The Hollywood Derby headlines the card at Del Mar on Saturday, which also includes the Seabiscuit Handicap and Jimmy Durante Stakes.
A featured runner in the Hollywood Derby is Camp Hope, who is named in honor of the charity set up to help retired veterans cope with PTSD and trauma. It’s a great initiative, and the Camp Hope team has a big following.
It’s a big day of racing at Del Mar and horse racing betting markets have odds at the ready.
Residents Thrilled with Win
Director of Camp Hope, David Maulsby, told the residents of a horse named in their honor. At the weekly Sunday meeting, he showed the group a horse named Camp Hope winning the Bryan Bryant Stakes, and the rest is history.
“I didn’t tell them what to expect,” Maulsby told ThoroughbredDailyNews. “I just said, ‘Hey guys, here are some great friends who are helping share our story and they named their horse in honor of what happens here.’ As Camp Hope pulled away, it got pretty rowdy inside the multipurpose building.
“It was very exciting for them to see somebody recognize what’s going on here and want to tell the story to the rest of the world.”
They’ll all be watching as the 3-year-old colt looks to win his third consecutive race. Trained by Ken McPeek, the son of Summer Front is good enough to handle the red-hot field.
Camp Hope was considered good enough to run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last season, and although running 12th behind Essential Quality, that experience puts him above many runners in the Hollywood Derby.
The sportsbook should take a lot of action for Camp Hope, and he’ll have our sentimental money at the least.
The biggest challenge to Camp Hope is Subconscious, who won the Grade II Twilight Derby. The Richard Mandella-trained colt defeated many in this field, so he has a good chance of winning again.
He ran 10th on debut but has since turned it around with three consecutive wins. The win at Santa Anita is an excellent form guide and we expect him to fight out the finish. He got the better of Rock Your World on that occasion, so it’s stellar form.
Sacred Life Headlines Seabiscuit
The Seabiscuit Handicap is packed with talented turf thoroughbreds and Sacred Life is one of them.
The 6-year-old son of Siyouni won the Grade III Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont last start and he has experience around some of the very best.
He has finished close behind the likes of Digital Age in the Turf Classic, Zulu Alpha in the Pegasus Invitational, and Ghaiyyath in the Prix du Prince in France.
He won his first three starts in France before taking on the best they have there. Sacred Life is a runner worth following and he has the Chad Brown polish.
Betting online markets should also have stablemate Flop Shop in the picture. The son of New Approach comes off consecutive placings at allowance level, and although not racing in the same class at Sacred Life, he has ability.
Also a former French-based runner, Flop Shot won at Grade III level in the Prix de Guiche before running third at Grade II level. It’s solid form, so bettors should open up the face and give Flop Shot a try.
Peter Miller Targets Jimmy Durante
Trainer Peter Miller has a three-pronged attack in the Jimmy Durante Stakes.
He lines up Tezzaray, Travel Smart, and Liam’s Dove, who all have winning chances. Tezzaray looked the goods when scoring on debut at Del Mar, so she has track experience.
The daughter of Bated Breath didn’t run the quickest time, but considering it was her debut, she will get stronger.
Travel Smart ran fifth on debut at Del Mar but showed quick improvement to win at Santa Anita when stepping up over a mile.
The 2-year-old met some progressive types on that occasion, so it holds her in good stead for the Jimmy Durante Stakes.
His third runner is Liam’s Dove, who should pay longer odds. She won the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf but showed little in the Surfer Girl Stakes last start.
If she bounces back, she could add value to trifecta selections.