Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Friday, Aug. 2.

This isn’t the best card of the meet, and in fact might be the worst card of the first 13 days, but you are going to have these types of cards once in a while. At least there is a Pick 6 carryover of more than $100,000. Here is an updated look at the card with some commentary.

FIRST RACE: 1. Unusual Don, 2. Boston Charley, 3. Sailors Brother. LONG SHOT: The Mad Hungarian (scratched).

Tough to go against trainer Peter Miller in a spot like this with UNUSUAL DON, who has been training well for his debut.


SECOND RACE: 1. Cori Celesti, 2. Cavalla, 3. Warren’s Judy. LONG SHOT: Jolly Green Bean.

Tough race here, Any horse could win it. Good work horses appear to be WARREN’S JUDY, HELLO STORMY and BEAUTIFUL STRIKE.


THIRD RACE: 1. Top Knot, 2. Liar Liar Liar, 3. Proud Bok. LONG SHOT: Tiz a Funtime.

Not crazy about the outside post draw for TOP KNOT, but hopefully jockey Joe Talamo will find a way to get to the inside of the Polytrack. Trainer Vladimir Cerin does very well maiden claimers. MUSIC AND ME, JAYA ROO and PARIS AFFAIR look like they have decent works.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Rossi Reserve, 2. Lanida, 3. Mary Contrary. LONG SHOT: Halfapondarosa.

We hit the bottom of the barrel for fillies and mares in this $8,000 claimer. Looks wide open again. ROSSI RESERVE just missed at one level above this and jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps on for trainer Bill Morey. LANIDA just won at the level at Hollywood Park and has a win and two seconds at Del Mar.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Whining, 2. Gutshot Straight, 3. Diamond of Blue. LONG SHOT: Let’s Get Crackin.

Another claiming group for us to look at. WHINING has been running in New Mexico and ships looking for the Del Mar bonus. New Mexico horses have done well at the meet. The major question here is whether the 4-year-old gelding will take to the Polytrack track.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Warren’s Rosebud, 2. Market Quote, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Joint Attempt.

Again we don’t like out post draw with WARREN’S ROSEBUD, but Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens continues to ride in fine form. Here’s hoping he can find a way to get over. Remember the turf course rails were moved last night to 14 feet so speed might do well on this course for the next week. JOINT ATTEMPT should get a long look in here as trainer Mike Machowsky just scored Thursday with a shipper on the turf. Machowsky can train and is looking for the bonus money here. This 3-year-old filly has been in California for a month and appears to be training just fine.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Omega Star, 2. Ambitious Brew, 3. U’narack. LONG SHOT: Follini.

Yes, we left likely favorite TIZ A MINISTER off of our top horses. He has never won at this 7-furlong distance and has never been better than second (twice) in three tries at Del Mar. Of course, that means he will romp today. However, we like OMEGA STAR for the team of Bejarano and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Look at that bullet work on July 24. He just might love the Polytrack. Almost every horse in the race is training well so don’t be afraid of trying to beat Tiz a Minister.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. CONCORDE WEST (best bet), 2. Hard Play, 3. Dramatic Allan. LONG SHOT: Arizona Wildcat.

This race might be tougher than it looks but we’ll stick with CONCORDE WEST, who is dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time. This 3-year-old colt lost to No Distinction two races back at Oaklawn Park. All No Distinction did after that was string three wins together and finish second in a minor Saratoga stakes last week. Quite a few horses are training well in this spot so don’t be afraid of a price underneath.

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