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Del Mar opinions for Wednesday, July 18 (Opening day)

Preview: Going to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club can be a lot of fun, but let’s be honest, everyone wants to win money. Jockeys and trainers all have their strengths and weaknesses. If you know those, it can point you to the winner’s circle and away from throwing your tickets away.

Jockeys
FLAVIEN PRAT:
Without a doubt, the best rider not named Mike Smith on the circuit, and he rides a lot more than Smith. Prat began his career in France and thus he was put on a lot of grass horses early in career, but he has become a very good all-around jockey. He won the Del Mar title last summer by winning 23 races on the dirt (25 percent) and 12 races (from 80 starters) on the grass. He was also second in races won with 2-year-olds (six) and that number could improve as he has made some inroads into the Bob Baffert barn. Prat loves to get to the rail on the turf, save ground and swing out at the head of the home stretch. He sometimes gets caught in traffic with this move, but he knows what he’s doing most of the time.

RAFAEL BEJARANO: The once king of Del Mar has slowed in the last year. He did finish tied for second in the standings, tied with Evin Roman, and tied for third on the dirt. He also tied Prat and Kent Desormeaux with 12 victories on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. If you are looking for a horse to finish down the lane, don’t bet against Bejarano because he will carry it there with his strength. The one weakness in Bejarano’s game is his work out of the gate. He registered just three wins on 2-year-olds during the 2017 meet because trainers want a jockey pushing a horse out of the gate. A lot of 2-year-old races are won by speed horses, which isn’t Bejarano’s strong suit.

KENT DESORMEAUX: There’s the good Kent and the bad Kent. If Desormeaux is in a good mood, he can be the best rider in the room, but if he’s not feeling it that day, don’t bet on him. Desormeaux, who rides a lot for his brother and trainer Keith, was fourth in the standings a year ago. He had 14 wins on the dirt and 12 wins on the grass. He is an exceptional grass rider.

JOE TALAMO: There was a time that “Talamo on the turf” made you big bucks every meet, but he has lost some of that magic in the last few years. He was fifth in the riding standings last summer (23 wins), but tied for third on the dirt with 17 winners. On the grass, he slipped to just six winners. He had a like number of victories with 2-year-olds, to tie for second in the colony. He was also second with first-time starters with three wins.

APPRENTICES: Roman, who won the Eclipse Award as the top apprentice in the country, lost his bug and is a journeyman now. Who will replace those 29 wins because you know how trainers like those 7- and 5-pound weight allowances? Fans should especially watch Heriberto Figueroa and Asa Espinoza, who just tied for the Los Alamitos riding title. Two others to watch are Edgar Payeras and Franklin Ceballos.

OTHERS: Mike “Money” Smith will ride in a lot of stakes races and 2-year-old events. If he rides in another race, take note. … Tyler Baze wins the hard-luck award from 2017 with 18 seconds and 17 thirds with just nine wins. He’s a good all-around rider. … Drayden Van Dyke scored 11 wins on the turf a year ago, one behind the leaders, and he has a great clock in his head. Watch out for him with Baffert, too. He has also made in-roads in that stable and Baffert won’t be afraid to put him up on a good 2-year-old. … Journeyman Edwin Maldonado is a rider to watch, especially on the grass as he registered seven wins on the green in 2017. He’s underrated. … Corey Nakatani maybe getting older but last summer he proved he’s still good with 2-year-olds (Bolt d’Oro) and he’s also a master on the grass.

FIRST RACE: 1. Carville, 2. Out of Patience, 3. General Ike. LONG SHOT: Above Board.
Tough race take as many as you can in the Pick 5.

SECOND RACE: 1. Upo, 2. Kylemore, 3. Ayacara. LONG SHOT: Jimmy Chila.
If this Pick 5 doesn’t pay boxcars, I’ll be stunned. This card is tough.

THIRD RACE: 1. Ketos, 2. Junior Gilliam, 3. Eighty Three. LONG SHOT: Gentrified.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Blueberry Princess, 2. Flying to the Line, 3. Dicotomy. LONG SHOT: Opus Won.
Blueberry Princess comes out of a race that has already produced two next out winners from four starters.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Bird Is the Word, 2. Ritzy A. P., 3. Ann Arbor Eddie. LONG SHOT: Castle.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Shivermetimbers, 2. Divisor, 3. Regulate. LONG SHOT: Show Me Da Lute.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Brill (BEST BET), 2. Angel Alessandra, 3. Bizwhacks. LONG SHOT: Barbadolla.
We all know how good trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is with young fillies and this $1 million purchase BRILL looks like the real deal. She has three big works coming into the race and Hollendorfer is 17 percent with first-timers. We will never get the 5-2 morning-line, but that’s life. Looks like a single to me.

EIGHTH RACE (Oceanside Stakes): 1. Texas Wedge, 2. Desert Stone, 3. Artie B Good. LONG SHOT: More Honor.
Believe it or not, trainer Peter Miller didn’t win a stakes race at the Del Mar summer meet so you can bet (and he will) that he wants to end that right here and now.

NINTH RACE: 1. Blame Joe, 2. Super Duper Cooper, 3. Aurora d’Oro. LONG SHOT: Impression.

10TH RACE: 1. Sellwood, 2. Henry County, 3. Zipman. LONG SHOT: Starting Bloc.

Good luck.

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Del Mar selections for Sunday, Nov. 26 (Closing day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Dialed to Go, 2. Tapitha Bonita, 3. Wild Edie. LONG SHOT: Callie Mesa.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Rocket Fuel, 2. Mesa Sky, 3. Bear Skinned. LONG SHOT: Beantown Boys
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THIRD RACE: 1. Hunt, 2. Pee Wee Reese, 3. He Will. LONG SHOT: Win the Space
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Gotham Desire, 2. Haveiture Way, 3. Gemini Journey. LONG SHOT: Pied N True
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Be Mine, 2. Fizzy Friday, 3. Cash Prize. LONG SHOT: Peach Cove
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Secret Touch, 2. Divisor, 3. Desert General. LONG SHOT: Trapalanda
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Mrs McDougal, 2. Robilinda, 3. Off Limits. LONG SHOT: Insta Erma
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. SUTRO (best bet), 2. Allianna, 3. Swak. LONG SHOT: Miss Georgie Gal.
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NINTH RACE: 1. East Rand, 2. Analyze It, 3. Choo Choo. LONG SHOT: Magic Musketier.

Good luck,

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Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Karma King, 2. Frac Candy, 3. Airfoil. LONG SHOT: My Secret Affair.
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SECOND RACE: 1, Ippodamina’s Girl, 2. Paved, 3. Prairie Citizen. LONG SHOT: Scat Home Lady.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Tribal Jewel, 2. Out of Patience, 3. Beaumarchais. LONG SHOT: Saint Dermot.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Soglio, 2. Spanish Hombre, 3. Saltini. LONG SHOT: Dark Energy.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Mubtaahij, 2. Irish Freedom, 3. Top of the Game. LONG SHOT: Curlin Rules.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Getoffmyback, 2. The Street Fighter, 3. Boy Howdy. LONG SHOT: Swiss Minister.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Mo Town, 2. Sharp Samurai, 3. Just Howard. LONG SHOT: Souper Tapit.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. SAMDAR (best bet), 2. Concur, 3. Praetorian. LONG SHOT: Bourbon Dude.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Raucous, 2. Daddy Is a Legend, 3. Data Dependent. LONG SHOT: Sappho.

Good luck.

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Del Mar selections for Friday, Nov. 25

FIRST RACE: 1. Channel Crossing, 2. Falcone, 3. Fengari. LONG SHOT: Erotic.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Velvet Jones, 2. Pomp and Party, 3. Yalisha. LONG SHOT: Just Be Held.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Texas Wedge, 2. Summer Shamal, 3. Factorofwon. LONG SHOT: Sir Valentine.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Captivate, 2. Momma’s Baby Boy, 3. Hollywood Strike. LONG SHOT: Moneigh Moproblems.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Jungle Warfare, 2. Eskimo Roses, 3. River Boyne. LONG SHOT: Convexity.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Clear the Mine, 2. Spectre Bond, 3. Red Lightning. LONG SHOT: Stone Hands.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. MANITOULIN (best bet), 2. Lottie, 3. Tequila Joe. LONG SHOT: Indordinate.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Bardstown, 2. Inhibition. 3. Psychedelicat. LONG SHOT: Super Duper Cooper.

Good Luck.

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Del Mar selections for Thursday, Nov. 22 (First post 11 a.m.)

FIRST RACE: 1. November Tale, 2. Bombilate, 3. You’re A Goat. LONG SHOT: Scandal.
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SECOND RACE: 1. LINE DRIVE (best bet), 2. Sauce On Side, 3. Condi. LONG SHOT: Pure Sugar.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Gio’s Calling, 2. Holiday Stone, 3. A Red Tie Day. LONG SHOT: Troublewithatee.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sea’s Journey, 2. Catfish Hunter, 3. Thankful Every Day. LONG SHOT: Insubordination.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Majestic Eagle, 2. Peace, 3. He’s Stylish. LONG SHOT: Longden.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Earring, 2. Birdie Gold, 3. Responsibleforlove. LONG SHOT: How Unusual.
Just a not here: Lottie drew post No. 14 for this race (moving in to No. 13 following a scratch on Wednesday), but trainer Graham Motion was so unhappy with the draw, he entered her against the boys on Friday. I think he will run her Friday, but if he stays in this spot give her a strong look despite the post.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Psycho Dar, 2. Royal Trump, 3. Warrior’s Lullaby. LONG SHOT: Bob’s All In.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Golden Kitten, 2. Achira, 3. Red Shelby. LONG SHOT: Delectable.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Good luck.

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Del Mar selections for Sunday, Nov. 20

Note: Sorry late night at work.

FIRST RACE: 1. Star of Kobol, 2. Mo See Cal, 3. Super Patriot. LONG SHOT: X S Gold.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Special Story, 2. Handful of Stripes, 3. Orejas. LONG SHOT: Moonlight Blue.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Ciao Bella Rosa, 2. Alpha Pegasus, 3. Let Me Flatter You. LONG SHOT: Dressed in Prada.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Lady Phyllis, 2. We Will Re Joyce, 3. Quinnie. LONG SHOT: Midnight Summer.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. DAD’S A GAMBLER (best bet), 2. Devils Informer, 3. Two Thirty Five. LONG SHOT: Mt. Leinster.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Wonderful Lie, 2. Heart of the Nile, 3. Marley’s Freedom. LONG SHOT: Avicii.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Phantom Opening, 2. Dominating Woman, 3. A Little Bit Me. LONG SHOT: Tweeting.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Gold Rush Dancer, 2. Tribal Storm, 3. Solid Wager. LONG SHOT: Prime Issue.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Schooley, 2. Tatar, 3. Bold Papa. LONG SHOT: Lord Admiral.

Good luck.

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Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 18

FIRST RACE: 1. Little Juanito, 2. Cats Blame, 3. Uncle Billy. LONG SHOT: New Dancer.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Pundy, 2. Burn Me Twice, 3. Red Carpet Cat. LONG SHOT: Big League.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Lucky Stash, 2. Artistic Ministry, 3. Helen’s Tiger. LONG SHOT: Kiss of Dahpespe.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Infuriated Gary, 2. Dos Palos, 3. Hardboot. LONG SHOT: Minister’s Glory.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ms Bad Behavior, 2. Midnight Bisou, 3. Dream Tree. LONG SHOT: Secret Spice.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Bowie, 2. Painting Corners, 3. Zero Zee. LONG SHOT: Little Voice.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Go On Mary, 2. Christy Jackson, 3. Little Nati. LONG SHOT: Reckless Charm.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. South Americain, 2. Hootie, 3. Radio Silence. LONG SHOT: Buckys Pick.
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NINTH RACE: 1. BRADDOCK (best bet), 2. Make It a Triple, 3. Gentrified. LONG SHOT: My Man Chuckles.

Good luck.

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