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Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Nov. 15

FIRST RACE: 1. Too Much Heaven, 2. Colombian Gold, 3. A G Indy. LONG SHOT: Star of Africa.

SECOND RACE: 1. Cheerful Charm, 2. Capital Heat, 3. Elgofranco. LONG SHOT: Win Like Coach P.

THIRD RACE: 1. Seeking Refuge, 2. Honos Man, 3. Big City Bane. LONG SHOT: Go Time.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Tiz Vicious, 2. Charlito, 3. Seiche. LONG SHOT: Mongolian Kingdom.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Sofi’s Gold, 2. She’s Devoted, 3. Concise Advice. LONG SHOT: D’s Lovely Sophia.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Threearchbaymafia, 2. Follow the Lute, 3. Lucky Ryan Seven. LONG SHOT: Twirling Derby.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Velvet Queen (best bet), 2. On Mars, 3. Hermaphrodite. LONG SHOT: Equal Measure.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Weston, 2. Spielberg, 3. Ambivalent. LONG SHOT: Uncle Boogie.

NINTH RACE: 1. Freedom Flyer, 2. Velvet, 3. Evo. LONG SHOT: Judy With Grace.

Good luck. Stay safe.

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Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Nov. 14

FIRST RACE: 1. Superstition, 2. Irish Aura, 3. Marie. LONG SHOT: Shizaam.

SECOND RACE: 1. Babael, 2. Alvaaro, 3. Next Revolt. LONG SHOT: Causeididitmyway.

THIRD RACE: 1. England’s Rose, 2. This Tea, 3. Ya Beauty. LONG SHOT: Lookintogeteven.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Pubilius Syrus, 2. Conquest Cobra, 3. Wilshire Dude. LONG SHOT: Camino de Estrella.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Little Liliana, 2. Squared Shady, 3. Princess Sadie. LONG SHOT: Del Mar Flash.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Kiss Today Goodbye, 2. Canadian Pride, 3. Secret Touch. LONG SHOT: Dark Prince.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Factorial, 2. Preaching Trainer, 3. One Flew South. LONG SHOT: Undeniable Proof.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Private Mission, 2. Miss Costa Rica, 3. Astute. LONG SHOT: Heels Up.

NINTH RACE: 1. Circleofchampions (best bet), 2. Warrens Candy Man, 3. Discretionary Day. LONG SHOT: Big Story.

Good luck. Stay safe.

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Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Friday, Nov. 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Chasing Fame, 2. Mac Daddy Too, 3. Sal Con. LONG SHOT: Enough Nonsense.

SECOND RACE: 1. Summer Love, 2. Invincibella, 3. Pasito. LONG SHOT: Sapphire Silk.

THIRD RACE: 1. Jan Jan Can, 2. Slew South, 3. Rosie’s Crystal. LONG SHOT: Lakaya.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Into Victory (best bet), 2. Princess Tale, 3. Midnight Jamboree. LONG SHOT: Slew’s Screen Star.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Hurley, 2. Seaside Dancer, 3. Sugary. LONG SHOT: Quinnie.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Just Grace, 2. Give Me a Hint, 3. Senoradiablo. LONG SHOT: Majestic Diva.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Gray Magician, 2. Salvator Mundi, 3. Murad Khan. LONG SHOT: Cleopatra’s Strike.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Ruthies Racer, 2. As Required, 3. I’m the Boss of Me. LONG SHOT: You’re All Talk.

NINTH RACE: 1. Capo Mafioso, 2. Tembo, 3. C Falls. LONG SHOT: K P D Day.

Good luck. Stay safe.

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Jeff Nahill’s weekend results

SUNDAY DEL MAR (Races 4-8)
Top choice winners: 3 (Savile Row $5.20, fourth race; Mo See Cal $11.80, seventh, exacta box $44.80, quinella box $14, trifecta box $50.40, superfecta box $219.40; Independence Hall $5.60, eighth, cold daily double $36.60)
Second choice winners: 0
Third choice winners: 1 (Paladar $6.40, fifth, exacta box $18.60, quinella box $9.60, trifecta box $31.80)
Long shot winners: 0

Top choice winners: 2 (Anaconda $4, first race; Luxury Liner $5.40, third, cold exacta $10.20, cold quinella $4, cold trifecta $15.20)
Second choice winners: 2 (Good With People $6.20, seventh)
Third choice winners: 1 (Take a Leap $9.40, second, exacta box $18.80, quinella box $7.40)
Long shot winners: 1 (Acting Out $6.80, eighth 8-1 morning line)

Top choice winners: 1 (Cherry City $8.80, sixth race, cold exacta $30, cold quinella $8)
Second choice winners: 3 (Refi Now $4, first; Awhitesportscoat $10.60, fifth, reverse exacta $79.40, cold quinella $38.60; Sensible Cat $13.40, exacta box $44, quinella box $24.80)
Third choice winners: 2 (Donut Girl $10, second, exacta box $114.80, quinella box $63; September Secret $28.60, seventh)
Long shot winners: 0

Top choice winners: 1 (Knicks Go $5.60, sixth)
Second choice winners: 2 (Monomoy Girl $4, 10th; Tarnawa $11.40, 11th, exacta box $36.20, trifecta box $284.40, superfecta box $901.10)
Third choice winners: 2 (Glass Slippers $22.40, fifth; Authentic $10.40, 12th, exacta box $45.40)
Fourth choice winners: 2 (Gamine $4.20, fourth, exacta box $16.20, trifecta box $52, superfecta box $257; Whitmore $38.80, exacta box $276
Long shot winners: 0

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Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Nov. 8 (Races 4-8)

Note: As I write this, the first race just went off and the rain was starting so check the track conditions and check which horses have done well on a wet track.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Savile Row, 2. Barraza, 3. No Pedigree. LONG SHOT: Affable.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Polar Wind, 2. Ronamo, 3. Paladar. LONG SHOT: Claim of Passion.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Allie’s Pal, 2. Ensleys Dream, 3. Pray for My Owner. LONG SHOT: Whosmilingnow.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Mo See Cal, 2. Just Grazed Me, 3. Warren’s Showtime. LONG SHOT: Smiling Shirlee.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Independence Hall, 2. Pyron, 3. Grit and Curiosity. LONG SHOT: Manhattan Up.

Good luck, Stay safe and dry.

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Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Nov. 7

Note: Races are on the turf as of now. If they come off the turf, all picks are off.

FIRST RACE: 1. Anaconda, 2. Deuce, 3. Top Gunner. LONG SHOT: Leme At Em.
SECOND RACE: 1. Uno Trouble Maker, 2. Eternal Endeavour, 3. Take a Leap. LONG SHOT: Sturdy One.
THIRD RACE: 1. Luxury Liner, 2. Complete Control, 3. Big Award. LONG SHOT: Metarose.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Silardi, 2. Cartellate, 3. Johnny Podres. LONG SHOT: Restoring Dreams.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Agreedtodisagree (best bet), 2. Frosteria, 3. Moonling d’Oro. LONG SHOT: Fracing Fast.
SIXTH RACE: 1. Vantastic, 2. Masteroffoxhounds, 3. Irish Heatwave. LONG SHOT: M Town Gem.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ascot Storm, 2. Good With People, 3. Touchdown Brown. LONG SHOT: Doc Adams.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Magical Gray, 2. Cheap Cheap Cheap, 3. Watch Me Burn. LONG SHOT: Acting Out.
Good luck. Stay safe.

Note: I’m probably going to pass this card. Rain is supposed to roll in this morning so I’m not sure what they will do with the four turf races plus last year at any sign of rain Del Mar canceled.

Good luck. Stay safe

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Jeff Nahill’s Breeders’ Cup Day 2 opinions for Saturday, Nov. 7 (Races 4-12)

Overview: If you loved New York in Friday’s BC races, you made a lot of money. New York-based horses won four races so that’s something to keep in mind.  

FOURTH RACE (BC Filly & Mare Sprint): 1. Bell’s the One, 2. Sconsin, 3. Serengeti Empress, 4. Gamine. LONG SHOT: Sally’s Curlin.

Lots of speed in this race so I’m with the closer Bell’s the One, who two wins over this track. 

FIFTH RACE (BC Turf Sprint): 1. Oleksandra, 2. Texas Wedge, 3. Glass Slippers, 4. Imprimis. LOPNG SHOT: Bombard.

Tough race. Going with the mare Oleksandra and jockey Joel Rosario, who knows this one well. Trainer Peter Miller has done well in this race so don’t overlook Texas Wedge despite the poor post draw (No. 13).

SIXTH RACE (BC Dirt Mile): 1. Knicks Go (best bet), 2. Mr. Freeze, 3. War of Will, 4. Owendale. LONG SHOT: Silver Dust.

Knicks Go is 2 for 2 since coming to the Brad Cox barn and his last race over this track has just awesome. Silver Dust is the closer to watch.

SEVENTH RACE (BC Filly & Mare Turf): 1. Starship Jubilee, 2. Rushing Fall, 3. Mean Mary, 4. Sistercharlie. LONG SHOT: Terebellum.

Starship Jubilee draws inside and is 2 for 5 at the distance. Rushing Fall will be a big favorite.

EIGHTH RACE (BC Sprint): 1. C Z Rocket, 2. Diamond Oops, 3. Yaupon, 4. Whitmore. LONG SHOT: Hog Creek Hustle.

There’s that man again in trainer Peter Miller. He claimed C Z Rocket in the spring in Kentucky and now four wins later the gelding is here. Closers to keep an eye on Whitmore and Hog Creek Hustle. Keeneland tends to favor speed but those two horses might be coming for second and third.

NINTH RACE (BC Mile): 1. Digital Age, 2. Kameko, 3. Halladay, 4. March to the Arch. LONG SHOT: Lope Y Fernandez.

Another wide open race. I’ve gotta think the outside posts are going to have a problem in this spot. Kameko and Lope Y Fernandez are two Euros to watch.

10TH RACE (BC Distaff): 1. Ollie’s Candy, 2. Monomoy Girl, 3. Swiss Skydiver, 4. Harvest Moon. LONG SHOT: Horologist.

Monomoy Girl and Swiss Skydiver are deserving favorites. I’m going with Ollie’s Candy for trainer John Sadler and jockey Joel Rosario. I think Sadler has her ready to run a big one and she will be just off the pace.

11TH RACE (BC Turf): 1. United, 2. Tarnawa, 3. Magical, 4. Channel Maker. LONG SHOT: Lord North.

Despite finishing second in this race last year at Santa Anita, this gelding doesn’t seem to be getting much respect here for jockey Flavien Prat and trainer Richard Mandella. Watch out for the Euros in this spot, too.

12TH RACE (BC Classic): 1. Improbable, 2. Tom’s d’Etat, 3. Authentic, 4. Maximum Security. LONG SHOT: Higher Power.

The Bob Baffert invitational here with three horses, but like we said on Friday, Baffert has only one BC winner since 2017 and Friday wasn’t good. That being said Improbable has really come into his own this year and should win Horse of the Year with a victory here. If you think you’re getting 6-1 on Tom’s d’Etat forget about it. He is the wise guy horse and a lot of people in Kentucky love him.

Good luck. Stay safe.


Top choice winners: 1 (Essential Quality $9.40, 10th)

Second choice winners: 2 (Golden Pal $3.60, sixth, exacta box $34.20, trifecta box $292.40; Vequist $15.20, eighth)

Third choice winners: 0

Fourth choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 0

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Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar opinions for Friday, Nov. 6

FIRST RACE: 1. Ghoster, 2. Refi Now, 3. Crash Corrigan. LONG SHOT: Flash of Glory.

SECOND RACE: 1. Almost a Factor, 2. Empress of Fire, 3. Donut Girl. LONG SHOT: New Heat.

THIRD RACE: 1. Apache Pass, 2. Ever Vigilant, 3. Norma’s Love. LONG SHOT: Heart River.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Zipper Mischief, 2. Hit the Seam, 3. Sunrise Journey. LONG SHOT: Mr. Brownstone.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Autumn Day, 2. Awhitesportscoat, 3. Burn Me Twice. LONG SHOT: Quality Line.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Cherry City, 2. Predictable Tully, 3. Siena Silk. LONG SHOT: Verry Bossy.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Governor Gotever, 2. Eddie’s New Dream, 3. September Secret. LONG SHOT: Love Wins.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Big Stretch (best bet), 2. Sensible Cat, 3. Warrens Candy Girl. LONG SHOT: St Helena.

Good luck. Stay safe.

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Jeff Nahill’s Breeders’ Cup (Day 1) opinions for Friday, Nov. 6 (Races 6-10)

Overview: The 2-year-olds take to the track on Friday and it could be a wild day. Couple of things I’ve changed my mind on over past years. Irish trainer Aiden O’Brien used to be a go to for me on BC days, but his record just doesn’t warrant it anymore. The stat I saw I think is he is 1 for 48 in the States recently. Ouch. Here’s another one: Bob Baffert is 1 for 21 since 2017 in the Breeders’ Cup and he is under so much scrutiny this year for drug positives in high profile races that it might hurt the barn. That being said, it probably mean bet O’Brien and Baffert to the hilt. One other note, at the start of the week, I thought the Keeneland turf course was going to be very soft. However, each day I’ve seen report of it getting firmer each day. It will likely be listed good or firm.

SIXTH RACE (BC Juvenile Turf Sprint): 1. Dirty Dangle, 2. Golden Pal, 3. Cowan, 4. Amanzi Yimpilo. LONG SHOT: Ubettabelieveit.

Wide open race in my mind since the 8-5 morning-line favorite Golden Pal drew the outside No. 14 post. Dirty Dangle looks like a private purchase by owner Gary Barber for trainer Mark Casse out of a pair of wins at Woodbine and she looks good. Also note that Amanzi Yimpilo is another filly in this race against the boys, who she beat at Santa Anita. I think trainer Wesley Ward sent her West due to the firm ground so would definitely like her more is the grass is listed as firm.

SEVENTH RACE (BC Juvenile Turf): 1. Abarta, 2. Gretzy the Great, 3. Cadillac, 4. Mutasaabeg. LONG SHOT: Ebeko.

Another tough race and I’m just not that hip on the Euros here except for Cadillac. Abarta put blinkers on, had to alter course last race and Umberto Rispoli rides and everyone is California knows how good Rispoli is on the grass. I’m not sure how good Ebeko is but he has jockey Flavien Prat and trainer Peter Miller on his side.

EIGHTH RACE (BC Juvenile Fillies): 1. Crazy Beautiful, 2. Vequist, 3. Simply Ravishing, 4. Princess Noor. LONG SHOT; Girl Daddy.

Princess Noor is a from the Baffert barn and she’s the 9-5 morning-line favorite but who has she been beating here in California. I guess we find out today. Crazy Beautiful is 20-1 on the morning-line. She was favored last time in the Alcibides at Keeneland when she got beat by stablemate Simply Ravishing. If you’r going to give me 20-1 on Crazy, I’m going to take it.

NINTH RACE (BC Juvenile Fillies Turf): 1. Alda (best bet), 2. Madone, 3. Royal Approval, 4. Spanish Loveaffair. LONG SHOT: Nazuna.

Alda is from the Graham Motion barn and she finished second at Woodbine in her last. Two horses have come back to win out of that race, making it a key race. Madone is undefeated here in California and Prat stays on.

10TH RACE (BC Juvenile); 1. Essential Quality, 2. Rombauer, 3. Jackie’s Warrior, 4. Sittin On Go. LONG SHOT: Keepmeinmind.

Essential Quality was impressive winning his stakes debut at Keeneland last month and he comes right back. Rombauer was a turf horse until he finished second in the American Pharoah at Santa Anita. That race has produced two next out winners. Jackie’s Warrior is the hot shot from New York and very well dust there but at 7-5 I’m looking elsewhere.

Good luck. Stay safe.

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Jeff Nahill’s Del Mar results


Top choice winners: 4 (Big Hoof Dynamite $3.80, third race, cold exacta $19.40, cold quinella $13; Chollima $5.40, fifth, cold exacta $15.60, cold quinella $9.20, trifecta box $34.90; Popular Kid $28, seventh, exacta box $741.20, quinella box $583.20; Strongconstitution $7.20, eighth, cold daily double $126.40, cold exacta $58.40, cold quinella $30.60)

Second choice winners: 2 (Spielberg $3.80, second, exacta box $6, quinella box $3.20; Pizzazz $6.40, sixth, reverse exacta $11.80, cold quinella $5.60)

Third choice winners: 1 (Freedom Lass $13, fourth)

Long shot winners: 0


Top choice winners: 1 (Trevor T $5.20, third race)

Second choice winners: 3 (Time to Testify $3.40, second, exacta box $30.60; From the Get Go $5.40, sixth; Petruchio $4.20, ninth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Carmelita’s Man $5.60, first, exacta box $24.60, quinella box $12.60)

Long shot winners: 1 (Annangel $9.20, fifth, quinella box $26, exacta box $39.60, trifecta box $135, superfecta box $315.20)

Good luck. Stay safe.