Jeff Siegel's Best Bets: Del Mar's back
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Eighth Race - Del Mar. Post Time: 5:35 PT
A distance specialist throughout his career, the son of Oasis Dream turns back to a sprint for the first time and should have the proper style to excel at this seven-furlong journey. Second in his last pair in fast, highly-rated routers, the Mark Glatt-trained gelding shows the always-dangerous blinkers off angle along with the switch to Flavien Prat plus a sharp recent half-mile drill (:47 1/5, fourth fastest of 62) to have him set for a top try. He's a logical top pick and rolling exotic single.
Tenth Race - Del Mar. Post Time: 6:35 PT.
10-Castle Gate (7/2)
Has much going for him in this restricted (non-winners of 3 three races) $20,000 claimer and can be used as a strong play both in the win pool and in the rolling exotics. The lightly-raced son of Point of Honor was pitched too high when unplaced in a recent grass sprint but drops for the money run with the return to his preferred surface, and with a comfortable outside draw should be able to secure an ideal pace pressing/stalking trip. A winner over this track and distance last year, he is plenty fast on numbers and shows a bullet half mile workout (:47 3/5, fastest of 35) last week to have him fit and ready.
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