08/28/2013 3:24PM

Del Mar: Pick 4 Keys, B's and C's for Thursday, August 29


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Race 6

A - 4,7,9,10

B - None

C - 2,3,8

It's a soft race for the $40K 2yo maiden-claiming class. As mediocre as Brighton Star (#4) has been, he's the one to beat with this added distance – but hardly one to trust. Throw the Sadler claim and the two MSW droppers onto the A list, toss in three Cs, and hope to survive.

Race 7

A - 5,7,10

B - 3,9,12

C - None

I have two opinions about this race: The pace will be faster than par & contested, and Pat's Back (#9) is probably a bad comeback dropper. So the three As (two of which are prices) are off-the-pace types, the three Bs moderately logical horses that will be closer to the front.

Race 8

A - 2,3

B - 5

C - None

I'd make Summer Exclusive (#2) my top pick, & will hope he wins as the 2nd choice, but likely favorite Strong Wind (#3) simply can't be left off the A list, either. If a hot pace percolates and saps the top two, A Toast To You (#5) could swoop in for mild upset.

Race 9

A - 2,7,9

B - 5,8,11

C - None

15-1 Shenzhou (#2) is a spot play & one of the ones who could blow this up. Have none of the chalks on the A list, & will leave 5-2 M/L choice Denzel (red flags, negative pace scenario) out entirely.

Too pricey on my end to fool around too much with multiple B tix, though I'll consider one with all ABBB ticket to go along with the AAAA, ABAA, AABA, AAAB, and CAAA.

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