Horse racing

Del Mar picks, Thursday July 25

 FIRST RACE: 1. Dancing Lute, 2. Egyptian Femme, 3. Devious Chic. LONG SHOT: Say Say.

Northern California shippers have done well at the meet and DANCING LUTE has two wins in four lifetimes races. Plus, he gets the services of leading rider Rafael Bejarano.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Miss Lafayette, 2. Cadron, 3. L T Reckless. LONG SHOT: Fashionable Rich.

Tough 2-year-old filly race here with trainer Bob Baffert holding two cards in CADRON and EXOTIC BEHAVIOR. However, trainer Craig Dollase has been on fire with first-time starters of late and MISS LAFAYETTE has been training well. The only drawback is starting from the No. 1 post.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Shadow Runner, 2. Facoltoso, 3. Lil Bit O’Fun. LONG SHOT: Deputiformer.

SHADOW RUNNER is first off the claim for trainer Richard Baltas, who is 2-for-5 in that move. On top of that, Bejarano sees fit to ride and they have teamed up to win 4-of-12 races.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. JAZILLIONAIRE (best bet), 2. Afflication, 3. Matagot. LONG SHOT: Annunaki.

JAZILLIONAIRE is by Belmont Stakes winner Jazil and bred to like this trip. He puts blinkers on and has a big work over the Polytrack. All systems say go with jockey Joe Talamo.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Sugar Spice, 2. Salty Forecast, 3. Abella. LONG SHOT: Saturday Nite Wish.

SUGAR SPICE has been away from the races since January, but has been working well for her return and comes out of a key race.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Kid Dreams, 2. Bench Light, 3. Danderek. LONG SHOT: Vibrate Jazz.

KID DREAMS was sent to Canada to try to run in the Queen’s Plate, but just wasn’t good enough. He returns to the Polytrack locally after getting severely interfered with in a fourth-place effort at Woodbine. Look for an improved effort.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Castaway, 2. Chiloquin, 3. Mobilized. LONG SHOT: Isn’t He Clever.

CASTAWAY comes off a break freshening for Baffert and Bejarano stays aboard. Some times taking the short price is the right way to go.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Patriot C H, 2. Tickle Again, 3. Hot and Pleasing. LONG SHOT: Sidepocket Run.

PATRIOT C H makes the second start of her career. Victor Espinoza jumps off HOT AND PLEASING to ride her for trainer Carla Gaines. The Harris Farm homebred should relish the turf and the distance.

@Jeff_Nahill

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