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Del Mar selections for Friday, Aug. 15

FIRST RACE: 1. Curlin Iron, 2. Kings Adventure, 3. Silver Torch. LONG SHOT: Dragon Attack.

CURLIN IRON (8-1), a 3-year-old colt, was entered in a maiden claiming $20K earlier in the meet but was scratched when he drew the No. 1 post. Now he draws the outside and trainer Bill Spawr is a surprising 2-for-5 with first-timers at Del Mar the last three years. KINGS ADVENTURE showed high speed in a maiden special weight race and will be tough to beat.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Miss Kit Kat, 2. Swiss Intrigue, 3. Theatrical Cast. LONG SHOT: Never Again.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Te Rapa, 2. Boat Trip, 3. Mr. Commons. LONG SHOT: Forest Mouse.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Eltoninadress, 2. One Magical Girl, 3. Sizzling Lassie. LONG SHOT: Fanny Brice.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. My Slew, 2. Heir of Storm, 3. American Pride. LONG SHOT: Cuzan.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Wonderfully, 2. Sheza Smoke Show, 3. Istanford. LONG SHOT: Time and Tides.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Natal (best bet), 2. Minnaloushe, 3. Best in Class. LONG SHOT: Indian Proof.

NATAL (7-2), a daughter of City Zip, had trouble at the start in her February debut and has been on sidelines since. She showed a bit of speed and now drops to the bottom level of maiden claimers for trainer John Sadler, who employees apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Rosie Brown $8.40, first race; Mosso $19.60, fourth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Sweet as a Rose $6.60, sixth; Fable $9.40, seventh)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Contessa B. $6.20, fifth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Kate’s Event $6.80, third)

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Del Mar selections for Thursday, Aug. 14

FIRST RACE: 1. Rosie Brown, 2. Gold Journey, 3. Awe Gee. LONG SHOT: Fortune’s Daughter.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Theatre Star, 2. Bunairgead, 3. Spring Bloom. LONG SHOT: Biorhythm.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Monument (best bet), 2. Got Even, 3. Pepnic. LONG SHOT: Kate’s Event.

MONUMENT (8-1), a 4-year-old colt, is a perfect 2-for-2 on the Del Mar Polytrack. Still above his claimed level and pressed the pace last time on the turf before tiring. Jockey Agapito Delgadillo stays aboard for trainer Alfredo Marquez.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Mosso, 2. Boom Boys, 3. Rainbow North. LONG SHOT: Tasha’s Courage.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tiz Zoe Cee, 2. Kid Rollins, 3. Contessa B. LONG SHOT: Sheza Eyeopener.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Williams Bay, 2. Sweet as a Rose, 3. Penny Sixpence. LONG SHOT: Freethinker.

WILLIAMS BAY (3-1), a daughter of Kitten’s Joy, is bred to run all day long. She turned in an even effort coming down the hill at Santa Anita for trainer Tom Proctor, who is 25% with second time maiden starters. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke jumps aboard. PENNY SIXPENCE is the likely favorite, but a horse has yet to win from the No. 1 post on the turf at the meet and the Neil Drysdale trainee got moved in by a scratch.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. New Nature, 2. Fable, 3. Hugh Knew. LONG SHOT: La Casadora.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Hope ‘n Pray, 2. Cuneo, 3. Zippingaroundtown. LONG SHOT: Valentine Boy.

Trainer Andy Mathis claimed HOPE ‘ N PRAY (6-1), a son of Old Topper, out of a third-place effort last time. The gelding was closing down the lane and gets an extra half-furlong at the same class level. Long shot jockey Tiago Pereira jumps aboard in a definite jockey upgrade.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 3 (Ontology $5.40, first race; Perfect Set $5.20, fourth; Merit Man $7.20, seventh)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 1 (Majestic Presence $7.80, fifth)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1 (Watch It Buster $13.60, eighth)

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Del Mar selections for Thursday, Aug. 7 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. City Ride, 2. Don’t Needa Reason, 3. Where Is My Mind. LONG SHOT: Easter Fever.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Wicked City Woman (SCRATCHED), 2. Among the Stars, 3. Speckles. LONG SHOT: Analemma. New picks: 1. Among the Stars, 2. Speckles, 3. She’s Flush. LONG SHOT: Analemma.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Sky Heart, 2. John’s Express, 3. Social Request. LONG SHOT: Stellar Act.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Happy Idea (best bet), 2. Noble Metal, 3. Oh Daddy Oh. LONG SHOT: Cousin Ricky.

HAPPY IDEA (5-2), a 3-year-old gelding comes out of a key race at Los Alamitos and he won that race. He takes drop in claiming price here but apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke stays on for trainer Bob Hess.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tribal Echo, 2. Empire Cat, 3. Wildling. LONG SHOT: Whoyougonnacall.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Tribal Jewel, 2. Tiznow Or Then, 3. Foolhardy. LONG SHOT: Shun.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Heat Trap, 2. Journey On, 3. Hail Mary. LONG SHOT: Living The Life.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kimnjet, 2. Hold Everything, 3. Expo and Fig. LONG SHOT: Mahalo Arturo.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 1 (J and S Express $4.80, first race)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 1 (Myrna Lou $13, third)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 1 (Lucky S. J. $17.80, sixth)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 2 (Sunset Glow $8.60, seventh; Spirit of Ten $13.40, eighth)

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Del Mar selections for Wednesday, Aug. 6 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. J and S Express, 2. Small Moves, 3. Sydney’s Darling. LONG SHOT: Spring Gal.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Satirical, 2. Peppy Bolly, 3. Rovenna. LONG SHOT: Popalicious.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Champion Risk, 2. Myrna Lou, 3. Robo Girl. LONG SHOT: Global Hart.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Tribal Peace, 2. My B F F, 3. Cayanna. LONG SHOT: Acute.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Prospector Alley, 2. Missing Groom, 3. Golden Guy. LONG SHOT: Synnin.

PROSPECTOR ALLEY (7-2), a 3-year-old gelding, has been collecting checks, but just not getting there for trainer John Sadler. She tries Polytrack for the first time and the daughter of Flower Alley should like the synthetic. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke rides her for the fourth straight time.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Moving Desert, 2. Cal Gal, 3. Lucky S. J. LONG SHOT: Little But Lucky.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Caval, 2. Conquest Eclipse (SCRATCHED), 3. Sharla Rae. LONG SHOT: Sunset Glow. NEW PICKS: 1. Caval, 2. Heart of Paradise, 3. Sharla Rae. LONG SHOT: Sunset Glow.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Windy Starlite, 2. Stored Attaq, 3. Swiss Perfection. LONG SHOT: Spirit of Ten.

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Del Mar selections for Friday, Aug. 1 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Bow Tie Belle (best bet), 2. Exclusive Girl, 3. Flyin for a Livin. LONG SHOT: Spectactular Proof.

BOW TIE BELLE (3-1), a 3-year-old filly, gets an absolute trainer and jockey upgrade to Jerry Hollendorfer and Drayden Van Dyke, respectively. Hollendorfer is 30% first time with new horses.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Tempest Rising, 2. Volkonsky, 3. Wonderful Union. LONG SHOT: Go Black Tie.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Superboot, 2. Forest Romance, 3. Tribal Mystery Man. LONG SHOT: Storm the Heavens.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Guy Code, 2. Los Gatos, 3. Pulmarack. LONG SHOT: Spring for It.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Glorious Rebecca, 2. Chippette, 3. West Ruler. LONG SHOT: Pursuitofparadise.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Winninginfashion (SCRATCHED), 2. Jade With Envy, 3. Market Quote. LONG SHOT: Jennyway U Want It. NEW PICKS: 1. Jade With Envy, 2. Market Quote, 3. Jennyway U Want It. LONG SHOT: Highly Rated. 

This race is off the turf after another injury at Del Mar. The track won’t resume grass racing until Wednesday at the earliest.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Red Outlaw, 2. Alert Bay, 3. Grazen’s Hope. LONG SHOT: True Ten.

Trainer Peter Miller usually comes to Del Mar loaded and this season has been no exception. RED OUTLAW (5-1), a 3-year-old gelding, has been away since February but he is a perfect 3-for-3. Two of those wins were in open company and he drops back in with Cal breds today in this minor stake.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Jimmy’s Date, 2. Salt Power, 3. Justa Splash. LONG SHOT: Berlusconi.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Masochistic $2.80, first race; Faith Proof $5.40, eighth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Ipolita $6, second; Innocent Man $7.80, second)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Visarno $15.20, fourth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar picks for Wednesday, July 30 (updated)

Well, it’s looking like no news is good news on the Del Mar turf front.

CHRB officials were out Tuesday to check the turf and no announcement that they weren’t running on it Wednesday came.

On the main track, there is no telling how it will play after wax was added to the Polytrack after Tuesday morning training hours. Last week three track records were set so Wednesday it could be a completely different surface. be careful.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Big John B, 2. Empty Headed, 3. Tigah. LONG SHOT: Thirtyfirststreet.

The Jimmy Durante Turf Course gets tested right out of the gate in the first race. The rails will be set at 18 feet and here’s hoping it’s a slower and softer surface for man and beast.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Southern Sunshine, 2. Reverchon (SCRATCHED), 3. Ladysgotgame. LONG SHOT: Plus Value. NEW PICKS: 1. Southern Sunshine, 2. West Riding, 3. Ladysgotgame. LONG SHOT: Plus Value.

You don’t see apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke jump off horses for trainer Tom Proctor, but he does in this race. Van Dyke jumps on SOUTHERN SUNSHINE (8-1), a 3-year-old filly, for trainer Peter Miller, who sends this daughter around two turns for the first time. WEST RIDING has big works for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Number Five, 2. Maxx the Giat, 3. Romar Success. LONG SHOT: Sun Spots.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Tosheen, 2. Crux, 3. Red N Black Attack. LONG SHOT: Skydreamin.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Sheza Dish (SCRATCHED), 2. Nero’s Pleasure, 3. Up the Alley. LONG SHOT: Veronica Bay. NEW PICKS: 1. Nero’s Pleasure, 2. Up the Alley, 3. Veronica Bay. LONG SHOT: Spoiledandentitled.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Nakamoto, 2. Dallas Skyline, 3. Bollente. LONG SHOT: Papacoolpapacool.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Wake Up Nick (best bet), 2. Peradventure, 3. Atta Boy Woody. LONG SHOT: Colorado Strong.

WAKE UP NICK is 2-for-2 in his young career and drops into the Cal-bred Graduation stakes after winning the open Santa Anita Juvenile on June 22. WAKE UP NICK is by Cindago out of a Lion Hearted mare, which screams sprinting. The 2-year-old colt might not be able to go much further than this pedigree wise so trainer Doug O’Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez are trying to make hay while the sun shines.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. A C’s Crackerjack, 2. Ron’s Boy, 3. Coyotero. LONG SHOT: Eleven Zip.

A C’S CRACKERJACK (4-1), a 3-year-old colt, drops from straight maiden ranks all the way down to the $20,000 maiden claiming level after he dwelt at the start. Trainer Tom Proctor had put a couple of works into him at the seaside oval and apprentice Drayden Van Dyke jumps on.

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Week that was: Ragin’ Cajun back in form at Del Mar

In reality it wasn’t a very good week the last five racing days at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Too many horses died, including the freakish death of the very good 3-year-old Dance With Fate, and too many jockeys ended up on the dirt or turf. The vibe, I hear from colleagues, wasn’t good on Sunday. Luckily, none of the jockeys who were involved in the incidents appear to have suffered serious injuries.

Del Mar made the right decision in cancelling turf racing on Sunday after a rash of deaths the first two weeks of the meet on the new surface. I’m sure when racing resumes on Wednesday, Joe Harper will make the right decision again, if problems persist.

I’ll tell anyone who will listen that the first two weeks of any race meeting, and it seems particularly Del Mar, is when horses are at most risk because they are changing surfaces. It seems that trainers who get to Del Mar early, don’t have as much of a problem, but the fact is horses have to get used to new surfaces.

As for the action on the track, jockey Kent Desormeaux has rocketed to the top of the riding standings after two weeks with nine victories from 41 mounts. The Hall of Fame jockey from Louisiana is riding as well as I have seen him recently. He was real good back in the day and then hit a rough patch due to personal issues and the like. Let’s hope that is all past him and he’s back in his glory days again.

Jockeys Tyler Baze and Elvis Trujillo, second and third in the current standings, continued strong campaigns so far. For the week Baze was 5-of-40 and Trujillo 4-of-29. Joe Talamo was 3-of-33 but it doesn’t seem like he’s riding well, to me. Talamo seems to be making big moves on the Polytrack turn for home and then flattening out. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but he seemed to ride the same way last year.

Martin Garcia was just 1-for-14, but he did miss Sunday to ride Bayern to victory in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke was 0-for-19, but we’ll cut him huge slack after getting dumped twice in races. He took Sunday off to recuperate.

A couple of other jockey notes, Tiago Pereira, who has earned the nickname “Mr. Long Shot” at the meet with victories on two 50-1 shots, begins a three-days suspension on Wednesday. Victor Espinoza isn’t named on horses on Friday. Brian Beach, Espinoza’s agent, said the horse his jockey was suppose to ride in the stakes didn’t enter and they didn’t have any other calls that day.

On the training end, Peter Miller, a Carlsbad resident, just keeps on trucking and is now a top the standings. Miller has seven wins for the meet and was 4-for-17 last week.

Doug O’Neill is second in the standings with five wins but he was just 1-for-21 on the week.

On the other end, John Sadler had a very frustrating week as his barn went 0-for-20. Look for a rebound soon.

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