by Eddie Olczyk
August 21, 2020
Maximum Security will be a heavy favorite in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic in Race 10 on Saturday, August 22 at Del Mar. Finding prices in surrounding races will be the key to playing wagers like daily doubles, pick threes, fours and fives. I’ve got a best bet early on the card Saturday, as well as a couple of spot plays you can connect with the Pacific Classic favorite in multi-race wagers.
Race 3 (6:05PM ET) // G3 Green Flash Handicap // 5 Furlongs (Turf)
#7 Chaos Theory (7/2 morning line)
Strong finisher should get a perfect trip with plenty of speed to set the table. This was a great claim in Kentucky for John Sadler and he has exited very live races. I’m hoping for at least 3-1. Chaos Theory is my best bet on the day.
Race 8 (8:36PM ET) // Allowance Optional Claiming // 1 Mile (Dirt)
#1 Unbroken Star (12/1 morning line)
Longshot raced wide throughout July 25 in a race where the pace was modest and the speed controlled things. He should save ground Saturday from the rail and get more tempo in front of him with Take the One O One and others entered. He won at 16-1 at Santa Anita two starts ago and has a chance to light up the toteboard again.
Race 11 (10:04PM ET) // Allowance Optional Claiming // 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
#7 Three Ay Em (8/1 morning line)
The final race on the card comes immediately after the Pacific Classic, offering an interesting daily double possibility into this solid price. Three Ay Em had finished in the money in all 6 career races on grass until running into some mild traffic trouble in the California Dreaming Stakes. He leaves the state-bred ranks for this allowance race where he still has eligibility.