Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Sunday, Aug. 18

FIRST RACE: 1. Boller Bomb, 2. Cavalla, 3. Holiday N Newport. LONG SHOT: Buckingham Bull.

UPWARD SPIRAL was the original pick here but will be scratched from the race.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Keyboard Courage, 2. Royal Meridian, 3. Peacenik. LONG SHOT: Ol’ Steely Blue.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Fear the Beard, 2. A Day Away, 3. Big Wags. LONG SHOT: Rock This Way.

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FOURTH RACE (Rancho Bernardo Handicap): 1. Sugarinthemorning, 2. Reneesgotzip, 3. Sweet Marini. LONG SHOT: Winding Way.

Tons of speed in this race so that’s why we went with closer SUGARINTHEMORNING. She finished second in this race last year. WINDING WAY won last year and is training well again.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. My Samurai Warrior, 2. Tom’s Tribute, 3. Somethings Unusual. LONG SHOT: Trucial State.

The huge Pick 6 carryover starts with this race. TOM’S TRIBUTE is the horse to beat off his neck loss in the last and good works since. MY SAMURAI WARRIOR comes from the red hot Victor Garcia barn and apprentice Irving Orozco takes over and gets a 5-pound weight break.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Hadfunlastnight, 2. Coo Cachoo, 3. Gnarly Dude.  LONG SHOT: Let’s Get Crackin.

HADFUNLASTNIGHT also comes from the white-hot Doug O’Neill barn. All O’Neill has done in the last two weeks is win 12 races to vault into second in the training standings. GNARLY DUDE drops for trainer John Sadler and has a big work since his last.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Wild Caroline, 2. Spring Again, 3. Sunset Strip. LONG SHOT: On the Right Side SCRATCHED).

Trainer Mike Puype only wins 8 percent of the time with first-time starters, but he can still win with a good one like WILD CAROLINE. This daughter of Wildcat Heir has some nice works over the Polytrack and she’s bred to love sprinting. Florida-breds tend to do very well at Del Mar. Trainer Bob Baffert has three in here, which makes it tough. It appears SUNSET STRIP has been training the best. Sneaky horse to watch is BOSSERETTE, sired by the strong sprinter Street Boss. This filly has been owkring well, but trainer Howard Zucker is 0-for6 with first-timers.

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EIGHTH RACE (Solana Beach Handicap): 1. Bella Viaggia, 3. Halo Dolly, 3. Unusual Hottie. LONG SHOT: Heat Trap.

BELLA VIAGGIA has been on the improve for trainer Mike Puype and jockey Gary Stevens takes over.HALO DOLLY is the defending champion and UNUSUAL HOTTIE finished second in this race last year. Don’t forget HEAT TRAP is from the Carla Gaines barn as Jerry Quinn is the trainer in name only.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Eleven Zip, 2. Tamarando, 3. Takem by Surprise. LONG SHOT: Tribalist.

Owner John Harris tends to come out firing with his Cal-breds and ELEVEN ZIP is by the good debut sire City Zip. Works aren’t bad. Don’t know what to make of trainer Walther Solis’ pair of TIME TO GO ROBO and EVEN TO THE MOON because they are training well, but don’t know how to separate them. Check the toteboard.

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10TH RACE: 1. RED VINE (best bet), 2. Starzilla, 3. Angel Charge. LONG SHOT: Self Confident.

Trainer Christophe Clement rarely starts horses at Del Mar, especially during Saratoga, and never a maiden race. Now, a stakes race like Saturday’s win in the Del Mar Oaks with Discreet Marq is another story, but never a maiden race so it’s shocking to see this son of Candy Ride at the seaside oval until you consider owners Jon and Sarah Kelly are residents of nearby Rancho Santa Fe. Obviously, they want to see their colt run and win at Del Mar. This colt has been favored in both of its New York efforts and ridden by former Del Mar riding champion Joel Rosario. He showed a tremendous turn of foot first out and even effort last time while finishing second. This one is live and could hold the SoCal crew over a barrel. The real wild card is STARZZILLA, who has been away since Nevember, but comes out of a key race with four next out winners and she has been training pretty good.

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