Del Mar, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Del Mar selections (plus GP and TBD) for Saturday, Dec. 3


Preview: Big weekend of racing to close out the final days of the fall meet. Lots of Eastern trainers and jockeys coming West looking for graded stakes wins. Don’t avoid these jockeys in other races because they are good. Turf rails at zero. By the way, when Autumn Twilight crossed the finish line first at 8-1 in Friday’s fourth race it meant I will show a flat-bet profit for the meet with my top selections.

Race 1: 1. Swiss Cheese, 2. Adair, 3. Templar. LONG SHOT: Changing Karma.

Race 2: 1. Ketos BEST BET, 2. Sunset Grill, 3. First Heir. LONG SHOT: Ral Rue.

Race 3: #7 Los Gatos (6-1), 2. Infinite Magic, 3. Buymeabond. LONG SHOT: Presidentsky.

Here’s one of those spots we were talking about as jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. takes this mount for trainer Kristin Mulhall. Ortiz is a 17% turf rider in New York. Mulhall is 19% first off the claim and this colt looks ready with the bullet work recently.

Race 4: #8 Hard Arch (12-1), 2. Datcatsa Gem, 3. Run Macho Run. LONG SHOT: Classic Ruler.

This colt made his debut at GPW (aka Calder) in October and was shipped west by owners Holly & David West. The colt comes out of a race that has produced at least one winner so far. Jockey Santiago Gonzalez is 42% with trainer Vladimir Cerin at Del Mar.

Race 5: 1. Entrechat, 2. Paquita Coqueta, 3. Home Journey. LONG SHOT: Dr. Fager’s Gal.

Race 6: 1. Vale Dori, 2. Desert Madam, 3. Gloryzpper. LONG SHOT: Barbara Beatrice.

Race 7: #9 Revved Up (20-1), 2. Camelot Kitten, 3. Free Rose. LONG SHOT: Diplodocus.

Trainer Shug McGaughey makes a rare Del Mar appearance with this colt. McGaughey is 22% second off the layoff and he gets jockey Drayden Van Dyke, who won a couple of stakes last weekend. The last was a prep for this and the son of Candy Ride has the top Brisnet Late Pace Rating.

Race 8: 1. Sheer Flattery, 2. Iliad, 3. American Anthem. LONG SHOT: Caustic.

Race 9: #5 Champagne Charley (8-1), 2. Tribal Fighter, 3. American League. LONG SHOT: Fabozzi.

Trainer Simon Callaghan gets all-world jockey Javier Castellano to stick around for this allowance race. Callaghan is 17% second off the layoff.


Race 1: #5 Military Brat (15-1) SCRATCHED: I remember during the last winter/spring meet that trainer Horacio Barbaran and jockey Samy Camacho hit with some bombs and that’s what we have here. This 2-year-old has shown speed and drops into a claimer for the first time. Bombs away.

Race 4: #9 Cincy Belle (5-2) (turf only): Jockey Daniel Centeno and trainer Arnaud Delacour are one of the top combinations here. This filly had all kinds of issues in her debut at Laurel, but takes a drop in class and has been training decently.

Race 10: #6 Mama Trace (7-2) (turf only): This filly has been facing better and drops into a claimer for the first time for trainer Ignacio Correas and jockey Declan Cannon. A daughter of Temple City, she should enjoy the longer distance.


Race 3: #9 Summer Rae (6-1): This filly has turned into a 5-furlong specialist with a record of 5-2-2-1. Trainer Ralph Ziadie is 25% second off the layoff and 30% in nongraded stakes. He gets excellent turf rider Antonio Gallardo, who is 19% on the grass this year.

Race 4: #4 Shaft of Light (8-5), #9 It Behooves Me (15-1), #11 Prudhoe Bay (12-1)

Race 5: #11 Moonshine Promise (10-1), #14 Too Clever by Half (12-1)

Race 6: Defer Heaven (9-5), #14 Como Se Llama (15-1)

Race 7: #7 Chiseled (20-1), #14 Goodtimehadbyall (7-2)

Race 8: #2 All About Yasom (20-1)

Race 9: #1 Luckystrikedelcoco (15-1), #12 Daddy’s Boo (3-1)

Race 11: #2 Music Critik (15-1)

Good luck.

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