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Del Mar opinions for Wednesday, Aug. 5

Race 1: #7 Okaad (15-1)

This gelding broke his maiden going this distance in wire-to-wire fashion and we look for jockey Iggy Puglisi to try similar tactics. Trainer Paul Aguirre is 41% with horses off a 90-day plus layoff.

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Race 3: #1 Book Thirty Four (3-1) BEST BET

Trainer Doug O’Neill was on fire last week and he hopes to continue the roll in the new week. This 3-year-old drops into a claimer against winners for the first time and Rafael Bejarano, one of the leading jockeys, jumps on and he is 20% with O’Neill.

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Race 7: #1 Shapely (15-1)

This is a pretty good price on a good trainer (Ron Ellis). He is 32% turf to dirt and 33% third off the layoff. On top of that he is 35% with jockey Drayden Van Dyke.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Frandontjudge $10.80, second race; Gimme Da Lute $2.80, fifth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 0

Sunday’s third choice winners: 3 (London Legacy $5.60, third; Gunslinger $6.40, fourth; Flat Gone $5, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Blameitonthelaw $8, seventh)

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Del Mar selections for Sunday, Aug. 2

FIRST RACE: 1. Nite Delite, 2. Kiss My Face, 3. Blue Cilantro. LONG SHOT: Lady of Winterfell.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #3 FRANDONTJUDGE (6-1) best bet, 2. Smart N Dreamy, 3. Papslilprincess. LONG SHOT: Enduring Erin.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 28% with horses first time off the claim and that’s what he has with this filly. She had a ton of trouble in the last down the hill at Santa Anita and might relish a return to two turns.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Prince Charmant, 2. Roman Tizzy, 3. London Legacy. LONG SHOT: Tough Sunday.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Shanty Irish, 2. Gunlsinger, 3. Pyrotechnics. LONG SHOT: Bargaining.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Gimme Da Lute, 2. Rocko’s Wheel, 3. Neveradoubt. LONG SHOT: Smack Talk.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #4 All Run (6-1), 2. Devil Rising, 3. Silver Torch. LONG SHOT: Cervaro.

This gelding finished third at this level at Golden Gate going long on the turf. Trainer Ed Moger Jr. some good past numbers at Del Mar and jockey Joe Talamo decides to stay aboard.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. South Detroit, 2. Semper Fortis, 3. Who’s Out. LONG SHOT: Blameitonthelaw.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Artistic Charm, 2. Maibaby, 3. Sayes So. LONG SHOT: All Star Bub.
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NINTH RACE: 1. #3 With the Breeze (6-1), 2. Big Hat Charlie, 3.  Flat Gone. LONG SHOT: Go First.

This gelding had trouble at the start last time and probably didn’t like the mud last time at Del Mar. Trainer Vann Belvoir is 25% second time with horses and hot jockey Flavien Prat staying aboard.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Beholder $2.60, eighth race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (One Last Shot $12.20, seventh race)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Smooth Roller $6.60, ninth race)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar picks for Saturday, Aug. 1 (UPDATED)

FIRST RACE: 1. Moonlight Meeting, 2. Indian Nate, 3. American Act. LONG SHOT: Ice Cream Truck.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Bird E House, 2. American Aristocat, 3. Ransom Canyon. LONG SHOT: Tester.

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THIRD RACE: 1. #7 Dynamite Ride (6-1), 2. Global Magician, 3. Currency Exchange. LONG SHOT: Jazzy Josh (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Rocker.

Trainer Victor Garcia is a deadly 33% first off the claim. He must have had turf in mind when he claimed this 3-year-old last time out. Red-hot Flavien Prat gets the call in the saddle.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Chia Love, 2. Can Can Babe (SCRATCHED) new pick: Hold Me Fast, 3. Mothernaturespell. LONG SHOT: Racing for Chasen.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. #5 Look Me in the Eye (3-1), 2. Tengas Ransom, 3. Speedin With Eddie. LONG SHOT: Lucky Patrick.

Trainer Mike Puype is 22% with beaten favorites in their next start and he does very well in the state-bred ranks at Del Mar. On top of that top jock Rafael Bejarano takes the mount and he is 32% with Puype.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Sensitively, 2. Lamontagne, 3. Tale of Papa Nick. LONG SHOT: Sweet Profit.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Two Steps of Glory, 2. One Last Shot, 3. Seaside Glory. LONG SHOT: Oh Great Idea.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #1 BEHOLDER (6-5) best bet, 2. Yahilwa, 3. Warren’s Veneda. LONG SHOT: Gusto Dolce (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Thegirlinthatsong.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Yahoo Tahoe, 2. Seeking the West, 3. Smooth Roller. LONG SHOT: Perfect Set.

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10TH RACE: 1. #3 Elegant Street (10-1), 2. Dylan Ward, 3. Rosicky. LONG SHOT: Second Summer.

Trainer Bobby Wayne Grayson doesn’t start many, but he’s often live. This 4-year-old is coming a huge career debut on the turf and stretches out around two truns, which he was bred to do. Grayson is 23% with second-time starters and he goes for a jockey improvement to Mario Gutierrez.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (An Unusual Group $16.80, first race; W. Giles $8.60, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (Motown Men $8.40, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 3 (Rockport Kat $12.40, second; Yodelsong $21, fourth; Nahem $12.20, fifth)

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Del Mar selections for Friday, July 31

FIRST RACE: 1. An Unusual Group, 2. Warren’s Cracker, 3. Vow Me Over. LONG SHOT: Lirica Heat.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #8 BELLAMY CONCERTO (5-2) best bet, 2. Carson City Five, 3. Bollywood. LONG SHOT: Rockport Kat.

Trainer Richard Mandella is 35% with horses making their first run in a maiden claiming race. Jockey Gary Stevens sticks and he is 29% with Mandella.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Mango Reward, 2. Take Back Spring, 3. Blind Dreams. LONG SHOT: Asparagus.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Fantasy of Luck, 2. Scathing, 3. Some Caan Job. LONG SHOT: Yodelsong.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. #4 Jomelo (3-1), 2. Empty Headed, 3. Al’s Uncle. LONG SHOT: Nahem.

This gelding drops to a level he has won at before. He has a win at Del Mar and trainer Richard Baltas is 36% with horses that are beaten favorites. Jockey Rafael Bejarano stays on and he is 32% with Baltas.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Fame and Power, 2. Motown Men, 3. Rye Patch. LONG SHOT: Alex Rossi.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ibelievewewillwin, 2. Aiming Straight, 3. Reckless Charm. LONG SHOT: She’s a Classic.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #5 W. Giles (6-1), 2. Frensham, 3. My Slew. LONG SHOT: Sir Barclay.

Trainer Phil D’Amato claimed this gelding in January and is taking a huge drop in class. D’Amato is 35% with horses coming off a long layoff and he employs jockey Tyler Baze, who is 28% with D’Amato.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Shared Image $7.40, second race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Little Jerry $12.60, seventh)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Eagle Rock $9.20, third)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar selections for Thursday, July 30

FIRST RACE: 1. #5 ITZ A SAINT (4-1) best bet, 2. Wild Caroline, 3. Gem of a Gal. LONG SHOT: Grammy Times Six.

This mare has never been out of the money in 10 tries at this distance, winning four times. Trainer Richard Baltas is off to a hot start and he is 27% with layoffs of longer than 180 days and he’s 30% with jockey Martin Pedroza.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Shared Image, 2. Sugar Spice, 3. Prettyhotprincess. LONG SHOT: Myrna Lou.
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THIRD RACE: 1. #6 Zanbo (5-2), 2. Augustina de Aragon, 3. Bartiromo. LONG SHOT: Loveintheshadows.

This mare just ran over the weekend, finishing fourth and missing by one length. Trainer Peter Miller is 2-for-5 at Del Mar when bringing a horse back on less than 7 days rest. This 6-year-oldis dropping from the allowance ranks to a claimer and Tyler Baze stays aboard.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Excite Me, 2. Unbridled Rocket, 3. Mishegas. LONG SHOT: Dixie Writer.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Benba, 2. Papa Kade, 3. Eternal Flame. LONG SHOT: Rainbow North.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Cassandras Chase, 2. Arewehavingfunyet, 3. Girl Downstairs. LONG SHOT: Marketplace.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Point Piper, 2. Little Jerry, 3. Draw Two. LONG SHOT: Danas Best.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Papa Frank, 2. Herbies Thunder, 3. Eagle Rock. LONG SHOT: Generous Don.

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 Wednesday’s top choice winners: 1 (Land Over Sea $3.40, fifth race)
Wednesday’s second choice winners: 0
Wednesday’s third choice winners: 1 (Jimmy Bouncer $8.60, third)
Wednesday’s long shot winners: 4 (Hye I’m Jack $28.80, first; Mr. Zippers $32.60, second; Tumbleweedprincess $8, fourth; Saint Adalbert $25.40, eighth)
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Del Mar selections for Wednesday, July 29

FIRST RACE: 1. He Will, 2. Oil, 3. Prodigious. LONG SHOT: Hye I’m Jack.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Worldwide, 2. Where Was Eddie, 3. Chromium. LONG SHOT: Mr. Zippers.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Tizcano, 2. Well Maybe, 3. Jimmy Bouncer. LONG SHOT: Clever Royal.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. #8 Lov Fool (12-1), 2. Rich Girl, 3. Tequila Mary, LONG SHOT:  Tumbleweedprincess.

Trainer Tim Yakteen is 18% in maiden claiming events. Here he adds blinkers to a filly that showed speed last time and he puts the red-hot Flavien Prat aboard.

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Race 5: #7 Warm Endowment (5-2) STUCK IN RACE AND LIKELY TO SCRATCH

This filly is sired by Unusual Heat (12% first time turf) and is out of a Lemon Drop Kid (13%) mare. That screams turf and two turns. The 2-year-old got her prep at Los Alamitos and today is graduation day for trainer Dean Pederson, who is 43% with first-time turfers. If she runs, she’s our best bet, but it sounds like she will scratch.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Land Over Sea, 2. Asian Moonlady, 3. She’s On the Line. LONG SHOT: Red Stitch.

 

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Temperature Runnin, 2. Bonus Spin, 3. Anita Marie. LONG SHOT: Lucky Student.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Kyankes, 2. Belle Et Bete, 3. Housemaker. LONG SHOT: Sound City.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #8 MIGHTY BROWN (6-1), 2. No Ez Money, 3. Shakahari. LONG SHOT: Saint Adalbert.

Midwest-based trainer Michael Stidham already has a couple wins at the meet and he puts 19% barn rider James Graham up here for this Arlington Park invader. The son of Big Brown has two wins on dirt and a good work over the track. Stidham is 28% going route to sprint.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Hide My Heart $3.20, first race; Far Out Kailee $22.20, third; Spirit of Ten $10.80, 10th)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Newfound Gold $4.20, fourth; Songbird $6.40, seventh)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Rare Candy $6.60, fifth; Wild Dude $24.60, sixth)

 

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Del Mar selections for Sunday, July 26

FIRST RACE: 1. Hide My Heart, 2. Gold Journey, 3. Warrensdollarsigns. LONG SHOT: Ill Tell You What.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Jan’s Spirit, 2. Haaay Sexy Lady, 3. Wild Heart Run. LONG SHOT: Shallot.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Far Out Kailee, 2. L’s Choice, 3. Woody’s Folly. LONG SHOT: Admiral Jaxon.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. #7 Justa Splash (5-1), 2. Newfound Gold, 3. Oh Daddy Oh. LONG SHOT: Brando the Birdman.

Trainer John Martin is 33% with shippers and horses from Golden Gate have been doing well so far at the meet. Speed jockey Martin Pedroza jumps on.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. #11 Osceola Pond (3-1), 2. Handful of Stripes, 3. Scatastrophe. LONG SHOT: Rare Candy.

This gelding must draw into the race, but if he does watch out. We have been waiting for the offspring of Cape Blanco to go two turns on the turf and that’s what we have for the potent pair of trainer Tom Proctor and jockey Gary Stevens (19%).

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SIXTH RACE: 1. MASOCHISTIC (best bet), 2. Kobe’s Back, 3. Distinctiv Passion. LONG SHOT: Wild Dude.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Treasuring, 2. Songbird, 3. Tiz a Tommy Town. LONG SHOT: Annie’s Curls.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #6 Lucky J Lane (6-1), 2. Poshsky, 3. Temple Keys. LONG SHOT: Surfcup.

Jockey Rafael Bejarano returns to this gelding and has had some past success with him. The jockey is 31% with trainer Richard Baltas. This 4-year-old can be on the pace or come from behind.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Alamo, 2. Clickjab, 3. Magic Moon. LONG SHOT: Lucky for Danny.
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10TH RACE: 1. #9 Spirit of Ten (9-2), 2. Temeeku, 3. Q’ Viva. LONG SHOT: Wonderful Lie.

When trainer Phil D’Amato gets a horse good, they usually stay that way as witness his 30% win rate with horses that won their last race. Jockey Tyler Baze rides back and must find some position from the outside but this one has the speed to do it.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Exaggerator $6.20, sixth race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 3 (Chaulk O Lattey $7.80, seventh, Catch a Flight $8.40, eighth; Micks Miracle $5.20, ninth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Brimstone $10.20, first; Big Book $9.40, third; Unusual Taste $32.60, fifth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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