Del Mar Oaks Preview and Picks
As part of Del Mar's (G1) Pacific Classic Stakes card, the Del Mar Oaks actually goes after that one, as race 10 of 11 on the day. The race has drawn a full field, including a pair of Irish-breds, both of whom are in with a shot.
Heading the field into the gate as the morning line favorite, Con Te Partiro (7-2) is a Kentucky bred from the barn of trainer Wesley Ward. She's making a return to US soil after a succesful trip to the UK, where she captured the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot in late June. The Del Mar Oaks will be just her third start of 2017 and first try at the graded-stakes level. While she does have a stakes win at Saratoga last year, she seems like a vulnerable favorite in a tough field here.
The first of the previously mentioned Irish-breds is Madam Dancealot (9-2) who made her US debut last year in the (G1) Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, where she finished well up the track. She's been in good form lately, and comes into this off a win over the track, having recovered from a slow start to take the (G2) San Clemente Stakes, a race run over one mile on the Del Mar turf.
A half-sister to that one is the other Irish-bred in the field Beau Recall (6-1). She was knocking on the door at the graded-stakes level last spring when she was the back-to-back runner-up in consecutive tries at Santa Anita, just missing by a neck in the (G2) Honeymoon Stakes. She took a step back last out when finishing sixth in the (G1) Belmont Oaks Invitational, but gets a cutback in distance here that should be more to her liking.
Also listed at 6-1 is Dream Dancing, for the trainer-jockey combo of Mark Casse and Julien Leparoux. A well-bred daughter of super sire Tapit, and granddaughter of 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, she's had some success at the Grade 3 stakes level, with a trio of in-the-money finishes in her last five starts, including a win at Gulfstream. She's a late-runner who is going to need a quick pace up front if she hopes to have an impact.
Longshots Hope to Get a Piece of the Money
Looking at some of the longer shots to round out the bottom pf exotic tickets, Meadowsweet (12-1) is a lightly raced filly who will be making only her fourth career start, and first at the stakes level. She won her last race on the Del Mar turf in a race where she led most of the way, was headed late and then fought back to get the win by a nose. She's a speedy front runner who could very well be setting the early pace here.
Another that draws some interest is Blame It On Alphie (20-1), a daughter of 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Blame. This will be her first try past a mile, and she appears well-bred to move up in distance. She'll also be getting first-time lasix.
The Del Mar Oaks goes Saturday, August 19 from Del Mar Race Track in San Diego, with a post time of 6:30 PM Pacific. You can bet this race or the full-day card from Del Mar and other tracks through the Today's Tracks at most of the top-rated online racebooks.
Del Mar Entries w/ ML Odds
- Kenda (20-1)
- Madam Dancealot (9-2)
- Blame It On Alphie (20-1)
- Pistol Packing Rose (30-1)
- Con Te Partiro (7-2)
- Meadowsweet (12-1)
- Vexatious (8-1)
- Kathy's Song (15-1)
- Storm The Hill (20-1)
- Dream Dancing (6-1)
- Pacific Wind (12-1)
- Beau Recall (6-1)
- Tapped (8-1)
- Bernina Star (30-1)
Del Mar Picks
- #1 - Madam Dancelot
- #2- Dream Dancing
- #3 - Con Te Partiro
- #4 - Beau Recall
Category : Betting Picks
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