Friday's Best Bet: First Prez a true leader at Del Mar

Friday’s 6th race from Del Mar is an optional claiming event for California-bred 3-year-olds and up traveling one mile on the turf course (Post Time 6:08 p.m. ET).

#5 FIRST PREZ (4-1) stumbled at the start and rallied wide to graduate in his turf sprint debut at Santa Anita Oct. 23. He got pace help that day and Umberto Rispoli stays put.

#3 Sea of Liberty (5-1) won back-to-back flat mile turf races at Santa Anita earlier this year and has burned me more than once since. His new rider Edwin Maldonado might try to get him in the race earlier and he is capable of competing with these on his best day.

#6 Fly To Mars (7-2) stretches back out and reconnects with his winning rider Flavien Prat. He was good in 2018, missed all of 2019, and failed to crack the top three in a trio of starts this year.

#1 Rustic Canyon (5-2) is entered for the $20k tag because he cleared this level at Santa Anita Oct. 3. A ground saving stalking trip is expected and he is a win contender if he duplicates his last.

Wagers:

#5 to win

Quinella 3-5

Trifecta 3-5/1-3-5-6/1-3-5-6

Recent Best Bet Winners

Nov. 1 - STEPHEN ($6.30)
Nov. 3 - POPIZAR ($19.00), Trifecta ($66.30)
Nov. 7 - Merneith/Motivated Seller Exacta ($50.60)
Nov. 11 - FLAT OUT BEAUTIFUL ($7.20)
Nov. 19 - Nomo Ron/Stroll Smokin/Hold Me Black Trifecta ($60.80)

Top 10 Horseplayer Mistakes Free EbookPlaying the horses can be a rewarding but tough game. Exacta, trifectas, superfectas, Pick 4s, Pick 5s -- there are so many wagers to play, it can get overly confusing. How do you know how much to play or which wagers to try? Unfortunately, part of the learning process can include losing money. But we would like to help you shortcut that process by learning some of the most common mistakes that horseplayers make on a daily basis. Take a look at Horse Racing Nation’s newest eBook -- “Top 10 Mistakes Horseplayers Make” -- and see if it helps you avoid some common mistakes and win more playing the races!

Top Stories

The long Thanksgiving weekend is shaping up as a d...
Bettors put their money in the hands of jockeys ev...
This week’s set of race analyses hopes to match la...
Owner Michael Hui hopes a repeat victory by Zulu A...
The wow factor has been quantified in Las Vegas. A...