Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, July 31

FIRST RACE: 1. An Unusual Group, 2. Warren’s Cracker, 3. Vow Me Over. LONG SHOT: Lirica Heat.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #8 BELLAMY CONCERTO (5-2) best bet, 2. Carson City Five, 3. Bollywood. LONG SHOT: Rockport Kat.

Trainer Richard Mandella is 35% with horses making their first run in a maiden claiming race. Jockey Gary Stevens sticks and he is 29% with Mandella.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Mango Reward, 2. Take Back Spring, 3. Blind Dreams. LONG SHOT: Asparagus.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Fantasy of Luck, 2. Scathing, 3. Some Caan Job. LONG SHOT: Yodelsong.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. #4 Jomelo (3-1), 2. Empty Headed, 3. Al’s Uncle. LONG SHOT: Nahem.

This gelding drops to a level he has won at before. He has a win at Del Mar and trainer Richard Baltas is 36% with horses that are beaten favorites. Jockey Rafael Bejarano stays on and he is 32% with Baltas.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Fame and Power, 2. Motown Men, 3. Rye Patch. LONG SHOT: Alex Rossi.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ibelievewewillwin, 2. Aiming Straight, 3. Reckless Charm. LONG SHOT: She’s a Classic.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #5 W. Giles (6-1), 2. Frensham, 3. My Slew. LONG SHOT: Sir Barclay.

Trainer Phil D’Amato claimed this gelding in January and is taking a huge drop in class. D’Amato is 35% with horses coming off a long layoff and he employs jockey Tyler Baze, who is 28% with D’Amato.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Shared Image $7.40, second race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Little Jerry $12.60, seventh)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Eagle Rock $9.20, third)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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