Del Mar, Race 8, 8:42 pm ET
The G1 Bing Crosby, Three-and-Up, 6 Furlongs, Polytrack
The Bing Crosby has attracted a field of six accomplished horses who will be racing six furlongs over a Del Mar surface that has been strongly favoring early speed in sprints. Most riders–and the trainers who give them instructions–are usually aware of strong biases, of course. Indeed, sometimes they are too aware of them. For an example of this, and its counterbalancing effects, watch a replay of the 9th race run at Del Mar yesterday. In its mass charge out of the starting gate, it had the look of the World War 1 movie “Gallipoli.” In any event, players are encouraged to monitor the Del Mar Polytrack today and see how it’s playing.
The TimeformUS Pace Projector indicates that Coach Bob and the iron horse Comma to the Top will be competing for the early lead today.
The feeling here is that Comma to the Top will put Coach Bob away later in the race. Then it becomes a question of whether he (with a possible assist from the racetrack) will have enough left to hold off the closers. Comma to the Top is as game an animal as we have seen in quite some time. He always fires his shot. He always runs solid speed figures (his last three are 113, 117, and 112). His trainer, Pete Miller, has been hot at Del Mar and is a noted speed trainer who rings up frontrunning victories at an impressive rate and is always alert to anything that affects the chances of frontrunners. As is so often the case, Comma to the Top is a strong contender today, and the toteboard will reflect that.
At a bit of a price (5-1 on the morning line), Majestic City looks like a decent candidate to pull off an upset. He is fresh off a powerful speed figure of 118, earned at Hollywood Park, and has trained very well over today’s surface. He will be making his third start off the layoff for top trainer Ron Ellis.