Wednesday’s action saw eight races with eight different jockeys and eight different trainers heading to the winner’s circle, but we probably should put an asterisk next to apprentice jockey Irving Orozco.
Orozcon crossed the wire first in the fourth race with 16-1 long shot Trelawny, but was disqualified by track stewards for costing Oak Kye Why a placing. The DQ was justified and will likely result in a three-day suspension.
Orozco then took the fifth race aboard first-time starter Clouds Clearing ($22.80) for trainer Dean Pederson and Harris Farms, Inc. You always have to give Harris Farm horses an extra look.
Trainer Ed Moger Jr. got off the duck when he won the seventh race with Qiaona ($7). Moger was 0-for-21 going into the race.
There was a possibility of a Pick Six carryover going into the last race with only three horses covered but when Oh My Enberg ($13.60) scored for first time out for trainer John Sadler, it was back to the drawing board. Oh My Enberg is co-owned by Halo Farms (aka Teddy Aroney) and another outfit to watch closely at Del Mar. It’s too bad the race wasn’t on Thursday, an off day for the Padres because Padres television play-by-play man Dick Enberg is a known lover of the sport of horse racing.
FIRST RACE: 1. Beast of Bourbon, 2. Hunger, 3. Shackbamalama. LONG SHOT: Hardliner.
We’ve been trying to get trainer Ron Ellis first off the claim all meet and we try again here with BEAT OF BOURBON. This 3-year-old moves up in class, but jockey Victor Espinoza stays aboard.
SECOND RACE: 1. Toomanytomatoes, 2. Cotton’s Point, 3. Only Josie Knows. LONG SHOT: Hey Cowboy.
TOOMANYTOMATOES takes a drop into the Cal bred ranks for trainer Mike Mitchell. She was favored last time on the turf and Garrett Gomez takes over.
THIRD RACE: 1. Extensive, 2. Grandstand, 3. Irish Surf. LONG SHOT: Dreamcatcher.
Trainer Vladimir Cerin had a good Hollywood Park meet, but has yet to reach the winner’s circle at the seaside oval. That might end here with EXTENSIVE, who is dropping out of a third-place finish to Marketing Mix in the Grade III Sunset Handicap.
FOURTH RACE: 1. MARKET NOTES (best bet), 2. Uptown Big Brown, 3. Tosheen. LONG SHOT: I’ll Wrap It Up.
MARKET NOTES moves down the Southern California circuit from the NoCal fair circuit for trainer Jeff Bonde. Leading rider Rafael Bejarano takes the mount and that should be all you need to know.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Koko Loca, 2. Lanida, 3. Dilly’s Dancer. LONG SHOT: Full’s Figurehead.
KOCO LOCA takes a huge drop from a $32,000 claiming race to $8,000. She didn’t run bad last time with a fifth-place effort and apprentice Irving Orozco gets aboard for a 5-pound weight break for hot trainer Doug O’Neill.
SIXTH RACE: 1. Here’s to Rose, 2. Midnight Lady, 3. Lets Get Frisky. LONG SHOT: Gabbiano.
Trainer Adam Kitchingman claimed HERE’S TO ROSE from a win at the maiden claiming level. Jockey Edwin Maldonado takes over so look for a change of tactics.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Boat Trip, 2. Compari, 3. Chips All In. LONG SHOT: Winning Prize.
BOAT TRIP just missed going five furlongs on the turf course here and now stretches out to a mile. The 4-year-old colt has a win in a minor stakes at Hollywood Park so the trip should be fine.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tookmebysurprise, 2. Sweet Millicent, 3. Silver N Sassy. LONG SHOT: Jade and Sauci.
TOOKMEBYSURPRISE got bumped at the start and finished third. With a cleaner start, the 2-year-old filly might be right there.
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