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Racing at Del Mar with Marc Doche: Halo Dolly tries for another Solana / Yellow Ribbon double

Joe Talamo was aboard in last year's Yellow Ribbon, but Rafael Bejarano has since taken over under Halo Dolly.

Joe Talamo was aboard in last year’s Yellow Ribbon, but Rafael Bejarano has since taken over under Halo Dolly.

On the penultimate day of the meet yet another Pick-6 carryover awaits, this time a robust $297,538, and after winning the Solana Beach Handicap for the third straight year two weeks ago, Halo Dolly is the 3-to-1 morning line favorite to repeat in the $150,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (Grade 2) over 1 1/16-miles on turf.

A winner in half of her 32 career starts and 4-of-5 over Del Mar’s turf course, Halo Dolly was shipped to Parx where she ran last in the Cotillion Stakes (G2) on dirt after her Solana Beach win two years ago, but last year her connections employed the same plan as this year and the 5-year-old California-bred daughter of Popular registered an easy Yellow Ribbon triumph.

However, her career winning percentage has taken a hit since, winning “just” three of her last ten starts. Halo Dolly’s last two wins have come the only times Rafael Bejarano has ridden, and the meet’s leading rider is back aboard today.

Egg Drop is the 7-to-2 second choice looking to build off her first turf route effort that saw her miss by just half a length in second nearly two months ago in the Royal Heroine Mile (G2) at HollywoodPark. The beautiful looking snow white 4-year-old Alphabet Soup filly has taken advantage of short fields in her last seven starts to finish in the money six times with a pair of wins, but could find the deeper waters in this full field of nine too difficult.

My Gi Gi was well-beaten in third behind Egg Drop in the Royal Heroine, but followed that up with another third-place finish behind the top two turf distaffers in the West in the John C. Mabee (G2) over this turf course three weeks ago. A swifter pace today will help the 4-year-old E Dubai fillies’ late kick with come from behind specialist Garrett Gomez aboard for the first time.

Two scratches leaves six Cal-bred juveniles sprinting for the same $150,000 purse in the ungraded co-featured I’m Smokin Stakes over six furlongs on the main track where Aoteora is the 5-to-2 morning line favorite off an impressive 4 ¾-length debut score on August 4.

We’re off to the races!

Pick 5 –

Leg 1 – Race 1 (2,5,8) – No. 2 Passing Game turned things around in his last as a first-time gelding and can improve again given plenty of time since that win.

No. 8 Carbonite has the back class and wins if he can repeat his last and No. 5 Hadfunlastnight is a track specialist that has wheeled back before and run well.

Leg 2 – Race 2 (1,2,5,8,9) – No. 1 Big Macher goes from outside to inside and could scoot away on the lead, but we’ll spread with No. 2 Spirited Touch, No. 5 Indygo Andy, No. 8 Wildcat Candy and No. 9 Money Machine.

Leg 3 – Race 3 (2,5,8,9) – Cal-breds allowance runners routing on turf and we use four with No. 2 Tiz a Kiss, No. 5 Warren’s Rosebud, No. 8 Tangerine Tickle and No. 9 Marcyjane.

Leg 4 – Race 4 (6,9) – No. 9 Jojo Warrior has drawn rave reviews debuting for Bob Baffert and No. 6 Amy Jane draws better today, adds blinkers and Garrett Gomez after pressing the pace from the outside post in a turf sprint at Hollywood Park.

Leg 5 – Race 5 (1,4,6) – No. 6 Aoteora was ultra impressive winning his debut and will be a short price making the jump into stakes, but No. 1 Gangnam Guy and No. 4 Better Bet hold the experience edge.

Recap – (2,5,8) w (1,2,5,8,9) w (2,5,8,9) w (6,9) w (1,4,6) – Total cost of ticket = $180

Yesterday’s Result – (-$140)

Total for current Del Mar meet – (-$3,331.80)

Total from 7/20/11 – 7/14/13 – (+$21,364.70)

Late Pick 4 -

Leg 1 – Race 8 (1,4,5,7,8) – Spread with maiden allowance runners mixing in both experienced and debuters with No. 1 Pretty Storm, No. 4 Dancinginthestreet, No. 5 Belle of the Fleet, No. 7 Honey Ride and No. 8 Costamar.

Leg 2 – Race 9 (1,7) – The preferred pair from above with No. 1 My Gi Gi and No. 7 Halo Dolly.

Leg 3 – Race 10 (3,6,7) – Cal-bred juveniles not in the I’m Smokin and we use a trio that have experience with No. 3 Even to the Moon, No. 6 Southern Diggs and No. 7 Pray Hard.

Leg 4 – Race 11 (1,3,4,5) – No. 5 Power Ped is dangerous speed on the stretch out with blinkers off, but No. 1 Cervaro is the most likely winner in his second off the layoff for Sadler.

No. 4 Layton Register packs a late punch and No. 4 Corinthian’s Song is always close and could break through.

Recap – (1,4,5,7,8) w (1,7) w (3,6,7) w (1,3,4,5) Total cost of ticket = $60

Yesterday’s Result – (-$120)

Total for current Del Mar meet – (-$2,378.10)

Total from 12/26/10 – 7/14/13 – (-$6,997.95)

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