A special Monday 10-race program is on tap at Del Mar due to the cancellation of racing last week due to the pandemic. We’ll take it as we try to get the week off to a bright start

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Race 7: $20,000 Maiden Claiming for 3-year-olds and upward going 1 mile (8 furlongs) on the dirt 

#7 World Affairs makes the move to Mark Glatt’s barn as he gets back to the dirt for the first time since his debut. Glatt is winning at 60% when his runners make their debut at the maiden claiming ranks. #8 Most Sandisfactory continues to get better as he drops in class. It’s tough to trust a horse with four seconds in six starts, but he is the horse to beat as he tries to win in his seventh career start.

Race 8: $62,500 Allowance Optional Claiming for 3-year-olds and upward going 1 mile (8 furlongs) on the turf

#2 King of Speed has consistently been facing better against stakes competition. He showed speed but faded at this level two starts back at Santa Anita and figures to be competitive again here. #4 Fight On will try his luck on the turf for Doug O’Neill as he gets back to the mile distance. #7 Mesut will look for a quick pace early on to close into. He finished second in his lone start at Del Mar back in 2017 at the maiden special weight level.

Race 9: $20,000 Allowance Optional Claiming for California-bred fillies and mares 3-year-olds and upward going 6 furlongs on the dirt

#2 Give Me a Hint makes her return to the track for the first time since last summer at Del Mar. It’ll be tough for her to win off of this lengthy layoff but she’s intriguing as Kent Desormeaux picks up the mount. #5 Anna Fantastic won at 20/1 in her debut. This is the next logical step for the 3-year-old by Cyclotron. #6 A Melis took a big step forward in her second start for Tim Yakteen. She is the horse to beat as she looks to make it two in a row.

Race 10: Maiden Special Weight for California-bred fillies and mares 3-year-olds and upward going 1 mile (8 furlongs) on the turf

#2 Cassie Bell tries long on the turf for the first time in her career. There aren’t many other spots for her to try if she’s unsuccessful in her ninth career start. #4 Tsunami Spring closed extremely well into a quick pace going five furlongs at Golden Gate. She will look to go longer as she tries going two turns this time around. #13 Rockie Causeway proved she could handle the distance in her debut when she finished fourth by less than three lengths.

THE TICKET

$1 Pick 4 (Races 7-10) 7,8 / 2,4,7 / 2,5,6 / 2,4,13 – $54


Del Mar, July 27, 2020

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