Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Sept. 1

Preview: A little more variety on today’s card as opposed to Wednesday when there was just one turf race. The turf rails are at 24 feet even though it’s the last week of the meet. Jockey Flavien Prat is looking to win his first riding title in SoCal and leads Rafael Bejarano 35-28 at the start of the week. Santiago Gonzalez is third with 27 winners.

Race 1: 1. #1 Conquest So True (6-1), 2. Generous Pour, 3. Marriedtoaminister. LONG SHOT: Brookes All Mine.
Trainer Vladimir Cerin cuts this filly back from two turns to one turn and he’s 29% with that move. Apprentice rider Chad Lindsay stays aboard and he’s 24% with Cerin. The 4-year-old also has Brisnet’s top Class Rating.

Race 2: 1. Five Palms, 2. Glacken Too, 3. Cherubim. LONG SHOT: Spirit Rules.

Race 3: 1. #3 Silver Summer (8-1), 2. Smokey’s Legacy, 3. Pee Wee Reese. LONG SHOT: Viviendo El Sueno.
This 4-year-old makes his third start off a layoff for trainer Anthony Saavedra, who is 15% in that category. The key here is the addition of Flavien Prat who has ridden the turf course to perfection this meet most of the time.

Race 4: 1. Del Cielo, 2. Back Beauty, 3. Seeking Shamrocks. LONG SHOT: Private Terrace.

Race 5: 1. #6 David’s Memory (20-1), 2. The Big Train, 3. California Silver. LONG SHOT: Natural Stride.
The gelding is making his first trip around two turns and running on the grass, but maybe this is what trainer Hector Palma was setting up all along. This is a 4-year-old son of Vronsky (Danzig) out of an Unusual Heat mare. That screams two turns on the turf. There is also a good work on Aug. 22 saying he might be ready.

Race 6: 1. Who Said Lucky, 2. My Aunt Tillie, 3. Glory Run. LONG SHOT: Bella Sierra.

Race 7: 1. Curlin’s Fox BEST BET, 2. Envahir, 3. Tiz a Kiss. LONG SHOT: K P Wildcat.

Race 8: 1. Proud of Our Kids, 2. The All Button, 3. Maven Harry. LONG SHOT: War Ruler.

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Nov. 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Sayitright Kat, 2. Bayonet, 3. Watdifrenzdzitmake. LONG SHOT: Luvuryan.

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SECOND RACE: 1. I’ll Play My Hand, 2. Run the Show, 3. Increase. LONG SHOT: Roth.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Distinta, 2. Achiever’s Legacy, 3. Ultimate Holiday. LONG SHOT: Senza Fina.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. Empire Knight, 2. Unusually Green, 3. Mr T Bird. LONG SHOT: Gin Riki.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ponder Lea, 2. Hennythelovepenny, 3. Vocalist. LONG SHOT: Stellata.
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SIXTH RACE: 1. #2 CHEEKABOO (2-1) (BEST BET), 2. Roo’s Valentine, 3. I’m a Drama Mama. LONG SHOT: Californiasunshine.

This filly finished second in her career debut for trainer Peter Eurton, who doesn’t crank them up first time out. The daughter of Unusual Heat is bred to go longer and should relish this 1 mile distance. Eurton is 27% is second time turf.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Basmati, 2. True Ten, 3. Guns Loaded. LONG SHOT: Seeking the Sherif.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #1 Rastanora (9-2), 2. Boat Drinks, 3. Send Me a Sign. LONG SHOT: Broken Halo.

This filly finished third going long at Keeneland on the dirt. In her second start for Jerry Hollendorfer she returns to the turf, which she is bred for being out of Dynaformer. Hollendorfer is 28% second time starting horses.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 6 (Sugar Spice $3.60, first race; Iron Fist $2.40, second; Cowboy $8, third; Coppa $5.20, fourth; Pippappy $3.40, sixth; Swissarella $10, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 0

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Wednesday, July 29

FIRST RACE: 1. He Will, 2. Oil, 3. Prodigious. LONG SHOT: Hye I’m Jack.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Worldwide, 2. Where Was Eddie, 3. Chromium. LONG SHOT: Mr. Zippers.
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THIRD RACE: 1. Tizcano, 2. Well Maybe, 3. Jimmy Bouncer. LONG SHOT: Clever Royal.
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FOURTH RACE: 1. #8 Lov Fool (12-1), 2. Rich Girl, 3. Tequila Mary, LONG SHOT:  Tumbleweedprincess.

Trainer Tim Yakteen is 18% in maiden claiming events. Here he adds blinkers to a filly that showed speed last time and he puts the red-hot Flavien Prat aboard.

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Race 5: #7 Warm Endowment (5-2) STUCK IN RACE AND LIKELY TO SCRATCH

This filly is sired by Unusual Heat (12% first time turf) and is out of a Lemon Drop Kid (13%) mare. That screams turf and two turns. The 2-year-old got her prep at Los Alamitos and today is graduation day for trainer Dean Pederson, who is 43% with first-time turfers. If she runs, she’s our best bet, but it sounds like she will scratch.

FIFTH RACE: 1. Land Over Sea, 2. Asian Moonlady, 3. She’s On the Line. LONG SHOT: Red Stitch.

 

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Temperature Runnin, 2. Bonus Spin, 3. Anita Marie. LONG SHOT: Lucky Student.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Kyankes, 2. Belle Et Bete, 3. Housemaker. LONG SHOT: Sound City.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. #8 MIGHTY BROWN (6-1), 2. No Ez Money, 3. Shakahari. LONG SHOT: Saint Adalbert.

Midwest-based trainer Michael Stidham already has a couple wins at the meet and he puts 19% barn rider James Graham up here for this Arlington Park invader. The son of Big Brown has two wins on dirt and a good work over the track. Stidham is 28% going route to sprint.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Hide My Heart $3.20, first race; Far Out Kailee $22.20, third; Spirit of Ten $10.80, 10th)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Newfound Gold $4.20, fourth; Songbird $6.40, seventh)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Rare Candy $6.60, fifth; Wild Dude $24.60, sixth)

 

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Del Mar selections for Thursday, July 23

FIRST RACE: 1. Wish I Understood, 2. Don’t Tell Jackie, 3. Vronsky’s Devka. LONG SHOT: Sooner Time.

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SECOND RACE: 1. #2 SMOOTH TALKER (6-1) best bet, 2. Good Stats, 3. Where Is My Mind. LONG SHOT: Norastone.

Trainer Doug O’Neill has gotten off to a slow start at the meet, but he’s bound to heat up at some point and did so on Wednesday when he won two races on the turf, of all surfaces. O’Neil is 36% with horses moving down two or more classes like this 5-year-old mare. Drayden Van Dyke is re-united with the mare.

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THIRD RACE: 1. #9 Holiday Camp (12-1), 2. Roy H, 3. Incline Village. LONG SHOT: Rule He Will.

Trainer Bob Baffert is searching for a winning spot for the this $700,000 purchase last year. The turf might be the answer as the sire Street Boss is 20% with first-time turfers and Baffert is 24% with jockey Martiin Garcia.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Gravity Force, 2. Blue Ratio, 3. Out of Mischief. LONG SHOT: I’m Zonin.
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FIFTH RACE: 1. #2 Lily Kai (12-1), 2. Almost Reality, 3. Ticaboo. LONG SHOT: Just Got Lucky.

This daughter of Unusual Heat is bred to love the grass and to go long. She showed improvement in her second start and now trainer Mike Machowsky sends her around two turns for the first time after two sprints, a move he is 23% with. Good turf jockey Brice Blanc is aboard.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Midnight Transfer, 2. Buckleberry Grey, 3. Barrel Knot. LONG SHOT: Ain’t No Other.
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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Lady’s Plan, 2. Freethinker, 3. Kadesha. LONG SHOT: Halljoy.
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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Emerald Green, 2. West Coast Storm, 3. I Heart You. LONG SHOT: Quick Navigator.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 2 (Gypsy’s Rule $17.20, fourth race; Savings Account $4.20, sixth)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 1 (Luvuryan $7.40, eighth)

Wednesday’s third choice winner: 0

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1 (Karma King $17.80, second)

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Belmont Park, Horse racing, Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos (and Belmont) opinions for Thursday, July 2

Race 1: #1 Zees Chris (10-1)

Our Eyes:  Jockey Drayden Van Dyke was the king of Los Alamitos last year, granted he had a 5-pound weight allowance, but he hasn’t forgotten how to ride. Van Dyke jumps on this long shot for trainer Mike Harrington and we’ll take a flyer. I’m kind of stunned Van Dyke only has three mounts on the card. Why would trainers put no name jockeys on their mounts instead of a jockey who dominated this track last year? Just plain stupid. 

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Race 3: #1 Warm Endowment (7-2)

Van Dyke jumps on this first-timer starter for trainer Dean Pederson, who is 23% with firsters. This daughter of Unusual Heat (9% with first timers) has been training well at Los Alamitos and should be ready to go.

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Race 7: #4 Magic Mark (15-1)

This gelding had a third over the track last year and now trainer Ron Ellis has him third off the layoff (31%). Van Dyke jumps on and he is 32% with Ellis.

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BELMONT PARK

Race 6: #3 Messi (4-1)

Trainer Graham Motion is 32% with horses making their U.S. debuts. This one was suppose to run last week, but it was rained off the turf. Motion adds Lasix and has gelded the horse since its last race.

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Race 8: #5 Can’thelpbelieving (8-1)

Trainer Graham Motion gave this colt a confidence builder with a win at Parx. Top jockey Javier Castellano takes the mount.

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Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita (plus a few others) opinions for Saturday, June 13

Race 2: #6 Broke the Mold (4-1)

This 5-year-old showed speed against better and now drops to the bottom of the maiden claiming ranks. Trainer Carla Gaines is 40% when dropping a horse two of more class levels and she’s 24% going from a route to a sprint.

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Race 4: #6 Frandontjudge (turf only) (8-1)

Our Eyes:  Trainer Victor Garcia claimed this filly and moves her up in class. Garcia is 37% from 19 starters first off the claim. Look three races back and this 4-year-old finished a close second at this exact level.

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Race 9: #1 Unusual Storm (10-1)

She had a prep over the dirt, but this daughter of Unusual Heat (12% first time out on turf) belongs on the grass. Underrated jockey Flavien Prat rides for trainer Gary Mandella.

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BELMONT PARK

Race 8: #7 Missy Bay (turf only) (12-1)

Trainer Dominick Schettino has had a good meet so far and this one was in fine form before a layoff. She is moving up in class but Schettino was 21% with NY-breds in the past at this meet and 20% in turf sprints.

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Race 2: #5 Muntij (8-1)

Our Eyes:  Trainer Daniel Pietz is 31% with horses running two sprints into their first route race and this son of Daaher is bred to love the added distance. Jockey Marcelino Pedroza has been hot lately with fours wins from his last 14 mounts.

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GULFSTREAM PARK

Race 7: #5 Ima Tornado (10-1)

Trainer Monte Thomas is 21% with first-time starters and the sire Hello Broadway is 7% first time out. In a field with plenty of first-timers, she’s worth a shot with hot apprentice Harry Hernandez aboard.

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Gulfstream Park, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita (plus Gulfstream) opinions for Saturday, May 30

Race 4 – SA

#3 All Around Brown

This gelding drops to the bottom of the maiden claiming ranks and his last race, despite going two turns, puts him right there and jockey Iggy Puglisi stays for trainer Mike Puype. There’s a real good work coming into this spot.

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Race 9 – SA

#8 Unusual Alex

Trainer Richard Mandella is 3-for-7 second time he puts a horse on the the grass. This son of Unusual Heat should improve off that horrible debut. The sire is 15% on the turf and jockey Alex Solis stays aboard.

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GULFSTREAM PARK               

Race 8 – GP

#7 Gentlemans Agreement (6-1)

This Louisiana-bred is 2-for-2 in his career and now tries open company in Florida for trainer Leo Gabriel Jr. The son of Yankee Gentleman likes to press the pace before taking over and if it rains he owns a win in the mud.

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Race 9 – GP

#8 Chepstow (7-2)

Trainer Kirk Ziadie is 47% from 19 starters with horses running second time in his care. This 5-year-old finished third at this level and Jesus Rios figures to know him better this time.

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Churchill Downs, Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Thursday, April 30

Race 4: #1 Simplicityizegnius (6-1)

This 3-year-old turned in a even effort in debut at 6 ½ furlongs. Trainer Phil D’Amato now goes long second time out (26%) and puts blinkers on (35%). There’s a good blow out work showing from earlier in the week and Joe Talamo stays aboard .

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Race 8: #8 Sir Irish Danny (8-1)

Trainer John Sadler loves to claim young horses and then turn them around. Here he has a $50K claim by Unusual Heat making his first turf start (12%) and Sadler is 24% first off the claim.

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Bonus Churchill Downs pick

Race 8: #3 Nileator (4-1)

This 3-year-old must beat an even-money favorite in this spot, but he comes out of a Gulfstream Park race that has produced four next out winners . Trainer Dale Romans is 21% turf to dirt and all-world jockey Javier Castellano takes the mount.

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Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Jan. 24

FIRST RACE: 1. Rhett’s Image, 2. Signature Cat, 3. Lucky Vintage. LONG SHOT: Wildly Brilliant.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Trash Talkin, 2. Prohibition Repeal, 3. Seedsandstemsagain. LONG SHOT: Alfiero.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Lindante, 2. Do Some Magic, 3. Forest Chatter. LONG SHOT: He’s On His Toes.

Just throw out that last turf sprint at Del Mar by LINDANTE (20-1). This 4-year-old beat open maidens coming down the hill in October to break his maiden and also has a third on the course. Jockey Joe Talamo stays aboard for trainer Jerry Fanning.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Chief of Staff, 2. Stormin Trick, 3. Vodka Texted You. LONG SHOT: The Grumbler.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Heat the Rocks (best bet), 2. Light One, 3. Sheer Pleasure. LONG SHOT: Patsy G and Me.

HEAT THE ROCKS (2-1), a 3-year-old filly, finished second in her first try around two turns and now the daughter of Unusual Heat tries grass for the first time. We all know offspring love the grass so trainer Jerry Hollendorfer appears to have her placed for a big win with jockey Elvis Trujillo aboard.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Acceptance, 2. Tough Sunday, 3. Pulmarack. LONG SHOT: Avanti Bello.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Heavens Stairway, 2. Velvet Mesquite, 3. Doinghardtimeagain. LONG SHOT: Heat Trap.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Rousing Sermon, 2. San Onofre, 3. Follini. LONG SHOT: Grazen’s Hope.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Tamarando, 2. Alert Bay, 3. Big Bane Theory. LONG SHOT: Boozer.

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10TH RACE: 1. She Got Away, 2. Powerful Gir, 3. Ill tell You What. LONG SHOT: Erte.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Conquest Superstep $3.60, second race; Camryn Kate $6.40, fifth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Ernest Shackleton $6.60, third; Lady’s Plan $7.60, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Swissarella $8.80, fourth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Friday, Nov. 7 (Bing Crosby Season)

The new fall meet begins Friday at Del Mar and it will be interesting, to say the least.

Remember this is the last meet with the Polytrack so you are going to see a lot of trainers with synthetic specialists trying to cash. The only synthetic track left in California will be at Golden Gate Fields in Albany.

Also remember the No. 1 post did very well this summer in sprints on the Polytrack and the inside was good going long.

On the turf, it was the opposite. The inside did very bad and tough to overcome. Jockeys Mike Smith and Corey Nakatani seemed to dominate on the new grass layout. They waited until the head of the strethc before they would make their moves.

Of course, all this could change in the fall with different weather and a more mature turf course, but it’s something to keep in mind.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Wild Caroline, 2. Mango Reward, 3. Diamond Flush. LONG SHOT: Ann’s Gold.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Unusually Green, 2. Benba, 3. Lucky J Lane. LONG SHOT: Deep Play.

Jockey Mike Smith could have ridden race favorite Lucky J Lane, but opts for UNUSUALLY GREEN (7-2), a son of Unusual Heat. The 3-year-old broke his maiden over this surface and Smith rode the new surface to perfection in the summer.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Midnight Lady, 2. Adriatic Skye, 3. Jetbird. LONG SHOT: Clearly Annointed.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Oscillator, 2. Eltoninadress, 3. Marla Hooch. LONG SHOT: Miss American Pie.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Smuggler Union, 2. Bolo, 3. Selection. LONG SHOT: Armored Car.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Smooth Talker, 2. Up the Alley, 3. Adellusion. LONG SHOT: Spoiledandentitled.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Vegas Strip, 2. Got More, 3. Ashleyluvssugar. LONG SHOT: Lolo El Canonero.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Kitten’s Point (best bet), 2. Gender Agenda, 3. Queen of The Sand. LONG SHOT: Burning Arch.

Trainer Graham Motion has been on fire nationally and he shipped KITTEN’S POINT (9-2), a 4-year-old filly, to SoCal looking for some cash. She’s drops out of the Grade I First Lady, which has proven to be a key race with Dayatthespa and Filimbi coming back winners. Jockey Aaron Gryder picks up the mount.

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NINTH RACE 1. Heat the Rocks, 2. Silver Starlight, 3. Scuti de Patuti. .LONG SHOT: Is This Georgia.

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