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Del Mar recap for 2019 summer season

In a recap of the Del Mar, I really wasn’t happy with my handicapping. Too many favorites won at the meet and as a friend told me, “If favorites are winning you and I aren’t doing well because we don’t pick favorites.”

The last two days of the meet were sort of indictative of how things went for me. I had five horse I picked second on Sunday win. On Monday, I had six horses I picked second or third win. So maybe my handicapping wasn’t all that bad, but maybe my picking was.
I just don’t think people want you to pick horses that, are going to be even money or less. They can find those horses all day long and if I picked favorites I would have a higher win percentage but my average per winner would be lower.
As many of you know I handicap for the San Diego Union-Tribune and my average winner was higher than Mike Superstein (who never met a favorite he didn’t like) and Jon Lindo, but they both picked way more winners.
Of course, I didn’t have one of my tools this meet, a computer program I use because my computer was stolen before the meet and I haven’t been able to buy a new one. Hopefully, have a new one shortly.
I think the thing that disappointed me the most was I didn’t identify enough long shots. I did a poor job of that this meet. Live and learn.
Jockey’s race
Flavien Prat won the title easily (42-32 over Drayden Van Dyke) but the top two didn’t give an inch the final week of the meet. Prat was 32-8-2-3 and Van Dyke was 30-8-9-4. Van Dyke ended up with the most runner-up finishes at the meet with 29 so maybe the race was closer than we thought.
Rafael Bejarano didn’t win a race the final three weeks of the meet and was 0 for 29 the last six days.
Training title
Doug O’Neill was 6 for 27 the final week and beat Peter Miller by three, 24-21. Some thought Miller might tank the final week but he was 20-5-5-2.
Bob Hess Jr. had a bad finaly six days with a 12-1-4-1 mark as did Brian Koriner 8-0-0-1.
MONDAY’S RESULTS
Top choice winners: 1 (Zee Drop $7.60, 10th race)
Second choice winners: 2 (Magic at Midnight $2.40, first; Ronald R $11.60, fourth)
Third choice winners: 4 (Miss Megan $5.40, third; Senditlikechilly $4.60, fifth; Mandy $5, seventh; Guitty $5.60, eighth)
Long shot winners: 1 (Yesterdayoncemore $24, sixth)
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Del Mar opinions for Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day, closing day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Shanghai Truffles, 2. Magic At Midnight, 3. Tequila Sunrise, 4. Smiling Rose. LONG SHOT: Diamond of Value.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Be a Shero, 2. La Shirimp, 3. Cellar Door, 4. Mucho Macho Woman. LONG SHOT: Apples Arch.
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THIRD RACE: 1.Sothalis, 2. Remember to Smile, 3. Miss Megan. LONG SHOT: Twirling Diamond.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. The Hunted, 2. Ronald R, 3. Starting Bloc. LONG SHOT: Ultimate Bango.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Saddle Bar, 2. Passing, 3. Senditlikechilly. LONG SHOT: Gobsmack.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Applecross, 2. Shedaresthedevil, 3. Croughavouke. LONG SHOT: Yesterdayoncemore.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Big Time Grammy, 2. Traffic Stopper, 3. Mandy, 4. Sofi’s Gold. LONG SHOT: Wicked Fresh.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Convincingly, 2. Antigone, 3. Guitty. LONG SHOT: Lookintogeteven.
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NINTH RACE: 1. GARTH (best bet), 2. Eight Rings, 3. Wrecking Crew, 4. Storm the Court. LONG SHOT: Fore Left.
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10TH RACE: 1. Zee Drop, 2. Pakhet, 3. Der Lu, 4. Khairiya. LONG SHOT: Italia.

Good luck and thanks for reading.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 0

Second choice winners: 5 (Encoder $3.20, third race; Kylemore $5, fourth; Quality Response $12, eighth; Nolde $15.20, ninth; Mainframe $3.20)

Third choice winners: 2 (El Tigre Terrible $6.60, first; Foray $8.60, seventh)

Long shot winners: 1 (War Beast $19.40, fifth)

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Top choice winners: 2 (American Theorem $6.40, eighth race; Bast $7.60, ninth)
Second choice winners: 1 (Vasilika $4, seventh)
Third choice winners: 3 (Spokane Eagle $5.80, first; Outlaw $3.80, fourth; Jamming Eddy $8.40, 10th)
Long shot winners: 0
FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Top choice winners: 1 (Incredily Lucky $4.60, second race)
Second choice winners: 0
Third choice winners: 2 (Chosen Vessel $9, first; Georgian Road $5.20, seventh)
Long shot winners: 1 (Super Patriot $21.60, fifth)
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Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Sept. 1 (UPDATED)

FIRST RACE: 1. Little Cents, 2. I Want One, 3. El Tigre Terrible. LONG SHOT: Eye on Tiger (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Roses for Laura.
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SECOND RACE: 1. My Way Out, 2. Peedie (SCRATCHED) new horse: Blue Skye Jade, 3. Mad At Money. LONG SHOT: Midnight Bandit.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Ardenlee Star, 2. Encoder, 3. Billy Batts. LONG SHOT: Croughavouke (SCATCHED) new long shot: Raging Whiskey.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Arch Anthem, 3. Kylemore, 3. Vintage Hollywood, 4. Wilshire Dude. LONG SHOT: Satori.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Drasario, 2. K P Indy, 3. Cool Runnings, 4. Eddy Forever, LONG SHOT: War Beast.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Time for Suzzie, 2. Shes All Woman, 3. Super Klaus (SCRATCHED) new horse: Nomizar. LONG SHOT: Marrazano.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. DOUBLE TOUCH (best bet), 2. Offshore, 3. Foray, 4. Wound Tight. LONG SHOT: Tizzarunner.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Scarlet Lips, 2. Quality Response, 3. A G Indy, 4. Matera. LONG SHOT: I’m the Hero.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Neptune’s Storm, 2. Nolde, 3. Nolo Contesto. LONG SHOT: Moody Jim.
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10TH RACE: 1. Temple Bar, 2. Mainframe Judy, 3. Absolute Weapon, 4. Itsthattime. LONG SHOT: Matson.

Good luck.

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Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Aug. 31

FIRST RACE: 1. Restless Rambles, 2. Distinctive B, 3. Spokane Eagle. LONG SHOT: Pure Comedy.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Justinian, 2. Da Kine, 3. Peytons Path. LONG SHOT: Lord Adare.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Velvet Queen, 2. Miss Hot Legs, 3. Mischiffie. LONG SHOT: Encanta.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Lagoon Macaroon, 2. I Belong to Becky, 3. Outlaw. LONG SHOT: Suances Secret.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Eagle Song, 2. Gum Tree Lane, 3. Red Island, 4. Crystal Tribe. LONG SHOT: Soberano.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Severin, 2. An American Jet, 3. Suite Alonso. LONG SHOT: Midnight in Maui.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Juliet Foxtrot, 2. Vasilika, 3. Toinette, 4. Ahimsa. LONG SHOT: Meal Ticket.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. American Theorem, 2. Backshot, 3. Honor Among Men, 4. Hydrogen. LONG SHOT: Thunder Code.
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NINTH RACE: 1. BAST (best bet), 2. Inspiressa, 3. Stellar Sound, 4. Leucothea. LONG SHOT: Powerfulattraction.
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10th RACE: 1. Fredrikstad, 2. Play Money, 3. Jamming Eddy. LONG SHOT: Cool Your Jets.

Good luck.

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Del Mar opinions for Friday, Aug. 30

FIRST RACE: 1. He’s Like Violence, 2. Aussie Fox, 3. Chosen Vessel. LONG SHOT: Trojan Spirit.
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SECOND RACE: 1. INCREDIBLY LUCKY (best bet), 2. Sassy Kitty, 3. Alicia’s Pride. LONG SHOT: Evening Sonnet.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Ismelucky, 2. Absolutely Perfect, 3. Rose Dunn. LONG SHOT: Violette Szabo.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Lightning Fast, 2. Summer Fire, 3. Mysterious Stones, 4. Rebel Fire. LONG SHOT: If Id Told You.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ficanas, 2. Great Return, 3. Foxtail, 4. Excellent Sunset. LONG SHOT: Super Patriot.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Tap Back, 2. Drippin Sauce, 3. El Tigre Terrible, 4. Square Deal. LONG SHOT: Bluegrass Faith.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1, Jammers Justice, 2. Test the Water, 3. Georgian Road. LONG SHOT: Color War.

Good luck.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (Of Good Report $4.80, first race; Queen of the Track $8.60, fifth; Express Train $3.40, sixth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 3 (Tiz Toffee $4.60, second; Been Studying Her $19.20, seventh; Tandalicious $5.60, eighth)

Long shot winners: 0

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Biddy Duke $2.40, fifth race; Quit Kvetching $7.60, seventh)

Second choice winners: 2 (Top Brass $14, first; K P Dreamin $11, second)

Third choice winners: 2 (Forever Juanito $16, fourth; Swing Thought $11.20, sixth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Volubile $12.20, eighth)

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Del Mar opinions for Thursday, Aug. 29 (UPDATED)

FIRST RACE: 1. FACTS MATTER (best bet), 2. Top Brass, 3. Cats Blame. LONG SHOT: Concur (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Sigur Ros.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Dolci (SCRATCHED) (Just move everyone up a spot and keep same long shot), 2. Gingham, 3. K P Dreamin, 4. Bristol Bayou. LONG SHOT: Paige Anne.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Excavation, 2. Puriano, 3. Best Two Minutes. LONG SHOT: Joe Jackson.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Magic Musketier, 2. Zeke, 3. Forever Juanito. LONG SHOT: Zip the Monkey.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Biddy Duke, 2. Coil and Strike, 3. K P Cats Wild. LONG SHOT: Kuda Huraa.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Red Bunting, 2. Lucky Stepper, 3. Swing Thoughts, 4. Sophie Antoinette. LONG SHOT: Meso.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Quit Kvetching, 2. D’s Lovely Sophia, 3. Ruby Bradley. LONG SHOT: Dreamy Gal (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Princess Dorian.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. American Camp, 2. Afleeting Life, 3. Takeo. LONG SHOT: Volubile.

Good luck.

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Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Aug. 17 (Pacific Classic Day) UPDATED

FIRST RACE: 1. Fawree, 2. Route Six Six, 3. Paladar. LONG SHOT: California Journey.
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SECOND RACE: 1. ORQUIDIAS BIZ (best bet), 2. Paid Informant, 3. Samurai Charm. LONG SHOT: Lucia’s Design.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Stormy Liberal, 2. Eddie Haskell, 3. Undrafted. LONG SHOT: Calexman.
It was all I could do not to pick UNDRAFTED. There is so much speed in this race and he is the only closer, but STORMY LIBERAL AND EDDIE HASKELL love this turf course so much, I just couldn’t do it.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Mr. Brownstone, 2. Satanta, 3. Executive Cat SCRATCHED, new No. 3: Swiss Minister. LONG SHOT: Clem Labine.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Succeedandsurpass, 2. Mo Forza, 3. Farquhar. LONG SHOT: Lambeau.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Smooth Like Strait, 2. Royal Thunder, 3. Bronn. LONG SHOT: Special Day.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. United SCRATCHED, 2. The Great Day, 3. Marckie’s Water. NEW PICKS: 1. The Great Day, Marchie’s Water, 3. Itsinthepost. LONG SHOT: Blended Citizen.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1, Classic Fit, 2. Kim K, 3. High Regard. LONG SHOT: Into Chocolate.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Cambier Parc, 2. Dogtag, 3. Hidden Message. LONG SHOT: Hard Legacy.
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10TH RACE (Grade I Pacific Classic): 1. Tenfold, 2. Seeking the Soul, 3. Quip. LONG SHOT: For the Top.
Once again I will take this platform to say upon deaf ears to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: YOU SHOULDN’T BE RUNNING YOUR PREMIER RACE AT 6:30 P.M.!!! Those who haven’t been there on Pacific Classic Day, people start leaving after the fifth or sixth race and there is a steady stream afterwards. This year’s race is one of the best betting affairs in the history of the event but it shouldn’t have a post time of 9:30 p.m. on the East Coast. The race should be earlier on the card and there really wasn’t anything wrong with starting the first race at 1 p.m. for all those years. But hey what do I know? I know Del Mar is leaving a lot of wagering dollars on the table by running this race so late.
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11th RACE: 1. Betty F, 2. Salsa Bella, 3. Woodfin. LONG SHOT: Desert Oasis (SCRATCHED) New long shot: An Eddie Surprise..

Good luck.

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Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Aug. 11

FIRST RACE: 1. Kiana’s Love, 2. Cavernndchipmunks, 3. Anonymously. LONG SHOT: Tip Top Gal.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Drink, 2. Boyson, 3. Mongolian Legend. LONG SHOT: Lostinthemoment.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Shining Through, 2. Klondike Creek, 3. Overdue. LONG SHOT: Battle of Memphis.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Inspiresse, 2. I’m the Hero, 3. Bast. LONG SHOT: K P Dreamin.
No matter what happens in this race keep track of the fillies returning down the line because this is one loaded 2-year-old filly maiden event.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Testimony, 2. Indy Jones, 3. Midnight Bandit. LONG SHOT: Blue Skye Jade.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. NOLO CONTESTO (best bet), 2. Give Me the Lute, 3. City Rage. LONG SHOT: Carnivorous.
NOLO CONTESTO is making his debut on the turf and if he takes to it, watch out. Listen to the names of the horses that won races he has competed in so far in his young career: Kingly, Roadster (twice) and Mr. Money. I’d say he has been facing some tough hombres.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Anonymity, 2. Lady Ninja, 3. Yuvetsi. LONG SHOT: Best of Me.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Paige Anne, 2. Tacocat, 3. Awesome Drive. LONG SHOT: Text Dont Call.
The following horses are “stuck” in this race and expected to be scratched this morning: Overjoyed, Augure, and Circleofcolor.

Good luck.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (Mongolian Humor $6.80, first race; Cabin John $6, third; Eye On Tiger $6.20, fourth)

Second choice winners: 2 (Fantasy Heat $9.20, second; Boru $4.40, fifth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 2 (Principe Carlo $9.40, sixth; Golden Image $26.40, eighth)

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 4 (Drippin Sauce $6, second race; Billy Batts $3.80, third; Andesh $6.80, fifth; Swing Thoughts $9.20, sixth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 2 (Storm the Court $27.20, first; K P Slickem $6.80, seventh; Smoovie $17.20, ninth)

Long shot winners: 1 (Collusion Illusion $17.80, eighth)

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Del Mar opinions for Friday, Aug. 9

FIRST RACE: 1. Mongolian Humor, 2. So Long Sailor, 3. Zakaroff. LONG SHOT: Trapper Peak.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Shylock Eddie, 2. Fantasy Heat, 3. Marilyn’s Smile. LONG SHOT: Brahms Command.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Cabin John, 2. Implicity, 3. Clear the Mine. LONG SHOT: Muchos Besos (SCRATCHED), New pick: Roaring Rule..
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Eye On Tiger, 2. Ice Angel, 3. Very Boisterous. LONG SHOT: Sheza a Grinder.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Salah, 2. Boru, 3. Speakerofthehouse. LONG SHOT: Papa Joe.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. SILKEN PRINCE (BEST BET), 2. Rickey B, 3. Platinum Nights. LONG SHOT: Principe Carlo.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Mo See Cal, 2. Don’t Sell, 3. A Walk in the Park. LONG SHOT: Coco Kisses.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. King Parker, 2. White Russian, 3. Severin. LONG SHOT: Golden Image.

Good luck.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (D’s Lovely Sophia $19.20, second race; Toinette $3, fifth; Crown the Kitten $4.30, sixth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Rattle $8.40, fourth)

Third choice winners: 0

Long shot winners: 1 (Asaro $37.80, seventh)

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 3 (Aced $6, fifth race; Zestful $6.80, sixth; Senora Power $3.80, seventh)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 2 (Takethediamondlane, $3,80, first; Playa Chica $4.80, second)

Long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Aug. 4 (updated)

NOTE: I didn’t have all my tools that I usually have when I make picks yesterday so I’m going to suggest you add some horses — if you want — in some races and if and when Del Mar puts out scratches I might put out some different selections

FIRST RACE: 1. Bunny Yogurt, 2. Sheza Factor, 3. And Counting. LONG SHOT: A Lonna At The Top.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Toothless Wonder, 2. Unbridled’s Skye, 3. Juggles. LONG SHOT: Verynsky.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Dr Wysong, 2. Papaclem’smidnight, 3. Wishful. LONG SHOT: Quit Kvetching.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Offshore, 2. Bam Bam Bryan, 3. Gabo’s Macondo. LONG SHOT: Bird Is the Word.

Must also look at Fabozzi and Offshore.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Phast Pharoah, 2. Eight Rings, 3. Shooters Shoot. LONG SHOT: Express Train.

Tough race for -year-olds and the Baffert mystique was blown up yesterday. Also look at Flash of Promise and Can’tbetemall, but neither trainer had good numbers with first-time starters.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. DISTINCTIVE B (best bet), 2. Rafal, 3. Jack Van Berg. LONG SHOT: Grinning Tiger.

Morgan S., Landeskog, and Shane Zain must be looked at.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Gregorian Chant, 2. Jasikan, 3. Stubbins. LONG SHOT: Kingly.

Obviously Neptune’s Storm must be looked at considering jock and trainer but also look at Rijeka from the same trainer although I don’t like jockey Ruben Fuentes on the turf.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Passing, 2. Wilt, 3. Mr. Class. LONG SHOT: Vermeer.

Wide open event so also throw in Imagineiamfastest and Go Sammy Go.

Good luck.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Beau Recall $6, eighth race)

Second choice winners: 3 (Lazy Daisy $9, first; Whatsittoya $10.40, second; Amalfi Sunrise $3.40, fifth)

Third choice winners: 3 (Riding With Dino $8.60, fourth; Castle $7.60, sixth; Dunbow Road $9.20, seventh)

Long shot winners: 0

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