This August 21st Del Mar will host three races Del Mar Oaks, Del Mar Mile and Torrey Pines Stakes and Horse Racing Tote bring you the previews, take a look and pick your favorite!

Del Mar Oaks

The first three homes in the Grade 2 San Clemente renews rivalry on Saturday, stepping up a furlong from last month’s encounter. Madone sprang something of a surprise there, closing fast and late to get up in the final strides and beat odds-on favorite Going Global by half a length, with never-nearer Tetragonal a length back in third.

Tetragonal is 3lb worse off today and looks booked for a supporting role again, but the duel between the San Clemente principals is a compelling one. Madone was bouncing back from a stale effort on her previous start when well beaten by Going Global at Santa Anita, but that was off only a three-week layoff and she has had a longer break here. She’s also three-for-three at Del Mar, whereas Going Global has done all her winning at Santa Anita but should be suited by the return to a longer distance.

There won’t be a lot in it, but Madone is going forward and her course record is a big tick in the right box. Fluffy Socks ships from the east coast and is 1-1 at Del Mar after winning the Jimmy Durante last November, with Javanica in second place, but she is winless in 2021.

HorseJockey Odds courtesy of Jazzsports
CLOSING REMARKSUmberto Rispoli+600
JAVANICADrayden Van Dyke+1000
GOING GLOBAL Flavien Prat +180
MADONEJuan J. Hernandez+250
FEATHERSAbel Cedillo+2200
IVY LEAGUE Kyle Frey +2200
FLUFFY SOCKS Joel Rosario+400
TETRAGONALJoe Bravo+1300
SOARING SKYFlorent Geroux +1300

Del Mar Mile

Race fitness looks the key to Saturday’s supporting feature, with Smooth Like Strait raring to go back at a more suitable trip after just being run out of it over nine furlongs in the Grade 2 Eddie Read here last month.

The four-year-old Grade 1 winner can revert to his habitual front-running tactics at a track where he has finished out of the first two only once, and that on his lifetime debut, and he could be too fast for a couple of returning warriors to catch.

Mo Forza won this race 12 months ago but hasn’t been seen since October 2020, and his form after such a lengthy absence has to be taken on trust. Hit The Road finished a neck in front of Smooth Like Strait when winning the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile in March, but has been away since sustaining a minor injury in defeat at Keeneland the following month and this is a tough spot for a comeback.

Horse Betting Prediction: Smooth Like Strait

HorseJockeyOdds courtesy of Jazzsports
NEPTUNE’S STORMJuan J. Hernandez+600
HIT THE ROADFlorent Geroux+250
SMOOTH LIKE STRAITUmberto Rispoli+180
NEXT SHARESGeovanni Franco+1500
COUNT AGAINJoe Bravo+1200
MO FORZAFlavien Prat+160

Torrey Pines Stakes

Peter Miller heads the trainer’s standings at Del Mar this summer and can take another step towards the title with Forest Caraway, who tuned up for this with a taking success over six furlongs here three weeks ago. She drew off handsomely to score by three and a quarter lengths, and the extra quarter-mile looks right up her street.

Lady Mystify wired the field over track and trip last time and should make another bold bid, although this is a jump in class, while Private Mission also likes to lead they may just set up the race for Forest Caraway.

Horse Betting Prediction: Forest Caraway

HorseJockeyOdds courtesy of Jazzsports
LADY MYSTIFYFlorent Geroux+350
LISETTEUmberto Rispoli+600
JEANNE B Wayne A, Barnett+3000
FORREST CARAWAYJuan J. Hernandez+250
DAY PLANJose Valdivia Jr+1500
I’M SO ANNA Kyle Frey +400
PRIVATE MISSION Flavien Prat+180

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