Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Thursday, August 29

Nick Alexander's Sunday Rules and Edwin Maldonado win the $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes Wednesday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.  © Benoit Photo

Nick Alexander’s Sunday Rules and Edwin Maldonado win the $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes Wednesday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. © Benoit Photo

The reports of jockey Joe Talamo’s are greatly exaggerated, or at least they were on Wednesday.

Talamo, in a meet-long slump, was the only jockey to win twice on Wednesday’s card with Rivers Run Deep ($49) in the second for trainer Cody Autry and Uncle Dick ($20) in the sixth for trainer Craig Dollase.

Bro’s Bro ($5.60) gave trainer Jack Carava his first win of the meet and Matt Chew got his first win with Domonation ($21.40) in the fifth.

Sunday Rules ($2.60) was impressive in winning the featured Generous Portion for trainer Mike Mitchell. Maybe Mitchell should have run her in this weekend’s Del Mar Debutante. Just saying.

FIRST RACE: 1. Two Blue Hens, 2. Mille Luna, 3. Itsabeautifulday. LONG SHOT: Tiz Zoe Cee.

TWO BLUE HENS certainly wasn’t disgraced in her only time around two turns and may be a good fit in this spot for trainer Tom Proctor and jockey Garrett Gomez.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Tribe, 2. Free Time, 3. Love de Car. LONG SHOT: Toledo Eddie.

TRIBE may need the race for trainer Jerry Quinn/Carla Gaines, but jockey Rafael Bejarano isn’t in the business of wasting rides so we think this gelding is live off the layoff.

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THIRD RACE: 1. THE GATEKEEPER, 2. Hope ‘n Pray, 3. Warren’s Tyler S. LONG SHOT: St. Valentino.

If this write-up sounds familiar, it should. This race is a make-up of Saturday’s ill-fated 10th race, which was declared a no contest due a malfunction of the starting gate. So they are back to try again. Trainer John Sadler tried to get his exercise rider Brayan Pena a win earlier in the meet on a maiden claimer and Pena finished second. We think Sadler is trying again with a horse, THE GATEKEEPER, that has a big shot. This 3-year-old gelding has improved since he came to Del Mar and has a big workout showing since his last race.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Unkept Rendez Vous, 2. Miz Wounded Knee, 3. Pure Blush. LONG SHOT: Frequent Fame.

UNKEPT RENDEZ VOUS was claimed last out by trainer Victor Garcia, who got off to a fast start but has cooled off as of late. However, Garcia is 6-of-9 first off the claim so look for another big effort here.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Motivated, 2. Journey On, 3. Rolanda. LONG SHOT: Calameera.

MOTIVATED has been working at Arlington Park and shipped West for Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor. This daughter of Smarty Jones broke her maiden in wire-to-wire fashion and with an inside post she might try it again.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Znelle, 2. Sailors Brother, 3. Unusual Don. LONG SHOT: New Order.

This 2-year-old gelding ZNELLE was claimed out of his last race and trained John Sadler is 25 percent with first out runners. He also gets top jockey Rafael Bejarano to ride and they are a 32 percent combo.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bluegrass Ellie, 2. Pat’s Back, 3. Decoy. LONG SHOT: Twirlybird.

Minor class move down here for BLUEGRASS ELLIE might prove to be key for trainer Jeff Bonde. Bluegrass ran in an open $16,000 claimer last time against multiple winners but now she faces non-winners of two races lifetime. Granted it’s against older horses but she has the speed to make it work out.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Summer Exclusive, 2. Strong Wind, 3. A Toast to You. LONG SHOT: Atta Boy Pete.

Seems like these horses have been facing each other every two weeks. SUMMER EXCLUSIVE showed speed in only here second race since April and now Gomez takes over for trainer Pete Miller.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Concorde West, 2. Denzel, 3. Arizona Wildcat. LONG SHOT: Sheriff Hutton.

DENZEL looks like another fire sale by the Bob Baffert barn as this one hits rock bottom: maiden claimers for $20,000. Denzel will be the favorite, but CONCORDE WEST is first off the claim for Bonde and the 3-year-old has big work over the track last week.

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