The 2015 Grade 1 Whitney from Saratoga Race Course is a stellar edition featuring seven Grade 1 winners including morning line favorite Honor Code.
Honor Code was sensational in the G1 Met Mile but his last three wins were around one turn and he will try to sustain his devastating late kick over a route of ground.
The other six Grade 1 winners in the lineup are 2014 G1 Belmont Stakes hero Tonalist, G1 Stephen Foster winner Noble Bird, defending Whitney champ Moreno, last year’s G1 Travers winner V. E. Day, Lea, and Wicked Strong.
Triple Crown 2015 winner American Pharoah makes his first start since turning the racing world upside down in the Belmont Stakes on June 6.
American Pharoah, trained by Bob Baffert, owned by Zayat Stables, and ridden by Victor Espinoza, puts his 7-race win streak on the line in Sunday’s Haskell at Monmouth Park.
Saturday’s G1 Diana Stakes from Saratoga Race Course attracted a 7-horse field and My Miss Sophia is the 5-2 morning line favorite.
Other contenders include Tepin (3-1) and Stephanie’s Kitten (7-2). The Diana is the 10th race on the program with a scheduled post time of 6:07pm eastern time.
Sunday Del Mar Recap: July 19 (Winning Early Pick 3 Ticket)
Conditions started out good and firm but the weather deteriorated quickly. Sloppy (sealed) main track beginning with race 3 and the G2 San Clemente remained on turf (condition: good, won by late runner Prize Exhibit). Race 2 was a 5f turf sprint and was captured by a patient runner. All other turf races switched to the wet main track, which seemed to play fair.
Four wins for jockey Santiago Gonzalez. Flavien Prat booted home a pair. James Cassidy and John Sadler both saddled two winners and Gonzalez was the pilot of choice for both trainers.
Sunday’s suggested Early Pick 3 tickets from Del Mar yielded two Primary winners (Sweet Profit, Codacious) and one Secondary winner (Toomanytomatoes). The winning 8-1-5 combination returned $121.80.
Pick 6 Blog Schedule During 2015 Del Mar Summer Meet (July 16-Sept 7)
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: DEL MAR Pick 5, Pick 6 carryover, or Pick 4 Tickets
Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays: SARATOGA Pick 6 carryover or Pick 4 tickets
Each Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday Monday, I will be offering full card analysis from Del Mar for $10/day at:
Upcoming full cards: Del Mar weekends (July 25-26).
*** Every full card includes suggested Early Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 spread tickets.
Weekend full card recaps with highlights are posted on The Runaway Horse What You Missed page
Jarrod Horak’s Del Mar Late Pick 4 Tickets – Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Race 5 – MSW, 8.5T
Primary – #3 Gigantis, #1 Sir Cal
Secondary – #7 Over Par, #9 Heat, #11 Diablo Caballero, #2 Unusualy, #10 Bold Papa
Race 6 – OC-62.5k, 8f
Primary – #5 Savings Account
Secondary – #6 Divina Comedia, #1 All Star Bub
Race 7 – Wickerr, 8T
Primary – #8 Global View, #2 Footstepsinbronze
Secondary – #4 Kulik Lodge, #11 Winning Prize
Wednesday’s HRN written Play of the Day
Race 8 – Mcl-20k, 8f
Primary – #1 Dixie Tweet
Secondary – #5 Katsfashion, #8 Luvuryan
Wednesday’s Late Pick 4 Tickets (Pick 4 calculator courtesy of Del Mar):
Sheer Drama is the 2-1 morning line favorite in a wide open renewal of the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap, a race in which the pace figures to be on the tepid side.
Frivolous beat Sheer Drama in the Fleur de Lis and might be the one to catch from the rail. Flashy American, 3rd in the 2014 Delaware Handicap, and Rosalind, also figure to take some betting action.