Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Sunday, Aug. 14

Preview: The turf rails will be set at 12 feet, giving closers a decent shot. On the main track jockeys to think twice about are Drayden Van Dyke 0-for-16, Abel Lezcano 0-13 and Mike Smith 1-15.

Race 1: 1. Space Cadet, 2. Spindle, 3. Atlantic Slew. LONG SHOT: Topaz Time.

Race 2: 1. Midnight Rambler, 2. Trust Ur Intuition, 3. Eddie Haskell. LONG SHOT: Senator Robert.

Race 3: 1. I B Mike, 2. Coyote Fly, 3. Overcomer. LONG SHOT: Dadtaughtmewell.

Race 4: 1. #9 Feldini (6-1), 2. Dark Energy, 3. Angel Eria. LONG SHOT: Aztec Warrior.
Trainer Scott Hansen is 43% the first time he puts a horse on the grass for the first time. Jockey Drayden Van Dyke jumps back. The sire Twirling Candy gets 10% winners first time on the green.

Race 5: 1. #2 Cordiality (5-1), 2. Allsquare, 3. Filly On Fire. LONG SHOT: The Spiral Jetter.
Trainer Mark Glatt is having a huge meet and he looks to continue it with this first off the claim filly. Glatt is 31% first off the claim and jockey Flavien Prat, 27% with Glatt, takes over.

Race 6: 1. Hobbits Hero, 2. Tuco, 3. Zinvor. LONG SHOT: Reflected Star.

Race 7: 1. Fact of Life, 2. American Gal, 3. Cho Has Zip. LONG SHOT: Hopefully.

Race 8: 1. #5 Barbara Beatrice (6-1), 2. Singing Kitty, 3. How Unusual. LONG SHOT: Tiz a Kiss.
This filly has been facing open company and now drops into a Cal-bred stakes. She has won over this course before and trainer Phil D’Amato is good in all categories, especially 25% third off the layoff. She might get overlooked in the wagering.

Race 9: 1. Awesome Image, 2. Legitimate, 3. Star Express. LONG SHOT: Olimpio’s Scat Cat.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Sunday, March 6

Preview: With rain scheduled to begin late Saturday night, SA management finally did something smart and carded only one grass race, which will be taken off to main track in all likelihood on Sunday. Look for horses that have done well on wet tracks before and check those Tomlinson numbers.


Race 3: #4 Toledo Eddie (9-2) 

Trainer Robertino Diodoro claimed this gelding last time and moves him up, which is always a good. Diodoro is 22% first off the claim and this 7-year-old is 2-for-2 on a wet track.


Race 4: #5 Keeping the Faith (6-1)

Plenty of class droppers in this maiden claimer, including this gelding. Trainer Anthony Saavedra is a perfect 3-for-3 when employing the sprint-route-sprint angle. Also the sire Southern Image is 18% with horses on a wet track. Apprentice David Lopez jumps on.


Race 6: #3 Feldini (8-1) 

Tough maiden race with trainers like Bob Baffert, Jerry Hollendorfer and John Sadler with horses entered but going with a possible up and comer in this 3-year-old by Twirling Candy, a sire who is 31% with mud horses. Trainer Scott Hansen is 33% with horses going two turns for the first time and jockey Tyler Baze jumps on.


Race 8: #3 Star of Munster (5-1) 

This filly had been doing well in open company and now drops into a Cal-bred race so looks like a class drop to me. Trainer Robertino Diodoro is 27% with horses that won their last race and should it stay wet the sire Tribal Rule does well on an off-track.

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Friday, March 21

FIRST RACE: 1. Tanquerray, 2. Mangita, 3. Magic Spot. LONG SHOT: Chilada.


SECOND RACE: 1. Clearly Confused, 2. Addendum, 3. Sugar Spice. LONG SHOT: Vindicted Ruler.


THIRD RACE: 1. Oughttobenaughty (best bet), 2. Provenance, 3. Autumn View. LONG SHOT: Epistemology.

This 4-year-old filly OUGHTTOBENAUGHTY got rained off the turf in her second start and still ran well at Hollywood Park. Trainer Scott Hansen is 3-for-9 with turf starters and he does well off the layoff (1-for-2). Underrated journeyman jockey Iggy Puglisi is 7-for-23 at the meet, including two wins on Thursday.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Full’s Dress Code, 2. Hearitforthegirls, 3. Writer Fever. LONG SHOT: E Equalsmcsquared.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Bettys Bambino, 2. Jet Warrior, 3. Back to Bako. LONG SHOT: Luz Atticus.

BETTYS BAMBINO, a 4-year-old gelding, was also rained off his turf debut and went on to a stunning 9½-length win on a wet/fast track for trainer Peter Eurton, who never has them cranked up first time. This son of Unusual Heat was bred to run on the turf and he gets his shot here down the hill.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Road Ready, 2. Xuang Feng, 3. Private Bounty. LONG SHOT: Di Conti.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Perfect Set, 2. Mambo Man, 3. Boyett. LONG SHOT: Lime Rickey.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Charbroiled, 2. Ice Cream Truck, 3. Jimrony. LONG SHOT: Destino.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Silk n Silver $3.80, first race; Our Glitter Ball $20.40, fourth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Rangi $6.80, seventh)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Visions of Candy $12.80. second; An Unusual Group $16.40, fifth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0