Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, July 16

Preview: Opening day has come and gone, and now we get into the meat and potatoes of the meet. The first three days all have 10 races so that’s a good sign. Let’s hope it continues. Yesterday we discussed the best turf riders in the second half of the Santa Anita meet. Here are some riders maybe to ignore on the turf: Fernando Perez 0-for-45, Edwin Maldonado 0-for-25 and Alex Solis 1-for-19.

Race 1: 1. #4 Brother Soldier (4-1), 2. Stormin Trick, 3. Overcomer. LONG SHOT: Two Six Wins.
This gelding was claimed last time out by trainer Robertino Diodoro, who is 26% first off the claim.The 5-year-old is moving from an open $10K claiming to a nonwinners of three at the $16K level. There’s also a big jock switch to take notice of from E. Gomez to Tyler Baze.

Race 2: 1. Angel Lane, 2. Sunshine Laurie, 3. Passionate Emotion. LONG SHOT: Adios Princess.

Race 3: 1. Xoxo, 2. Moment Is Right, 3. Codacious. LONG SHOT: Cindys Secret.

Race 4: 1. Basinca, 2. Look Me in the Eye, 3. Spanish Hombre. LONG SHOT: Midnight Edition.

Race 5: 1. #3 Lieutenant Colonel (6-1), 2. Vyjack, 3. Toowindytohaulrox. LONG SHOT: A Red Tie Day.
This gelding is making the first start of his 10-race career on the grass. On the dirt he has faced the likes of El Kabeir, Frosted, Big John B and Melatonin. Not exactly slouches. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is cutting him back hoping for a new career on the green.

Race 6: 1. Rinse and Repeat, 2. Rim Ditch, 3. Brandan. LONG SHOT: Close to Midnight.

Race 7: #3 I’malreadythere (6-1), 2. Lauren’s Ladd, 3. It’s the Ice. LONG SHOT: Horse Greedy.
Jockey Flavien Prat could have ridden for trainer Richard Mandella, but he opts for this gelding trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who is 20% with horses off a 90-plus-day layoff. The outside post will be the main obstacle here.

Race 8: 1. Go Baby Run, 2. Noted and Quoted, 3. Morganite,. LONG SHOT: Tap On a Star.

Race 9: 1. #8 She’s Not Here (12-1), 2. Majestic Heat, 3. Nancy From Nairobi. LONG SHOT: Her Emmynency.
This mare is 0-for-3 since turning 5 years old, but those two wins over this course last year just stick out. Maybe she just loves the ocean air. Jockey Drayden Van Dyke jumps on her for the first time and here’s hoping he adopts the style she had last year when she made one run down the stretch.

Race 10: 1. Speed General, 2. Alaskan Cruise, 3. One for My Baby. LONG SHOT: Hoosier Road.

Good luck.

Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Grazen Sky $14.20, seventh race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (I’ll Be Around $10.60, second; Rye $12.40, third)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Chief of Staff $12, ninth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 2 (Grandma’s Hands $4.60, fifth; Alaskan Son $9.40, 10th)

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Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, Jan. 31

Preview: The forecast is for 100% chance of rain and has been for days so I don’t understand why Santa Anita carded so many turf races. I didn’t even look at the grass races because I know they will be decimated by scratches so I just stuck to the dirt/slop races.

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Race 2: #6 Armoured Car (3-1) 

When trainer Richard Mandella drops into the maiden claiming ranks for the first time he is 35%. This son of Giant’s Causeway has a good mud Tomlinson and jockey Alex Solis keeps the mount.

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Race 7: #4 Eighty Three (3-1) 

As of Friday morning, trainer David Jacobson was winless this winter after shipping a string West from New York. Normally, Jacobson is 25% with shippers and this gelding is 2-for-2 on a wet track and that’s what we are hoping for here as Gary Stevens picks up the ride.

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Race 9: #7 George’s Main Man (15-1)

This gelding has won twice over this track but his last two are tough to explain. Trainer Mike Puype drops him and Puype is 71% when he drops more than two class levels. Journeyman Joe Talamo takes over for apprentice Ty Kennedy.

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Gulfstream Park West, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Oct. 10 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

FIRST RACE: 1. Send Me a Sign, 2. Entebbe, 3. My Rose. LONG SHOT: Almost Guilty.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #6 Wheatfield (12-1), 2. Illuminant, 3. Luminary. LONG SHOT: Redheads Rule.

This filly passed a lot of horses in her debut at Los Alamitos and now trainer Marty Jones puts her on the turf. The sire Lone Star Special is 33% first time turf from a small sample and jockey Joe Talamo takes over.

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THIRD RACE:1. Financial (BEST BET), 2. All Star Parade, 3. Pipedreams. LONG SHOT: Lucky Shoes to Win.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. #7 Daddy’s Duo (4-1), 2. Call to Congrats, 3. Radiant Journey. LONG SHOT: Pleasant as Pie.

This filly is a perfect 2-for-2 on dirt which maybe why trainer John Sadler claimed her for $80,000 at Del Mar. Sadler is 23% first off the claim and 21% going sprint-route-sprint.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Freedom Hill, 2. I’malreadythere, 3. Dressed in Hermes. LONG SHOT: Getoffmyback.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Family Code, 2. Carlos Dangerous, 3. Courageous Dave. LONG SHOT: Ready Cat.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #2 Stays in Vegas (8-1), 2. I’mflatoutsweet, 3. One Last Shot. LONG SHOT: Jakaby Jade.

This filly finished fifth in the Del Mar Debutante behind the ultra-impressive Songbird. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 23% first time routing and the sire City Zip is 13% first time turf. Jockey Alex Solis takes over for the injured Flavien Prat.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Miner’s Light, 2. Iron Rob, 3. Dr. Dorr. LONG SHOT: Let’s Meet in Rio.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Storm Comin Thru, 2. Brimstoned, 3. Prince Charmant. LONG SHOT: Roman Tizzy.

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10TH RACE: 1. Turnover, 2. Eddie’s First, 3. Saint Prdo. LONG SHOT: Royal F J.

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Race 2: #1 Deciding Moment (3-1)

Trainer Rasharn Creque is 57% with horses running second time off a layoff. This 3-year-old came back running from a long layoff and Creque jumped in to claim him. JC Gomez keeps the mount in this likely speedster from the rail.

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Race 9: #1 Little Nick V (turf only) (9-2)

Lots of first-time runners in this race, but we’ll stick with this son of Colonel John that finished third in his debut for trainer Carlos Vaccarezza. This colt is coming out of a race that has produced two winners so far. He pressed the pace early and tired late. Jeffrey Sanchez takes the mount.

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Santa Anita results

Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Never Ends $5.40, second race; Stellata $9.20, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (No Tricks for Jack $9.80, first; Evo Campo $8.80, third; A Colt Following $9.80, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Ossetra $13.40, fourth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, July 17 (4 p.m. first post)

FIRST RACE: 1. BENESH (best bet), 2. Last One Standing, 3. Navy Hymn. LONG SHOT: D. Shifflett.

Trainer John Sadler is lights out in these maiden claiming races and this son of Street Boss takes the huge drop from MSW to MC 70,000. Jockey Victor Espinoza takes the mount and is 21% with Sadler.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Big Sugar Soda, 2. No Contingency, 3. May B. LONG SHOT: Justification.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Ghost of Navigator, 2. Proud Captive, 3. Miltee. LONG SHOT: Lucky Shoes to Win.

Another take the big drop from MSW to MC $20,000. This son of Mineshaft has been gelded since his last start and puts blinkers on for Northern California-based O.J. Jauregui, who is 27% with this kind of move. Ghost of Navigator is owned by Bloom Racing, which won Thursday’s featured Oceanside with Soul Driver.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Getoffmyback, 2. Captain Akers, 3. Tengas Ransom. LONG SHOT: Collect the Debt.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ramona’s Wildcat, 2. Hooligan, 3. Xoxo. LONG SHOT:  Not too Shiny.

Believe it or not, trainer Doug O’Neill has done well at Del Mar in turf sprints. This daughter of Wildcat Heir (14% turf sire) must find space because she has not early speed. That will be the job of Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Wasted At Midnight, 2. Baruta, 3. Scherzinger. LONG SHOT: Uzziel.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Revenue Virginius, 2. Zipessa, 3. Conquest Curlgirl. LONG SHOT: Harriet Tubman.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Olympic Lady, 2. Urloveneverfails, 3. Hekawi. LONG SHOT: Melinda’s Girl.

Trainer Victor Garcia comes ready to win at Del Mar, especially for his father/owner “King” Juan Garcia. Victor is 38% wiith beaten favorites and this one just pull off a surprise.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Nextdoorneighbor $4.60, sixth race; Gangnam Guy $10.40, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Soul Driver $7.80, eighth; )

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Ink Well $12, third; Gloryzpper $7.40, ninth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Olympic Blue $19.60, first)

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, June 20

Race 1: #5 Ain’t Misbehavin (5-2)

Trainer Mike Puype claimed this 3-year-old and he is 26% first off the claim. On top of that he makes a big jockey switch to Rafael Bejarano. Pupye is also 40% when he drops off the claim.

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Race 4: #2 Rocker (15-1)

This gelding has been running at Golden Gate on the grass for trainer Steve Miyadi, who is 63% when he drops a horse off a win. The sire Grazen is 28% on the grass, but maybe more importantly this 3-year-old is running against Cal-breds for the first time since his career debut and jockey Alex Solis jumps on.

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Race 9: #12 Gigantis (12-1)

Trainer Bruce Headley hit with a first-time router on Thursday and he tries the same formula here with the same jockey in Edwin Maldonado. Headley is 40% first-time route and 21% first time grass. The sire Cyclotron is 20% first tome grass. The post is an obstacle, but that just means a bigger price.

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Santa Anita (plus a few others) opinions for Sunday, June 14

Race 5: #5 Silver Spirit (5-1)

This 4-year-old has made all of his career starts on the grass and now trainer Julio Canani decides it’s time to try the dirt. Canani puts the blinkers back on, a move he is 43% with. There is a good work over the track, probably with the blinkers back on. Jockey Alex Solis rides.

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Race 7: #3 Clever Royal (turf only)

Trainer Eddie Truman is having one of the best meets of his career and he has been unconscious with horses coming down the hill. This colt won his first race on that course in his last and figures to only improve as Truman is 36% third off the layoff.

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Race 9: #9 True Image (turf only) (4-1)

Our Eyes:  This gelding showed big improvement when put on the turf last time, losing by just two lengths down the hill. The 3-year-old tries the downhill again and Flavien Prat will know this presser better for trainer Mike Machowsky.

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Race 8: #8 My Year Is a Day (turf only) (6-1)

This filly was thought to be hot stuff when she ran in the Edgewood at Churchill as she was bet down to 2-1, but she fought her rider. She’s had a month between races and maybe trainer Graham Motion has gotten her to settle down.

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Race 6: #8 Mischievevouscharlie (10-1)

This 3-year-old filly ran her best career race two back sprinting on the main track. Trainer James McMullen goes back to the well here as a sends her route-to-sprint, a move he is 35% with and she has a decent work coming into the race.

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Race 8: #9 Biggest Drama (5-1)

This 2-year-old colt comes out of a maiden race where the first two horses to run have won so we’re hoping for 3-for-3.

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Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, May 23

Race 5: #2 Maximinus (4-1)

Jockey Flavin Prat had is choice of horses in this race and picks this 4-year-old. The gelding pressed the pace in his last at this level but steadied at the top of the stretch.

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Race 8: #9 Rocko’s Wheel (6-1)

This 3-year-old makes his debut on the turf. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 26% first-time turf and the sire Grazen is 30% first-time on the green. Jockey Joe Talamo keeps the ride.

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Race 9: #3 Magic Mark (10-1)

Trainer Ron Ellis is 38% in non-graded stakes so he’s worth a look in this spot.

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Race 10: #1 Silver Spirit (8-1)

The son of Tapit closed some ground last time, but trainer Julio Canani, who is 34% third off the layoff, shortens him up to a mile. Jockey Alex Solis had a trouble trip last time and needs to avoid trouble from the rail here.

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Santa Anita selections for Sunday, Jan. 11 (off the turf)

RAIN AT SANTA ANITA OFF THE TURF SO JUST THROW MY TURF PICKS OUT THE WINDOW. I WILL ONLY GRADE THE DIRT RACES.

FIRST RACE: 1. Greeley Awesome, 2. Ezio, 3. Sizzlin’ Joe. LONG SHOT: Empty Headed.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Apollo Ten, 2. Got Even, 3. I’ll Wrap It Up. LONG SHOT: I Don’t Care Who.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Light Striker, 2. Kohala, 3. Comin’offthebench. LONG SHOT: Vocalist.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Lucy in Diamonds (best bet), 2. Thermodynamics, 3. Exfanofsixties. LONG SHOT: It Girl.

LUCY IN DIAMONDS (4-1) is a first-time starter from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn, which hits at 30% with this type. She has been training at Pomona and is by a good first out sire in Rock Hard Ten. Jockey Elvis Trujillo (21% with The Dorf)  jumps on.

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Race 5: #3 Autumn Flower (10-1) SCRATCHED

This daughter of Flower Alley gets a huge post switch after starting from the No. 10 hole at Del Mar. She had no shot that day but still came running in the lane to finish a good fifth for trainer Dan Hendricks and jockey Alex Solis. Look for further improvement as Hendricks is 22% with MSW.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Scandal, 2. Madam Aamoura, 3. Conquest Artura. LONG SHOT: Caradini.

As you can see I liked Autumn Flower, but had to go in a different direction. SCANDAL has been training well for trainer Richard Mandella and she made up a lot of ground on Nov. 8 at Del Mar.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Gusy Ruler, 2. Molten Image, 3. Triunfo. LONG SHOT: Takem by Surprise.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tiz Midnight, 2. My Sweet Addiction, 3. Taste Like Candy. LONG SHOT: Legacy.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Toruk Makto, 2. Ashleyluvssugar, 3. Sofast. LONG SHOT: Helm.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Pat the Bear, 2. Bandido Too, 3. Jet Trick. LONG SHOT: Whiskey Wild.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 0

Saturday’s second choice winners: 4 (Glory $3.60, second race; Mama’s Trashed $6.60, third; Keri Belle $15.20, fourth; Hoppertunity $3.60, eighth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Calculator $3.20, sixth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Guy Code $5.60, first)

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Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Jan. 9

Sorry just too many things on the plate to do full selections today. Be back at it tomorrow. I wasn’t real enthused about the card. There is a carryover in the Pick 6, but believe it will be hit.

Race 3: #3 Perfect Set (4-1)

This 5-year-old gelding was favored at this level one race back at Del Mar. This son of Pleasantly Perfect hasn’t run much on dirt, but his sire liked it. Trainer Art Sherman is 26% on dirt and 24% with horses off a 31-60-day layoff. Jockey Alex Solis stays aboard.

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Race 8: #3 Kiss At Midnight (7-2)

Trainer Peter Miller is 27% with debuting maiden claimers and Decarchy is a good first out sire. Jockey Elvis Trujillo is 25% with Miller and have to believe this one is live.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Forest Chatter $3.60, fifth race; Bow Tie Belle $3.60, sixth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Broadway $11, fourth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Test Ride $6.20, first; Power Foot $6, second)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 2 (Puttybadhsark $11, third; Undrgroundrailroad $8.40, eighth)

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Santa Anita selections for Sunday, Oct. 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Brazilian Court, 2. Hold Everything, 3. Caramuru. LONG SHOT: Mapping.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Justa Splash, 2. Vavoom, 3. Shackleford Banks. LONG SHOT: Thesheetsguy.

JUSTA SPLASH (5-1), a 3-year-old, gets a huge jockey switch from a 10-pound apprentice to Hall of Famer Alex Solis. The son of Harlan’s Holiday should like the dirt and already has proven he likes two turns.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Racing for Chasen, 2. Champion Risk, 3. Love the Kids. LONG SHOT: Wackett.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Rule the Field, 2. Smart Journey, 3. City State. LONG SHOT: Itsgettinhotinhere.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Eltoninadress, 2. Acute, 3. Courageousandbold. LONG SHOT: Goldilocks Planet.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Luck of the Kitten (best bet), 2. Rowdy Dylan, 3. Dallas Skyline. LONG SHOT: Remo.

Obviously trainer Wesley Ward is trying to find out if  LUCK OF THE KITTEN (3-1), a 2-year-old, is good enough to run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf after a second-place finish in a stakes at Kentucky Downs. The son of Kitten’s Joy figures to go to the front and great turf jockey Corey Nakatani will guide him for the first time.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Always a Chance, 2. Rovenna, 3. Sweet Marini. LONG SHOT: Only Josie Knows.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Her Emmynency, 2. Heart of Paradise, 3. Sea Mona. LONG SHOT: Into Oblivion.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Hot Lightning, 2. Conquest Dreamin, 3. All Around Brown. LONG SHOT: Guy Code.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Compulsive $12.20, 10th race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (One Lucky Dane $3.40, sixth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Rich Tapestry $16.80, eighth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Jimmy Bouncer $9.40, second)

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