Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Wednesday, Aug. 22

Preview: The main track seemed to favor outside posts and rally wide types, but overall for the meet the numbers from Equibase seem to suggest all positions are getting a fair shake.
In dirt sprints, posts one through three are winning 35.5 percent of the time, but posts six and seven are scoring 30.8 percent.
In main track two-turn races, the inside two posts are at 30.6 percent while post five through seven are at 37.2 percent.
It’s more of the same on the turf course.
Posts one and two are scoring 28.6 percent of the time while posts six and seven are winning at a 22.5 percent rate. Most interesting is that post No. 9 is winning 15.3 percent of the time when it’s occupied (9-for-59) and post No. 11 wins 19.4 percent (6-for-31).

FIRST RACE
Siberian Iris
Mybluebell
India Mantuana
LONG SHOT: War Moccasin
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SECOND RACE
PIRATE’S PUNCH (BEST BET)
Dark Prince
Jefe
LONG SHOT: Gunmetal Gray
In the second race today, trainer William Morey has No. 3 Pirate’s Punch making his first start around two turns. According to Jim Mazur’s The Del Mar Handicapper 2018, Morey is 45 percent when he starts a horse the second time at the meet the last two years and he’s 50 percent in dirt route races. Bingo.
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THIRD RACE
Gypsy Blu
Tiz Toffee
Majestic Authority
LONG SHOT: Winsinfashion
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FOURTH RACE
Candura
Rather Nosy
Data Storm Kitty
LONG SHOT: Diosa
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FIFTH RACE
Queen Shelly Ann
Gia Lula
Belle Monte
LONG SHOT: Scurry
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SIXTH RACE
Caiifornia Clone
Six Point Rack
Thermopolis
LONG SHOT: Junior Gilliam
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SEVENTH RACE
Dabster
Ike Walker
Soi Phet
LONG SHOT: Isotherm
MUBTAAHIJ was stuck in the race on Tuesday, but trainer Bob Baffert will likely scratch him on Wednesday.
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EIGHTH RACE
Rhettbutler
Just Call Me Ken
Our Tiger’s Boy
LONG SHOT: Colormemoney

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Triple Shot $26.20, fourth race; Best Two Minutes $4.60, sixth)

Second choice winners: 4 (Quebec $8, third; Tantara $6.20, fifth; Policy $3.80, ninth; Ohio $9.60, 10th)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 1 (Neighborhood Bully $12.80, second)

Good luck.

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