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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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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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Updated Del Mar picks for Saturday, Aug. 17

FIRST RACE: 1. Legacy, 2. Indygo F M A, 3. Jazz On The Beach. LONG SHOT: Playful Humor.

Leading trainer John Sadler won two races on Friday he looks tough here with LEGACY. Jockey Julien Leparoux jumps aboard and he’s one of the best turf riders around.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Cal Gal, 2. Meinertzhageni, 3. Singleinthelast. LONG SHOT: Good Proof.

CAL GAL comes from the red hot Doug O’Neill barn. The trainer won two more races on Friday to give him 12 in the last eight racing days. CAL GAL finished third in her debut and leading jockey Rafael Bejarano keeps the mount.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Hard Buns, 2. Chestnut Moon, 3. Sharp Bella. LONG SHOT: Jaya Roo.

Trainer Vann Belvoir claimed HARD BUNS out of a winning effort last time. The 3-year-old filly faces winners for the first time, but Bejarano stays on.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Candy Boy, 2. Yes Yes Yes, 3. Can the Man. LONG SHOT: Flying Open.

CANDY BOY is a son of Candy Ride, who loved Del Mar. Sadler trains and CANDY BOY has been training well for his debut. YES YES YES is by the top sprint sire City Zip and trained by Peter Eurton, whose only win first time out came earlier in the meet via disqualification.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Lil Bit O’ Fun, 2. Gab Power, 3. Kid Edward. LONG SHOT: Bio Pro.

LITL BIT O’ FUN was claimed by trainer Richard Baltas, who won three races Sunday and Wednesday. Baltas is 29 percent first off the claim and jockey Garrett Gomez takes over.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Gravity Force, 2. Hoosier Dada, 3. New Year’s Day. LONG SHOT: Little Shack.

GRAVITY FORCE is from the O’Neill barn and it puts jockey Patrick Valenzuela aboard. They teamed up to win Friday’s first race. GRAVITY FORCE is by the awesome first out sire Malibu Moon and this colt has been training well for his debut. HOOSIER DADA is interesting because jockey Edwin Maldonado jumps on after riding HI FASHIONED to a second place finish last time. HI FASHIONED could very go favored in this race, but it looks wide open.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Marchman, 2. Know More, 3. Germany Bay. LONG SHOT: Master Clip.

MARCHMAN turned in a decent third place run in his Del Mar debut last time and now Bejarano jumps aboard. Beware.

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EIGHTH RACE (Grade I Del Mar Oaks): 1. Kitten’s Dumplings, 2. Discreet Marq, 3. Wishing Gate. LONG SHOT: Pearlside.

The Oaks is full of shippers from the East Coast and Europe looking for that Grade I placing for breeding purposes. KITTEN’S DUMPLINGS has done little wrong for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. She won the Regret at Churchill Downs and then the Lake George at Saratoga. The Ramseys also have EMOTIONAL KITTEN in the race, too. The other Kitten just finished second in the Grade I American Oaks for trainer Wesley Ward. DESCREET MARQ ships in after winning two straight at Belmont for trainer Christophe Clement.

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NINTH RACE: 1. HEAVEN AND EARTH (best bet), 2. Say’s Who, 3. My Lucky Rose. LONG SHOT: Too Obvious.

HEAVEN AND EARTH is a first-timer starter from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn and he gets Leparoux to ride. The daughter of Ministers Wild Cat has been training well at Del Mar and is bred to be a sprinter.

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10th RACE: 1. Star Vesta, 2. Twelve Folds, 3. Showgirl Form. LONG SHOT: Corlett Drive.

STAR VESTA just won for fun and moves up for Hollendorfer and Bejarano. The daughter of Master Command also has a big work since her big win. She looks tough right back.

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Updated Del Mar picks for Thursday, Aug. 15

Jockey Julie Leparoux, left, and trainer Jeff Mullins are all smiles after Sirocco Strike is made the winner of the Green Flash Handicap on Wednesday at Del Mar. BENOIT PHOTO

Jockey Julie Leparoux, left, and trainer Jeff Mullins are all smiles after Sirocco Strike is made the winner of the Green Flash Handicap on Wednesday at Del Mar. BENOIT PHOTO

The action on Wednesday proved to be interesting as jockey Joe Talamo broke out of a 1-for-30 streak last week with two winners, including Dolphin Shorts ($15.20) in the eighth and Calameera ($7.40) in the third.

Calameera’s victory came for trainer Richard Baltas, who also won the second race with Atta Girl Alma ($6.20). It meant that Baltas had won three of the last four races run at Del Mar because he took the final race on Sunday.

Trainer Doug O’Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez continued their hot ways when Bas ($20.60) took the fourth race. O’Neill has now won eight races over the last six racing days while Gutierrez has won seven in that same time period.

Jockey Julien Leparoux, riding his first summer at Del Mar, is really getting into the swing of things with two more victories on Wednesday. He took the fifth with Tiz a Kiss ($7.20) and the featured seventh aboard Sirocco Strike ($16.40). It should be noted Leparoux was pushed into the win in the Gree Flash when track stewards unanimously —- and rightly —- disqualified Distinctiv Passion for costing Strong Wind second place by bumping deep in the stretch.

FIRST RACE: 1. Jedi Mind Trick, 2. Easy Solution, 3. Tizouttasight. LONG SHOT: Foogard.

JEDI MIND TRICK comes off a maiden claiming victory at Sacramento and has been sold privately. John Sadler takes over the training and Rafael Bejarano rides so this son of Don’esellmeshort should be live. EASY SOLUTION broke his maiden at Woodine on the Polytrack and is eligible for the “Ship and Win” program.

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SECOND RACE: 1. PLEASANT MISS (best bet), 2. Larocco, 3. Analemma. LONG SHOT: Sensational Nikki.

PLEASANT MISS appears to out-class this field while dropping from a pair of stakes races at Hollywood Park. Bejarano keeps the mount for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and the duo are 31 percent the last two years.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Two Blue Hens, 2. Wishcraft, 3. Lucky Student. LONG SHOT: Pearl de Vere.

TWO BLUE HENS drops in a maiden claimer for the first time for trainer Tom Proctor. He is 30 percent with this move and she has a bullet work over the track.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Abella, 2. Disco Lemonade, 3. Silent Deposition. LONG SHOT: Vindicted Ruler.

We liked ABELLA last time, but she got a poor ride. Martin Garcia takes over and he led her to a second place effort at this level two races back. A similar effort her can put her in the winner’s circle and she too has a big work over the track showing.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Quick Cielo, 2. Hope ‘n Pray, 3. Preacher’s Bluff. LONG SHOT: Wheeler Gorge.

QUICK CIELO didn’t do much wrong in his debut, finishing fourth just a length behind the winner. Trainer Mike Pender moves the gelding up in class and puts apprentice Irving Orozco on.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Lite That Baby Up, 2. Noble Kent, 4. Blue Collar Boy. LONG SHOT: Bailoutbobby.

LITE THAT BABY UP just finished second at this level and deserves another shot with Bejarano aboard.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Affrettando, 2. Nobilis, 3. Bench Light. LONG SHOT: Father of Science.

AFFRETTANDO is also trained by Pender and will get the services of Bejarano today. The gelding has a win and third over the course. The main question is will he handle the distance.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Jimmy the Whip, 2. Hard Play, 3. Stormin Lute. LONG SHOT: Nicholas M.

There one truism in racing: trainers don’t give away anything for free. That brings up STORMIN LUTE. The Bob Baffert trainee finished second in a maiden special weight race at Hollywood Park yet Baffert drops the colt to the bottom, maiden claiming for $20,000. Bet and claim at your own risk. JIMMY THE WHIP comes out of a key race where three horses have come back to win.

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Del Mar picks for Wednesday, Aug. 14

The  last five racing days trainer Doug O’Neill won seven races from 20 starters to make the trainer’s race a four-man battle between John Sadler (14 winners, 2-for-16 for the week),  Bob Baffert (12, 0-for-13), Jerry Hollendorfer (11, 4-for-12) and O’Neill (10).

Rafael Bejarano continues to pull away in the jockey’s race. He had eight wins on the week and has 29 for the meet. Former Kentucky Derby winning jockey Mario Gutierrez had an outstanding week with six wins from 17 mounts. Of course, Gutierrez rides a lot for O’Neill.

Jockey Julien Leparoux was 4-for-18 last week while Martin Garcia was 3-for-19 and Edwin Maldonado was 3-for-25. On the flip side, Joe Talamo continues to struggle as he went 1-for-30 for the week. Tough to bet on him these days, especially when he gets out-finished by the likes of apprentice Irving Orozco.

Don’t forget jockey Garrett Gomez is back in the mix and Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens returns from riding in Europe last week.

FIRST RACE: 1. Bubba Fizz, 2. Jets to Brazil, 3. Manewal. LONG SHOT: Zippingaroundtown.

Maldonado and trainer Adam Kitchingman have hit with an amazing 41 percent of their mounts over the last two years from 44 mounts. BUBBA FIZZ returns to sprinting after a failed effort at Santa Rosa going long on the grass. He also takes a drop in class.

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SECOND RACE: 1. TANGERINE TICKLE (best bet), 2. Atta Girl Anna, 3. Promiscuoussuances. LONG SHOT: Ziva the Diva.

TANGERINE TICKLE just lost to Glorious Luck, who won impressively on Saturday at Del Mar. This Tribal Rule filly will stalk the pace and let’s hope Talamo gets out of his funk.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Scary Fast, 2. Secret Memo, 3. Calameera. LONG SHOT: Spritzy.

The big Pick 6 carryover off more than $255,000 will start here. I wanted desperately to like SPRITZY in this spot for Bejarano and trainer Vann Belvoir, and she could very well win, but her works just haven’t been sensational for her debut. Then, again, maybe Belvoir is trying to hide something. Instead, we went with SCARY FAST, who just finished third at this level and has a good work since that race over the Del Mar Polytrack. Beside, we all know now that trainer Carla Gaines isn’t really suspended and she’s watching all her horses run in the afternoons.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Pawn Shop, 2. Bonita Star, 3. Bas. LONG SHOT: Lindz Winz.

Bejarano jumps on PAWN SHOP for little-known Northern California trainer Genaro Vallejo. They have hit 1-of-2 connections like this in the last year with a huge ROI of $15.30. Bejarano’s agent only puts him on horses that have a shot to win. LINDZ WINZ comes from the Dallas Keen barn, which just got off the 0-for-48 schneid on the Polytrack on Sunday.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Keldy, 2. Patriot C H, 3. Coconut Cream Pie. LONG SHOT: Cravin the Heat.

KELDY is one of six horses in this race going from turf to Polytrack. This 3-year-old daughter of Benchmark finished third at Hollywood Park and secures the services of Stevens for this race.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Cosmic Heat, 2. Unbridled Giant, 3. Frenemy. LONG SHOT: Somewhere With You.

COSMIC HEAT is first off the claim for Ron Ellis, who is 40 percent with this move. We tried this angle last week and got burned by a bad ride on the part of Agipito Delgadillo. Unfortunately, he’s riding here again so let’s hope he doesn’t get trapped on the rail again and no way to get through.

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SEVENTH RACE (The Green Flash Handicap): 1. Boat Trip, 2. Wiredfortwotwenty, 3. Distinctiv Passion. LONG SHOT: Circa’sgoldengear.

There’s lots of speed in this race so we’ll go with the closer BOAT TRIP, who is 1-for-1 at the distance and 4-of-6 on the grass.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Frannie’sspirittoo, 2. Dolphin Shorts, 3. Janes Ship. LONG SHOT: Reclusive.

FRANNIE’SSPIRITTOO has third-place finish over the track and may have the right style today. DOLPHIN SHORTS had a tone of trouble in her debut for trainer Mike Mitchell, who is 20 percent second time out. RECLUSIVE has been training well at Hollywood Park, but trainer Eric Kruljac is just 3-for-56 with first-time starters. He admitted in an interview that he tends to give a horse a race before fully cranking them up.

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Updated Del Mar picks for Sunday, Aug. 11

FIRST RACE: 1. Bev N Bud, 2. Faster Action, 3. Father Pabst. LONG SHOT: So Far So Fast.

The Victor Garcia barn has been on fire at the meet and BEV N BUD has never been worse than third on this track.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Horizon Sky, 2. Magic Channel, 3. Los Bambinos. LONG SHOT: Democratic Duck.

MAGIC CHANNEL won first time in this country, but jockey Julien Leparoux jumps off to ride HORIZON SKY, who takes a drop in class.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Market Portfolio, 2. Spotted Owl, 3. Valid But True. LONG SHOT: Heza Great Friend.

MARKET PORTFOLIO is a first-time starter by After Market for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who has won 42 percent of his maiden claiming first-time starters.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Elusive Luci, 2. Not My Tap, 3. Fanticola. LONG SHOT: Rockabye Lady.

ELUSIVE LUCI is a first-time starter from the Tim Yakteen barn. The daughter of Elusive Quality has decent works and gets leading rider Rafael Bejarano.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Under Review, 2. Little Jerry, 3. Meyden Magic. LONG SHOT: No Jet Lag.

UNDER REVIEW has been away from the races since Dec. 29 but has been working steadily for his return. Trainer John Sadler knows how to get them ready and Leparoux has been riding well on the turf course.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Dance With Fate, 2. American Pride, 3. Southern Freedom. LONG SHOT: Uncharted Course.

DANCE WITH FATE comes out of a maiden race where the top three finishers have come back to win. The 20year-old had all kinds of trouble in his debut and Bejarano sticks around to ride.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Lady Rosamond, 2. Sallyana, 3. Magestic Stinger. LONG SHOT: Daddy’s Song.

Trainer Bob Baffert drops Lady Rosamond into a claimer for the first time and gets Bejarano to ride the daughter of Keyed Entry.

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EIGHTH RACE (John C. Mabee): 1. Tiz Flirtatious, 2. Customer Base, 3. Lady of Shamrock. LONG SHOT: My Gi Gi.

There are only five fillies and mares in this year’s running of the Mabee, but it is still a talented group. TIZ FLIRTATIOUS is Cal bred who has blossomed on the turf, never finishing worse than second in six runs on the green stuff. CUSTOMER BASE is the wild card from the Tom Proctor barn. She will be coming from off the pace, looking for her first graded stakes victory.

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NINTH RACE: 1. JOE CARL (best bet), 2. Romeo Royale, 3. God of War. LONG SHOT: Mr. Make Believe.

JOE CARL has been claimed an amazing seven times in a row. He loves this Del Mar track with two wins, two seconds and a third in eight career runs. Bejarano keeps the mount for trainer Jack Carava.

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Updated Del Mar picks for Thursday, Aug. 8

FIRST RACE: 1. Distant Image, 2. Koko Loca, 3. Love Tale. LONG SHOT: Speedi Mouse.

DISTANT IMAGE showed speed last time and takes a drop in class. Trainer Vladimir Cerin takes the blinkers off and he’s 42 percent with that move.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Raja’s Rose, 2. Swiss Sugar, 3. Patty Wack. LONG SHOT: Inherit the Throne.

RAJA’S ROSE had a ton of trouble in her last start and still finished fourth. She moves up into open company, but there aren’t any world beaters in here.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Luxuriance, 2. Brilliant Melody, 3. Atta Girl Alma. LONG SHOT: Nava Nataly.

LUXURIANCE showed high speed last time going longer at Hollywood Park so this 5-furlong race should hit her right between the eyes.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Rolanda, 2. Akiss Forarose, 3. Awe’Some Kitten. LONG SHOT: Tebowing.

ROLANDA got out of the gate slow last time but finished just 2 lengths behind the winner. Trainer John Sadler moves her to the Polytrack and keeps the services of jockey Rafael Bejarano.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Diamond Bachelor, 2. Bourne Hot, 3. Oso Smart. LONG SHOT: Be You.

DIAMOND BACHELOR is by War Front, who is turning into a top class grass sire. Here’s hoping jockey Julien Leparoux doesn’t take him too far back in the colt’s first start.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Swiss Bliss, 2. Justalittleloopy, 3. Joyce and Me. LONG SHOT: Sydney’s Darling.

SWISS BLISS was overmatched in the Fleet Treat Stakes. She drops back in with claimers and could be spotted for an upset.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Miss Ellany, 2. Hard to Resist, 3. Candrea. LONG SHOT: Dancingtothestars.

MISS ELLANY loves to go to the front in her races and she is undefeated since jockey Edwin Maldonado took over.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. PERFECT JERSEY (best bet), 2. Chocolatier, 3. Bardy. LONG SHOT: Neil Healy.

CHOCOLATIER is the one to beat here, but can’t help feeling trainer Tim McCanna is trying to put one over in this spot. McCanna made a name for himself in the Northwest and is trying Southern California now. He has one upset at the meet. PERFECT JERSEY is dropping to the bottom of the maiden claiming ranks. He got a feel of the Polytrack in his last and now goes around two turns. His grass races at Golden Gate aren’t half bad, so we know he can get the distance.

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Updated Del Mar picks for Sunday, Aug. 4

FIRST RACE: 1. Blues and Silvers, 2. Blazen All Star, 3. Selleria. LONG SHOT: Long Legged Lovely.

Trainer Mike Puype would appear to have this race covered with BLUES AND SILVERS and BLAZEN ALL STAR. BLUES AND SILVERS is a Ship and Win candidate after being claimed away at Churchill Downs in June. She gets the services of jockey Gary Stevens, who has ridden well on the turf course this meet.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Awesome Baby, 2. Venetian, 3. Tacit Approval. LONG SHOT: Amaranth.

The inside five posts have been the place to be in sprints on the Polytrack this meet. AWESOME BABY starts from the No. 5 hole for trainer Bob Baffert. She has a big work over the track and gets Martin Garcia to ride. VENETIAN gets the No. 1 post, which has done super at the meet. The 2-year-old filly is by More Than Ready, a huge first out sire winner.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Cervaro, 2. Wicked Finance, 3. Smokin’ Bernie. LONG SHOT: Crucero.

CERVARO has been away since January for trainer John Sadler. The son of Lemon Drop Kid is bred to go two turns and Sadler plus jockey Julien Leparoux are a 44 percent combination at Del Mar.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Burns Turn, 2. Toomanytomatoes, 3. The Only Key. LONG SHOT: Camryn Kate.

There’s that man Sadler again. He won three races on Saturday’s card and he tries to get this daughter of Henny Hughes to go two turns on the grass for the first time. Leading rider Rafael Bejarano retains the mount.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Charisma Code, 2. Pray Hard, 3. Tribal Mystic. LONG SHOT: Takem by Surprise.

Jockey Joe Talamo has been in a slump and hopefully he breaks out of here with CHARISMA CODE. This gelding showed speed last time, which is a good thing to have on this Polytrack.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Mia Lady, 2. Always a Chance, 3. J and S Express. LONG SHOT: Lindz Winz.

MIA LADY has improved every race she has run in her brief career. She showed a lot of talent on the front end while breaking her maidne on June 21 at Hollywood Park and now jumps into the allowance ranks.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. BIORHYTHM (best bet), 2. Miss Pippa, 3. Silver Hustler. LONG SHOT: High Jinks.

BIORHYTHM tried two turns on the turf course for the first time and Stevens rides for trainer Tom Proctor. She just might go to the front and never get caught with the rails out to 14 feet on the grass course.

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EIGHTH RACE (The Best Pal): 1. Ontology, 2. Easy Solution, 3. Guns Loaded. LONG SHOT: Alpine Luck.

The 2-year-olds prep for the closing day Del Mar Futurity in this 6 1/2-furlong race. ONTOLOGY has shown a lot of talent while finishing second two times in a row to Alpine Luck. The extra half-furlong should be right up his alley, being a son of Tapit.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Royal Import, 2. Bay Rush, 3. Moment of Weakness. LONG SHOT: Cloud Hopper.

All you need to know about ROYAL IMPORT is that in eight run on this Polytrack he has two wins, three seconds and two thirds. Bejarano takes the mount.

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The news never seems to end at seaside oval.

+ Jockey Garrett Gomez held a 90-minute meeting with track stewards Sunday morning in hopes of getting permission to begin exercising horses on Wednesday.

That isn’t going to happen.

Gomez, who admitted to falling off the wagon and drinking again, had his follow up meeting with the Del Mar stewards moved from Wednesday morning to Friday afternoon.

Did Gomez fail his drug/alcohol test? Only time will tell.

Will the stewards play hard ball with Gomez because he failed to show up on opening day and honor his commitments (also for Thursday and Friday)?

The bigger issue might be that Gomez made no attempt to contact the stewards when two weeks ago when he was asked to do so. If Gomez had called to say, he fell off the wagon and was in a rehab a program, the stewards might have a different view of the situation.

As things stand now, the earliest Gomez will be able to get on a horse would be next Saturday and the first possible mounts he might be able to accept would be a week from Wednesday.

We’ll find out on Friday, what the latest chapter is.

+ Further news on the jockey front, trainer Bob Baffert announced Joel Rosario will ride Game On Dude in the Pacific Classic.

Regular rider Mike Smith will be at Saratoga that day to ride Royal delta for trainer Bill Mott, which means Rosario and Smith will pass each other in the air somewhere in the middle of the country.

The news also means defending Pacific Classic champion Dullahan will have a new jockey. Rosario rode him to victory last year.

However, Ron Anderson, Rosario’s agent, told Del Mar media officials “Game On Dude may be the best horse in the country and I would think he’d be a huge favorite (for the Classic).”

The move brought a classic response Dale Romans, Dullahan’s trainer.

“No one monkey stops my show,” said Romans.

+ The Grade I Bing Crosby was interesting on several levels.

Trainer Tim Yakteen scored his first Grade I victory with Points Offthebench ($8.80), who edged Goldencents by a head.

Funny after the race, TVG personality Greg Wolfe interviewed winning jockey Smith. It just so happens Yakteen is married to HRTV handicapper Millie Ball.

Also in the Bing Crosby, the plunger showed up for the second time this weekend and for the second time lost a $200,000 show wager made at Santa Anita.

On Saturday, the loss came in the Fleet Treat Stakes. On Sunday, the wager was on Comma to the Top, who finished fifth.

The show payoffs weren’t as large as the Fleet Treat, but they were nothing to sneeze at: $8.40, $6.60 and $7.20.

+ The Del Mar jockey colony had better be ware of Julien Leparoux when he goes to the lead on the turf course.

Twice on Sunday, Leparoux went wire-to-wire scoring with Pontchatrain ($9.40) and Horizontalyspeakin ($15) in the 10th race.

Leparoux normally rides from behind on the grass, but he was loaded on both horses and nobody pressured him.

Points Offthebench and jockey Mike Smith, right, hold off Goldencents (Kevin Krigger), left, to win the Grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes, Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA. BENIOT PHOTO

Points Offthebench and jockey Mike Smith, right, hold off Goldencents (Kevin Krigger), left, to win the Grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes, Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.
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