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HORSE RACING

TODAY AT DEL MAR

By Richard Eng

Post Time 2 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Maiden claiming $62,500, Fillies, 2-year-olds

Queen of Victory – Decent debut though all were smashed by runaway winner Lady Schnapps; should improve for Doug O’Neill.

Trash Master – Claimed by the red hot John Sadler, so expect some good karma; beaten favorite can be taken to improve too.

Long Shot – Sweetwaterwind

Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $23,000, Claiming $16,000, 4-year-olds and up

Smoocher – Rallied from Dodger Stadium last time to just miss; if Garrett Gomez keeps him a tad closer early, he can win.

Driven By Excess – Claimed by Dan McFarlane off a sharp wire to wire win; key will be if he can duplicate the winning effort.

Long Shot – Sidepocket Cat

Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $53,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

Evaluate – Third start off a 14-month hiatus should be his best; Bob Baffert finally won another race at the meet on Sunday.

Hidden Trail – Made a decent hidden middle move in debut; Bobby Frankel adds two big things, blinkers on and Rafael Bejarano.

Long Shot – Pearl Fisher

Race 4 – 1 mile, Purse $44,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

Tap It Light – Claimed by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer off a good try; like that Rafael Bejarano signed up to ride.

Wild Buddy – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this new career low level; he’s 9-YO, so he’s claim proof in this soft spot.

Long Shot – Our Dancer

Race 5 – 1 mile, Purse $53,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

Vulcan – Strong run last time points him out; Garrett Gomez remains loyal to the cause, duplicate effort will win it.

Holy Humor – Second start off a 2-month freshening; like the turn back in distance where he may be more effective.

Long Shot – China Bank

Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 2-year-olds

Atlantra’s Tantrum – Good effort in stakes bodes well in this much softer spot; huge rider switch to Rafael Bejarano.

Lightning Diablo – Another exiting stakes races for this condition race; his best races have come over synthetic surfaces.

Long Shot – Dashwood

Race 7 – 5 furlongs (turf, rail at 7 feet), Purse $61,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up

Delta Storm – Ran huge first time of the claim by Mike Mitchell; it was a winning race for this class level, need only repeat.

My City by the Bay – He was right there with Delta Storm, so if you like one, you’ll like the other; good tactical speed.

Long Shot – Summer Haze

Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Flashing Forward – Gary Sherluck drops him in class off a solid effort; beaten favorite gets a big rider switch to Bejarano.

If Not for You – Ran well in last when dropped in for a claiming price; returns after a 2-month freshening for Doug O’Neill.

Long Shot – Desert Siren

Best Bet – Delta Storm (race 7)

Del Mar Sunday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/0/$0; Long Shots, 9/3/$20.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Del Mar Totals – 464/111/$779.20; Long Shots, 242/35/$437.40; Best Bets, 29/7/$32.60

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