Hollywood Park, Horse racing

Hollywood Park picks for Friday, Nov. 29 (UPDATED 3, 5, 9 OFF TURF)

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really like Friday’s card, but what do I know?

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FIRST RACE: 1. Warrensgoldenyears, 2. Charisma Code, 3. Regal Randy. LONG SHOT: Head South.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Judge Carr, 2. Tale Be Told, 3. Tribal Smoke. LONG SHOT: Turn On the Brites.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Mr. Bossy Pants, 2. Koast, 3. Dixieland Blues. LONG SHOT: Regally Soul.

OFF THE TURF.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Perfect Tango, 2. Kevin’s Kool Kat, 3. Glad’s Gals. LONG SHOT: U R My Candy Girl.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Journey On, 2. Level Headed, 3. Passionate Diva. LONG SHOT: High Jinks.

THIS RACE IS OFF THE TURF

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Truelee Scrappin, 2. Sandys Diamond, 3. Hurry Home Clover. LONG SHOT: Close to the Edge.

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SEVEN RACE: 1. Summer Front (best bet), 2. Silentio, 3. Winning Prize. LONG SHOT: Bright Thought.

Just throw SUMMER FRONT’s last race at Keeneland which was moved from the turf to the Polytrack. When you do that he is 2-for-3 on the grass this year and Eastern-based trainer Christophe Clement and jockey Joe Bravo aren’t coming out for the Thanksgiving leftovers. The son of War Front ran over this course last November (sixth in Hollywood Derby) so he is familiar with the surroundings. Will be closing from the back on the turn.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Heir Kitty, 2. Atta Boy Pete, 3. American Act. LONG SHOT: Say Ow.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Practising, 2. Kitten de Pere, 3. Elite Eight. LONG SHOT: Parade Bound.

OFF THE TURF

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Inner Groove $4.20, first race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 3 (Majestic Stride $3.40, fourth; Procurement $7.20, seventh; Elusive Luci $18.60, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Wings of Mojave $11, fifth; In Dad’s Honor $6.20, sixth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Mesana $7, second)

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Del Mar, Horse racing

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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Updated Del Mar picks for Saturday, August 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Legal Separation, 2. It Doesn’t Add Up, 3. Hustlin Nu. LONG SHOT: Love That Action.

Trainer John Sadler likes to win on big weekends and he’ll try to get started here with LEGAL SEPARATION in this $10,000 claimer. This one closed a ton of ground on opening day and goes to speed jockey Edwin Maldonado.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sir Searsucker, 2. Heza Great Friend, 3. Candy Sweetheart. LONG SHOT: Trial Spin.

SIR SEARSUCKER is named for celebrity chef (“Top Chef”) Brian Malarkey, who is a co-owner. Trainer Mike Mitchell drops this gelding to the bottom of the maiden claiming ranks and jockey Garrett Gomez takes over.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Royal Import, 2. Black N Beauty, 3. Reach a Decision. LONG SHOT: Only the Gold.

Trainer Bob Hess Jr. isn’t having a good meet (1-for-22) but this 6-year-old gelding could help him get better. This horse-for-course really needed his last race after a four-month hiatus so he should be ready to go for jockey Rafael Bejarano.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Crucero, 2. Imperial Fortune, 3. Storm Power. LONG SHOT: Street Choir.

Sadler and Bejarano team up here on CRUCERO, who just finished second by a head at this level. He gets an extra 16th of a mile, which should work in his favor. They will have to beat trainer Bob Baffert’s IMPERIAL FORTUNE.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Brown Boss, 2. Two Term Leader, 3. Scorcher. LONG SHOT: Tommy O.

BROWN BOSS makes his career debut on the turf and he is bred for it. The distance should be no problem and Gomez takes over for an ice-cold Joe Talamo.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. CAT BURGLAR (best bet), 2. Drover Crazy, 3. Wild Dude. LONG SHOT: Dragon Dance.

CAT BURGLAR could be trainer Bob Baffert’s big 2-year-old. The son of Unbridled’s Song cost $410,000 at auction and has been training like it. DROVER CRAZY is a first time gelding for trainer Ron Ellis, who won his race of the meet Friday.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Swiss Bliss, 2. Tribal Chatter, 3. Noise of the Crowd. LONG SHOT: Oscillator.

SWISS BLISS has a win over the Polytrack and drops back in with Cal breds. Jockey Edwin Maldonado takes over off some good works.

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EIGHTH RACE Grade II Del Mar Handicap): 1. Mr T Bird, 2. Vagabond Shoes, 3. Lucayan. LONG SHOT: Holding Glory (SCRATCHED).

MR T BIRD could be the one. Trainer Mike Puype has won eight of the 16 graded stakes he has entered over the last two years so he knows where to place his stock and leading rider Rafael Bejarano jumps on.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Inner Groove, 2. Sleep Tight, 3. Woebegone. LONG SHOT: Always a Chance.

INNER GROOVE has won 2-of-3 starts on the Polytrack and trainer Jack Carava claimed her back for a second time with Gomez taking the mount.

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10th RACE: 1. The Gatekeeper, 2. Warren’s Tyler S., 3. Grand Gambler. LONG SHOT: Excessive Tequila.

Sadler tried to get his exercise rider Brayan Pena a win earlier in the meet on a maiden claimer and Pena finished second. We think Sadler is trying again with a horse that has a big shot. This 3-year-old gelding has improved since he came to Del Mar and has a big workout showing since his last race.

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Updated Del Mar picks for Wednesday, Aug. 21

If it’s Wednesday at Del Mar, there must be a Pick Six carryover. Oops, nope, sorry. There was a carryover going into Sunday, but favorites or near favorites winning the last three races saw the pool taken home.

So there are 12 days of racing left and barns will be looking for shipping money. Watch big drops on horses by outfits looking to cash.

FIRST RACE: 1. Sweet Assay, 2. Golden Production, 3. Upbeat Mood. LONG SHOT: Brilliant Melody.

SWEET ASSAY just missed first time over the course and now gets leading rider Rafael Bejarano. You really don’t have to look much further.

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SECOND RACE: 1. No Rachmones. 2. Zip Cat, 3. Congregationalist. LONG SHOT: Langfurs Lightning.

NO RACHMONES has one career win and it was over the Del Mar Polytrack. Trainer Peter Miller gets this horse back from Chicago and puts Garrett Gomez aboard to ride.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Three Cuties, 2. Unkept Rendez Vous, 3. La Torera. LONG SHOT: Frequent Fame.

THREE CUTIES is another horse for the course with both career wins over the Polytrack. Of course, a couple years ago she helped one Pick Six bettor win a $1 million. The 5-year-old mare has been away since March, but should be ready to run.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sebastian Flyte, 2. Oak Kye Why, 3. Copper Bay. LONG SHOT: Facoltoso.

The rail on turf course is at 14 feet. SEBASTIAN FLYTE has a win on the Del Mar green and now goes to trainer Adam Kitchingman. The 6-year-old horse has a good work since his tough luck fourth-place finish on July 25.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Anythingtogeteven, 2. Mosso, 3. Sir Barclay. LONG SHOT: Sooo Major.

ANYTHINGTOGETEVEN finished fourth at this level after press the pace. The son of Time to Get Even got in a little tight in the stretch and jockey Edwin Maldonado returns for the ride.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Raised a Secret, 2. Master Chef, 3. Indian Classic. LONG SHOT: Pulla Train.

RAISED A SECRET took third-place in the Real Good Deal Stakes for Cal-breds and now drops into an allowance race. Jockey Gary Stevens might have made a premature move last time and this distance might suit the son of Songandaprayer perfectly.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. WHAT A SPOT (best bet), 2. Smooth Talker, 3. Burns Turn. LONG SHOT: Diocesan Policy.

Tough race, but we’re going to the Tom Proctor due of WHAT A SPOT and SMOOTH TALKER for the exacta. WHAT A SPOT is trying two turns on the turf for the first time and she is bred to relish it, being my Arch out of a Theatrical mare.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Floatthrutheair, 2. Katey Pie. 3. Oh My Enberg. LONG SHOT: Big G Secret Crab.

Another tough race and to see a Pick Six carryover today wouldn’t be a surprise. FLOATTHRUTHEAIR is first off the claim for Miller and has some decent works for her return to the races since April 20.

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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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Updated Del Mar picks for Thursday, Aug. 8

FIRST RACE: 1. Distant Image, 2. Koko Loca, 3. Love Tale. LONG SHOT: Speedi Mouse.

DISTANT IMAGE showed speed last time and takes a drop in class. Trainer Vladimir Cerin takes the blinkers off and he’s 42 percent with that move.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Raja’s Rose, 2. Swiss Sugar, 3. Patty Wack. LONG SHOT: Inherit the Throne.

RAJA’S ROSE had a ton of trouble in her last start and still finished fourth. She moves up into open company, but there aren’t any world beaters in here.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Luxuriance, 2. Brilliant Melody, 3. Atta Girl Alma. LONG SHOT: Nava Nataly.

LUXURIANCE showed high speed last time going longer at Hollywood Park so this 5-furlong race should hit her right between the eyes.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Rolanda, 2. Akiss Forarose, 3. Awe’Some Kitten. LONG SHOT: Tebowing.

ROLANDA got out of the gate slow last time but finished just 2 lengths behind the winner. Trainer John Sadler moves her to the Polytrack and keeps the services of jockey Rafael Bejarano.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Diamond Bachelor, 2. Bourne Hot, 3. Oso Smart. LONG SHOT: Be You.

DIAMOND BACHELOR is by War Front, who is turning into a top class grass sire. Here’s hoping jockey Julien Leparoux doesn’t take him too far back in the colt’s first start.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Swiss Bliss, 2. Justalittleloopy, 3. Joyce and Me. LONG SHOT: Sydney’s Darling.

SWISS BLISS was overmatched in the Fleet Treat Stakes. She drops back in with claimers and could be spotted for an upset.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Miss Ellany, 2. Hard to Resist, 3. Candrea. LONG SHOT: Dancingtothestars.

MISS ELLANY loves to go to the front in her races and she is undefeated since jockey Edwin Maldonado took over.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. PERFECT JERSEY (best bet), 2. Chocolatier, 3. Bardy. LONG SHOT: Neil Healy.

CHOCOLATIER is the one to beat here, but can’t help feeling trainer Tim McCanna is trying to put one over in this spot. McCanna made a name for himself in the Northwest and is trying Southern California now. He has one upset at the meet. PERFECT JERSEY is dropping to the bottom of the maiden claiming ranks. He got a feel of the Polytrack in his last and now goes around two turns. His grass races at Golden Gate aren’t half bad, so we know he can get the distance.

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Updated Del Mar picks for Wednesday, Aug. 7

FIRST RACE: 1. A TOAST TO YOU, 2. Summer Exclusive, 3. Et Tu Walker. LONG SHOT: Depreciable.

Trainer Peter Miller would appear to hold all the cards in this race with both A TOAST TO YOU and SUMMER EXCLUSIVE. A TOAST TO YOU is the preferred pick here because the 4-year-old has a win over the course at this distance. SUMMER EXCLUSIVE is a 3-year-old running against older, but he has been training at Del Mar while his stablemate has been at Hollywood Park. DEPRECIABLE is a first-time gelding and those horses have been popping up at big odds at the meet.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sudden Rumor, 2. Smogcutter, 3. Onebadshenanigan. LONG SHOT: Ashleyluvssugar.

Jockey Martin Garcia is the key to this race. He rode SMOGCUTTER in his debut on July 21 for trainer Bob Baffert, yet he decides to jump on first-time starter SUDDEN RUMOR for trainer Phil D’Amato, who has two first out winners in 10 tries.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Spring Breeze, 2. Addendum, 3. Queen of the Hill. LONG SHOT: Sean S.

The huge Pick 6 carryover starts here. Trainer Jeff Bonde tries to get some of that “Ship and Win” bonus money with SPRING BREEZE, who has been running in the East. The daughter of Congrats finished second last time on the turf, but she shows one synthetic track victory out of two attempts and appears to be training well on the Del Mar Polytrack. ADDENDUM is a horse for the course and QUEEN OF THE HILL has been training well at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park for her first race since May 26. Jockey Kayla Stra shows a win in the only time she rode QUEEN OF THE HILL.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Quick Navigator, 2. Exotic Behavior, 3. Sierra Electrica. LONG SHOT: Clenor.

The 2-year-old fillies get their first chance to go around two turns on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. QUICK NAVIGATOR is by Henrythenavigator and has every right to enjoy this trip for trainer Mike Puype. CLENOR has raced three times at shorter distances in Europe and figures to be the favorite.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Take One, 2. Slewthatflew, 3. Pining Play. LONG SHOT: Derek’s Girl.

There’s not much good form in this maiden claimer for 2-year-old fillies. When that is the case, you might as well try a fresh face. TAKE ONE is from the Adam Kitchingman barn, which struck with a first-time starter earlier in the meet. SLEWTHATFLEW showed an even effort in her debut and figures to improve. DEREK’S GIRL is another first-time starter and jockey Chantal Sutherland-Kruse jumps aboard.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Ismene, 2. Charm the Maker, 3. Tribal Gal. LONG SHOT: Minds Eyes.

Looks like a tough race here for fillies and mares. ISMENE and CHARM THE MAKER both shows wins over the Polytrack. ISMENE likes to use her speed while CHARM THE MAKER comes from behind in her races. TRIBAL GAL is a 3-year-old taking on older for the first time and she also has a win over the Polytrack.

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SEVENTH RACE (The Grade II Sorrento): 1. Concave, 2. Stop Smiling, 3. She’s a Tiger. LONG SHOT: Love Smitten.

The 2-year-old fillies prep for the Del Mar Debutante at 6 ½ furlongs on the Polytrack. CONCAVE broke her maiden on the Hollywood Park grass going short for trainer Doug O’Neill, but she is bred to go longer, being a daughter of Colonel John. STOP SMILING and SHE’S A TIGER just finished second and first, respectively, in the Landaluce at Hollywood while LOVE SMITTEN ships in from Presque and has a win on a synthetic surface.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sri’s Red, 2. Kana Flavor, 3. That’s a Bingo. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Dixi Bell.

In this maiden special weight for Cal-bred fillies and mares we have horses with records of 0-for-12, 0-for-15 and 0-for-21 so we are looking for a new face. SRI’S RED was training great for trainer Carla Gaines before Gaines began serving a suspension last week. Jerry Quinn is in charge of the barn now, but it looks like Gaines may have this one ready to first at first asking. WARREN’S DIXI BELL comes out a key Jan. 26 race at Santa Anita which has produced four next out winners. The daughter of Affirmative gets jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who is looking for his first winner since returning over the weekend.

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Updated Del Mar picks for Sunday, Aug. 4

FIRST RACE: 1. Blues and Silvers, 2. Blazen All Star, 3. Selleria. LONG SHOT: Long Legged Lovely.

Trainer Mike Puype would appear to have this race covered with BLUES AND SILVERS and BLAZEN ALL STAR. BLUES AND SILVERS is a Ship and Win candidate after being claimed away at Churchill Downs in June. She gets the services of jockey Gary Stevens, who has ridden well on the turf course this meet.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Awesome Baby, 2. Venetian, 3. Tacit Approval. LONG SHOT: Amaranth.

The inside five posts have been the place to be in sprints on the Polytrack this meet. AWESOME BABY starts from the No. 5 hole for trainer Bob Baffert. She has a big work over the track and gets Martin Garcia to ride. VENETIAN gets the No. 1 post, which has done super at the meet. The 2-year-old filly is by More Than Ready, a huge first out sire winner.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Cervaro, 2. Wicked Finance, 3. Smokin’ Bernie. LONG SHOT: Crucero.

CERVARO has been away since January for trainer John Sadler. The son of Lemon Drop Kid is bred to go two turns and Sadler plus jockey Julien Leparoux are a 44 percent combination at Del Mar.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Burns Turn, 2. Toomanytomatoes, 3. The Only Key. LONG SHOT: Camryn Kate.

There’s that man Sadler again. He won three races on Saturday’s card and he tries to get this daughter of Henny Hughes to go two turns on the grass for the first time. Leading rider Rafael Bejarano retains the mount.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Charisma Code, 2. Pray Hard, 3. Tribal Mystic. LONG SHOT: Takem by Surprise.

Jockey Joe Talamo has been in a slump and hopefully he breaks out of here with CHARISMA CODE. This gelding showed speed last time, which is a good thing to have on this Polytrack.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Mia Lady, 2. Always a Chance, 3. J and S Express. LONG SHOT: Lindz Winz.

MIA LADY has improved every race she has run in her brief career. She showed a lot of talent on the front end while breaking her maidne on June 21 at Hollywood Park and now jumps into the allowance ranks.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. BIORHYTHM (best bet), 2. Miss Pippa, 3. Silver Hustler. LONG SHOT: High Jinks.

BIORHYTHM tried two turns on the turf course for the first time and Stevens rides for trainer Tom Proctor. She just might go to the front and never get caught with the rails out to 14 feet on the grass course.

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EIGHTH RACE (The Best Pal): 1. Ontology, 2. Easy Solution, 3. Guns Loaded. LONG SHOT: Alpine Luck.

The 2-year-olds prep for the closing day Del Mar Futurity in this 6 1/2-furlong race. ONTOLOGY has shown a lot of talent while finishing second two times in a row to Alpine Luck. The extra half-furlong should be right up his alley, being a son of Tapit.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Royal Import, 2. Bay Rush, 3. Moment of Weakness. LONG SHOT: Cloud Hopper.

All you need to know about ROYAL IMPORT is that in eight run on this Polytrack he has two wins, three seconds and two thirds. Bejarano takes the mount.

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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 —- It’s good to be the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, especially on Saturday.

Bettors wager a record $761,679.80 in the low takeout Pick 5, $337,895.94 in the Pick 6 and $822,781.34 in the Pick 4.

Overall, Del Mar was up $1.6 million in total betting handle over day No. 9 of the meet in 2012. Total handle today was $17 million and it was $15.4 million a year ago.

Wow. Looks like no cares if there is an inside speed bias —- and there still is on after two weeks of the meet.

On the track, Kettle Corn ($9.20) beat the favored Paynter in the featured San Diego Handicap.

Paynter, one of Bob Baffert’s big horses who almost died a year ago, was not disgraced in defeat, losing by a half-length in his second race of his comeback.

Baffert said on Twitter: “PAYNTER ran a great race. He should move forward after that. They ran fast.”

Jockey Rafael Bejarano seemed to have a different opinion.

“He never seemed comfortable out there. I felt like I had plenty of horse, but he just wasn’t liking what he was doing. He was right there on the turn, but he didn’t have enough at the end.”

For a second race back, it looked pretty good, especially when you consider Kettle Corn just missed the track record at 1 1/16th mile on the Polytrack. Kettle Corn ran a 1:41.83 and the record set by Zenyatta is 1:41.48.

The other stakes race of the day, the Fleet Treat, was a highlight for another reason.

There was a $200,000 show bet made at Santa Anita into Del Mar’s pool on 7-10 favorite Doinghardtimeagain.

There was plenty of cheering when Doinghardtimeagain finished fourth, missing third place by a neck.

It triggered huge show prices of $8.40, $25.40 and $26.60.

Some people in the press box were very happy to take the money and run.

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