Today’s Del Mar Hot List races to watch
Monday, July 27, 2020
By Bob Ehalt and Matt Shifman
Hot List Key:
A : A preferred horse to watch B: Secondary horse to watch
*C: Went down 2 or more betting notches in the final 3 minutes and finished 1st through 3rd
*D: Went down 2 or more betting notches and finished 4th or worse
* - 4 or more betting notches if 11-1 or more.
1st race – (1) Velvet Queen has not raced since January when she was disqualified from purse money but has been working sharply and should triumph from the rail. (4) Harvest Moon comes off a sharp maiden win and could shine here. (3) Great Return has a nice turn of speed and should be battling to the end. Betting strategy: 1 to win, place. Exacta box: 1-3-4.
4th race - (9) Comradery makes his U.S. debut for Sadler and ran well enough on synthetics in his lone start to be the pick here on turf. (2) Munnings’ Pilot had a rough trip last time but could perk up here. (6) No Slo Mo adds blinkers and a hot jockey after a rocky trip. (4) Cosmo should appreciate a return to turf. Betting strategy: 9 to win, place. Exacta box: 2-4-6-9. Doubles: 2-4-6-9 with 1-3-6-7.
5th race – (6) South Beach Gal had a wide trip in her debut and should fare much better in a claimer. (3) Apache Pass might wake up going from dirt to turf. (1) Ole Silver will be dangerous from the rail. (7) Va Va Voom has some early zip and should be tough to catch. Betting strategy: 6 to win, place. Exacta box: 1-3-6-7.
7th race – (8) Most Sandisfactory was second against better and should prove best at this level with a switch to Prat. (7) World Affairs returns to dirt for this try and cannot be ignored. (10) Agent Zero could be a contender in this spot. (6) Ultimate Mystery might fool people with an improved effort here. Betting strategy: 8 to win, place. Exacta box: 6-7-8-10. Doubles: 6-7-8-10 with 3-5-6-7.
8th race – (7) Mesut turned in a solid effort off a long layoff and can take another step forward here. (6) Gregorian Chant had a rough trip last time and is capable of a better try today. (5) Maestro Dearte was also sharp after a long layoff and cannot be discounted from consideration. (3) Untamed Domain has plenty of back class and should be watched in his first start for Sadler. Betting strategy: 7 to win, place. Exacta box: 6-7. Exactas: 6-7 over 3-5 and 3-5 over 6-7.