Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, August 20

FIRST RACE: 1. #4 Belle Et Bete (5-2) BEST BET, 2. Looking for Money, 3. Sound City. LONG SHOT: Revenue Virginius.

Trainer Phil D’Amato claimed this 3-year-old filly and moves her up, which is a positive sign. D’Amato is 25% first off the claim and 24% with beaten favorites plus he goes to the meet’s leading rider, Rafael Bejarano, and they are 32% together.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Dream Police, 2. Power of Hope, 3. Day in the Sun. LONG SHOT: Big Discovery.

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THIRD RACE: 1. City of Vengeance, 2. Smack Talk, 3. Rocket Heat. LONG SHOT: Jazzy Josh.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. #4 Pulpit Rules (6-1), 2. Some Caan Job, 3. Tequila Mary. LONG SHOT: Miss Lori.

Showed some pace pressure in her last two before taking 10 weeks off. Now she takes the all important drop from MSW to maiden claimers and trainer Steve Knapp is 29% with that move.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. #6 Tell Her Yes (8-1), 2. Sheza Eyeopener, 3. Miss Nikki J. LONG SHOT: Midnight Lady.

Trainer Jonathan Wong runs on Northern California circuit but he does have a win at Del Mar. Wong is 56% second off the claim like this 3-year-old filly is. He is 52% on dirt and 29% in route races. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez will have to use her speed in order to get good position going into the first turn.

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SXITH RACE: 1. Fast Escape, 2. She’s Too Wild, 3. Golden Bayers. LONG SHOT: One Bye Two.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Saint of Saints, 2. Small Town Cop, 3. Olympic Blue. LONG SHOT: Ice Cream Truck.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Show and Tell, 2. Herbies Thunder, 3. Ladies Man. LONG SHOT: Alston.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners:  (Cadet Roni $6.40, first race)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 2 (Devil Rising $25.80, fourth; Aaron Again $12.20, eighth)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1

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