Horse racing

Del Mar picks for Sunday, July 21

 FIRST RACE: 1. Joint Attempt, 2. Tebowing, 3. Awe’some Kitten. LONG SHOT: Daddy’s Song.

JOINT ATTEMPT broke her maiden on the turf and comes West for the “Ship and Win” program and gets jockey Rafael Bejarano to ride.


SECOND RACE: 1. Socialbug, 2. Humor Me, 3. Fanticola. LONG SHOT: Wasted At Midnight.

The word on the backstretch is that trainer Bob Baffet loves SOCIALBUG and all you have to do is look at her work tab. The “other” Baffert, HUMOR ME, might be worth a bob or two.


THIRD RACE: 1. Everton, 2. Holy Candy, 3. Curly Top. LONG SHOT: God of War.

Baffert could have a huge Sunday as he has both EVERTON and CURLY TOP here. Jockey Martin Garcia rode both of them last time and takes EVERTON. CURLY TOP gets leading rider Bejarano.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Johns Journey, 2. Smogcutter, 3. Dubai Ruler. LONG SHOT: Mosso.

JOHNS JOURNEY is by the sire Good Journey, who has proven to be good first-time out, and this Mike Machowsky trainee had a big work over the Polytrack earlier in the week.


FIFTH RACE (California Dreamin’ Handicap): 1. Holladay Road, 2. Soul Candy, 3. Summer Hit. LONG SHOT: Rock Me Baby.

HOLLADAY ROAD drops out of the Grade II Californian and returns to face Cal breds. Has no early speed and trainer Julio Canani takes the blinkers off.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Elite Eight, 2. Southern Sunshine, 3. Fascinating. LONG SHOT: Spring Moon.

ELITE EIGHT comes from the Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor knows how to get them ready. The key may be whether this daughter of Malibu Moon has any speed, the way the track has been playing lately. Trainer Peter Miller (SOUTHERN SUNSHINE) and Baffert (FASCINATING and SPRING MOON) also have horses in here and they often show high speed first time out.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. CHAPMAN’S PEAK (Best bet), 2. Wiredfortwotwenty, 3. Gutshot Straight. LONG SHOT: Carbonite.

CHAPMAN’S PEAK has a lot going for him. He’s trained by Ron Ellis, who has won four of his last claims, and he has speed plus he draws the No. 1 post. That’s been a winning recipe this week on the Polytrack.


EIGHTH RACE (Grade II San Clemente Handicap): 1. Wishing Gate, 2. Unusual Way, 3. Judy In Disguise. LONG SHOT: Lilbourne Eliza.

WISHING GATE is another Glen Hill/Proctor horse. She makes her graded stakes debut off an allowance win on the grass at Arlington Park. Gary Stevens sees fit to ride and that’s good enough for me.


NINTH RACE: 1. Very Unusual, 2. Hustlin Nu, 3. Blue Collar Boy. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Parolee.

Let’s hope VERY UNUSUAL shows the same kind of speed on the Polytrack as he did on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.




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