Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, July 17 (4 p.m. first post)

FIRST RACE: 1. BENESH (best bet), 2. Last One Standing, 3. Navy Hymn. LONG SHOT: D. Shifflett.

Trainer John Sadler is lights out in these maiden claiming races and this son of Street Boss takes the huge drop from MSW to MC 70,000. Jockey Victor Espinoza takes the mount and is 21% with Sadler.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Big Sugar Soda, 2. No Contingency, 3. May B. LONG SHOT: Justification.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Ghost of Navigator, 2. Proud Captive, 3. Miltee. LONG SHOT: Lucky Shoes to Win.

Another take the big drop from MSW to MC $20,000. This son of Mineshaft has been gelded since his last start and puts blinkers on for Northern California-based O.J. Jauregui, who is 27% with this kind of move. Ghost of Navigator is owned by Bloom Racing, which won Thursday’s featured Oceanside with Soul Driver.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Getoffmyback, 2. Captain Akers, 3. Tengas Ransom. LONG SHOT: Collect the Debt.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ramona’s Wildcat, 2. Hooligan, 3. Xoxo. LONG SHOT:  Not too Shiny.

Believe it or not, trainer Doug O’Neill has done well at Del Mar in turf sprints. This daughter of Wildcat Heir (14% turf sire) must find space because she has not early speed. That will be the job of Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Wasted At Midnight, 2. Baruta, 3. Scherzinger. LONG SHOT: Uzziel.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Revenue Virginius, 2. Zipessa, 3. Conquest Curlgirl. LONG SHOT: Harriet Tubman.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Olympic Lady, 2. Urloveneverfails, 3. Hekawi. LONG SHOT: Melinda’s Girl.

Trainer Victor Garcia comes ready to win at Del Mar, especially for his father/owner “King” Juan Garcia. Victor is 38% wiith beaten favorites and this one just pull off a surprise.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Nextdoorneighbor $4.60, sixth race; Gangnam Guy $10.40, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Soul Driver $7.80, eighth; )

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Ink Well $12, third; Gloryzpper $7.40, ninth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Olympic Blue $19.60, first)

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Feb. 7

FIRST RACE: 1. Signature Cat, 2. Cheap O Charlie, 3. Ministers Prayer. LONG SHOT: Roper.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Industry Leader, 2. Pray Hard, 3. Love Forever. LONG SHOT: American Act.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Ghost of Navigator, 2. Cyrus Alexander, 3. Nob Hill. LONG SHOT: Scorpious.

Barn has always been high on this son of Mineshaft, but GHOST OF NAVIGATOR (30-1) just hasn’t put it together. This is a tough maiden heat, but worth a stab at the price for trainer Ron Ellis and jockey Tiago Perez. The 3-year-old has shown improved works and should be worth a couple of bucks on win end and underneath the favorites in the exacta.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Shanty Irish (best bet), 2. Go Trumpy Go, 3. Young and Hungry. LONG SHOT: Perfect Temptation.

Trainer Mike Puype must want to get this Cal-bred SHANTY IRISH (8-1) on the grass pretty bad as he runs in an open MSW. Breeding says yes to the grass. Pressed that pace in debut, has good work coming into race down the hill and jockey Elvis Trujillo sticks.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Firing Line, 2. Dortmund, 3. Rock Shandy. LONG SHOT: Tizcano.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Cautious Giant, 2. Whine for Wine, 3. Pulling G’s. LONG SHOT: Kristo.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Quadrivium, 2. Finnegans Wake, 3. Patrioticandproud. LONG SHOT: Dyanmic Sky.

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EIGHT RACE: 1. Bronzo, 2. Shared Belief, 3. California Chrome. LONG SHOT: Tonito M.

Yes, this is a tough spot for BRONZO (20-1) with the likes of Hoppertunity, Shared Belief and California Chrome in the race, but trainer Neil Drysdale has been quoted as saying the longer the better for this Chile-import. Jockey Gary Stevens got familiar with him last time and hopefully learned something.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Arethusa, 2. Our Little Hen, 3. Dakota Kid. LONG SHOT: Kyiaki.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Katerrific $3, first race; Midnight Hawk $4.40, sixth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (Bluegrass Reward $7, second)

Friday’s third choice winners: 3 (Fighter Squadron $15.80, fourth; Nextdoorneighbor $11.20, fifth; Christopher Street $6.40, seventh)

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Discatsonthesquare $11.80, third)

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