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Del Mar selections for Saturday, Aug. 2 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Pimpernel, 2. Songa, 3. Giant Ego. LONG SHOT: Ankeny Hill.

Remember no turf racing until next Saturday at Del Mar.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Mavericks Gun, 2. Our Minesweeper, 3. Half Dome Dude. LONG SHOT: Muchos Besos.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Durango Flier, 2. Ashleyluvssugar, 3. Deraptor. LONG SHOT: Know Plans.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Loufoque, 2. Penny Sixpence (SCRATCHED), 3. Nighttiming. LONG SHOT: Katy’s Plum. NEW PICKS: 1. Loufoque, 2. Nighttiming, 3. Katy’s Plum. LONG SHOT: Cravin’ the Heat.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Sandy’s Song (best bet), 2. Ritzy Tags, 3. Call to Congrats. LONG SHOT: Don’t Blame Me.

Trainer Cody Autrey is nearly 50% with first-time starters and here he has SANDY’S SONG (10-1), a 2-year-old filly by First Samurai. She has a couple of decent works and Autrey gets the red-hot Kent Desormeaux for the ride.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Tiz Midnight, 2. Fleet of Gold, 3. Front Range. LONG SHOT: Downton My Lady.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Skip Tony, 2. Pepper Sweet, 3. Crusher. LONG SHOT: Benba.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Iotapa, 2. Fiftyshadesofhay, 3. Parranda. LONG SHOT: Broken Sword.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Knuckle Curve (SCRATCHED), 2. Turnover, 3. Conscience. LONG SHOT: Another Rucker. NEW PICKS: 1. Turnover, 2. Conscience, 3. Prontezzo. LONG SHOT: Another Rucker.

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10TH RACE: 1. Gold Medallion, 2. Big Wags, 3. God of War. LONG SHOT: Dr Williams.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Jade With Envy $4.40, sixth race; Red Outlaw $13.20, seventh; Jimmy’s Date $7.20, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Exclusive Girl $9.20, first; Chippette $7.60, fifth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Storm the Heavens $10.40, third)

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Santa Anita selections for Thursday, June 26

Heading into the final week of the new Santa Anita spring/summer meet, beware of a couple things:

Peter Miller might be pulling out all stops to win the training title as he trails Doug O’Neill by three, 25-22, going into the final four days of racing.

Also, with no turf racing at Los Alamitos the next two weeks, you might see trainers put horses in grass races as a prep for Del Mar, which begins on July 17.

The same is true with trainers in other races.

Del Mar’s new “Ship N Win” program allows out-of-state horses a prep during the last three weeks of Santa Anita or the two weeks at Los Alamitos before they make their first start at Del Mar and still allow them to cash the $1,000 starting gate fee and 33.3% purse bonus.

Trainers like Cody Autrey and Molly Pearson have already started horses like that and so have the likes of Miller and John Sadler.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Mel’s Game, 2. Dr Williams, 3. Two Is to Many. LONG SHOT: Cook Inlet.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Missing Groom, 2. Yard Line, 3. Sing With Bling. LONG SHOT: Gold Chaser.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Customer Base, 2. Plaza de Indias, 3. Charlie Em. LONG SHOT: Phonybooksnrecords.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sweet Mz. Poppet (best bet), 2. Tribal Express, 3. Soul Flyer. LONG SHOT: Fab Four Ever.

SWEET MZ. POPPET ran a good second place first time out and has had two months off to grow. The daughter of Old Topper must be doing well as she has two bullet works on her tab. Jockey Agapito Delgadillo should be able to stalk from the outside post for owner/trainer George L. Lopez.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Surfer Moon, 2. Cernobbio, 3. Pyrotechnics. LONG SHOT: Stolen Property.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Sunday Rules, 2. Majestic Jewel, 3. Courageous Call. LONG SHOT: Sweet Factory.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Happybirthdaybaby, 2. Rhodium, 3. Heat Du Jour. LONG SHOT: Always a Chance.

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EIGHT RACE: 1. Philanderer, 2. Juansagain, 3. Midnight Roar. LONG SHOT: Alsace.

Trainer Karen Headley drops PHILANDERER, a son of Perfect Mandate, to the bottom of the maiden claiming ranks off a debut in which he pressed the pace for three furlongs before tiring. Headley shows positive marks in second starts and the maiden claiming ranks plus speed jockey Edwin Maldonado sticks around.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (Sunset Skies $5.20, third race; Nikki Allyn $3.60, fourth; Queen of The Sand $7.80, fifth; Enchanting Lady $4.60, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 0

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Stand by Your Man $7.20, first; Senator Bob $13.80, second)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Hollywood Producer $4.40, sixth)

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Del Mar: Casse coming from Woodbine

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club spent the last week talking to horsemen about coming to its annual summer meeting, looking to beef up a horse population that shrinks yearly. The efforts are working.

Woodbine trainer Mark Casse recently told Del Mar officials he will bring 30 to 40 horses this year for the first time. In Hot Springs, Ark., trainer Cody Autrey told Del Mar he will be back and hopefully earlier like during the the Los Alamitos meet.

Del Mar officials then moved on to Lexington, Ky., and the Keeneland meet to tell more horsemen about the third year of the “Ship N Win” program which gives horses a starting gate and purse bonus in their initial start of the meeting as long as their last start was out of state.

The big get is Casse, who started Delegation in last year’s Pacific Classic.

“He came close to coming last year,” said Tom Robbins, executive vice president/racing. “He was all set and then they had a virus outbreak and there was no movement into the United States. We’re excited. We have our fingers crossed.”

“That’s the plan,” said Casse on last week’s NTRA teleconference. “I’ve been in communications with Del Mar.  I’ve cleared it with my owners and the plan is currently to bring probably between 30 and 40 horses to Del Mar, and then probably stay there maybe for who knows how long; a long time.”

The key with Casse is that he has a lot of allowance horses, which will help increase the quality of Del Mar’s races.

“He liked what he saw last year, and he has California owners,” said Robbins, “but the key is he’s planning on staying beyond our meet and that’s good for the industry.”

Casse won nine races and $368,653 from 84 starters this winter at Gulfstream Park. In the first week of the Keeneland meet, he has a 27-5-3-5 record with earnings of $305,312 and during the first weekend of racing at Woodbine (in Toronto) Casse was 7-2-1-1, earning $86,193.

Another key to the Casse move is that Keeneland and Woodbine have Polytracks, a similar surface which will be making its swan song at the seaside oval this summer before being replaced by dirt next year.

Jockey Luis Contreras rides many of Casse’s top horses at Woodbine and rode Delegation (poorly, I might say) in last year’s Pacific Classic, but don’t expect him to come to Del Mar as the barn rider.

“No, I don’t think so,” said Casse.  “You know, Luis does really well at Woodbine.  It would be kind of crazy for him to come out there.  I don’t know who.  Somebody may come with me.  I mean there’s plenty of good riders in California.  I don’t think I really have to bring anybody.  You know, (Hall of Fame jockey) Mike Smith and we go back probably 25 or 30 years, and so there are a lot of good riders.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

“So far we’ve been very lucky recently at Keeneland with Stewart Elliott, and, you know, we’ll just have to see how things are going. I like the way he rides, and him and I have a good relationship, but we may or may not bring somebody.  That just remains to be seen.  But like I said, I’m not concerned.  There’s a lot of good riders in California.”

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Queen of the Hill $5.20, third; Cat Burglar $5.20, fifth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Kid Rollins $7, ninth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Stormy Lucy $5.40, fourth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Remind Mee $8.40, seventh)

Note: Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Saturday/Sunday for the close of the winter/spring meet. There will be mandatory Pick 6 and Super High 5 payouts on Sunday. The spring/summer meet opens Friday, April 24.)

 

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Updated Del Mar picks for Saturday, Aug. 3

All everyone will be talking about today is the Pick 6 carryover of more than $619,000, and rightly so, but we’ll try to get you some money to bet before the pool that is likely to be more than $3 million.

FIRST RACE: 1. Tanzanite Cat, 2. Hold Everything, 3. Rum Point. LONG SHOT: Knock Em Flat.

TANZANITE CAT is veteran jockey Patrick Valenzuela’s first mount of 2013 following a retirement and knee surgery. TANZANITE CAT was training with Guns Loaded, who is scheduled to run in Sunday’s Best Pal Stakes, so trainer Cody Autrey knows how to get a first-timer ready. Watch out for KNOCK EM FLAT, who is trained by Jeff Mullins. Mullins scored in Friday’s eighth race with a second time starter to set up the carryover and we get a similar move here. To add fuel to the fire, KNOCK EM FLAT has a pair of big works over the Polytrack.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Big Wags, 2. Forever Freedom, 3. East Sky. LONG SHOT: Golden Mexico.

Trainer Bill Spawr is off to a slow start, but he is due to turn it around. He is 27 percent first off the claim and that’s what BIG WAGS is here.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Truelee Scrappin, 2. Amazing Hearted, 3. Bank the Eight. LONG SHOT: Dress Code.

Trainer Mike Mitchell is another one good first off the claimed, which he did with TRUELEE SCRAPPIN at Hollywood Park. The 5-year-old horse has won 3-of-6 at the distance.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. PULLA TRAIN, 2. Top Marquee, 3. Bro’s Bro. LONG SHOT: Dreamofatticus.

PULLA TRAIN got off to a slow start in his debut July 17 at Del mar. He finished a respectable third and trainer Eric Kruljac does better with second-time starters. First-timer TOP MARQUEE is by In Excess and could be live.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Mega Heat, 2. Rousing Sermon, 3. You Know I Know. LONG SHOT: Holding Glory.

OK, here we start the Pick 6 sequence here. MEGA HEAT has tactical speed and has two wins in three tries over the Del Mar Polytrack. A big effort by ROUSING SERMON could put him in the Pacific Classic. YOU KNOW I KNOW is from the John Sadler barn while long shot HOLDING GLORY has been training well for his U.S. debut and trainer A.C. Avila has been known to try and put one over.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Upward Spiral, 2. Warren’s Flasher, 3. Heart Stealer. LONG SHOT: Prettypriceygirl.

UPWARD SPIRAL was suppose to have some talent after coming over from Europe last year for the Breeders’ Cup, but she has yet to find her footing yet. Trainer Simon Callaghan tries her going two turns on the turf. We’re betting jockey Victor Espinoza tries going to the front with the addition of blinkers. WARREN’S FLASHER just beat Cal breds at this level and jockey Rafael Bejarano keeps the mount. HEART STEALER has speed, but it will be tough from the outside post.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Swissarella, 2. Feature Attraction, 3. Eddies Curl. LONG SHOT: Miss Loujean.

The inside posts have been good on the Polytrack and SWISSARELLA, trained by Patricia Harrington, comes out of the No. 1 post for Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. FEATURE ATTRACTION, trained by Mike Harrington (yes, they are related), is by good first out sire Roman Ruler. EDDIES CURL just finished second in the CTBA Stakes and is the likely favorite.

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EIGHTH RACE (Clement L. Hirsch): 1. Include Me Out, 2. Lady of Fifty, 3. More Chocolate. LONG SHOT: Sisterhood.

INCLUDE ME OUT is the defending champ of this race and has a bullet work over the track to show she’s ready, but the outside draw might pose a bit of a problem.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Blue Collar Boy, 2. Eyesablazin, 3. Just Irish. LONG SHOT: Changing Karma.

BLUE COLLAR BOY is first off the claim for Peter Eurton and he has a good maintenance work over the track since a seventh-place finish opening week. EYESABLAZIN is looking for his first win on the Polytrack.

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10th RACE: 1. Christopher Street, 2. Ethnic Dance, 3. Pulpit’s Express. LONG SHOT: Turn On the Pumps.

CHRISTOPHER STREET was fifth in his comeback race and should be fitter in this spot. He draws the inside and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith stays aboard. Don’t forget TURN ON THE PUMPS was trained by Carla Gaines until her suspension began on Thursday so the chances are good this 5-year-old gelding is ready to run.

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Del Mar picks for Wednesday, July 24

Since all anyone cares about is the Pick 6 carryover, we’ll skip the commentary on the first two races, but watch those races very carefully before putting in your Pick 6 ticket. There was a definite inside speed bias last week. However, if the weather warms up today look for the rally wide types to regain the upper hand.

FIRST RACE: 1. Cotton’s Point, 2. Sophie’s Secret, 3. Cravin’ the Heat. LONG SHOT: Miracle Merger.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Captain Corrigan, 2. Penny Maker, 3. Change of Plan. LONG SHOT: El Sabios.

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THIRD RACE: 1. TAELYNS PRINCE (best bet), 2. Station House, 3. Sunny Kat. LONG SHOT: Settheworldonfire.

The 2-year-olds hit the turf going around two turns for the first time in Southern California. There aren’t enough of these races. TAELYNS PRINCE is by English Channel and finished a good second first time out. He is bred to love the distance. STATION HOUSE is a first-timer from the Richard Mandella barn, which has scored in the past with this move. SUNNY KAT is by Kitten’s Joy and we know the Joys all love the turf, but the post is a problem here. SETTHEWORLDONFIRE and BE YOU are long shots to consider.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Iron Joe T, 2. Bev N Bud, 3. King Bill. LONG SHOT: Jim’s No Preacher.

IRON JOE T is dropping off the claim for Cody Autrey, who has already won three races at the meet after poor performances the last two years. Autrey and jockey Joe Talamo have finished first or second in four of their last five collaborations. BEV N BUD has a win over the Polytrack abd comes out of a key race. KING BILL drops for trainer Doug O’Neill who has gotten off to a slow start. JIM’S NO PREACHER comes in from New Mexico for red-hot trainer Pete Miller, who scored with this angle last week.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ryleigh Ruler, 2. Sweet G, 3. Monstro Ness. LONG SHOT: Yvons Dixie Melody.

Tough race. If you can figure out who will have the lead going into the turn, you might have the winner. RYLEIGH RULER is by Roman Ruler, who is an early-win sire and his offspring like the Polytrack. I’m taking a wild swing here because trainer Roberto Diodoro is 0-for-5 with first-time starters at Del Mar. SWEET G drops in class off a trouble trip and might go better under Long Star Park apprentice Sigala. MONSTRO NESS showed speed in his debut, but must clear the field from the outside post.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Bella Viaggia, 2. Ondine, 3. Sweet Lulu. LONG SHOT: Ticket to Broadway.

BELLA VIAGGIA was a perfect 2-for-2 over the Del Mar Poly last year and comes off a win in her 2013 debut. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps off undefeated SWEET LULU to ride ONDINE for trainer Bob Baffert. TICKET TO BROADWAY is part of that Miller/New Mexico connection.

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SEVENTH RACE (The Wickerr): 1. Corporate Jungle, 2. My Best Brother, 3. Indy Point. LONG SHOT: Hudson Landing.

Trainer Tom Proctor came through for us on Sunday with Wishing Gate and he tries here again with CORPORATE JUNGLE. The 5-year-old loves this distance and just missed winning in his 2013 debut at Arlington Park. MY BEST BROTHER won the Del Mar Derby here last summer and makes his first start of 2013. INDY POINT drops out of a key Grade I race in Argentina, but trainer Richard Mandella is 0-for-4 with first-time North American starters. HUDSON LANDING has two wins over the course, but this is a way tougher spot.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Indycott, 2. Will He Amaze, 3. Tuckers Point. LONG SHOT: Rocabar.

INDYCOTT is dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time for Mandella, who hits 38% with this move. This son of A.P. Indy is bred to run all day, but seems strange for Mandella to give up on one like this so soon. I know some people think this is a single in the Pick 6, but not for me. WILL HE AMAZE is also dropping into a MC for the first time and has had trouble at the start in both of his starts. TUCKERS POINT just missed at this level for Talamo and Autrey, but the post is a bit on an issue here. ROCABAR is by Pulpit and drops in class.

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