Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Friday, Aug. 3

FIRST RACE: 1. Will Tell, 2. R Cha Cha, 3. Lucky Staxx. LONG SHOT: We Go Now.

SECOND RACE: 1. Chloe Belle, 2. Family Girl, 3. Powder. LONG SHOT: Discatsonthesquare.

THIRD RACE: 1. Trophy Bridle, 2. Sunday Prophet, 3. Himmah. LONG SHOT: Turing Machine.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Honeymoonz Over, 2. Giddymeister, 3. Captivate. LONG SHOT: From the Distance.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Mo See Cal, 2. Our Slick Chick, 3. Spectacular Move. LONG SHOT: Super Patriot.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Silken Prince, 2. Leadville, 3. Starring John Wain. LONG SHOT: Three Ay Em.
As you know by now, I’m a big fan of trainer William E. Morey. He had a first-timer on Wednesday run well after a slow start to finish third. In today’s sixth race, he has another first-time starter in Silken Prince (5-1) with a big last workout showing. Morey is 19 percent with first-time starters and the sire Kafwain gets 10 percent winner first out.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. OUT OF THE FLAMES (best bet), 2. Spellker, 3. Okinawa. LONG SHOT: Phantom Proton.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Breathless Charm, 2. Majestic Authority, 3. Scurry. LONG SHOT: Peachy.


Top choice winners: 1 (Majestic Design $7, second race)

Second choice winners: 1 (Raindance Rules $8.60, sixth)

Third choice winners: 2 (Lovely Raquel $17, fourth; Eddie Haskell $9.80, seventh)

Long shot winners: 0

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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Del Mar opinions for Thursday, Aug. 2

FIRST RACE: 1. Marilyn’s Smile, 2. Cleverly Beverly, 3. Streak of Luck. LONG SHOT: Mascato Girl

SECOND RACE: 1. Majestic Design, 2. Warrior Vixen, 3. Sweet Treat. LONG SHOT: Persistence.

THIRD RACE: 1, HACHIMAN (best bet), 2. Tequila Blanco, 3. Turnaround. LONG SHOT: Big Sky Logan.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Vinaka, 2. Eskenforadrink, 3. Lovely Raquel. LONG SHOT: Bahama Mama.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Aztec Warrior, 2. Mithqaal, 3. Lewis Vale. LONG SHOT: This Town.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Hayne’s Pal, 2. Raindance Rules, 3. Chatterman. LONG SHOT: Blaze of Glory.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Eric the Trojan, 2. Tina’s Exchange, 3. Eddie Haskell. LONG SHOT: Incensed.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Curryforthree Bang, 2. Daddy’s Mistress, 3. Are Rated. LONG SHOT: Lucky Flash.


Top choice winners: 3 (Lord Guinness $15, first race; Brandothebartender $5.40, fourth; Girl Drama $6, eighth)

Second choice winners: 3 (Creative Instinct $7.80, third; Taniko $4.40, fifth; Marckie’s Water $12.20, sixth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 0

Good luck

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Wednesday, Aug. 1

Preview: The Del Mar main track seemed to play to rally wide horses the first week of the meet, but then beginning on Friday, the inside of the dirt suddenly got good and smart jockeys took advantage, going to the front and daring to be caught.
As for post positions, gates one and two haven’t been good in sprints, winning just 8.4 percent of the time (4-for-48) while posts three through seven have won 32 times.
In dirt distance races, the inside two gates have won 13 of 40 races (32.5 percent).
On the grass, posts one and two are 7-for-33 (21.2 percent) while surprisingly posts six through 11 have won 21 times so for the most part the grass has been fair.
On the jockey front, Flavien Prat had the best week the last five racing days with five wins from 11 mounts and he was 3-for-5 dirt while 2-for-6 on the grass.
Jockeys Joe Talamo (0-for-22) and Kent Desormeaux (0-for-21) are having a tough time on the grass.
On the training front, Peter Miller was hot last week with a 7-for-16 mark (4-for-8 on the grass) followed by Phil D’Amato, who was 4-for-19. After an 0-for-21 start, Richard Baltas finally won two races and is 2-for-31 for the meet.

FIRST RACE: 1. Lord Guinness, 2. Stonegate, 3. Pleasant d’Oro. LONG SHOT: Justin’s Quest.

SECOND RACE: 1. Princess Dorian, 2. Be a Lady, 3. Wonderful Lie. LONG SHOT: Li’l Grazen.

THIRD RACE: 1. Mz Brown, 2. Creative Instinct, 3. Don’t Sell. LONG SHOT: Naturalborn Singer.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Brandothebartender, 2. Krsto Skye, 3. Our Independence. LONG SHOT: Regal Born.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Hard Arch, 2. Wise Curlin, 3. Taniko. LONG SHOT: Katzumoto.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Over Thinking, 2. Marckie’s Water, 3. Acker. LONG SHOT: Kitten’s Royal.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. MONTANA SUNSET (best bet), 2. Lippy, 3. Accomplishedsister. LONG SHOT: Six Pack Gal.

EIGHTH RACE: 1, Girl Drama, 2. Quizlet, 3. Gray Diva. LONG SHOT: Flourescent.


Top choice winners: 4 (Danuska’s My Girl, $9.20, first race; Anonymity $3, third; Summering $6, fourth; Unique Bella $2.20, fifth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Roadster $3.60, sixth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Raven Creek $12, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Sunday, July 29

FIRST RACE: 1. Danuska’s My Girl, 2. A Little Unruly, 3. Tiz Toffee. LONG SHOT: Exes N Ohs.

SECOND RACE: 1. KING ABNER (best bet), 2. Psycho Dar, 3. Hollywood Square. LONG SHOT: Dreamer’s Reality.

THIRD RACE: 1. Anonymity, 2. Shanghai Tariff, 3. Life’s Blessings. LONG SHOT: Mistressofthenight.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Summering, 2. Algorithmnblues, 3. The Lady Is Enough. LONG SHOT: Zip’s Secret.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Unique Bella, 2. Turkish Tabby, 3. La Force. LONG SHOT: Shenandoah Queen.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Parsimony, 2. Roadster, 3. Savagery. LONG SHOT: Thin Line.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Quebec, 2. Miss Sugars, 3. India Mantuana. LONG SHOT: Painting Corners.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. One Fast Broad, 2. Spiced Perfection, 3. Show It N Moe It. LONG SHOT: Kimberlea K.

NINTH RACE: 1. Unpossible, 2. Save Ground, 3. Raven Creek. LONG SHOT: Drizzy.


Top choice winners: 4 (Chasing Yesterday $2.60, first race; Broome $3, eighth; Ransom the Moon $11.60, ninth; Forloveofcountry $13.80, 10th)

Second choice winners: 1 (Kochees $7.20, third)

Third choice winners: 1 (Kershaw $3.20, fourth)

Long shot winners: 0

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Saturday, July 28

Preview: Well, I suffered my first blank on Friday with no winners on top, but it wasn’t like I handicapped bad. I had the long shot winner of the first; I gave out a trifecta box in the fifth; and a couple of reverse exactas in the seventh and eighth races. Two horses I picked second won and three horses I picked third, won. One of those days.

FIRST RACE: 1. CHASING YESTERDAY (best bet), 2. Honeyfromthesouth, 3. Scarlet. LONG SHOT: Whiff of Intrigue.

SECOND RACE: 1. Social Etiquette, 2. Storming Lady, 3. Suspicious Spouse. LONG SHOT: Token Vow.

THIRD RACE: 1. Very Very Stella, 2. Kochees, 3. Midnight Destiny. LONG SHOT: Tavasco Road.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Bank Walker, 2. California King, 3. Kershaw. LONG SHOT: Camp Counselor.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Popyhowuspelcupcak, 2. Street Moxie, 3. Force. LONG SHOT: The Big Train.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Joe Jackson, 2. Tanners Pride, 3. Rinse and Repeat. LONG SHOT: Jay Makes Us Laugh.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Pee Wee Reese, 2. Camino Del Paraiso, 3. Ashleyluvssugar. LONG SHOT: Grecian Fire.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Broome, 2. Smart Rachel, 3. Swallows Inn Gal. LONG SHOT: Sing a Solo.

NINTH RACE: 1. Ransom the Moon, 2. American Anthem, 3. Roy H. LONG SHOT: American Pastime.

10TH RACE: 1. Forloveofcountry, 2. Fort Dodge, 3. Tariq. LONG SHOT: King of Speed.
Trainer James DiVito is spending his first summer at Del Mar after many years on the Chicago circuit. In today’s 10th race, he has a $300,000 2-year-old named Forloveofcountry (No. 8) making his first start on the grass. The sire Sky Mesa gets 12 percent winners first time on the grass and DiVito wins 24 percent first time on grass and 20 percent the first time he sends a horse in a route race. This colt gave an even effort in the mud at Churchill Downs last month and this might be what he wanted to go all along.


Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 2 (Miss Boom Boom $8.20, seventh race; Indian Gulch $8.80, eighth)

Third choice winners: 3 (Naughty Sophie $4.60, fourth; Comes the Dream $18.80, fifth; Take the One O One $4.20, sixth

Long shot winners: 1 (Royal Asscher $21.20, first)

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Friday, July 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Devil’s Beauty, 2. Myrcella, 3. Revenue Virginius. LONG SHOT: Royal Asscher.

SECOND RACE: 1, Starr of Quality, 2. Of Note, 3. Lightning Dove. LONG SHOT: Rooms.

THIRD RACE: 1. Big Barrel, 2. Writ Large, 3. Chieftain’s Lad. LONG SHOT: Clem Dela Clem.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Avail, 2. Mis Viola, 3. Naughty Sophie. LONG SHOT: Palace Paynter.

FIFTH RACE: 1. DEFIANTLY (best bet), 2. Mr. Opportunist, 3. Comes the Dream. LONG SHOT: Bronzino.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Fashionably Fast, 2. Smiling Angelo, 3. Take the One O One. LONG SHOT: Daddysprize.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Twirling Apples, 2. Miss Boom Boom, 3. Gone to Bali. LONG SHOT: Award It.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Channel Crossing, 2. Indian Gulch, 3. Vegas Itch. LONG SHOT: Alfareed.


Top choice winners: 2 (Nice Ice $14.40, seventh race; Eighty Proof $7, eighth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Boujie Girl $2.80, first)

Third choice winners: 1 (Banze No Oeste $6.40,second

Long shot winners: 1 (Terrible Ted $8.20, sixth)

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Thursday, July 26

FIRST RACE: 1. Lesley’s Song, 2. Noonshine, 3. Boujie Girl. LONG SHOT: Midnight Miracle.

SECOND RACE: 1. Exotic Ghost, 2. Rprettyboyfloyd, 3. Banza No Oeste. LONG SHOT: Sense of Glory.

THIRD RACE: 1. Samdar, 2. Dr. Troutman, 3. Original Intent. LONG SHOT: John and Montan.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Treasure Hunter, 2. Midnight Soot, 3. Neighborhood Bully. LONG SHOT: Fender Bender.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Lymebyrd, 2. Pioneerof the West, 3. Seau. LONG SHOT: Monterey Shale.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Red Envelope, 2. Baby Gronk, 3. Air Jockey. LONG SHOT: Terrible Ted.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Nice Ice, 2. X S Gold, 3. A Walk in the Park. LONG SHOT: Lemon Crush.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Eighty Proof (BEST BET), 2. No New Friends, 3. R U Serious. LONG SHOT: Red Clem.
Strictly a pedigree play in today’s eighth race. Trainer Mick Ruis bred, owns and trains No. 8 Eighty Proof (12-1). The gelding appears to be a speedy sort with his father, Coil, out of an Idiot Proof mare, which is all speed. Ruis is 43% the last couple of years at Del Mar with 2-year-olds (remember Bolt d’Oro) so he can get a first-timer ready.


Top choice winners: 1 (Duranga $7.40, first race)

Second choice winners: 3 (Tidal Effect $10, second; Stormy Liberal $4, fourth; Hoss Cartwright $5, fifth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Beach View $20, seventh)

Long shot winners: 1 (Amazon Cry $12.40, sixth)

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter