Seeking wins in back-to-back days in the Del Mar "for fun" contest, I've landed on 5-year-old gelding Details R Sketchy at a 4-1 M/L in today's 6th race at Santa Anita, a $50k claimer going 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course. Relatively new to the national tracks, I find these races among the most compelling (right up there with 5f and 7f sprints), in that the horses sprint downhill for the first quarter or so before crossing the dirt track to the homestretch.
Anyone who has tuned in to Santa Anita knows the times have been lightning, and I suspect the betting public will beat 5-2 M/L favorite Sassou down to less than 2-1, as seems to be the norm for Cali players. If the race goes 21-and-change in the first quarter-mile as I anticipate (Sassou and Hidden Blessing should sprint to the lead, and Mr. Tokyo could be forwardly placed), then I think I'll have a shot with Details R Sketchy as a sometimes-huge stretch runner.
In addition, I am a huge fan of jockey Brice Blanc (+47% ROI in 46 starts on the meet) on turf, plus a Ron Ellis-trained turf horse who is the 3rd choice in the field of 7 (Dixie Commander scratched) adds appeal; so $100W (notional wager, of course) on #7.
Time to handicap Saturday's deep-fielded 8th, 9th and 10th at Gulfstream for the PH.com contest, plus Saturday's card for the free TVG Tampa Bay Downs contest running tomorrow and Sunday.