08/27/2013 11:54AM

Del Mar Vulnerable Favorites, Live Longshots, and Spot Plays: August 29


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Del Mar Race 3, (6:09 ET)

HOPE ‘N PRAY (#1, 7-2) Miyadi takes a big edge by dropping this guy in for less than half-price after the gelding failed to show his customary zip while having a mild excuse when wide in his latest. Rail draw and a comfy stalking trip under Maldonado should be enough to keep him in striking distance; class should prevail with clear sailing down the lane. - Marty McGee

Del Mar Race 3, (6:09 ET)

HOPE 'N PRAY (#1, 7-2) made a middle move in his latest before flattening out to fifth in the stretch vs. superior maiden 50K runners; now drops to maiden 20K, and encouragingly shows a quick three-furlong breeze leading into this race. - Byron King

Del Mar Race 7, (8:10 ET)

PAT'S BACK (#7, 3-1) hasn't run since fading at GG Feb. 2 but trainer Miller, who's having a superb meet, has strong numbers off the bench and there's a significant drop for this gal's return. Remember, she broke her maiden here a year ago and they thought enough about her at the time to next try the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante. - Michael Hammersly

Del Mar Race 9, (9:10 ET) - LIVE LONGSHOT

SHENZHOU (#2, 15-1) Belated career debut for 2012 Barrett's sales graduate, but thinking he's ready for it. The barn is capable with 1sters, the tightly grouped works subtly suggestive. - Marcus Hersh


Del Mar Race 9, (6:10 ET)

DENZEL (#10, 5-2) figures well backed as he takes the most important drop in the game (straight maiden to maiden claiming) and having shown talent last fall. However, he hasn't run since Jan. 19 when he gave way badly and while he's working decently for a trainer who's superb off the bench he seems a risky proposition with the short price. - Michael Hammersly

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