Beat Ray At Del Mar: A Formidable Opponent Armed With Sophisticated Stats

Christina Blacker from TVG will try to break a scoreless tie in week three of Del Mar’s Beat Ray Everyday Beach Boss contest on Saturday, and if her past performances are any indication she will come armed with sophisticated statistical models from STATS Race Lens that will make my head spin as we try to pick the winner in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes.

Married to trainer Dan Blacker and the daughter of retired jockey Frank Olivares, Christina grew up around the game and always brings great insights to her analyst role at TVG.

My only chance to win will be if she has an off day.

She can’t do any worse than my first two opponents, track announcer Larry Collmus and ESPN College GameDay personality Chris “The Bear” Fallica. Both blanked on their $100 bets, but so did I.

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 still 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.

Christina joins 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 Crosby, a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In Challenge Series race for 3-year-olds and up going six furlongs, with the winner getting a fees-paid berth in the Sprint. Tune in to hear our handicapping strategies and bets for the contest.

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 28: $25 win and place on Mr. Paytience. $25 win and place on Square Deal.

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