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Del Mar selections for Monday, Sept. 1

FIRST RACE: 1. Faith Hope Love, 2. Bella Campari, 3. Smart Typical. LONG SHOT: Bold Decision.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Go Black Tie, 2. Noble Metal, 3. Contributor. LONG SHOT: Jimmy’s Date.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Wanstead Gardens, 2. Monsieur Power, 3. Card Trick. LONG SHOT: Mr. Excavtor.

Jockey Mike Smith jumps on WANSTEAD GARDENS (8-1), an import from Churchill Downs, for trainer Neil French and he wouldn’t ride unless he had a big shot in this maiden race. This colt is bred to like the grass and going two turns.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Wake Up Nick (best bet), 2. Cardiac, 3. Global Magician. LONG SHOT: Colorado Strong.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Lady Asano, 2. Tiz Midnight, 3. Journey On. LONG SHOT: Irish Presence.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Diva Express, 2. She’s Complete, 3. Awesome Diamond. LONG SHOT: Miss Mandate.

As we have said before, jockey Corey Nakatani is riding this turf course as well as anyone this season. He jumps on this 2-year-old filly DIVA EXPRESS (8-1) for trainer Mark Casse. The daughter of Afleet Express is bred to love the two turns.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Test Ride, 2. Next Speaker, 3. Twenty Percent. LONG SHOT: Pulla Train.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dynamic Decision, 2. Sweet Sunshine, 3. Seeking the West. LONG SHOT: Conscience.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Parranda, 2. Winning Rhythm, 3. Stormy Lucy. LONG SHOT: Need You Now.

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10TH RACE: 1. Flexible, 2. Mischief Clem, 3. Lucky Logan. LONG SHOT: Wooram.

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11TH RACE: 1. Dehere Is Gone, 2. Snowmass Village, 3. Tribal Dude. LONG SHOT: Mosso.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (Spirit of Ten $9.20, second race; Designated $6.80, fourth; Broken Sword $3.40, seventh; Gold Medallion $8.80, 10th)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 5 (Maybellene $4.80, second; Tiz Ladys Legs $9.60, third; Jojo Warrior $4, fifth; Boozer $4.60, sixth; Diamond of Blue $3.80, eighth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Halljoy $8.60, 11th)

 

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Del Mar selections for Sunday, Aug. 31

In case you didn’t see these stats Saturday on my Twitter feed, here are some unbelievable numbers from the grass races at Del Mar this summer.

These came from the genius of HRTVs Kurt Hoover and Bob Ike, who did the leg week earlier in the week.

Through Friday, here are the following grass records of five jockeys on the Del Mar turf course:

Joe Talamo 1-for-45

Tyler Baze 1-for-39

Tiago Pereira 1-for-26

Victor Espinoza 1-for-25

Fernando Perez 1-for-23

That’s a total of 5-for-158 or 3.2% for meet. I would avoid these jocks on the grass. If they beat you, they beat you.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Ultimate Holiday, 2. Maybellene, 3. Danette. LONG SHOT: She’s Reddy.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Spirit of Ten, 2. Yodel Up a Storm, 3. Salsita. LONG SHOT: Hugger of Trees.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Educating, 2. Tiz Ladys Legs, 3. Dixie Tweet. LONG SHOT: Midnight Candy.

Owner Glen Hill Farm has been waiting to get its 2-year-olds on the Del Mar grass and that’s what trainer Tom Proctor does here with this daughter of Elusive Quality, EDUCATING (4-1). Proctor is 23% first-time turf and 4-for-12 with horses debuting at a mile or longer.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Designated, 2. Canopus, 3. Burning. LONG SHOT: Stauffenberg.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Fashion Plate, 2. Jojo Warrior, 3. Delta Flower. LONG SHOT: Thegirlinthatsong.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Song to You, 2. Boozer, 3. Heat Flash. LONG SHOT: Quality Plan.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Broken Sword, 2. Every Way, 3. Magic Union. LONG SHOT: Scooter Bird.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Grandstand, 2. Diamond of Blue, 3. Carlot Cowboy. LONG SHOT: Dr Action.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Talco, 2. Flamboyant, 3. Enterprising. LONG SHOT: Aventador.

TALCO (8-1), a daughter of Pivotal, makes her first start in the United States in what looks like a private purchase. Trainer John Sadler puts jockey Corey Nakatani on board and he has been riding the turf course as well as anyone at this meet.

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10TH RACE: 1. Malibu Way, 2. Gold Medallion, 3. Hawk’s Eyes. LONG SHOT: Big Wags.

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11TH RACE: 1. Bijoux (best bet), 2. Nighttiming, 3. Keezheekoni. LONG SHOT: Halljoy.

BIJOUX (7-2), a daughter of Broken Vow, has a lot going for her in just her third career start. First, there is a big jock switch to Joel Rosario, who is in to ride the stakes; second, she comes out of a key race where the top two horses have come back to win and finally she has a big work for trainer John Sadler coming into the race.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Call to Congrats $8.60, sixth race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 5 (Cruisingtheharbor $12, first; Blue Tone $3.20, third; Foorstepsinbronze $4.60, fourth; Press Baron $11, seventh; Conquest Hiosilver $11.80, 10th)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 2 (Sam’s Sister $5.80, fifth; Sunset Glow $3.80, ninth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Warren’s Cliff S. $19.20, 11th)

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Del Mar selections for Saturday, Aug. 30

FIRST RACE: 1. Lady Danger, 2. Crusingtheharbor, 3. Beach Premier. LONG SHOT: Bullwinkle Babe.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Alfa Bird, 2. Snuggley Bear, 3. He’s On His Toes. LONG SHOT: Z Z Thunder. 

Trainer Victor Garcia isn’t known for winning with first-timers, but ALFA BIRD (5-1), a son of Birdstone, has been tearing it up in the mornings and might just be ready to roll with jockey Corey Nakatani aboard. This is a very tough maiden race.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Big Bane Theory, 2. Blue Tone, 3. Safety Belt. LONG SHOT: Calm Pacific.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. I’vegotafeeling, 2. Footstepsinbronze, 3. I’ll Wrap It Up. LONG SHOT: Knock Em Flat.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Goodbye Roselina, 2. Rovenna, 3. Sam’s Sister. LONG SHOT: Lucky Student.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Call to Congrats, 2. Bennett Jean, 3. Conquest Archangel. LONG SHOT: Moons Over Me.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Hog’s Hollow, 2. Press Baron, 3. Little Jerry. LONG SHOT: Perfect Set.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tappingintherain, 2. Koukla, 3. Sweet Marini. LONG SHOT: Mahalo Princess.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Conquest Eclipse (best bet), 2. Manahatta, 3. Sunset Glow. LONG SHOT: Seduire.

CONQUEST ECLIPSE (6-1), a daughter of Malibu Moon, broke her maiden with ease at Churchill Downs and has been waiting for this spot. She has been working well for trainer Mark Casse. Distance and Polytrack should be no problem.

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10TH RACE: 1. Nakamoto, 2. Conquest Hiosilver, 3. Selection. LONG SHOT: Gem Twist.

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11TH RACE: 1. Brazilian Court, 2. Know More, 3. Goyan. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Cliff S.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Missing Groom $5.80, first race; Intoxicating Move $9.80, fourth; Ashleyluvssugar $9.80, fifth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (Nero’s Pleasure $7.80, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Pursuitofparadise $10.80, second; Red Outlaw $7.20, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Del Mar selections for Friday, Aug. 29 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Missing Groom, 2. Beach Fever, 3. Mr. Casanova. LONG SHOT: Synnin.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Chippette, 2. Warren’s Assassin, 3. Pursuitofparadise. LONG SHOT: Dixie Deville.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Sheezflippinsexy (best bet), 2. Hennythelovepenny, 3. Suite One. LONG SHOT: Doctor Susan (SCRATCHED) NEW LONG SHOT: Ill Tell You What.

Trainer Vann Belvoir and jockey Rafael Bejarano are a 50% combination at Del Mar the last two years. Here they team up on a first time starter named SHEEZFLIPPINSEXY (6-1), by Tale of the Cat, who is a good first out sire.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Intoxicating Move, 2. Fantastic Mizz, 3. Highly Rated. LONG SHOT: Boller Bomb.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ashleyluvssugar, 2. Deraptor, 3. Public Policy. LONG SHOT: True Ten.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Big Tire, 2. Conquest Two Step, 3. Red Outlaw. LONG SHOT: Van Fraasen.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Keepnherinthedark, 2. Nero’s Pleasure, 3. Covey. LONG SHOT: Delphia.

KEEPNHERINTHEDARK (6-1), a daughter of Kitten’s Joy, drops into a maiden claimer for the first time off a nine-month layoff. Trainer Mark Glatt is 21% with horses off a layoff of more than 180 days and he’s 29% going from turf to synthetic.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Noble Bird $4.20, third race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 3 (Big Cazanova $3, second; Sheza an Eyeopener $7, fourth; Small Town Cop $10.80, fifth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Only Josie Knows $11.40, seventh; It Is Living Water $12, eighth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Chilada $9.80, sixth)

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Del Mar selections for Thursday, Aug. 28

FIRST RACE: Prettyhotprincess, 2. Hit Girl, 3. Popalicious. LONG SHOT: On Golden Pawn

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SECOND RACE: 1. A Red Tie Day, 2. Big Cazanova, 3. Patrioticandproud. LONG SHOT: Stoney Fleece.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Noble Birl, 2. Clickjab, 3. Constantine. LONG SHOT: Silver Touch.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. I’msoulflattering, 2. Sheza Eyeopener, 3. Always an Angel. LONG SHOT: Woodys Wharf.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Znelle, 2. Small Town Cop, 3. Rare Punch. LONG SHOT: Changing Game.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Carrick Bay (best bet), 2. Enduring Eric, 3. Asparagus. LONG SHOT: Chilada.

CARRICK BAY (8-1), a 3-year-old filly, will be running for the “Ship ‘N’ Win” program after running at Arlington Park. Trainer Vann Belvoir takes over the training and he is 24% first off the claim. On top of that, he lures red-hot Mike Smith to ride.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Seeking Shamrocks, 2. Air of Royalty, 3. Only Josie Knows. LONG SHOT: Glamsquad.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Inspired Wisdom, 2. Next Book, 3. It Is Living Water. LONG SHOT: Smokey’s Legacy.

Looks like jockey Mike Smith is going after the meet title as he rides this maiden claimer and sticks around for the last race. This gelding INSPIRED WISDOM (8-1) pressed the pace early in his debut and faded. Look for him to be tighter here for trainer Marty Jones.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 3 (Silk in Silver $5.40, second race; Holiday Maker $7.60, fourth; West Riding $3.80, fifth)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 3 (Best Efforts $9.20, third; Wedding Blush $5.40, sixth; Long Hot Summer $12.40, eighth)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1 (Devil’s Beauty $48.80, ninth)

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Del Mar selections for Wednesday, Aug. 25 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Speckles, 2. When I’m calling U, 3. First Flower. LONG SHOT: Whodoo Pirate.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Silk in Silver, 2. Cayanna, 3. Acute. LONG SHOT: My B F F.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Temeeku (best bet), 2. Best Efforts, 3. Doodetta. LONG SHOT: Star Act.

The 3-year-old TEMEEKU (4-1) was off slow in her debut, but made up ground in the stretch. She now gets two turns, which she was bred for. Trainer Peter Eurton is better second time out and jockey Joe Talamo is one of his main men.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Holiday Maker, 2. Mama’s Trasheed, 3. Misty Warrior. LONG SHOT: Imperial Badger.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. West Riding, 2. Zanbo, 3. Tiz a Kiss. LONG SHOT: Passionate Diva.

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Race 6: #5 Racing for Chasen, 2. Wedding Blush, 3. Rosie Brown. LONG SHOT: Urgraceisenough.

RACING FOR CHASEN (5-1), a 2-year-old filly, has improved each time out and jockey Stewart Elliott, who is returning from an injury, seems to have the right idea what to do with her. She likes the Polytrack and could improve some more in her first try against winners.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Hidden Zensation, 2. In Excessiveness, 3. Sir Macho. LONG SHOT: Romar Success.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Grand Yodeler, 2. Long Hot Summer, 3. Lost Bus. LONG SHOT: Do the Danse (SCRATCHED) NEW PICK: My Fiona.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Mucho Blessings, 2. Daddy’s Duo, 3. Wistful Woman. LONG SHOT: Devil’s Beauty.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 1 (Conquest Panthera $3, first race)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 3 (Shun $10.80, seventh; Shared Belief $4.40, 10th; World Famous Sam T $12.20, 11th)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 5 (Bee Brave $8.60, second; Miss Super Quick $10.80, fourth; Tom’s Tribute $8.20, fifth; Burning Arch $10.60, eighth; Goldencents $5.40, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Light the City $14.60, third)

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Del Mar selections for Sunday, Aug. 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Conquest Panthera, 2. Dream It Do It, 3. Madiba. LONG SHOT: Sunbeamsfromheaven.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Yahilwa, 2. Free Money, 3. Bee Brave. LONG SHOT: Upbeat Mood.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Star’s Woman, 2. Make the Sun Shine, 3. Madam Aamoura. LONG SHOT: Light the City.

Trainer Michael Stidham brought a string to Del Mar for the first time and included STAR’S WOMAN (6-1), a 2-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality. She has one big work over the track, Stidham is 17% with first-timers and he gets red-hot Kent Desormeaux to ride.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Kirov, 2. Go Get Em Babe, 3. Miss Super Quick. LONG SHOT: Silver Sails.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Obviously (best bet), 2. He Be Fire N Ice, 3. Tom’s Tribute. LONG SHOT: Rock Me Baby.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Sandy’s Song, 2. Dr. Fager’s Gal, 3. Ritzy Tags. LONG SHOT: Sweeter Thancandy.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Foolhardy, 2. Shun, 3. Hurricane Lake. LONG SHOT: Be Here Now.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Burns Turn, 2. Al Freej, 3. Burning Arch. LONG SHOT: Special Charm.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Fed Biz, 2. Big Macher, 3. Goldencents. LONG SHOT: Silentio.

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10TH RACE (Pacific Classic): 1. Majestic Harbor, 2. Shared Belief, 3. Game On Dude. LONG SHOT: Clubhouse Ride.

This 6-year-old MAJESTIC HARBOR (9-2) broke through last time with a scintillating win in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita. He has been training good over the Polytrack and we are expecting a pace meltdown up front with jockey Tyler Baze picking up the pieces on this Sean McCarthy-trainee.

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11TH RACE: 1. Navarre, 2. World Famous Sam T, 3. Charisma Code. LONG SHOT: Sonicvelocity.

Jockey Joe Talamo had his choice mounts in this race and chooses to ride this 5-year-old NAVARRE (6-1), who was claimed by trainer Craig Dollase out of his last effort. Coming from off the pace just might be the right ticket at 6½ furlongs.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 3 (Play Hard to Get $8.40, second race; Masochistic $3, fourth; Next Speaker $9.20, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 0

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Jedi Mind Trick $6.60, third; Top Drawer $22.20, sixth; Mindfully $7.20, seventh)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 2 (Stylish in Black $6.20, fifth; Big John B $5.20, eighth)

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