Del Mar Horse Racing Picks for Sunday 8/8/21
As always, check for scratches and changes and monitor the weather and track conditions.
(I will reference Equibase's Speed Figure in selected races, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races -- adjusted for track, distances, and conditions.)
Big Summer and Iva Toguri, Race 5
FanDuel Racing Odds: 5/2 and 4/1
Race 5 is a Maiden Special Weight for state-bred fillies and mares sprinting 5 furlongs on the turf. The numberFire data likes Delta Wind (2/1) on top if she makes post as an alternate the rail.
Otherwise Starship Endeavor (3/1) gets the nod in a weaker field with Big Summer (5/2) a threat off a layoff after finishing a promising third earlier this year. Top turf rider Umberto Rispoli will be riding Big Summer.
Trip to Spain, Race 6
FanDuel Racing Odds: 2/1
Race 6 is the $100K Graduation Stakes for state bred two-year-olds sprinting 5 furlongs. Thirsty Always (9/5) has been scratched as the top choice of numberFire, opening the door for Rock N Rye (8/5) and Trip to Spain (2/1) to cash in.
Rock N Rye ran the top last-race speed figure in her maiden win in May, per Horse Racing Radar.
Zoffarelli and Cathkin Peak, Race 9
FanDuel Racing Odds: 3/1 and 2/1
Race 9 is the $150K Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. There is plenty of support at FanDuel Racing for the European invaders with leading jockeys Rispoli and Hernandez riding Cathkin Peak (2/1) and Sword Zoro (4/1), respectively. Those two horses are the top picks by numberFire's algorithm,
Cathkin Peak and Sword Zoro are European imports along with Zoffarelli (3/1), who has run seven straight high-quality races in a row, according to Guaranteed Tip Sheet, with a win and five runner-up finishes in that stretch. He makes his U.S. derby at beautiful Del Mar..
Cathkin Peak can fire off an extended layoff, having won a stakes race at Santa Anita in December and just missing in February as the favorite.