Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, July 18 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Motor’n Mona, 2. Yes She’s a Dancer, 3. I Heart You (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Vow Me Over. NEW PICKS: 1. Motor’n Mona, 2. Yes She’s a Dancer, 3. Suite One. LONG SHOT: Vow Me Over.


SECOND RACE: 1.Forest Romance (best bet), 2. Gospel Music, 3. Macho Sox. LONG SHOT: Smokey’s Legacy.

Trainer John Sadler loves to claim first-time starters and the Barber brothers, Cecil and Gary, love to have action at Del Mar. They come together here in FOREST ROMANCE (2-1), a gelding which got off to a slow start in his debut but finished third at this level. Sadler is 23% first off the claim.


THIRD RACE: 1. Eddie’s Turn, 2. Boozer, 3. Glitter of Silver. LONG SHOT: Short Heat Wave.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Distinct Asset (SCRATCHED), 2. Superboot, 3. Pioneer Charlie. LONG SHOT: Salt Power. NEW PICKS: 1. Superboot, 2. Pioneer Charlie, 3. Vavoom. LONG SHOT: Salt Power.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Julio’s Gold, 2. Goldilocks Planet, 3. One Magical Girl. LONG SHOT: Siempre Esperanza.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Ankeny Hill, 2. Rosengold, 3. Pure Tactics. LONG SHOT: Merit Man.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Lost Bus, 2. My Fiona, 3. Singing Kitty. LONG SHOT: Really a Princess.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Synnin, 2. Troy Story, 3. Lucky J Lane. LONG SHOT: Itsgettinhotinhere.

Trainer Howard Zucker doesn’t have many horses, but he loves to win at Del Mar. Here he starts SYNNIN (15-1), a 3-year-old colt, for the first time on the turf with jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard. This horse was off slow but made up ground in the stretch in his debut and Zucker is 24% with turf horses.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Super Ability $16.60, fifth race; Affrettando $10.60, 10th))

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Hawk’s Eyes $7, first)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Bird In Love $7.60, second; Aftermarketslam $8.80, fourth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0


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