Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Sunday, Aug. 25, Pacific Classic Day

Remember first post is 1 p.m. and the Pacific Classic post is approximately 5:18 p.m.

Don’t forget jockey Joel Rosario will be replaced on all of his mounts after suffering a broken foot at Saratoga on Friday. Also don’t be afraid to bet horses he was suppose to ride because his agent, Ron Anderson, is one of the sharpest in the business and his mounts will be live.

FIRST RACE: 1. Wild Media, 2. D’Obession, 3. My Slew. LONG SHOT: Follini.

WILD MEDIA finished fourth in his comeback race and since that race has had two bullet works at Hollywood Park for trainer Bruce Headley. Jockey Edwin Maldonado takes over so look for a little more speed out of the gate.


SECOND RACE: 1. Magic Union, 2. Ismene, 3. Camryn Kate. LONG SHOT: Creditcardroulette.

MAGIC UNION looks like a private purchase by Hronis Racing LLC and trainer John Sadler. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano takes the mount in the 3-year-old filly’s first try on a synthetic track.


THIRD RACE: 1. Mudflats, 2. Suances Candy, 3. Just Irish. LONG SHOT: Master Rudy.

Earlier this year, MUDFLATS was bought for a lot of money and was a contender on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Trainer Doug O’Neill drops him down to a $16,000 claimer and I’m willing to bet there will be some claims in for him. The 3-year-old gelding has a good work over the track and may have found his friends.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Elite Eight, 2. Be Proud, 3. Antiquity. LONG SHOT: Candy Eye.

ELITE EIGHT and BE PROUD both have races over the track while most of the others are making their career debuts. ELITE EIGHT had a ton of trouble and switches to Gary Stevens.


FIFTH RACE (Del Mar Mile Handicap): 1. Obviously, 2. Silentio, 3. Tigah. LONG SHOT: El Commodore.

Only five signed on here. I’m sure OBVIOUSLY scared a lot of people away. He’s tough on the front end. SILENTIO returns from a layoff after losing to the likes of Wise Dan and Suggestive Boy.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Primal Instinct, 2. Bardstown, 3. Kristo. LONG SHOT: Gift Exchange.

This is one tough maiden race with horses making their debuts that cost the likes of $500,000, $400,000 and $300,000. PRIMAL INSTINCT comes from the Baffert barn and he has been training well for this spot.  KRISTO IS SCRATCHED


SEVENTH RACE (Pat O’Brien): 1. Fed Biz, 2. Majestic City, 3. Goldencents. LONG SHOT: Great Hot.

The Pat O’Brien comes up really tough with a field of 13 going 7 furlongs. This seems a little strange for this colt to go from 1 1/8-mile on the turf to sprinting on the Polytrack, but trainer Bob Baffert is a master at this, hitting at 38 percent with the route-to-sprint move. This one has a win over the Polytrack in the past and a good work this week in preparation.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Include the Aussie, 2. Lilbourne Eliza, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Macaabra.

INCLUDE THE AUSSIE ships in from Arlington Park for trainer Tom Proctor. Gary Stevens rides and the 3-year-old filly loves the distance, having never been off the board in three tries.


NINTH RACE (Grade I Pacific Classic): 1. Dullahan, 2. Delegation, 3. Game On Dude. LONG SHOT: Jeranimo.

This 4-year-old won’t catch this Pacific Classic field by surprise like last year when he won this race as a 3-year-old. The facts are these: the son of Even the Score has three lifetime wins and they are all on Polytrack; leading rider Rafael Bejarano takes the mount and there just seems to be too much speed in this race with Delagation, Game On Dude. Blueskiesandrainbows and Endorsement. That should set things up perfectly for this colt.


10th RACE: 1. Forever Freedom, 2. Yomybato, 3. Format V. LONG SHOT: Smokin’ Cat.

Bejarano rides the first off the claim for Henry Dominguez. When top riders get aboard for small barns, it usually means they are live. YOMYBATO is scratched.


11th RACE: 1. MR LEMON TREE (best bet), 2. Empty Headed, 3. Volkonsky. LONG SHOT: All Star Bell.

The son of Suave makes his turf and two-turn debut in this spot for trainer Richard Baltas, who hits with 42 percent of his sprint-to-turf moves. The 3-year-old closed well in his last race, which was his first start in 11 months. Leading rider Rafael Bejarano sees fit to ride.

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