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Horse Racing: Today at Del Mar, August 22

Post Time 4 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $75,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

4 Wade – Peter Eurton barn is heating up so be wary; this gelding outran his 16/1 odds in career debut, little value tonight.

2 Bookworm – Bob Baffert baby ran green in debut, slow early, fast late; Martin Garcia takes takes over for Mike Smith.

Long Shot – 6 Fort Cady

Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $53,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

4 Hadfunlastnight – Key for me is this guy loves Del Mar; has finished in the money in 6-of-7 starts down here.

2 Money Cannon – Climbing the class ladder off a sharp win last time out; will likely sit a mid-pack trip and try to rally late.

Long Shot – 6 Apollo Ten

Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 2-year-olds

8 Arigato – Surprised to see him dropped in class after a strong career debut; owners like to win races at Del Mar so consider that.

5 Mikes Lion – Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this bottom rung; was passing horses late under William Antongeorgi.

Long Shot – 9 Lucky Shoes to Win

Race 4 – 1 mile, Purse $43,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

3 Sweetrayofsunshine – Many pass on a horse like this that was vanned off; I play just the opposite, if healthy will get more value.

7 Grandiose – Still some ship and win horses this late in the meet; I don’t consider it a negative, just study the condition books.

Long Shot – 8 Agustina de Aragon

Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $77,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

5 Off the Deep End – Is a short head away from a perfect 3-for-3 record; has high cheese and figures to use it again tonight.

14 Passing Game – Looks like he can draw in with two early scratches in the body; he won for $20K two races ago.

Long Shot – 12 Mal Verde

Race 6 – 1 3/8th miles (turf, rail at 12 feet), $90,000 CTT and Thoroughbred Owners of California Handicap, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

9 Rhagori – Corey Nakatani is among my favorite riders on grass; he is always patient, tries to save ground, and finishes strong.

4 Customer Base – Talented mare is a cut below grade 1, but very useful; won over Del Mar turf two years ago.

Long Shot – 7 Beatrice

Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

12 Super Defense – Edge in the toughest race on the card; like the cut back in distance, extra half furlong will help too.

4 L L Cool Jo – Ran like a short horse off a year hiatus; has good back speed figures where she could move forward tonight.

Long Shot – 1 Afleet Echo

Best Bet – 8 Arigato (race 3)

Del Mar Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 13/3/$25.40; Long Shots, 8/2/$36.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Del Mar Totals – 437/94/$667.80; Long Shots, 217/22/$225.80; Best Bets, 24/5/$30.40

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #8 Justice Served (6/1) in race 10 at Monmouth Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Harbor King ran out at Saratoga. Stats – 130/79/$766.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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