Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Aug. 21 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Pillar of Strength, 2. Newport Red, 3. Prime Agenda. LONG SHOT: Sudden Rumor.


SECOND RACE: 1. Mind the Master, 2. Pepper Sweet, 3. Gal Has to Like It. LONG SHOT: Newfound Gold.


THIRD RACE: 1. South Texas, 2. Haaay Sexy Lady (SCRATCHED) new pick: Brazilian Barbeque, 3. Libby. LONG SHOT: One Hot Note.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Counting Days, 2. Volkonsky, 3. Midnite View (SCRATCHED) new pick: Run Hide. LONG SHOT: Sun Spots.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Ashley’s Sassy, 2. Appealing Lady, 3. Stormy Adieu (SCRATCHED) new pick: I’ll Tell You What. LONG SHOT: Cinderella Lady.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Q’ Viva (best bet), 2. Jetbird, 3. Bunuska. LONG SHOT: Shared Image.

Q’ VIVA (9-2), a 3-year-old filly broke her maiden over the surface going longer, but jockey Rafael Bejarano stays aboard and he will know when to send her at the shorter distance here.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Grachus the Hunter, 2. Christopher Street, 3. Brother Pete. LONG SHOT: Skip Tony.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Armensky, 2. Salt Power, 3. Forest Romance. LONG SHOT: Hot Market.

This isn’t the toughest $20,000 maiden claimer in the world so why not go with a first-timer like ARMENSKY (8-1). This son of Vronsky has been training OK for the level and trainer Richard Baltas gets the red-hot Kent Desormeaux to ride.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 1 (Lucky J Lane $4.40, fourth race)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 3 (Faith Proof $5.80, second; Alexis Tangier $6.80, seventh; Madame Forbes $7.80, eighth)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 0


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