Preview: Well, I suffered my first blank on Friday with no winners on top, but it wasn’t like I handicapped bad. I had the long shot winner of the first; I gave out a trifecta box in the fifth; and a couple of reverse exactas in the seventh and eighth races. Two horses I picked second won and three horses I picked third, won. One of those days.
FIRST RACE: 1. CHASING YESTERDAY (best bet), 2. Honeyfromthesouth, 3. Scarlet. LONG SHOT: Whiff of Intrigue.
SECOND RACE: 1. Social Etiquette, 2. Storming Lady, 3. Suspicious Spouse. LONG SHOT: Token Vow.
THIRD RACE: 1. Very Very Stella, 2. Kochees, 3. Midnight Destiny. LONG SHOT: Tavasco Road.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Bank Walker, 2. California King, 3. Kershaw. LONG SHOT: Camp Counselor.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Popyhowuspelcupcak, 2. Street Moxie, 3. Force. LONG SHOT: The Big Train.
SIXTH RACE: 1. Joe Jackson, 2. Tanners Pride, 3. Rinse and Repeat. LONG SHOT: Jay Makes Us Laugh.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Pee Wee Reese, 2. Camino Del Paraiso, 3. Ashleyluvssugar. LONG SHOT: Grecian Fire.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Broome, 2. Smart Rachel, 3. Swallows Inn Gal. LONG SHOT: Sing a Solo.
NINTH RACE: 1. Ransom the Moon, 2. American Anthem, 3. Roy H. LONG SHOT: American Pastime.
10TH RACE: 1. Forloveofcountry, 2. Fort Dodge, 3. Tariq. LONG SHOT: King of Speed.
Trainer James DiVito is spending his first summer at Del Mar after many years on the Chicago circuit. In today’s 10th race, he has a $300,000 2-year-old named Forloveofcountry (No. 8) making his first start on the grass. The sire Sky Mesa gets 12 percent winners first time on the grass and DiVito wins 24 percent first time on grass and 20 percent the first time he sends a horse in a route race. This colt gave an even effort in the mud at Churchill Downs last month and this might be what he wanted to go all along.
Top choice winners: 0
Second choice winners: 2 (Miss Boom Boom $8.20, seventh race; Indian Gulch $8.80, eighth)
Third choice winners: 3 (Naughty Sophie $4.60, fourth; Comes the Dream $18.80, fifth; Take the One O One $4.20, sixth
Long shot winners: 1 (Royal Asscher $21.20, first)
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