08/20/2013 2:57PM

Del Mar Vulnerable Favorites, Live Longshots, and Spot Plays: August 22


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Del Mar Race 1, (5:05 ET)

Only six runners, but SHACKBAMALAMA (#6, 5-1 pre-scratch) might be overlooked by bettors dropping in class third start back while returning to the main track. - Brad Free

Del Mar Race 2, (5:37 ET)

ONLY JOSIE KNOWS (#4, 5-1) may have turned the corner as the 3yo filly looked super blasting restricted claimers here July 26, earning a nice Beyer (80). She's given a most encouraging step up in class by Canani (he does not again risk her for a tag) which speaks of optimism and may help buoy your price. There are 3 big works since and usually once Julio gets 'em on the right track they tend to stay there. - Michael Hammersly

Del Mar Race 2, (5:37 ET)

HEY COWBOY (#7, 7-2) First time in a two-turn all-weather race without blinkers plus Del Mar debut produced career-best for lightly raced filly. Works since win & barn's last-out-winner-percentage suggest she's at least holding form vs. tougher. - Marcus Hersh

Del Mar Race 3, (6:09 ET)

DREAMCATCHER (#2, 4-1) He needs a (U.S.) marathon distance and turf for his best run, & it's not easy to find races like that at the right class level. Finally - the perfect spot. Sharp recent work says he'll capitalize. - Marcus Hersh

Del Mar Race 6, (7:40 ET)

HERE'S TO ROSE (#3, 3-1) should be favored on the morning line for this starter 40k, but isn't, despite winning her last race by in fast time over the Del Mar Poly; changes hands via a claim, and though her last work was slow, it was likely nothing more than a maintenance move. - Byron King

Del Mar Race 6, (7:40 ET)

LET’S GET FRISKY (#1, 7-2) Cal-bred 3yo who's had a decent kick from her very first start might've been compromised by the short field/slower pace syndrome in her Dmr debut earlier in the month, but hopefully there's enough speed signed on here to allow Chantal to sit the pretty rail trip before moving along. Underrated stable usually means window value; improvement expected over last appearance three weeks ago. - Marty McGee


Del Mar Race 7, (8:10 ET)

WINNING PRIZE (#3, 5-2) comes with a gaudy resume from Argentina to be sure (multiple G1 SW) but it's his first time in the U.S., first action of any kind since last Dec. 15 and he picked a pretty darn tough spot for his U.S. debut. You've also seen many an import take money first time in the U.S. and not really show his best stuff until he's had a race or 2. - Michael Hammersly

Del Mar Race 7, (8:10 ET)

WINNING PRIZE (#3, 5-2) Decent South American form but nothing overwhelming, & don't want a short price in US debut for barn having a slow year. - Marcus Hersh

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