Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, July 23 (updated)

Preview: Can any card with California Chrome and Dortmund on it, be bad? Doubt it. Soi Phet and Hard Aces have scratched out of the San Diego, leaving just five horses for Chrome and Dortmund. Jockey Edwin Maldonado is off all mounts today attending his grandmother’s funeral.

In case you haven’t heard three horses were injured this morning at Del Mar during workouts, with at least one fatality. Trainer Richard Mandella decided not to work Beholder due to the condition of the track and said he hopes to work on Sunday morning.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has scratched a top 2-year-old filly from a maiden race today. I don’t know if the track has anything to do with it.

I had one Del Mar executive tell me after the first three days of racing last weekend that he didn’t like the way the main track was playing. Food for thought.

Race 1: 1. Ketos, 2. Feldini, 3. Patron. LONG SHOT: Westwood’s Wizard.

Don’t know what to do with Bob Baffert’s Patron. She is working well, but she is bred for the grass and to run long. She will get bet. She may win, but not with my money.

Race 2: 1. Dutchessa, 2. Q’ Viva, 3. Foxy Lover. LONG SHOT: Avicii.

Race 3: 1. #6 Paiasolo (9-2), 2. Hobbits Hero, 3. Free Rose. LONG SHOT: Banze No Oeste.
This colt almost broke through at this condition last time but came up a length short. Trainer Richard Mandella is 21% with beaten favorites and 31% in allowance races. Jockey Flavien Prat rides and he is 18% with Mandella.

Race 4: 1. #4 Light of the Moon (3-1) SCRATCHED, 2. Adorable, 3. Princess Coco. LONG SHOT: Feel Freely.
This filly didn’t get off to the best start in her debut, but she took plenty of money so the clockers must have liked what they saw. She must make up 5 lengths on Adorable in this race, but trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 30% with second-time starters. Jockey Mike Smith stays aboard and he’s 47% with Hollendorfer the last two years at Del Mar.

Race 5: 1. #1 Metaboss (5-1), 2. Calculator, 3. Perfectly Majestic. LONG SHOT: Texas Two Step.
After running his last three races in Maryland for trainer Michael Dickinson, this 4-year-old ends up in the Phil D’Amato barn, which is 18% with horse first time in their barn. Jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps on and he’s 31% with D’Amato.

Race 6: 1. Sorryaboutnothing, 2. Classico, 3. Swiss Minister. LONG SHOT: Blanket of Ice.

Race 7: 1. #1 Belvoir Bay (4-1), 2. Mokat, 3. Be Mine. LONG SHOT: Jade Princess.
Jockey Florent Geroux comes west to ride this filly for owners Team Valor and Gary Barber. Last the 3-year-old was seen, she destroyed the competition in the Blue Northern stakes at Santa Anita. Trainer Peter Miller has been her ready at San Luis Rey Downs. Look for her to use her speed from the inside and roll from there.

Race 8: 1. Princess Kendra, 2. Katy Drama, 3. Tooluckysupermoon. LONG SHOT: Ish.

Race 9: 1. California Chrome, 2. Dortmund, 3. Win the Space. LONG SHOT: Follow Me Crev.

Pace 10: 1. Sassy Ashley, 2. Lethal Legacy, 3. Whistle Pretty. LONG SHOT: Georgia Blue.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Pray Hard $6.20, fifth race; Little Scotty $7.60, sixth; Enola Gray $2.20, seventh)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 3 (Ask Me I Might $8, second; All Star Parade $6, third; Lord of Chaos $5.40, eighth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, July 18 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Motor’n Mona, 2. Yes She’s a Dancer, 3. I Heart You (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Vow Me Over. NEW PICKS: 1. Motor’n Mona, 2. Yes She’s a Dancer, 3. Suite One. LONG SHOT: Vow Me Over.


SECOND RACE: 1.Forest Romance (best bet), 2. Gospel Music, 3. Macho Sox. LONG SHOT: Smokey’s Legacy.

Trainer John Sadler loves to claim first-time starters and the Barber brothers, Cecil and Gary, love to have action at Del Mar. They come together here in FOREST ROMANCE (2-1), a gelding which got off to a slow start in his debut but finished third at this level. Sadler is 23% first off the claim.


THIRD RACE: 1. Eddie’s Turn, 2. Boozer, 3. Glitter of Silver. LONG SHOT: Short Heat Wave.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Distinct Asset (SCRATCHED), 2. Superboot, 3. Pioneer Charlie. LONG SHOT: Salt Power. NEW PICKS: 1. Superboot, 2. Pioneer Charlie, 3. Vavoom. LONG SHOT: Salt Power.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Julio’s Gold, 2. Goldilocks Planet, 3. One Magical Girl. LONG SHOT: Siempre Esperanza.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Ankeny Hill, 2. Rosengold, 3. Pure Tactics. LONG SHOT: Merit Man.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Lost Bus, 2. My Fiona, 3. Singing Kitty. LONG SHOT: Really a Princess.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Synnin, 2. Troy Story, 3. Lucky J Lane. LONG SHOT: Itsgettinhotinhere.

Trainer Howard Zucker doesn’t have many horses, but he loves to win at Del Mar. Here he starts SYNNIN (15-1), a 3-year-old colt, for the first time on the turf with jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard. This horse was off slow but made up ground in the stretch in his debut and Zucker is 24% with turf horses.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Super Ability $16.60, fifth race; Affrettando $10.60, 10th))

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Hawk’s Eyes $7, first)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Bird In Love $7.60, second; Aftermarketslam $8.80, fourth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0