Beat Ray At Del Mar: A Little Red Feather In My Cap?

After nosing out TVG analyst Christina Blacker last week when Collusion Illusion held off Lexitonian in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes, my friends at Del Mar rounded up a confidence builder in Little Red Feather managing partner Billy Koch for this Saturday’s edition of the Beat Ray online handicapping contest.

It’s the equivalent of going up against Grade 1 competition and then dropping into an entry-level allowance race.

I’m only kidding, of course. Billy, who grew up on the mean streets of Beverly Hills, was reading the Daily Racing Form instead of See Spot Run as a toddler and cutting kindergarten classes to go racing at Hollywood Park with his movie mogul grandfather, Howard Koch. He never left the track, turning his passion for the game into a career, founding Little Red Feather Racing partnerships that he now manages with Gary Fenton.

This week’s contest race is the G2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap, the ninth of 11 on Saturday. First post is 2 p.m. PT, and the Yellow Ribbon is scheduled to go at 6:10 p.m. PT.

Billy will join fellow handicapper Michelle Yu and me on Saturday at 11 a.m. PT on Del Mar’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube) to handicap the Yellow Ribbon, whose seven-horse field includes last year’s winner, the Irish-bred Beau Recall, trained by Brad Cox. Tune in to hear our handicapping strategies and bets for the contest.

Beat Ray Everyday is an online contest offered every racing day of the Del Mar summer meet. It’s free to play and you can sign up here. Bet a mythical $100 each day on the selected contest race in win, place or show bets on any horse or horses.  At the end of the meet, the player with the highest bankroll from those wagers becomes the “Beach Boss” and wins two VIP tickets to the 2021 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar. Other prizes are available to top finishers and anyone who finishes ahead of me is entered in a drawing for even more prizes.

Every Saturday, a racing or sports celebrity will be a guest handicapper for the contest race.

Ray’s Beat Ray Everyday plays:
July 10: $100 win on Hit the Road. Result: Won and paid $5.20 ($260 total)
July 11: $100 win on Voodoo Song. Result: Fifth as 2.90-1 favorite
July 12: $100 win on Going to Vegas. Result: Sixth at 6.10-1
July 24: $50 win/place on Surrender Now. Result: Seventh at 9.60-1
July 25: $40 win/place Croughavouke. Result: fifth at 7.30-1. $20 win Over Attracted. Result: eighth at 13.90-1
July 26: $60 to win Camino Del Paraiso. Result: lost rider at 4.20-1.$20 to win Desmond Doss. Result: fourth at 49.00-1. $20 to win Ultimate Bango. Result:  eighth at 12.70-1.
July 27: $100 win Hootie. Result: Won and paid $7.80. ($390 total)
July 31: $25 win and place on Mr. Paytience. Result: fourth at 14.10-1. $25 win and place on Square Deal. Result: ninth at 19.80-1
Aug. 1: $100 win Collusion Illusion. Won and paid $5.80 ($290 total)
Aug. 2: $100 win Savvy Gal. Result: sixth at 3.20-1
Aug. 7: $100 win Lavender. Result: fourth (placed seventh for interference) at 3-1
Aug. 8: ???

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