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Eddie Read Stakes & HHR’s Pick 4 Selections

Summer Racing at Del Mar

Del Mar Summer RacingDel Mar Summer racing is finally here and to really get things kicked off, HHR wants to take a stab at Saturday’s fifty cent Pick 4 (Races 7-10). This pick 4 covers an Optional Claiming 40000 in race 7, the $300,000 Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes for race 8, a $20,000 claimer in race 9 and a $25,000 Maiden claiming race for race 10. With such a vast array of class in this Pick 4, we’re looking at a big pay-off if all goes well!

$300,000 Eddie Read Stakes- Race 8

Slim ShadeyIt’s a little out of order, I know, but let’s start the selections with Race 8 on the card at Del Mar with the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes. Set at 1 1/8 mile on the turf, the Eddie Read Stakes features a field of 10. Many will be watching Jeranimo in this one and for good reason. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and trained by Michael Pender, this 7 year old has the times and works to make a strong running here in the Eddie Read. Jeranimo hasn’t won a grade 1 since the 2012 Shoemaker Mile and his last win was in the San Gabriel in January. If Jeranimo can get back to his San Gabriel form, he could be dangerous at Del Mar Saturday. One horse he’ll have to look out for is Middie. Middie pulled off a nice 3rd place finish in the Turf Classic at Churchill in May. Corey Nakatani will be taking the mount in the Eddie Read. Another stiff competitor and my pick of the bunch is Slim Shadey.  The 5 year old gelding will be ridden by Gary Stevens and I believe this combo has what it takes to win here. I look for Stevens and Slim Shadey to take the lead, set the pace and carry this one in for the win.

Race 7- OC 40000 at Del Mar

Hail MaryBacking up to race 7, we have a $40,000 Optional claiming race set at 6 furlongs for fillies and mares three years old and upward which have never won $10,000 other than maiden, claiming, or starter or which have never won two races or claiming price $40,000. What a mouthful! The horse to beat looks like Hail Mary, who ran 3rd in the Railbird at Hollywood and drew away with a 9 ¾ length win in the Warren’s Thoroughbred Stakes at Hollywood.  Hail Mary is sporting some excellent works and will be tough to beat in this race. Ostourah could also be a contender here showing some great times and works as well. I fully expect to see great things out of Heat Trap, though. Sired by Unusual Heat with 2 wins under her belt at Hollywood, Heat Trap should be ready for Del Mar. This race will be a step-up for her, so we’ll have to see how she fares at this level. Two long-shots to consider are Raucous Lady and What a Spot. Both fillies are looking good for this race and could bring in some nice payouts.

Race 9- $20,000 Claiming Race at Del Mar

Horse Racing at Del MarThe 9th race on the card at Del Mar will be $20,000 claimer set at 1 mile. The favorite here should be Joe Carl. Joe Carl is no stranger to the claim having been bumped around several times in his 7 years. His lifetime earnings of $229,030 set him well above the rest of the field, but that’s just not enough to make him my top pick. Chicsdigtheshark could be the play here having competed and won at higher levels.  I believe he will be well adjusted with this field and will fight for an early lead against Rock This Way. The value play will be Mr. Candy Bar.  With a struggle for the front-end speed, this son of Candy Ride will stalk the pace and possibly upset them all.

Race 10- $20,000 Maiden Claiming

Del Mar "Cool As Ever"The final race of the fifty cent Pick 4 at Del Mar will be a $20,000 Maiden claiming race, set at 7 furlongs. Patriotic Lion seems to be the one to beat in this race with the best times, in my opinion. No stranger to the $20,000 maiden claiming races, Patriotic Lion has run 2nd five times out of his ten starts, and pulled up for 3rd twice. I believe it’s time for this horse to break maiden, don’t you? Dark Timbers, on the other hand, will give him a challenge. This gelding has run 2nd at a higher level and should fit in nicely with this field. Just off of a claim and dropping to his lowest level ever is Riseseastsetswest. His connections are going with the blinkers on this time and with the drop in class, that could make all the difference in the world for Riseseastsetswest. One last horse to consider here is Affirmed Arch. With Arch as his sire and Affirmed as grandsire on his mother’s side, Affirmed Arch should be coming into his own and ready to shine on Saturday at Del Mar.

 

My Pick 4 Selections

Race 7-Hail Mary/Heat Trap/Raucous Lady/What a Spot

Race 8-Jeranimo/Middie/Slim Shadey

Race 9-Joe Carl/Chicsdigtheshark/Mr. Candy Bar

Race 10-Patriotic Lion/Dark Timbers/Riseseastsetswest/Affirmed Arch

I’ll be playing an assortment and mixture of these picks in my wagers. Good luck to all!

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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