Del Mar: A single for the mandatory-payout $373,278 Pick 6 carryover

August 13th, 2023

Sunday brings the mandatory payout of a $373,278 Rainbow Pick 6 jackpot at Del Mar. The last time the 20-cent wager featured a mandatory payout, the final pool size exceeded $3 million, so bettors are going to be playing for a lot of money.

The sequence gets underway in Race 5 (post time 7:10 p.m. ET), which just happens to be an ideal spot to seek a single. The opening leg of the Pick 6 is a six-furlong maiden special weight for California-bred or -sired juveniles, and morning line favorite #9 Dr. No No (9-5) looks tough to beat.

Dr. No No ran well in his debut sprinting five furlongs over this track and class level on July 22. He didn’t get off to the quickest start, but recovered to track a decent pace. After rallying to lead in the homestretch, Dr. No No flattened out late to finish third by one length.

That respectable debut performance produced a 79 Brisnet Speed rating, only three points below the par winning number (82) for Sunday’s conditions. Trainer Brian Koriner wins at a 21% rate with second-time starters, so if Dr. No No moves forward at all on Sunday (perhaps with a sharper start), he can deliver victory as a short-priced Pick 6 single.

Bonus carryover: $291 Super High 5 at Ellis Park

Winning a share of the $291 carryover up for grabs in the $1 Super High 5 at Ellis Park shouldn’t be too difficult. The prize pool is available to chase in Race 1, a one-mile dirt allowance featuring only seven entries and 2,520 possible Super High 5 outcomes.

Morning line favorite #4 Oscar Eclipse (8-5) is a compelling choice. He’s employed pace-tracking tactics in both of his starts this year, winning a seven-furlong maiden special weight at Churchill Downs over next-out winner Northern Invader before finishing third (beaten only a neck) in a seven-furlong allowance at Ellis.

The latter performance yielded a sharp 94 Brisnet Speed rating, the highest number belonging to any horse in Sunday’s field. Oscar Eclipse figures to sit a nice trip tracking the numerous speed horses drawn to his inside, so we recommend keying him on top in the Super High 5.

Good luck!