Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Wednesday, Aug. 15

Preview: The more things change, the more they stayed the same last week at Del Mar.
Jockeys Flavien Prat, Tyler Baze and Drayden Van Dyke are still atop the riding standings while Peter Miller, Jerry Hollendorfer and Doug O’Neill do the same for the trainers. In fact, the three leading trainers all won races on Saturday’s program.
But this is Pacific Classic week. It’s big money week. Lots of stakes races. Look for jockey Mike Smith to make some noise and even jockey Gary Stevens, who seemed to signal the end of vacation time. Last week, Stevens had eight mounts with three wins, three seconds and a third so he was in the money 83 percent of the time.
Leading rider Prat led all jockeys with six wins on the week, but Baze was close behind with five.
The Miller barn has been hot since the start but doubled the competition last week with six winners, four of them on the grass. He his now 10-for-33 on the turf at the meet.
After a tough start trainer Richard Baltas has heated up, especially on the grass, where he is now 5-for-36.
Speaking of the grass, jockeys Joe Talamo (1-33) and Stewart Elliott (1-23) got their first wins on the green stuff and Kent Desormeaux (2-38) also scored on the wider course.

FIRST RACE
Savagery
Two Fifty Coup
Saltarin
LONG SHOT: Sueno
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SECOND RACE
LAMBO LUXX (best bet)
Private Joke
Tomasino
LONG SHOT: Curly’s Waterfront
Last summer, trainer Jack Carava and jockey Evin Roman — then an apprentice — teammed up to win three of six races. They are reunited today in the second race with a horse they won with last year, No. 7 Lambo Luxx (3-1).
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THIRD RACE
Award It
Girl Downstairs
Salsita
LONG SHOT: Gone to Bali
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FOURTH RACE
Awesometastic
Always Believe
Broome
LONG SHOT: Party Hostess
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FIFTH RACE
Queen Blossom
Fahan Mura
Vexatious
LONG SHOT: Amboseli
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SIXTH RACE
Flying to the Line
Opus Won
Square Peggy
LONG SHOT: Blueberry Princess
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SEVENTH RACE
Navajo Dreamer
Beau Square
Operandi
LONG SHOT: Kimberlea K
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EIGHTH RACE
Livin On Prayer
Friendly Steve
Black Storm
LONG SHOT: For the Hustle

Good luck.

 

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Shadow Sphnix $10.20, eighth race)

Second choice winners: 1 (Spin Lightning $15.80, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (Myrcella $6.40, sixth)

Long shot winners: 2 (Yuvetsi $20.40, third; No Wine Untasted $21.40, fourth)

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3 thoughts on “Del Mar opinions for Wednesday, Aug. 15

  1. Michael James Watkins says:

    It was nice to see that your longshot winners were truly long shots.I scratch my head when I see your longshot pick a 3 to 1 morning line co-favorite. Thank you for your live selections

      • Michael Watkins says:

        Not looking at the odds, is a good practice to get into when handicapping. Like when the form comes out a week before the Breeders’ Cup without the odds, you’re looking at a horse’s true capabilities. Not someone’s opinion of how he thinks the race will be like. Thanks again for your insight.

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