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​Recent Southern California Free Stakes Winners
June 6 – SUPER PATRIOT ($5.00), Exacta ($7.20)
June 7 – MCKINZIE ($3.00)
June 20 – TOINETTE ($3.40)
July 4 – SNEAKING OUT ($16.40), Exacta ($16.30)
July 24 – BIG SWEEP ($4.60)

Del Mar

DMR 2 (Smiling Tiger, 6f)
Primary – #3 RAGTIME BLUES, #4 Vertical Threat
Secondary – #2 Thanks Mr. Eidson
Wagers: #3 to win, Exacta 3-4, Trifecta Key 3/2-4

Comments: #3 Ragtime Blues (7-5) is very quick early for Baffert, and cutting back a bit in distance definitely helps his cause. He smartly went all the way in his first two starts this year, and was not disgraced in a runner-up finish behind very good sprinter Collusion Illusion in the Laz Barrera (G3) at 6.5f June 20. #4 Vertical Threat (6-5) moved to dirt and romped in a MSW affair at LRC June 27. The $100k purchase has upside for Baltas. #2 Thanks Mr. Eidson (7-2) romped in a local maiden dirt sprint last summer. He landed the show in his last two turf sprints, and his early-pressing versatility should play well in this spot.

​Analysis by Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak posts stakes recaps from Del Mar and Santa Anita Park, along with full card recaps and free stakes picks from Southern and/or Northern California.