Del Mar

TODAY July 25, 2014
Exercise rider Joe Duran, who was unseated from Dance With Fate during a training accident on Thursday, faces a recovery of four to six months for fractured vertebrae and broken ribs.
A week after returning from a monthlong vacation, the star 3-year-old California Chrome began galloping at Los Alamitos on Friday in preparation for an expected comeback in September.
Goldencents is established at the top level, with multiple Grade 1 wins. Big Macher is the new kid in town, a former maiden claimer who has developed into a graded stakes winner and is trying Grade 1 competition for the first time.
The median win payoff this meet on turf is $11.80. That makes race 3 starter Contributor, 5-1 morning line, a candidate to win his California debut in the $40,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds at a mile on turf.
DRF Plus Graded Stakes analysis for the Sand Diego Handicap at Del Mar on Saturday, July 26.
Skipping the first race, where I have no strong opinion among a group of lightly raced or unraced juveniles, the first play of the day comes in Race 2 on Southern Sunrise (No. 9).
The potential for Lady Asano to be your linchpin in race 5 gives you the opportunity to spread in surrounding races 4 and 6 for the chance for a nice payoff.
YESTERDAY July 24, 2014
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier takes a closer look at juveniles running at Del Mar.
It’s Del Mar, and everyone is having way too much fun to take things seriously enough. Then comes a morning like Thursday, when the ultimate cost of raising, buying, and racing Thoroughbreds came due once again in the starkest of possible terms.
On Sunday, trainer Phil D’Amato will start the heavily favored Sunday Rules in the $200,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies over seven furlongs at Del Mar.