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Del Mar Betting - Sand, Surf and Success

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 7/10/2012 7:14:34 PM

Online betting enthusiasts have a treat to look forward to in the next few days and that is playing the most beautiful oasis of action on the West Coast, the Del Mar meeting.

The meet starts July 18 and runs to September 5 five days a week on a Wednesday through Sunday basis and players can attempt to make projections as to how the races will be won and who will be responsible from the human end.

Being at opening day, like I was lucky enough to have been double-digit times, is a sports betting event in itself and a day that is never forgotten by anybody in attendance.

The first race of the meet is generally a route race, which means runners go a distance of ground and they start close to the grandstand. This proximity to the crowd only brings mayhem down on the throng who will start screaming for the runners as soon as they are on the track for the post parade.

They say ‘if you build it, they will come’ and that is very true for Del Mar because the facility is something out of a architecture from Europe, but the money is there for all to be had.

This year Del Mar will offer nearly $8 million in purses highlighted by 7 Grade 1 including the granddaddy of them all, the 22nd running of the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic.

Del Mar has also tweaked the way they will draw horses and draw races this year. Like Saratoga, Del Mar recently announced they would limit the number of juvenile runners to 10 in sprint and route races but that rule would not effect stakes.

And the track will bring back the popular ‘Ship and Win’ for the second straight season. The program is designed to entice out-of-state runners to the meet and last year over 100 out-of-state runners participated.

The track will guarantee $1,000 for runners who had started outside of California in their previous outing and will offer a further bonus of 25% added to whatever purse monies they won in that first start.

This is a win-win situation for both the players and the horsemen. For the horsemen it helps defray the costs of shipping and living in Del Mar for 7 weeks and for the players if gives them a handicapping edge knowing that the runners that will ship in, are serious about winning and earning bonuses.

As for the human element, things may be ripe for change this meeting. As far as trainers are concerned, Mike Mitchell was the leading conditioner last year at Del Mar beating John Sadler by 5 winners but unfortunately Mitchell recently came out of successful brain surgery for a tumor and it’s hard to see him being ‘all-out’ after such a traumatic incident.

With that said, Peter Miller is always strong at this meet because a lot of his runners stable at San Luis Rey Downs, which is close by.

Bob Baffert is coming off a tremendous Betfair at Hollywood Park meeting and will continue his success at the beach but the value trainers are kind of off-brand guys.

When looking through the program, pay special attention to runners trained by Pete Eurton, Tom Proctor, Bob Hess Jr. and Bill Spawr.

Don’t be scared to take a shot with Northern California shippers. Terry Knight has had an off year but he could show up here with some live stock. And Steve Miyadi, a high percentage guy, is sure to ship in with at least one or two live runners.

Things will definitely be shaken up in the jockey colony as perennial leading pilot Joel Rosario has moved his tack to New York.

Rafael Bejarano is the favorite to take over as leading rider but there are a few other guys that need to be mentioned. Joe Talamo is hot right now and did very well at Del Mar last year. Pat Valenzuela has fought weight issues of late but has pointed for this meeting and with Rosario gone, the very strong Corey Nakatani has moved back to California and will win races in bunches.

Remember; don’t get caught up in the chalk fiesta and jump on all the short prices you’ll see. Some of the younger fans that are in mass at this meet just want to cash tickets. Some don’t care if the price is 3-5 or 3-2. They just get a thrill of cashing. That’s why short prices abound.

As far as the turf is concerned, compare the first few days to how the grass played at Hollywood Park. In most years, the grass course will play slightly heavy the first week and become more conducive as the meet unfolds.

Finally, if you get a chance to attend physically, don’t you dare leave the track without trying a margarita. There is no better way to soothe a tough beat or celebrate a high-paying trifecta victory.

Good luck, have fun and let’s cash some online sportsbook tickets.

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