Yellow Ribbon S. (G2) & La Jolla S. (G3)
8.5F on Turf (August 9)
Horse Racing Data Analyzed: Last 20 Del Mar graded turf stakes at 8.5F
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st in Average Last 3 Purse
Factor Stats: 20 contenders, 7 winners (35%, $67.60 Win Bet Return, 209 ROI%), 9 place/show (45%, 5.20 Place Bet Return)
A pair of 8.5F graded turf stakes face Del Mar handicappers this weekend - the Yellow Ribbon S. for older distaffers on Saturday and the La Jolla Stakes on the Sunday slate that puts eight sophomore turfers in the spotlight.
A scan of the Betmix Angler online handicapping database tells us that class has been an important handicapping approach in this racetype, specifically Average Last 3 Purse.
The contenders ranking first in this handicapping factor have captured 35% of the graded turf stakes going 8.5F 'where the turf meets the surf', generating a whopping $67.60 Win Return.
These winners include the past two Yellow Ribbon heroines in Beau Recall ($6.00) and Cambodia ($5.40) and two of the past seven La Jolla winners - River Boyne ($3.00) and Dice Flavor ($19.80).
Find this race in Betmix Birddog and use the Average Last 3 Purse slider to see which horse ranks first in this factor. That’s the Sharp Angles play.