08/08/2010 10:41PM

Quick notes to wrap up the Del Mar weekend


A couple quick notes to wrap up the Del Mar weekend …

California has been waiting for a good 2-year-old, and wouldn’t you know it? He has been right in front of our eyes. J P’s Gusto, already a two-time stakes winner, won his third straight Sunday with a half-length win in the Grade 2 Best Pal. Speed handicappers will approve. J P’s Gusto raced six and a half furlongs in a quick 1:16.61.

A sad note: The top turf mare Tuscan Evening died from an apparent heart attack Sunday. She was a good one. Tuscan Evening arrived from Europe as a maiden, and won 12 of 16 U.S. starts for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. During the winter meet at Santa Anita, she won four stakes from six and a half furlongs, to a mile and one-quarter.

Tuscan Evening had speed, but also could finish. When the Beverly D is run Aug. 21 at Arlington, it won’t be quite the same race it would have been with Tuscan Evening setting the pace.

Just when it looked like Joel Rosario would dominate the Del Mar jockey standings, along comes Rafael Bejarano to make it a race. Bejarano won eight during the week, and will enter the Wednesday card only two behind Rosario (21-19).

Speaking of Wednesday, a pick six carryover of $178,834 is up for grabs on race 3-8.

Decision time for pick six bettors: do you single Northern California shipper Goggles McCoy in race 7, or try to get clever and single Stroppy in race 3?

What are you waiting for? It is time to start handicapping the Wednesday card.