Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Sept. 1

Preview: A little more variety on today’s card as opposed to Wednesday when there was just one turf race. The turf rails are at 24 feet even though it’s the last week of the meet. Jockey Flavien Prat is looking to win his first riding title in SoCal and leads Rafael Bejarano 35-28 at the start of the week. Santiago Gonzalez is third with 27 winners.

Race 1: 1. #1 Conquest So True (6-1), 2. Generous Pour, 3. Marriedtoaminister. LONG SHOT: Brookes All Mine.
Trainer Vladimir Cerin cuts this filly back from two turns to one turn and he’s 29% with that move. Apprentice rider Chad Lindsay stays aboard and he’s 24% with Cerin. The 4-year-old also has Brisnet’s top Class Rating.

Race 2: 1. Five Palms, 2. Glacken Too, 3. Cherubim. LONG SHOT: Spirit Rules.

Race 3: 1. #3 Silver Summer (8-1), 2. Smokey’s Legacy, 3. Pee Wee Reese. LONG SHOT: Viviendo El Sueno.
This 4-year-old makes his third start off a layoff for trainer Anthony Saavedra, who is 15% in that category. The key here is the addition of Flavien Prat who has ridden the turf course to perfection this meet most of the time.

Race 4: 1. Del Cielo, 2. Back Beauty, 3. Seeking Shamrocks. LONG SHOT: Private Terrace.

Race 5: 1. #6 David’s Memory (20-1), 2. The Big Train, 3. California Silver. LONG SHOT: Natural Stride.
The gelding is making his first trip around two turns and running on the grass, but maybe this is what trainer Hector Palma was setting up all along. This is a 4-year-old son of Vronsky (Danzig) out of an Unusual Heat mare. That screams two turns on the turf. There is also a good work on Aug. 22 saying he might be ready.

Race 6: 1. Who Said Lucky, 2. My Aunt Tillie, 3. Glory Run. LONG SHOT: Bella Sierra.

Race 7: 1. Curlin’s Fox BEST BET, 2. Envahir, 3. Tiz a Kiss. LONG SHOT: K P Wildcat.

Race 8: 1. Proud of Our Kids, 2. The All Button, 3. Maven Harry. LONG SHOT: War Ruler.

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Del Mar selecttions for Friday, Aug. 19 (First post 4 p.m.)

Preview: The main track has played different on different days of the week. The track usually gets dug up after training hours on Fridays for the later post time so beware. So trainers having a tough meet on the dirt are Cesar Dominguez 0-for-14, invader Chris Hartman 1-for 12, Keith Desormeaux 1-17 and Kristin Mulhall 1-15.

Race 1: 1. Top of the Game, French General.2. Magical Mystery, 3. Bollywood. LONG SHOT: Student Body Left.

Race 2: 1. Dutt Bart, 2. Cioppino Pasadino, 3. Ninety Nine Proof. LONG SHOT:

Race 3: 1. #3 With a Twist (9-2), 2. Molly’s Honour, 3. Swiss Skimmer. LONG SHOT: General Ann.
This mare’s last race was the first time she has lost on this turf course in four tries. That didn’t stop trainer Jeff Mullins from claiming her and moving her up in class. Mullins puts apprentice Chad Lindsay aboard and I think he wants to go to the front with the rails at 30 feet.

Race 4: 1. #2 Shanghai Beauty (6-1), 2. Vow Me Over, 3. Nazareth. LONG SHOT: Mint Julep Taffy.
Trainer Bill Spawr is a master at the claiming game, winning 34% first off the claim. This filly is actually taking a class drop from an open claiming to a non-winners of two. The 3-year-old bobbled at the start and now Martin Pedroza gets aboardh.

Race 5: 1. #6 Aeon (3-1) BEST BET, 2. Fin de Semaine, 3. Moose Skowron. LONG SHOT: Broken Up.
This gelding showed improvement first time on the turf and gets a key jockey switch to master grass rider Flavien Prat. Trainer Eddie Truman is 32% third time off the layoff and the 3-year-old has that key element of speed on this turf course.

Race 6: 1. Informant, 2. Broken Marriage, 3. Gemini Journey. LONG SHOT: Hellacious Hadlee.

Race 7: 1. Fanticola, 2. Annulment, 3. Generosidade. LONG SHOT: Energia Fribby.

Race 8: 1. Alltheleavesrbrown, 2. Where’s the Moon, 3. Thesheetsguy. LONG SHOT: Valentine Boy.

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Del Mar selections for Wednesday, Aug. 17

Preview: Inside is the place to be this meet at Del Mar, both on the turf and the main track. In turf races, horses starting from posts 1-3 are winning 46% of the time. On the main track in sprints horses in posts 1-5 are winning 59% and in distance races posts 1-4 are winning 55%. Keep it in mind..

Race 1: 1. #2 Adios Princess (7-2), 2. Street Goddess, 3. You Sleep On That. LONG SHOT: Khalaya.
Apprentice jockey Chad Lindsay had his choice of three horses in here and takes this filly, which was placed way above here head in the last. She is 3-2-0-1 at this sprint distance and has the top Brisnet Class Rating.

Race 2: 1. Datsatsa Gem, 2. Beantown Boys, 3. Blowemaway. LONG SHOT: Nicos Way.

Race 3: 1. Ultimate Holiday, 2. Tourny, 3. Snow Cloud. LONG SHOT: Everqueen.

Race 4: 1. Sweet Profit, 2. Stole a Kiss, 3. Cherokee in Me. LONG SHOT: Summer Veil.

Race 5: 1. Howdy Kingkowboy, 2. Amazing Love, 3. Supreme Giant. LONG SHOT: Bic Mitchum.

Race 6: 1. Out Ofthe Ordinary, 2. Kennedie Sky, 3. Summer Lady. LONG SHOT: Sea Smoke.

Race 7: 1. Tara’s Tango, 2. Enchanting Lady, 3. Pretty N Cool. LONG SHOT: Lost Bus.

Race 8: #3 Monterey Shale (3-1), 2. The Big Train, 3. He Could. LONG SHOT: Evicted.
This 4-year-old showed big improvement when moved to the turf. He has the top Class Rating from Brisnet and his running style of pressing the pace should work out well with the rails out to 30 feet on the turf course. Jockey Rafael Bejarano stays on and he is 23% with trainer Carla Gaines.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, July 28

Preview: The turf rails are out at 24 feet this week, cutting most of the fields down to 9 horses and makes frontrunners with a better shot. So far on the grass Flavien Prat leads the jockeys with five wins from 22 mounts after a slow start the first week. He’s followed by Kent Desormeaux (4-20) and Victor Espinoza (3-13).

Race 1: 1. Prohibition Repeal, 2. Sam Slick, 3. Midnight Edition. LONG SHOT: H R Express.

Race 2: 1. #2 Hennythelovepenny (7-2) BEST BET, 2. Revenue Virginius, 3. Wedding Blush. LONG SHOT: Matter of Luck.
Trainer Bill Spawr is 37% first off the claim and when he moves a horse up off the claim that’s an even better sign. This filly has the top Brisnet Early Pace Rating and look for jockey Kent Desormeaux to use that speed.

Race 3: Midnight Rambler, 2. Contemplate, 3. Smokey’s Legacy. LONG SHOT: Senator Robert.

Race 4: 1. Magical Mystery, 2. Accelerate, 3. Picture Tube. LONG SHOT: Tiz No Bluff.

Race 5: 1. Optimism And Hope, 2. Ok Doll, 3. Mitzi Winks. LONG SHOT: Paschalitsa.

Race 6: 1. #7 Dixie Dame (6-1), 2. Stand by for News, 3. Royal Flush Babe. LONG SHOT: Royal Red.
This filly is from the red-hot Phil D’Amato barn (5 for 13). She has good early speed and Tyler Baze takes over. Baze is 27% with D’Amato.

Race 7: Holograeme, 2. Dressed to a T, 3. Lily Kai. LONG SHOT: Scattagirl.

Race 8: 1. #7 Johann’s Command (6-1), 2. Malibu Dude, 3. River Hoss. LONG SHOT: Princely Warrior.
This gelding is moving up in class off a third place effort. He has speed and gets a key jockey switch from apprentice Chad Lindsay to Kent Desormeaux, who is 5-for-10 for trainer Richard Rosales.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Sunday, Jan. 3

Preview: Not the best card with only three races with at least 10 starters. Some trainers to stay away from are Peter Wasiluk Jr. (0-for-27), Horacio Barbaran (0-17), Charles Harvatt (0-16), Robert Boileau (1-24), John Simms (1-19), Barbara McBride (1-16) and Lori Smock (1-16)..


Race 2: #2 Kylbrylie (3-1)

Former California trainer Keith Nations has been at Parx for most of the past year but he has come south for the winner with a 2-for-5 record. This filly has won two races and now adds Lasix. She has come off the pace in the last two and Parx rider Frankie Pennington is named to ride.


Race 8:  #4 Springcourt (8-1) 

Trainer Sandino Hernandez Jr. is looking for first win of the meet and drops this gelding from the allowance ranks to the a claiming race. Jockey Daniel Centeno keeps the mount and he is 27% with Hernandez over the last year.


Race 9: #12 Denses Stormin (10-1)

This fillie is making her second career start and is moving from Gulfstream Park West to Tampa. She showed speed on the turf and trainer Dennis Ward has been having a strong meet and he teammed up with jockey Chad Lindsay for a winner on Friday. This filly is also adding first-time Lasix.

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