Trainers to watch (and wager on) at Del Mar

Del Mar - © Benoit Photo. Trainer statistics are commonly employed by bettors handicapping horse races. Isn’t it helpful to know a trainer excels with turf horses and juveniles but is less successful with dirt runners and older horses? In preparation for the much-anticipated 2019 Del Mar summer meet, which kicks off on Wednesday, July 17, I’ve used Statsmaster to compile a handful of intriguing trainer trends and statistics. With luck these angles will produce profitable plays throughout [...]

BARN Podcast 5/22/19

We're excited to welcome in trainer Richard Baltas to talk about his career as well as some of his talented horses like Secret Spice and Next Shares. We also bring back an old segment called "Meet the Tweeter" where we introduce you to a member of the horse racing twitter community.

Betting the Exacta in the Buena Vista Stakes

Vasilika winning the John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo From claim to fame—that’s been the story for #9 Vasilika, who will start as the favorite in Saturday’s $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. Claimed by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer just over one year ago, the five-year-old daughter of Skipshot has been almost unstoppable since then. All told, she’s won 11 of her last 13 starts, a [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Instagrand Wins Like a Future Superstar

Instagrand winning the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Budding superstar? Beast in the making? Future Kentucky Derby winner? Perhaps it’s too early to bestow such lofty praise upon Instagrand, but this two-year-old son of Into Mischief was nothing less than breathtaking while winning Saturday’s $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar in a dominant manner strikingly reminiscent of his maiden victory at Los Alamitos. With Drayden Van Dyke in [...]

Playing the Early Pick 4 Around Instagrand in the Best Pal Stakes

Photo: Benoit Photo. Saturday’s feature “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” is the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes. The six- furlong dash over the main track drew a compact group of 5 two-year-olds led by heavy favorite #1 Instagrand. Oxo Equine spent $1.2 million dollars on Instagrand at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream March 2018 two-year-old in training sale and he lived up to expectations in his debut at Los Alamitos on June 29th. The Kentucky bred got hammered at [...]

Solana Beach Stakes Headlines Friday Twilight Card at Del Mar

The stakes action for the week at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club commences with the $150,000 Solana Beach Stakes. The one-mile event for California Bred or California Sired Fillies and Mares drew a solid field of 9 that includes the second, third, fourth and seventh place finishers from last year’s rendition. Of the four mares exiting last year’s Solana Beach Stakes, #8 Moonless Sky brings the strongest resume into Friday’s twilight card. The daughter of Bold Chieftain has won 5 [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Baffert’s Barn is Loaded

Roadster winning his debut at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo If anyone thought that Bob Baffert’s barn might be lacking in star power following the retirement of Triple Crown winner Justify… well, you need not have worried. While it’s too early to say whether Roadster or Chasing Yesterday will achieve remotely the same level of success as Justify, there can be no denying that these two Baffert-trained juveniles looked like future stars while winning their debuts last [...]

Daisycutter Handicap Headlines Friday Twilight Card at Del Mar

The Friday feature at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is the $75,000 Daisycutter Handicap run at five furlongs over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. This year’s rendition of the Daisycutter drew a competitive group of 9 led by 2-1-morning line favorite #6 Okinawa. The connections of this daughter of The Factor have had a lot of success bringing horses in from out of town, including a win in the 2016 Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap with Free Rose. This four-year-old [...]

A Pair of Turf Stakes Races Headline Sunday Card at Del Mar

Itsinthepost winning the San Gabriel Stakes (gr. II) - © BENOIT PHOTO The first week of the Del Mar Summer meeting concludes with a pair of two-turn stakes races run over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. The feature is the Grade 2 Eddie Read is for three-year-olds and upward and is conducted at a mile and an eighth. Trainer Phil D’Amato won the last two renditions and brings a strong trio into Sunday that includes last year’s winner [...]

Del Mar Late Pick 4 Analysis- Saturday July 21st

The first Saturday afternoon late Pick 4 of the 2018 Del Mar summer meeting is a good one. The four-race sequence that commences in Race 7 and concludes with the finale in Race 10 gets rolling with the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap followed by an extremely competitive rendition of the Grade 2 San Clemente. Here are my thoughts: Race 7: San Diego Handicap The prep for the one-million-dollar Pacific Classic gets things rolling. The mile and a sixteenth event [...]