08/15/2010 12:18PM

Turf bias evaporates for $846k pick six carryover


Are you betting the pick six Sunday at Del Mar? Isn’t everyone?

The carryover is $846,824; the sequence (races 4-9) includes two key horses.

Race-4 favorite Indian Gracey, a 2-year-old maiden filly making her second career start, might start as the shortest price of the day in the first leg.

Race-8 favorite Wasted Tears is the other. Anyone who followed Del Mar turf racing the first four weeks of the meet might be inclined to take a stand against the front-runner.

Speed has not carried on grass. Through Friday, only two of the 35 turf routes had been won by the pacesetter.

Then Saturday arrived, and the course profile shifted dramatically. It was the second day since the turf rails were taken down; both grass routes were won by the speed.

Malibu Pier stretched from a maiden sprint and wired allowance fillies in race 7; Sidney’s Candy was hounded through a blazing pace in race 9, and won the La Jolla Handicap in course-record time.

Both turf routes Saturday produced front-running winners.

Wasted Tears is the lone speed Sunday in the Mabee. If she can stay nine furlongs and hold off Gotta Have Her, Wasted Tears could be gone.