Champion sprinter Amazombie sets sail on the 2nd half of his 2012 season as the 8-to-5 second choice against just four rivals in today’s $300,000 Bing Crosby (Grade I) at six furlongs on Del Mar’s main track.
As an encore to his Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Grade I) win to close last year, the 6-year-old Cal-bred son of Northern Afleet has a win along with a pair of in the money finishes in Grade II events this year. Amazombie ran third in last year’s Bing Crosby that came after a long string of races, but enters fresh today having not hit the track since a runner-up effort at Churchill Downs on May 5.
He’ll need to catch 7-to-5 favorite The Factor, who can move over the $1 million mark in earnings if he can make it 2-for-2 over this Polytrack after winning last year’s Pat O’Brien (Grade I). With Rafael Bejarano out of town, Martin Garcia is back aboard the Bob Baffert trained 4-year-old son of War Front, who returned from a disappointing trip to Dubai with a solid runner-up effort in the Triple Bend (Grade I) a month ago.
The “other” Baffert makes his stakes debut after four wins from seven starts, with Capital Account the 4-to-1 third choice off a smashing 3 ¾-length allowance win on June 22 at Hollywood Park that earned him a 108 Beyer. The 5-year-old son of Closing Argument is also perfect over this strip after winning a first-level allowance by 2 ¾-lengths in his second career start two years ago.
Comma to the Top opts for this spot at 8-to-1 and will likely get to the front early with The Factor pressing his flank and Don Tito is 10-to-1 trying his luck again in graded stakes competition after numerous disappointments at the level.
We’re off to the races!
Pick 4 -
Leg 1 – Race 7 (1,3,6) – No. 6 Lindz Winz is sure to clear to the lead on the stretch out and must be respected, while No. 3 A Jealous Woman can sit the perfect trip in second and capitalize should the front-runner fade.
No. 1 Jet Blue Girl can pick them both up stretching back out for new connections off a pair of sprints.
Leg 2 – Race 8 (1,4,5) – The top three betting choices vie to become the current fastest dude on the West Coast with No. 1 Amazombie, No. 4 The Factor and No. 5 Capital Account.
Leg 3 – Race 9 (2,5,6,7,8,9,10) – A real tricky starter allowance on turf where we super spread with No. 2 Budidnha, No. 5 Warren’s Mo Money, No. 6 Chimi Dee, No. 7 Little Emily, No. 8 Raucous Lady, No. 9 On Time Again and No. 10 Tornado Allie.
Leg 4 – Race 10 (1,8,9,10,11) – Bottom-level maiden claimers close the week and we close with five runners using No. 1 Pennies From Denny, No, 8 Pink Blanket, No. 9 Sailaway Lady, No. 10 Paris Grapes and No. 11 Lauren’s Lady.
Recap – (1,3,6) w (1,4,5) w (2,5,6,7,8,9,10) w (1,8,9,10,11) – Total cost of ticket = $157.50
Yesterday’s Result – (+$179.45)
Total for current Del Mar meet – (-$69.05)
Total from 12/26/10 – 7/15/12 – (-$1,571.15)
Pick 5 –
Leg 1 – Race 1 (5,9) – The all-important drop in class off a disappointing effort against much tougher leaves No. 5 Papa G. T. a stand out. The son of Unbridled’s Song returned to work a bullet three furlongs over this track eight days ago and the speed he showed in his first two starts puts him on the lead today.
Double up with No. 9 Move Over with a solid work tab since shipping in from Florida. Shippers from Calder have had uncanny success on the ship from the Atlantic to the Pacifc.
Leg 2 – Race 2 (3,5,6,8) – Four $25,000 female claiming sprinters with No. 3 Melissa Rose,No. 5 Church Avenue, No. 6 Real Housewife and No. 8 Folk Dancer.
Leg 3 – Race 3 (5,7) – John Sadler and Martin Garcia can win with another first-timer with No. 7 Truly Marie off a sharp work tab leading up to her debut that includes a pair of spins over this track.
No. 5 Travesura ran a solid third behind a couple of promising runners in her debut and a step forward today makes her the one to beat.
Leg 4 – Race 4 (1,2,5,6,7) – A quirky distance going real long on the lawn where we spread with No. 1 Lumberyard Jack, No. 2 Falcon Rock, No. 5 Soul Candy, No. 6 Lime Rickey and No. 7 The Unusual One.
Leg 5 – Race 5 (2,5,7,8,9) – Consecutive five packs to close the sequence with No. 2 Maker, No. 5 Man Chester Man, No. 7 Royal Import, No. 8 Warren’s Kong and No. 9 Coluda.
Recap – (5,9) w (3,5,6,8) w (5,7) w (1,2,5,6,7) w (2,5,7,8,9) – Total cost of ticket = $200
Yesterday’s Result – (-$192)
Total for current Del Mar meet – (+$16,033.45)
Total from 7/20/11 – 7/15/12 – (+$1,874.55)
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