A couple of Graded races headlines Sunday’s card at the Del Mar Race Course. Three-year-old and older fillies and mares aim at the G2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap where Going Global faces some smart rivals, but most importantly, she needs to handle the biggest weight she’ll carry here.
Flippant and Park Avenue look like the most eager ones to use their advantage over the favorite, yet a difficult task awaits them. In the field of six two-year-olds, Procrastination is the leading chance to record her premiere G2 victory in the Sorrento Stakes.
Yellow Ribbon Handicap
The $250,000 race will welcome a field of seven three-year-old and older fillies and mares who are about to cover the distance of a mile and half a furlong. In this G2 turf handicap, Going Global will carry the most enormous weight as the four-year-old filly stands out among her rivals, given she’s been classy and reliable throughout her career.
The Philip D’Amato bound bay has bagged seven Graded victories so far, including the G1 Del Mar Oaks and a couple of G2 races. In 2022, she was just brilliant in the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes, bettering a couple of her Sunday opponents, and even though she finished only third in the G1 Gamely Stakes last time out, she carried a big weight and still didn’t cross the wire far behind the victress.
The distance suits her, and if she overcomes the disadvantage, she should at least fight for the victory because some of the less carrying participants could catch her off guard. Namely, it’s Flippant, trained by Victoria Oliver, who delivered in the Listed company in 2021, upon which she failed to make an impression among the elite. Still, she scored easily in July in a black-type company, she could continue her progress, and when looking at the difference between weights, Flippant looks like the one to cause a potential upset.
When mentioning Going Global and the Heroine Stakes, Javanica ran in second and is yet to defeat the favorite, while Avenue de France finished fourth. Last time out, she displayed fine form as she scored a black-type, leaving Rocking Redhead behind decisively.
None of the trio is expected to win, but they are not outclassed here in the slightest; moreover, the weight advantage definitely boosts their chances. A G3 victress Burgoo Alley, should improve on her lacklustre seasonal debut and snatch up a place, and to list the whole field, we need to talk about Park Avenue.
The four-year-old filly trained by John Sadler should be a decent G3 performer in the making as she’s only a black-type winner so far. The potential is here, though, and she shouldn’t be discarded. It’s difficult to see past the favorite as Going Global is simply classier than the rest of the field, however, it’s quite possible that the weight will stop from showing it.
|HORSE||JOCKEY||ODDS BY JAZZSPORTS|
|Avenue de France (FR)||Juan J. Hernandez||+400|
|Going Global (IRE)||Umberto Rispoli||+120|
|Javanica||Drayden Van Dyke||+1200|
|Rocking Redhead||Hector Isaac Berrios||+1200|
|Park Avenue||Victor Espinoza||+400|
|Burgoo Alley (IRE)||Ramon A. Vazquez||+1000|
Yellow Ribbon Handicap Betting Pick
Going Global despite the enormous weight. If any of her rivals have ever had a chance to better, it’s this time; still, they need to dig deep to succeed.
Six two-year-old fillies aim at this G2 dirt race, where they will cover the distance of six furlongs. Vying for the purse of $200,000, Procrastination is the leading chance after impressively bagging her debut. At the beginning of July, the daughter of Not This Time broke her maiden at the Los Alamitos Thoroughbred track when hitting the distance of five furlongs.
Back then, the Michael McCarthy bound chestnut had a great start, set the pace, and didn’t allow anybody to get past her; moreover, she scooted clear from her rivals to score by eight lengths. It was a powerful display of her ability, so on Sunday, Procrastination needs to be the favorite.
Absolutely Zero looks like her most serious rival as the Doug O’Neill trained chestnut is unbeaten in two starts. At first, the Nyquist daughter scored her debut at the Santa Anita Park with ease, upon which she faced the black-type company at the same track. In June, Absolutely Zero ran at the front and prevailed in the final stretch, also using the weight advantage over the second filly.
Doug O’Neill relies here on two other participants, namely Satin Doll and Vegas Magic. The former defied the odds in her debut at the Del Mar Race Course in July, delivering a brilliant finish in the five furlong-race when closing on the front from the rear of the field to score by one and half a length.
She’s left quite an impression, but something similar could be said about Vegas Magic, a black-type victress from July. After triumphing in her debut, she then narrowly prevailed among black-type companies; still, she would need to step up her game to actually impact the Sorrento Stakes.
Philip D’Amato bound Dazzlingdominika shouldn’t be overlooked in terms of places, too, given she’s made a fine effort in her second outing when scoring a maiden, unlike Classymademoiselle, whose yet to achieve a victory. In three starts, she recorded just a third place in a maiden and looks well outclassed in this event.
|HORSE||JOCKEY||ODDS BY JAZZSPORTS|
|Vegas Magic||Abel Cedillo||+650|
|Satin Doll||Ramon A. Vazquez||+350|
|Absolutely Zero||Mario Gutierrez||+200|
Sorrento Stakes Betting Prediction
Procrastination, who destroyed the competition in her premiere start and should show her class also on Sunday. Satin Doll could defy the odds and be the best of the rest here.
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