Del Mar, Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 28 (Plus Tampa Bay Downs)

FIRST RACE: 1. Roper, 2. Financial, 3. Spirit World. LONG SHOT: Adair.

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SECOND RACE: 1, Tulira Castle, 2. Alex Rossi, 3. Airfoil. LONG SHOT: I’ll Wrap It Up.
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THIRD RACE: 1. #4 UNDENIABLE U (9-2) (BEST BET), 2. Path of David, 3. Archaeo. LONG SHOT: Silent Movies.

Trainer Bob Baffert isn’t known as a turf trainer, but he is 31% with horses making their second route race. Jockey Victor Espinoza just missed last time with the well-regarded Canada.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Etailer, 2. Eddie Haskell, 3. Lymebyrd. LONG SHOT: Demonslayer.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Mokat, 2. Optimism And Hope, 3. Wake the Dawn. LONG SHOT: Jeremy’s Legacy.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #7 Tribal Jewel (8-1), 2. Storm Comin Thru, 3. True Ten. LONG SHOT: Roman Tizzy.

Trainer Peter Miller claimed this gelding last time and runs him back in the same spot. Miller is 24% first off the claim and has put a couple of big works into him. Jockey Brice Blanc jumps on and he is 2-for-4 with Miller.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Royal Albert Hall, 2. March, 3. Om. LONG SHOT: Closing Bell.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Dortmund, 2. Big Cazanova, 3. Imperative. LONG SHOT: Majestic City.
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NINTH RACE: 1. #6 Hunt (7-2), 2. Roy H, 3. Unusual Fleet. LONG SHOT: Follow Me Crev.

This 3-year-old finished fourth in the Twilight Derby and many he faced will be running earlier on the card in the Hollywood Derby so we should have a good handle on whether that is a key race. Jockey Mike Smith stays aboard for trainer Phil D’Amato and they are a 26% combination.

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Tampa Bay Downs for Saturday, Nov. 28

Race 3: #2 Horn Buckle (5-1) 

This gelding reeled off three wins at this track last winter and trainer Victor Carrasco Jr. looks to strike on the first day of the new meet. Carrasco is 30% with horses moving down two of more classes.

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Race 6: #9 Ishaq (7-2)

Trainer Efren Loza Jr. is 44% with first-time starters like this son of Harlan’s Holiday and he employs jockey Pedro Cotto Jr., who has won 5-of-11 races for Loza this year. There are decent works showing and we think this one is ready to run.

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Race 9 : #2 Fascinante (7-2) 

Efren Loza Jr. is a high-percentage trainer in a lot of areas, including 35% with shippers like this 5-year-old mare, who is a perfect 2-for-2 over this turf course. Pedro Cotto Jr. rides another Loza.

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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.

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