08/28/2013 10:41AM

Del Mar Vulnerable Favorites, Live Longshots, and Spot Plays: August 30

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SPOT PLAYS AND LIVE LONGSHOTS

Del Mar Race 1, (7:00 ET) - LIVE LONGSHOT

RIBOT BELLE (#1, 8-1) Trainer that took her out of last is 24% off claim from decent sample size, & this might be another good one. Not a dirt horse, so toss last two, & her last (only) two 2-turn all-weather starts produced performances good enough to win this. Two recent DMR drills & they're even bringing back the regular jock. - Marcus Hersh

Del Mar Race 2, (7:30 ET)

ANOTHER VICTORIA (#7, 4-1) Word through the grapevine is this El Corredor filly can really get after it, and the fact Bejarano opts her way is an overt sign that that might well be true. No fewer than 11 official works have been registered since early June in anticipation of this big day; doesn't appear to face any heavy-heads in her debut. Worth a very long look. - Marty McGee

Del Mar Race 3, (8:00 ET)

DOUBLE ANTE (#10, 4-1) was not disgraced in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara at SA April 20 and was a fine 2nd at this level at BHP May 19 before a couple months off. She came back on this main track July 24 and ran into buzzsaw Sweet Lulu (came back to win last week's Grade 1 Test at SAR). She moves back to her preferred footing (turf) with 2 big bullet works since and no panicky class drop. - Michael Hammersly

Del Mar Race 5, (9:00 ET)

AFFLICATION (#5, 6-1) easily defeated maiden claimers in slow time July 25, but appears capable of running faster with that confidence-builder behind him; he ran a 88 Beyer three starts ago and should move forward. – Byron King

Del Mar Race 6, (9:30 ET)

Tiz a Minister (#7, 9-2) Most recent race at 7fs, & one-run closer is significantly better around two turns. Every time he gets a solid pace at which to run, he fires; barring scratches, he's getting a solid pace here. Doubt we’ll see the 9-2 odds, however. - Marcus Hersh

VULNERABLE FAVORITE

Del Mar Race 3, (8:00 ET)

BLUES AND SILVERS (#5, 7-2) After whipping up on far, far inferior company as a huge favorite, including in her SoCal debut, this filly steps into a different world today and has been pegged as a lukewarm choice in sizable and extremely competitive lineup. Will have to summon up one of her very best to factor into this, and after having delivered so frequently (9-for-13 life), she might not enjoy finally being surrounded by fillies and mares with a talent level similar to hers. - Marty McGee

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