Participating in the Del Mar free online contest, I am going with Riviera Cocktail in an 11-horse field with no major early runners outside of Marlang and, perhaps, Bourbon Bay. Granted, Riviera Cocktail is going to be around 40-1, but outside of heavy favorite (and Breeders Cup Turf runner-up) Champ Pegasus, a plausible case can be made for most of the runners in the field in this mile-and-a-quarter Grade 2 turf race, and I'm looking at the Jan. 7 warm-up allowance race as a plus for this horse's form. Let's see what becomes of my mythical $100W bet.
Final Result: Bourbon Bay (5-2), Champ Pegasus (8-5) and Sebastian Flight (4-1) -- my choice finished 6th, about a half-dozen lengths back after starting too slowly. The usual chalky finish at Santa Anita...
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