Del Mar Friday: Slow Down Andy vs. Big City Lights in Real Good Deal

By | August 4, 2022

Slow Down Andy and Big City Lights look headed for a showdown on Friday. They are the top 2 morning line choice on the Friday feature at Del Mar.

Del Mar- Race 1

Post: 4:00 PM PT; $80k Maiden Special Weight going 5 furlongs on turf; Entries: 14

  • #2 KID AZTECA (5-2) has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed. This one goes out for the Miller barn and gets Vazquez in the irons.
  • #10 ARGENTINA CRIES (6-1) debuts here and appears to be a major player in this race. He is the other Peter Miller in the race.
  • #6 MATARO (4-1) has races that make him a player here.
  • #9 COLONEL VARGO (8-1) debuts here and should be competitive in this spot. With Rispoli in the irons on the grass, this one is worth a look.

Selections: 2 – 10- 6 – 9

Del Mar- Race 2

Post: 4:30 PM PT; $25k Claiming going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 12

  • #2 ALLEVA (3-1) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip. This one looks to be the class of the field.
  • #9 MAJESTIC WEST (6-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He seems to fit well enough here.
  • #10 GRAY MAGICIAN (7-2) appears to have a shot here. This one comes into the race in really good form and has solid class.
  • #11 CAJUN TREASURE (7-2) should be competitive in this spot. He will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.

Selections: 2 – 9 – 10- 11

Del Mar- Race 3

Post: 5:00 PM PT; $86k Allowance Optional Claiming going 5 furlongs on turf; Entries: 7

  • #5 WHATMAKESSAMMYRUN (5-2) looks best here. He will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run. Glatt and Rispoli connect on this runner.
  • #7 GIVE ME THE LUTE (3-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He makes sense on speed figures. This one shouldn’t have trouble with the 5 furlong distance.
  • #4 KANDEREL (6-1) will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here. This one may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #2 AIR FORCE RED (3-1) is going out for the combination of Powell and Hernandez. This one could get the right setup in this race and be in with a shot late.

Selections: 5 – 7 – 4 – 2

Del Mar- Race 4

Post: 5:30 PM PT; $42k Maiden Claiming going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 10

  • #1 MISS BAYLEE (4-1) gets the top selection. She seems to fit well enough here. This one has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #9 TEQUILA TIGRE (5-2) appears to be a major player in this race. Vazquez will get the leg up. The bloodlines make sense in this race.
  • #10 BLAZING BARDOT (8-1) isn’t without hope. She has run against some decent competition. This one should be part of the early pace in this spot.
  • #6 VEGAS DREAM (6-1) seems to be running for the minor placings in this contest, but should be in the mix.

Selections: 1 – 9 – 10- 6

Del Mar- Race 5

Post: 6:00 PM PT; $51k Claiming going 5 furlongs on turf; Entries: 12

  • #1 DANCING CRANE (5-2) is the top pick. She looks to be the class of the field. This one should be part of the early pace in this spot.
  • #12 LALIC (4-1) appears to be a major player in this race. She has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #4 INVINCIBELLA (7-2) should be competitive in this spot. She makes sense on speed figures.
  • #3 EQUILOVE (6-1) could be in with a shot in this race. She has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip. This one seems to fit well enough here.

Selections: 1 – 12- 4 – 3

Del Mar- Race 6

Post: 6:29 PM PT; $175k Real Good Deal S. going 7 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 9

Big City Lights wins at Del Mar
Big City Lights | Photo Credit Ernie Belmonte
  • #9 BIG CITY LIGHTS (5-2) looks best here. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Mandella and Hernandez.
  • #2 SLOW DOWN ANDY (2-1) makes sense on speed figures. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #4 SMUGGLER’S RUN (4-1) is probably best to put underneath on most tickets. He has good class in his past performances. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #3 STRAIGHT UP G (4-1) is probably best deeper on the ticket. He seems to fit well enough here and has run against some good company.

Selections: 9 – 2 – 4 – 3

Del Mar- Race 7

Post: 6:58 PM PT; $82k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 3/8 miles on turf; Entries: 13

  • #8 RIJEKA (5-1) gets the top selection. He makes sense on speed figures. This one will be led to the track by the combination of D’Amato and Vazquez.
  • #12 TARTINI (8-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #11 KAZAN (12-1) is a price horse and should be competitive in this spot. He has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #7 AVENUE (3-1) should be competitive in this spot. He goes out for the Mccarthy barn and gets Hernandez in the irons. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.

Selections: 8 – 12- 11- 7

Del Mar- Race 8

Post: 7:27 PM PT; $80k Maiden Special Weight going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 11

  • #11 FAMOUS STAR (7-2) is the top pick. Has hit the board already in the career at this 6 1/2 furlong distance.
  • #1 WESTERN CAPE (6-1) should improve off the first start and should be competitive in this spot. He goes out for the Baffert barn and gets Geroux in the irons. Baffert has been a bit cold since returning from suspension.
  • #2 ENCODE (6-1) is interesting and should be well suited to the distance.
  • #6 ONE MORE BID (5-1) could be in with a shot in this race. He makes sense on speed figures. This one has kept good company in the early part of the career. He’s worth a look.

Selections: 11- 1 – 2 – 6

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