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Del Mar Recap for Friday (7-16-21)

Fast main track and firm turf course. One front running winner at 6.5f on dirt. The other three dirt sprints were nabbed by a presser and two stalkers. Patient runners captured both flat mile dirt routes. The winning turf course running styles were a stalking favorite at 9f, a longshot stalker at one mile, an inside stalker at five panels, and a 12-1 closer in the Oceanside Stakes at one mile.

Riding doubles for Abel Cedillo and Victor Espinoza.

Oceanside Stakes Recap – Winner: Flashiest ($27.60)

In a thrilling stretch run, Flashiest had the best late kick of all and scored by a head in a four-horse photo over Crew Dragon, No Foolery Here, and Hockey Dad. Beaten favorite Whatmakessammyrun was another length back in 5th. Petruchio rallied for 6th and was followed by Jungle Cry, Dream Shake, None Above the Law, Harbored Memories, Fighting Force, and Ingest. The final time was 1:35.88 at one mile on the firm turf course.

The 20 cent Rainbow Pick 6 pool was $248,018, and nobody had all six winners. Multiple tickets with five winners paid $4,568.98. The jackpot carryover stands at $56,786.

July 16 Claims: Race 1 – Conquest Cobra ($16k, Steve Miyadi), Dr. Troutman ($16k, Jerry Hollendorfer), Gray Magician ($16k, Dan Azcarate), Leprino ($16k, Jonathan Wong). Race 6 – Eustace ($20k, Jonathan Wong), Sea To Success ($20k, Reed Saldana). Race 7 – Bad Beat Brian ($40k, Mike Maker), Jamming Eddy ($40k, Steve Miyadi).

DMR Full Card Highlights for Friday (7-16-21)
DMR 1 LEPRINO (DMR Best Bet #1, $12.80)
Double (races 1-2, $82.20)
Pick 3 (races 1-3, $119.00)
DMR 6 SEA TO SUCCESS ($9.40), Exacta ($58.80)
Double (races 6-7, $38.20)
DMR 9 Flashiest/Crew Dragon Quinella ($87.00)

*Full card highlights based on $2 wagers unless otherwise noted.


Del Mar Recap for Saturday (7-17-21)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running dirt sprint winners (5.5f, 5f). Outside pressers won both dirt routes (8f, 8.5f). The turf winners were a presser from 2nd at one mile, a last-to-first winner at one mile, a closer at one mile, and an inside stalker at 8.5T.

With multiple ship and win horses competing at Del Mar, let’s keep track of where the winners are coming from. On opening day, eight winners last started at SA, and two winners were exiting races at LRC. On July 17, six winners last competed at SA, one from LRC and one from GG. The first out of town shippers scored. Mike Maker struck with a pair of turf route winners from CD, and a juvenile shipper from LS was the other ship and and win success story.

Riding doubles for Joe Bravo and Kyle Frey. A pair of turf route winners for Mike Maker. Two wins apiece for Richard Baltas and John Shirreffs.

Osunitas Stakes Recap – Winner: Ippodamia’s Girl ($14.80)

The pace was solid as expected and patient runners dominated. Joe Bravo gave Ippodamia’s Girl a nice patient ride, and she swung out and rallied wide for the win by a half-length. Brooke (CHI) stalked from the outside post, led, and held 2nd by a neck over late striding favorite Tapwater. Sedamar ran into some traffic and finished nicely for 4th after finding clear sailing.

San Diego Handicap (G2) Recap – Winner: Express Train ($7.80)

Express Train had an uncomfortable trip in the Gold Cup (G1), and he clearly put that behind him with a strong effort over a track he enjoys. He pressured inside speed Rushie, put that one away, and held off Tripoli and Royal Ship (BRZ) to prevail by a half-length. Tripoli had dead aim but could not go by, and Royal Ship had a useful prep for the Pacific Classic. The top three were clear of the rest.

The 20 cent Rainbow Pick 6 pool was $307,423 and one winning ticket paid $291,409.38.

July 17 Claims: Race 2 – Father O’Flaherty ($20k, Jonathan Wong), Half Right ($20k, Jeff Mullins), Win Happy ($20k, Paul Aguirre). Race 4 – Bye Bye Bertie ($40k, Jonathan Wong). Race 6 – Drop Anchor ($16k, Paddy Gallagher), Gates of Heaven ($16k, Peter Miller), Pelican Way ($16k, Dan Azcarate). Race 7 – Luck of the Draw ($25k, Peter Eurton), Storm the Bastille ($25k, Adam Kitchingman), The Black Album ($25k, Sergio Morfin).

DMR Full Card Highlights for Saturday (7-17-21)
DMR 5 SMASH TICKET ($4.00), Trifecta ($55.20)
Double (races 4-5, $35.00)
DMR 6 Pelican Way/Twirling Derby Exacta ($64.00), Trifecta ($317.20)
Double (races 5-6, $33.40)
Pick 3 (races 4-6, $255.60)
DMR 7 Stage Ready/Storm the Bastille/French Getaway Trifecta ($1,456.40)
Pick 3 (races 5-7, $315.20)

*Full card highlights based on $2 wagers unless otherwise noted.


Del Mar Recap for Sunday (7-18-21)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running juvenile winners at 5.5f and 5f on dirt. The lone dirt route was the Cougar II at a mile and a half, and pace presser Tizamagician was best. The turf course winners were a dueling front runner at 5T, a stalker at 9T, a front runner at 8T, a front runner at 5T, and a front runner at 8.5T.

With multiple ship and win horses competing at Del Mar, I am keeping track of where the winners are coming from. On Sunday, five winners last started at SA, one winner exited LRC, one was a 2yo filly longshot FTS for Victor Garcia, and one last competed at DMR in the fall. Out of town shippers won the other three races, and they came from AP, BEL, and SUN.

Four-bagger for Flavien Prat. Three of his wins were in turf routes including the Wickerr Stakes, and the other was the Cougar II (G3) at 12f on dirt. Juan Hernandez guided home a pair in dirt sprints. Victor Garcia saddled two winners. He also had one on opening day.

Wickerr Stakes Recap – Neptune’s Storm ($4.60)

Neptune’s Storm was the classiest horse with the best trip. He controlled the pace under Flavien Prat, had plenty left when confronted, and edged away to score by a comfortable length and three-quarters. Majestic Eagle stalked and secured the place by a neck, and the next five finishers were separated by heads and necks (Tiz Plus, Border Town, Bob and Jackie, Homer Screen, Next Shares). Count of Amazonia trailed.

Cougar II Stakes (G3) Recap – Tizamagician ($2.60)

Heywoods Beach set the pace from the rail and Tizamagician chased from 2nd. The latter got first run, was confronted by my value top choice Cupid’s Claws, and turned that one away to score by 2-1/4 lengths. Cupid’s Claws was 5+ clear of Heywoods Beach, and Campaign was another nose back in 4th. Red King finished 5th and Contagion was injured and vanned off.

The 20 cent Rainbow Pick 6 pool was $339,259, and multiple tickets with six winners paid $163.10. The jackpot carryover stands at $77,672.

July 18 Claims: Race 1 – Eddiespaghetti ($32k, Peter Miller), State of the Union ($32k, Jeff Bonde). Race 2 – Cajun Treasure ($20k, George Papaprodromou), Red Valor ($20k, Mark Glatt), Self Taught ($20k, Bob Hess Jr.). Race 3 – Anonymously ($32k, Mike Maker), Beautiful Ballot ($32k, Paul Aguirre), Gypsy Blu ($32k, Kristin Mulhall), Lavender ($32k, Tim Yakteen), Loud Loud Music ($32k, Andrew Lerner), Nightlife ($32k, Jeff Mullins). Race 6 – Cowboys Daughter ($20k, Reid France), Dozo ($20k, Steve Knapp), Jan Jan Can ($20k, Tim Bellasis), Miss Alegria ($20k, Peter Miller).

Del Mar Full Card Highlights for Sunday (7-18-21)
DMR 6 Miss Alegria/Cowboys Daughter Quinella (Best Bet #2, $10.40)
DMR 10 Tizamagician/Cupid’s Claws Exacta ($13.80), Trifecta ($34.40)
DMR 11 Javanica/Burgoo Alley Exacta ($64.20)
50 cent Late Pick 4 (races 8-11, $49.55)

*Full card highlights based on $2 wagers unless otherwise noted.

Article by Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak posts stakes recaps from Del Mar and Santa Anita Park, along with full card recaps and free stakes picks from Southern and/or Northern California.