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, Aug. 21 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Pillar of Strength, 2. Newport Red, 3. Prime Agenda. LONG SHOT: Sudden Rumor.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Mind the Master, 2. Pepper Sweet, 3. Gal Has to Like It. LONG SHOT: Newfound Gold.

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THIRD RACE: 1. South Texas, 2. Haaay Sexy Lady (SCRATCHED) new pick: Brazilian Barbeque, 3. Libby. LONG SHOT: One Hot Note.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Counting Days, 2. Volkonsky, 3. Midnite View (SCRATCHED) new pick: Run Hide. LONG SHOT: Sun Spots.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ashley’s Sassy, 2. Appealing Lady, 3. Stormy Adieu (SCRATCHED) new pick: I’ll Tell You What. LONG SHOT: Cinderella Lady.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Q’ Viva (best bet), 2. Jetbird, 3. Bunuska. LONG SHOT: Shared Image.

Q’ VIVA (9-2), a 3-year-old filly broke her maiden over the surface going longer, but jockey Rafael Bejarano stays aboard and he will know when to send her at the shorter distance here.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Grachus the Hunter, 2. Christopher Street, 3. Brother Pete. LONG SHOT: Skip Tony.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Armensky, 2. Salt Power, 3. Forest Romance. LONG SHOT: Hot Market.

This isn’t the toughest $20,000 maiden claimer in the world so why not go with a first-timer like ARMENSKY (8-1). This son of Vronsky has been training OK for the level and trainer Richard Baltas gets the red-hot Kent Desormeaux to ride.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 1 (Lucky J Lane $4.40, fourth race)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 3 (Faith Proof $5.80, second; Alexis Tangier $6.80, seventh; Madame Forbes $7.80, eighth)

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 0

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Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Friday, May 9

FIRST RACE: 1. Tiz Jolie, 2. Henry’s Holiday, 3. No Maybe Baby. LONG SHOT: Sky Preacher.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Golden Chalice, 2. Frensham, 3. Prospector Alley. LONG SHOT: Grazenette.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Dr. Spin, 2. Warren’s Cliff S., 3. Red man Run. LONG SHOT: Benba.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Takeit Tothe Limit, 2. Chapo, 3. Cowtownmary. LONG SHOT: Kanuck Kowboy.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Eltoninadress, 2. Mary Contrary, 3. Summers Dignity. LONG SHOT: Sky Angel.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Twin Six, 2. Cook Inlet, 3. Graeme Crackerjack. LONG SHOT: Fit to Rule.

Trainer Robertino Diodoro has had a big meet so far this year in Southern California and he claimed this gelding TWIN SIX in March. The 6-year-old has been given six weeks off and the trainer still moves him up off the claim. Diodoro is 29% first time off the claim.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Warrens Lil Margie, 2. Lakota Road, 3. Callous Effect. LONG SHOT: New Nature.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Veronica Bay (best bet), 2. She’s Flush, 3. Ryleigh Ruler. LONG SHOT: Nonna Reese.

Jockey Fernando Perez had his choice of several horses in this race and settles on this daughter of Vronsky, VERONICA BAY. She doesn’t have the best form, but she drops to her lowest level ever and she has shown some speed in the past, which she can use to her advantage in this spot.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 3 (A Toast to You $6.40, third race; Unusual Style $8.60, fifth; Born Lucky $6.40, sixth)

Thursday’s second choice and long shot winners: 0

Thursday’s third choice winners: 3 (Sea Mona $11.20, first; Secret Wishes $15.20, second; Runaway Que $14.40, fourth)

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