Some of America’s best sprinters line up in the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar, including C Z Rocket and defending champion Collusion Illusion.
With a long list of champion winners, the Bing Crosby Stakes is worth watching and a full field is expected to contest the six furlong race.
Online betting markets are available and it promises to be a hotly-contested affair.
Age No Barrier for The Rocket
C Z Rocket is a 7-year-old gelding who is showing no signs of slowing down. The son of City Zip has finished first or second in his last nine starts, which is incredible consistency at this level.
The streak, which includes seven wins, started with a claiming win May last year and continued when he finished second in the Steve Sexton Mile at Lone Star Park.
During that time, he scored wins in the Pat O’Brien Handicap and Santa Anita Sprint, before running a gallant second behind Whitmore in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
A spot in the same race is up for grabs on Saturday in the Bing Crosby Stakes and C Z Rocket is one of the leading chances.
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The Peter Miller-trained runner is in career-best form after it appeared his career had come to a standstill. He went nine races without recording a win from 2017-2020, but the tenacious sprinter turned it all around and he’s now on the verge of winning his first Grade I contest.
Running without Lasix could be a problem for C Z Rocket, but it’s inevitable according to Miller.
“At some point, we’re going to have to run him without Lasix, but hopefully later than sooner,” Miller told Daily Racing Form. “I think it’s important to protect him, to protect his lungs.”
“We feel like he’s the best sprinter in the country right now.”
Miller was criticized for running C Z Rocket over a mile last start. However, reverting to the six-furlong distance is ideal and horse racing betting markets should reflect as much.
Collusion Illusion Going for Double
The career of Collusion Illusion started with a bang, which included five wins from his first six starts. However, he hasn’t won since crossing the line first in the 2020 Bing Crosby Stakes.
The 4-year-old colt has since finished third in the Santa Anita Sprint behind C Z Rocket, 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint behind Whitmore and third in the Grade I Malibu Stakes behind Charlatan.
Despite a below par performance in the Breeders’ Cup, he hasn’t been far away and that form must be respected. It’s not as good as he showed early on when winning the Best Pal and Lazaro Barrera Stakes, but he’s capable of turning it all around.
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The son of Twirling Candy is unbeaten in three attempts at Del Mar, so conditions suit and bettors should get each-way odds on race day.
A runner that wins the Bing Crosby as a three-year-old always demands respect. Collusion Illusion finished off stoutly after settling back off a hot tempo.
It set up nicely for me. They were going fast up front; I could feel it,” winning jockey Flavien Prat said when winning the 2020 Bing Crosby. “My horse was handling the dirt well today, too. Better than he usually does. When we turned for home I had horses in front of me and I was aware the inside was playing fast today so I went down there.”
He is capable of going back-to-back and we wouldn’t leave him out of selections.
Flagstaff to Raise Expectations
We have high expectations for Flagstaff, who should be well-supported in betting markets.
The experienced 7-year-old is always around the mark and his big-race wins could set him apart from the opposition.
Flagstaff won the Grade I Churchill Downs Stakes two starts ago before finishing second in the True North behind Firenze Fire, so he’s a class act and he has shown ability over the sprinting distances.
He finished second behind C Z Rocket in the Santa Anita Sprint and we wouldn’t be surprised if the first three home in that race trifecta the Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar.
Flagstaff is a must-include selection and the racing odds available should please bettors.