TimeformUS Del Mar Top Plays – Opening Day

Get PPs for today’s Del Mar Racecard

Race 2:
Two races back, Sinfully uncorked a powerful turn-run to take charge of a synthetic sprint at Hollywood Park. He followed that up by training poorly for a Hollywood Park synthetic route, thereby suggesting a regression was coming. But no regression came. Instead, after getting into some trouble early and balking at cooperating with his rider as he was bottled up behind slow fractions (see blue color-coded running line in the PPs), he managed to put together a late run when finally clear and earn a speed figure of 91, which hits very hard in this field. His trainer’s favorite rider (see trainer/jockey rating) is back aboard today and Sinfully is 6-1 on the morning line as he makes his turf debut. The biggest negative here is that his sire, Candy Ride, is a bit overrated as a turf sire. But that notwithstanding, there are enough positives here to warrant supporting Sinfully if the morning line holds.


Race 8:
There are three first-time starters in here and of the three, the Jeff Mullins-trained gelding, Love de Car, figures to take far and away the most money. Combine this with the money that will go to the experienced horses and there’s a possibility that Pulla Train could go off at something like 30-1. If so, he is worthy of being thrown into the mix despite negative trainer stats for this sort of situation.


Race 10: (TOP PLAY)
Spring Up enters this race off a ship from Arkansas and a layoff. His trainer, Cody Autrey, has performed poorly at Del Mar historically (as his Del Mar trainer rating attests). However, not many of his previous Del Mar horses have trained the way this one has. Moreover, Spring Up earned a competitive speed figure of 66 in his last race in Arkansas, and he has excellent breeding for the switch to a synthetic surface. Autrey gets Bejarano to ride, suggesting he means business today. In addition, Autrey is adept off layoffs.


An interesting longshot in this race is Grand Gambler, who is 15-1 on the morning line and in light off a solid second-time-out speed figure of 70. The hot apprentice rides, and the gelding has trained forwardly since his most recent start.

As is usually the case at Del Mar, the Pete Miller-trained firster Big Macher seems live. He is worth protecting with in exotics.

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