Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Aug. 17 (Pacific Classic Day) UPDATED

FIRST RACE: 1. Fawree, 2. Route Six Six, 3. Paladar. LONG SHOT: California Journey.
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SECOND RACE: 1. ORQUIDIAS BIZ (best bet), 2. Paid Informant, 3. Samurai Charm. LONG SHOT: Lucia’s Design.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Stormy Liberal, 2. Eddie Haskell, 3. Undrafted. LONG SHOT: Calexman.
It was all I could do not to pick UNDRAFTED. There is so much speed in this race and he is the only closer, but STORMY LIBERAL AND EDDIE HASKELL love this turf course so much, I just couldn’t do it.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Mr. Brownstone, 2. Satanta, 3. Executive Cat SCRATCHED, new No. 3: Swiss Minister. LONG SHOT: Clem Labine.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Succeedandsurpass, 2. Mo Forza, 3. Farquhar. LONG SHOT: Lambeau.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. Smooth Like Strait, 2. Royal Thunder, 3. Bronn. LONG SHOT: Special Day.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. United SCRATCHED, 2. The Great Day, 3. Marckie’s Water. NEW PICKS: 1. The Great Day, Marchie’s Water, 3. Itsinthepost. LONG SHOT: Blended Citizen.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1, Classic Fit, 2. Kim K, 3. High Regard. LONG SHOT: Into Chocolate.
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NINTH RACE: 1. Cambier Parc, 2. Dogtag, 3. Hidden Message. LONG SHOT: Hard Legacy.
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10TH RACE (Grade I Pacific Classic): 1. Tenfold, 2. Seeking the Soul, 3. Quip. LONG SHOT: For the Top.
Once again I will take this platform to say upon deaf ears to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: YOU SHOULDN’T BE RUNNING YOUR PREMIER RACE AT 6:30 P.M.!!! Those who haven’t been there on Pacific Classic Day, people start leaving after the fifth or sixth race and there is a steady stream afterwards. This year’s race is one of the best betting affairs in the history of the event but it shouldn’t have a post time of 9:30 p.m. on the East Coast. The race should be earlier on the card and there really wasn’t anything wrong with starting the first race at 1 p.m. for all those years. But hey what do I know? I know Del Mar is leaving a lot of wagering dollars on the table by running this race so late.
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11th RACE: 1. Betty F, 2. Salsa Bella, 3. Woodfin. LONG SHOT: Desert Oasis (SCRATCHED) New long shot: An Eddie Surprise..

Good luck.

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Del Mar opinions for Saturday, Aug. 19 (Pacific Classic Day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Inhibition, 2. The Real McCann, 3. Bucky Goldstein. LONG SHOT: Hoppitty.

SECOND RACE: 1. Lord Simba, 2. American Pastime, 3. Taman Guard. LONG SHOT: Coastline.
Trainer Bob Baffert loves to win other races on big days at the track and this son of Discreet Cat has been away since May, when he finished third in the Kona Gold at Santa Anita. I look for a big effort here.

FIFTH RACE: 1. AUSSIE FOX (best bet), 2. Saltini, 3. Lucky Soul. LONG SHOT: Icy Street.
This looks like a wide open race to me, but I love Aussie Fox. The colt just missed last time when he started from the No. 11 post. Today, he gets to start from the inside so look for jockey Rafael Bejarano to gun from the gate. I don’t know if Saltini will be ready off the bench for Richard Mandella, but look who he lost to in his last race … Arrogate. Hmmmm.

EIGHTH RACE ($1 million Pacific Classic): 1. Collected, 2. Accelerate, 3. Arrogate. LONG SHOT: Hard Aces.
I believe Baffert when he says Arrogate is ready to go, but I didn’t like the workout this week with Arrogate looking all over the place when he hit the stretch. I’m sticking with the “other” Baffert play. Collected destroyed Accelerate the last time they met. Some times horses just have another horse’s number like Accelerate already beating Arrogate twice. I hope Arrogate is back to his old self. This sport needs superstars. I’m just not 100 percent convinced. Maybe I will be at 5:46 p.m. today.

For the rest of my selections, go to:
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/sd-sp-delmar-selections-handicap-nahill-20170818-story.html

Good luck.

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Del Mar selections for Saturday, Aug. 20 (Pacific Classic Day)

Preview: It’s Pacific Classic Day, but there will be no Mike Smith as he rides Songbird at Saratoga. As for the main track on this day, who knows. Watch an early race or two before big bets. In the past, tracks like to soup up the main track on big days. Del Mar played to speed on Thursday, but was due to renovation Friday after works so it may get a little deep. Watch for trends.

Race 1: 1. #4 Glacken Too (3-1), 2. Moments Notiz, 3. Boone Docks. LONG SHOT: Drover Crazy.
This is the first time this gelding has been up for a claiming price, a move trainer Phil D’Amato is 24% with. The 5-year-old has speed and can be positioned early by Martin Garcia, who is 20% with D’Amato.

Race 2: 1. Lucky Teroda, 2. Professor Cinch, 3. Big Bad Jon. LONG SHOT: Solar Zone.

Race 3: 1. Dream Team, 2. Boozer, 3. Itsinthepost. LONG SHOT: Fueled by Bourbon.

Race 4: 1. Tough It Out, 2. Pray Hard, 3. Foxtrot Romeo. LONG SHOT: Souper Knight.

Race 5: 1. #7 Viva Vegas (3-1), 2. Diva La Mousse, 3. Abel Tasman. LONG SHOT: Zapperkat.
Trainer Bob Baffert likes to unveil prized maidens on big racing days. This filly might be the real deal after some good works. Rafael Bejarano takes the mount and he’s 45% with Baffert the last 60 days. The sire, The Factor, is 13% with first-timers.

Race 6: 1. Harmonize, 2. Decked Out, 3. Mokat. LONG SHOT: Mines and Magic.

Race 7: 1. #8 Miner’s Light (3-1), 2. Moe Candy, 3. Coldspell. LONG SHOT: Hook ‘Em Kurt.
Our Eyes: This gelding returns to the track after 9 months off and look who he lost to last year: Exaggerator and Uncle Lino. Those were tough races. Trainer Carla Gaines is 22% off a layoff of more than 180 days and leading jockey Flavien Prat jumps on.

Race 8: 1. #7 Flamboyant (7-2) BEST BET, 2. Ashleyluvssugar, 3. Metaboss. LONG SHOT: Finnegans Wake.
Our Eyes: This gelding was good early in the year and then finished fifth in the Dubai Turf. He came back to finish third in the Eddie Read earlier in the meet and trainer Paddy Gallagher is 32% second off the layoff. Jockey Flavien Prat keeps the mount.

Race 9 (Pacific Clasic): 1, Dortmund, 2. California Chrome, 3. Beholder. LONG SHOT: Dalmore.

Race 10: 1. Hillhouse High, 2. Into The Mystic, 3. La Berma. LONG SHOT: B Rockett.

Race 11: 1. Alex Rossi, 2. Rough Passage, 3. Carlsbad Mountain. LONG SHOT: Gunslinger.

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Del Mar selections for Thursday, Aug. 18

Preview: Big week at Del Mar with the Pacific Classic on Saturday. Bob Baffert, to no one’s surprise is leading all trainers in main track wins with 10 from 33 mounts. John Sadler is having a great meet with 7 wins from 16 starters on the dirt and Mark Glatt is 6-of-21.

Race 1: #2 Nuke Laloosh (3-1), 2. Ideal, 3. Papa Gulf. LONG SHOT: Foolish to Deceive.
Trainer Peter Miller brings this 3-year-old back after more than a year’s layoff, but look who he lost to in his last race, no other than Preakness winner Exaggerator. That race was a key race and with the drop to maiden claimers for the first time (Miller’s 28% there) this first-time gelding could be real tough.

Race 2: Dame Street, 2. Optimism And Hope, 3. Compel. LONG SHOT: Tequila Mary.

Race 3: 1. Golden Atlantic, 2. Cee the Preacher, 3. Look Me in the Eye. LONG SHOT: Redneck Crazy.

Race 4: 1. Marvelous Max, 2. Bernardjfortunato, 3. Zealous Tale. LONG SHOT: Ring Collector.

Race 5: #1 Marriedtoaminister (5-1) BEST BET, 2. Papa Mambo, 3. Watch This Cat. LONG SHOT: Conquest So True.
This filly was claimed by trainer Richard Baltas out of a maiden claiming victory and we think he had grass in mind for her. Baltas is 21% first off the claim and 25% both first turf and dirt to turf. The filly has the best Brisnet Late Pace Rating by 9 points which should work out well on the grass.

Race 6: 1. Warren’s Purrfect, 2. Appealing Lady, 3. Goliath’s Girl. LONG SHOT: Lob City.

Race 7: 1. Danas Best, 2. Pretentious, 3. Infinite Loop. LONG SHOT: Banze No Oeste.

Race 8: 1. #8 You’re the Reason (5-1), 2.It’s Not So Easy, 3. Starr of Quality. LONG SHOT: Victory Seeker.
Trainer William Morey drops this filly into a maiden claimer for the first time and he is 53% with such moves. Huge jockey switch from Kerwin John to Gary Stevens.

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Los Alamitos (plus a few others) opinions for Sunday, July 5

Race 3: #1 Sheza Eyeopener (5-1)

This 5-year-old mare won over this course three times last year in four tries. She returns to the dirt from the turf for trainer Rafael Becerra, who is 2-for-9 with the move. Jockey Martin Garcia keeps the mount.

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Race 8: #3 Ultimate Holiday (5-1)

Jockey Jimmy Graham makes his debut in SoCal today and rides this daughter of Harlan’s Holiday. The 3-year-old filly ran a creditable third over the track a year ago and trainer Richard Baltas is a 23% trainer this year.

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MONMOUTH PARK

Race 10: #6 Red Vine (3-1) *****

This 5-year-old broke his maiden on the turf at Del Mar a few years back and this year trainer Christophe Clement switched to the dirt and just like that he is 3-for-3. This horse is moving up the ladder  and think a win here propels him to Del Mar’s $1 million Pacific Classic. Likes to stay just off the pace and punce in the stretch. “Jersey” Joe Bravo retains the mount.

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Race 11: #8 Ashleyluvssugar (5-1)

SoCal-based trainer Peter Eurton switched this 4-year-old gelding to going long on the turf this year and discovered a star with a perfect 3-for-3. Eurton skipped the closing weekend San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita to run here and Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens retains the mount for this closer .

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Race 10: #10 Nesso (20-1)

A long time ago, this filly broke her maiden in Southern California, but now runs on the East Coast. She is versatile, running on the front end or from off the pace. Think the pace could be hot here for look for jockey Jesus Rios to be closing in the lane. She ran well over this track a year ago. Beware.

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Trainer Ken McPeek sending Frac Daddy to Del Mar

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s premiere race, the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 24, is turning into quite a race, already.
On Sunday, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said the undefeated 3-year-old Shared Belief, owned in part by media mogul Jim Rome, would be pointed for the Del Mar race at 1 1/4 on the Polytrack.
On Tuesday, trainer Ken McPeek confirmed his 4-year-old Frac Daddy would board a plane bound for Del Mar next Wednesday with the intention of running in the July 26 San Diego Handicap as a prep for the Pacific Classic.
“We’re pointing for the San Diego with the Pacific Classic as the goal,” said McPeek by telephone. “He’s doing extremely well.”
Frac Daddy is a synthetic surface special with three wins in four tries and earnings of $264,756 on Polytrack. The son of Scat Daddy saw his undefeated record on the surface come to an end July 1 when he finished second in the Grade III Dominion Day stakes at Woodbine Race Course in Toronto.
Despite being the overwhelming favorite, Frac Daddy finished second in the 1 1/4 race to Sky Captain, trained by Mark Casse, who is sending a string of 30 to 40 horses to Del Mar this summer for the first time. There is no official word from the Casse barn as to whether Sky Captain might make the trip, too. The 4-year-old son of Sky Mesa is now a perfect 3-for-3 on Polytrack.

For McPeek’s part, he is taking the blame for the loss at Woodbine.

“I think I ran a short horse,” he said. “I’ll take the bullet for that.
“He was out of his element in the race. He likes to sit outside and he was inside (under jockey Luis Contreras). He scooted along, but he never relaxed. I think I didn’t do enough with him (before the race).”
Frac Daddy, who has earned $674,036 in his career with five wins from 17 races, was coming off a 5-length win in the Eclipse Stakes at Woodbine on June 1.
McPeek said it looks like Frac Daddy will fly to Del Mar on July 16 and be stabled with trainer Blake Heap.
McPeek said he doesn’t have a rider yet for the San Diego, which will be run at 1 1/16-mile on the Polytrack.
As for facing last year’s 2-year-old champion Shared Belief at Del Mar, McPeek isn’t worried. Shared Belief is a perfect 4-for-4 on synthetic tracks and won last Saturday’s $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby in his first race on dirt.
“Facing older horses is a different bear all together,” he said. “He’s a very nice horse. (The Pacific Classic) should be a great race.”
If McPeek’s name sounds familiar, it should. He has earned $61 million in his training career. He won the 2002 Belmont Stakes with Sarava and finished second in the 1995 Kentucky Derby with Tejano Run. He also finished second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita with Golden Ticket.
McPeek is also the owner of the Horse Races Now app, which he started 14 months ago and has more than 200,000 followers. The app allows people to see entries, results, live video, race replays, news and most importantly wager on races.
“It hasn’t been easy starting it,” said McPeek, “but it’s something the industry needed.”
More information on the app is available at www.horseracesnow.com.
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Del Mar’s Pacific Classic returning to national TV

Build it and they will come or maybe card it and they will televise it, eventually.

After several years of not being on national television, other than TVG (which is a sponsor of the race), the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s $1 million Pacific Classic has returned to the national airwaves, it was announced Monday.

The 1 1/4-mile race on the main track (Polytrack for its final year) will be shown by NBC Sports Network (NBCSN, Channel 65 on Cox Cable) from 5-6 p.m. PDT on Sunday, Aug. 24. That means the race will probably remain the ninth or 10th race on an 11-race program with a first post of 1 p.m. for the full card.

Over the years, the Pacific Classic has been shuffled around on the card to meet the needs of national television (mainly ESPN). It has been run earlier on the card and it has been run as late as 6:45 p.m. one year.

After the ridiculous practically night time post, Del Mar officials, starting with track president Joe Harper, decided to end the madness and run the race where they wanted, eschewing national exposure.

Now, Del Mar gets to keep its traditional post time and return to national television at the same time. A win, win in its eyes.

Personally, I think running the biggest race of the meet that late in the day defeats the purpose because some fans begin leaving the track after the fifth or sixth races due to the early first post. Plenty of fans never see the race at all due to that factor, but for Del Mar to be back on national TV is a good thing.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Cuneo $3.60, second race; Safety Belt $19.60, seventh; Beholder $2.20, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 4 (New Nature $9.60, first; Stoney Fleece $10.60, third; Happy Idea $6.20, sixth; Bench Light $6, ninth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar: Casse coming from Woodbine

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club spent the last week talking to horsemen about coming to its annual summer meeting, looking to beef up a horse population that shrinks yearly. The efforts are working.

Woodbine trainer Mark Casse recently told Del Mar officials he will bring 30 to 40 horses this year for the first time. In Hot Springs, Ark., trainer Cody Autrey told Del Mar he will be back and hopefully earlier like during the the Los Alamitos meet.

Del Mar officials then moved on to Lexington, Ky., and the Keeneland meet to tell more horsemen about the third year of the “Ship N Win” program which gives horses a starting gate and purse bonus in their initial start of the meeting as long as their last start was out of state.

The big get is Casse, who started Delegation in last year’s Pacific Classic.

“He came close to coming last year,” said Tom Robbins, executive vice president/racing. “He was all set and then they had a virus outbreak and there was no movement into the United States. We’re excited. We have our fingers crossed.”

“That’s the plan,” said Casse on last week’s NTRA teleconference. “I’ve been in communications with Del Mar.  I’ve cleared it with my owners and the plan is currently to bring probably between 30 and 40 horses to Del Mar, and then probably stay there maybe for who knows how long; a long time.”

The key with Casse is that he has a lot of allowance horses, which will help increase the quality of Del Mar’s races.

“He liked what he saw last year, and he has California owners,” said Robbins, “but the key is he’s planning on staying beyond our meet and that’s good for the industry.”

Casse won nine races and $368,653 from 84 starters this winter at Gulfstream Park. In the first week of the Keeneland meet, he has a 27-5-3-5 record with earnings of $305,312 and during the first weekend of racing at Woodbine (in Toronto) Casse was 7-2-1-1, earning $86,193.

Another key to the Casse move is that Keeneland and Woodbine have Polytracks, a similar surface which will be making its swan song at the seaside oval this summer before being replaced by dirt next year.

Jockey Luis Contreras rides many of Casse’s top horses at Woodbine and rode Delegation (poorly, I might say) in last year’s Pacific Classic, but don’t expect him to come to Del Mar as the barn rider.

“No, I don’t think so,” said Casse.  “You know, Luis does really well at Woodbine.  It would be kind of crazy for him to come out there.  I don’t know who.  Somebody may come with me.  I mean there’s plenty of good riders in California.  I don’t think I really have to bring anybody.  You know, (Hall of Fame jockey) Mike Smith and we go back probably 25 or 30 years, and so there are a lot of good riders.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

“So far we’ve been very lucky recently at Keeneland with Stewart Elliott, and, you know, we’ll just have to see how things are going. I like the way he rides, and him and I have a good relationship, but we may or may not bring somebody.  That just remains to be seen.  But like I said, I’m not concerned.  There’s a lot of good riders in California.”

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Queen of the Hill $5.20, third; Cat Burglar $5.20, fifth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Kid Rollins $7, ninth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Stormy Lucy $5.40, fourth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Remind Mee $8.40, seventh)

Note: Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Saturday/Sunday for the close of the winter/spring meet. There will be mandatory Pick 6 and Super High 5 payouts on Sunday. The spring/summer meet opens Friday, April 24.)

 

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Updated Del Mar picks for Wednesday, Aug. 28

FIRST RACE: 1. Topper’s Ghost, 2. Stormin Lute, 3. Brannaman. LONG SHOT: Run Hide.

TOPPER’S GHOST, a 3-year-old son of Old Topper, was a universal good thing first time out. He was 20-1 on the morning-line and went off as the 2.40-1 favorite, winning by three-quarters of a length. He was claimed out of that race by leading trainer John Sadler, who is 25 percent with that move. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps off another contender to ride here, too.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Melatonin, 2. Kristo, 3. Roundupthelute. LONG SHOT: Quick and Silver.

This is a race with several high-priced 2-year-olds like KRISTO ($500K) and ROUNDUPTHELUTE ($230K) , but it could be a 20,000 bargain named MELATONIN that steals the show. The son of Kodiak Kowboy has been tearing up the track in the morning and looks ready to go for trainer Jeff Bonde.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Marine Fog, 2. Bev N Bud, 3. Peacenik. LONG SHOT: Afleet Cowboy.

CLASSIC BOBBY (No. 1) is “stuck” in the race and likely to scratch. MARINE FOG was claimed out of his last race by Bonde and must beat several others he lost to last time. However, Bejarano jumps aboard and that could make all the difference.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Dreamnofatticus, 2. Bro’s Bro, 3. Glitter of Silver. LONG SHOT: Accomplish.

Bejarano just missed getting DREAMNOFATTICUS to the winner’s circle last time. He shortens up a half-furlong here and it just might be the winning formula.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. TONES (best bet), 2. Gutshot Straight, 3. Truelee Scrappin. LONG SHOT: Magic Beam.

Heading into the final full week of the meet some trainers drop horses looking for some shipping money. We have one of these here for trainer Doug O’Neill in TONES. This 4-year-old drops into a claimer for the first time, all the way down at $20,000. We might have gotten a better price here if this race was run before last weekend. In Tones’ last race, he lost to You Know I Know (third in the Pacific Classic), Holding Glory (fifth in the Pacific Classic) and Huntsville (third in the Del Mar Mile). That’s quite a company line.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Sizzlin’ Joe, 2. Christopher Street, 3. Turn on the Pumps. LONG SHOT: Heat Streaker.

Marty Jones trains both SIZZLIN’ JOE and CHRISTOPHER STREET. SIZZLIN’ JOE has been on the synthetics his last three races, but in his only try at this distance on the grass, he won. Plus, Bejarano takes over and he comes out of a race where Brown Boss has come back to win. CHRISTOPHER STREET has been a disappointment in his two comeback races so maybe the third start off the layoff will do the track.

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SEVENTH RACE (Generous Portion): 1. Sunday Rules, 2. Rovenna, 3. Feature Attraction. LONG SHOT: Whatsallthedrama.

You would think for a $150,000 purse there would be more than six Cal-bred fillies signed up, but there isn’t. SUNDAY RULES went wire-to-wire in her debut and looks tough in this spot. ROVENNA is the interesting one as she broke her maiden at Calder and comes out West looking for bigger money.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. J K’s Mischief, 2. Winninginfashion, 3. Nonna Reese. LONG SHOT: Maddog Maddie.

J K’S MISCHIEF threw in a clunker last time, but she was favored and will be looking to make amends here. Hard Buns came back to win, making it a possible key race.

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Updated Del Mar picks for Sunday, Aug. 25, Pacific Classic Day

Remember first post is 1 p.m. and the Pacific Classic post is approximately 5:18 p.m.

Don’t forget jockey Joel Rosario will be replaced on all of his mounts after suffering a broken foot at Saratoga on Friday. Also don’t be afraid to bet horses he was suppose to ride because his agent, Ron Anderson, is one of the sharpest in the business and his mounts will be live.

FIRST RACE: 1. Wild Media, 2. D’Obession, 3. My Slew. LONG SHOT: Follini.

WILD MEDIA finished fourth in his comeback race and since that race has had two bullet works at Hollywood Park for trainer Bruce Headley. Jockey Edwin Maldonado takes over so look for a little more speed out of the gate.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Magic Union, 2. Ismene, 3. Camryn Kate. LONG SHOT: Creditcardroulette.

MAGIC UNION looks like a private purchase by Hronis Racing LLC and trainer John Sadler. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano takes the mount in the 3-year-old filly’s first try on a synthetic track.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Mudflats, 2. Suances Candy, 3. Just Irish. LONG SHOT: Master Rudy.

Earlier this year, MUDFLATS was bought for a lot of money and was a contender on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Trainer Doug O’Neill drops him down to a $16,000 claimer and I’m willing to bet there will be some claims in for him. The 3-year-old gelding has a good work over the track and may have found his friends.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Elite Eight, 2. Be Proud, 3. Antiquity. LONG SHOT: Candy Eye.

ELITE EIGHT and BE PROUD both have races over the track while most of the others are making their career debuts. ELITE EIGHT had a ton of trouble and switches to Gary Stevens.

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FIFTH RACE (Del Mar Mile Handicap): 1. Obviously, 2. Silentio, 3. Tigah. LONG SHOT: El Commodore.

Only five signed on here. I’m sure OBVIOUSLY scared a lot of people away. He’s tough on the front end. SILENTIO returns from a layoff after losing to the likes of Wise Dan and Suggestive Boy.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Primal Instinct, 2. Bardstown, 3. Kristo. LONG SHOT: Gift Exchange.

This is one tough maiden race with horses making their debuts that cost the likes of $500,000, $400,000 and $300,000. PRIMAL INSTINCT comes from the Baffert barn and he has been training well for this spot.  KRISTO IS SCRATCHED

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SEVENTH RACE (Pat O’Brien): 1. Fed Biz, 2. Majestic City, 3. Goldencents. LONG SHOT: Great Hot.

The Pat O’Brien comes up really tough with a field of 13 going 7 furlongs. This seems a little strange for this colt to go from 1 1/8-mile on the turf to sprinting on the Polytrack, but trainer Bob Baffert is a master at this, hitting at 38 percent with the route-to-sprint move. This one has a win over the Polytrack in the past and a good work this week in preparation.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Include the Aussie, 2. Lilbourne Eliza, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Macaabra.

INCLUDE THE AUSSIE ships in from Arlington Park for trainer Tom Proctor. Gary Stevens rides and the 3-year-old filly loves the distance, having never been off the board in three tries.

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NINTH RACE (Grade I Pacific Classic): 1. Dullahan, 2. Delegation, 3. Game On Dude. LONG SHOT: Jeranimo.

This 4-year-old won’t catch this Pacific Classic field by surprise like last year when he won this race as a 3-year-old. The facts are these: the son of Even the Score has three lifetime wins and they are all on Polytrack; leading rider Rafael Bejarano takes the mount and there just seems to be too much speed in this race with Delagation, Game On Dude. Blueskiesandrainbows and Endorsement. That should set things up perfectly for this colt.

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10th RACE: 1. Forever Freedom, 2. Yomybato, 3. Format V. LONG SHOT: Smokin’ Cat.

Bejarano rides the first off the claim for Henry Dominguez. When top riders get aboard for small barns, it usually means they are live. YOMYBATO is scratched.

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11th RACE: 1. MR LEMON TREE (best bet), 2. Empty Headed, 3. Volkonsky. LONG SHOT: All Star Bell.

The son of Suave makes his turf and two-turn debut in this spot for trainer Richard Baltas, who hits with 42 percent of his sprint-to-turf moves. The 3-year-old closed well in his last race, which was his first start in 11 months. Leading rider Rafael Bejarano sees fit to ride.

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