POST TIME 9:00 PM EST--Our fine handicapper, Jarrod Horak, has you covered in the first division of this year's Del Mar Derby (Race 6). I'll be guiding you through the second division which is carded as the 9th race. A full field of 10 three year-old lawn mowers will contest the 1 1/8 distance. The field includes four formidable shippers from the East and Midwest as well as the top two finishers in the G2 La Jolla Handicap (Dice Flavor and Den's Legacy). Pace here appears to be quite moderate and the field will be bunched up early on with no more than 6 lengths covering them all. #1 Ethnic Dance looks to be your pace leader with #2 Play it Loud, #4 Den's Legacy and #6 Olympic Blue chasing close behind. Quite a different set up than the lightening fast pace established in the La Jolla Handicap. The shippers look tough here and my top choice will, in fact, be #3 Infinite Magic...last seen winning the G3 Amercan Derby at our home track, Arlington Park. This was the second time that he defeated the highly regarded, Admiral Kitten. Love that fact that this is one of the few horses in here proven at distances greater than today's 1 1/8th. He requires firm footing to run his best and with the heat wave in full swing in San Diego, the turf course should be ultra firm. Behind this one consider #2 Play it Loud, winner of the G3 Hill Prince at Belmont Park on the good turf course. This alternating-pattern horse will be piloted by come backer, Gary Stevens. Been super impressive working on the Del Mar turf course and will sit the trip near the front. #4 Den's Legacy is uber consistent when it comes to hitting the board but victories are elusive. To me, he was the most inpressive finisher in the La Jolla Handicap having contested the hot, hot pace and then narrowly missing the win at the hands of #9 Dice Flavor. Typically, after an effort like that (see races following the Sham and Rebel Stakes) he takes a step back and the added distance won't help. Tough to see a win but won't leave him off Superfecta tickets. #5 General Election exits the American Derby in which he was vanned off the track. Prior to that, his G3 Arlington Classic win was quite impressive and he deserves a look when it comes to the win spot. #7 Dry Summer and #8 Kid Dreams look like nice price shots to complete your exotics. Really liked Dry Summer's off-the-shelf, fast-closing 4th place finish in the La Jolla Handicap to match his lifetime best. Look for another move forward today. #8 Kid Dreams has been contesting older horses in his last two at Del Mar. The step up from this kind of company is not that huge, so look to see if this contending colt gets ignored at the windows.
$1 Superfecta 3 with 2,4,5,7,8 with 2,4,5,7,8,9 with ALL
$1 Trifecta 2,3,5 with 2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10 with 2,3,4,5