Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Wednesday, Jan. 1 (updated)

First, Happy New Year.

Second, jockey Tyler Baze returns to the saddle after a suspension for substance abuse. Let’s hope he has his act together in his personal life and on the track.

Lots of scratches early.

FIRST RACE: 1. Rebelution (SCRATCHED), 2. Sunland Vintage, 3. Glad’s Gals. LONG SHOT: Lethal Miss.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Govenor Charlie (SCRATCHED), 2. Little Jerry, 3. Fury Kapcori. LONG SHOT: Safety Belt.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Joe Carl, 2. Go to the Pulpit, 3. Cook Inlet. LONG SHOT: Romeo Royale.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Right on Schedule, 2. Tommy’s Kid, 3. Atticus Scouts. LONG SHOT: Robertino.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Setsuko, 2. Say Ow, 3. Ever Rider. LONG SHOT: Scorpion Warrior.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Perfecta, 2. Smart N Dreamy, 3. Boller Bomb. LONG SHOT: Ricspretentiousgal.

Interesting jockey switch here on PERFECTA, a daughter of Pleasantly Perfect. Joe Talamo has ridden three of the last four times, not necessarily with great success, so trainer Richard Mandella goes to the red hot Gary Stevens. They are a 40% proposition the last year so why try to fight it.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Betty Bing Bing, 2. Very Thankful, 3. Glorious Rebecca. LONG SHOT: Exclusive Girl.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Rever de Vous, 2. Full Ransom, 3. Sushi Empire. LONG SHOT: Saintly Joan.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Apache Ambush, 2. Second Proposal, 3. Goyan. LONG SHOT: Grand Humor.

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Hollywood Park picks for Thursday, Nov. 28

Of course, the big question is why do tracks continue to run on Thanksgiving. Can’t they give everyone associated with the sport at least the afternoon off to spend with family and friends?

Thanksgiving is for football and eating, two of my favorite things. LOL

But seriously, would it have killed Hollywood Park to race on Wednesday and not run Thanksgiving?

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FIRST RACE: 1. Inner Groove, 2. Brown Is Beige, 3. Sunland Vintage. LONG SHOT: Lia Juliana.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sea John’s Spirit, 2. Dreamy Blues, 3. Humor Me. LONG SHOT: Mesana.

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RACE 3. 1. Highly Rated, 2. Dreditcardroulette, 3. Woebegon, 4.With a Miracle. LONG SHOT: Blushing Martha.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer claimed this 4-year-old filly HIGHLY RATED and promptly moves her up in class so he must like what he sees. She showed speed and will have to do so again from the rail. Jockey Rafael Bejarano retains the mount. Highly Rated is “stuck” in the race and likely to be scratched Thursday morning.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Anillo, 2. Majestic Stride, 3. Handsome Mike. LONG SHOT: Chosen Miracle.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Hurryhank (best bet), 2. Thunder Cole, 3. Wings of Mojave. LONG SHOT: Good Company.

Trainer Andy Mathis found that this 3-year-old gelding likes the turf in his last race. He finished second in open maiden company at Golden Gate. Mathis now ships south to run in a Cal-bred maiden event. He gets top turf rider Joe Talamo to accept the mount and draw a nice cozy express. This is only the son of Stormin Fever’s third career start so there’s plenty of room for improvement.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Too Obvious, 2. Curvy Kitten, 3. In Dad’s Honor. LONG SHOT: Princess Genevieve.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Fury Kapcori, 2. Procurement, 3. Rosengold. LONG SHOT: Den’s Legacy.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Princess of Pearl, 2. Elusive Luci, 3. Kid Rollins. LONG SHOT: Heavens Stairway.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (Dunmore East $4.20, first race; Indianapolis $8.20, fourth; Rousing Sermon $6.60, seventh; Luxuriance $10.60)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 0

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (My Secret Affair $10.40, sixth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita picks for Sunday, Oct. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Segway, 2. Little Jerry, 3. Tortola. LONG SHOT: Stoney Fleece.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Be Proud, 2. Arethusa, 3. Salsita. LONG SHOT: Consecrate.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Siena Grace, 2. The Magic Stone, 3. Tappingintherain. LONG SHOT: Inside Scoop.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Appealing Tale, 2. Empty Headed, 3. Horizontalyspeakin. LONG SHOT: Jules Journey.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Fury Kapcori, 2. Everton, 3. Tiz the Truth. LONG SHOT: American Blend.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. GLOBAL VIEW (BEST BET), 2. Taelyns Prince, 3. Distillery. LONG SHOT: Big Tire.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ascription, 2. Golden Celestial, 3. Tookmebysurprise. LONG SHOT: Patty Wack.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. El Commodore, 2. Polytchnicien, 3. Mr Best Brother. LONG SHOT: Willyconker.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Top Hot Rod, 2. Znelle, 3. Harbaugh. LONG SHOT: Growin Up.

Saturday’s top choice winners: 3 (Julio’s Gold $3.80, first race; Prayer Be Mine $3.80, seventh; Acute $8.60, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Wishing Gate $4.80, second)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 0

Saturday’s long shot winners: 2 (Starspangled Heat $9, third; Lucky Student $13.20, fifth)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Updated Santa Anita picks for Friday, Oct. 25

FIRST RACE: 1. Pawn Shop, 2. Tribal Rain, 3. Cee’s the Year. LONG SHOT: Fiesta Express.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sarangani, 2. Alydidit, 3. Blue Collar Boy. LONG SHOT: Public Defender.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Ryderoo, 2. Flaxen Maiden, 3. Dow Diva. LONG SHOT: Sagebrush Queen.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. HANDSOME SAM (best bet), 2. King Maya, 3. Honored Hero. LONG SHOT: Masochistic.

HANDSOME SAME might be the final horse to start out of that powerful maiden claiming race Aug. 29 at Del Mar which has produced four winners so far. This 3-year-old gelding had trouble at the start but managed to finish eight of 12. Our enthusiasm for this play is tempered a little bit by the fact that jockey Joe Talamo jumps off to ride King Maya (#6) and drawing the No. 1 post. Up until last week there had been no winners out of that slot in dirt sprints at Santa Anita, but the streak was broken three times so maybe the inside is getting better.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Navarre, 2. Airfoil, 3. Valtari. LONG SHOT: Snaps.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Frenemy, 2. Afflication, 3. Bobby Flay. LONG SHOT: Rule Breaker.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Queit Force, 2. Power Ped, 3. Spring Up. LONG SHOT: Poshsky.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Arizona Wildcat, 2. Broker Brett, 3. Anytime. LONG SHOT: Alsace.

ARIZONA WILDCAT comes out of that Aug. 29 Del Mar key race (four winners so far) and he finished second at Fairplex Park after that but he came back with a big excuse as he was bleeding from the mouth. He also scratched from a race at Santa Anita, so here’s hoping he is healthy in this spot.

Thursday’s top choice winners: 3 (Eltoninadress $3.20, first; Traweek $12.20, sixth; Patriot C H $7, eighth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Fanticola $20.60, seventh)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Ghost of Harrenhal $12.60)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Tanquerray $9.40, fifth)

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Updated Santa Anita picks for Thursday, October 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Eltoninadress, 2. Long Legged Lovely, 3. Warrens China Doll. LONG SHOT: Psalm Sixteen.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Golden Itiz, 2. Half Strike, 3. Would You. LONG SHOT: Liberty Cap.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Galehorn (best bet), 2. Amy Jane, 3. Blameitonthecat. LONG SHOT: See Through.

GALETHORN, a 2-year-old filly, was purchased privately after finishing second at 50-1 in a one-mile turf maiden special race at Delaware Park. A daughter of Gators N Bears is bred to love the grass, which she did, and now she gets her first look at the downhill turf course for trainer John Sadler, who puts excellent turf jockey Joe Talamo aboard.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Black Tie, 2. Ghost of Harrenhal, 3. Still Unbroken. LONG SHOT: Anythingtogeteven.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Highly Rated, 2. Love Tale, 3. Gittel. LONG SHOT: Tanquerray.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Traweek, 2. Anabaa Premium, 3. Hurry Home Clover. LONG SHOT: Bob Consultation.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Boller Bomb, 2. Fanticola, 3. Moulin de Mougin. LONG SHOT: Rosies Ready.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Patriot C H, 2. Visions of Candy, 3. Perfect. LONG SHOT: Nezi O’s Gold.

Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (I See Back $9.60, second race; Java Man $4.60, third; Taste Like Candy $11, fifth; Angel’s Moon $6.60, ninth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Tom’s Tribute $4, eighth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Diamonddusted $16.60, fourth; Smart N Dream $6.60, sixth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

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Updated Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Oct. 12

FIRST RACE: 1. Cervaro, 2. Seamark, 3. Tortola. LONG SHOT: Ella’s Kitten.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Dunmore East, 2. Truelee Scrappin, 3. Silver Wings. LONG SHOT: Gallant Gent.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Takem by Surprise, 2. Capo, 3. Papa Smitty. LONG SHOT: Hitter’s Alley.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Gift Exchange, 2. Candy Boy, 3. Hold Everything. LONG SHOT: Songforjohnmichael.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. High Test, 2. Zuboff, 3. Trelawny. LONG SHOT: Major Magic.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Know More, 2. Cast a Doubt, 3. Woodmans Luck. LONG SHOT: Awesome Indy.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ismene, 2. Bella Viaggia, 3. Qiaona. LONG SHOT: Dancingtothestars.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. MASTER CHEF (BEST BET), 2. Candy’s Sunrise, 3. Pilla Train. LONG SHOT: Life a Riley.

MASTER CHEF, A 6-year-old gelding, has four wins and two seconds in seven races over the Santa Anita track and you can bet that’s the reason trainer Kristin Mulhall claimed him for $25,000 at Del Mar. He looks like he perked up in his last work on the dirt and jockey Joe Talamo, who has three wins showing with the son of Vronsky, taking over.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Christopher Street, 2. Brown Boss, 3. Tribe. LONG SHOT: Empty Headed.

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10th RACE: 1. Hye I’m Jack, 2. Pray Hard, 3. Mass Transit. LONG SHOT: Frensham.

HYE I’M JACK HAS BEEN SCRATCHED BY TRAINER DOUG O’NEILL. I now give a big shot to FRENSHAM, who is also trained by O’Neill. FRENSHAM is by the freshman sire Square Eddie, who has gotten quite a few first-time winners.

Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Kill Shot $2.40, third race; Denzel $6.80, fifth; Appealing Resume $10.60, seventh)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Big Wags $7.40, first; Charlie Time $12.20, ninth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 2 (Golden Dynamo $18.80, second; This One’s for Mel $6.20, sixth)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Don’t look now, but Garrett’s on the Go-Go

Jockey Martin Garcia, left, and trainer Bob Baffert were the big winners last week at Del Mar. BENOIT PHOTO

Jockey Martin Garcia, left, and trainer Bob Baffert were the big winners last week at Del Mar. BENOIT PHOTO

For Rafael Bejarano’s sake, it’s a good thing Garrett Gomez didn’t start the Del Mar meet like the rest of the jockey colony.

Of course, Gomez had his much publicized drinking binge and depression following the breakup of his marriage and he missed three weeks of action at the seaside oval.

In his absence, Bejarano had no one to battle him for leading jockey honors and he should have no problem the final seven days of the meet winning the title.

Last week, Gomez was the king of the hill with 6 wins from 29 mounts (21 percent). Bejarano, on the other hand, was 5-for-26. It should be noted Bejarano missed Friday’s action riding at Saratoga.

Of course, the truly big winner of the week was Martin Garcia (4-for-16) as he took home the big cash in the Pacific Classic aboard Game On Dude and the Pat O’Brien aboard Fed Biz.

Edwin Maldonado rebounded from a bad week to record a 5-for-29 effort while Victor Espinoza was 4-for-25. Joltin’ Joe Talamo was 3-for-30, but scored a couple times on the turf so maybe he is coming out of his slump. Gary Stevens was 3-for-17 and Corey Nakatani was 3-for-18.

On the cold side were Mario Gutierrez (0-for-13) and Julien Leparoux (0-for-12) but again Leparoux did ride Saturday at Saratoga.

On the money side, we know trainer Bob Baffert (3-for10) was king of the hill in the cash checking department. John Sadler (5-for-23) didn’t do too bad with $320,000 earned by finishing second and third.

Doug O’Neill (3-for-19) and Peter Miller (3-for-14) continued on their merry ways. Jerry Holldendorfer was 2-for-13 and Vann Belvoir was 2-for-10.

The top five trainers in the standings won 37 percent of the races for the week (16-for-43).

On the cold side were Mike Mitchell (1-for-8), Jeff Mullins (0-for-5), Mike Pender (0-for-4) and Victor Garcia (0-for-2).

On the plus side, Neil Drysdale stayed hot with a couple more wins and Ron Ellis finally made it to the winner’s circle twice.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Saturday, August 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Legal Separation, 2. It Doesn’t Add Up, 3. Hustlin Nu. LONG SHOT: Love That Action.

Trainer John Sadler likes to win on big weekends and he’ll try to get started here with LEGAL SEPARATION in this $10,000 claimer. This one closed a ton of ground on opening day and goes to speed jockey Edwin Maldonado.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sir Searsucker, 2. Heza Great Friend, 3. Candy Sweetheart. LONG SHOT: Trial Spin.

SIR SEARSUCKER is named for celebrity chef (“Top Chef”) Brian Malarkey, who is a co-owner. Trainer Mike Mitchell drops this gelding to the bottom of the maiden claiming ranks and jockey Garrett Gomez takes over.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Royal Import, 2. Black N Beauty, 3. Reach a Decision. LONG SHOT: Only the Gold.

Trainer Bob Hess Jr. isn’t having a good meet (1-for-22) but this 6-year-old gelding could help him get better. This horse-for-course really needed his last race after a four-month hiatus so he should be ready to go for jockey Rafael Bejarano.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Crucero, 2. Imperial Fortune, 3. Storm Power. LONG SHOT: Street Choir.

Sadler and Bejarano team up here on CRUCERO, who just finished second by a head at this level. He gets an extra 16th of a mile, which should work in his favor. They will have to beat trainer Bob Baffert’s IMPERIAL FORTUNE.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Brown Boss, 2. Two Term Leader, 3. Scorcher. LONG SHOT: Tommy O.

BROWN BOSS makes his career debut on the turf and he is bred for it. The distance should be no problem and Gomez takes over for an ice-cold Joe Talamo.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. CAT BURGLAR (best bet), 2. Drover Crazy, 3. Wild Dude. LONG SHOT: Dragon Dance.

CAT BURGLAR could be trainer Bob Baffert’s big 2-year-old. The son of Unbridled’s Song cost $410,000 at auction and has been training like it. DROVER CRAZY is a first time gelding for trainer Ron Ellis, who won his race of the meet Friday.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Swiss Bliss, 2. Tribal Chatter, 3. Noise of the Crowd. LONG SHOT: Oscillator.

SWISS BLISS has a win over the Polytrack and drops back in with Cal breds. Jockey Edwin Maldonado takes over off some good works.

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EIGHTH RACE Grade II Del Mar Handicap): 1. Mr T Bird, 2. Vagabond Shoes, 3. Lucayan. LONG SHOT: Holding Glory (SCRATCHED).

MR T BIRD could be the one. Trainer Mike Puype has won eight of the 16 graded stakes he has entered over the last two years so he knows where to place his stock and leading rider Rafael Bejarano jumps on.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Inner Groove, 2. Sleep Tight, 3. Woebegone. LONG SHOT: Always a Chance.

INNER GROOVE has won 2-of-3 starts on the Polytrack and trainer Jack Carava claimed her back for a second time with Gomez taking the mount.

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10th RACE: 1. The Gatekeeper, 2. Warren’s Tyler S., 3. Grand Gambler. LONG SHOT: Excessive Tequila.

Sadler tried to get his exercise rider Brayan Pena a win earlier in the meet on a maiden claimer and Pena finished second. We think Sadler is trying again with a horse that has a big shot. This 3-year-old gelding has improved since he came to Del Mar and has a big workout showing since his last race.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

The racing week that was

Reneesgotzip and jockey Garrett Gomez win the Grade III, $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap, Sunday, Aug. 18 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. BENOIT PHOTO

Reneesgotzip and jockey Garrett Gomez win the Grade III, $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap, Sunday, Aug. 18 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. BENOIT PHOTO

Without a doubt, Reneesgotzip was the horse of the week for her track-record effort at 6½ furlongs on the Polytrack in the Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Sunday.

You could see that record coming when maiden claiming burned up the track two races earlier on the program.

If will be interesting to see what the track will be like this coming Sunday on Pacific Classic Day.

In the jockey’s race, Rafael Bejarano continues to roll along following a 7-for-31 week. He now has 36 victories while Martin Garcia (4-for-21) and Julien Leparoux (4-for-20) are next with 20 victories each.

Joe Talamo rallied from a 1-for-30 week to record four wins in 34 rides, but he seems to still lack confidence. If Talamo puts a horse on the lead on the turf, he’s fine, but anything else, it’s a crapshoot at best.

Edwin Maldonado had a tough week at 3-for-28 followed by Victor Espinoza at 3-for-19 and Agapito Delgadillo, who was 3-for-18. Mario Gutierrez slowed down a little with two wins from 13 mounts.

Don’t forget former Del Mar riding champ Joel Rosario will ride at the seaside oval on Pacific Classic Day and he will likely be live on anything he rides.

Following a week in which the top trainers struggled, the cream rose to the top again the last five days of racing.

For the second week in a row Doug O’Neill led all trainers in victories with a 5-for-19 effort, giving hime 12 wins over the last 10 racing days. O’Neill is tied for second in the standings with Bob Baffert (3-for-11), who trail John Sadler (4-for-16) 18-15.

Jerry Hollendorfer (3-for-11) and Peter Miller (3-for-14), Reneesgotzip’s trainer, also had good weeks, meaning the top five in the training standings won 18 of the 42 races during the week.

Trainers Neil Drysdale and Mike Pender might be worth following in the next few days. Drysdale won races on both Saturday and Sunday while all of Pender’s runners seem to be firing.

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Del Mar picks for Friday, Aug. 16

Don’t forget there will only be seven races today due a lack of sunlight with the 4 p.m. first post.

The Pick Six will start with Race 2 and there is a carryover of more than $100,000.

Trainer Doug O’Neill continued his hot streak on Thursday with wins by Journey On ($13.40) in the third race and Cat Pirate ($22) in the fourth. O’Neill has now won 10 races in the last seven racing days so be on alert for all of his horses.

FIRST RACE: 1. Salah Champ, 2. Hustlin Nu, 3. Bob Consultation. LONG SHOT: Hey Yup.

This son of Benchmark pressed the pace in his seasonal debut, but faded in his first race since December. Look for a better effort on the drop today.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Crimson Giant, 2. Field Report, 3. Ballard Ruler. LONG SHOT: Hotradamus.

CRIMSON GIANT comes from the low-profile Charles Stutts barn and comes out of a deceptive five-furlong turf spring at Hollywood Park. He drops back into the Cal-bred ranks and could be an upsetter here at a price.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Yodel Up a Storm, 2. Grammy Big Mouth, 3. Frandontjudge. LONG SHOT: Marla Hooch.

Trainer John Sadler claimed this daughter out a nose loss in her career debut at Hollywood Park. She showed early speed and Victor Espinoza keeps the mount. Sadler is 25 percent first off the claim.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sealington, 2. Intoxicating Move, 3. Humor Me. LONG SHOT: Iconic Spirit.

This second-time starter closed a little ground in her debut, but she was bred to route (by Harlington out of a Storm Cat mare). Trainer Leonard Powell has been sensational with four wins out of five starts at the meet.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. ROMANCE IS SOSA (best bet), 2. China Prince, 3. Chicsdigtheshark. LONG SHOT: Bobo.

ROMANCE IS SOSA is coming out of a key race on the Northern California fair circuit for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Leading rider Rafael Bejarano takes the mount. The pair are 31 percent together.

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SIXTH RACE (Sandy Blue Handicap): 1. Macha, 2. Oscar Party, 3. Pontchatrain. LONG SHOT: Miss Lucky Sevens.

Don’t look now but it’s that duo of Hollendorfer and Bejarano again. MACHA drops out the Grade I American Oaks, where she showed early speed. PONCHATRAIN was an impressive maiden winner last time out and deserves consideration on a class raise.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Hair On Fire, 2. Proud Bok, 3. I’m No Patsy. LONG SHOT: Little Bit Cactus.

HAIR ON FIRE drops back into a maiden claimer after giving the turf a try three straight times. Joe Talamo takes the ride for this speedy daughter of Bernstein.

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