Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Aug. 26

PREVIEW: Tough week handicapping. Horses I picked second come in to win and if you know me by now I don’t pick a lot of favorites. But have to keep on, keeping on.

FIRST RACE: 1. Real Big Deal, 2. Dream Police, 3. Que Chistoso. LONG SHOT: Sir Matador.
Apprentice Laura Werner didn’t go from the inside last time on Dream Police so it will be interesting to see what she does from the outside this time. Real Big Deal has apprentice Evin Roman aboard and he leads all Del Mar jockeys in wins on the dirt.

SECOND RACE: 1. It’s Not So Easy, 2. Mama’s Sugar, 3. Magical Lucy. LONG SHOT: Lady Cloud.

THIRD RACE: 1. G Q Covergirl, 2. Sheza Chattykat, 3. Late ‘n Left. LONG SHOT: Cash Prize.
Trainer Phil D’Amato leads the meet with 11 wins on the grass and really like both entries today (Newsman in the sixth is the other one).

FOURTH RACE: 1. True Royalty, 2. High Drama, 3. Saint Tropez. LONG SHOT: Curlin’s Journey.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Time for Cioppino, 2. Royal Bar, 3. Lucky Romano. LONG SHOT: Oh Man.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Newsman, 2. Oregon, 3. Conquest Typhoon. LONG SHOT: County Lineman.
Like I said before, I liked both of D’Amato’s horses today. This one like to finish second but this will be the third off the layoff abd good grass jockey Corey Nakatani keeps the mount.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Battle of Midway, 2. Klimt, 3. Gormley. LONG SHOT: Gato Del Oro.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kona Dreams, 2. Irish Goodbye, 3. Popyhowuspelcupcak. LONG SHOT: Tyler’s Tek.
This one got caught up in a speed duel last time and spit the bit in the stretch. Here’s hoping the jockey switch to Tiago Pereira does the trick. Tiago is 60 percent over the last year with trainer Bill Spawr.

NINTH RACE: 1. Calculator, 2. Silent Bird, 3. Kobe’s Back. LONG SHOT: Giant Expectations.
This running of the 7-furlong of the Pat O’Brien lost some of its lust when Danzing Candy suffered a fractured leg Friday morning and has been retired. Losing the 8-5 morning-line favorite means this race is wide open. I wouldn’t talk anyone off any horse in here.

10TH RACE: 1. BOLD PAPA (best bet), 2. Tatar, 3. Chidamac. LONG SHOT: Brahms Forest.

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Nakatani to return to riding with son as agent

Jockey Corey Naktani, who hasn’t ridden since April while contemplating retirement, is returning to ride, presumably before the end of the Del Mar Bing Crosby Season meet on Dec. 4.

Nakatani’s son, Matt, said Wednesday on Twitter that his father start will start taking mounts and that he would be his agent.

Corey Nakatani, 46, who has won 10 Breeders’ Cup races and nearly $228 million in purses lifetime, has been seen working horses in the mornings at Del Mar.

This year Nakatani had 27 winners — all at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., last winter — from 158 mounts and $1.4 million in earnings, but was frustrated by his lack of quality mounts and stepped away from the sport.

Nakatani has not been named on any mounts yet. Del Mar has drawn entries through Saturday.

The Thoroughbred Daily News first wrote the story of Nakatani’s return.

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Del Mar selections for Sunday, Nov. 29 (closing day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Diablo Caballero, 2. Cool Green, 3. Sundar Drums. LONG SHOT: Otto’s Echo.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #8 Intoxicating Move (4-1), 2. Vanlose Stairway, 3. With a Twist. LONG SHOT: Artistic Charm.

Tough to explain the last race by this mare, but it would appear she likes going around two turns better with three lifetime wins. She takes a drop in class for trainer for trainer Jack Carava and he goes with good turf rider Corey Nakatani.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Wise Tale, 2. Start a Runnin, 3. Purrin’ Proud. LONG SHOT: Fin de Semaine.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. It Is Living Water, 2. Thanksgiving Day, 3. Nahem. LONG SHOT: Bird E House.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Perfect Set, 2. Ike Walker, 3. Crucero. LONG SHOT: Gold Treasure.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #9 Rare Candy (15-1), 2. Dressed in Hermes, 3. Imperious One. LONG SHOT: Ninety One Assault.

This colt comes out of the Front Runner at Santa Anita. All he did was finish fouth behind the 1-2 finishers in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Nyquist and Swipe). It appears this 2-year-old likes grass better and Joe Talamo knows how to ride on the turf.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Lord Walton, 2. Hard Gale, 3. Hoffenheim. LONG SHOT: My Patate.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Olorda, 2. Filimbi, 3. Stellar Path. LONG SHOT: Curlin’s Fox.
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NINITH: 1. #6 RIM NICK (6-1) BEST BET, 2. Miner’s Light, 3. Agronomy. LONG SHOT: Trump Diesel.

It would be right to close out the meet with the leading jockey (Rafael Bejarano) and leading trainer (Doug O’Neill). This first-time starter is sired by J P’s Gusto, who gets 18% first-time winners. Plus this one seems to be training good over the track.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 4 (Roper $5.40, first race; Tulira Castle $3, second; Tribal Jewel $15, sixth; Dortmund $3.20, eighth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Path of David $7.60, third)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

 

   

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Del Mar selections for Friday, Nov. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Family Code, 2. Viviendo El Sueno, 3. Turn Your Eyes. LONG SHOT: Record Highs.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #3 Adriatic Son (20-1), 2. Second Proposal, 3. Oil. LONG SHOT: Too Fast to Pass.

Hasn’t raced in more than a year, but showed plenty of speed as a 3-year-old. There is a good work showing. Trainer Vann Belvoir is 3-for-8 in turf sprints and 21% with shippers. On top of that, jockey Corey Nakatani takes off another horse to ride this one.

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THIRD RACE: 1. #4 SECRET CHORDS (4-1) BEST BET, 2. Flowinwiththebreez, 3. Hayyouwaitforme. LONG SHOT: Bolt Up.

This 3-year-old filly drops into a maiden claimer for the first time after showing sheep in her first two races. If jockey Mario Gutierrez employs the same tactics here, he might be gone on this speed-favoring track.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Belle Et Bete, 2. Holograeme, 3. Moon Over Paris. LONG SHOT: Dreamologist.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Scatchmeifyoucan, 2. Ambrella, 3. Sayitright Kat. LONG SHOT: Flexible Ethics.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Miss Boom Boom, 2. Illuminant, 3. Barbara Beatrice. LONG SHOT: Dakota Kid.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. She’s a Warrior, 2. Old Hollywood, 3. Lunar Empress. LONG SHOT: Candy Boss.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Seek Again, 2. Bal a Bali, 3. Avanzare. LONG SHOT: Alert Bay.
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NINTH RACE: 1.  Ten Dollar Note, 2. Two Steps of Glory, 3. Knightwithputnam. LONG SHOT: Passionate Emotion.

Our Eyes: This 2-year-old finished second at 45-1 in her debut. She takes a drop in class and would appear to have the early pace advantage for trainer Felipe Souza and jockey Tiago Pereira.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Smooth Talker $5.20, fourth race; The Pizza Man $4.20, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Patriotic Diamond $3.40, sixth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 3 (Mended $9.80, first; Tiz a Classy Lass $6.40, fifth; Redneck Crazy $12, eighth)

Thursday’s long show winners: 1 (Gift of a Star $8.20, third)

 

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Del Mar selections for Sunday, Nov. 22 (Plus Gulfstream Park West) UPDATED

FIRST RACE: 1. Sunday Rules, 2. My Year Is a Day, 3. Home Journey. LONG SHOT: Velvet Mesquite.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #2 Formally Wild (6-1), 2. Ultimate Luck, 3. Monument. LONG SHOT: Half Dome Dude.

Doug O’Neill has been the hottest trainer on the grounds the last week and he drops this gelding down to the $8K level. O’Neill is 35% when he moves a horse down two or more class levels. This 4-year-old was favored last time out but encountered all kinds of trouble coming out of the gate.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Can Can Babe, 2. Golds Venice, 3. Chia Love. LONG SHOT: Ms. K J.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Unforgettable U, 2. Not too Shiny, 3. Minks Aprise. LONG SHOT: More Complexity.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. #1 Mountain Hero (5-1), 2. Classico, 3. Bullish On Steve. LONG SHOT: Gone With It.

This 2-year-old showed speed against tougher in his debut at Santa Anita. Trainer Mike Puype puts blinkers on and the gelding has been working well likely with the new equipment. On top of that Puype is 71% when dropping a horse two or more levels.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. West Coast Storm, 2. Handfull, 3. Kristinite. LONG SHOT: Individual Design.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #8 Stormy Liberal (8-1), 2. Hobbits Hero, 3. Perfectly Majestic. LONG SHOT: Drover Crazy.

Here’s that man again, trainer Doug O’Neill. This gelding won last time going down the hill at Santa Anita and he finished second on this turf course last year in a graded stakes. O’Neill is 23% second off a layoff of 180 days or more and he gets a top turf jockey in Corey Nakatani to ride.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. BIG MACHER (best bet), 2. Red Outlaw SCRATCHED, 3. Avanti Bello SCRATCHED. LONG SHOT: Forest Chatter. New picks: 1. BIG MACHER (BEST BET), 2. Richard’s Boy, 3. Forest Chatter. LONG SHOT: Raised a Secret.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Nikki’s Fine Time, 2. Taffeta, 3. Lottie. LONG SHOT: Nodiac.

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Gulfstream Park West

Race 5 : #11 Takeoff Your Hat (6-1)

Trainer Phil Serpe ships this filly down from New Jersey off a two-race winning streak. She comes out of a key race and Serpe is 50% (4-for-8) with horses looking to repeat a claiming victory.

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Race 7: #10 Havermeyer Street (4-1)

Trainer Michael Petro is 20% on the turf and this 3-year-old just missed last time out and that race has proven to be a key race. Jockey Edgard Zayas takes over and he’s 32% with Petro.

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Del Mar selections for Friday, Nov. 20

 

FIRST RACE: 1. Semper Fortis, 2. Weirdhaircut Seth, 3. Five Star Jack. LONG SHOT: Media Melee.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #6 Gotta Get Paid (6-1), 2. Classic Gent, 3. Bandido Too. LONG SHOT: Silvertron.

Trainer Robertino Diodoro ships this 3-year-old in from Canterbury and drops him in class. Diodoro is 26% with shippers and 28% with horses on the dirt. Tyler Baze jumps on and he is 25% with Diodoro.

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THIRD RACE: 1. #4 JOHN’S SUCCESS (4-1) BEST BET, 2. Lovenseek, 3. Trifecta. LONG SHOT: I’ll Play My Hand.

This 3-year-old must find a way to beat Lovenseek, but jockey Corey Nakatani will find a way like he does on this course. Trainer Doug O’Neill is 20% third off the layoff and the barn is hot right now.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. A Colt Following, 2. Ain’t Misbehavin, 3. Tiz Jolie. LONG SHOT: Ladies Man.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Fishel, 2. Dynamite Ride, 3. Gunslinger. LONG SHOT: Day in the Sun.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Frac Candy, 2. Go Long, 3. Derby Chatter. LONG SHOT:  Always Macho.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #9 No Comparison (4-1), 2. Sharaun, 3. Easter Fever. LONG SHOT: Cin City Lady.

Tough to explain the failure last time as the 3-5 favorite. Jockey Alonso Quinonez must know this filly wants to be up on the pace, unlike last time. Trainer Kenny Black is 26% with sprinters.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. A Lucky Carry, 2. Allsquare, 3. Casino Fever. LONG SHOT: Hurricaine Callie.

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Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 14 (Plus Gulfstream Park West)

FIRST RACE: 1. #8 Mal Verde (7-2), 2. Unusual Taste, 3. Home School. LONG SHOT: Buymeabond.

 Trainer Blaine Wright claimed this one off John Sadler and appears to be co-owner. Wright is 38% first off the claim and he’s 45% with jockey Tyler Baze.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Big Move, 2. Desert Thief, 3. Rockin Dorita. LONG SHOT: Q’Viva.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Take It Easyplease, 2. Geistreter, 3. Kiss My Face. LONG SHOT: City Beach.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Lily Pod, 2. Perdona, 3. Miss Gifted. LONG SHOT: Codacious.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Devil Rising, 2. No Ez Money, 3. Market Notes. LONG SHOT: Love de Car.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #9 Twosome (12-1), 2. Ya Ya Girl, 3. Art of War. LONG SHOT: Socialized.

Jockey Corey Nakatani, who is a whiz on this turf course, decides to ride this filly back after a sixth-place effort. He must think she has some talent the Nakatani is 21% at Del Mar with trainer Eric Kruljac, who is 47% with second-time turfers.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. #2 Big Tire (12-1), 2. Brimstoned, 3. Rockport Kat. LONG SHOT: The Gomper.
 “Eikleberry off” has become a play recently as the jockey isn’t riding locally anymore and a couple of bombs have come in over the last week with new jockeys aboard. Such is the case here as Santiago Gonzalez jumps back on for trainer Mark Glatt and they are a 23% combination.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Mac Daddy Mac, 2. On Fire, 3. Dr. Dorr. LONG SHOT: Jury.
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NINTH RACE: 1. #13 BASINCA (5-2) (BEST BET), 2.Drefong, 3. Eric the Trojan. LONG SHOT: Blue Navy Blue.

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Gulfstream Park West

Race 4 – GPW

#5 Never Give In (8-1): This gelding faced winners for the first time in his last race and finished third. Trainer Kathleen O’Connell is 20% with sprinters and she stretches this one out to 7 furlongs.

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Race 6 – GPW               

#5 Expect Some Dreams (20-1): This 2-year-old filly finished third at this level at 7-1 for trainer Jane Cibelli, cuts back in distance and gains services of Antonio Gallardo, the Tampa riding champ. I just don’t get this morning-line.

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Race 9 – GPW

#6 Paddy O’Wagon (turf only) (7-2): The son of Paddy O’Prado, this 2-year-old makes his South Florida debut off a couple of decent races at Laurel and Monmouth Park. Trainer Jane Cibelli and jockey Antonio Gallardo team up again and they are 30% together.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Athens $3.60, first race; Juansagain $3.80, second; Blue Anchor $5.40, third)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (My Silver Cat $12, eighth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Sturdy One $6.40, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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