Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Tuesday, Aug. 6

What’s your favorite number?

If the number three is your favorite digit then you have had a good betting meet at Del Mar.
The No. 3 post position is the top winning spot for horses in dirt sprint races (11 for 67), in dirt distance races (13 for 55) and on the turf course (11 for 49). That means the No. 3 post is winning 21 percent of the time at the three-week old meet.
The inside post hasn’t been the greatest in dirt sprints with just 9 percent winners (6 for 67). The No. 1 hole is a little better going two turns on the main track (10.9 percent), but the No. 2 post has been the kiss of death with just two winners from 55 starters.
Likewise on the turf course, the inside two posts have just eight victories from 49 starts (16.3 percent) while in the middle of the starting gate seems way better.
As one might suspect on the grass, anything from posts eight on out can be tough to win from. Post eight has just 8.1 percent winners and post nine is 1 for 26. Posts 11 and 12 are a combined 0 for 12. The one anomaly is post No. 10 is 3 for 15 (20 percent).


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