Horse racing, Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Feb. 13

Preview: Great card. All one had to do was look at the jockeys scheduled to run (Javier Castellano, John Velazquez, Julien Leparoux, Jose Lezcano) to know it’s a big stakes day at Tampa. Four stakes on card so should be some prices, hopefully.

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Race 2: #6 Quick Coconut (6-1) 

This is a first-time starter from the Gerald Bennett barn, which is 29% with debuting maiden claimers. Jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. rides and he is 12-for-24 with Bennett over the last 60 days.

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Race 4: #7 Ms. Scarlet Fever (6-1) 

This 3-year-old filly has never been worse than fifth in five races and that was a stakes race where she was over her head as a maiden. This is a tough race, but trainer Joe Arboritanza is 4-for-7 with horses cutting back in distance.

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Race 6: #5 Mata Mua (turf only) (15-1) 

It isn’t often that you get a morning-line like this on trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Javier Castellano. McGaughey is 2-for-2 this winter shipping in to Tampa and Castellano got to know this filly last time at Gulfstream Park when she showed speed and tired going longer.

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Race 10: #3 A Lot (turf only) (10-1) 

 Trainer Bill Mott ships this son of Tapit in for this race. Mott takes the blinkers off and he’s 23% with that move. This 4-year-old finished third by a neck in the Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream Park. The big difference today is he’s moving from an outside post to inside, where his speed can be rationed better by Jose Lezcano.

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Churchill Downs opinions for Friday, May 1

Race 2: #11 Vouch for Kitten (8-1)

Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey like to go to the winner’s circle during Derby week and this 3-year-old filly makes her debut for trainer Wesley Ward and jockey Joel Rosario. Offspring of Kitten’s Joy are 17% first time turf.

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Race 4: #5 Counterfactual (9-2)

This 3-year-old filly had a ton of trouble in her debut at the Fair Grounds. Trainer Tom Amoss has good numbers in all areas and makes a key jockey switch to James Graham as they are 28% together.

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Race 9: #10 Power Alert (5-1)

The favorite in the Shakertown at Keeneland tired in second race off the layoff for trainer Brian Lynch, who is 26% in turf sprints. There is a ton of speed in here so we think jockey Julien Leparoux will come from off the pace and nail them at the wire. The sire Alert is 32% on the turf.

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Race 12: #4 Lunar Gaze (8-1)

Trainer Tom Amoss and jockey James Graham are looking to have a big Oaks Day. This filly pressed the pace in her debut, but had to wait at the quarter pole and lost all chance. Amoss is 31% with second-time starters.

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Jeff Nahill’s Kentucky Oaks top four

#4 Eskenformoney

#12 Stellar Wind

#1 Forever Unbridled

#10 Oceanwave

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, March 7

Race 1: #2 Handy Candy (8-1)

Trainer Ian Wilkes sends this 3-year-old out for his 2015 debut off a three-month freshening. He comes out of an allowance race at Churchill Downs won by Dortmund and that race has produced three next out winners. This son of Candy Ride had three bullet works getting ready for this spot. Look for a big effort off the bench.

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Race 4: #3 Bird Prince (8-1)

Could be a big day for trainer Ian Wilkes, or he’s prepping horses for Kentucky in a month. We’re hoping for the former. This colt has been training lights out and Wilkes puts blinkers on plus Julien Leparoux takes the mount.

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Race 10: #12 Sparkling Review (turf only) (6-1)

This 4-year-old filly makes her 2015 debut, too, and she runs against older fillies and mares for the first time. She didn’t get the best of draws but she likes to come from behind so it should makes a difference for jockey Julien Leparoux.

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There is no doubt that this will be a big Saturday around the nation with graded stakes sprinkled all over the place so it’s time to put out handicapper hats on. We’ll stick mainly to the 3-year-old preps, but won’t forget the big races at Santa Anita, too.

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Grade II Swale Stakes, 7 furlongs, Gulfstream Park: 1. Bluegrass Singer, 2. Ready for Rye, 3. Daredevil. LONG SHOT: X Y Jet. Comment: This race was postponed following last week’s monsoon in Florida. DAREDEVIL might be a slam dunk as he comes out of the Breeders/ Cup Juvenile, which has proven to be an ultra-key race with many winners returning. And the biggest stat I heard was that no horse has returned from that race to win a two-turn race so that fits right in with the Todd Pletcher-trainee. However, I’m going with BLUEGRASS SINGER, who is cutting back from two turns to 7 furlongs for trainer Marcus Vitali. READY FOR RYE is stretching out from 6 furlongs and figures to be tough. Just an added note: Super Colossal has scratched out of the Swale and the Tampa Bay Derby due to a spiked fever, according to trainer Edward Plesa Jr.

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Grade III Gotham Stakes, 1 1/16th mile, Aqueduct: 1. Lieutenant Colonel, 2. El Kabeir, 3. Classy Class. LONG SHOT: Tiz Shea. Comment: This race didn’t come up that tough, especially when Withers winner Far From Over decided to pass. LIEUTENANT COLONEL broke his maiden at first asking at Gulfstream Park for trainer Chad Brown. Personally, I love offspring of Colonel John that stretch out and that’s what we have here. TIZ SHEA is another horse in here off a maiden-breaking win at first asking and has been transferred to the barn of Bill Mott. Interesting.

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Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, 1 1/16th mile, Tampa Bay Downs: 1. Moonlight Bandit, 2. Ocean Knight, 3. Carpe Diem, 4. Divining Rod. LONG SHOT: Great Stuff. Comment: I’ll be honest I didn’t pick BC Juvenile runner-up CARPE DIEM due to that previous stat I mentioned and this is his first start of the year. Trainer Mark Casse has two horses in here, MOONLIGHT BANDIT and DANZIG MOON, and I’m probably picking the wrong won. MOONLIGHT BANDIT had a ton of trouble in his 2015 debut in a Gulfstream allowance and figures to improve off that effort. OCEAN KNIGHT is undefeated and tough to ignore for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

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Grade II San Felipe, 1 1/16th mile, Santa Anita: 1. Bolo, 2. Dortmund, 3. Ocho Ocho Ocho, 4. Prospect Park. LONG SHOT: The Gomper. Comment: BOLO has been a monster on the grass and now is the time to find out if he is the same on the dirt. By the sire Temple City, offspring have had no problems going two turns and have excelled going two turns. Now is the time to see how they do on the dirt. Jockey Victor Espinoza takes over for mike Smith, who is on OCHO OCHO OCHO. DORTMUND is a perfect 4-for-4, but he wasn’t supposed to run here as trainer Bob Baffert called an audible. THE GOMPER was all the talk after his maiden win, but has falter since. It’s put up or shut up time for the son of Sky Mesa here.

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Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, 1¼ mile, Santa Anita: 1. Shared Belief, 2. Hard Aces, 3. Bronzo, 4. Sr. Quisqueyano. LONG SHOT: Catch a Flight. Comment: Sorry, I’m a big SHARED BELIEF fan. Just think he is the best horse in America and don’t see him losing. BRONZO finished fourth to him in the San Antonio and should show improvement. Like the two shippers HARD ACES and SR. QUISQUEYANO but only for the minor awards. Heck, second place pays $200,000.

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Tampa Bay Downs opinions for Saturday, Jan. 31

Race 2: #5 Alabaster (5-1)

Our Eyes: Not sure if this race shouldn’t be in New York with trainers like McLaughlin, Pletcher and Zito in here, but we’re going to trainer Eoin Harty and this 3-year-old colt. The son of Medaglia d’Oro has a race over the track and switches to leading jockey Antonio Gallardo, who is 4-for-9 with Harty.

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Race 3: #3 Senor Grits (2-1)

Our Eyes: This son of Elusive Quality drops out of a stakes effort at Laurel and that race has produced FIVE next out winners. Trainer Ian Wilkes has been working this 3-year-old at Palm Meadows and jockey Julien Leparoux jumps on.

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Race 6: #11 Prize Native (15-1)

Our Eyes: The key will be if this 4-year-old gets in the race as he is on the also-eligible list. That being said trainer Anthony Granitz is 31% with stretchouts at Tampa. This gelding drops in class and jockey Ademar Santos must work out a trip from the outside.

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Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Feb. 8

The main track certainly had a speed bias on Friday after being packed down on Thursday due to the rain. It will be interesting to see if there are any changes overnight

FIRST RACE: 1. Yankee Rebel, 2. Cinco de Mario, 3. Hello Frankie. LONG SHOT: Fighting On.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Little Curlin (best bet), 2. Act, 3. Party Time. LONG SHOT: Shackleford Banks.

This 3-year-old LITTLE CURLIN should have been unsaddled in the winner’s circle last time as he had nowhere to run in the stretch and had to come out, finishing third, losing by 1½ lengths. There are a lot of first-time starters in this race, but we’ll go with the proven commodity. ACT, PARTY TIME and SHACKLEFORD BANKS have all been training well for their debuts.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Big Wags, 2. Muchos Besos, 3. Magic Beam. LONG SHOT: She Digs Me.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Nazareth, 2. Star Act, 3. Sweet as a Rose. LONG SHOT: Nashoba’s Gold.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Blueskiesnrainbows, 2. Game on Dude, 3. American Blend. LONG SHOT: Blingo.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Beautiful Spirit, 2. Sunland Vintage, 3. Secret Memo. LONG SHOT: Athina Lee.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Jeranimo, 2. Temeraine, 3. Lucayan. LONG SHOT: Vagabond Shoes.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Diamond Bachelor, 2. Candy Boy, 3. Midnight Hawk. LONG SHOT: Chitu.

DIAMOND BACHELOR was one of the top 2-year-olds on the West Coast last year —- on the turf. He ran in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on the dirt and finished ninth. Trainer Patrick Biancone decides to give it one more shot on the dirt and jockey Julien Leparoux flies in to ride from Gulfstream Park. It’s time to find out if this War Front colt has Derby potential or is it time to return to the grass.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Trelawny, 2. Swift Eagle, 3. Dreamcatcher. LONG SHOT: I Don’t Care Who.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Oneandonlyloveman $3.20, first race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Bob Consultation $7.80, second; Twin Six $7.80, fourth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 3 (Majestic Minister $10.40, third; Friendswin K Mill $6.80, fifth; Fury Kapcori $4, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Dream Baby $16.20, eighth)

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Santa Anita picks for Thursday, October 17

FIRST RACE: 1. Secret Genius, 2. Sugar Spice, 3. Sassy Suances. LONG SHOT: Piano Kitty.

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SECOND RACE: 1. SCAT PATTY (BEST BET), 2. Hair on Fire, 3. Real Bright Boots. LONG SHOT: Tribal Dress.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Lady Asano, 2. Gulsary, 3. Perfecta. LONG SHOT: Life Is a Stone.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Street Choir, 2. Running Water, 3. Nicholas M. LONG SHOT: Sheriff Hutton.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Loufoque, 2. Elite Eight, 3. Kitten de Pere. LONG SHOT: Cause Im a Bigshot.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Johns Journey, 2. Western Showdown, 3. Showmeister. LONG SHOT: Scamalot.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Golden Production, 2. Plaza de Indias, 3. Creditcardroulette. LONG SHOT: Brilliant Melody.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Midnight Casanova, 2. Gallant Charm, 3. Chocolatier. LONG SHOT: Major Affair.

Monday’s top choice winners: 3 (Appearance $3.80, second race; Secfet Circle $4.40, third; Big Bane Theory $4, ninth)

Monday’s second choice winners: 3 (Can the Man $3.60, fourth; Final Step $3.40, sixth; Roust ‘E, Bertie $12.20, 10th)

Monday’s third choice winners: 0

Monday’s long shot winners: 1 (Noble Kent $10.40, first)

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Updated Santa Anita picks for Thursday, Oct. 10

Don’t forget a Pick Six carryover of more than $575,000 starting in today’s third race. Also, check weather report and track conditions as rain was suppose to hit Southern California Wednesday afternoon.

LATE NEWS: Jockey Garrett Gomez has been taken off all mounts by track stewards.

FIRST RACE: Tribal Rain, 3, Katy’s Kitty, 3. Miz Wounded Knee. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Lorie S.

Trainer Bob Hess claimed TRIBAL RAIN, a son of Tribal Rule, at Golden Gate and ships her down to SoCal. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps aboard so that’s good enough for me.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Small Moves, 2. Scherzinger, 3. Corlett Drive. LONG SHOT: Pebble Beach Baby.

Trainer Joshua Litt doesn’t have a big barn or start many horses on the circuit, but he has two running today and SMALL MOVES looks like the most likely winner. Litt is 25 percent (2-for-8) off layoffs of more than 180 days. This 3-year-old filly broke her maiden on the Santa Anita dirt and could be ready for a big effort.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Barney Rebel, 2. Danderek, 3. Mr. Candy Bar. LONG SHOT: Anythingscookin.

The Pick 6 starts with a pretty tough event. Trainer Dan Blacker seems to be starting his whole barn today (four horses) and BARNEY REBEL looks like a decent sort at a price. He finished second at Del Mar and moves up in class. He has a win and third over this turf course so let’s hope the race stays on the grass. ANYTHINGSCOOKIN comes out of a key race at Del Mar where three horses have come back to the winner’s circle.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. For Emma, 2. Lady of the Nile, 3. Gracie Ragazza. LONG SHOT: First Mil.

SCRATCHES: Gracie Regazza, First Mil.

NEW PICKS: 1. For Emma, 2. Lady of the Nile, 3. Goodhumorgirl. LONG SHOT: La Casadora.

Another tough race for handicappers. FOR EMMA comes from the Peter Miller barn and is by a decent first-out sire in D’wildcat. She has some decent works over at Hollywood Park and Miller isn’t adverse to getting a price. LADY OF THE NILE is from the Bob Baffert barn and he scores with 32 percent of his maiden claimers.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Always a Chance, 2. Love Tale, 3. Town Belle. LONG SHOT: Miss Well Molded.

Trainer Sean McCarthy, who also works for HRTV, stretches this filly out off a third-place finish at Del Mar. She comes out of a key race and has been working OK for her return to the turf. Jockey Joe Talamo gets aboard and he leads SoCal riders in turf races won.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Scarly Charly (Best bet), 2. Crucero, 3. Cat Burglar. LONG SHOT: Expo and Fig.

This is one tough maiden race and you can make a case for a lot of horses in here. Trainer Janet Armstrong knows how to get horses ready, especially on the dirt (27 percent). SCARLY CHARLY, a 4-year-old gelding, is making only his fourth career start but seems to like to come from off the pace and that might fit perfectly in his first try around two turns. Armstrong and jockey Mario Gutierrez have combined to win two of their three attempts the last two years with a large ROI ($11.20).

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Holladay Road, 2. Segway, 3. Artic North. LONG SHOT: Lumberyard Jack.

HOLLADAY ROAD has never been worse than third in three tries over the Santa Anita turf course. Jockey Julien Leparoux jumps aboard for trainer Julio Canani, who has been in a bit of a slump for the last few months. SEGWAY is a first-time gelding for the Richard Mandella barn.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Angel’s Moon, 2. Make More Money, 3. Truly Beautiful, 4. Full of Spice. LONG SHOT: Harlan’s Trick. NOTE: As suspected, ANGEL’S MOON IS SCRATCHED.

I don’t often pick four horses but ANGEL’S MOON is on the also-eligible list and will need a scratch to get in the race. ANGEL’S MOON is from the Bruce Headley barn and drops into a maiden claimer for the first time. Jockey Edwin Maldonado keeps the mount and he is 3-for-6 riding for Headley the last two years. MAKE MORE MONEY finished second in his first race on the circuit for trainer Jeff Mullins and has been training well over the Santa Anita surface.

BELMONT PARK ALERT: Bloom Racing Stable has a first-time starter named Freddie G running in Belmont’s 6th race on Thursday. I know owner Jeff Bloom has been high on this New York-bred for a while and been patiently waiting for his debut. Jockey Javier Castellano takes the mount and Freddie G is 3-1 on the morning-line. Just looking at the works, they seem pretty good, but trainer Gary Contessa is 3% with first-timers. I joked to Bloom over the summer that I would be waiting until his second start to bet on him and then Contessa won with two first-timers shortly thereafter. I have no inside info here other than I know he’s suppose to be a nice NY-bred.

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Santa Anita picks for Sunday Oct. 6

Working on some other things today so will try to have picks up later, especially for Pick 6 carryover.

NINTH RACE: #2 Rob’s Pal

This 3-year-old gelding gets a huge jockey change from Jorge Carreno to Julien Leparoux, who excels on the turf and that’s where this race is. Rob’s Pal only lost by 2¼ lengths at Del Mar and should be able to make that up against this field.

Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Drover Crazy $11.80, fifth race).

Saturday’s second choice winners: 3 (Tama County $10, third; Points Offthebench $11.20, ninth; Cal Gal $32, 10th).

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Miss Pippa $9, second; No Jet Lag $28.20, fourth; Teddy’s Promise $5.40, seventh).

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0.

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Updated Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Sept. 28

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Chips All In and jockey Julien Leparoux, green, overpower Boat Trip (Garrett Gomez), red, to win the Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at Santa Anita Park. BENOIT PHOTO

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Well, it certainly wasn’t anything close to opening day at Del Mar, as Santa Anita’s fall opener drew only 4,537 on Friday. It will be interesting to see what Del Mar draws in 2014 for its first ever fall meeting.

On thing was sure on Friday in Arcadia: trainer Bob Baffert was back on his favorite surface: dirt. Baffert scored two wins and his horses were ready to run.

On the jockey front, nine races produced nine different winners.

Saturday should prove interesting with Breeders’ Cup preps front and center at the Great Race Place and around the country, too.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Yana, 2. Moving Seas, 3. Versye. LONG SHOT: Another Victoria.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Southern Sunrise, 2. Hello Frankie, 3. Topper’s Ghost. LONG SHOT: Tribal Smoke.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Shiva Ryan, 2. All for Us, 3. Cautious Giant. LONG SHOT: Closet E.

Trainer Bisnath Parboo ships this 2-year-old colt, SHIVA RYAN, West to try and break his maiden around two turns on the grass. The son of Tapit did well at Calder with a third-place finish after a slow start in his career. He figures to improve off that effort and we should get a nice price with jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. aboard. It looks like all of the shippers have a shot here so don’t discount ALL FOR US  and CLOSET E.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. I See Back, 2. Kristo, 3. Da Bears. LONG SHOT: Quick and Silver.

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FIFTH RACE (Grade I Chandelier): 1. Secret Compass, 2. Fascinating, 3. She’s a Tiger. LONG SHOT: Antiquity.

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SIXTH RACE (Grade I Rodeo Drive): 1. TIZ FLIRTATIOUS (best bet), 2. My Gi Gi, 3. Starstruck. LONG SHOT: Vionnet.

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SEVENTH RACE (Grade I Frontrunner): 1. Can the Man, 2. Dance With Ftae, 3. Tamarando. LONG SHOT: Schoolofhardrocks.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Burns Turn, 2. Rosies Ready, 3. Smooth Talker. LONG SHOT: Our Pure Creation.

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NINTH RACE (Grade I Zenyatta): 1. Beholder, 2. Authenticity, 3. Joyful Victory. LONG SHOT: Flashy American.

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10th RACE (Grade I Awesome Again): 1. Mucho Macho Man, 2. Golden Ticket, 3. Paynter. LONG SHOT: Jeranimo.

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11th RACE: 1. Pontchatrain, 2. Heir Kitty, 3. Judy In Disguise. LONG SHOT: Moulin de Mougin.

This 3-year-old War Front filly, PONTCHATRAIN, showed a lot of promise in winning an allowance race at Del Mar on July 28, but she came back in a minor stakes and was just too keen after getting bumped at the start and finished fourth. With a little more conservative ride from jockey Gary Stevens, this Tom Proctor-trainee could love the hillside turf course.

Friday’s top pick winners: 0

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Oh Daddy Oh $6.60, 2nd race; Hurray Home Clover $9.20, 5th race)

Friday’s third choices winners: 2 (Georgia $4.20, 1st race; Tiz the Truth $6.60, 7th race)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Updated Del Mar picks for Saturday, Aug. 31

FIRST RACE: 1. NIGHT DANCE (best bet), 2. Suances Flower, 3. One Magical Girl. LONG SHOT: Rossi Reserve.

Trainer Mike Mitchell is always competitive in the claiming ranks. He’s trying something different here with NIGHT DANCE as he goes route to sprint with this 4-year-old filly. But one area where Mitchell really excels is third off the layoff. He’s 6-for-9 the last three years at Del Mar in that category so go with the flow.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Southern Freedom, 2. Confisio, 3. Bourne Hot. LONG SHOT: Even Echo.

SOUTHERN FREEDOM is sitting on a win and is bred to love two-run trip on the Polytrack for 2-year-olds. Mike Smith takes over for an absent Julien Leparoux as Jerry Hollendorfer.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Danderek, 2. Senator Bob, 3. Husband’s Folly. LONG SHOT: So Elite.

Hollendorfer tries to go back-to-back here as DANDEREK went wire-to-wire last time and now takes a minor drop in class. Jockey Rafael Bejarano is at Saratoga on Saturday so Corey Nakatani takes over.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Cautious Giant, 2. New Year’s Day, 3. Carson’s Ten. LONG SHOT: Candy Boy.

CAUTIOUS GIANT comes from the Jerry Quinn/Carla Gaines barn. He got off to a slow start in his debut, but make no mistake he is bred top and bottom to go around two turns, which he attempts here.

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FIFTH RACE (Harry F. Brubaker Stakes): 1. Liaison, 2. Hawk’s Eyes, 3. Sky Kingdom. LONG SHOT: Summer Hit.

LIAISON was suppose to run in the Pacific Classic last weekend, but was scratched to run in this spot. He finished a disappointing sixth in the San Diego Handicap, but might be due to turn it around.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Socialbug, 2. Llandudno, 3. Tribal Peace. LONG SHOT: Spring Breeze.

SOCIALBUG was outstanding first time out for trainer Bob Baffert and while she might have missed some time after her July 21 maiden win, she appears to training just fine to make it 2-for-2 lifetime.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Swissarella, 2. Stole a Kiss, 3. Eddies Curl. LONG SHOT: Keepnherinthedark.

SWISSARELLA and STOLE A KISS come out of the Sunday Rules maiden race. All Sunday Rules did was win a Cal-bred stakes race on Wednesday. SWISSARELLA has tactical speed and jockey Gary Stevens retains the mount.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Blue Tone, 2. Northern Iowa, 3. Tiz the Truth. LONG SHOT: Indycott.

BLUE TONE was the 8-5 favorite last time at this level and finished third while pressing the pace all the way around. He has had a good work since that race and Smith takes over for Bejarano.

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NINTH RACE (Grade I Del Mar Debutante): 1. She’s a Tiger, 2. Awesome Baby, 3. Fascinating. LONG SHOT: Bajan.

SHE’S A TIGER finished a half-length behind Concave in the Sorrento Stakes. Trainer Jeff Bonde puts blinkers on here and Stevens takes over for Frank Alvarado in the saddle.

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10TH RACE: 1. Rookie Sensation, 2. This One’s for Mel, 3. Cacau. LONG SHOT: Heir of Storm.

Jockey Victor Espinoza had the choice of three horses in this spot and he chooses ROOKIE SENSATION, who lost by a neck to the highly regarded Surfcup.

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11TH RACE: 1. Wasted At Midnight, 2. Perfectamente, 3. The Magic Stone. LONG SHOT: Miss Charming.

WASTED AT MIDNIGHT finished four lengths behind the aforementioned SOCIALBUG in her first race in 11 months last time. She should be fitter in this spot.

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