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Del Mar opinions for Sunday, Nov. 10

FIRST RACE: 1. Mahi Mahi, 2. Dream Palace, 3. Octopus. LONG SHOT: Pastor Mike.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Big Base, 2. Princess Dorian, 3. Empress of Lov. LONG SHOT: Bragging Rights.
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THIRD RACE: 1. CARDIFF CAY (best bet), 2. Commanding Chief, 3. Da Kine. LONG SHOT: Ghost Street.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Red Valor, 2. Lord Adare, 3. Mike Operator. LONG SHOT: Acclamation King.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Miss Hot Legs, 2. Red Livy, 3. Anonymously. LONG SHOT: Pacifica.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Satanta, 2. Tiger Strike, 3. Midnight Special. LONG SHOT: I Belong to Becky.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Murad Khan, 2. Musawaat, 3. Dreams of Valor. LONG SHOT: Cupid’s Claws
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Leucothea, 2. Stellar Sound, 3. Biddy Duke. LONG SHOT: Orquidias Biz.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Royal Act, 2. Capital Call, 3. Goalie. LONG SHOT: Frasard.

Good luck.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 2 (Potantico $6.20, first race; Authentic $3.20, fifth)

Second choice winners: 1 (Twirling Tiger $5.60, third)

Third choice winners: 4 (Guitty $6, fourth; Overjoyed $7.80, sixth; Union Ride $7.80, seventh; Uncaptured Hero $11.60, ninth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Nov. 9

FIRST RACE: 1. Potantico, 2. Shades of Victory, 3. Via Egnatia. LONG SHOT: Mongolian Hero.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Tizwellwithmysoul, 2. Cover Version, 3. Vegas Palm. LONG SHOT: Visual Magic.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Fast Cotton, 2. Twirling Tiger, 3. Papa Turf. LONG SHOT: Mo Dinero.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Eclair, 2. Savvy Gal, 3. Guitty. LONG SHOT: Seahawk Lisa.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. AUTHENTIC (BEST BET), 2. Moon Mishchief, 3. Absolute Unit. LONG SHOT: Winners Club.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Lace, 2. Awesome Ella, 3. Overjoyed. LONG SHOT: Sabinos Pride.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Principe Carlo, 2. Platinum Nights, 3. Union Ride. LONG SHOT: Seven Scents.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Ocean Fury, 2. Carnivorous, 3. Dueling. LONG SHOT: Golden Birthday.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Stone Secret, 2. Defense Wins, 3. Uncaptured Hero. LONG SHOT: Candy Fury.

Good luck.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Top choice winners: 1 (Adorably Sweet $7.40, sixth race plus cold exacta $30.40 and cold trifecta $44.20 for $1)

Second choice winners: 1 (Impression $15.60, third race plus reverse exacta $89.60)

Third choice winners: 2 (Storm the Bastille $19.80, fifth; Meso $22.60, eighth)

Long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar opinions for Friday, Nov. 8 (Bing Crosby Season opener)

Note: Jockey Abel Cedillo is suspended Friday and Saturday. Flavien Prat will be suspended Saturday, Sunday and next Thursday. The main track should be tighter than in the summer so I’m thinking speed might do better. Rally wide was the way to go so definitely monitor this. The inside posts didn’t do well on the main track last meet. We’ll see this month.

FIRST RACE: 1. Summer Fire, 2. Debt Monger, 3. Squared Straight. LONG SHOT: Very Irish.
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SECOND RACE: 1. Wildman Jack, 2. Truck Salesman, 3. General Interest. LONG SHOT: Big Runnuer.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Ernie Banks, 2. Impression, 3. Fire When Ready. LONG SHOT: Kenzou’s Rhythm.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Ladies Luv Munny, 2. Golden Melodie, 3. It’s a Riddle. LONG SHOT: Unusual Secret.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Volubile, 2. Hootie, 3. Storm the Bastille. LONG SHOT: Tiz a Slayer.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. ADORABLY SWEET (best bet), 2. Too Hot for Curlin, 3. Into Rissa. LONG SHOT: Twirling Diamond.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Poster Girl, 2. Excellent Sunset, 3. La Sardane. LONG SHOT: Lostintranzlation.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Tiki Bar Logic, 2. Tiz Toffee, 3. Meso. LONG SHOT: Bunny Yogurt.

Good luck.

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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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