IT’S TIME TO TAKE A SWING AT THE BING
We know there are races that carry a higher purse, and we understand there are events that may be better known. But if you really think about it, there’s one race at Del Mar that may have just a bit more razzmatazz than some of the others simply because of it’s name.
The Bing Crosby Stakes is a six -furlong dash that has featured some of the sport’s finest speedsters over the years. Named for the crooner that turned a dream into the magical place we call Del Mar, this event is now also a win and you’re in race for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
The 75th running is scheduled for August 1 and promises to be another exciting rendition. The grade 1 status, Breeders’ Cup implications, and $250,000 purse makes it attractive, but let’s face it, winning the race named after the creator of “where the turf meets the surf” counts for something too.
Nine talented runners will line up and take a swing at winning the Bing. One of the interesting entrants is Wildman Jack (6-1 on morning line). Trained by Doug O’Neill, this son of Goldencents has been an excellent turf sprinter during his nine race career. Possessing a big closing kick, the Wildman will get his chance at a little grade 1 glory on the Del Mar dirt.
“We are really excited to try him on the dirt,” says O’Neill, who won the 2019 training title at Del Mar. “He has worked great on the dirt recently and we would love to win a prestigious race like the Bing Crosby.”
Desert Law (5-1 on morning line) is another West coast sprinter that hopes to grab some Seaside Oval glory. Trained by Carla Gaines, the Law ran a strong second in the Bing last year and is hoping to sing a winning tune in the 2020 edition. His only start since was a third place finish in the Thor’s Echo Stakes at Santa Anita on June 13, 2020. After some intuitivetraining, Gaines thinks her charge is ready for a big race.
“He’s been doing great,” says the vibrant conditioner from Alabama. “It’s a tough race in his second try off the layoff, but he was very game last year and we wanted to take a swing at it again.”
Fashionably Fast (7-2) is the current morning line favorite after winning six of his last seven starts, but the Dean Pederson trainee has yet to earn a graded stakes victory. Law Abidin Citizen (8-1) is another versatile runner with success on both turf and dirt that will join stable mate Collusion Illusion (9-2) in the starting gates for trainer Mark Glatt. Lexitonian (6-1) ships in for Calumet Farm and Anyportinastorm (6-1) has finished in the top three in 15 of his 16 career starts. The field is completed by PR Radio Star (8-1) and Heartwood (20-1).
Slated as the tenth race on an eleven race card, post time for the Bing is slated for 6:30 Pacific. Like it’s namesake, this race should be full of talent and quite entertaining.