There’s a 1% chance that rains hit Del Mar, California on Saturday. That’s why our horse racing free picks center around Del Mar’s turf track. We handicap and make picks for Race 8, the featured event on Saturday’s card, as well as a couple of other interesting turf races. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Del Mar Racetrack for Saturday, July 11. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Del Mar Racetrack Horse Racing Picks
- When: Saturday, July 11 at 5:00 pm ET
- Where: Del Mar, CA
- Weather: Mostly Sunny
Del Mar Racing Picks for Saturday, July 11
Race 6 – 7:30 pm ET – 5 Furlongs Turf – $40,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Bob Baffert trained Speedy Justice looks like a lock. The Dominus sired 3-year-old colt broke it’s maiden at first asking going 5 furlongs over this turf course. Speedy Justice didn’t just break the maiden. The 7/2 on the morning line top choice dominated his competition by over 7 lengths.
Torosay could hang on for second. Doug O’Neil puts the saddle on the 4-year-old gelding sired by Goldencents. If jockey Victor Espinoza can get this one to relax, it could make things difficult for Speedy Justice.
Duplicity is another former John Sadler trainee that Juan Leyva takes over training duties for. Duplicity goes into this off a maiden win. But don’t be discouraged from backing to win if you like this one. A work on July 4 signals that Leyva has Duplicity ready to make it back-to-back victories. Consider for all slots on your exotic tickets.
- Win: Speedy Justice
- Place: Torosay
- Show: Duplicity
Race 8 – 8:30 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf – $65,000 Wicker Stakes
Richard Mandella trained Voodoo Song was in over his head when trying the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile. Song drops into a stakes where the 6-year-old horse should compete. If the former Grade 1 winner goes off at the 4/1 morning line, we’ll consider ourselves lucky.
Big Score is another dropping from graded races to this $65,000 non-graded stakes. The Tim Yakteen trainee figures to go off the chalk on Saturday. Yakteen wins 20% with runners in non-graded stakes races. Big Score can score if Voodoo Song gets into a heated speed duel.
No doubt, Kiwi’s Dream will either press Voodoo Song or take the lead from the gate. The Victor Trujillo trained runner breaks from the rail. So, there’s a chance that if Voodoo Song doesn’t press early, Kiwi could wire this field.
- Win: Voodoo Song
- Place: Big Score
- Show: Kiwi’s Dream
Race 10 – 9:30 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf – $50,000 Maiden Special Weight
Hall-of-fame trainer Ronald McAnally puts the saddle on 15/1 on the morning line Red Diamond. There’s a reason we believe the Afleet Alex sired 3-year-old filly gets the job done on Saturday. First, McAnally stretches her from 5 ½ furlongs to a mile. Second, Red Diamond finished third by a length in that first 5 ½ furlong jaunt. Third…did we mention the 15/1 morning line?
Sweet Devils is 8/1 on the morning line. Mike McCarthy has had a good year. The trainer has won with 22-of-102 entrants. Jockey Juan Hernandez is winning at 30% for the year. If you like her, consider Sweet Devils for the top spot.
Nurse Goodbye’s rally came up just short in her last. Although the 3/1 morning line chalk can win this, too many price horses exits to make the Eric Kruljac trained runner our top choice. We’ll use on the bottom of our exotics.
- Win: Red Diamond
- Place: Sweet Devils
- Show: Nurse Goodbye