By Tom Quigley
$250,000 Bing Crosby (G1) at Del Mar
Race 10 (Saturday, August 1, 2020: 9:30 p.m./ET: 6:30 p.m./PT)
Six furlongs on the main track (three-year-olds and upward)
In 1937, legendary singer, actor and entertainer Bing Crosby became a founding partner in one of thoroughbred racing’s gems: the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Today, Del Mar hosts some of the best racing in the world, along with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and world class hotels and restaurants. In honor of him, Del Mar hosts a Grade 1 event every year for some of the best thoroughbred sprinters in the country. Let’s take a look at the 2020 field in post position order:
#1 LEXITONIAN was last seen winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs while earning a solid Beyer Speed Figure (95). He was entered to run in the Vanderbilt (G1) last week at Saratoga but was scratched at the gate. Calling a quick audible, trainer Jack Sisterson and owner Calumet Farm opted to run their star sprinter in this graded stake on the West Coast. His best race to date was a half-length loss in the Phoenix (G2) at Keeneland last fall. Drayden Van Dyke rides for the first time.
#2 ANYPORTINASTORM is a Northern California win machine that has run his best races on dirt. He makes his third start off a layoff and comes off a workmanlike win in the Oak Tree Sprint last month at Pleasanton. His career highlights include winning the Zia Park Sprint over G1 placed STALLWALKIN DUDE last year, was victorious against the best Northern California sprinters in the 2019 Lost In The Fog Stakes and finished a centimeter behind #7 LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN in the Longacres Mile (G3).
#3 DESERT LAW was gallant in defeat when finishing a half-length behind CISTRON in this race last year. Carla Gaines trainee makes his second start off a 10-month vacation and should be cranked up for his best effort. Most recently, this California-bred son of DESERT CODE ran third in the Thors Echo Stakes. A good prep for this race, no doubt, and he figures to get a good stalking trip.
#4 MCKINZIE scratched.
#5 P R RADIO STAR wheels back quickly after a length victory against second level allowance company for trainer Phil D’Amato earlier in the meet, who took this guy for just $25,000 at Churchill Downs last month. It’s worth noting that Jockey Juan Hernandez jumps ship to ride #2 ANYPORTINASTORM, so multiple Kentucky Derby (G1) winning jockey Mario Gutierrez gets the call.
#6 FASHIONABLY FAST has been a picture of consistency for trainer Dean Pederson since taking the blinkers off a year ago. California-bred by LUCKY PULPIT has proven to be very effective at six furlongs, sporting three wins from five starts at the distance. Must be respected.
#7 LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN picked up a confidence booster when defeating second level allowance company at Santa Anita on June 14. That said, he got an easy lead that day, coasted up front and faced a subpar field for the level. He faces much classier foes in this spot. The first of two Mark Glatt runners entered, this one may be a notch or two below the best signed on.
#8 WILDMAN JACK makes his career debut on dirt. His sire, GOLDENCENTS, was a dirt horse while his dam, the Orientate mare ORIENTATIOUS, was a versatile filly over turf and synthetic surfaces. After a gutsy win in the Daytona (G3) on grass over last year’s Bing Crosby (G1) winner CISTRON, the Doug O’Neill trainee finished last in the Shakerstown (G2) at Keeneland. His last start, a race in which he went off favored, was a headscratcher. How he’ll fare on dirt is also a major question mark.
#9 COLLUSION ILLUSION is the second Mark Glatt entrant. A three-year-old colt facing older stakes rivals, the son of TWIRLING CANDY comes off two straight runaway wins. One of those victories came in the Laz Barrera (G3) against other three-year-olds, while the other was a sharp score against older second level allowance rivals. He possesses the will to win, with an undefeated four-for-four record sprinting, and he retains the services of top Southern California jockey Flavian Prat. This will be the acid test.
#10 HEARTWOOD was an easy allowance winner at Belterra Park on July 17. He ships west and returns to the races in less than two weeks for this graded stakes try. Son of TAPIT is multiple Grade 3 placed colt, but those in-the-money finishes came back in 2018. Is likely to go off at a big price.
- #3 DESERT LAW - Ran fantastic in this race last year.
- #6 FASHIONABLY FAST – Super sharp.
- #9 COLLUSION ILLUSION - Don’t count out the youngster of the group.
LONGSHOT VALUE PLAY - #2 ANYPORTINASTORM - Sneaky good.
I’ll wager my entire bankroll to win on my top pick.
BANKROLL PLAY ($50 Budget)
$50 Win: #3 Desert Law
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