Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Wednesday, Aug. 28

FIRST RACE: 1. Topper’s Ghost, 2. Stormin Lute, 3. Brannaman. LONG SHOT: Run Hide.

TOPPER’S GHOST, a 3-year-old son of Old Topper, was a universal good thing first time out. He was 20-1 on the morning-line and went off as the 2.40-1 favorite, winning by three-quarters of a length. He was claimed out of that race by leading trainer John Sadler, who is 25 percent with that move. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps off another contender to ride here, too.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Melatonin, 2. Kristo, 3. Roundupthelute. LONG SHOT: Quick and Silver.

This is a race with several high-priced 2-year-olds like KRISTO ($500K) and ROUNDUPTHELUTE ($230K) , but it could be a 20,000 bargain named MELATONIN that steals the show. The son of Kodiak Kowboy has been tearing up the track in the morning and looks ready to go for trainer Jeff Bonde.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Marine Fog, 2. Bev N Bud, 3. Peacenik. LONG SHOT: Afleet Cowboy.

CLASSIC BOBBY (No. 1) is “stuck” in the race and likely to scratch. MARINE FOG was claimed out of his last race by Bonde and must beat several others he lost to last time. However, Bejarano jumps aboard and that could make all the difference.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Dreamnofatticus, 2. Bro’s Bro, 3. Glitter of Silver. LONG SHOT: Accomplish.

Bejarano just missed getting DREAMNOFATTICUS to the winner’s circle last time. He shortens up a half-furlong here and it just might be the winning formula.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. TONES (best bet), 2. Gutshot Straight, 3. Truelee Scrappin. LONG SHOT: Magic Beam.

Heading into the final full week of the meet some trainers drop horses looking for some shipping money. We have one of these here for trainer Doug O’Neill in TONES. This 4-year-old drops into a claimer for the first time, all the way down at $20,000. We might have gotten a better price here if this race was run before last weekend. In Tones’ last race, he lost to You Know I Know (third in the Pacific Classic), Holding Glory (fifth in the Pacific Classic) and Huntsville (third in the Del Mar Mile). That’s quite a company line.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Sizzlin’ Joe, 2. Christopher Street, 3. Turn on the Pumps. LONG SHOT: Heat Streaker.

Marty Jones trains both SIZZLIN’ JOE and CHRISTOPHER STREET. SIZZLIN’ JOE has been on the synthetics his last three races, but in his only try at this distance on the grass, he won. Plus, Bejarano takes over and he comes out of a race where Brown Boss has come back to win. CHRISTOPHER STREET has been a disappointment in his two comeback races so maybe the third start off the layoff will do the track.

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SEVENTH RACE (Generous Portion): 1. Sunday Rules, 2. Rovenna, 3. Feature Attraction. LONG SHOT: Whatsallthedrama.

You would think for a $150,000 purse there would be more than six Cal-bred fillies signed up, but there isn’t. SUNDAY RULES went wire-to-wire in her debut and looks tough in this spot. ROVENNA is the interesting one as she broke her maiden at Calder and comes out West looking for bigger money.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. J K’s Mischief, 2. Winninginfashion, 3. Nonna Reese. LONG SHOT: Maddog Maddie.

J K’S MISCHIEF threw in a clunker last time, but she was favored and will be looking to make amends here. Hard Buns came back to win, making it a possible key race.

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