Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos thoroughbed picks for Sunday, July 13 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Nikki Allyn, 2. Brandon’s Princess, 3. Skyrose. LONG SHOT: Wicked City Woman.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Swiss Heart, 2. Afleet Echo, 3. Getaway Keys. LONG SHOT: Jo’s Approval.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Story to Tell, 2. Bad Read Sanchez, 3. Wake Up Nick (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Peradventure. NEW PICKS: 1. Story to Tell, 2. Bad Read Sanchez, 3.Peradventure. LONG SHOT: Litigation Road.

The Doug O’Neill Invitational has been scratched down to four 2-year-olds as O’Neill has scratched WAKE UP NICK and HENRY’S HOLIDAY. O’Neill just wanted to make sure the race ran and then looked for other spots at Del mar for his two scratched horses.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Yodeling Honey, 2. Triunfo, 3. Shemp (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Best Ransom. NEW PICKS: 1. Yodeling Honey, 2. Triunfo, 3. Best Ransom. LONG SHOT: I’ve Had Enough.

Again O’Neill scratched first-time starter SHEMP for a better spot (and more purse money) at Del Mar.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Fleet of Gold, 2. Sweet Tess, 3. Melanistic. LONG SHOT: Woodys Wharf.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Stepinmoon, 2. Stormin Applause, 3. Swiss Intrigue. LONG SHOT: Covey.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sharla Rae (best bet), 2. Don’t Blame Me, 3. Midnight Belle. LONG SHOT: City Ride.

Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke has been a star at this new meet and trainer Doug O’Neill gets him to ride SHARLA RAE, a  firster by Afleet Alex. The 2-year-old filly had a good work three back, which shows she should be ready to go.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. La Grange, 2. Heart of Paradise, 3. Abets Abet. LONG SHOT: Shh She’s Ours.

Trainer Keith Desormeaux ships LA GRANGE, a 2-year-old filly, from a second place finish at Arlington Park into a stakes race. Being by the sire Curlin and out of a Awesome Again mare, she should love the dirt surface. Jockey Kent Desormeaux rides for his brother.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Weekendwithbernie, 2. Patriotic Lion, 3. Now You’re It. LONG SHOT: Surfing Angel (SCRATCHED). New long shot: Astutely.

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