Pick six singles at Del Mar

Going to take a stab at that $156,000 pick-six carryover today at Del Mar? Here are a few suggested singles to keep the cost of your ticket down. You might also want to consider separate plays on these horses if the odds are right for you:

SIXTH RACE — In the second leg, BAD BIG AL and jockey Michael Baze look tough to beat in this spot. Baze, who got off to a slow start at Del Mar, has picked it up recently and sticks with this 3-year-old gelding who finished second in a starter allowance in his last start on July 26. He got a feel for the track that day and should fire a big effort against these $25,000 claimers.
SEVENTH RACE — STAR REDEEMER is our play of the day. Another mount for Baze, who rides this 2-year-old colt for white-hot trainer John Sadler. He ran second in his debut on Aug. 1 against open maidens and drops in against softer Cal-bred foes today. He looks tough in here.
EIGHTH RACE — Trainer Bob Baffert sends out NORTH RODEO in this $25,000 optional claiming event and she comes in off a runner-up effort in the Fleet Treat Stakes on July 20 at Del Mar. David Flores sticks with the 3-year-old Stephen Got Even filly who is stretching out to a mile today and should love the distance.
TENTH RACE — Watch and see how speed is playing today. If there is not an anti-speed bias, RUNONDEMAND will be ultra tough in the nightcap. Switching to leading rider Rafael Bejarano, the 3-year-old colt by High Demand will be long gone if he breaks alertly and speed is holding reasonably well.

Good luck!!!

This and that at the track

Word has it that Santa Anita’s conversion to its new Pro-Ride surface will be completed by the end of this week and horses will be allowed to begin working over it as soon as this weekend. I’ll have an update in my column on Friday …
The Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Oct. 25 is shaping up as quite a race, what with Lewis Michael looking so impressive in Sunday’s Pat O’Brien Handicap at Del Mar. Add in the Bruce Headley-trained Street Boss, Benny the Bull from the East and other top-class sprinters and you’ve got a stellar field. My money is still on Street Boss …
It looks like defending Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Midnight Lute will miss this year’s running. He encountered all sorts of trouble in the Pat O’Brien and, to make matters worse, he suffered a deep gash on his front left foot. He’s on the shelf for a while …

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Down by the beach

I covered the Pacific Classic at Del Mar yesterday, which by the way was a wonderful race. Well Armed ran too well to lose, but Go Between is a freak on synthetic surfaces. If he stays healthy, he’s going to be one tough sonofagun in the Breeders’ Cup Classic over Santa Anita’s new Pro-Ride surface. I can’t imagine jockey Garrett Gomez, who also has the mount on Travers winner Colonel John, would choose anyone other than Go Between to ride in the Classic on Oct. 25. We’ll see.
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