Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Wednesday, July 31

NOTES: Adam Kitchingman is one of three trainers who are perfect (1 for 1) at the Del Mar meet so far. David Randall and Tim Yakteen are the others.
Week 2 proved to be big for Peter Miller, who took over the training lead even though he shipped a lot of horses East during the spring ills of Santa Anita. Miller had five wins out of 11 starters last week and now has eight winners for the 10-day-old meet.
Miller leads John Sadler and Richard Baltas by three wins.
Sadler was 3 for 7 for the week and all five of his victories have been in stakes events. Sadler’s barn has earned $684,291, which is tops by more than $275,000.
Baltas had a tough second week, going 2 for 16, and Doug O’Neill had a tougher week, winning just once in 19 starters. O’Neill did have two runner-up placings and six third-place finishers.
The Bob Baffert barn finally started to heat up with three wins, one second and two thirds from six starters.
Bob Hess Jr. also had three wins for the week, also from seven starters.
Jeff Mullins is quietly having a good meet. He had two wins and two seconds from five starters. He now has four wins overall and has been in the money 77 percent of the time.
At the other end of the spectrum, Michael McCarthy (0 for 15), Valdimir Cerin (0-12) and Jonathan Wong (0-11) are all looking for their first wins of the meet.
Phil D’Amato is 1 for 25 but at least that one win was in a stakes race. Keith Desormeaux (1-16) and Peter Eurton (1-12) are also struggling.

FIRST RACE: 1. Vangogo, 2. Bellazano, 3. Grey Lady. LONG SHOT: So Much Happy.
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SECOND RACE: 1. STREET CLASS (best bet), 2. C Falls, 3. Commanding Chief. LONG SHOT: Mica Bay.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Baby Gronk, 2. The White Shadow, 3. Call You Tomorrow. LONG SHOT: Big Barrel.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Smiling to Excess, 2. Twentyseventrouts, 3. Traffic Stopper. LONG SHOT: Bayonce.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Wind Tartare, 2. My Aunt Tillie, 3. Lady Phyllis. LONG SHOT: Convince.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Cholula Lips, 2. Bulletproof One, 3. None of Your Biz. LONG SHOT: Bella Renella.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Honos Man, 2. Chosen Vessel, 3. River God. LONG SHOT: Tequila Blanco.

Good luck.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 4 (Immediate Impact $2.80, first race; Wound Tight $5.80, second; Spokane Eagle $4.40, fourth; Desert Oasis $8.80, eighth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 1 (Reedley $4.60, fifth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Ollie’s Candy $10, seventh)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Friday, March 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Perfectly Majestic, 2. My Ole Bud, 3. Domingo Cat. LONG SHOT: Blue Anchor.

PERFECTLY MAJESTIC (2-1), a 3-year-old, makes his career debut for trainer Bob Hess, who gets 31% winners from 13 first starters. The sire Majesticperfection wins at 19% percent first time out. The colt has a couple of good works and jockey Kent Desormeaux rides.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Diamond Majesty, 2. Stormy Liberal, 3. Neveradoubt. LONG SHOT: Pat the Bear.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Underhill Drive, 2. Lyla Della, 3. Kohala. LONG SHOT: Comin’offthebench.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Tempe, 2. Oscillator, 3. Patriotic. LONG SHOT: J and S Express.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tribal Chatter (best bet), 2. Miss Ellany, 3. Tanquerray. LONG SHOT: Love Blind.

TRIBAL CHATTER (4-1), a mare, has a bad case of seconditis, but she takes a drop in class for the red-hot Richard Baltas and a huge jockey change to Rafael Bejarano, who is 31% with Baltas.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Missing Groom, 2. Short Heat Wave, 3. Unusually Green. LONG SHOT: Synnin.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Global View, 2. Cummings Road, 3. U S Citizen. LONG SHOT: Super Ability.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. D’ Church, 2. The Last Express, 3. Nardo. LONG SHOT: K Thirty Eight.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (To the Bar $8.40, fifth race; Talco $6, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (Highly Elusive $8.80, second; Keezheekoni $5.60, third)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (When We Met $7.80, first; Swissarella $41.80, sixth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Aug. 7 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. City Ride, 2. Don’t Needa Reason, 3. Where Is My Mind. LONG SHOT: Easter Fever.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Wicked City Woman (SCRATCHED), 2. Among the Stars, 3. Speckles. LONG SHOT: Analemma. New picks: 1. Among the Stars, 2. Speckles, 3. She’s Flush. LONG SHOT: Analemma.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Sky Heart, 2. John’s Express, 3. Social Request. LONG SHOT: Stellar Act.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Happy Idea (best bet), 2. Noble Metal, 3. Oh Daddy Oh. LONG SHOT: Cousin Ricky.

HAPPY IDEA (5-2), a 3-year-old gelding comes out of a key race at Los Alamitos and he won that race. He takes drop in claiming price here but apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke stays on for trainer Bob Hess.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tribal Echo, 2. Empire Cat, 3. Wildling. LONG SHOT: Whoyougonnacall.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Tribal Jewel, 2. Tiznow Or Then, 3. Foolhardy. LONG SHOT: Shun.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Heat Trap, 2. Journey On, 3. Hail Mary. LONG SHOT: Living The Life.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kimnjet, 2. Hold Everything, 3. Expo and Fig. LONG SHOT: Mahalo Arturo.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 1 (J and S Express $4.80, first race)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 1 (Myrna Lou $13, third)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 1 (Lucky S. J. $17.80, sixth)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 2 (Sunset Glow $8.60, seventh; Spirit of Ten $13.40, eighth)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Updated Santa Anita picks for Thursday, Oct. 3

FIRST RACE: 1. Marino Mizer, 2, Broker Brett, 3. Big Macher. LONG SHOT: Anytime.

Jockey Agapito Delgadillo makes any interesting choice here as he jumps off another horse that finished second last time out to ride MARINO MIZER, a 3-year-old gelding, who got squeezed at the start, still pressed the pace, but faded in the stretch. Look for a better effort in this spot.

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SECOND RACE: 1. My Lucky Rose, 2. Frandontjude, 3. Violate. LONG SHOT: Mudge.

MY LUCKY ROSE was favored last time on the drop into the maiden claiming ranks but she finished a disappointing fifth. Trainer Bob Baffert must be hoping the switch to dirt does the gtrick. VIOLATE is making the big drop from straight maidens. MUDGE is a first-timer from the crafty Steve Miyadi barn.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Mega Heat, 2. Ready for More, 3. Camp Victory. LONG SHOT: Trelawny.

MEGA HEAT has two wins over the course and takes a drop back into a $50,000 claimer. The last time the 6-year-old gelding ran at this level, he won. Plus leading jockey Rafael Bejarano takes over. MEGA HEAT IS SCRATCHED.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Warrens Wild Thing, 2. Tuckers Point, 3. Tamarack Smarty. LONG SHOT: Unusual Jazz.

Trainer John Martin, who mainly runs in Northern California, claimed WARRENS WILD THING at Del Mar and he sees fit to run in Southern California, even though the horse was training at Golden Gate. The 7-year-old gelding has never won a race on dirt, but Martin is 35 percent first off the claim.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Clearly Confused, 2. Scary Fast, 3. Coco de Carchy. LONG SHOT: Lil Cheyenne.

CLEARLY CONFUSED has a 5-1-1-1 record on dirt back East, but she was shipped West to run at Del Mar. She drops from a $32,000 claimer into a race for $12,500. She comes out of a key race and has been training well at Santa Anita.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. LLANDUDNO (best bet), 2. Atta Girl Alma, 3. Madre Luna. LONG SHOT: Heat Trap.

LLANDUDNO, a 3-year-old filly, lost to the undefeated Bob Baffert filly Socialbug by a length at Del Mar. She broke her maiden running over the downhill turf course which gives her a leg up on quite a few here. Jockey Joe Talamo decides to stick around. ATTA GIRL ALMA has also won previously over the course.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Blue Tone, 2. Rousing Sermon, 3. American Act. LONG SHOT: Circle the Moon.

BLUE TONE has two lifetime wins, both on synthetic, but he finished a decent third in his career debut on the dirt at Santa Anita in April. He is by Birdstone so he is bred to love the dirt and he’s in good form for trainer Bob Hess and jockey Mike Smith.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Song of the Times, 2. Runaway Que, 3. Candy Anniversary. LONG SHOT: Flying Open.

Top jockeys don’t often stick around for the last race of the day, especially a maiden claimer for 2-year-olds, but trainer Ed Moger Jr. got Garrett Gomez to ride SONG OF THE TIMES so he rates a long look after fading at Fairplex Park. RUNAWAY QUE is a first-timer to keep an eye on. Trainer Jeff Mullins wins 24 percent first time out and 27 percent with maiden claimers.

Sunday’s top choice winners: 1 (Miss Personality $10.80, 2nd races)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 3 (Tom’s Tribute $4.60, 5th; Magestic Stinger $6, 7th; Indy Point $6, 8th)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

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