(Note: this file has been updated after early scratches at Del Mar.)
This is the 19th edition of “Tuley’s Thoroughbred Takes” for the week of Wednesday, July 22, through Monday, July 27, as me and my stable of handicapping friends continue to look for value at the horse racing tracks that are still running during the coronavirus pandemic.
Our team’s plays came up empty on Sunday, though John Lauro bailed us out again as his spot play in Del Mar’s 4th race ran second for a nice Place price and completed a small exacta (full recaps at end of column after today’s plays).
This “week’s” column runs through Monday as Del Mar is racing to make up for its canceled cards last weekend. After early scratches, we have three picks at Del Mar with opposing plays in the 6th race (sometimes that works in our favor by connecting the dots for exotics).
Good luck today (and every day).
Del Mar Race No. 4 (6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT)
Ed Sehon likes #5 Rio Ocho (3/1 morning line). “In attempt to reverse recent handicapping fortunes, I’ve moved my past performances and Sharpie to Del Mar for this make-up day of West Coast thoroughbred action. This 3-year-old German import makes his second start in U.S. after troubled-trip fifth on turf in debut. Maiden adds Lasix for second time (31% trainer angle) as conditioner cool Jeff Mullins gets solid Abel Cedillo to accept mount. Gelding should appreciate cutback in distance. Wager: Win & Place.”
Del Mar Race No. 6 (7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT)
Ed Sehon likes #3 Hootie (7/2 morning line). “THis 6-year-old son of super-sire Candy Ride makes his third start in form cycle after a pair of good works. Dropping in class, gelding defeated better last winter. Veteran trainer Mike McCarthy rehires regular rider, hot Umberto Rispoli. All hard-charger needs is clear path in lane to defeat this lackluster group of routing claimers. Wager: Win & Place.”
Dave Tuley likes #11 Worthy Turk (6/1 morning line). Jockey Flavien Prat wins 23% of claiming turf routes the past five year and he and trainer Peter Miller are hitting at a 39% clip the past two months. Worthy Turk fits at this $22,500 level (having won with Prat at the $25,000 level on June 13 at Santa Anita). They should get a nice stalking trip and be in position to kick home in the stretch. Wager: Win & Place.
Prior day’s recaps:
Saratoga Race No. 6
Duane Colucci liked #1 Jazzique (3/1 morning line)...went off 7/2...sat near back of eight-horse field for first six furlongs of mile race, moved within two lengths of the lead with a furlong to go but was only able to get up for 3rd.
Woodbine Race No. 7
Dave Tuley liked #6 Tiz a Slam (6/1 morning line)...went off 7/1...was bumped at start and had to settle for being near back of pack early, raced evenly throughout but had no rally late and finished 6th of 8.
Monmouth Race No. 9
Dave Tuley liked #2 Plot the Dots (10/1 morning line)...went off 6/1...stalked right behind pacesetters through most of 1 1/16-mile race, but was outdueled in the stretch, finishing 4th of 7.
Saratoga Race No. 8
Ed Sehon liked #5 Beau Luminaire (6/1 morning line)...went off 3/1...raced 4 th of 7 through opening four furlongs of 1 1/8-mile race, moved up and then went four-wide into stretch to take over lead only to give it up late to the winner, finishing 2nd.
Saratoga Race No. 9
Ed Sehon liked #1 Seismic Wave (6/1 morning line)...went off 5/1...ran last of 6 at every call.
Del Mar Race No. 4
John Lauro liked #8 Moana Luna (8/1 morning line)...went off 12/1...stalked a couple of lengths off the lead, moved up into 2nd in stretch but was unable to overtake winner (#7 Big Cheddar), paying $7.60 to Place and completing $17.70 exacta as posted by Lauro.