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HORSE RACING: Del Mar, 9/4/11

Today at Del Mar

Post Time 2 p.m.

Race 1 – 5 furlongs (turf), Purse $65,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

4 Cactus Flyer – Lots of close but no cigar finishes; she clearly is fast enough to win this turf sprint.

8 Thisoneforyou – Been away a full year, but this is a Mike Mitchell; no barn is hotter now at Del Mar.

Long Shot – 5 Magic School

Race 2 – 1 mile, $100,000 Torrey Pines, Fillies, 3-year-olds

6 Great Hot – Chased a very good Mizdirection in last; she has every right to improve in this spot.

5 Sugarinthemorning – Logical chalk has won 3-of-4 recent starts; bred to go long, first try around 2-turns.

Long Shot – 3 Love Theway Youare

Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $63,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds

7 Candy and Thunder – Second best last two starts; big rider switch to Garrett Gomez and going 2-turns too.

9 Regal Betty – Well bet in debut then didn’t do much running; John Sadler babies improve with experience.

Long Shot – 8 Pogonip

Race 4 – 1 mile, $85,000 Adoration, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

8 St. Trinians – Dull run in last and shows declining Beyer pattern; last year’s edition would crush these.

5 Jet Blue Girl – In dead stroke now off two sharp wins; a class test but she should be up to it.

Long Shot – 7 Ellafitz

Race 5 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $48,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds

4 Memen – Big barn switch to Mike Mitchell; he adds blinkers on, a 31 percent win angle for Mitchell.

9 Doc Can Dance – Parking lot post can be a negative at one mile; his turf resume is good enough to win.

Long Shot – 7 Cat in the Forest

Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $63,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

5 Castaway – Showed good grit in debut grinding on for second; with his pedigree, he’ll improve with more distance.

8 Norm’s Passion – Logical chalk in a highly rated debut; was favored in debut so was no secret among the clockers.

Long Shot – 4 Clearly a Cowboy

Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $37,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

5 Private Bounty – Has run second three times since claimed by Doug O’Neill; clearly fast enough to finally win one.

4 Mandated Bliss – Finished well in last and figures to improve; one of the ones in a wide open heat.

Long Shot – 6 Gregor

Race 8 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $250,000 Del Mar Derby, 3-year-olds

7 Banned – East coast shippers have fared well in Del Mar stakes; been facing good ones in graded stakes.

9 Burns – Gutsy win in La Jolla over a soft group; Mr. Commons would have been 3/5 to win in the La Jolla.

Long Shot – 5 Cloud Man

Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

7 Nana Beach – Long in the tooth wih 22 starts; still her speed figures suggest she has a big shot in here.

4 Jade and Diamonds – Well bet in debut, she had a horrible trip from start to finish; things can only get better.

Long Shot – 5 Sweet Pleasure

Race 10 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

14 My Little Morgan – Steve Miyadi runners have done well despite running for other trainers; parking lot post.

11 The Great Atlantic – Tepid chalk in another difficult race on the card; closed well in last for a secondary paycheck.

Long Shot – 5 Bonita Montana

Best Bet – 7 Banned (race 8)

Del Mar Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/6/$41.00; Long Shots, 9/1/$6.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.20

Del Mar Totals – 560/126/$889.00; Long Shots, 273/42/$508.60; Best Bets, 32/12/$65.40

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #5 Brilliant Speed (7/2) in race 9 at Saratoga. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Regal Ransom ran out at Saratoga. Stats – 148/95/$759.20

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