08/13/2010 11:48PM

Saturday carryover halfway through summer


The summer season at Del Mar reaches the halfway point when the fifth race Saturday is official. That race also is the first leg of the pick six, which starts with a $157,244 carryover.

The gross pool will soar far beyond $1 million. Now might be a good time to get acquainted with the sequence.

Race 5 is a muddled sprint at the California bottom. That is $12.5k claiming, non-winners of two. If you are not five-deep in the 10-horse field, cross your fingers.

Race 6 is simpler, for honest veteran sprinters including 9-for-31 All Man and consistent N2X-caliber Afleet Ruler. Could a pick six bettor stay “live” with only those?

Race 7, a turf route for 3-year-old allowance fillies, has upset potential in 5-1 Ninth Infantry. She recently beat $50,000 claimers including two next-out winners. The favorite is Malibu Pier, whose debut is "must watch" video.

Race 8 is a 2-year-old maiden sprint; Just Imagine is favored off a good third-place debut. However, 6-1 Riveting Reason had trouble in his debut and ran at least as well. Anyone brave enough to single a 6-1 shot?

Race 9 marks the turf debut of Sidney’s Candy in the Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap. He is bred top and bottom for grass, but must hold off two good closers over a grass course that has been friendly to the finishers. Those are Kid Edward and Leroy’s Dynameaux.

Race 10 is the final leg. Just in time. It’s a sprint for California-bred 2-year-old maidens. Teddy’s Promise finished a good second in his debut, and looks like the most probable winner on an interesting card at the halfway point of summer. (Update: A reader correctly points out Teddy's Promise is a filly. She finished a good second in "her" debut.)