Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Aug. 20

Preview: Well, the Pacific Classic is over. Bring on the Breeders’ Cup. It’s obvious Arrogate doesn’t like the Del Mar surface but he ran a gutsy race and jockey Mike Smith had him finishing at the end. The deal here is that the Del Mar surface is softer this year due to the rash of fatalities last year. Also the track sped up this week. Coincidence? I’ll let others debate. The real issue is what will it be like in November. It seems to me with cooler weather the track will be tighter. I enjoy all the Gun Runner lovers saying Arrogate is ripe for the taking. The bigger question is will Gun Runner like the Del Mar track? We know Collected does. He’s 7 for 7 on dry dirt tracks. Let that sink in for a minute. It will be interesting in November.

FIRST RACE: 1. Bona Fide Image, 2. Flower Heart Deer, 3. Justice Rules. LONG SHOT: Sea Code.

SECOND RACE: 1. Burn Me Twice, 2. Aristocratic, 3. One I’m Running To. LONG SHOT: Regal Born.

THIRD RACE: 1. Tommy Grossman, 2. Caray, 3. Hawks Peak. LONG SHOT: Spend It.
Tommy Grossman gets a huge jock switch to Evin Roman and trainer Mike Chambers is 30 percent third off the layoff. Caray was claimed by Gary Stute, who is 26% first time off the claim.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Literary Critic, 2. Scandal, 3. Eternal Endeavour. LONG SHOT: Miz Tianjin.

FIFTH RACE: 1. All of a Sudden, 2. Dreamy Gal, 3. Candy Ruler. LONG SHOT: Papercoversrock.

SIXTH RACE: 1. My Man Chuckles, 2. Kenzou’s Rhythm, 3. Van Cortlandt. LONG SHOT: Sutton Impact.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Pleasant as Pie, 2. Classy Tune, 3. Plane Lucky. LONG SHOT: Sandy’s Surprise.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Vyjack, 2. Om, 3. Midnight Storm. LONG SHOT: Le Ken.

NINTH RACE: 1. Jungle Warfare, 2. St Patrick’s Day, 3. Zatter. LONG SHOT: Salsa King.

10TH RACE: 1. BROOKS HOUSE (BEST BET), 2. Arethusa, 3. Bombilate. LONG SHOT: La Force.
Trainer Victoria Oliver, who is based in Kentucky, finally shows up in the Del Mar entries. When she comes West, she is usually loaded. In the last three years, Oliver has started 23 horses at Del Mar with six wins, averaging $19 per winner. In the 10th race, Brooks House (15-1) comes in. She finished second over this course in the past and this is too good a price to pass up with excellent turf jockey Drayden Van Dyke in the irons.

Good luck.

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