Comma To The Top Heads Field In Bing Crosby Stakes
Comma to the Top, a comparative “Iron Horse” in these days of brief, meteoric careers for Thoroughbred racing’s equine stars, will make his 33rd lifetime start as he heads a line-up six top sprinters in the 68th running of the Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes Sunday at Del Mar.
Comma to the Top, a five-year-old gelded son of Bwana Charlie owned by Barber, Birnbaum and Tsujihara and trained by Peter Miller, is a winner of 14 races and $1,343,406 after four years of competing against many of the outstanding stakes sprinters in America.
Lining up versus Comma to the Top, the 2-1 morning line choice who will be piloted by regular rider Edwin Maldonado, is a talented band of speedsters, including
Jimmy Creed, winner of the Portrero Grande at Santa Anita in which was Comma to the Top was fourth, and three-year-old Goldencents, winner of the Santa Anita Derby last winter to be ridden by Kevin Krigger. Goldencents, who will wear blinkers Sunday for the first time, will be returning to a sprint distance after competing on the Kentucky Derby trail this spring.
Completing the field are Majestic City, second to Paynter in a recent fast seven-furlong sprint, with David Flores; Northern California invader Coach Bob, Marcia Stortz, and Points Offthebench, making his stakes debut after winning four of six, with Mike Smith.
Comma to the Top, in at 119 pounds compared to 123 on top-weighted Jimmy Creed, has won two of five races at Del Mar, including the restricted Pirate’s Bounty Stakes last summer. He gained national attention earlier this year when he ventured east to win the Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct after finishing a close third in Santa Anita’s San Carlos Handicap a week earlier.
The Bing Crosby Stakes is part of the Breeders’ Cup’s “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series whereby the winner automatically qualifies for the B.C. Turf Sprint at Santa Anita in the fall.