Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Saturday, Aug. 3

All everyone will be talking about today is the Pick 6 carryover of more than $619,000, and rightly so, but we’ll try to get you some money to bet before the pool that is likely to be more than $3 million.

FIRST RACE: 1. Tanzanite Cat, 2. Hold Everything, 3. Rum Point. LONG SHOT: Knock Em Flat.

TANZANITE CAT is veteran jockey Patrick Valenzuela’s first mount of 2013 following a retirement and knee surgery. TANZANITE CAT was training with Guns Loaded, who is scheduled to run in Sunday’s Best Pal Stakes, so trainer Cody Autrey knows how to get a first-timer ready. Watch out for KNOCK EM FLAT, who is trained by Jeff Mullins. Mullins scored in Friday’s eighth race with a second time starter to set up the carryover and we get a similar move here. To add fuel to the fire, KNOCK EM FLAT has a pair of big works over the Polytrack.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Big Wags, 2. Forever Freedom, 3. East Sky. LONG SHOT: Golden Mexico.

Trainer Bill Spawr is off to a slow start, but he is due to turn it around. He is 27 percent first off the claim and that’s what BIG WAGS is here.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Truelee Scrappin, 2. Amazing Hearted, 3. Bank the Eight. LONG SHOT: Dress Code.

Trainer Mike Mitchell is another one good first off the claimed, which he did with TRUELEE SCRAPPIN at Hollywood Park. The 5-year-old horse has won 3-of-6 at the distance.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. PULLA TRAIN, 2. Top Marquee, 3. Bro’s Bro. LONG SHOT: Dreamofatticus.

PULLA TRAIN got off to a slow start in his debut July 17 at Del mar. He finished a respectable third and trainer Eric Kruljac does better with second-time starters. First-timer TOP MARQUEE is by In Excess and could be live.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Mega Heat, 2. Rousing Sermon, 3. You Know I Know. LONG SHOT: Holding Glory.

OK, here we start the Pick 6 sequence here. MEGA HEAT has tactical speed and has two wins in three tries over the Del Mar Polytrack. A big effort by ROUSING SERMON could put him in the Pacific Classic. YOU KNOW I KNOW is from the John Sadler barn while long shot HOLDING GLORY has been training well for his U.S. debut and trainer A.C. Avila has been known to try and put one over.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Upward Spiral, 2. Warren’s Flasher, 3. Heart Stealer. LONG SHOT: Prettypriceygirl.

UPWARD SPIRAL was suppose to have some talent after coming over from Europe last year for the Breeders’ Cup, but she has yet to find her footing yet. Trainer Simon Callaghan tries her going two turns on the turf. We’re betting jockey Victor Espinoza tries going to the front with the addition of blinkers. WARREN’S FLASHER just beat Cal breds at this level and jockey Rafael Bejarano keeps the mount. HEART STEALER has speed, but it will be tough from the outside post.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Swissarella, 2. Feature Attraction, 3. Eddies Curl. LONG SHOT: Miss Loujean.

The inside posts have been good on the Polytrack and SWISSARELLA, trained by Patricia Harrington, comes out of the No. 1 post for Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. FEATURE ATTRACTION, trained by Mike Harrington (yes, they are related), is by good first out sire Roman Ruler. EDDIES CURL just finished second in the CTBA Stakes and is the likely favorite.

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EIGHTH RACE (Clement L. Hirsch): 1. Include Me Out, 2. Lady of Fifty, 3. More Chocolate. LONG SHOT: Sisterhood.

INCLUDE ME OUT is the defending champ of this race and has a bullet work over the track to show she’s ready, but the outside draw might pose a bit of a problem.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Blue Collar Boy, 2. Eyesablazin, 3. Just Irish. LONG SHOT: Changing Karma.

BLUE COLLAR BOY is first off the claim for Peter Eurton and he has a good maintenance work over the track since a seventh-place finish opening week. EYESABLAZIN is looking for his first win on the Polytrack.

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10th RACE: 1. Christopher Street, 2. Ethnic Dance, 3. Pulpit’s Express. LONG SHOT: Turn On the Pumps.

CHRISTOPHER STREET was fifth in his comeback race and should be fitter in this spot. He draws the inside and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith stays aboard. Don’t forget TURN ON THE PUMPS was trained by Carla Gaines until her suspension began on Thursday so the chances are good this 5-year-old gelding is ready to run.

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Updated Del Mar picks for Friday, Aug. 2.

This isn’t the best card of the meet, and in fact might be the worst card of the first 13 days, but you are going to have these types of cards once in a while. At least there is a Pick 6 carryover of more than $100,000. Here is an updated look at the card with some commentary.

FIRST RACE: 1. Unusual Don, 2. Boston Charley, 3. Sailors Brother. LONG SHOT: The Mad Hungarian (scratched).

Tough to go against trainer Peter Miller in a spot like this with UNUSUAL DON, who has been training well for his debut.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Cori Celesti, 2. Cavalla, 3. Warren’s Judy. LONG SHOT: Jolly Green Bean.

Tough race here, Any horse could win it. Good work horses appear to be WARREN’S JUDY, HELLO STORMY and BEAUTIFUL STRIKE.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Top Knot, 2. Liar Liar Liar, 3. Proud Bok. LONG SHOT: Tiz a Funtime.

Not crazy about the outside post draw for TOP KNOT, but hopefully jockey Joe Talamo will find a way to get to the inside of the Polytrack. Trainer Vladimir Cerin does very well maiden claimers. MUSIC AND ME, JAYA ROO and PARIS AFFAIR look like they have decent works.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Rossi Reserve, 2. Lanida, 3. Mary Contrary. LONG SHOT: Halfapondarosa.

We hit the bottom of the barrel for fillies and mares in this $8,000 claimer. Looks wide open again. ROSSI RESERVE just missed at one level above this and jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps on for trainer Bill Morey. LANIDA just won at the level at Hollywood Park and has a win and two seconds at Del Mar.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Whining, 2. Gutshot Straight, 3. Diamond of Blue. LONG SHOT: Let’s Get Crackin.

Another claiming group for us to look at. WHINING has been running in New Mexico and ships looking for the Del Mar bonus. New Mexico horses have done well at the meet. The major question here is whether the 4-year-old gelding will take to the Polytrack track.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Warren’s Rosebud, 2. Market Quote, 3. Zanbo. LONG SHOT: Joint Attempt.

Again we don’t like out post draw with WARREN’S ROSEBUD, but Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens continues to ride in fine form. Here’s hoping he can find a way to get over. Remember the turf course rails were moved last night to 14 feet so speed might do well on this course for the next week. JOINT ATTEMPT should get a long look in here as trainer Mike Machowsky just scored Thursday with a shipper on the turf. Machowsky can train and is looking for the bonus money here. This 3-year-old filly has been in California for a month and appears to be training just fine.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Omega Star, 2. Ambitious Brew, 3. U’narack. LONG SHOT: Follini.

Yes, we left likely favorite TIZ A MINISTER off of our top horses. He has never won at this 7-furlong distance and has never been better than second (twice) in three tries at Del Mar. Of course, that means he will romp today. However, we like OMEGA STAR for the team of Bejarano and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Look at that bullet work on July 24. He just might love the Polytrack. Almost every horse in the race is training well so don’t be afraid of trying to beat Tiz a Minister.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. CONCORDE WEST (best bet), 2. Hard Play, 3. Dramatic Allan. LONG SHOT: Arizona Wildcat.

This race might be tougher than it looks but we’ll stick with CONCORDE WEST, who is dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time. This 3-year-old colt lost to No Distinction two races back at Oaklawn Park. All No Distinction did after that was string three wins together and finish second in a minor Saratoga stakes last week. Quite a few horses are training well in this spot so don’t be afraid of a price underneath.

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Del Mar picks for Thursday, Aug. 1

FIRST RACE: 1. Frequent Flame, 2. Katy’s Kitty, 3. Memo to Kathy. LONG SHOT: Igotnosixes.

FREQUENT FAME gets a second run over the Del Mar Polytrack after an even effort. Jockey Joe Talamo sticks around for Peter Miller.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Smart N Dreamy, 2. Lets Get Frisky, 3. Midnight Lady. LONG SHOT: Comin Easy.

SMART N DREAMY just broke his maiden coming from just off the pace and a similar style will work here. Looks very much on the improve.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Thunder Bonnet, 2. Rousseau, 3. Tookmebysurprise. LONG SHOT: Ritual Hills.

Wow, so close to a two-day carryover in the Pick 6, but we start anew here. The horses which have run aren’t all that much so time to go with first-timers THUNDER BONNET and ROUSSEAU. Trainer Adam Kitchingman already has a first out winner so we’ll go with THUNDER BONNET on top.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Cast a Doubt, 2. La Mano Nera, 3. Sacred Ovation. LONG SHOT: Brutally Handsome.

CAST A DOUBT is first off the claim for trainer John Sadler, who obviously has a plan by moving to the turf for the first time.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Citron Kid, 2. Mikey T, 3. Money Machine. LONG SHOT: Scatman Blues.

CITRON KID drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and goes from turf to Polytrack for the first time. Talamo takes the mount from Martin Pedroza.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Doyouseemecoming, 2. Trelawny, 3. Fury Kapcori. LONG SHOT: Gladding.

DOYOUSEEMECOMING showed speed last time and that style has worked well the first two weeks of the meet. He has been working well over the surface and could be ready to go to the winner’s circle.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Lucayan, 2. Old Time Hockey, 3. Camp Victory. LONG SHOT: Hawk’s Eyes.

LUCAYAN has been chasing OBVIOUSLY in his last two races and drops from graded stakes company.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. THE GATEKEEPER (best bet), 2. Warren’s Tyler S., 3. Candy Sweetheart. LONG SHOT: IN a Wine Tizzy.

THE GATEKEEPER could make it a very big day for the Sadler barn. Big jock switch from Irving Orozco to Edwin Maldonado. Orozco lost his whip and steadied late so this switch may make all the difference at this low level.

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Del Mar picks for Wednesday, July 24

Since all anyone cares about is the Pick 6 carryover, we’ll skip the commentary on the first two races, but watch those races very carefully before putting in your Pick 6 ticket. There was a definite inside speed bias last week. However, if the weather warms up today look for the rally wide types to regain the upper hand.

FIRST RACE: 1. Cotton’s Point, 2. Sophie’s Secret, 3. Cravin’ the Heat. LONG SHOT: Miracle Merger.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Captain Corrigan, 2. Penny Maker, 3. Change of Plan. LONG SHOT: El Sabios.

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THIRD RACE: 1. TAELYNS PRINCE (best bet), 2. Station House, 3. Sunny Kat. LONG SHOT: Settheworldonfire.

The 2-year-olds hit the turf going around two turns for the first time in Southern California. There aren’t enough of these races. TAELYNS PRINCE is by English Channel and finished a good second first time out. He is bred to love the distance. STATION HOUSE is a first-timer from the Richard Mandella barn, which has scored in the past with this move. SUNNY KAT is by Kitten’s Joy and we know the Joys all love the turf, but the post is a problem here. SETTHEWORLDONFIRE and BE YOU are long shots to consider.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Iron Joe T, 2. Bev N Bud, 3. King Bill. LONG SHOT: Jim’s No Preacher.

IRON JOE T is dropping off the claim for Cody Autrey, who has already won three races at the meet after poor performances the last two years. Autrey and jockey Joe Talamo have finished first or second in four of their last five collaborations. BEV N BUD has a win over the Polytrack abd comes out of a key race. KING BILL drops for trainer Doug O’Neill who has gotten off to a slow start. JIM’S NO PREACHER comes in from New Mexico for red-hot trainer Pete Miller, who scored with this angle last week.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ryleigh Ruler, 2. Sweet G, 3. Monstro Ness. LONG SHOT: Yvons Dixie Melody.

Tough race. If you can figure out who will have the lead going into the turn, you might have the winner. RYLEIGH RULER is by Roman Ruler, who is an early-win sire and his offspring like the Polytrack. I’m taking a wild swing here because trainer Roberto Diodoro is 0-for-5 with first-time starters at Del Mar. SWEET G drops in class off a trouble trip and might go better under Long Star Park apprentice Sigala. MONSTRO NESS showed speed in his debut, but must clear the field from the outside post.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Bella Viaggia, 2. Ondine, 3. Sweet Lulu. LONG SHOT: Ticket to Broadway.

BELLA VIAGGIA was a perfect 2-for-2 over the Del Mar Poly last year and comes off a win in her 2013 debut. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano jumps off undefeated SWEET LULU to ride ONDINE for trainer Bob Baffert. TICKET TO BROADWAY is part of that Miller/New Mexico connection.

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SEVENTH RACE (The Wickerr): 1. Corporate Jungle, 2. My Best Brother, 3. Indy Point. LONG SHOT: Hudson Landing.

Trainer Tom Proctor came through for us on Sunday with Wishing Gate and he tries here again with CORPORATE JUNGLE. The 5-year-old loves this distance and just missed winning in his 2013 debut at Arlington Park. MY BEST BROTHER won the Del Mar Derby here last summer and makes his first start of 2013. INDY POINT drops out of a key Grade I race in Argentina, but trainer Richard Mandella is 0-for-4 with first-time North American starters. HUDSON LANDING has two wins over the course, but this is a way tougher spot.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Indycott, 2. Will He Amaze, 3. Tuckers Point. LONG SHOT: Rocabar.

INDYCOTT is dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time for Mandella, who hits 38% with this move. This son of A.P. Indy is bred to run all day, but seems strange for Mandella to give up on one like this so soon. I know some people think this is a single in the Pick 6, but not for me. WILL HE AMAZE is also dropping into a MC for the first time and has had trouble at the start in both of his starts. TUCKERS POINT just missed at this level for Talamo and Autrey, but the post is a bit on an issue here. ROCABAR is by Pulpit and drops in class.

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