Del Mar, Horse racing

Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Aug. 2 (Updated with scratches)

FIRST RACE: 1. Julius, 2. Zestful, 3. Blame It On Kitty. LONG SHOT: Justin’s Quest.

SECOND RACE: 1. Kleen Karma, 2. Sapori Girl, 3. Kalliniki. LONG SHOT: Prima Valentina (scratched) new pick: Red Bunting.

THIRD RACE: 1. Scooby, 2. Touchdown Brown, 3. Good With People. LONG SHOT: Rantanen.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Devils Dance, 2. Seaside Dancer, 3. Magical Gray (scratched) new pick: Swirling. LONG SHOT: Red Livy.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Moreavino, 2. Gotta Be Lucky, 3. Soothing. LONG SHOT: True Mischief.

SIXTH RACE: 1. P R Radio Star, 2. Facts Matter, 3. Conquest Cobra. LONG SHOT: Black Storm.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Royal Blend, 2. Moonlight d’Oro, 3. Frosted Blue. LONG SHOT: Bonus Fever.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Microrithms (best bet), 2. Drop the Chalupa, 3. Oil Can Knight. LONG SHOT: Big Scott Daddy.

NINTH RACE: 1. Columbian Gold, 2. Awesome Drive, 3. Too Much Heaven. LONG SHOT: Savvy Gal.

10TH RACE: 1. Ollie’s Candy, 2. Fighting Mad, 3. Ce Ce. LONG SHOT: Dogtag.

11TH RACE: 1. Juror, 2. War Path, 3. Hollywoodhellraisr. LONG SHOT: Vegas Moon.

Good luck. Stay safe.


Top choice winners: 4 (Cajun Treasure $8, fourth race; Happier $4.40, fifth, cold exacta $8.60, cold quinella $4, cold daily double $18.40; Madone $12, eighth, cold exacta $38.20, cold quinella $15.60, cold trifecta $47.65; El Tigre Terrible $4.20, cold daily double $22.60, cold exacta $16, cold quinella $8)

Second choice winners: 2 (Liberalism $4.20, third, exacta box $13.40, quinella box $7.60; Atina $6.40, 11th)

Third choice winners: 1 (Impression $4.60, first, exacta box $9.60, quinella box $5.60)

Long shot winners: 1 (Rocky Tough $61.40, sixth)


Top choice winners: 3 (Freedom Fighter $3, third race, cold exacta $16, cold quinella $11.20; Shortlist $8.60, cold exacta $24.40, cold quinella $12.80; Collusion Illusion $5.80, 10th)

Second choice winners: 1 (Big Buzz $5.20, fourth, cold quinella $9, reverse exacta $20)

Third choice winners: 3 (Thousand Words $20.40, second, exacta box $27.80, quinella box $5.40; Del Mar Drama $8, exacta box $49, quinella box $24.20; On Mars $5.20, 11th, exacta box $23, quinella box $11.80)

Long shot winners: 0

Del Mar, Horse racing

Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Aug. 1

FIRST RACE: 1. Moonoverthebayyou, 2. Include tj Tax, 3. Sorriso. LONG SHOT: Eskimo Roses.

SECOND RACE: 1. Honor A. P., 2. Cezanne, 3. Thousand Words. LONG SHOT: Kiss Today Goodbye.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Uncle Chuck will be scratched from this race to run in the Travers.

THIRD RACE: 1. Freedom Fighter (best bet), 2. Epidemic, 3. Dixie’s Two Stents. LONG SHOT: Wyfire.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Bud Knight, 2. Big Buzz, 3. Sly. LONG SHOT: General Mathis.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Shortlist, 2. Nolo Contesto, 3. Musawaat. LONG SHOT: Polar Wind.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Chitu Me Too, 2. Sweet and Cheeky, 3. Sweet Sonny. LONG SHOT: Miss Mo’ Licious.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Taming the Tigress, 2. Mamba Queen, 3. Steinway. LONG SHOT: Eddie’s New Dream.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. I’m So Anna, 2. Big Andy, 3. Reign of Fire. LONG SHOT: Righteously.

NINTH RACE: 1. Better With Age, 2. Tagline, 3. Del Mar Drama. LONG SHOT: Journal Entry.

10TH RACE: 1. Collusion Illusion, 2. Wildman Jack, 3. Fashionably Fast. LONG SHOT: Lexitonian.
Baffert also said McKinzie would be scratched from this race.

11TH RACE: 1. Nina En Fuego, 2. Cheerful Charm, 3. On Mars. LONG SHOT: Get’em Tiger.

Good luck. Stay safe.

Del Mar, Horse racing

Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Friday, July 31 (updated with scratches)

FIRST RACE: 1. Will Dancer, 2. Conquest Lemonraid, 3. Impression. LONG SHOT: Artie B Good (scratched) new pick: Lead Star.

SECOND RACE: 1. Cielo d’Oro, 2. I’m the Boss of Me, 3. Queens Map. LONG SHOT: Mandragora Seeker.

THIRD RACE: 1. Angle Creek, 2. Liberalism, 3. Althea Gibson. LONG SHOT: All Star Heat.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Cajun Treasure, 2. Kris’ Wild Kat, 3. All American Hero. LONG SHOT: Tromador.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Happier, 2. Himiko, 3. Via Angelica(scratched) new pick: Unbreakable. LONG SHOT: La V (scratched) new pick: Queen of Aces.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Salvator Mundi, 2. Tiberius Mercurius, 3. Swamp Souffle. LONG SHOT: Rocky Tough.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Brickyard Ride (best bet), 2. Mr Paytience, 3. Cali Dude. LONG SHOT: Summer Fire.

Include No. 10 Quick Finish in any exotics you use.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Madone, 2. Ivy League, 3. Floral Essence. LONG SHOT: She’s a Lil Flirt.

NINTH RACE: 1. El Tigre Terrible, 2. Rookie Mistake, 3. Phantom Boss. LONG SHOT: Lightning Fast.

10TH RACE: 1. Spanish Count (scratched), 2. Canadian Luck (scratched), 3. Huge Bigly. LONG SHOT: Exeter. New picks: 1. Railspitter, 2. Huge Bigly, 3. Exhort. LONG SHOT: Exeter.

11TH RACE: 1. Whoa Nessie, 2. Atina, 3. Majestic Diva. LONG SHOT: Diamond of Value.

No. 12 She Began Again drew in to the race and has a late closing pick. Consider.

Good luck. Stay safe.


Top choice winners: 2 (Li’l Grazen $6.40, ninth race, cold exacta $33.80, cold quinella $19, cold trifecta $58.45; Empress of Fire $26.60, cold daily double $77.80, cold exacta $84, cold quinella $27.80)

Second choice winners: 2 (Quick $8.40, second, cold quinella $8.40, reverse exacta $23.80; Hootie $7.80, sixth)

Third choice winners: 2 (Harvest Moon $5, first, exacta box $14.40, quinella box $8.40; Approved for Flyby $10.40, fifth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Flying Business $5.20 (15-1 morning-line), third)

Del Mar, Horse racing

Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Monday, July 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Tiz Wonderfully, 2. Velvet Queen, 3. Harvest Moon. LONG SHOT: Mongolian Window.

SECOND RACE: 1. Gypsy Spirit (best bet), 2. Quick, 3. Muchly. LONG SHOT: Miss Flawless.

THIRD RACE: 1. Midnight Garden, 2. Awesome Amanda, 3. Sherilinda. LONG SHOT: Flying Business.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Munnings’ Pilot, 2. Nio Slo Mo, 3. Cosmo. LONG SHOT: Inch.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Apache Pass, 2. South Beach Gal, 3. Approved for Flyby. LONG SHOT: Hot Chicken.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Worthy Turk, 2. Hootie, 3. Ocean Fury. LONG SHOT: Exotic.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Hapi Hapi, 2. Most Sandisfactory, 3. World Affairs. LONG SHOT: Drink to That.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Gregorian Chant, 2. Mesut, 3. Marstro Dearte. LONG SHOT: Fight On.

NINTH RACE: 1. Li’l Grazen, 2. A Melis, 3. Warm Summer. LONG SHOT: Give Me a Hint.

10TH RACE: 1. Empress of Fire, 2. Rockie Causeway, 3. Lakaya. LONG SHOT: Tsunami Spring.

Good luck. Stay safe.


Top choice winners: 4 (Destiny’s Journey $12, fifth race, exacta box $45.60, quinella box $18.20; Songofthedestert $5.60, sixth, cold daily double $56.40; United $4.80, eighth; Galilean $4.40, 10th)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 2 (Cheddar $5, fourth, exacta box $35.40, quinella box $22.20, treifecta box $33.20; Canadian Ginger $8.20, 11th)

Long shot winners: 0


Top choice winners: 3 (Highly Distorted $12.60, seventh race; Zimba Warrior $6, eighth, cold daily double $63; Maximum Security $2.80, 10th, exacta box $8.40, quinella box $6.40, trifecta box $4.30, superfecta box $21.90)

Second choice winners: 4 (Vertical Threat $4.40, second; Dark Vader $3.60, third; Pretty Point $6.80, fifth; Sassyserb $6, 11th)

Third choice winners: 2(Secret Keeper $8.40, fourth, quinella box $10.60, exacta box $20.80, trifecta box $10.60; Laura’s Light $4.40, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

Del Mar, Horse racing

Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Sunday, July 26

FIRST RACE: 1. Bombard, 2. Blitzkrieg, 3. Baja Sur. LONG SHOT: Calexman.

SECOND RACE: 1. All I Can Say, 2. Rogallo, 3. Debt Monger. LONG SHOT: Bodega.

THIRD RACE: 1. Tammy’s Window, 2. Kittyhawk Lass, 3. Hurley. LONG SHOT: Avalon Rode.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Moana Luna, 2. Big Cheddar, 3. Hudson River Park. LONG SHOT: Air Jockey.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Destiny’s Journey, 2. Pasito, 3. First Empress. LONG SHOT: Info’s Treasure.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Songofthedesert, 2. Bella Vita, 3. Smiling Annie. LONG SHOT: Mommy Rose.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Hot Sean, 2. Jan’s Reserve, 3. Oh Marvelous Me. LONG SHOT: Luck’s Royal Flush.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. United, 2. Originaire, 3. Bowies Hero. LONG SHOT: Neptune’s Storm.

NINTH RACE: 1. Holden the Lute, 2. Solo Animo, 3. Whirl Candy. LONG SHOT: Adare.

10TH RACE: 1. Galilean, 2. Camino Del Paraiso, 3. Irish Heatwave. LONG SHOT: Brandothebartender.

11TH RACE: 1. Vangogo (best bet), 2. Second Avenue, 3. Canadian Ginger. LONG SHOT: Spreckels.

Good luck. Stay safe.

Del Mar, Horse racing

Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Saturday, July 25

FIRST RACE: 1. Caisson (best bet), 2. Gone Rogue, 3. Dyn O Mite. LONG SHOT: Flint Stroll.

SECOND RACE: 1. Ragtime Blues, 2. Vertical Threat, 3. Thanks Mr. Eidson. LONG SHOT: Howbeit.

THIRD RACE: 1. Pepe Tono, 2. Dark Vader, 3. Kershaw. LONG SHOT: Bold Endeavor.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Merneith, 2. Provocation, 3. Secret Keeper. LONG SHOT: Aunt Lubie.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Woodfin, 2. Pretty Point, 3. Never Be Enough. LONG SHOT: Unicorn.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Father O’Flaherty, 2. Dennis Celery, 3. Wedding Groom. LONG SHOT: Magnificent Red.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Highly Distorted, 2. Mystery Man, 3. Tilted Towers. LONG SHOT: Colossal Storm.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Zimba Warrior, 2. Handsome Cat, 3. Hidden Promise. LONG SHOT: Agamenon.

NINTH RACE: 1. Croughavouke, 2. She’s So Special, 3. Laura’s Light. LONG SHOT: Guitty.

10TH RACE: 1. Maximum Security, 2. Higher Power, 3. Midcourt. LONG SHOT: Ax Man.

11TH RACE: 1. Warrior’s Moon, 2. Sassyserb, 3. Kristi’s Tiger. LONG SHOT: Smiling Rose.

Good luck. Stay safe.


Top choice winners: 3 (Big Sweep $4.60, fourth race, cold exacta $13.40, cold quinella $6.20, cold trifecta $7.40; Bulletproof One $11.40, fifth, cold daily double $31.80, cold quinella $23, cold exacta $55; September Secret $6.60, eighth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Lincoln City $11.40, 11th)

Third choice winners: 2 (Proud Pedro $21, third, quinella box $15.20, exacta box $52, trifecta box $49.60; Preaching Trainer $9.20, seventh

Long shot winners: 0

Del Mar, Horse racing

Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Friday, July 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Horse Greedy, 2. Fabozzi, 3. Concur. LONG SHOT: Rickey B

SECOND RACE: 1. Burn Me Twice, 2. C Dub 3, Market Sentiment. LONG SHOT: King Parker.

THIRD RACE: 1. Border Town, 2. North County Guy, 3. Proud Pedro. LONG SHOT: Catch the Eye.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Big Sweep, 2. Been Studying Her, 3. Smiling Shirlee. LONG SHOT: Loud Loud Music.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Bulletproof One, 2. Querelle, 3. Fantasy Heat. LONG SHOT: Tijori.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Irreproachable, 2. Summer Fun, 3. Bluegrass Patriot. LONG SHOT: Bullet Times.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Utalknboutpractice, 2. Offshore Affair, 3. Preaching Trainer. LONG SHOT: Tizhotndusty.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. September Secret, 2. Spicy Sommelier, 3. Big Dress. LONG SHOT: Big Mama Sue.

NINTH RACE: 1. Surrender Now, 2. Stealthediamonds, 3. Lighthouse. LONG SHOT: Artistic Diva.

10TH RACE: 1. Kuda Huraa (best bet), 2. Polar Route, 3. Arya’s Dagger. LONG SHOT: Alicia’s Pride.

11TH RACE: 1. City Rage, 2. Lincoln City, 3. Madman. LONG SHOT: Reprobate.

Good luck. Stay safe.

Meet results (30 races, $60)

Top choice winners: 8, $51.20 (mutuels)

Second choice winners: 4, $26.80

Third choice winners: 3, $21.80

Long shot winners: 5, $121.60

Del Mar, Horse racing, Saratoga

Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar and Saratoga opinions for Friday, July 17

Note: No Saratoga picks because it was raining Thursday night and I’m not sure they will be on the turf today. One of the reasons I dislike handicapping Eastern tracks.

Obviously, Del Mar isn’t running this weekend due to the COVID-19 breakout in the jockey. I have opinions on that. I just haven’t decided whether I want to put certain people on blast yet because there is plenty of blame to go around on this.


Top choice winners: 2 (Palace Avenger $6.30, third race; Secure Connection $5.80, ninth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Propensity $6.70, sixth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 2 (Eternal Summer; $12, second; Pecatonica $25, seventh)

Horse racing, Saratoga

Jeff Nahill’s Saratoga opinions for Thursday, July 16 (Opening day)

Note: There is a possibility of rain so check for changes. Word from the main track has been rebuilt and is more sandy this year. That could inside speed on a dry track and rally wide closers on a wet track but we’ll have to see hot it works out. I usually like horses for courses particularly at Del Mar and Saratoga so I don’t what to think.

FIRST RACE: 1. Castle Casanova, 2. Jerome Avenue, 3. Guy Caballero. LONG SHOT: Sargeant Drive.

SECOND RACE: 1. Magic Mojo, 2. Mutakaamil, 3. Leading West. LONG SHOT: Eternal Summer.

THIRD RACE: 1. Palace Avenger, 2. Glass Ceiling, 3. Palomita. LONG SHOT: Carrizo.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Yes to Mischief, 2. Dial me Up, 3. Thrill. LONG SHOT: Palace Duchess.

FIFTH RACE: 1. The Caretaker, 2. Thorny Tale, 3. Dark Money. LONG SHOT: Steam Engine.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Mr Everything, 2. Propensity, 3. Sir Chubby. LONG SHOT: No Bad Days.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Astoiria Kitten, 2. Summer At the Spa, 3. Ava K’s Girl. LONG SHOT: Pecatonica.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Hopeful Princess, 2. Beautiful Memories, 3. Quinoa Tifah. LONG SHOT: Make Mischief.

NINTH RACE: 1. Mystic Guide, 2. Caracaro, 3. Modernist. LONG SHOT: Mo Hawk.

10TH RACE: 1. Summer Fortune (best bet), 2. Secure Connection, 3. Alley to Calvary. LONG SHOT: Rousey.

Good luck. Stay safe.

Del Mar, Horse racing

Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar results


Top choice winners: 3 (Good With People, $8, first race, exacta box $22, trifecta box $28.50; Kazan $4.20, second, cold daily double $24.40; Cordiality $18.40, sixth, cold exacta $52.40)

Second choice winners: 2 (What’s Up Surfer $7.80, seventh; P R Radio Star $9.60, ninth, cold quinella $42.20, reverse exacta $33.60, trifecta box $134.05, superfecta box $853)

Third choice winners: 1 (Street Image $6.60, fifth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Hot On the Trail $30, third)


Top choice winners: 1 (Girther $7.60, fourth race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Commander $5.60, second; Speedy Justice $3.80, sixth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Sappori Girl $8, third)

Long shot winners: 1 (Teachers Big Dream $20.60, ninth)