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Updated Del Mar picks for Saturday, Aug. 3

All everyone will be talking about today is the Pick 6 carryover of more than $619,000, and rightly so, but we’ll try to get you some money to bet before the pool that is likely to be more than $3 million.

FIRST RACE: 1. Tanzanite Cat, 2. Hold Everything, 3. Rum Point. LONG SHOT: Knock Em Flat.

TANZANITE CAT is veteran jockey Patrick Valenzuela’s first mount of 2013 following a retirement and knee surgery. TANZANITE CAT was training with Guns Loaded, who is scheduled to run in Sunday’s Best Pal Stakes, so trainer Cody Autrey knows how to get a first-timer ready. Watch out for KNOCK EM FLAT, who is trained by Jeff Mullins. Mullins scored in Friday’s eighth race with a second time starter to set up the carryover and we get a similar move here. To add fuel to the fire, KNOCK EM FLAT has a pair of big works over the Polytrack.


SECOND RACE: 1. Big Wags, 2. Forever Freedom, 3. East Sky. LONG SHOT: Golden Mexico.

Trainer Bill Spawr is off to a slow start, but he is due to turn it around. He is 27 percent first off the claim and that’s what BIG WAGS is here.


THIRD RACE: 1. Truelee Scrappin, 2. Amazing Hearted, 3. Bank the Eight. LONG SHOT: Dress Code.

Trainer Mike Mitchell is another one good first off the claimed, which he did with TRUELEE SCRAPPIN at Hollywood Park. The 5-year-old horse has won 3-of-6 at the distance.


FOURTH RACE: 1. PULLA TRAIN, 2. Top Marquee, 3. Bro’s Bro. LONG SHOT: Dreamofatticus.

PULLA TRAIN got off to a slow start in his debut July 17 at Del mar. He finished a respectable third and trainer Eric Kruljac does better with second-time starters. First-timer TOP MARQUEE is by In Excess and could be live.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Mega Heat, 2. Rousing Sermon, 3. You Know I Know. LONG SHOT: Holding Glory.

OK, here we start the Pick 6 sequence here. MEGA HEAT has tactical speed and has two wins in three tries over the Del Mar Polytrack. A big effort by ROUSING SERMON could put him in the Pacific Classic. YOU KNOW I KNOW is from the John Sadler barn while long shot HOLDING GLORY has been training well for his U.S. debut and trainer A.C. Avila has been known to try and put one over.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Upward Spiral, 2. Warren’s Flasher, 3. Heart Stealer. LONG SHOT: Prettypriceygirl.

UPWARD SPIRAL was suppose to have some talent after coming over from Europe last year for the Breeders’ Cup, but she has yet to find her footing yet. Trainer Simon Callaghan tries her going two turns on the turf. We’re betting jockey Victor Espinoza tries going to the front with the addition of blinkers. WARREN’S FLASHER just beat Cal breds at this level and jockey Rafael Bejarano keeps the mount. HEART STEALER has speed, but it will be tough from the outside post.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Swissarella, 2. Feature Attraction, 3. Eddies Curl. LONG SHOT: Miss Loujean.

The inside posts have been good on the Polytrack and SWISSARELLA, trained by Patricia Harrington, comes out of the No. 1 post for Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. FEATURE ATTRACTION, trained by Mike Harrington (yes, they are related), is by good first out sire Roman Ruler. EDDIES CURL just finished second in the CTBA Stakes and is the likely favorite.


EIGHTH RACE (Clement L. Hirsch): 1. Include Me Out, 2. Lady of Fifty, 3. More Chocolate. LONG SHOT: Sisterhood.

INCLUDE ME OUT is the defending champ of this race and has a bullet work over the track to show she’s ready, but the outside draw might pose a bit of a problem.


NINTH RACE: 1. Blue Collar Boy, 2. Eyesablazin, 3. Just Irish. LONG SHOT: Changing Karma.

BLUE COLLAR BOY is first off the claim for Peter Eurton and he has a good maintenance work over the track since a seventh-place finish opening week. EYESABLAZIN is looking for his first win on the Polytrack.


10th RACE: 1. Christopher Street, 2. Ethnic Dance, 3. Pulpit’s Express. LONG SHOT: Turn On the Pumps.

CHRISTOPHER STREET was fifth in his comeback race and should be fitter in this spot. He draws the inside and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith stays aboard. Don’t forget TURN ON THE PUMPS was trained by Carla Gaines until her suspension began on Thursday so the chances are good this 5-year-old gelding is ready to run.

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