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Del Mar picks for Thursday, Nov. 27 (Bing Crosby Season)

Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget first post is 11 a.m.

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FIRST RACE: 1. May B, 2. Inspired Wisdom, 3. Kings Adventure. LONG SHOT: Watch It Buster.

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SECOND RACE: 1.Champion Risk, 2. Windy Forecast, 3. Xoxo. LONG SHOT: Stealth Drone.

CHAMPION RISK (6-1), a 2-year-old filly, broke her maiden over this track in July and came back with another win at Santa Anita. She has speed and decent works since her last race for trainer Tim Yakteen and jockey Tyler Baze.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Burning, 2. Curlin Iron, 3. Royal Tale. LONG SHOT: Stauffenberg.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Peaches n’ Brandy, 2. Albany Candy, 3. Where Is My Mind. LONG SHOT: Emerald Bay.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Colonel Joan (best bet), 2. Odisseia, 3. Aguafria. LONG SHOT: Royal Temptress.

COLONEL JOAN (6-1), a 3-year-old filly, won over this turf course earlier in the meet and moves up in class. She has been out of the money just once in five grass tries. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens picks up the mount for trainer Eoin Harty.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Alfa Bird, 2. Nowalking, 3. Little Curlin. LONG SHOT: The Custodian.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. The Piazza Man, 2. Finnegans Wake, 3. Holiday Star. LONG SHOT: Irish Surf.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Pat the Bear, 2. Dream Police, 3. Sky Heart. LONG SHOT: Sunbeamsfromheaven.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (El Nino Terrible $6.60, sixth; Dancinthenightaway $3, seventh; Jomelo $5.20, ninth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 3 (Guy Code $6.60, first; Whoyougonnacall $8.40, third; Big Macher $4.80, eighth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Zanbo $4.40, second)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Grandstand $4.60, fifth)

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Del Mar picks for Sunday, Nov. 23 (Bing Crosby Season) UPDATED

FIRST RACE: 1. Dudley Studley, 2. Guy Code, 3. Guyfromtheskyfive. LONG SHOT: Nellie Fox.

Trainer Dan Hendricks is 21% with 2-year-olds and maiden claimers. DUDLEY STUDLEY (6-1), a 2-year-old by Benchmark, has a good work coming into the race and has good win-early breeding. Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke takes the mount.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Mon Petite, 2. Miss Ellany (SCRATCHED) new pick: Tanquerray, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Tebowing.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Hot Lightning, 2. Whoyougonnacall, 3. Slapshot Man. LONG SHOT: Sacred Temple.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Nighttiming, 2. Cacica Dulima, 3. Stole a Kiss. LONG SHOT: Lethal Story.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Candy Anniversary (best bet), 2. Mind the Master, 3. Blackford. LONG SHOT: Grandstand.

CANDY ANNIVERSARY (8-1), a 3-year-old, drops into an opener claimer for the first time and stretches out around two turns for the first time. By Candy Ride out of a Deputy Minister mare, the stretch out should be no problem for this John Sadler trainee.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. El Nino Terrible, 2. Whine for Wine, 3. Kristo. LONG SHOT: Celtic Moon.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Dancnthenightaway, 2. Backwoods Belle, 3. Cal Gal. LONG SHOT: Copperopolis.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Red Outlaw, 2. Big Macher, 3. Soi Phet (SCRATCHED) new pick: Rousing Sermon. LONG SHOT: Magic Mark.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Jomelo, 2. Dysprosium, 3. Mambo Man. LONG SHOT: Ezio.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Grand Yodeler $5.20, first race; Secretsatmidnight $4.80, seventh)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 0

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Tiz Futurity $18.80, fifth; Persuasive Paul $12.40, sixth; Sayes So $7.40, ninth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Shesheisnot $6, second)

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Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 22 (Bing Crosby Season) UPDATED

FIRST RACE: 1. Grand Yodeler, 2. Princess Bertrando, 3. Tatum’s Gold (SCRATCHED) new pick: Desert Thief. LONG SHOT: Easter Fever.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Luvly Rita, 2. Kadesha, 3. Diaminda. LONG SHOT: Light Striker (SCRATCHED) new pick: Shysheisnot.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Deep Play, 2. Usbek Thunder, 3. Cardio Royale. LONG SHOT: Trucial State.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Mahalo Princess, 2. Faith Hope Love, 3. Air Of Royalty. LONG SHOT: Lucky Student.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Secret Command, 2. Mahalo Arturo, 3. Tiz Futurity. LONG SHOT: Intaxication.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Buymeabond (best bet), 2. Indian Nate, 3. Persuasive Paul. LONG SHOT: Los Bambinos.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer claimed BUYMEABOND (6-1), a 4-year-old, and Hollendorfer is 36% first off the claim. This gelding has all six career victories on the grass and great turf rider Corey Nakatani jumps on. Reports are he has been working good coming into this race.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Secretsatmidnight, 2. Nicklaus Way, 3. Bird E House. LONG SHOT: Gotham News.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Appealing Cat, 2. Modernstone, 3. Scooter Bird. LONG SHOT: Winning Rhythm.

When trainer Graham Motion ships West, it’s with a purpose. APPEALING CAT (7-2), a 5-year-old mare, finished third in a long-distance and he tries to get her a graded stakes win in this spot. Jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps aboard this mare, who can press the pace or come from out of it.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Faringdon Circle, 2. Dakota Kid, 3. Sayes So. LONG SHOT: Privleged One.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Midnight Candy $4.20, first race; Well Measured $7.20, third;Temeeku $4.20, fourth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Olivia’s Greatdane $4.40, second; Tizcano $8.80, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Gabby’s Purim $6.60, fifth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Brackendale $10.40, ninth)

 

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Del Mar selections for Friday, Nov. 21 (Bing Crosby Season)

FIRST RACE: 1. Midnight Candy, 2. Seek Safe Harbor, 3. Watdifrenzdzitmake. LONG SHOT: Oh Deann.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Conquest Superstep, 2. Olivia’s Greatdane, 3. Bayonet. LONG SHOT: Show Stealer.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Well Measured, 2. Memphis, 3. Luckbox Sam. LONG SHOT: Lucky Views.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Temeeku, 2. Bilger’s Sapphire, 3. Warrens Goldenugget. LONG SHOT: Mad Melinda.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Cayanna, 2. I’m No Patsy, 3. Gabby’s Purim. LONG SHOT: Spirit of Ten.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Bench Warrant, 2. Tizcano, 3. Inexcess Time. LONG SHOT: Two Six Wins.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Stars Above Me (best bet), 2. Sam’s Sister, 3. Biorhythm. LONG SHOT: Ramona’s Wildcat.

STARS ABOVE ME (3-1), a 3-year-old filly, finished third down the hill at Santa Anita in her West Coast debut for trainer Graham Motion. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith takes the mount and figures to gun from the gate.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dead Easy, 2. Thesheetsguy, 3. Warrior’s Ridge. LONG SHOT: Brackendale. 

DEAD EASY (4-1), a 4-year-old gelding, finally showed a bit more speed last time and drops from straight maidens to maiden claiming $20,000.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Jedi Mind Trick $5.80, first race; Alice Roadtrain $10, second)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Pioneerof the West $6.60, fifth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Nero’s Pleasure $36.20, sixth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Mega Heat $11.60, seventh)

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Del Mar selections for Thursday, Nov. 20 (Bing Crosby Season) UPDATED

Entering the third week of racing at the new Del Mar fall meet and we see some interesting trends as far as post positions go.

On the Polytrack, inside is still the place to be, just like it was in the summer. Post positions 1-4 have won 62% of the races (18 of 29). The same can’t be said for the route races as the 1 and 2 posts are a combined 1 for 11 while posts 3 to 6 are 7 for 11 (72%).

On the turf course, there have been only three 5-furlong races so no real trends there. However, go around two turns, trends have changed. It was tough to win from the inside during the summer, but now posts 1 to 3 are 9 for 18 (50%). Keep an eye on it.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Jedi Mind Trick, 2. Rocked Twice, 3. Vegas Street. LONG SHOT: Preacher Roe.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Alice Roadtrain, 2. Here’s Bella, 3. Hollywood Royalty. LONG SHOT: Private Marina.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Lookin for Money, 2. Golds Venice, 3. Lady Danger. LONG SHOT: Chia Love.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Kohala, 2. Push Girl, 3. Underhill Drive. LONG SHOT: Siena Grace.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Milton, 2. Pioneerof the West, 3. Cyrus Alexander. LONG SHOT: Madiba (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Call It Good. 

I was prepared to make CYRUS ALEXANDER my best bet of the day but those post position stats made me re-think the race. MILTON comes out of the the DORTMUND maiden race, which has already produced one winner, so we’ll go that way, but an exacta box on the top three might be a way to go. MADIBA, a $700,000 yearling purchase, has been a major disappointment, but he is the “other” Hollendorfer in this spot as Jerry also starts Cyrus.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Q’ Viva, 2. Comin’offthebench, 3. Nero’s Bench. LONG SHOT: Denotation.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Super Ability (best bet), 2. Hay Dude, 3. Bettys Bambino. LONG SHOT: Mega Heat.

Jockey Joe Talamo jumps on SUPER ABILITY (4-1), a 6-year-old gelding. which is stretching out after third place finish vs. Cal Breds. This son on Langfuhr has won in open company before at Del Mar. Look for Talamo to try to go wire-to-wire.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Clem Juice, 2. Cape’s Rockette (SCRATCHED), 3. Caymus Kat. LONG SHOT: South Texas. New picks: 1. Clem Juice, 2. Gold Journey, 3. Caymus Kat. LONG SHOT: South Texas.

CLEM JUICE (6-1) is a 2-year-old daughter of Papa Clem, whose offspring does well first time out and vs. Cal-bred competition. On top of that jockey Iggy Puglisi and trainer Paul Aguirre are a good combo and seem do well in the final race of the day a lot. This filly has been training well at Los Alamitos.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Pursuitofparadise $6, first race; Tosheen $5.20, fourth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Achiever’s Legacy $21.60, second)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Fast Magoo $5.80, seventh; Neveradoubt $12.40, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Serbian Syclone $10.60, third; Smokey’s Legacy $4.60, fifth)

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Del Mar selections for Sunday, Nov. 16 UPDATED (Bing Crosby Season)

Couple of big scratches already this morning. Also I’ll be doing the Del Mar handicapping seminar near the Seaside terrace at 11:30 a.m. Come by and say hi.

FIRST RACE: 1. Pursuitofparadise, 2. Acute, 3. Parada. LONG SHOT: J and S Express.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Light the City, 2. Achiever’s Legacy, 3. Maybellene. LONG SHOT: Into Oblivion.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Steam Play, 2. Blue Law, 3. Force. LONG SHOT: Serbian Syclone.

Trainer Bob Baffert wins 23% with first-time starters and he owns half of STEAM PLAY (2-1), a son of Stroll, who has been training well for his debut. Will have to gun from the No. 1 hole, but it appears the works say he can do that under barn jockey Martin Garcia. This is a very point race as the newcomers are all working well.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Tosheen, 2. Crux, 3. Kozani. LONG SHOT: Public Policy.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Militant, 2. Boss Cat, 3. Bittter Heat. LONG SHOT: Smokey’s Legacy.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Sir Barclay, 2. Mosso, 3. Bourne Hot. LONG SHOT: Dynamo Dixie.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tale of Papa Nick (BEST BET) SCRATCHED, 2. Wild At Best, 3. No Comparison. LONG SHOT: Radiant Journey. New picks: 1. Wild At Best, No Comparison, 3. Fast Magoo. LONG SHOT: Radiant Journey.

TALE OF PAPA NICK (6-1), a 3-year-old filly, is by Papa Clem, who is a good first-out sire, especially in the Cal-bred ranks. Trainer Richard Baltas has come out firing at this meet with two winners from nine starts. WILD AT BEST has the experience edge and only figures to improve. TALE OF PAPA NICK was scratched this morning.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Law Dog, 2. Lindante, 3. Eddie’s Turn. LONG SHOT: Smart Journey.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Dr. Suer, 2. Tough Sunday (SCRATCHED), 3. Neveradoubt. LONG SHOT: Lovely Summer. NEW PICKS: 1. Dr. Suer, 2. Price of Glory, 3. Neveradoubt. LONG SHOT: Lovely Summer.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (My Monet $4.20, second race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 0

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Sky Mega $7.40, third; Memphis $7, fifth; Regally Soul $16.60, ninth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Play Hard to Get $24.60, seventh)

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Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 15 Updated (Bing Crosby Season)

FIRST RACE: 1. Fascinating, 2. Go Get Em Babe, 3. Sky Mega. LONG SHOT: See Through.

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SECOND RACE: 1. My Monet, 2. Smoove It, 3. Seeking Shamrocks. LONG SHOT: Incentive Award.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Oh Newman, 2. Where’s the Moon, 3. Mr. Chase. LONG SHOT: Increase.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Dylan Ward, 2. Moonlight Meeting, 3. Opsec. LONG SHOT: J Serino.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Industry Leader, 2. Heyyoucan, 3. Memphis. LONG SHOT: Tribal Dude.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Prettypreciousheir, 2. Miss Centerfold, 3. Megyns Gold. LONG SHOT: Avenge.

The Leandro Mora barn, aka Doug O’Neill, has been on fire since O’Neill went on suspension. PRETTYPRECIOUSHEIR (6-1), a 2-year-old by Wildcat Heir, has early-win breeding and should love the Del Mar Polytrack with leading jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Goodison Park, 2. Eddie’s Turn, 3. Husband’s Foley. LONG SHOT: Play Hard to Get.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Diamond Majesty, 2. Alright Alright, 3. All Indians. LONG SHOT: Prime Engine (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Sebastian’s Heart.

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NINTH RACE: 1.Hadfunlastnight (best bet), 2. Life a Riley, 3. Regally Soul. LONG SHOT: Giant Ego.

HADFUNLASTNIGHT (9-2), a gelding, loves to win races, especially on synthetic surfaces (6-for-13) and on Del Mar’s Polytrack (4-for-8). He takes a drop in class but should be forwardly place by jockey Elvis Trujillo for trainer Victor Garcia, who is 27% with the jockey. There’s no way to get 9-2 on this horse as there have been scratches and will be two more Saturday morning as there are two “stuck” horses.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Distinctiv Passion $6.40, second race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Aguacita $10, third; Dr. Vincentstein $16, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Practising $6.60, seventh)

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