The Grade 3 Cecil B. DeMille, at one mile on grass, has been deflated by a couple of scratches, but there are eight horses left, and the Jeff Mullins-trained colt Soul Driver (15-1 on the ML before scratches) seems to provide good value here.
According to the TimeformUS Pace Projector, this race will have a fast pace. Four horses are stretching out in distance. One of them just won wire to wire at 6.5F down the hill. Two other horses just won routes in frontrunning fashion. There seems to be a pretty good chance that we will get a lively pace.
#2 Soul Driver should benefit from a fast pace.
Soul Driver will be making the third start of his career today. He improved his speed figure from a 73 to a 77 in his second start. That 77 still leaves Soul Driver a little light in here in terms of speed figures, but he lost a little ground around the first turn and quite a bit around the second turn in his last race. What is more, he made an early run to the lead and managed to sustain it–finding something extra near the wire when he briefly looked as if he would be beaten.
Soul Driver has ample license to improve again today. He is drawn perfectly in the two-hole. Pace Projector shows him well off the early pace. He has been training regularly since his last start. Mullins again uses one of his favorite riders, Tyler Baze. Soul Driver is our Highlight Horse on closing day of this Del Mar mini-meet.