Collusion Illusion Gets Class Test in Bing Crosby
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By Emily Shields for TVG
The best of three stakes races on the Saturday card at Del Mar is the $250,000 Bing Crosby (G1) for older sprinters. The card also includes the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes with Kentucky Derby points on the line, and the $100,000 CTBA Stakes for state-bred juvenile fillies. Watch every race of the 2020 Del Mar meeting with TVG.
Collusion Illusion returns to the site of his first two wins. Last summer at Del Mar the son of Twirling Candy broke his maiden first out and then added the Best Pal (G2) over six furlongs. The Bing Crosby is the same trip.
The Mark Glatt-trainee stretched out to 1 1/16 miles in September’s American Pharoah (G1) but finished last. He was off until May 17 and returned with a win over older horses by three lengths, then added the Laz Barrera (G3). Unbeaten sprinting and with Flavien Prat back in the saddle, Collusion Illusion is a dangerous prospect.
Knocking on the door for a major win is California-bred Fashionably Fast. The son of Lucky Pulpit had a six-race win streak snapped last out when he lost the Triple Bend (G2) to multiple Grade 1 winner McKinzie. That rival was entered for this but will scratch. Fashionably Fast has won three of five both on this track at the distance. The Dean Pederson trainee will be ridden by Tiago Pereira.
Second in this race last year, Desert Law comes in for trainer Carla Gaines. He missed by just a half-length on that occasion, then was off from July 27 until June 13 of this year. He finished third, beaten two lengths, in his return, and has Victor Espinoza aboard for the first time.
Lexitonian drew the rail. The classy campaigner was scratched out of the Grade 1 Alfred G Vanderbilt last weekend when another horse broke through the gate and Lexitonian was affected by the mishap. He was rerouted to this spot by trainer Jack Sisterson. The Calumet Farm runner is an enigma, either winning or running well off the board in most of his starts. He is a multiple stakes winner, and gets Drayden Van Dyke aboard.
Wildman Jack will start for trainer Doug O’Neill. This is his first try in Grade 1 company, and his first start on dirt. He was a Grade 3 winner at Meydan in March, and a grade 3 winner at Santa Anita in May. He ran poorly as the favorite at Keeneland three weeks back, but surely deserves another chance.
Anyportinastorm, P R Radio Star, Law Abidin Citizen, and Heartwood complete the field of 10. The Bing Crosby will go as the 10th of an 11-race program.
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