The final weekend of racing at Del Mar begins with a deep, contentious card and a massive Pick 6 carryover of $488,667. The pool should easily eclipse the $2 million mark, and could soar over $3 million as the sequence plays out in prime time across the nation.
The feature on the card goes off as race seven with the $100,000 El Cajon for three-year-olds going one mile on the main track. The undefeated Goggles McCoy stretches to two turns for the first time looking to begin his career with five straight wins.
In the first two legs of the Pick 6, we’ll suggest using No. 3 Black Coyote, No. 8 Bridging, and No. 9 Inverness Cape in race three and No. 3 Engine Sixty Nine, No. 8 Adriatic Moon, and No. 9 Escaping the Storm in the fourth.
We’re off to the races!
Leg1 - Race 5 (7) - We hit the turf to start off the Pick 4 with optional claiming fillies and mares going a mile.
The standout here is No. 7 Late Cuddle making her second start in the U.S. for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She crushed by over six lengths in her stateside debut here three weeks ago and can win right back from off the pace again.
Leg 2 - Race 6 (1,2,4,5,6,8,9,10) - We’ll use 80% of the field in this six and a half furlong sprint for California-bred fillies and mares and hope for a price while staying alive.
Leg 3 - Race 7 (2,3,5,6,7,8) – While many are going to make this a one horse race, the aforementioned Goggles McCoy is no sure thing today. Not only is he routing for the first time, but he may find himself behind a horse for the first time as well and there are some tough cookies in here too.
We’ll go deep and hope to beat the favorite and stay alive to the final leg. However if he wins, we’ll enjoy watching as Goggles McCoy stamps himself as a potential future super star.
Leg 4 - Race 8 (1,2,8) - Two-year-old fillies sprint five and a half furlongs for a $62,500 tag to close out the Friday evening card and with the scratch of No. 5 Forty Paces we’re left with only two horses with racing experience.
No. 1 Intentional has two races under her belt for trainer Brian Koriner and either of those efforts could be good enough to win here.
No. 8 Dearly Concerned has three solid works since fading in her debut, and gets Rafael Bejarano to take over.
No. 2 Huntington Harbour is the only first-timer we’ll use off a solid work tab and out of 14% debut sire Rockport Harbor. Trainer Bill Spawr can win first time out and he’s known to be especially adept in handling fillies.
Recap - (7) w (1,2,4,5,6,8,9,10) w (2,3,5,6,7,8) w (1,2,8)—Total cost of ticket = $72
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Total for meet—(-$624.20)