Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, Aug. 15

FIRST RACE: 1. Curlin Iron, 2. Kings Adventure, 3. Silver Torch. LONG SHOT: Dragon Attack.

CURLIN IRON (8-1), a 3-year-old colt, was entered in a maiden claiming $20K earlier in the meet but was scratched when he drew the No. 1 post. Now he draws the outside and trainer Bill Spawr is a surprising 2-for-5 with first-timers at Del Mar the last three years. KINGS ADVENTURE showed high speed in a maiden special weight race and will be tough to beat.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Miss Kit Kat, 2. Swiss Intrigue, 3. Theatrical Cast. LONG SHOT: Never Again.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Te Rapa, 2. Boat Trip, 3. Mr. Commons. LONG SHOT: Forest Mouse.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Eltoninadress, 2. One Magical Girl, 3. Sizzling Lassie. LONG SHOT: Fanny Brice.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. My Slew, 2. Heir of Storm, 3. American Pride. LONG SHOT: Cuzan.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Wonderfully, 2. Sheza Smoke Show, 3. Istanford. LONG SHOT: Time and Tides.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Natal (best bet), 2. Minnaloushe, 3. Best in Class. LONG SHOT: Indian Proof.

NATAL (7-2), a daughter of City Zip, had trouble at the start in her February debut and has been on sidelines since. She showed a bit of speed and now drops to the bottom level of maiden claimers for trainer John Sadler, who employees apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Rosie Brown $8.40, first race; Mosso $19.60, fourth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Sweet as a Rose $6.60, sixth; Fable $9.40, seventh)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Contessa B. $6.20, fifth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Kate’s Event $6.80, third)

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