08/26/2009 3:43PM

HandiGambling 148


Today's HandiGambling 148 exercise is the sixth race at Del Mar, a $40,000 maiden claimer for California-sired juvenile fillies at 6 furlongs over polytrack.

Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to wager on the race, and the entrant with the highest money total will receive a "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan."   Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.  In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference.  Past performances are available on the previous blog entry.

I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but let's remember why we began the HandiGambling races in the first place.  The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses, and why we're betting them the way we are.  I'm not asking for a novel, but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles, and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.

Let's scratch #3 Outback Melissa, and #11 Tonka T.  The also-eligible, #14, Obvious Choice, drew into the body of the race.

As has been noted by several of our posters, there isn't much to go on in this race, but I landed on three top contenders, and I hope that at least two of them will go off at decent odds.

#1 My Secret Weapon didn't do much in her career debut 11 days ago as she saved ground to no avail, but she was facing special weight company, and now takes a solid drop into the claiming ranks.  Those were some pretty fast splits she chased last time out so expect the hustling Martin Pedroza to have her closer to the early fractions.

#2 Jana Gail doesn't need to be the next coming of Moscow Ballet to win this, and some of her workouts look rather interesting leading up to her debut.  Although Gary Stute's recent win record is poor with first-time starters, he did send out one maiden claiming debut winner at both the 2006 and 2007 Del Mar meetings.  Bruno De Julio, one of the top clockers in the country (you can purchase his daily workout analysis from the Today's Racing Digest on drf.com), mentioned that Jana Gail "definitely needs some seasoning as she was climbing all the way home." for the July 10 bullet workout.  She's had six drills since that workout so perhaps she has grown up a bit.

#5 Victory Dash raced evenly in his debut against open $62,500 maiden claimers, and she should fit much better in this spot.  These connections have struggled at the meet, but Victory Dash looms a pace factor.

As for the others:

#4 Boots n' Bangles did nothing against similar runners on July 31, and needs improvement to get a piece of this.

#6 Royally Large made up some late ground in her debut at 14-1, and certainly isn't outof the question switching to Rosario.

#7 Dinnr With Nikki C may have been a bit short in her most recent start, her first race since May, and she figures to improve for solid barn wheeling back on only 13 days rest. 

#8 Salty Fries looms the main speed after setting moderate fractions in first start with blinkers.  There isn't much in here, and Salty Fries would win half the battle by getting to the front.

#9 Winning Valentine has been in steady training since late May, but the workouts don't look very exciting.  Again, she doesn't have to be much to contend for top honors.

#10 Whisper Me This shows a 16-day gap in the worktab, and the $9,000 yearling buy may need a race.

#12 Storm Needed raced near the back of the pack in her debut.  Carla Gaines is an excellent trainer, and if anyone could get the needed improvement out of this filly, it's Gaines.

#13 Dislitleliteomine draws way outside, may ultimately want grass, and the workouts are uninspiring.

#14 Obvious Choice passed some tired rivals in her debut, but didn't have the easiest of journeys, and can certainly do better here.

$50 Win - My Secret Weapon

$25 Exacta - Jana Gail - My Secret Weapon

$25 Exacta - Victory Dash - My Secret Weapon

Best of luck to all.