09/01/2010 7:06PM

Del Mar: Just your typical $102.60 winner


Steve Knapp ended a 39-race winless streak at Del Mar this summer when Magicrooy ($102.60) won a six-furlong maiden race for statebred fillies and mares in Wednesday's third race.

Magicrooy did not look a winner until the final 50 yards. Ridden by Felipe Valdez, Magicrooy was off slow, was last of 10 at one point and was still eighth with a quarter-mile remaining, trailing leader Backstreet Dancer by 12 lengths. Valdez brought Magicrooy wide, overcame a bump with eventual fourth-place finisher Too Much Xcitement in the final sixteenth and won by a neck over 13-1 Abovetheinfluence. The $1 exacta for those two runjners paid $691.80.

Magicrooy won the first leg of a pick six that drew a pool of $173,230. After Silver Squall ($6.40) won the fourth race for $25,000 claimres that have not won two races, there were only 68 permutations still alive.