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Del Mar Handicapping Challenge and Other Del Mar Insights

One week of racing has been completed at Del Mar and with the exception of the injury sustained by Tyler Baze, all has been very positive.  On-track attendance is solid, numbers are good, track surface is playing fair and racing cards (especially weekends) have been better than anticipated given the shrinking race horse population in CA. 

Del Mar Handicapping Challenge

I will be playing in the Del Mar Handicapping Challange tournament this weekend (Sat and Sun) hoping to better my 11th place finish last year.  This is a "real money" tournament featuring 50 players required to put up $6,000 to enter ($1,000 goes to the prize pool).  First Place prize is $40,000 and Second Place prize is $20,000.  In addition, the top five finishers in the tournament will represent Del Mar in the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas (travel expenses paid).  There are still seats open for this tournament.  If you are interested in learning more, contact Chris Bahr at chris@dmtc.com or 858-792-4294.

Pick 6 Carry Over

There is a $103,938 Pick 6 carryover today that is likely to grow to over $1 million by the start of tonight's third race.  There have been three carryovers already in just the first week of the meet.

G2 San Diego Handicap

Check out my play of the day for this intriguing race.  http://www.horseracingnation.com/play/Dmr_7312010_R8_Dakota_Phone_Looks_Tough_in_the_G2_San_Diego_Handicap.  It features a full field of 10 going a mile and a sixteenth on the Saran Wrap.  Baffert has three going including Richard's Kid (prep for the Pacific Classic) and O'Neill wheels back Enriched within 7 days after a gutsy 3rd place finish in the G1 Eddie Read.
Great betting race offering a good handicapping challenge.  The winner of the race gets an automatic birth via the "win and you're in" path to the Breeders Cup Mile.

G1 Bing Crosby 

Cost of Freedom headlines the Bing Crosby with Rafael Bejarano replacing the injured Tyler Baze for the mount.  Cost of Freedom has won his only two starts this year but faces tough competition from EZ's Gentleman that is reported to now be in peak form and ready for his best effort this year.

Track Bias Notes

Looks like the Polytrack surface is playing quite fair.  The first week featured very cool weather and an uneven Polytrack surface that needed a lot of work this past Monday.  While the track was kind to closer types through last Sunday, speed in sprints is the favored running style as of late.

Pamplemousse Returns

Julio Canani reported that Pamplemousse will embark on his return to racing by breezing 3 furlongs on Sunday here at Del Mar.

Come back tomorrow as I will post my key plays for each of Del Mar's 10 races as we dive into the tournament play.  Until then...

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