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Breeders’ Cup Sprint Berth Up for Grabs in Bing Crosby

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A field of 10 line up in the $400,000 Bing Crosby at Del Mar. (Photo credit: © Scott Jones | Dreamstime.com ).

A field of 10 line up on Saturday in the $400,000 Bing Crosby (G1) going six furlongs over the main track at Del Mar.

The winner stamps his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) which will be held this year at Keeneland on Nov.  5.

The Bob Baffert trained Shaaz is the 7-2 morning line favorite. The colt was third in the Steve Sexton Mile (G3) at Lone Star Park on May 30 in his last start.

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The co-feature on Saturday’s outstanding 11-race card is the $300,000 San Diego Handicap (G2). The race drew nine led by Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Country Grammer. The Baffert trainee is the 5-2 morning line favorite.

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Among his foes is the Brad Cox trained Mandaloun (4-1) who was elevated to the win in last year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) after the disqualification of Medina Spirit. The colt was a disappointing fourth in the Stephen Foster (G2) at Churchill Downs in his last outing.

Let’s head out to Del Mar for Saturday’s featured race of the day:

Del Mar Race 8 The Bing Crosby G1 (5:37 PT)

2 Shaaz   7-2

7 Letsgetlucky   6-1

3 Bagboss   8-1

8 Diamond Oops   12-1



The Bob Baffert trainee won his first three starts (one thanks to a DQ) and last out checked in third in the Steve Sexton Mile (G3) at Lone Star Park going a mile as the beaten favorite. The winner was Silver Prospector who was fifth in the Cornhusker (G3) in his next outing. The cut back to six furlongs will suit this guy who popped a 105 Beyer Speed Figure in his debut at Santa Anita going 6 ½ furlongs last December. He has posted three bullet works and his morning workmate has been G1 winner Country Grammar, who was last seen winning the Dubai World Cup (G1) back in March. He finds a good spot for his first Grade 1 try and this race did not come up very tough.


This gelding posted a career best Beyer last out in a runner up finish in the Count Fleet Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park back in April in the slop, beaten ¾ of a length. The winner was Jackie’s Warrior who came back to win the Churchill Downs (G1) and True North (G2) in his next two starts. The third-place finisher Chipofftheoldblock was a next out winner versus non-conditioned allowance company. The gelding is 0 for 3 over the Del Mar main track, each trip a third-place finish. He gets a good pace set up here as the early pace should be brisk.


This colt ships in from Kentucky to make his stakes debut here for the Brendan Walsh barn. The colt is coming off a sharp score versus Alw-2 optional claimers at Churchill Downs going six furlongs. The colt has now landed in the exacta in 7 of his 8 career outings. He wired the field two back but has shown he can rate and that may be the best strategy to employ in this spot with Rispoli up. Looks as if this guy is going to end up a decent price.


WIN: Shaaz to win at 5-2 or better.

EXACTA: 2 / 3,7,8 and 2,7 / 2,3,7,8