Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar opinions for Thursday, Aug. 16

Takeo Squared
Kid Koil
LONG SHOT: Nice Haircut
TIDAL EFFECT (best bet)
LONG SHOT: John and Montan
Trainer William Morey has been good to me this summer and he comes right back with No. 3 Tidal Effect (7-2) in the second race. The gelding broke his maiden in his last race over this track and moves up to face winners. His late kick should be an asset in this group. Morey is 45 percent the last two years when horses are making their second start of the meet and he’s 50 percent with horses going around two turns.
Bank Walker
Mr Classical
Street to Indy
LONG SHOT: Littlebitamedal
Mongolian Greywold
Soul Beam
Gain Ground
LONG SHOT: Worthy Turk
Crackling Bread
Mischievious Lass
LONG SHOT: Grace Hopper
If You Like It
Bridal Arch
LONG SHOT: Ryder’s Starlight
Ann Arbor Eddie
Giant Payday
Liam the Charmer
LONG SHOT: Cistron
Sought More Pep
Honor Maker
Briartic Gal
LONG SHOT: Alpha Pegasus


Top choice winners: 3 (Savagery $8.60, first race; Lambo Luxx $6.80, second; Livin On Pray $3.60, eighth)

Second choice winners: 3 (Girl Downstairs $5.40, third; Always Believe $7, fourth; Vexatious $7, fifth)

Third choice winners: 1 (Square Peggy $11.40, sixth)

Long shot winners: 0

Good luck.

Del Mar, Horse racing

Del Mar selections for Thursday, Aug. 18

Preview: Big week at Del Mar with the Pacific Classic on Saturday. Bob Baffert, to no one’s surprise is leading all trainers in main track wins with 10 from 33 mounts. John Sadler is having a great meet with 7 wins from 16 starters on the dirt and Mark Glatt is 6-of-21.

Race 1: #2 Nuke Laloosh (3-1), 2. Ideal, 3. Papa Gulf. LONG SHOT: Foolish to Deceive.
Trainer Peter Miller brings this 3-year-old back after more than a year’s layoff, but look who he lost to in his last race, no other than Preakness winner Exaggerator. That race was a key race and with the drop to maiden claimers for the first time (Miller’s 28% there) this first-time gelding could be real tough.

Race 2: Dame Street, 2. Optimism And Hope, 3. Compel. LONG SHOT: Tequila Mary.

Race 3: 1. Golden Atlantic, 2. Cee the Preacher, 3. Look Me in the Eye. LONG SHOT: Redneck Crazy.

Race 4: 1. Marvelous Max, 2. Bernardjfortunato, 3. Zealous Tale. LONG SHOT: Ring Collector.

Race 5: #1 Marriedtoaminister (5-1) BEST BET, 2. Papa Mambo, 3. Watch This Cat. LONG SHOT: Conquest So True.
This filly was claimed by trainer Richard Baltas out of a maiden claiming victory and we think he had grass in mind for her. Baltas is 21% first off the claim and 25% both first turf and dirt to turf. The filly has the best Brisnet Late Pace Rating by 9 points which should work out well on the grass.

Race 6: 1. Warren’s Purrfect, 2. Appealing Lady, 3. Goliath’s Girl. LONG SHOT: Lob City.

Race 7: 1. Danas Best, 2. Pretentious, 3. Infinite Loop. LONG SHOT: Banze No Oeste.

Race 8: 1. #8 You’re the Reason (5-1), 2.It’s Not So Easy, 3. Starr of Quality. LONG SHOT: Victory Seeker.
Trainer William Morey drops this filly into a maiden claimer for the first time and he is 53% with such moves. Huge jockey switch from Kerwin John to Gary Stevens.

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