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Del Mar selections (plus GP and TBD) for Saturday, Dec. 3


Preview: Big weekend of racing to close out the final days of the fall meet. Lots of Eastern trainers and jockeys coming West looking for graded stakes wins. Don’t avoid these jockeys in other races because they are good. Turf rails at zero. By the way, when Autumn Twilight crossed the finish line first at 8-1 in Friday’s fourth race it meant I will show a flat-bet profit for the meet with my top selections.

Race 1: 1. Swiss Cheese, 2. Adair, 3. Templar. LONG SHOT: Changing Karma.

Race 2: 1. Ketos BEST BET, 2. Sunset Grill, 3. First Heir. LONG SHOT: Ral Rue.

Race 3: #7 Los Gatos (6-1), 2. Infinite Magic, 3. Buymeabond. LONG SHOT: Presidentsky.

Here’s one of those spots we were talking about as jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. takes this mount for trainer Kristin Mulhall. Ortiz is a 17% turf rider in New York. Mulhall is 19% first off the claim and this colt looks ready with the bullet work recently.

Race 4: #8 Hard Arch (12-1), 2. Datcatsa Gem, 3. Run Macho Run. LONG SHOT: Classic Ruler.

This colt made his debut at GPW (aka Calder) in October and was shipped west by owners Holly & David West. The colt comes out of a race that has produced at least one winner so far. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez is 42% with trainer Vladimir Cerin at Del Mar.

Race 5: 1. Entrechat, 2. Paquita Coqueta, 3. Home Journey. LONG SHOT: Dr. Fager’s Gal.

Race 6: 1. Vale Dori, 2. Desert Madam, 3. Gloryzpper. LONG SHOT: Barbara Beatrice.

Race 7: #9 Revved Up (20-1), 2. Camelot Kitten, 3. Free Rose. LONG SHOT: Diplodocus.

Trainer Shug McGaughey makes a rare Del Mar appearance with this colt. McGaughey is 22% second off the layoff and he gets jockey Drayden Van Dyke, who won a couple of stakes last weekend. The last was a prep for this and the son of Candy Ride has the top Brisnet Late Pace Rating.

Race 8: 1. Sheer Flattery, 2. Iliad, 3. American Anthem. LONG SHOT: Caustic.

Race 9: #5 Champagne Charley (8-1), 2. Tribal Fighter, 3. American League. LONG SHOT: Fabozzi.

Trainer Simon Callaghan gets all-world jockey Javier Castellano to stick around for this allowance race. Callaghan is 17% second off the layoff.


Race 1: #5 Military Brat (15-1) SCRATCHED: I remember during the last winter/spring meet that trainer Horacio Barbaran and jockey Samy Camacho hit with some bombs and that’s what we have here. This 2-year-old has shown speed and drops into a claimer for the first time. Bombs away.

Race 4: #9 Cincy Belle (5-2) (turf only): Jockey Daniel Centeno and trainer Arnaud Delacour are one of the top combinations here. This filly had all kinds of issues in her debut at Laurel, but takes a drop in class and has been training decently.

Race 10: #6 Mama Trace (7-2) (turf only): This filly has been facing better and drops into a claimer for the first time for trainer Ignacio Correas and jockey Declan Cannon. A daughter of Temple City, she should enjoy the longer distance.


Race 3: #9 Summer Rae (6-1): This filly has turned into a 5-furlong specialist with a record of 5-2-2-1. Trainer Ralph Ziadie is 25% second off the layoff and 30% in nongraded stakes. He gets excellent turf rider Antonio Gallardo, who is 19% on the grass this year.

Race 4: #4 Shaft of Light (8-5), #9 It Behooves Me (15-1), #11 Prudhoe Bay (12-1)

Race 5: #11 Moonshine Promise (10-1), #14 Too Clever by Half (12-1)

Race 6: Defer Heaven (9-5), #14 Como Se Llama (15-1)

Race 7: #7 Chiseled (20-1), #14 Goodtimehadbyall (7-2)

Race 8: #2 All About Yasom (20-1)

Race 9: #1 Luckystrikedelcoco (15-1), #12 Daddy’s Boo (3-1)

Race 11: #2 Music Critik (15-1)

Good luck.

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Del Mar selections for Friday, Dec. 2 (plus a few for Tampa Bay Downs)

Preview: Jockeys Alonso Quinonez and Abel Lezcano have left the Southern California jockey colony for Turfway Park. The turf rails are at zero for the final weekend of the meet so look for big fields and fair racing.

Race 1: 1. Mintenized, 2. St. Reno, 3. Woodstock Memory. LONG SHOT: Pop Pop’s Pizza.

Race 2: 1. Resky Business, 2. Velvet Jones, 3. Perfect Cocktail. LONG SHOT: You’re the Reason.

Race 3: 1. #10 Mt. Leinster (10-1), 2. Sizzlin Square, 3. Crosscheck Carlos. LONG SHOT: Rim Ditch.
Been away for a few weeks after breaking his maiden. He now tries turf for the first time and the sire Field Commission is 17% with firs-time turf. Jockey Tyler Baze keeps the mount and he’s 31% with trainer Gary Stute.

Race 4: 1. #2 Autumn Twilight (8-1), 2. Albeit, 3. Zanab. LONG SHOT: Open Enrollment.
This filly has been away for more than a year, but trainer Steve Miyadi is a decent 23% with this type. She is dropping into a claimer for the first time and apprentice Chad Lindsay takes the mount.

Race 5: 1. Domestic Vintage, 2. Ciao Bella Rosa, 3. Cynthiana. LONG SHOT: Go Argento.

Race 6: 1. Ain’t Misbehavin, 2. Spud Spivens, 3. Matriculate. LONG SHOT: Att’ Boy Woody.

Race 7: 1. Site Read, 2. Rye, 3. Danas Best. LONG SHOT: Fritz Johansen.

Race 8: #6 Cast and Blast (9-2) BEST BET, 2. Dixie Patrol, 3. Supreme Giant. LONG SHOT: Kenzou’s Rhythm
A son of Sky Mesa, this 2-year-old should enjoy going two turns. Trainer Doug O’Neill is 18% going from sprint to route and he’s 16% with jockey Norberto Arroyo.


Preview: Only an eight-race card into into the weekend. Jockey Daniel Centeno showed up on Wednesday and immediately won three races. Ronnie Allen Jr. won two on the card. On the training side, Gerald Bennett won his second and third of the early meet.

Race 3: #1 Polygram (12-1)
At this stage of his career, jockey Daniel Centeno doesn’t need to ride every race so when you see him show up on a 12-1 shot you take notice. This gelding is dropping in class and trainer Ian Hemingway won a race on Wednesday.

Race 6: #5 Darnells Spirit (4-1) (turf only)
Here’s that combination again of jockey Centeno and trainer Hemingway, who are 31% together the last year. This gelding in coming in from GPW and holds Brisnet’s late pacing rating.

Race 8: #5 Bucking Thunder (4-1) (turf only)
This gelding loves to win races (15 out of 35 lifetime).He has won 5 at 9 times at this mile distance. Jockey Dean Butler and trainer Bernell Rhone are at 16% combination.

Good luck.

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Del Mar selections for Thursday, Dec. 1

Preview: Jockey Flavien Prat will miss the remainder of the meet after being thrown from a mount on Sunday. Prat saw blood in his urine and doctors told him not to ride again until Dec. 26, opening day at Santa Anita. There will be plenty of jock changes Thursday and Friday so pay attention.

Sorry late again.

Race 1: #6 Easter Fever (2-1) BEST BET, 2. Ron Sophia, 3. Princess Kendra. LONG SHOT: Q’Viva.
Could be a single on most Picks 5s. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 22% first off the claim and 2-for-5 when dropping off the claim. Even with the drop, if D’Amato wins and the 4-year-old gets claimed he makes a nice profit. This 4-year-old has has good early speed.

Race 2: 1. T. Montana, 2. Sorry Erik, 3. Beantown Noys. LONG SHOT: Mizzen Me.

Race 3: 1. Nat’s Nation, 2. Malko, 3. Trust Your Gut. LONG SHOT: Motoring Around.

Race 4: #6 Princess Marie (6-1), 2. Big Adventure, 3. War Factor. LONG SHOT: Dumont.
This filly has had trouble in her last two starts and now she goes two turns for the first time. Trainer Kristin Mulhall is 24% when she has two sprints into a route. Mulhall had secured leading jockey Prat before his injury so that’s a good sign.

Race 5: 1. Halo Darling, 2. Conquest So True, 3. Sid the Squid. LONG SHOT: Flaming Vixen.

Race 6: 1. Alright Alright, 2. Blameitonthelaw, 3. Indavidualist. LONG SHOT: Act.

Race 7: 1. Guns Loaded, 2. Siletn Bird, 3. Conquest Cobra. LONG SHOT: El Huerfano.

Race 8: #7 Bona Fide Image (5-1), 2. Another Girl Alma, 3. Bissou Bissou. LONG SHOT: Rally Back.
Trainer Bill Spawr isn’t know for his work with 2-year-olds but this filly could be sitting on a win after trouble in her last race. Spawr is 21% with maiden claimers and 18% with beaten favorites. He also has a good late kick and jockey Tyler Baze keeps the mount.

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Del Mar selections for Sunday, Nov. 27

Preview: To be honest I’m not sure the races will be held Sunday at Del Mar as rain and high winds are expected. If the winds are low enough, the jockeys will ride, but if they are too high they won’t. As for the turf, I expect the featured sixth race to be run on the turf if at all possible. I think the ninth race will be taken off, no matter what.

Race 1: 1. Djibouti, 2. Yavrig, 3. To B. Ava. LONG SHOT: Golden Mamba.

Race 2: 1. #6 Sleepwalker (7-2), 2. Alley Boss, 3. Magic Taste. LONG SHOT: Tribal Roar.
Trainer Robertino Diodoro is 24% second off the claim like with this gelding. Jockey Joe Talamo jumps on and he is 20% with Diodoro.

Race 3: 1l. Ice Cold Tap, 2. Jay Makes Us Laugh, 3. Dman Doughty. LONG SHOT: Shades Play.

Race 4: 1. #1 Seau (5-2), 2. Royal Mo, 3. South Americain. LONG SHOT: Budokan.
A horse named for one of San Diego’s favorite sons running on an NFL Sunday. Hunch bet? This 2-year-old should enjoy going two turns for the first time and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 19% when a horse is first time route race.

Race 5: 1. Nuke Laloosh, 2. Trump Diesel, 3. Uncle Chato. LONG SHOT: True Ranger.

Race 6: Sword Fighter, 2. Offshore, 3. Hootie. LONG SHOT: Conscripted.

Race 7: 1. #8 Wonderful Lie (7-2), 2. Lemhill Basr, 3. Fantasy of Luck. LONG SHOT: Plesant as Pie.
Jockey Flavien Prat rode three of these horses last time and sticks with this mare first off the claim for Jerry Hollendorfer who is 30% first off the claim. She has speed and is moving up in class.

Race 8: 1. Hard Aces, 2. Point Piper, 3. Midnight Storm. LONG SHOT: Ebadan.

Race 9: 1. Aloha Spirit, 2. Ready to Hula Lula, 3. Utana. LONG SHOT: Fabulous Lady.

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Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 25

Preview: Rain is expected to hit the Del Mar area this afternoon so make sure you check the track conditions. Trainer Peter Miller continued his rampage on Thursday with three more wins, giving him eight in the last three racing days. On the riding front, there are five jockeys within three wins at the top as Flavien Prat and Santiago Gonzalez were tied with eight wins each through Thursday.

Race 1: 1. #6 Look Twice (3-1), 2. L’s Choice, 3. Bluegrass Bronco. LONG SHOT: What We Doing.

Peter Miller claimed this gelding last time out and leaves him at the same level. Like we said Miller has been hot and spotting his horses well. Apprentice Austin Solis gets the mount and has won of 3-of-8 with Miller.

Race 2: 1. Glacken Too, 2. Alabama Tide, 3. Malibu Mogul. LONG SHOT: Louden’s Gray.

Race 3: 1. Midnight Candy, 2. Margie’s Minute, 3. Sharp Holiday. LONG SHOT: Trinitys Turn.

Race 4: 1. #2 Horse Laugh (6-1) (turf only), 2. Richard’s Boy, 3. Eddie Haskell. LONG SHOT: War Envoy.

There is a ton of speed in this race so we are going with the closer of the bunch in this 5-year-old gelding. The son of Stormello finished third on this course against tougher this summer. Jockey Jamie Theriot takes the mount.

Race 5: 1. #2 Vexatious (4-1), 2. Bernina Star, 3. Mistressofthenight. LONG SHOT: Diamond of Value.

This is a tough maiden race, but we think trainer Neil Drysdale just put this one in for the experience last time and today is what the son of Giant’s Causeway really wants to do (go long on the dirt). Kent Desormeaux keeps the mount over one for his trainer/brother. Drysdale is 19% with maiden second time starters.

Race 6: 1. Journey Home, 2. Defiant Honor, 3. With Honors. LONG SHOT: La Force.

Race 7: 1. Unique Bella, 2. Mannerly, 3. Top Quality. LONG SHOT: Princess Nile.

Race 8: 1. Vyjack, 2. Om, 3. Ring Weekend. LONG SHOT: A Red Tie Day.

Race 9: 1. General Info, 2. Majestic Journey, 3. One I’m Running To. LONG SHOT: Pamper n’ Boots.

Good luck.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Nov. 26 (Opening day)

Preview: The start of a new meet at Tampa Bay Downs and there is one big change to watch: three-time leading jockey Antonio Gallardo is riding in New York this winter so there will be a new top dog. Veterans Daniel Centeno (not riding today), Ronnie Allen Jr., Dean Butler and Fernando De La Criz bare watching. Newcomers to watch are Angel Cruz plus Edwin Gonzalez and Albin Jimenez. The latter two have agent Mike Moran, who was Gallardo’s agent so he has the connections. Also keep track of where the winning horses last ran because horses come from all over for this meet.

Race 4: #7 Supermans Cape (8-1): This colt has been away for more than a year and if there is any trainer can get them ready off such a layoff it’s Larry Rivelli, who is 27% with horses off a 90-plus day layoff. A son of Cape Blanco, he should enjoy the turf.

Race 6: #3 Huntstown (8-1): This gelding had a second over this turf course earlier this year and fits nicely with this group. Ran mainly against Indiana-breds this summer, but no worries about that. He has the best late pace rating from Brisnet.

Race 7: #2 Bluegrass Kid (6-1): This gelding has won over the track before and loves the 6-furlong distance with four wins. Has the top early pace rating and trainer Benny Feliciano is 29% with shippers. On top of that comes out of a key race which has produced two next out winners.

Race 11: #2 Nightbar (4-1): We’ve already extolled the virtues of trainer Larry Rivelli off a long layoff. Now add in a horse that won his first two races over this track plus the fact that the gelding comes out of a race in March that produced three next out winners.

Good luck

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Del Mar picks for Friday, Nov. 25 (Sorry they are late)

Preview: Despite missing last Saturday, jockey Flavien Prat leads the riding race by one (8-7) over Santiago Gonzales. In the training standings, a hat trick on Sunday put Peter Miller on top with six victories. Then he won three more races on Thursday and he is starting to run away with the training title.


Race 1: #6 Holidayincambodia (8-1), 2. Altaira, 3. Rosarita. LONG SHOT: Audra.
This filly won at this level at LRC, then was bumped up and now comes back down. Trainer Dan Hendricks is 33% when dropping a horse two or more classes. Jockey Brice Blanc continues to ride.

Race 2: 1. Salient, 2. Jet Set Man, 3. My Uncle Al. LONG SHOT: Hot Rodin.

Race 3: 1. Mr Ability, 2. Hot Smoke, 3. Elwood J. LONG SHOT: Ms. Wakaya.

Race 4: 1. Miss Big Stuff, 2. Lajatico, 3. Sturdy One. LONG SHOT: Little Voice.

Race 5: #2 Ourroseofthenile (8-1), 2. Wicked Factor, 3. Pontificator. LONG SHOT: Tell My Fortune.
Gave an even effort in her debut in late August and hasn’t been seen since. That race has produced at least two winners. This daughter of Pioneerof the Nile got out of the gate slow and it looks like trainer Joe Herrick has worked on that. Jockey Iggy Puglisi stays aboard.

Race 6: 1. Ashleyluvssugar, 2. Flamboyant, 3. Quick Casablanca. LONG SHOT: Royal Albert Hall.

Race 7: 1. Prime Attraction, 2. Univited, 3. My Italian Babbo. LONG SHOT: Hollywood Strike.

Race 8: #11 Alsatian (8-1), 2. Extreme Heat, 3. Amodei. LONG SHOT: Bottle Service.
We liked this colt last week when he was entered but trainer Neil Drysdale scratched and we’re not happy about the outside draw but the rails are at zero so that will help anyone going wide. This colt is bred to love the turf and Drysdale has them cranked up first time out but he’s 19% second time. Good turf rider Drayden Van Dyke takes the mount.

Good luck.

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