08/04/2011 6:46PM

Del Mar: Main track is very quick


The Polytrack synthetic surface has produced consistently fast times in sprints on Thursday, with track record over 5 1-2 and six furlongs nearly eclipsed.

In the fourth race, Lordgivemalift, an $8,000 claimer, ran 5 1-2 furlongs in 1:02.96, just missing the record of 1:02.71 set in 2009 by Sidney's Candy in a maiden race for 2-year-olds.

In the sixth race, Courtside, running in an optional claimer, ran six furlongs in 1:08.23, winning by 4 1-4 lengths over Bertran Hill. The time was the second-fastest since the Polytrack surface was installed in 2007, surpassed only by the 1:08.17 clocking by Euroears in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes last Sunday. The time was quicker than the preceding record of 1:08.29 held by Cost of Freedom.