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.