By Sean Morris

Fashionably Fast is the play in the Bing Crosby

By Sean Morris
Del Mar is set to host the Grade I Bing Crosby on Saturday
Del Mar is set to host the Grade I Bing Crosby on Saturday

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This preview for the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes was originally published as part of our in-house handicappers Saturday Del Mar Late Pick-4 Picks and Analysis column...

With the likely scratch of multiple G1 winner McKinzie (#4), this edition of the G1 Bing Crosby becomes a whole lot more wide open. I didn't love him as a betting proposition, but there's no doubt he was the class of the field and there's a serious power vacuum left in his wake, with some false favorites and plenty of fringe contenders left vying for G1 glory.

Lexitonian (#1) is a horse I have an affinity for, but if he wins this race I’ll be shocked. He was a gate scratch in the G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga Race Course last weekend, then was promptly shipped across the country to contest this race as an ad hoc backup plan. Without these question marks he'd be a strong play for me, but I can't possibly take him based on the way he enters this race.

Wildman Jack (#8) would be tough to beat if he’s able to transfer his turf form to dirt, but you have to wonder why his connections have never tried him on the main track before and he’s coming off a dismal effort in the G2 Shakertown at Keeneland. He's another to avoid at a short price.

Desert Law (#3) nearly won last year’s Bing Crosby and deserves a look in this race. He ran reasonably well in his 2020 debut in a Cal-bred stakes race and did move way forward in his second start of 2019. If he follows a similar pattern this year he’d be a contender, but I’m not sure I want to bank on that at a short price.

Given my concerns with all these horses, my top pick in this race is Fashionably Fast (#6). He may not appear as fast as his main rivals, but this horse clearly has a will to win having emerged victorious in six of his last seven races, with his lone blemish in that span being a runner-up finish to McKinzie in the G2 Triple Bend. The cut back to six furlongs should work in his favor, and as McKinzie’s star wanes I believe this horse could still be on the rise. He may end up going off the favorite in this race, but regardless I think he has a very strong chance.

Main:  3,6      Backup (priority):  2,7

Order of preference:  6-3-7-2

 

Bing Crosby Stakes 2020 Odds & Entries:

  1. Lexitonian - 6/1
  2. Anyportinastorm - 6/1
  3. Desert Law - 5/1
  4. McKinzie - 2/1*
  5. P R Radio Star - 8/1
  6. Fashionably Fast - 7/2
  7. Law Abinin Citizen - 8/1
  8. Wildman Jack - 6/1
  9. Collusion Illusion - 9/2
  10.  Heartwood -20/1

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