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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 Wednesday, Aug. 27

Give it to Prat

The jockey’s title was sewn up two weeks ago by Flavien Prat.
Heading into the final six days of racing as track announcer Trevor Denman would say, “They would need to sprout wings” to catch Prat at this point. After a 7 for 25 week, Prat has 34 victories and Drayden Van Dyke (4 for 19 last week) is in second with 24.
Abel Cedillo is proving his move from Northern California was worth it. Cedillo, following a 5 for 31 week, is in third place with 21 wins. He is also starting to get rides in the Peter Miller barn, which is a good thing.
Journeyman Rafael Bejarano is limping to the finish line following an 0 for 21 week while apprentice Jorge Velez Jr. is come off his best week of the meet with a 4 for 20 effort.

WEDNESDAY’S PICKS

FIRST RACE: 1. Of Good Report, 2. Tikkun Olam, 3. Juggles. LONG SHOT: Grab the Munny.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Buttie, 2. Road Test, 3. Tiz Toffee. LONG SHOT: Check Six.
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THIRD RACE: 1. UNAPOLOGETIC (best bet), 2. Morse Code, 3. Big Buzz. LONG SHOT: Mongolian Empire.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Arouse N Go, 2. Smiling Excess, 3. Calese. LONG SHOT: It’s a Riddle.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Queen of the Track, 2. Jaccat, 3. Point Hope. LONG SHOT: Coilette.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Express Train, 2. Dean Martini, 3. Shooters Shoot. LONG SHOT: Include the Tax.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bulletproof One, 2. Smiling Shirlee, 3. Been Studying Her. LONG SHOT: Vegan.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Trapani, 2. Darpa, 3. Tandalicious. LONG SHOT: La Dolfina.

Good luck.

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Del Mar opinions for Tuesday, Aug. 27

At ol’ Del Mar

It’s the final week of the meet at the seaside oval and if you have been paying attention, you might be able to make a lot of money when many of these horses run back at Los Alamitos or Santa Anita.
For the last week or so, rally wide horses have been the way to go on the dirt main track. Give extra props to horses that have done well on the inside down the stretch.
Also watch out down the line for horses getting off the Del Mar inside at the start. The statistics are mind blowing.
The inside posts on the main track have been a death knell.
How are these numbers: the No. 1 post is 0 for 10 at 5 furlongs, 4 for 29 at 5 1/2 furlongs, 1 for 29 at 6 furlongs, 2 for 16 at 6 1/2 furlongs, 1 for 6 at 7 furlongs and 2 for 29 at 1 mile.
Frankly, I’m surprised more trainers haven’t scratched their horses from the race when drawing that post.
For some reason, the No. 2 post has been great at 5 1/2 furlongs with a 7 for 29 mark and has been OK at 6 furlongs, too, but at 6 1/2 (1 for 16), 7 furlongs (0 for 6) and a mile (3 for 29) not so great.
On the turf, the No. 1 post is 2 for 25 at 5 furlongs while the No. 1 and 2 posts are both 2 for 36 at 1 mile. The inside three posts are 9 for 16 going 1 1/16 mile on the Jimmy Durante turf course.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Kentan Road $25.80, third race; Side Street Dave $14.40, fourth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Improbable $3.40, eighth)

Third choice winners: 2 (Call You Tomorrow $3.20, first; Mountain Spirit $3.80, fifth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Aug. 25 (UPDATED)

FIRST RACE: 1. Concord Jet, 2. Thin Line, 3. Call You Tomorrow. LONG SHOT: Emtech.

Jen Go Unchained should be considered too.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Cash for Cass, 2. Shanghai Barbie, 3. Divine Dharma (SCRATCHED) now pick: Confrontation.. LONG SHOT: Zillinda.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Kentan Road, 2. S Y Sky, 3. Painting Corners. LONG SHOT: Poster Girl.

Obviously Fahan Mura should be considered in all bets.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Side Street Dave, 2. Seesawsam, 3. Golden Victory. LONG SHOT: Govenor Cinch.

The sire Smiling Tiger has done well at Del Mar and UP TIME is a first-timer by that sire here.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. DUCHAMP (best bet), 2. Soldier Boy, 3. Mountain Spirit. LONG SHOT: Deuce.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Day by Day, 2. Spend Spend Spend, 3. Message (SCRATCHED) new pick: Rather Noisy. LONG SHOT: Stirred.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Musawaat, 2. Lil Milo, 3. Wildman Jack. LONG SHOT: Factorial.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. King Jack, 2. Improbable, 3. Street Class. LONG SHOT: Stubbins.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Sunriser, 2. Daddy’s Melody, 3. Bella Figura. LONG SHOT: Prance.

Good luck.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Strike That $5.60, first race; First Star $4, fourth)

Second choice winners: 0

Third choice winners: 1 (Nothing But Heat $10, fifth)

Long shot winners: 2 (Lady Suebee $6.40, sixth; Strongconstitution $7.20, seventh)

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Greg’s Diva $4.20, seventh race)

Second choice winners: 2 (Fashionable Fast $14.20, eighth; Catalina Cruiser $3, ninth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Hard Arch $12, first)

Long shot winners: 1 (M Town Gem $33.60, 10th)

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Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Aug. 24

FIRST RACE: 1. For Him, 2. Harrovian, 3. Hard Arch. LONG SHOT: Taste’s Legend.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Floyd Moneymaker, 2. Legally Gray, 3. Temple Knights. LONG SHOT: Bound to Go.
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THIRD RACE: 1. I Can Do This, 2. Push Through, 3. Three Ay Em. LONG SHOT: Perfect Wager.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Mongoalian Legend, 2. Babael, 3. Mica Bay. LONG SHOT: Hypersonic.
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FIFTH RACE: 1, Tammy’s Window, 2. Moonless Sky, 3. Wind Tartare. LONG SHOT: Lady Phyllis.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Fair Accompli, 2. Mike Operator, 3. Imagineiamfastest. LONG SHOT: Go Sammy Go.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. GREG’S DIVA (best bet), 2. Cherry City, 3. Lovely Lilia. LONG SHOT: Establish Justice.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Cruel Intention, 2. Fashionably Fast, 3. Coil Me Home. LONG SHOT: Boogalute.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Giant Expectations, 2. Catalina Cruiser, 3. Seven Trumpets. LONG SHOT: Chief Cicatriz.
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10TH RACE: 1. Hootie, 2. Combat Zone, 3. Reedley. LONG SHOT: M Town Gem.

Good luck.

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