08/05/2011 8:34PM

Del Mar: Checkmark opens pick 6


Checkmark ($5.40) rallied wide through the stretch of a maiden race for California-breds over 1 1-16 miles on turf to win Friday's third race by a head over 7-2 Starspangled Heat. The pair finished closer to the outside rail than the inside rail, with third-place finisher Unusual Beam, closing well on their outside.

Checkmark was wearing blinkers for the first time and was making his ninth career start. He was ridden by Joe Talamo.

A 5-year-old horse, Checkmark won the first leg of a pick six that drew a pool of $206,200.