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The news never seems to end at seaside oval.

+ Jockey Garrett Gomez held a 90-minute meeting with track stewards Sunday morning in hopes of getting permission to begin exercising horses on Wednesday.

That isn’t going to happen.

Gomez, who admitted to falling off the wagon and drinking again, had his follow up meeting with the Del Mar stewards moved from Wednesday morning to Friday afternoon.

Did Gomez fail his drug/alcohol test? Only time will tell.

Will the stewards play hard ball with Gomez because he failed to show up on opening day and honor his commitments (also for Thursday and Friday)?

The bigger issue might be that Gomez made no attempt to contact the stewards when two weeks ago when he was asked to do so. If Gomez had called to say, he fell off the wagon and was in a rehab a program, the stewards might have a different view of the situation.

As things stand now, the earliest Gomez will be able to get on a horse would be next Saturday and the first possible mounts he might be able to accept would be a week from Wednesday.

We’ll find out on Friday, what the latest chapter is.

+ Further news on the jockey front, trainer Bob Baffert announced Joel Rosario will ride Game On Dude in the Pacific Classic.

Regular rider Mike Smith will be at Saratoga that day to ride Royal delta for trainer Bill Mott, which means Rosario and Smith will pass each other in the air somewhere in the middle of the country.

The news also means defending Pacific Classic champion Dullahan will have a new jockey. Rosario rode him to victory last year.

However, Ron Anderson, Rosario’s agent, told Del Mar media officials “Game On Dude may be the best horse in the country and I would think he’d be a huge favorite (for the Classic).”

The move brought a classic response Dale Romans, Dullahan’s trainer.

“No one monkey stops my show,” said Romans.

+ The Grade I Bing Crosby was interesting on several levels.

Trainer Tim Yakteen scored his first Grade I victory with Points Offthebench ($8.80), who edged Goldencents by a head.

Funny after the race, TVG personality Greg Wolfe interviewed winning jockey Smith. It just so happens Yakteen is married to HRTV handicapper Millie Ball.

Also in the Bing Crosby, the plunger showed up for the second time this weekend and for the second time lost a $200,000 show wager made at Santa Anita.

On Saturday, the loss came in the Fleet Treat Stakes. On Sunday, the wager was on Comma to the Top, who finished fifth.

The show payoffs weren’t as large as the Fleet Treat, but they were nothing to sneeze at: $8.40, $6.60 and $7.20.

+ The Del Mar jockey colony had better be ware of Julien Leparoux when he goes to the lead on the turf course.

Twice on Sunday, Leparoux went wire-to-wire scoring with Pontchatrain ($9.40) and Horizontalyspeakin ($15) in the 10th race.

Leparoux normally rides from behind on the grass, but he was loaded on both horses and nobody pressured him.

Points Offthebench and jockey Mike Smith, right, hold off Goldencents (Kevin Krigger), left, to win the Grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes, Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA. BENIOT PHOTO

Points Offthebench and jockey Mike Smith, right, hold off Goldencents (Kevin Krigger), left, to win the Grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes, Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.
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Del Mar picks for Sunday, July 28

 FIRST RACE: 1. Spy Girl, 2. Secret Compass, 3. Be Proud. LONG SHOT: Abide in Me.

Find the speed horse and you have the likely winner. SPY GIRL showed speed in her debut and draws the outside post. Edwin Maldonado must get her over to the golden rail.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Jets to Brazil, 2. Too Fast to Pass, 3. Laugh At Life. LONG SHOT: Humorous.

JETS TO BRAZIL gives the Polytrack a try after two turf races. Trainer Blake Heap might have him cranked up after a bullet work last week.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Coconut Cream Pie, 2. Tiz Zoe Cee, 3. Keldy. LONG SHOT: Rosies Rascal.

COCONUT CREAM PIE has two straight runner-up finishes and should be poised to score here under Joe Talamo.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Derringer, 2. Real Heat, 3. He’s Not Too Shabby. LONG SHOT: Anytime Magic.

DERRINGER drops into a claimer off an effort where he was bumped at the start. With a clean start Bejarano in the irons, this 3-year-old could be gone.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Only the Gold, 2. Trucial State, 3. Arraignment. LONG SHOT: Perfect Verve.

ONLY THE GOLD was misplaced last time in the Grade III Sunset Handicap. Victor Espinoza rides today and this gelding is the only one with a win at the distance. He won for $16,000 at Hollywood Park and now drops to the $10,000 level.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Gnarly Dude, 2. Ranulf, 3. Very Elusive. LONG SHOT: Germany Bay.

GNARLY DUDE moves up off the claim for trainer John Sadler. The 5-year-old gelding has won at Del Mar before and has two wins at the distance.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. BLINGISMYTHING (best bet), 2. Bonnie Lesley, 3. Smooth Talker. LONG SHOT: Pontchatrain.

BLINGISMYTHING was bumped while four wide last time and lost all chance a win. Bejarano takes over and this daughter of Arch should love the Del Mar grass.

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EIGHTH RACE (Bing Crosby Stakes): 1. Jimmy Creed, 2. Majestic City, 3. Comma to the Top. LONG SHOT: Points Offthebench.

Earlier in the year, JIMMY CREED was the top sprinter on the West Coast, but things went awry at Hollywood Park with an eighth-place finish in the Triple Bend. He has never been worse than second over the Polytrack and Bejarano jumps on for Richard Mandella.

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NINTH RACE: 1. One Magical Girl, 2. Full’s Figurehead, 3. Suances Flower. LONG SHOT: Unkept Rendez Vous.

ONE MAGICAL GIRL has speed and drops in class. What more could you want these days on the Polytrack?

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10th RACE: 1. Layton Register, 2. Apostle Paul, 3. Artic North. LONG SHOT: Horizontalyspeakin.

LAYTON REGISTER looks for the “Ship and WIN” money here off a trio of Churchill Downs races for trainer Phil Oliver, who already has a win at the meet. Not happy with jockey Corey Nakatani riding because he has had a bad week, but he can make up for it here.

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