Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, July 24

Wednesday not so good. As I told someone earlier in the day, tough races to handicap and has carryover all over it.

That’s about the only thing I was right about. There will be a Pick 6 carryover of more than $67,000 heading into Thursday’s program, which again looks very tough.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Sacred Temple, 2. Peacenluvpeacenluv, 3. Bandido Too. LONG SHOT: Arigato.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Scene Queen, 2. Hugh Knew, 3. George’s Peach. LONG SHOT: Doctor Glynis.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Tebowing (best bet), 2. Le Fascinator, 3. Burns Turn. LONG SHOT: Rhodium.

TEBOWING (5-1) won a race over the Del Mar Polytrack a year ago and no one else in the field can say that. Trainer Julio Canani is 21% with claimers and hot apprentice Drayden Van Dyke keeps the mount.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sweet Sense, 2. Citizenship, 3. Kristinite. LONG SHOT: Bunuska.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Crafty Regan, 2. Coconut Cream Pie, 3. Hanserella. LONG SHOT: Fable.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Perfect Set, 2. Brazilian Court, 3. Meringue Pie. LONG SHOT: Baranof.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1.Tiz Point, 2. Regally Soul, 3. Mike Man’s Gold. LONG SHOT: Anillo,

TIZ POINT (7-2), a 5-year-old gelding, was claimed for $25,000 at Golden Gate Fields and brought south by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who is 35% first off the claim. The son of Tiznow has a big work over the track and has a third in two previous tries at Del Mar. Jockey Elvis Trujillo jumps on.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Money Clip, 2. Bench Light, 3. Christopher Street. LONG SHOT: Song to You.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Hula Girl, 2. Racing fir Chasen, 3. Zippinaroundtown. LONG SHOT: Powerful Girl.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 1 (Winninginfashion $8.40, third race)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 2 (Dublin Dancer $7, sixth; My Slew $11.80, seventh)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar picks for Saturday, July 19

Be aware of the inside speed bias on the Polytrack the first two days. Let’s see if it changes the third day of the meet.

The new the turf course has played fair and you can win from any where.

FIRST RACE: 1. Kantune, 2. Lord Nelson, 3. Calculator. LONG SHOT: Ultra Sharp.

Trainer Mark Casse has come from Woodbine to try Del Mar for the first time and he could be in line for a big meet. Jockey Stewart Elliott, who won a race on opening day, takes the ride on KANTUNE (6-1), a first-timer by Kantharos, who had a big work over the track in preparation for this.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Two Step Flor, 2. Whodoo Pirate, 3. More Stormyweather. LONG SHOT: Adellusion.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Awesome Return, 2. Toowindytohaulrox, 3. Sheila’s Footsteps. LONG SHOT: Yard Line

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Aspirational (best bet), 2. Justification, 3. Mavericks Gun. LONG SHOT: Leedstobeaver.

Trainer Peter Miller did very well last summer with shipper from New Mexico for owners Kirk and Judy Robison. That’s exactly what we have here in ASPIRATIONAL (6-1). This gelding drops into a claimer for the first time and jockey Victor Espinoza takes over. Miller puts blinkers on obviously looking for more speed.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Bench Warrant, 2. Bollywood, 3. Verraco. LONG SHOT: Inexcess Time.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Premier Steps, 2. Beatrice, 3. Moone’s My Name. LONG SHOT: Cozze Up Lady.

Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke has been riding as well as anyone over the last month. He won the Los Alamitos meet and came back with two wins on opening day at Del Mar. Trainer Tom Proctor has been one of his biggest supporters. He puts Van Dyke on PREMIER STEPS (9-2), a dropper from a Grade I race and draws a nice cozy inside post.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Southern Freedom, 2. He’s a Bling, 3. Turnover. LONG SHOT: Power Crazed.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tree of Life, 2. Guns Loaded, 3. Caminetto. LONG SHOT: Drover Crazy.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Diversy Harbor, 2. My Conquestadory, 3. Tiz the Key. LONG SHOT: Tepin.

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10TH RACE: 1. Dress Code, 2. Fighter Squadron, 3. Accelerant. LONG SHOT: Barney Rebel.

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11TH RACE: 1. Bijoux, 2. Star Act, 3. Garnisheed Wages. LONG SHOT: Freethinker.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 0

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Boozer $5.80, third race; My Fiona $13, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Macho Sox $14.80, second; Pure Tactics $9.40, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos thoroughbed picks for Sunday, July 13 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Nikki Allyn, 2. Brandon’s Princess, 3. Skyrose. LONG SHOT: Wicked City Woman.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Swiss Heart, 2. Afleet Echo, 3. Getaway Keys. LONG SHOT: Jo’s Approval.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Story to Tell, 2. Bad Read Sanchez, 3. Wake Up Nick (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Peradventure. NEW PICKS: 1. Story to Tell, 2. Bad Read Sanchez, 3.Peradventure. LONG SHOT: Litigation Road.

The Doug O’Neill Invitational has been scratched down to four 2-year-olds as O’Neill has scratched WAKE UP NICK and HENRY’S HOLIDAY. O’Neill just wanted to make sure the race ran and then looked for other spots at Del mar for his two scratched horses.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Yodeling Honey, 2. Triunfo, 3. Shemp (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Best Ransom. NEW PICKS: 1. Yodeling Honey, 2. Triunfo, 3. Best Ransom. LONG SHOT: I’ve Had Enough.

Again O’Neill scratched first-time starter SHEMP for a better spot (and more purse money) at Del Mar.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Fleet of Gold, 2. Sweet Tess, 3. Melanistic. LONG SHOT: Woodys Wharf.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Stepinmoon, 2. Stormin Applause, 3. Swiss Intrigue. LONG SHOT: Covey.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sharla Rae (best bet), 2. Don’t Blame Me, 3. Midnight Belle. LONG SHOT: City Ride.

Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke has been a star at this new meet and trainer Doug O’Neill gets him to ride SHARLA RAE, a  firster by Afleet Alex. The 2-year-old filly had a good work three back, which shows she should be ready to go.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. La Grange, 2. Heart of Paradise, 3. Abets Abet. LONG SHOT: Shh She’s Ours.

Trainer Keith Desormeaux ships LA GRANGE, a 2-year-old filly, from a second place finish at Arlington Park into a stakes race. Being by the sire Curlin and out of a Awesome Again mare, she should love the dirt surface. Jockey Kent Desormeaux rides for his brother.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Weekendwithbernie, 2. Patriotic Lion, 3. Now You’re It. LONG SHOT: Surfing Angel (SCRATCHED). New long shot: Astutely.

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Los Alamitos thoroughbred picks for Friday, July 11

FIRST RACE: 1. Aerial Artist, 2. Time to Go Robo, 3. Electrolyte. LONG SHOT: Run Geocas Run.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Night Badger, 2. Valentine Boy, 3. Valdirone. LONG SHOT: Bob Consultation.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Saint Lemone (best bet), 2. Afleet Echo, 3. Ten in Excess. LONG SHOT: Todai Sing.

Northern California-based trainer John Martin claimed SAINT LEMONE, a 3-year-old filly, when she was pulled up and vanned off at Golden Gate Fields. She had a decent work the other day and Martin is 25% first off the claim.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Freaky Floyd, 2. Keegers, 3. Naomi’s Gift. LONG SHOT: Yahootee.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. It’s Aine, 2. Puttybadshark, 3. Missy Marini. LONG SHOT: Tricky Liz.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Omar Little, 2. Midnight Mayhem, 3. Baby Blake. LONG SHOT: Tribal Desert.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tacit Approval, 2. Gelila, 3. Sheza Eyeopener. LONG SHOT: Always an Angel.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Raja’s Rose, 2. Cocabella Myst, 3. Indian Proof. LONG SHOT: Copper Ore.

This filly has a race over the track and is moving up in class for trainer Mike Harrington, who has been struggling this year. However, apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke, who won five times the first week at Los Alamitos, takes the mount and it could make all the difference.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 0

Thursday’s second choice winners: 5 (Warren’s Tricia R. $5, first; Ya Wanna Hug $14.80, second; Diamonds Dena $20.40, fourth; Miss American Pie $18.60, sixth; Senator Bob $3.60, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Wackett $9.40, fifth; Crusher $7.80, seventh)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Joe Talamo looking for Santa Anita riding title

Jockey Joe Talamo has been there before … like last year.

He affable Cajun was four wins up on the Hollywood Park riding colony with one week to go and during the last week he fell flat on his face, finishing third in the standings.

This year, at the same time of the year but a different location (Arcadia), Talamo is 10 wins up on Tyler Baze heading into the final eight days of action at the inaugural Santa Anita spring/summer meet and Talamo appears to be gaining momentum.

He won two Grade I races last Saturday and leads the way the last two weeks with seven victories from 46 mounts.

Tiago Pereira (19 mounts), Martin Garcia (31) and Edwin Maldonado (33) have six wins over the same period while Baze (32), apprentice Drayden Van Dyke (34) and Fernando Perez (34) have five victories.

Kent Desormeaux has been slumping, going 2-for-27 while newcomer Elvis Trujillo is making a big move with 12 wins from 65 mounts at the meet which places him tied for ninth in the standings despite getting a late start after moving his tack from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

As predicted by himself, trainer Doug O’Neill’s barn has gone into a slump with just two wins from its last 22 starts, but O’Neill still is on top of the standings.

Peter Miller continues his roller-coaster last three months and has hit another hot streak with six wins from 25 starters the last two weeks.

Jerry Hollendorfer is three for his last 18 while Bill Spawr is three for his last five.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Noise of the Crowd $8.80, seventh race; War Academy $3.40, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Grey Girl Gone $23.80, first; Guinevere’s Finale $33.80, second)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (J Louie $5.20, fifth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Got Even $20.20, fourth)

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Santa Anita selections for Sunday, June 8

FIRST RACE: 1. No Maybe Baby, 2. Wackett, 3. Don’t Tell Abbey. LONG SHOT: Myrna Lou.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Tebowing, 2. Elegant, 3. Love Tale. LONG SHOT: Magic Number.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Magna Warrior, 2. Aleander, 3. Gold Chaser. LONG SHOT: Juliet’s Tizzy.

Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke had his choice of three horses in here and takes this gelding MAGNA WARRIOR for trainer Jeff Mullins. The son of Magna Graduate is dropping from a maiden special weight and finished second at this level in January.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Jade With Envy, 2. Natalie Paige, 3. Prayer Be Mine. LONG SHOT: Sunset Skies.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Babe’s Journey, 2. Next Book, 3. Beach Fever. LONG SHOT: Watch It Buster.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Soi Phet (best bet), 2. Toledo Eddie, 3. Husband’s Folly. LONG SHOT: Bobby Flay.

SOI PHET, a 6-year-old gelding, drops from five straight stakes races into a starter handicap. He has been facing way better and now gets jockey Kent Desormeaux to ride.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Happy Idea, 2. Red N Black Attack, 3. This Cat’s Awesome. LONG SHOT: Cousin Ricky.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Ethnic Dance, 2. Unusual Heatwave, 3. Mega Heat. LONG SHOT: Stoney Fleece.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Galway Bay, 2. Nothing to Hide, 3. Fair Praise. LONG SHOT: She’smorethanalady.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Alpha Bullet $8, eighth race; Can the Man $5.80, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Holiday Camp $3.80, second)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 2 (I’msoulflattering $6.60, first; Rocked Twice $10.60, seventh)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Joe is smokin’ at Santa Anita

Jockey Joe Talamo stole the show during the three days of racing last week at Santa Anita Park.

Talamo, who is now the favorite to win the riding title for the spring/summer meet in Arcadia following the injury to Rafael Bejarano, was 5-for-19 on the week. His ride on A Red Tie Day for Bloom Racing on Sunday was a clinic.

Jockeys Kent Desormeaux (13 mounts), Mike Smith (10) and Martin Garcia (nine) all recorded three weeks during the shortened week. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke was 2-for-20.

On the flip side, Corey Nakatani (1-for-10), Edwin Maldonado (1-12) and Tyler Baze (0-8) were a combined 2-for-30.

In the trainer’s race, Doug O’Neill continues to lead the new meet at Santa Anita as he went 3-for-10. O’Neill admitted in an interview on HRTV that his barn was going good, but the sport was one of cycles and things could change at anytime.

Just asked Peter Miller. After a hot week, Miller came back with an 0-for-7, but he suffered an admittedly bad beat on Sunday lose by less than a nose in one race.

Jerry Hollendorfer was 2-for-4 and Richard Baltas was 2-for-3.

Baltas bears watching this week as the hot barn has a lot of starters Thursday and Friday.

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Watch out! It’s Miller time at Santa Anita

Trainer Peter Miller started off the year hot at Santa Anita, but went into a horrendous slump in March.

Now, all is right with the world.

Miller, who is the darling of HRTV on replays of the races as he roots his horses home, went a sparkling 6-for-13 last week in Arcadia.

Maybe Miller’s slump was a combination of his horses running through their conditions and adjusting to life at San Luis Rey Downs, again.

Years ago, Miller trained out of the Bonsall training center, but then as he got more horses he stayed on track, training a lot at Hollywood Park. Since the Inglewood track closed in January for good, Miller is once again training out of the Northern San Diego County center and his horses are responding.

His horses are also out of the limelight and away from clockers so Miller’s horses have been getting some nice prices.

Miller looks like he has a couple good shots again on Friday and the 2-year-olds are just getting in the starting gate. Look for an all out assault at Del Mar.

Miller had the most training wins last week and moved into second in the spring/summer Santa Anita standings.

Leader Doug O’Neill went 2-for-10 and third place Jerry Hollendorfer was also 2-for-10. Bob Baffert is slumping and went 0-for-7.

With Rafael Bejarano out, Joe Talamo is atop the jockey standings and he went 6-for-27 on the week. Tyler Baze (33 starts) and apprentice Drayden Van Dyke (26 mounts) had five wins each. Kent Desormeaux is making in-roads as he was 4-for-14 and import Elvis Trujillo is showing he is one to watch.

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Monday’s top choice winners: 3 (Lost Bus $7.40, first race; Cyclometer $4, second; Stormin Lute $6.40, sixth)

Monday’s second choice winners: 1 (Candy’s Sunrise $10, third)

Monday’s third choice winners: 1 (Says Who $10, eighth)

Monday’s long shot winners: 1 (Miss Serendipity $29.80, seventh)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, May 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Hamiltonian, 2. Xuang Feng, 3. Forin Sea. LONG SHOT: Close to the Edge

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SECOND RACE: 1. Royal f J ,2. Snowday, 3. Rangi. LONG SHOT: Guns Loaded.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Proud Vixen, 2. Consecrate, 3. Sweet Factory. LONG SHOT: Seans Silverdancer (SCRATCHED).

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Peg’s Journey (best bet), 2. Spoiledandentitled, 3. Warren’s Trica R. LONG SHOT: Clever Expansion.

Jockey Kent Desormeaux has scored with a couple of first-time starters in the last week and he gets aboard another one here in PEG’S JOURNEY. Good Journey is a decent first out sire and this filly has a couple of decent works showing for trainer Hector Palma. There don’t appear to be any world beaters in this race.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Cause Im a Bigshot, 2. Magic Spot, 3. Unusual Style. LONG SHOT: Vanlose Stairway.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Hall of Fame, 2. Yard Line, 3. Big Cazanova. LONG SHOT: Talent Show.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Quick Casablanca, 2. Bright Thought, 3. Segway. LONG SHOT: Irish Surf.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Winninginfashion, 2. Incredible Journey, 3. It’s Aine. LONG SHOT: Brandon’s Princess.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Sir Perservere, 2. Zim N the Mailma, 3. It is Living Water. LONG SHOT: Durango Flier.

SIR PERSRVERE, a 4-year-old gelding, makes his second career start and first try on the grass. Bertrando has always been a good stretch out sire. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke jumps on and he is a 20% proposition from 15 mounts with trainer Marty Jones.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Heat Du Jour $4.80, third race; Halo La $16.40, fourth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (Ice Cream Truck $3.60, second; Footbridge $8.40, sixth; Room For Me $5.20, eighth)

Friday’s third choice and long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Nakatani picking up injured Bejarano’s business

Jockey Corey Nakatani has proven to be the biggest benefactor following Rafael Bejarano’s injuries in a spill two weekends ago at Arcadia’s Santa Anita Park.

Nakatani, who has picked up a lot of mounts from trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, won five times from 12 mounts during last week’s abbreviated three-day schedule due to the cancellation of racing on Thursday because of the oppressive heat wave.

Jockeys Joe Talamo (23 mounts), Tyler Baze (21) and Edwin Maldonado (22) all had three victories. Fernando Perez was 2-for-18.

Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke had a tough weekend with just one win from 18 mounts.

On the training side, it was very well spread out. Hollendorfer was 3-for-7 on the week while leading trainer (for the spring/summer meet) Doug O’Neill went 3-for-13. After a strong couple of weeks, Peter Miller went back into hibernation with an 0-for-5 week.

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