Martin the Great

I’m more convinced than ever that ultra-talented apprentice jockey Martin Garcia is going to win the Del Mar riding title.
The kid won two more races Monday, pulling into a tie with Hollywood Park riding champ Victor Espinoza. They both have nine wins through the first six days of the Del Mar meet.
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A day at the beach

Heading down to Del Mar today to get a little bit of sun and also work on a Juan Ochoa column that will be appearing in Friday’s edition.
I’m also going to check and see why my horses have not been running well so far this meet. Is it the air? Is it the feed they’re getting? I gotta get to the bottom of this.
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Ready for a big day

I’m off to a slow start with my selections in the Star-News Racing Edition, only five wins in the first four days of Del Mar. But I’m never going to pick as many winners as the other public handicappers. I am a long-shot handicapper, I look for a price and then I strike.
I’ve done well the past two Southland meetings and it’s only a matter of time before some of my long shots start clicking down by the beach. OK .. so for today …
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Giacomo comes alive

Well, the colt that some predicted might never win another race looked pretty darn impressive in winning the San Diego Handicap on Saturday at Del Mar. Mike Smith rode the 4-year-old Giacomo, the 50-1 winner of the 2005 Kentucky Derby, with perfection.
Granted, the gray colt didn’t beat a stellar field, but it was a win and perhaps this guy is starting to put it all together.

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Watch the Frankel runners

All-world trainer Bobby Frankel has moved most of his good stock to the East Coast, but he’s got a couple of live horses running today at Del Mar, including the French-bred Amorama in the featured John C. Mabee Handicap. The 5-year-old mare is the defending race champion and loves this track, winning twice with a second in three starts over Del Mar’s turf course.
Frankel’s other live runner comes three races later in the ninth — Niquita. She’s our best bet of the day, but don’t take less than 5-2 odds. She went 4-wide in her return off a seven-month layoff and is ready to roll today for Garrett Gomez.

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