Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Saturday, July 18

FIRST RACE: 1. Tiz Jolie, 2. Papa Kade, Afleet in Time. LONG SHOT: Dynamite Ride.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Life Is a Joy, 2.Eldorado Prado, 3. I Don’t Care Who.LONG SHOT: Macho Sox.

Trainer Ron Ellis is 42% second off the claim. This gelding has been off for a little while but there is a good work showing readiness.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Rockin Bayou, 2. Toews On Ice, 3. Kelly With a Twist. LONG SHOT: Dare to Believe.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Finnegans Wake, 2. Midnight Storm, 3. Power Ped. LONG SHOT: Twentytwentyvision.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Sweet Mz. Poppet, 2. Quality Chimes, 3. Sailor’s Cry. LONG SHOT: Kenny’s Girl.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. FRAT BOY (best bet), 2. Highway Boss, 3. Borealis Breeze. LONG shot: Cougar Country.

Trainer AC Avila can be a crafty one. This 3-year-old gelding was claimed in Kentucky and tries for the “Ship N Win” money here. Avila is 4-for-8 first off the claim and 53% off a layoff of 61-180 days.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Irish, 2. Iron Rob, 3.  Go Long. LONG SHOT: Knust.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Istanford, 2. Personal Diary, 3. She’s Flush. LONG SHOT:  Gas Total.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Yana, 2. Stealth Drone, 3. Pattitude. LONG SHOT: Dr. Fager’s Gal.
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10th RACE: 1. Ground Rules, 2. The Gomper, 3. Bluegrass Bronco. LONG SHOT: Chiropractor.

This 3-year-old scratched out of the Oceanside Stakes on opening day for this spot. First time turf and the sire Smart Strike is 12% first time on turf.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Getoffmyback $4, fourth race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (Proud Captive $7.60, third; Baruta $7.20, sixth; Zipessa $6.40, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Xoxo $9.80, fifth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (D. Shifflett $9.20, first)

 

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Updated Del Mar picks for Friday, Aug. 9

FIRST RACE: 1. Toledo Eddie, 2. Free Time, 3. Exotic Slew. LONG SHOT: Star Rocker.

TOLEDO EDDIE had a ton of trouble in his last race and now drops back from a mile to 5 furlongs on the turf. Trainer Craig Dollase and jockey Victor Espinoza are a solid combination.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Katy’s Star, 2. Bluegrass Ellie, 3. Economy of Motion. LONG SHOT: Jesse’s Giacomo.

KATY’S STAR closed good ground during a period at the seaside oval when it was hard to do so. The track seems fairer this week and her style just might work at 6½ furlongs on the Polytrack. It doesn’t hurt that leading jockey Rafael Bejarano sticks around.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Behind the Bossman, 2. Heyyoucan, 3. Znelle. LONG SHOT: Silent Ruler.

BEHIND THE BOSSMAN showed speed first time out and Bejarano jumps on for the red hot Doug O’Neill barn. All O’Neill has done this week is win five times. The Boss also takes the all important drop from straight maidens to maiden claiming.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Olympic Blue, 2. Matto Mondo, 3. Bipartisan. LONG SHOT: Casa de Cambio.

OLYMPIC BLUE drops out of the second division of the opening day Oceanside Stakes. He takes on older horses for the first time and might enough the extra furlong.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. NEXTDOORNEIGHBOR (best bet), 2. Gallant Gent, 3. Plenny of Henny. LONG SHOT: Private Bounty.

NEXTDOORNEIGHBOR was claimed last time out by trainer Ron Ellis, something Ellis doesn’t do often. However, when he does he wins 44 percent first off the claim.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Jeanne Marini, 2. Amanda, 3. Full of Spice. LONG SHOT: Rockin Girl.

JEANNE MARINI showed plenty of speed on the class drop. She also has a big work over the Polytrack which could be a winning formula. Watch the toteboard action on first-timer Rockin Girl because she had a big work over the surface late last month.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tasty Treat, 2. Kinz Funky Monkey, 3. Belle de Lune. LONG SHOT: Plus One.

TASTY TREAT is a perfect 2-for-2 over this 5-furlong turf course. There are no secrets here. Bejarano will go to the front and see if anyone goes with her.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sophie’s Secret, 2. Beautiful Spirit, 3. Kevin’s Kool Kat. LONG SHOT: Tony’s Pinguini’s.

Interesting race here. SOPHIE’S SECRET drops into a maiden claimer for the first time. She has a big work over the track and trainer John Sadler puts 10-pound apprentice jockey B. Pena on board. Smells to me like the rookie is going to go to the front and try to win his first race.

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Wednesday’s updated Del Mar picks

Sorry haven’t been posting much in the last week, but been battling kidney stones since Friday afternoon.

@Jeff_Nahill

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Jeff Nahill’s picks for Wednesday, July 17

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FIRST RACE: 1. Casa de Cambio, 2. Titian, 3. Husband’s Folly. LONG SHOT: Golden Mexico.

Defending training champion Peter Miller received a shipment of horses from New Mexico for Del Mar’s “Ship and Win” program and he’s starts right off in the first race with CASA DE CAMBIO. He gets the nation’s leading jockey, Joel Rosario, to ride and inside is always good going a distance of ground on the Polytrack.

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SECOND RACE: 1. This One’s for Mel, 2.Sinfully, 3. Bipartisan. LONG SHOT: Keep Movin’

Could be a Miller daily double to start the meet off with. THIS ONE’S FOR MEL has inside speed and gets a key jockey switch from apprentice Orozco to Garrett Gomez.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Katy’s Star, 2. Wink and Wish, 3. Bluegrass Ellie. LONG SHOT: Say Say.

KATY’S STAR ships down from Golden Gate into a mediocre field and gains the services of defending riding champion Rafael Bejarano.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Gab Power, 2. Cyclometer, 3. Duke of Doom. LONG SHOT: Huntsville.

Went a little bit out of my comfort zone when it comes to post position on the turf course, but GAB POWER has Joe Talamo riding on the turf and we love that. Basically on Del Mar’s turf you want to be in one of the first five gates, but Gab Power starts from No. 7 here.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Moving Desert, 2. My Lucky Rose, 3. Cause Ur My Baby. LONG SHOT: Betty Bing Bing.

Owner John Harris loves to win races and on opening day at Del Mar would be just fine with MOVING DESERT, who has shown speed in her first two races. Bob Baffert’s MY LUCKY ROSE has a big work showing for her debut and so does BETTY BING BING, but Betty’s trainer, Peter Eurton, is 0-for-31 with first-time starters.

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SIXTH RACE (OCEANSIDE STAKES, First division): 1. Undrafted, 2. Gervinho, 3.Examen. LONG SHOT: Greeley Awesome.

UNDRAFTED is owned by Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker and trained by Wesley Ward. He was on the Triple Crown trail for a while this spring, but wasn’t good enough. GREELEY AWESOME could be the upsetter. He was claimed for $40,000 by John Sadler and has been working well for this spot.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Royal Meridian, 2. Chasing the Heat, 3. Legal Separation. LONG SHOT: Peacenik.

Del Mar is a “horse-for-courses” track and you won’t go wrong betting those which have done well here in the past. ROYAL MERIDIAN is 2-for-2 on the Polytrack.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Bro’s Bro, 2. Love de Car, 3. Senor Snickers. LONG SHOT: In Excessiveness.

BRO’S BRO showed speed in his debut and switches to Talamo. He figures to improved off that effort. LOVE DE CAR could be a sneaky sort and may have races under his belt at unrecognized Utah tracks. Be careful.

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NINTH RACE (Oceanside Stakes, second division): 1. Den’s Legacy, 2. Joelito, 3. Rosengold. LONG SHOT: Gabriel Charles.

DEN’S ELGACY comes out of the best races and draws the cozy No. 3 post. JOELITO has shown potential all along on the turf and ROSENGOLD is undefeated on the surface, but draws on the outside.

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10TH RACE: 1. BIG MACHER (best bet), 2. Promissoryexchange, 3. Jimmy the Whip. LONG SHOT: Valid But True.

Trainer Miller is 28 percent first first-time starters at Del Mar the last three years and he gets Rosario to ride here. Joel could be heading to dinner rather than ride a maiden claimer so this one must be live.

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