07/19/2011 10:55PM

Playing the angle

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Looking for a summer betting angle?

Del Mar is the right place in 2011.

The track will award $1,000 and a 20 percent bonus on earnings (excluding stakes) to any runner whose previous start was outside California. The horse cannot have raced in California for the same owner in the last six months.

The bonus applies only to the shipper’s first start at Del Mar, not subsequent starts.

Therefore, shippers run for the highest prize money in the first start of the meet. That means it should be a “go” first out. The first race of summer will be the most lucrative of summer.

For example, if shipper Kettle Corn wins race 1, he will earn a $7,800 bonus in addition to the $39,000 first-place purse. The incentive is attractive.

That means no “practice run” for shippers, no spin-around-the-track-get-familiar-with-the-surface prep race. Of course, for the angle to make sense, the assumption must be made the horse’s connections have placed the horse at a realistic level.

That seems to be the case for most shippers at Del Mar on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see if any win.

It will be interesting to see if the summer betting angle is legit.

The shippers Wednesday (morning line odds):

Race 1: Kettle Corn (5-1)

Race 2: Grooms Bellboy (30-1)

Race 3: Giuseppe G (8-1)

Race 9: Whirling Thunder (3-1) and Deputiformer (12-1)