Class-dropping Cambodia can get back on track in Yellow Ribbon

The Grade II, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap for grass fillies and mares is the Saturday headliner at Del Mar. The 1 1/16th-mile turf event drew a full field of 12. Post time for the Yellow Ribbon, the eighth of 10 races on the day, is approximately 8:30 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and wagering, give FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game a try!

#11 CAMBODIA (7-2, morning-line favorite) gets class relief in the Yellow Ribbon dropping out of two straight Grade I tries. The defending race champ also makes her first start of the year on the west coast. The change in scenery should help as she’s 4-2-0-1 all-time at Del Mar. The Yellow Ribbon distance suits her very well, as she’s 8-4-0-3 at 1 1/16th-miles. CAMBODIA should also get a fast pace to close into with SASSY LITTLE LILA and FAHAN MURA entered against her. Drayden Van Dyke will be aboard.

#6 STORM THE HILL (9-2) was successful in her first start out west this year (and first start for trainer Phil D’Amato), taking the Wilshire Stakes at Santa Anita last time out with a well-timed bid by Rafael Bejarano. Like CAMBODIA, she struggled on the east coast earlier this year. As long as the pace is hot, STORM THE HILL will be closing fast with Bejarano remaining atop.

#9 ANCIENT SECRET (8-1) completed the Wilshire (and D’Amato) exacta when last seen. She typically struggles to win but fits on speed figures. Mike Smith sees fit to take the reins. ANCIENT SECRET could get first run on the early speedsters, which would help if the top two encounter traffic.

The play: $2 exacta 6,11/6,9,11, $1 exacta 11/6,9 ($10)

DFJ analysis: Drayden Van Dyke is an obvious choice with the absence of Flavien Prat, who is at Mountaineer for the West Virginia Derby. Van Dyke is involved in seven races, and while the fields are large in many cases, none of his mounts are above 6-1 on the morning-line. That includes favored CAMBODIA in the Yellow Ribbon and Tap the Wire (4-1) in the Graduation Stakes.

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