Del Mar: Singles for the $211,245 mandatory-payout Pick 6 carryover
Two stakes are on the card: the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (G1) and the $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Turf (G3). Both are part of the Pick 6, and both offer possible singles for bettors to build tickets around.
Here are the horses we recommend singling in each of the stakes:
Race 7: Del Mar Juvenile Turf (G3): #8 Endlessly (5-2)
Endlessly isn’t the fastest entrant on paper, but he was deceptively strong when debuting in a one-mile maiden special weight over the Del Mar lawn on July 30. After tracking the pace from third place, Endlessly lacked racing room in the homestretch, but found a seam in the final furlong and burst through to score by 2 1/4 lengths.
With a clear run, Endlessly might have won by more (and in a faster time), so he has upside for improvement in his second start. Even with the traffic trouble, he finished quickly in his debut, running his final quarter-mile in approximately :23.98 and his final furlong in about :11.84. He’s retaining the services of Del Mar’s leading jockey Juan Hernandez (a sharp 22% winner on turf this year), so we’re willing to support Endlessly as a Pick 6 single.
Race 10: Del Mar Futurity (G1): #1 Prince of Monaco (2-5)
Whereas Endlessly is a somewhat creative single, Prince of Monaco is going to be everyone’s top choice for a reliable single. The Bob Baffert trainee has dominated his first two starts by daylight margins, most notably smashing a fast renewal of Del Mar’s six-furlong Best Pal (G3) by 4 1/4 lengths with a 102 Brisnet Speed rating.
None of the other Del Mar Futurity entrants have posted a Brisnet Speed rating higher than 91, so Prince of Monaco is easily the fastest horse on paper. Baffert has won the Del Mar Futurity a record 16 times since 1996 (including the last two renewals), so all signs suggest Prince of Monaco will be mighty tough to beat under hot jockey Flavien Prat.