How to Bet the Del Mar Handicap

Itsinthepost winning the San Gabriel Stakes (gr. II) - © BENOIT PHOTO If you have a strong opinion on who will win Saturday’s $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, I’m impressed, because on paper the race looks like a very competitive event without any clear standouts. Actually, let me clarify that a bit. At first glance, it certainly appears that #6 Itsinthepost is the horse to beat in this 1 3/8-mile turf test, which offers [...]

Keying Grecian Fire in the All American Stakes

Could handicapping Monday’s $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) on the Tapeta track at Golden Gate Fields be as simple as backing the horse trained by Jerry Hollendorfer? The Hall of Fame trainer has long dominated racing at Golden Gate Fields, and he’s been particularly successful in the one-mile All American Stakes, winning a record-setting eight editions of the race, including five of the last seven renewals. Hollendorfer will be represented this year by #8 Grecian Fire, a stakes winner [...]

Samurai looks Sharp for Hollywood Derby

Sharp Samurai beats Big Score to win the Del Mar Derby. Pic: Benoit Photos. Sharp Samurai has had the wood over the West Coast turf 3-year-olds this year, but he’ll have to beat some eastern invaders to win the 1 1/8-mile Hollywood Derby (G1) at Del Mar Nov. 25. The First Samurai gelding has won four consecutive stakes races, and convincingly beat five of his nine rivals in the Twilight Derby (G2) while conceding weight to all of [...]