2014-WEST-COAST Season Horse Racing Past Picks
July 17, 2014
DEL MAR Race #4
Thursday 07/17 03:40 PM Eastern
Top pick: #8 (AFTERMARKETSLAM) (7-2) - Freshened up since June 1st, gelding finished second that day sprinting on the Santa Anita dirt. Claimed that day by Pete Miller for $20K, he has him working fast and stretches him out around two-turns for the first time.
2nd pick: #5 (Hold Everything) (4-1) - Speedy gelding is racing third back from a four month layoff and showed some improvement last out on the Santa Anita turf. Drops way down, goes grass to "poly," and is working very fast for the Baffert barn. Strong win threat.
3rd pick: #3 (Cotton Valley) (9-2) - He's raced evenly in three starts facing special weights and takes the big drop into claimers for the first time. Gelding has been freshened up for the past eight weeks and is a major player on the big drop.
4th pick: #9 (Golden Chalice) (9-2) - Colt drops out of Cal.-bred special weight contests to face $20K "open" maiden claimers. Bet in all three appearances and he's shown speed in each. Must be left in the mix.