Del Mar, Horse racing

Updated Del Mar picks for Friday, August 30

FIRST RACE: 1. Lilly’s Perfect, 2. Bonita Star, 3. Splendiferous Moon. LONG SHOT: Ribot Belle.

There’s lots to like about LILLY’S PERFECT. First you have leading jockey Rafael Bejarano. Then you have second leading trainer Doug O’Neill. Then you have a 6-year-old mare who is dropping in class and has been in the money five of the seven times she has run a mile on the main track.


SECOND RACE: 1. My Lucky Rose, 2. Grazenette, 3. Another Victoria. LONG SHOT: Full of Slew.

Trainer Bob Baffert takes the quick drop from the straight maiden ranks to the maiden claiming ranks with this 2-year-old filly. She showed some speed last time and that’s always dangerous at this level. GRAZENETTE is bred to win early and to be a sprinter. Her works are pretty decent for the level. FULL OF SLEW comes out of a key race where three horses have come back to win next time out.


THIRD RACE: 1. GULSARY (best bet), 2. Blues and Silvers, 3. Perfecta. LONG SHOT: Double Ante.

Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor had been preparing GULSARY, a 4-year-old daughter of Galileo, at Arlington Park and decide to run at Del Mar to know doubt try and collect part of that “Ship ‘N Win” bonus money. This filly made $47,828 in France and ran in two graded stakes. Jockey Gary Stevens sees fit to ride off the 10-month layoff. Stevens and Proctor are a 23 percent proposition.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Goodhumorgirl, 2. Take One, 3. Gracie Ragazza. LONG SHOT: Quick Approval.

GOODHUMORGIRL is a first-time starter from the Jeff Bonde barn. She is by Sharp Humor, a good first out sire, and speed jockey Edwin Maldonado gets aboard. Good works on a pair of first-timers in QUICK APPROVAL and PEGGY LYNN, but they start from in the inside two post which can be intimidating for 2-year-olds.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Frenemy, 2. Salah Champ, 3. Afflication. LONG SHOT: Cardio Royale.

FRENEMY takes a drop in class for leading trainer John Sadler and Bejarano stays on. Look for a better effort.


SIXTH RACE (El Cajon Stakes): 1. Pataky Kid, 2. U’narack, 3. Fury Kapcori. LONG SHOT: Tiz a Minister.

This is a tough edition of the El Cajon for 3-year-olds going a mile on the Polytrack. PATAKY KID is 3-for-4 on synthetic tracks for trainer Tom Proctor. Look for this one to be rolling on the turn with jockey Garrett Gomez.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tickle Again, 2. St. Malo’s Gate, 3. Cee’s Tizzy Belle. LONG SHOT: Tribal Valentine.

TICKLE AGAIN gets a big jockey change from apprentice Arnold Perez to veteran Patrick Valenzuela. It might be the winning move for trainer Thomas Blincoe, who is winless at the meet.

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