Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Aug. 18

FIRST RACE: 1. Buyer’s Remorse, 2. Stellar Sound, 3. Matera. LONG SHOT: Christmas Pickles.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Ciao Luna, 2. Todos Santos, 3. Baby Ice. LONG SHOT: C C the Bartender.
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THIRD RACE: 1, Vintage Hollywood, 2. Cosa Nostra, 3. Scrappy Deville. LONG SHOT: King Charlie.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. McKale, 2. Flagstaff, 3. California Street. LONG SHOT: Secular Nation.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Forever Juanito, 2. Conquest Cobra, 3. Ted W. LONG SHOT: Twirling Tiger.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Claim of Passion, 2. Jetovator, 3. Summer Fun. LONG SHOT: It’s Fitting.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ohio, 2. Bowies Hero, 3. What a View. LONG SHOT: Sharp Samurai.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Magic On Tap, 2. Julius, 3. Midcourt. LONG SHOT: Feeling Strong.
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NINTH RACE: 1. BODHICITTA (best bet on the also-eligible list), 2. The Nightingale, 3. Ameerah B, 4. Pretty Point. LONG SHOT: She’s Our Charm.

Good luck.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (Stylishly $5, fourth race; Rizzi’s Honors $8.60, fifth; Dawood $4, eighth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 1 (Tiger Dad $5.80, second)

Long shot winners: 1 (Tap Back $33.80, third)

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (Fawree $5, first race; Succeedandsurpass $6.80, fifth; Cambier Parc $4.40, ninth race)

Second choice winners: 1 (Paid Informant $5.80, second)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Aug. 17 (Pacific Classic Day) UPDATED

FIRST RACE: 1. Fawree, 2. Route Six Six, 3. Paladar. LONG SHOT: California Journey.
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SECOND RACE: 1. ORQUIDIAS BIZ (best bet), 2. Paid Informant, 3. Samurai Charm. LONG SHOT: Lucia’s Design.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Stormy Liberal, 2. Eddie Haskell, 3. Undrafted. LONG SHOT: Calexman.
It was all I could do not to pick UNDRAFTED. There is so much speed in this race and he is the only closer, but STORMY LIBERAL AND EDDIE HASKELL love this turf course so much, I just couldn’t do it.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Mr. Brownstone, 2. Satanta, 3. Executive Cat SCRATCHED, new No. 3: Swiss Minister. LONG SHOT: Clem Labine.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Succeedandsurpass, 2. Mo Forza, 3. Farquhar. LONG SHOT: Lambeau.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Smooth Like Strait, 2. Royal Thunder, 3. Bronn. LONG SHOT: Special Day.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. United SCRATCHED, 2. The Great Day, 3. Marckie’s Water. NEW PICKS: 1. The Great Day, Marchie’s Water, 3. Itsinthepost. LONG SHOT: Blended Citizen.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1, Classic Fit, 2. Kim K, 3. High Regard. LONG SHOT: Into Chocolate.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Cambier Parc, 2. Dogtag, 3. Hidden Message. LONG SHOT: Hard Legacy.
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10TH RACE (Grade I Pacific Classic): 1. Tenfold, 2. Seeking the Soul, 3. Quip. LONG SHOT: For the Top.
Once again I will take this platform to say upon deaf ears to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: YOU SHOULDN’T BE RUNNING YOUR PREMIER RACE AT 6:30 P.M.!!! Those who haven’t been there on Pacific Classic Day, people start leaving after the fifth or sixth race and there is a steady stream afterwards. This year’s race is one of the best betting affairs in the history of the event but it shouldn’t have a post time of 9:30 p.m. on the East Coast. The race should be earlier on the card and there really wasn’t anything wrong with starting the first race at 1 p.m. for all those years. But hey what do I know? I know Del Mar is leaving a lot of wagering dollars on the table by running this race so late.
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11th RACE: 1. Betty F, 2. Salsa Bella, 3. Woodfin. LONG SHOT: Desert Oasis (SCRATCHED) New long shot: An Eddie Surprise..

Good luck.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Friday, Aug. 16

FIRST RACE: 1. Conquest Smartee, 2. Surfside Sunset, 3. Seahawk Wave. LONG SHOT: War Union.
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SECOND RACE: 1. TRISTRAM SPEAKER (best bet), 2. Zipper Mischief, 3. Tiger Dad. LONG SHOT: Short of Ez.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Cleveland Cat, 2. Mainframe Judy, 3. Ten Cents. LONG SHOT: Tap Back.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Stylishly, 2. Andyoushallreceive, 3. Into the South. LONG SHOT: Tiger Silk.
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FIFTH RACE: 1, Rizzi’s Honors, 2. Party Hostess, 3. Brookes All Mine. LONG SHOT: Red Livy.
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SIXTH RACE: 1, Blue Moonrise, 2. Distorted Win, 3. Shear Class. LONG SHOT: Cover Version.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Pantsonfire, 2. Lostintranzlation, 3. Mirth. LONG SHOT: Anna Paviova.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1, Dawood, 2. Sharpshootingeorge, 3. Refractometer. LONG SHOT: The Easy Way.

Good luck.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 3 (Adulting $4.80, second race; Equal Measure $9.40, fourth; An Ocala Ten $8.40, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (Just Grazed Me $4.40, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Empress of Lov $3.40, first race; Tequila Joe $5.80, second)

Second choice winners: 2 (Leucothea $7, fifth; I Want One $9, seventh)

Third choice winners: 1 (Sedamar $6.60, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Thursday, Aug. 15

Note: Sorry these are late. I didn’t feel great yesterday.

FIRST RACE: 1. Empress of Lov, 2. Love of Art, 3. Topaz Time. LONG SHOT: Forbidden Command.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Tequila Joe, 2.Calle Kingpin, 3. Erotic. LONG SHOT: Snazzy Dresser.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Blame It On Kitty, 2. Unbroken Star, 3. Tidal Effect. LONG SHOT: Fast as Cass.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Wicked Liar, 2. Be a Shero, 3. Miss Stormy D. LONG SHOT: Surreptitous.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Biddy Duke, 2. Leucothea, 3. Musically. LONG SHOT: Lady Agatha.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. SUPER BUNNY (best bet), 2. Shehastheritestuff, 3. Sedamar. LONG SHOT: Smiling Annie.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Liberalism, 2. I Want One, 3. Navy Queen. LONG SHOT: Almost a Factor.

Good luck.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Wednesday, Aug. 14

Prat on fire

Jockey Flavien Prat pretty much wrapped up the riding title with an eight-win week from 26 mounts during Week 4. His five-win day on Saturday was a thing of beauty and all jockeys should watch replays of his winners to see how he put his his horses in position to reach the winner’s circle.
Prat now leads Drayden Van Dyke, 25-17, after Van Dyke suffered an 0 for 17 week. It wasn’t that Van Dyke was riding poorly because he had four seconds and four thirds. It was just a case of not getting the breaks.
Rafael Bejarano also had a tough five days with just one winner from 16 mounts.
Ruben Fuentes had a solid 25-3-4-3 week as did Abel Cedillo (15-3-0-3), who missed Sunday’s card to ride at Emerald Downs.
Fuentes remains the top rider on the main track with 12 victories followed by Prat and Cedillo, who each have 10 wins each.
The turf course is being dominated by four jockeys: Prat (15 wins), Van Dyke (10), Bejarano (eight) and Joe Talamo (six). They have a total of 39 victories. The rest of the riding colony has 22 wins on the grass.

WEDNESDAY’S PICKS

FIRST RACE: 1. Shootin Money, 2. Heraclitus, 3. Deckology. LONG SHOT: Four O’Five.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Vidalia, 2. Adulting, 3. Chirp. LONG SHOT: Shesaidshesperfect.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Bellerin, 2. Sheer Flattery, 3. Dukes Up. LONG SHOT: Start a Runnin.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Flying to the Line, 2. Equal Measure, 3. Red Bunting. LONG SHOT: Breezy Bee.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Anniversary Sale, 2. Atomic Candy, 3. Afternoon Heat. LONG SHOT: Calder Vale.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. TRAVIEZA (best bet), 2. Gypsy Blu, 3. Just Grazed Me. LONG SHOT: Storming Lady.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Papa Turf, 2. An Ocala Ten, 3. Westmont. LONG SHOT: Nova.

Good luck.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Drink $11.20, second race; Inspiressa $4, fourth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Indy Jones $6.60, fifth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Overdue $5, third)

Long shot winners: 1 (Carnivorous $13.40, sixth)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Tuesday, Aug. 13

Hot and cold
Mark Glatt led all Del Mar trainers last week with an 11-4-0-3 record and is now tied for fourth place in the standings with seven wins for the meet.
Doug O’Neill followed up his monster nine-victory week with a solid 16-3-4-2 mark and leads Peter Miller (11-1-3-4 for the week) by five wins for the meet, 16-11.
John Sadler followed up an 0 for 12 effort in Week 3 with a 10-2-2-0 mark in Week 4 and should be a trainer to watch this week. Sadler likes to win stakes races and there are plenty of those week, headed by the Pacific Classic on Saturday.
The Peter Eurton barn is starting to thaw from its icy start as he was 3-2-1-0 during the week.
Some barns are still struggling. Keith Desormeaux (1 for 22), Michael McCarthy (1-18), Steve Knapp (1-17), Tim McCanna (1-13), John Sherriffs (0-14), George Papaprodromous (0-17), Jim Cassidy (0-14) and Jack Carava (0-14) must be looked at as throw outs in handicapping until they show signs of life.
Miller and O’Neill lead the pack with six winners each on the main track followed by Sadler and Bob Baffert with five wins each. Neil Drysdale, who is known mainly for prowess on the turf, is 2 for 2 on the dirt.
It is pretty amazing O’Neill leads all trainers with 10 victories on the grass. from 42 starts. It wasn’t too many years ago that O’Neill went through a streak of 1 for 76 on the turf, but times have changed.
On the other end, Vladimir Cerin is 1 for 14 on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course while McCarthy if 0 for 17 with just two third place finishes and Patrick Gallagher is 0 for 12.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Aug. 11

FIRST RACE: 1. Kiana’s Love, 2. Cavernndchipmunks, 3. Anonymously. LONG SHOT: Tip Top Gal.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Drink, 2. Boyson, 3. Mongolian Legend. LONG SHOT: Lostinthemoment.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Shining Through, 2. Klondike Creek, 3. Overdue. LONG SHOT: Battle of Memphis.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Inspiresse, 2. I’m the Hero, 3. Bast. LONG SHOT: K P Dreamin.
No matter what happens in this race keep track of the fillies returning down the line because this is one loaded 2-year-old filly maiden event.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Testimony, 2. Indy Jones, 3. Midnight Bandit. LONG SHOT: Blue Skye Jade.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. NOLO CONTESTO (best bet), 2. Give Me the Lute, 3. City Rage. LONG SHOT: Carnivorous.
NOLO CONTESTO is making his debut on the turf and if he takes to it, watch out. Listen to the names of the horses that won races he has competed in so far in his young career: Kingly, Roadster (twice) and Mr. Money. I’d say he has been facing some tough hombres.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Anonymity, 2. Lady Ninja, 3. Yuvetsi. LONG SHOT: Best of Me.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Paige Anne, 2. Tacocat, 3. Awesome Drive. LONG SHOT: Text Dont Call.
The following horses are “stuck” in this race and expected to be scratched this morning: Overjoyed, Augure, and Circleofcolor.

Good luck.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (Mongolian Humor $6.80, first race; Cabin John $6, third; Eye On Tiger $6.20, fourth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Fantasy Heat $9.20, second; Boru $4.40, fifth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 2 (Principe Carlo $9.40, sixth; Golden Image $26.40, eighth)

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 4 (Drippin Sauce $6, second race; Billy Batts $3.80, third; Andesh $6.80, fifth; Swing Thoughts $9.20, sixth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 2 (Storm the Court $27.20, first; K P Slickem $6.80, seventh; Smoovie $17.20, ninth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Collusion Illusion $17.80, eighth)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Aug. 10 (UPDATED)

FIRST RACE: 1. Garth, 2. Convex, 3. Storm the Court. LONG SHOT: Zimba Warrior.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Drippin Sauce, 2. El Tigre Terrible, 3. Miss Fraulein. LONG SHOT: D K’s Crown.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Billy Batts, 2. Power Source, 3. Drasario. LONG SHOT: Fantasy Game.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Ca Dreamer, 2. Hopscotchy, 3. Tengs Rhythm. LONG SHOT: Champagne Honey.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Andesh, 2. Acker, 3. Dreams of Valor. LONG SHOT: Mt Italian Babbo.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Swing Thoughts, 2. Portal Creek, 3. Square Peggy. LONG SHOT: Emerald Lady.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. ZEE DROP (best bet), 2. Gallovie, 3. K P Slickem. LONG SHOT: Angel Alessandra.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Schrodinger (SCRATCHED due to fever, according to the DRF), 2. Thanks Mr. Edison, 3. We’re Still Here. LONG SHOT: Raging Whiskey. NEW PICKS: 1. Wrecking Crew, 2. Fore left, 3. We’re Still Here. LONG SHOT: Collusion Illusion.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Flower Point, 2. Rockin Ready, 3. Smoovie. LONG SHOT: Courteous.

Include FIRST SCREENING and HELLO BUBBLES in your handicapping. Tough race. Spread.

Good luck.

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Arlington Park, Horse racing

Arlington Park opinions for Arlington Million Day, Saturday, Aug. 10

NINTH RACE Grade I Beverly D): 1. Fleeting, 2. Sistercharlie, 3. Awesometank, 4. Competitionofideas. LONG SHOT: Thais.
I didn’t include Magic Wand in this race. Everything I’ve read is that she will opt to run the Million.

10TH RACE (Grade I Secretariart): 1. Never No More, 2. Fog of War, 3. Valid Point, 4. The Last Zip. LONG SHOT: Crafty Daddy.

11TH RACE (Grade I Arlington Million): 1. Bricks and Mortar, 2. Intellogent, 3. Robert Bruce, 4. Magic Wand. LONG SHOT: Pivoine.

12TH RACE (Grade III Pucker Up): 1. Indigo Gin, 2. Cafe Americano, 3. Art of Almost, 4. Mercilla. LONG SHOT: Gamblin Train.

Good luck

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Del Mar opinions for Friday, Aug. 9

FIRST RACE: 1. Mongolian Humor, 2. So Long Sailor, 3. Zakaroff. LONG SHOT: Trapper Peak.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Shylock Eddie, 2. Fantasy Heat, 3. Marilyn’s Smile. LONG SHOT: Brahms Command.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Cabin John, 2. Implicity, 3. Clear the Mine. LONG SHOT: Muchos Besos (SCRATCHED), New pick: Roaring Rule..
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Eye On Tiger, 2. Ice Angel, 3. Very Boisterous. LONG SHOT: Sheza a Grinder.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Salah, 2. Boru, 3. Speakerofthehouse. LONG SHOT: Papa Joe.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. SILKEN PRINCE (BEST BET), 2. Rickey B, 3. Platinum Nights. LONG SHOT: Principe Carlo.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Mo See Cal, 2. Don’t Sell, 3. A Walk in the Park. LONG SHOT: Coco Kisses.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. King Parker, 2. White Russian, 3. Severin. LONG SHOT: Golden Image.

Good luck.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (D’s Lovely Sophia $19.20, second race; Toinette $3, fifth; Crown the Kitten $4.30, sixth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Rattle $8.40, fourth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 1 (Asaro $37.80, seventh)

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (Aced $6, fifth race; Zestful $6.80, sixth; Senora Power $3.80, seventh)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 2 (Takethediamondlane, $3,80, first; Playa Chica $4.80, second)

Long shot winners: 0

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