Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Thursday, Aug. 15

Jockey Julie Leparoux, left, and trainer Jeff Mullins are all smiles after Sirocco Strike is made the winner of the Green Flash Handicap on Wednesday at Del Mar. BENOIT PHOTO

Jockey Julie Leparoux, left, and trainer Jeff Mullins are all smiles after Sirocco Strike is made the winner of the Green Flash Handicap on Wednesday at Del Mar. BENOIT PHOTO

The action on Wednesday proved to be interesting as jockey Joe Talamo broke out of a 1-for-30 streak last week with two winners, including Dolphin Shorts ($15.20) in the eighth and Calameera ($7.40) in the third.

Calameera’s victory came for trainer Richard Baltas, who also won the second race with Atta Girl Alma ($6.20). It meant that Baltas had won three of the last four races run at Del Mar because he took the final race on Sunday.

Trainer Doug O’Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez continued their hot ways when Bas ($20.60) took the fourth race. O’Neill has now won eight races over the last six racing days while Gutierrez has won seven in that same time period.

Jockey Julien Leparoux, riding his first summer at Del Mar, is really getting into the swing of things with two more victories on Wednesday. He took the fifth with Tiz a Kiss ($7.20) and the featured seventh aboard Sirocco Strike ($16.40). It should be noted Leparoux was pushed into the win in the Gree Flash when track stewards unanimously —- and rightly —- disqualified Distinctiv Passion for costing Strong Wind second place by bumping deep in the stretch.

FIRST RACE: 1. Jedi Mind Trick, 2. Easy Solution, 3. Tizouttasight. LONG SHOT: Foogard.

JEDI MIND TRICK comes off a maiden claiming victory at Sacramento and has been sold privately. John Sadler takes over the training and Rafael Bejarano rides so this son of Don’esellmeshort should be live. EASY SOLUTION broke his maiden at Woodine on the Polytrack and is eligible for the “Ship and Win” program.


SECOND RACE: 1. PLEASANT MISS (best bet), 2. Larocco, 3. Analemma. LONG SHOT: Sensational Nikki.

PLEASANT MISS appears to out-class this field while dropping from a pair of stakes races at Hollywood Park. Bejarano keeps the mount for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and the duo are 31 percent the last two years.


THIRD RACE: 1. Two Blue Hens, 2. Wishcraft, 3. Lucky Student. LONG SHOT: Pearl de Vere.

TWO BLUE HENS drops in a maiden claimer for the first time for trainer Tom Proctor. He is 30 percent with this move and she has a bullet work over the track.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Abella, 2. Disco Lemonade, 3. Silent Deposition. LONG SHOT: Vindicted Ruler.

We liked ABELLA last time, but she got a poor ride. Martin Garcia takes over and he led her to a second place effort at this level two races back. A similar effort her can put her in the winner’s circle and she too has a big work over the track showing.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Quick Cielo, 2. Hope ‘n Pray, 3. Preacher’s Bluff. LONG SHOT: Wheeler Gorge.

QUICK CIELO didn’t do much wrong in his debut, finishing fourth just a length behind the winner. Trainer Mike Pender moves the gelding up in class and puts apprentice Irving Orozco on.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Lite That Baby Up, 2. Noble Kent, 4. Blue Collar Boy. LONG SHOT: Bailoutbobby.

LITE THAT BABY UP just finished second at this level and deserves another shot with Bejarano aboard.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Affrettando, 2. Nobilis, 3. Bench Light. LONG SHOT: Father of Science.

AFFRETTANDO is also trained by Pender and will get the services of Bejarano today. The gelding has a win and third over the course. The main question is will he handle the distance.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Jimmy the Whip, 2. Hard Play, 3. Stormin Lute. LONG SHOT: Nicholas M.

There one truism in racing: trainers don’t give away anything for free. That brings up STORMIN LUTE. The Bob Baffert trainee finished second in a maiden special weight race at Hollywood Park yet Baffert drops the colt to the bottom, maiden claiming for $20,000. Bet and claim at your own risk. JIMMY THE WHIP comes out of a key race where three horses have come back to win.

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