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Del Mar selections for Saturday, Nov. 18

FIRST RACE: 1. Little Juanito, 2. Cats Blame, 3. Uncle Billy. LONG SHOT: New Dancer.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Pundy, 2. Burn Me Twice, 3. Red Carpet Cat. LONG SHOT: Big League.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Lucky Stash, 2. Artistic Ministry, 3. Helen’s Tiger. LONG SHOT: Kiss of Dahpespe.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Infuriated Gary, 2. Dos Palos, 3. Hardboot. LONG SHOT: Minister’s Glory.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ms Bad Behavior, 2. Midnight Bisou, 3. Dream Tree. LONG SHOT: Secret Spice.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Bowie, 2. Painting Corners, 3. Zero Zee. LONG SHOT: Little Voice.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Go On Mary, 2. Christy Jackson, 3. Little Nati. LONG SHOT: Reckless Charm.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. South Americain, 2. Hootie, 3. Radio Silence. LONG SHOT: Buckys Pick.
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NINTH RACE: 1. BRADDOCK (best bet), 2. Make It a Triple, 3. Gentrified. LONG SHOT: My Man Chuckles.

Good luck.

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Del Mar selections for Friday, Nov. 17

Preview: I really don’t like this card that much which probably means there will be a ton of bombs. Better cards over the weekend.

FIRST RACE: 1. Little Scotty, 2. Kristi’s Copilot, 3. Cafe Flavor. LONG SHOT: Lucky J Lane.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Glamsquad, 2. Forbidden Command, 3. Optimistic Outcome. LONG SHOT: Veronica Bay.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Mercer Island, 2. It’s The Ice, 3. Bill Big. LONG SHOT: Bow and Arrow.
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FOURTH: 1. Gem of a Marina, 2. Get Yourself Home, 3. Hailey Rachele. LONG SHOT: Topaz Time.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Candy Swirls, 2. Tink’s Twirl, 3. Midnight Swinger. LONG SHOT: Lady Ninja.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Davka, 2. On the Right, 3. Powerful Thirst. LONG SHOT: Touchdown U S C
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. BEAU SQUARE (best bet), 2. Desert Madam, 3. Batiquitos. LONG SHOT: Candy Ruler.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Captain Walker, 2. Beloved Holiday, 3. Taste’s Legend. LONG SHOT: Eighty and Sunny.

Good luck.

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Del Mar picks for Friday, Nov. 3 (Breeders’ Cup, Day 1)

Preview: The Breeders’ Cup is finally here with four races Friday and nine more on Saturday. The main track has played to speed sp far so keep that in mind. Of course, that can change overnight, but cooler weather usually means a tighter, faster track. The turf course will have the rails set to zero finally so closers should have a fair shot.

FIRST RACE: 1. Good Bye Greg, 2. Mr. Hinx, 3. Kobe’s Back. LONG SHOT: Leading Score.

SECOND RACE: 1. Soglio, 2. Cheekaboomboom, 3. Record Highs. LONG SHOT: Ritzy A.P.

THIRD RACE: 1. Mesa Sky, 2. Donworth, 3. Dabster. LONG SHOT: Prime Issue.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Family Girl, 2. Ismelucky, 2. Spiced Perfection. LONG SHOT: Smiling Tigress.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Hard Aces, 2. Destin, 3. Archanova. LONG SHOT: Estrechade.

SIXTH RACE (BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES): 1. Happily, 2. Rushing Fall, 3. Fatale Bere, 4. Significant Form. LONG SHOT: Capla Temptress.
I leaned heavily to the Europeans in this race and don’t be afraid to play a few long shots. Horses on the outside are going to have a real hard time in this race so beware. HAPPILY draws the No. 2 post and is super Euro trainer Aidan O’Brien’s barn.RUSHING FALL looks like the best American, but will go from post No. 11.

SEVENTH RACE (BC DIRT MILE): 1. Sharp Azteca, 2. Cupid, 3. Mor Spirit, 4. Iron Fist. LONG SHOT” Battle of Midway.
This is one of best bets on the card in SHARP AZTECA, which comes from the Jorge Navarro barn. Paco Lopez rides and he’s 41% with Navarro. CUPID and MOR SPIRIT come from the Bob Baffert barn. Cupid finished fourth in the Awesome Again at Santa Anita and this will be his third off the layoff. I have no idea what to do with Mor Spirit. Baffert said this summer he was training so poorly at Del Mar that he stopped on him and waited for the Santa Anita track to open up so he hasn’t been in a race since his sensational Met Mile win at Belmont Park.

EIGHTH RACE (BC JUVENILE TURF): 1. Masar, 2. Mendelssohn, 3. Beckford, 4. Snapper Sinclair. LONG SHOT: Sand of Mail.
Selfishly I’d like to see the Jeff Bloom-owned SNAPPER SINCLAIR, but I just don’t know if he’s good enough to beat the Euros. MASAR is from the Charles Appleby barn and he wouldn’t ship from Europe unless he thought he had a good shot at winning. MENDELSSOHN is from the O’Brien camp so enough said there. BECKFORD is from Europe, too, and might appreciate the firmer turf.

NINTH RACE: (BC DISTAFF): 1. ELATE (best bet), 2. Stellar Wind, 3. Forever Unbridled, 4. Paradise Woods. LONG SHOT: Champagne Room.
This is the 3-year-old fillies vs. the older fillies/mares. Elate, a 3-year-old, came into her own last time in winning the Beldame at Belmont Park against older. Trainer Bill Mott has stated that she appears to love the Del Mar surface in the morning. That’s good enough for me. Stellar Wind’s trainer, John Sadler, is 0-for-39 in the Breeders Cup. I hope he breaks through, but just not sure off a long layoff. I’d rather go with the now horse.

10TH RACE: 1. Belvoir Bay, 2. Firsthand Report, 3. So Sweetitiz. LONG SHOT: Instant Reflex.

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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Del Mar opinions for Monday, Sept. 4 (closing day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Jump the Tracks, 2. General Interest, 3. Campaigner. LONG SHOT: Unbridled Ethos.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Ucanthankmelater, 2. Freddies Dream, 3. Awesome Return. LONG SHOT: Accelerant.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Papa Papa Papa, 2. Unreal Deal, 3. Rocket Heat. LONG SHOT: Batti Man.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Hopefully, 2. Meiji, 3. Pretty Owl. LONG SHOT: So I Sang.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Fantastic Chloe, 2. Retro, 3. Super Good. LONG SHOT: Encinitas.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Vai, 2. Noted and Quoted, 3. Miss Sunset. LONG SHOT: Bitzka.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. JEREMY’S LEGACY (best bet), 2. How Unusual, 3. Starlite Style. LONG SHOT: Kathy’s Song.

Jockey Gary Stevens rode four different horses that are entered in this race and he chooses Jeremy’s Legacy. That says a lot to me so I will stick with the Hall of Famer.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Fleetwood, 2. Tatters to Riches, 3. Run Away. LONG SHOT: Master Ruler.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Dawn Traveller, 2. Camino Song, 3. Klosters. LONG SHOT: Multiplayer.
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10TH RACE: 1. Big League, 2. Prime Issue, 3. Touching Rainbows.

Just a note: I will be taking Los Alamitos off. So have fun.

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Sept. 3

FIRST RACE: 1. KAFISTER (best bet), 2. Logan’s Moon, 3. Best Two Minutes. LONG SHOT: Kaabraaj.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Highly Acclaimed, 2. Jet Set Man, 3. Chief Hosa. LONG SHOT: Rim Ditch.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Mac McLovin, 2. Come On In, 3. Royal Trump. LONG SHOT: Mr. Fullerton.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Next Speaker, 2. Native Treasure, 3. Cherubim. LONG SHOT: Fueled by Bourbon.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Linburgh’s Kitten, 2. Armour Plate, 3. Take the One O One. LONG SHOT: Big Buzz.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Thirteen Squared, 2. She’s Funny, 3. Ms Bad Behavior. LONG SHOT: Alluring Star.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. It’s The Ice, 2. Senator Robert, 3. Got Even. LONG SHOT: The Lieutenant.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Big Score, 2. Bowies Hero, 3. Sharp Samurai. LONG SHOT: Fashion Business.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Excavtion, 2. Dukes Up, 3. Desert General. LONG SHOT: Go Ghetto.
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10TH RACE: 1. Bitter Ring Home, 2. Pali High, 3. Kylemore. LONG SHOT: Dignitaire.

Good luck

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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Del Mar opinions for Friday, Aug. 25 (First post 3:30 p.m.)

FIRST RACE: 1. SLY HUMOR (BEST BET), 2. She’sluckythatway, 3. Irish Dame. LONG SHOT: Glorious Venezuela.

SECOND RACE: 1. Tiz Adore, 2. Miss Boom Boom, 3. Space Cadet. LONG SHOT: Mint Julep Taffy.

THIRD RACE: 1. Bank Walker, 2. Ayacara, 3. Longden. LONG SHOT: Taranis.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Rye Patch, 2. Burger and Fries, 3. Indygo Bo. LONG SHOT: Malko.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Camino de Estrella, 2. Borg, 3. Thorpe d’Oro. LONG SHOT: Union Rebel.

SIXTH RACE: 1. Cafe Flavor, 2. Il Segreto, 3. Unapologetic. LONG SHOT: Uber Star.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Faithfully, 2. Chalon, 3. Motown Lady. LONG SHOT: Mended.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Fly as a Falcon, 2. Boss Move, 3. Dream of Eagles. LONG SHOT: West Princess.

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Aug. 20

Preview: Well, the Pacific Classic is over. Bring on the Breeders’ Cup. It’s obvious Arrogate doesn’t like the Del Mar surface but he ran a gutsy race and jockey Mike Smith had him finishing at the end. The deal here is that the Del Mar surface is softer this year due to the rash of fatalities last year. Also the track sped up this week. Coincidence? I’ll let others debate. The real issue is what will it be like in November. It seems to me with cooler weather the track will be tighter. I enjoy all the Gun Runner lovers saying Arrogate is ripe for the taking. The bigger question is will Gun Runner like the Del Mar track? We know Collected does. He’s 7 for 7 on dry dirt tracks. Let that sink in for a minute. It will be interesting in November.

FIRST RACE: 1. Bona Fide Image, 2. Flower Heart Deer, 3. Justice Rules. LONG SHOT: Sea Code.

SECOND RACE: 1. Burn Me Twice, 2. Aristocratic, 3. One I’m Running To. LONG SHOT: Regal Born.

THIRD RACE: 1. Tommy Grossman, 2. Caray, 3. Hawks Peak. LONG SHOT: Spend It.
Tommy Grossman gets a huge jock switch to Evin Roman and trainer Mike Chambers is 30 percent third off the layoff. Caray was claimed by Gary Stute, who is 26% first time off the claim.

FOURTH RACE: 1. Literary Critic, 2. Scandal, 3. Eternal Endeavour. LONG SHOT: Miz Tianjin.

FIFTH RACE: 1. All of a Sudden, 2. Dreamy Gal, 3. Candy Ruler. LONG SHOT: Papercoversrock.

SIXTH RACE: 1. My Man Chuckles, 2. Kenzou’s Rhythm, 3. Van Cortlandt. LONG SHOT: Sutton Impact.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Pleasant as Pie, 2. Classy Tune, 3. Plane Lucky. LONG SHOT: Sandy’s Surprise.

EIGHTH RACE: 1. Vyjack, 2. Om, 3. Midnight Storm. LONG SHOT: Le Ken.

NINTH RACE: 1. Jungle Warfare, 2. St Patrick’s Day, 3. Zatter. LONG SHOT: Salsa King.

10TH RACE: 1. BROOKS HOUSE (BEST BET), 2. Arethusa, 3. Bombilate. LONG SHOT: La Force.
Trainer Victoria Oliver, who is based in Kentucky, finally shows up in the Del Mar entries. When she comes West, she is usually loaded. In the last three years, Oliver has started 23 horses at Del Mar with six wins, averaging $19 per winner. In the 10th race, Brooks House (15-1) comes in. She finished second over this course in the past and this is too good a price to pass up with excellent turf jockey Drayden Van Dyke in the irons.

Good luck.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

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