Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Monday, September 2

FIRST RACE: 1. He’s a Dance Star, 2. Muchos Besos, 3. Hadfunlastnight. LONG SHOT: Carbonite.

HE’S A DANCE comes back after more than a year off, but trainer Paddy Gallagher is good in that category (38%) and he gets the services of leading rider Rafael Bejarano.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Money Machine, 2. Fight the Power, 3. Wildcat Candy. LONG SHOT: Indygo Andy.

This is a fairly tough maiden claimer. MONEY MACHINE has improved every time out, but trainer Peter Miller decides to drop him another level and go from a route to a sprint. Jockey Garrett Gomez will probably take this 3-year-old gelding back and make one run on the turn. FIGHT THE POWER is an invader from Oaklawn Park coming out of a key race. INDYGO ANDY is a first-timer from the John Sadler barn, which is 35% with debut maiden claimers. Also watch out for BIG MACHER and SPIRITED TOUCH, who have been working well.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Tiz a Kiss, 2. Warren’s Rosebud, 3. Promiscuoussuances. LONG SHOT: Only Josie Knows.

The leading trainer (Sadler) and leading jockey (Bejarano team up here on TIZ A KISS, who tries the turf for the first time.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Salsita, 2. Amy Jane, 3. Mostro Bella. LONG SHOT: Moving Seas.

Miller holds the cards here with first-timer SALSITA and second-time runner AMY JANE. SALSITA was bred in Florida and Florida speed tends to do well at Del Mar. AMY JANE showed speed first time out, but Gomez tends to take horses back and Miller certainly doesn’t want his two horses battling each other for the lead.

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FIFTH RACE (I’m Smokin Stakes): 1. AOTEAROA (best bet), 2. Better Bet, 3. Solid Wager. LONG SHOT: Easy Topper.

AOTEAROA, a 2-year-old gelding, was one of the most visually impressive juvenile winners of the meet. He was a complete nut job in the post parade and at the gate, but when the latch was thrown he was all business. Trainer Leonard Powell certainly could have taken a shot in the closing day Del Mar Futurity, but decided on this easier spot because the youngster is a gelding and he hopes to have him around for a long time. SOLID WAGER and EASY TOPPER have been scratched. Take a look at JEDI MIND TRICK instead.

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SIXTH RACE (Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies): 1. E Equalsmcsquared, 2. Venetian, 3. Clenor. LONG SHOT: Nesso.

The Pick 6 starts here and there is a carryover of nearly $300,000 going into today’s program. This 2-year-old filly, E EQUALSMCSQUARED, has plenty of experience as she is going to the gate in her fifth race, but she has yet to do what she was bred for, which is to go two turns. A daughter of Einstein out of a Conquistador Cielo mare screams route race and she gets it here on the grass. Garrett Gomez takes the mount for trainer Eric Kruljac, who is also adding blinkers to his runner. STUNNING DRAMA and TIZ THE KEY have been scratched.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Botch, 2. Ankeny Hill, 3. Too Fast to Pass. LONG SHOT: Real Heat.

The top two horses are invaders from Emerald Downs in Washington. BOTCH is from the Vann Belvoir barn and he has teamed up with jockey Chantal Sutherland for two wins this meet. ANKENY HILL has shown speed and gets the services of Bejarano.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Faith Hope Love, 2. Belle of the Fleet, 3. Costamar. LONG SHOT: Pretty Storm.

Trainer Craig Dollase wins with 36% of his first-time starters and in FAITH HOPE LOVE he has a filly bred for speed. She has been working well and should be live.  FAITH HOPE LOVE has been scratched. Take a look at GEORGIA and HONEY RIDE.

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NINTH RACE (Yellow Ribbon Handicap): 1. My Gi Gi, 2. In the Stars, 3. Halo Dolly. LONG SHOT: Closing Range.

The former Palomar Handicap looks tough from top to bottom. MY GI GI finished third in the John C. Mabee to the freakish Tiz Flirtatious and should be well spotted for a big effort under new rider Gomez. HALO DOLLY is 4-for-5 on the Del Mar grass and will be tough after winning the Solana Beach last month. IN THE STARS has been scratched.

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10th RACE: 1. Sudden Rumor, 2. Southern Digs, 3. Go First. LONG SHOT: Even to the Moon.

SUDDEN RUMOR was a hot commodity first time out, going off as the 2-1 favorite, but the gelding got bumped at the start and had to rally for third place. Trainer is 3-for-7 with second time starters.

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11th RACE: 1. Carrytheteam, 2. Layton Register, 3. Corinthian’s Song. LONG SHOT: Power Ped.

Sadler and Bejarano team up for the entry of CARRYTHETEAM, who is making his turf debut. The son of Candy Ride should have no problem with the new surface.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Sunday, September 1

FIRST RACE: 1. Admission, 2. American Act, 3. Soi Phet. LONG SHOT: Huntsville.

ADMISSION is coming off more than a year away from the track, but trainer Mike Puype knows how to get them ready. Jockey Mike Smith jumps on and this 5-year-old comes out of a key race.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Moonlit Meteor, 2. Scatman Blues, 3. Spotted Owl. LONG SHOT: Perfect Magic Man.

MOONLIT METEOR is another horse coming off a long layoff, but trainer Paul Aguirre is 4-for-7 with horses coming off a layoff of more than 180 days. All this 5-year-old gelding has to do is get off to a better start than his debut and he should be right there.

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THIRD RACE: 1. BEHOLDER (best bet), 2. Charlie Em, 3. Becky Lou. LONG SHOT: Wittgenstein.

OK, here is the free bingo square for the day as BEHOLDER is one of the top 3-year-old fillies in the nation. Trainer Richard Mandella has been getting her ready for the second half of the year following here second-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Ransom Canyon, 2. Brother Pete, 3. Shadow Runner. LONG SHOT: Mambo Man.

RANSOM CANYON comes from that Glen Hill Farm, trainer Tom Proctor and Arlington Park pipeline looking for the “Ship N Win” bonus. The 4-year-old gelding showed his readiness for the race with a monster 5-furlong work last week. Look for a big effort with Garrett Gomez aboard.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Cathy’s Crunches, 2. Lady Aspen, 3. Maker of Breaker. LONG SHOT: Charm the Maker.

CATHY’S CRUNCHES, a 5-year-old mare, loves Del Mar and she won this race a year ago from off the pace. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has had her running in Northern California, but with the sea air she might win her first race of the year. Jockey Garrett Gomez, who won six races last week, jumps aboard.

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SIXTH RACE (Del Mar Derby, first division): 1. Procurement, 2. Rising Legend, 3. Gervinho. LONG SHOT: Chief Havoc.

Hey, it’s Proctor, Glen Hill and Arlington again with this 3-year-old son of Milwaukee Brew. PROCUREMENT showed he could run with these in the West earlier in the year and is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade III American Derby. Gary Stevens takes over the reins and he has had good success with Proctor.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Colonel Joan, 2. Tiz the Key, 3. Exotic Behavior. LONG SHOT: Appearance.

COLONEL JOAN didn’t have the best of debuts back in May at Hollywood Park, but she is bred to love going around two turns on the synthetic since she is a daughter of Colonel John. Mike Smith picks up the mount for trainer Eoin Harty.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Heir Kitty, 2. Twitter Pie, 3. Kinz Funky Monkey. LONG SHOT: Hail Mary.

HEIR KITTY finished fourth to Beholder earlier this year and then went to the sidelines for trainer Peter Miller. She has been training well for her return and Gomez regains the mount.

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NINTH RACE (Del Mar Derby, second division): 1. Dry Summer, 2. General Election, 3. Ethnic Dance. LONG SHOT: Dorsett.

These divisions of the Del Mar Derby are both tough. DRY SUMMER, a son of Any Given Saturday, was given way too much to do last time in the La Jolla Handicap, closing from some 11 lengths back at the second call to finish fourth, 1¾ lengths behind the winner. Trainer Jeff Mullins puts Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith aboard and the gelding gets an extra sixteenth of a mile to close.

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10th RACE: 1. Ajac, 2. Oh Daddy Oh, 3. Missing Groom. LONG SHOT: Charisma Code.

AJAC finished third to AOTEAROA, who is running in a Cal-bred stakes on Monday. Big jockey switch here from Chantal Sutherland to Rafael Bejarano. Need we say more.

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11th RACE: 1. With a Miracle, 2. Flashy Dame, 3. Dolphin Shorts. LONG SHOT: Diocesan Policy.

Trainer Ron Ellis claimed this 5-year-old mare earlier in the meet and keeps her at the same level. She pressed the pace under jockey Victor Espinoza, who keeps the mount, and she should like the 7 furlongs.

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