Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams' Unusually Green, the 8-5 favorite piloted by Del Mar's leading rider, Rafael Bejarano, rallied in the stretch to win today's feature, a mile and one-sixteenth contest for California-bred horses on the infield grass course.
Unusually Green, a son of Unusual Heat trained by Mike Puype, outfinished 12-1 longshot Durango Flier to score by a half-length in 1:41.52 for the distance. Temple Keys was third and Los Gatos fourth in the field of nine runners.
Unusually Green, scoring his second win in 15 lifetime starts, paid $5.40, $3.80 and $3, while Durango Flier returned $8.80 and $5.40 and Temple Keys paid $4.40 to show.
There were two major upsets on the card, the first in the fourth race as apprentice jockey Cassidy Clerisse piloted I Buy Gold to a $63 surprise. For Clerisse, it was her first victory in a Thoroughbred race and first at Del Mar. Based at Los Alamitos, the 20-year-old rider won an 870-yard quarter horse event last weekend.
The, in the sixth race, Fernando Perez won astride 25-1 shot Swiss Affair for a $53.40 payoff.
As a result of the pair of upsets, there were no perfect tickets in the Pick Six. Thus, Friday's program, which starts at 4 p.m., will have a Pick Six carryover of $58,279.
Thursday's attendance was 8,085.