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Del Mar Stakes Recaps for Friday (8-7-20)

Sorrento Stakes – Winner: My Girl Red ($3.80)

My Girl Red did not disappoint as the strong favorite. She went straight to the front and was in complete command throughout. She was pressured early, but steadily increased her lead and cruised across the line almost five lengths in front of first time starter Get On the Bus. The runner-up was clearly second best and ran a quality race from the inside post. Exchange Vows got up for 3rd as the longest shot, and was followed by Scat’s Choice, September Secret, and Scaterra.

Del Mar Full Card Highlights for Friday (8-7-20)
DMR 4 MADAME BARBARIAN (DMR Best Bet #2, $8.40), Quinella ($13.20)
Double (races 3-4, $56.60)
Pick 3 (races 2-4, $90.70)
Double (races 4-5, $40.40)
Pick 3 (races 3-5, $65.10)
Double (races 5-6, $40.40)
Pick 3 (races 4-6, $56.30)
DMR 8 MY GIRL RED ($3.80), Exacta ($5.90)
DMR 9 Leggs Galore/That’s Amare/Let’s Get Wild Trifecta ($32.85)
Double (races 8-9, $20.80)
SAR 9 Jackie’s Warrior/Therideofalifetime Exacta ($28.80)


Del Mar Stakes Recaps for Saturday (8-8-20)

Best Pal Stakes (G2) – Winner: Weston ($12.20)

New York shipper Roderick was the 1-2 favorite in this contest, but he was done early after battling on the pace. This race came down to pace players Weston and Girther, and the former prevailed by a hard fought neck for Van Dyke/Hanson. Girther could not quite hold on in a solid effort, and was vanned off after the race. Ambivalent stalked and finished an okay 3rd, but was place 4th through disqualification. His stablemate Sonic Brees was elevated to 3rd. Schnell and Herd Immunity were next, and it was a long way back to trailer Roderick. They completed six panels in 1:12.72.

Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2) – Winner: Bodhicitta ($11.20)

There was no pace signed on in this graded turf affair at a mile and a sixteenth. Harmless showed the way, and the 30-1 longshot hung in there throughout. Recent O’Neill claim Tonahutu took up the chase from 2nd and Prat gave Bodhicitta a paint skimming ride. Tonahutu came after Harmless in the stretch and wrestled a short lead, but Bodhicitta shadowed the two early runners throughout and got up in the nick of time to score by a nose. Tonahutu lost a tough one and Harmless weakened late and held 3rd. Lady Prancealot and beaten favorite Beau Recall were next, and this race did not set up for the patient runners. Summering was rank from the inside post, and Keeper Ofthe Stars chased and retreated to last.

Del Mar Full Card Highlights for Saturday (8-8-20)
DMR 2 A MELIS (DMR Best Bet #1, $2.80)
Double (races 1-2, $11.80)
Double (races 2-3, $23.60)
Pick 3 (races 1-3, $22.55)
Pick 3 (races 2-4, $21.75)
DMR 5 Moonhall Milly/Mind Out Exacta ($20.10)
DMR Early Pick 4 (races 2-5, $153.20)
DMR 8 Tacoflavoredkisses/Big Flame Quinella ($13.20)
DMR 9 BODHICITTA ($11.20), Quinella ($34.80)
Double (races 8-9, $37.80)
Pick 3 (races 7-9, $41.25)
SAR 10 GAMINE ($2.60)


Del Mar Stakes Recaps for Sunday (8-9-20)

La Jolla Handicap (G3) – Winner: Smooth Like Strait ($3.60)

Smooth Like Strait got clear early but Indian Peak and Mike Smith were having none of that. Those two hooked up after the opening quarter, and Indian Peak took over for a short time. Smooth Like Strait was back in front at the six furlong mark, and he would not lose the advantage again. He was clear in the stretch and won comfortably by 2-1/2 lengths. Storm the Court stalked from 3rd and was clearly into 2nd in the stretch, and just held off K P All System Go’s late bid for runner-up honors. The latter was the only one showing any late interest and was really hitting his best stride late. Kanderel was an even 4th, and was followed by Azul Coast, I’m Leaving You, Ajourneytofreedom, and Indian Peak.

Del Mar Full Card Highlights for Sunday (8-9-20)
DMR 2 HEYWOODS BEACH ($6.00), Exacta ($14.80)
Double (races 1-2, $24.80)
DMR 3 EASY GRADER ($4.00), Quinella ($6.20)
Double (races 2-3, $17.20)
Pick 3 (races 1-3, $18.70)
Double (races 7-8, $213.80)
DMR 10 Smooth Like Strait/Storm the Court/K P All Systems Go Trifecta ($12.70)
SAR 9 SPINOFF ($8.40), Exacta ($16.60)

Article 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.