #7 Ancillary made their late runs.

Jockey Brice Blanc, who was riding Miss Anime, couldn’t find daylight in early stretch, so he was forced to take the filly seven paths wide in midstretch. Just inside of Miss Anime was Ancillary with Joel Rosario aboard. These two rallied past Auntgrace, who was nailed for third by #2 Bit of a Lady cruising up the rail.

In my race preview, I noted that second time starters that look like Miss Anime are good bets at 5/2 to 9/1 and I wagered $250 on her. But I also had another $350 spread over three other horses. Anyway, I collected $1,975 and profited $1,375 on the race. 

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1 1 Auntgrace (FL) Gryder A Mullins J 5.60 4
2 2 Bit of a Lady (KY) Baze T Hofmans D 7.20 3
3 3 Miss Anime (KY) Blanc B Powell L 6.90 1
4 4 Sheza Screamer (WA) Baze M Troeger R 8.40 5
5 5 Stevie’s Afleet (KY) Garcia M Cerin V 1.70 7
6 6 Hard Eight (KY) Smith M Headley B 5.80 6
7 7 Ancillary (KY) Rosario J Jones M 4.90 2
Pgm Win Place Show
3 $15.80 $7.20 $5.40
7 $6.20 $3.80
2 $4.60
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $48.20 (3-7)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $328.80 (3-7-2)
$2.00 Quinella paid $47.80 (3-7)

Wednesday, Del Mar Race 1 — 2 pm post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden claiming $50,000, 6 furlongs, 3 yo’s and up, F

Possible overlays                  Morning line
#1 Auntgrace                                5/1
#3 Miss Anime                             6/1
#4 Sheza Screamer                     8/1
#7 Ancillary                                  7/2
The median winning Beyer Speed Figure for this class is 71 and second-time starter #3 Miss Anime was not far off on June 19 when running a 65. This type of horse fits well if in the 5/2 to 9/1 betting range.

Breaking from the rail for trainer Jeff Mullins, #1 Auntgrace is coming off a recent layoff and dropping in class. Today might be the day and I will be looking for tote board betting action to provide more clues.

Owner Bruno De Julio, who is the workout analyst for Today’s Racing Digest, has done well when his horses run first time and second time out. His runner, #4 Sheza Screamer, doesn’t fit the profile of a winning first time starter at all, but is probably worth a small bet based on De Julio’s record, but only if the price is right.

Finally, #7 Ancillary showed good speed in her last start on June 28 and that’s important at this distance.

I will wager $150 on #1 Auntgrace at 2/1 to 7/2 only and just $100 at 4/1 to 9/1.  On #3 Miss Anime, I’ll bet $250 to win at 5/2 to 9/1 and I want $50 to win on #4 Sheza Screamer at 8/1 to 19/1. Lastly, I will put $200 on #7 Ancillary at 5/2 and up.
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