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Horse racing newsletter: The case for Swiss Skydiver

Swiss Skydiver
Jockey Robby Albarado riding Swiss Skydiver, No. 4 at right, wins the 145th Running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in October.
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Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we start thinking about the Eclipse Awards.

Our Kentucky correspondent and podcast host Louis Rabaut saw a limb he wanted to go out on. So, we’re more than happy to let him go out there as he makes a case for Swiss Skydiver being Horse of the Year. Louis, make your argument.

“We’ve officially hit the post-Breeders’ Cup lull, the time of year when we watch some of our favorite runners head off to retirement, and when we shift our focus to the 2-year-old crop. November and December are horse racing’s equivalent of summer sports talk radio, when list talk and “the Mount Rushmore of fill-in-the-blank” conversations dominate. This is that type of article: making the case for Horse of the Year.

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“While Authentic is almost certain to get the nod, I believe Swiss Skydiver should get consideration for the top spot.

“I think it’s reasonable to remove Monomoy Girl from this conversation, given she only ran four times. In defense of ownership and trainer Brad Cox, she was coming off an injury and once COVID-19 restrictions hit, her return to racing was further delayed. This leaves two thoroughbreds in North America who deserve top billing: Authentic and Swiss Skydiver.

“The case for Authentic is a good, and obvious one: He won three Grade 1s, a Grade 2, and a Grade 3 including the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Kentucky Derby, and the Haskell.

“Swiss Skydiver, on the other hand, ran 10 times in seven different states. She’s old-school: take on anyone, anywhere. Run a bunch, then come back and do it again. She’s only the 12th filly ever to win a Triple Crown race.

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“Swiss Skydiver prevailed in a Grade 3, two Grade 2s, and two Grade 1s. She won the Preakness in the second-fastest time ever over Authentic in a classic stretch duel, and was so dominant in the Grade 1 Alabama she was wrapped up with plenty of track to run. She ran a terrific second in the Kentucky Oaks against a stakes record, to Shedaresthedevil, beating Breeders’ Cup winner Gamine to the line in the process.

“Here are comparative records in graded stakes this year:

“Authentic: Grade 1s (5-3-2-0), Grade 2s (1-1-0-0) Grade 3s (1-1-0-0). Total (7-5-2-0)

“Swiss Skydiver: Grade 1s (4-2-1-0), Grade 2s (4-2-1-1), Grade 3s (1-1-0-0). Total (9-5-2-1)

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“While I understand the need for the numerous Eclipse Award categories, it also allows voters to avoid any controversy by simply placing horses into their obvious slots. Rather than making potentially more bold selections based on data, the eye test, and other considerations, the voters this year will make Authentic the Horse of the Year, and Swiss Skydiver will be the obvious choice for 3-Year-Old Filly.

“Give me the filly for Horse of the Year: five wins in nine graded stakes, beat Authentic head to head, and won in California, New York, Maryland, Arkansas, and Florida. The Preakness win puts her in a super special class, and when one considers a 3-year-old filly ran only one-fifth of a second behind Secretariat’s time, it should give us pause and make us recognize this special filly’s special year.

“It’s a good thing there are so many Eclipse categories — it would be a shame to leave the boys out this year. And thank goodness Swiss Skydiver will give it another go in 2021.”

Louis Rabaut is a Louisville-based co-host of the Horse Racing Happy Hour podcast, alongside Megan Devine and Mike Gandolfo. New episodes release every Thursday on all major podcast platforms. Follow him on Twitter @LouisRabaut.

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(Cherwa note: Compelling argument, but I’m still voting for Authentic.)

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Del Mar review

The feature on Saturday was the $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going 6 ½ furlongs. And, if the legend was true, it’s clear that Desi Arnaz knew about fillies. Astute was the winner after hooking up with favorite Private Mission for most of the race before Astute pulled away and won by 7 ½ lengths.

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Astute paid $12.20, $5.40 and $5.20. Queengol was second, followed by Heels Up, Private Mission, Canoodling and Miss Costa Rica. Plum Sexy and Varda scratched.

Richard Mandella (winning trainer): “The owners … told me before I ever saw her that she’s special and it’s kind of held true. She got a little sick on me in the summer and I had to give her a month off, so that’s why she’s a little late. I only put her in the maiden turf (debut win on Oct. 12 at Santa Anita) because I knew she could do turf and I was afraid a dirt race the next day wouldn’t fill. I expected she’d run well [Saturday], but maybe not this well. We’ll think about the Starlet [at Los Alamitos].”

Mike Smith (winning jockey): “Wow, that’s what I’ve got to say. I knew she was good; I just didn’t know she was this good. She was good on the grass the other day (winning at Santa Anita) but she’s even better on the dirt.”

Del Mar preview

Sunday’s nine-race card isn’t as good as Saturday’s, but it’s not too bad. First post is the usual 12:30 p.m. Again, five of the races are on the turf. There is a stakes race, the Bob Hope, which is the male equivalent of Saturday’s Desi Arnaz Stakes. It’s for 2-year-olds going just a little bit longer at seven furlongs. The favorite, at 6-5, is Spielberg for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Abel Cedillo. It took the colt, a $1-million purchase, four tries to break his maiden, although two of those starts were Grade 1s. He won last out by a neck in a maiden special.

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The second favorite in the six-horse field is Weston at 3-1 for Ryan Hanson and Drayden Van Dyke. His last race was a third in the Del Mar Futurity, one spot behind Spielberg. Weston was a $7,000 purchase and has been gelded.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 8, 7, 8, 6, 9, 8, 7, 6, 10

Bob Ike’s DM pick of the day

EIGHTH RACE No. 6 Uncle Boogie (5-1)

Improving colt from the Andrew Lerner stable won his debut and ran a good second despite a slow start when making his second career start. Doesn’t have the numbers to beat 6/5 favorite Spielberg but he’s drawn outside and goes to leading man Prat, so he offers value while looking to be (at worst) the second horse in the race. Win Bet and exacta box with the favorite.

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Saturday’s result: Our Little Tiger was scratched from the fifth race.

Bob Ike is a Partner/VP of Horsebills.com (here’s a video) and the proprietor of BobIkePicks.com (full-card picks, 3 Best Plays and betting strategy).

Ciaran Thornton’s SA pick of the day

THIRD RACE: No. 1 Silent Musketier (15-1)

Silent Musketier makes the second start off the layoff for the small barn of Samuel Nichols. The last two races going shorter ‘Silent ran on late to just miss. The added distance looks ideal for this closer that has as much speed as the favorites and an attractive 15-1 morning line price.

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Saturday’s result: Del Mar Flash was bet down to 8-1 and after a slow start looked totally out of the race. Abel Cedillo knew he had a horse. Guiding ‘Flash down the rail he then moved out and threaded a path through the frontrunners to win on the line. Great ride, great value price. Del Mar Flash paid $18.40 for the win.

Ciaran Thornton is the handicapper for Californiapick4.com, which offers daily full card picks, longshots of the day, best bets of the day.

Big races review

A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 or more on Saturday.

Woodbine (3): $123,200 maiden special weight, fillies and mares 3 and up, 6 ½ furlongs. Winner: Yes to Mischief ($3.70)

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Aqueduct (7): $100,000 Notebook Sakes, NY-bred 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Winner: Eagle Orb ($12.20)

Woodbine (5): $126,800 maiden special weight, fillies 2-years-old 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Gote Go ($27.20)

Aqueduct (9): $100,000 Artie Schiller Stakes, 3 and up, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Therapist ($8.30)

Woodbine (7): $108,700 allowance/optional claimer, 3 and up, 6 ½ furlongs. Winner: True Valour ($11.10)

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Woodbine (8): $100,000 South Ocean Stakes, Can-bred fillies 2-years-old, 6 ½ furlongs. Winner: Jilli Marie ($12.40)

Churchill (10): Grade 2 $200,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Winner: Princess Grace ($7.00)

Woodbine (10): $101,200 allowance, fillies and mares 3 and up, 6 ½ furlongs. Winner: Golden Ami ($5.00)

Del Mar (8): $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes, fillies 2-years-old, 6 ½ furlongs. Winner: Astute ($12.20)

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Big races preview

A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 or more on Sunday. All times PST.

9:22 Aqueduct (2): $100,000 Key Cents Stakes, NY-bred fillies 2-years-old, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Party at Page’s (5-2)

11:25 Woodbine (3): $123,200 maiden special weight, 3 and up, 6 ½ furlongs. Favorite: In All Alone (2-1)

12:47 Aqueduct (9): $100,000 Winter Memories Stakes, fillies, 3-years-old, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Favorite: Thankful (1-1)

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12:58 Woodbine (6): $126,800 maiden special weight, 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Hiatus (3-1)

1:28 Woodbine (7): $101,200 allowance, 3 and up, 6 ½ furlongs. Favorite: Red Hierarchy (3-1)

1:58 Woodbine (8): $100,000 Frost King Stakes, Can-breds 2-year-olds, 6 ½ furlongs. Favorite: Avoman (2-1)

4:00 Del Mar (8): Grade 3 $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes, 2-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Spielberg (6-5)

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Chris Wade’s LA pick of the day

SIXTH RACE: No. 1 Halley (9-2)

She has had a tendency to find trouble, yet her figures in my book are competitive for this event. The filly also races for a top-notch shed row and if you throw out her most recent outing, then she has five straight efforts on my charts that are right there in this affair. The solid jockey/trainer combo of Mike Robbins and Oscar Peinado have had had a fine meet and have teamed up to win at a 19% ratio.

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And now the stars of the show, Saturday’s results and Sunday’s entries.

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Del Mar Charts Results for Saturday, November 14.

Copyright 2020 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, California. All finishes confirmed by Plusmic USA. Official program numbers may not correspond with post position. 7th day of a 15-day meet. Clear & Firm

FIRST RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $57,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 21.97 44.87 56.09


Pgm Horse Wt PP St 3/16 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

3 Superstition 122 3 1 2–1½ 2–2 2–3 1–3¼ Prat 1.10
5 Lilypop 122 5 2 1–2½ 1–2 1–½ 2–ns Gonzalez 5.80
4 Vegas Palm 124 4 4 5–3 5–2½ 4–2 3–¾ Hernandez 5.90
2 Irish Aura 124 2 3 4–2 3–½ 3–½ 4–2¼ Rispoli 5.60
1 Shizaam 122 1 6 6 6 6 5–1 Pereira 9.00
6 Marie 122 6 5 3–½ 4–2 5–1½ 6 Van Dyke 4.90

3 SUPERSTITION 4.20 2.60 2.10
5 LILYPOP 4.80 3.60
4 VEGAS PALM 2.60
$1 EXACTA (3-5)  $8.40
$2 QUINELLA (3-5)  $10.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-5-4-2)  $5.80
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-5-4)  $12.05

Winner–Superstition Dbb.f.3 by Ghostzapper out of Grand Glory, by Distorted Humor. Bred by WinStar Farm, LLC (KY). Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: Bass II, Perry R. and Bass, Ramona S.. Mutuel Pool $165,212 Exacta Pool $93,580 Quinella Pool $3,007 Superfecta Pool $25,078 Trifecta Pool $55,758. Scratched–Le Tub, Pharoah's Heart.

SUPERSTITION away quickly to begin then chased the lone speed up the backstretch from inside, took aim two wide into the lane, drove past inside the furlong pole and drew away. LILYPOP hard to load, sped clear and angled across to the inside, remained unchallenged into the drive, lost command inside the eighth pole and lasted for the place. VEGAS PALM raced off the pace, saved ground around the turn, moved out a bit in the stretch, showed a mild late effort and missed the place. IRISH AURA stalked the pace along the inside, moved out into the two path leaving the turn, drifted out in the stretch and went evenly late. SHIZAAM (IRE) off slow to begin, trailed the field along the inside to the stretch and was never a factor. MARIE tracked outside a rival, two then three wide on the turn and weakened.

SECOND RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $21,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000. Time 22.52 46.65 1:12.07 1:25.34 1:38.71


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

8 Causeididitmyway 122 8 1 1–2 1–2 1–1½ 1–2 1–¾ Flores 52.30
6 Hapi Hapi 122 6 5 6–1½ 5–½ 4–2½ 2–½ 2–1 Pereira 5.10
3 Alvaaro 124 3 8 7–1 6–½ 3–hd 3–½ 3–2¾ Hernandez 1.00
1 Single Me Out 124 1 7 8 8 5–hd 5–2 4–2¾ Franco 6.00
4 Babael 115 4 3 2–hd 4–hd 7–3 6–7 5–1 Centeno 4.60
5 Next Revolt 122 5 2 3–hd 2–hd 2–1½ 4–2 6–10¼ Maldonado 6.70
2 Show Business 122 2 6 5–1 7–½ 8 7–1 7–9¼ Cedillo 22.80
7 Baby Gronk 122 7 4 4–2 3–2 6–1 8 8 Figueroa 29.70

8 CAUSEIDIDITMYWAY 106.60 32.40 13.20
6 HAPI HAPI 5.80 3.40
3 ALVAARO 2.10
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-8)  $155.40
$1 EXACTA (8-6)  $289.40
$2 QUINELLA (6-8)  $216.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-6-3-1)  $336.10
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-6-3)  $567.50

Winner–Causeididitmyway Ch.g.5 by Giant's Causeway out of Miss Salsa, by Unbridled. Bred by Greenwood Lodge Farm, Inc. (KY). Trainer: Sal Gonzalez. Owner: Tricar Stables, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $187,211 Daily Double Pool $33,306 Exacta Pool $89,852 Quinella Pool $2,901 Superfecta Pool $39,014 Trifecta Pool $69,227. Claimed–Alvaaro by Childers, Monique and Hanson, Ryan. Trainer: Ryan Hanson. Claimed–Single Me Out by Huston Racing Stable. Trainer: Gary Stute. Scratched–none.

CAUSEIDIDITMYWAY quickly clear and angled over to race a bit off the rail around the first turn, stayed clear to the eighth pole, had rider lose the whip nearing the sixteenth pole and held safely. HAPI HAPI steadied into the first turn, angled in then back out around the far turn, split foes in upper stretch, rallied and continued gaining to the wire. ALVAARO off a bit slow to begin, traveled near the back of the field, moved outside on the backstretch, went four wide around the far turn and finished well for the show honors. SINGLE ME OUT stumbled and bumped leaving the gate, raced along the inside then angled four wide on the second turn and kept on for a minor award. BABAEL stalked the pace from inside, dropped back on the backstretch, saved ground into the lane, moved out near the sixteenth pole and failed to rally. NEXT REVOLT stalked in the three path on the first turn, chased two wide into the stretch and weakened. SHOW BUSINESS broke in and bumped rival at the start, traveled in the two path early, went three wide into the far turn, exited four wide and came out into the stretch, then lacked a rally when needed. BABY GRONK in range early outside a rival, lost ground around the far turn, came three wide into the stretch and faded.

THIRD RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $57,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.60 46.32 1:10.12 1:22.01 1:33.84


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

4 Rocking Redhead 122 4 3 1–1½ 1–1 1–2½ 1–4 1–4½ Cedillo 15.70
8 This Tea 122 7 7 4–2 3–hd 3–2 2–2 2–1½ Rispoli 2.80
2 Shes'a Perfectlady 122 2 4 7–2½ 7–1 6–1½ 4–½ 3–1¼ Van Dyke 4.40
3 England's Rose 124 3 9 9 9 8–½ 5–½ 4–½ Espinoza 2.00
1 Lookin So Lucky 122 1 2 3–½ 4–1½ 4–½ 3–1 5–1¼ Pereira 38.60
6 Lookintogeteven 122 5 8 8–3 8–2 7–1 6–1½ 6–5¼ Smith 12.60
10 Awesome Ella 122 9 5 6–1½ 6–hd 9 9 7–1¼ Hernandez 8.10
9 Ya Beauty 122 8 6 5–hd 5–1½ 5–1 8–½ 8–¾ Prat 9.10
7 Bellize 124 6 1 2–1 2–2 2–½ 7–1½ 9 T Baze 22.00

4 ROCKING REDHEAD 33.40 11.00 6.80
8 THIS TEA 4.40 3.00
2 SHES'A PERFECTLADY 3.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-4)  $1,504.20
$1 EXACTA (4-8)  $76.10
$2 QUINELLA (4-8)  $51.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-8-2-3)  $148.59
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-8-2)  $204.60

Winner–Rocking Redhead Ch.f.3 by Hard Spun out of Tangelo, by Square Eddie. Bred by Reddam Racing, LLC (KY). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Branham, Doug, Baltas, Richard and McClanahan, Jerry. Mutuel Pool $347,812 Daily Double Pool $21,623 Exacta Pool $188,304 Quinella Pool $5,014 Superfecta Pool $72,621 Trifecta Pool $118,490. Scratched–Let's Go Now.

50-Cent Pick Three (3-8-4) paid $387.50. Pick Three Pool $65,029.

ROCKING REDHEAD broke in, sprinted to the front, inched away on the second turn, kicked clear in upper stretch and widened in the late stages. THIS TEA stalked outside a rival, lost shoe at the half-mile marker, chased two wide into the stretch and bested the rest. SHES'A PERFECTLADY raced off the pace, angled four wide into the stretch and gained the show. ENGLAND'S ROSE off slow and lost path at the start, tucked inside on the first turn, angled out on the backstretch, moved back inside on the second turn, angled out and bumped rival in upper stretch and finished willingly. LOOKIN SO LUCKY stalked the pace from inside, moved out into the two path on the second turn and flattened. LOOKINTOGETEVEN went two wide around the first turn, steadied past the half-mile pole, angled five wide leaving the far turn and failed to rally. AWESOME ELLA mid-pack early on, shifted out at the half-mile pole, dropped back two wide around the far turn and weakened. YA BEAUTY (GB) also traveled mid-pack, shifted out at the half-mile marker, went three wide into the stretch, bumped and steadied between rivals in the lane and weakened. BELLIZE up close outside the leader early, chased along the inside into the stretch and weakened.

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500. Time 23.11 47.41 1:12.57 1:25.49 1:38.42


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

7 Pubilius Syrus 120 7 7 7 7 6–hd 4–hd 1–nk T Baze 2.70
5 Honoring Major 120 5 3 3–hd 5–5 5–4 3–2 2–½ Hernandez 3.50
2 Conquest Cobra 113 2 2 2–2 2–1 1–hd 2–1½ 3–1½ Pyfer 3.40
1 Wilshire Dude 120 1 1 1–hd 1–hd 2–2 1–hd 4–5¾ Gonzalez 5.20
3 Move Over 120 3 6 4–½ 4–½ 3–1 5–4 5–3¼ Pereira 7.90
4 New Year 113 4 5 6–6 6–3 7 7 6–1¼ Centeno 13.30
6 Camino de Estrella 120 6 4 5–4 3–hd 4–½ 6–1 7 Cedillo 6.70

7 PUBILIUS SYRUS 7.40 3.80 2.40
5 HONORING MAJOR 4.60 3.00
2 CONQUEST COBRA 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-7)  $117.00
$1 EXACTA (7-5)  $16.90
$2 QUINELLA (5-7)  $16.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-5-2-1)  $14.70
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-5-2)  $28.70

Winner–Pubilius Syrus B.h.5 by Candy Ride (ARG) out of Ruthenia, by Pulpit. Bred by Payson Stud Inc (KY). Trainer: Mark Glatt. Owner: Mark Glatt. Mutuel Pool $210,729 Daily Double Pool $31,378 Exacta Pool $114,987 Quinella Pool $3,376 Superfecta Pool $48,215 Trifecta Pool $82,770. Claimed–Pubilius Syrus by Wilson, Holly and David. Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Claimed–Honoring Major by Randy Marriott. Trainer: Ryan Hanson. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (8-4-7) paid $1,162.30. Pick Three Pool $30,477.

PUBILIUS SYRUS trailed the field through the early stages, angled out in upper stretch, finished with late rush and edged the runner-up in the final strides. HONORING MAJOR chased between foes, two wide into the stretch, tipped out and rallied outside the top pair, led late but was outkicked by the winner. CONQUEST COBRA dueled for the lead outside a rival, took a short lead at the five-sixteenths pole, battled with WILSHIRE DUDE in the lane, edged away then outfinished by the top pair in deep stretch. WILSHIRE DUDE dueled for the lead from inside and weakened late. MOVE OVER (GB) stumbled leaving the gate, stalked a bit off the rail inside a pair of rivals, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. NEW YEAR settled off the pace, came off the final turn four wide and failed to threaten. CAMINO DE ESTRELLA forwardly placed three deep, traveled four wide into the stretch and faded.

FIFTH RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $57,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 22.85 45.82 57.98


Pgm Horse Wt PP St 3/16 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

2 Del Mar Flash 120 2 9 8–½ 6–2 4–2 1–nk Cedillo 8.20
6 Little Liliana 120 5 3 2–hd 2–2 2–2½ 2–nk Prat 2.30
5 Squared Shady 120 4 4 1–½ 1–½ 1–hd 3–¾ Maldonado 6.20
9 Agata 120 8 6 5–2 4–½ 3–1½ 4–2¼ Rispoli 7.00
10 Coco's Joy 120 9 5 4–½ 5–2 6–2½ 5–1¼ Van Dyke 4.90
4 Princess Sadie 113 3 1 6–1 7–1 7–1 6–hd Centeno 9.70
8 Flag Salute 120 7 2 3–1½ 3–1 5–½ 7–¾ Hernandez 6.10
1 Race Judicata 120 1 7 9–4 9–2 8–2½ 8–3 Gonzalez 31.50
7 Ms Michelle 120 6 10 10 10 10 9–½ T Baze 41.00
11 Sircat Nelly 120 10 8 7–½ 8–2 9–½ 10 Smith 15.30

2 DEL MAR FLASH 18.40 9.60 6.00
6 LITTLE LILIANA 4.60 3.20
5 SQUARED SHADY 3.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-2)  $113.80
$1 EXACTA (2-6)  $43.10
$2 QUINELLA (2-6)  $40.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-6-5-9)  $134.17
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-6-5)  $112.25

Winner–Del Mar Flash Dbb.f.2 by Sky Mesa out of Vida Bonita, by Midnight Lute. Bred by Red Barons Barn, LLC, Rancho TemescalLLC & Vaya Con Suerte LLC (CA). Trainer: Robert B. Hess, Jr.. Owner: Red Baron's Barn LLC, Rancho Temescal LLC and Vayaconsuerte, LLC. Mutuel Pool $340,364 Daily Double Pool $26,136 Exacta Pool $183,111 Quinella Pool $6,751 Superfecta Pool $80,480 Trifecta Pool $131,770. Scratched–Dontmesswithtess, Our Little Tiger.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-7-2) paid $341.40. Pick Three Pool $109,010. 50-Cent Pick Four (8-4-7-2) 4 correct paid $21,773.10. Pick Four Pool $171,174. 50-Cent Pick Five (3/7/8-8-4-7-2) 5 correct paid $29,948.20. Pick Five Pool $557,182.

DEL MAR FLASH hopped at the start to come away last, split foes at the three-eighths pole, angled out in the final furlong, surged late and nailed foe in the final moments. LITTLE LILIANA pressed the pace between foes early, battled outside through the lane, took control late but was edged by the winner. SQUARED SHADY set the pace inside a pair of rivals, challenged at the quarter pole, held a short lead over LITTLE LILIANA through the lane and yielded grudgingly late. AGATA in range of the speedy trio up the backstretch, entered the turn a bit off the rail, two wide into the stretch, finished willingly in the final furlong but needed to find more. COCO'S JOY in range early while outside a rival, entered the turn two wide then angled four wide leaving the bend and gained some ground in the late stages. PRINCESS SADIE showed early speed then dropped back leaving the backstretch, came off the turn three wide, angled out in upper stretch and improved position. FLAG SALUTE attended the pace three deep, failed to match strides around the bend, chased three wide into the lane and weakened. RACE JUDICATA dropped back off the pace early while urged upon, saved ground into the lane and was never a threat. MS MICHELLE lacked early speed, entered the lane two wide and was never a factor. SIRCAT NELLY unhurried off the inside, went four wide into the stretch and had little left.

SIXTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $59,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 22.68 46.88 1:12.28 1:24.95 1:37.69


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

8 Kiss Today Goodbye 119 7 7 4–½ 5–1 4–2 2–4 1–2¾ Espinoza 1.50
6 Canadian Pride 119 5 2 3–1½ 3–hd 1–½ 1–½ 2–6¼ Prat 2.50
5 Secret Touch 122 4 4 6–2 6–½ 6–3 5–½ 3–2¼ Hernandez 3.70
2 Dark Prince 122 2 1 1–½ 1–1 3–½ 3–½ 4–¾ Cedillo 10.80
4 Oil Can Knight 122 3 3 5–½ 4–½ 5–1 6–5 5–6½ Maldonado 16.50
7 Mystery Man 119 6 5 2–hd 2–½ 2–½ 4–hd 6–2¼ Smith 7.20
1 Blue Jays 119 1 6 7 7 7 7 7 Rispoli 23.60

8 KISS TODAY GOODBYE 5.00 3.00 2.20
6 CANADIAN PRIDE 3.80 2.60
5 SECRET TOUCH 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-8)  $99.20
$1 EXACTA (8-6)  $8.10
$2 QUINELLA (6-8)  $10.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-6-5-2)  $16.01
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-6-5)  $10.20

Winner–Kiss Today Goodbye Dbb.c.3 by Cairo Prince out of Savvy Hester, by Heatseeker (IRE). Bred by Debmar Stables (KY). Trainer: J. Eric Kruljac. Owner: John Sondereker. Mutuel Pool $242,317 Daily Double Pool $30,336 Exacta Pool $117,230 Quinella Pool $4,381 Superfecta Pool $57,205 Trifecta Pool $84,286. Scratched–Divine Armor.

50-Cent Pick Three (7-2-8) paid $72.80. Pick Three Pool $70,660.

KISS TODAY GOODBYE went four wide around the first turn, chased off the inside up the backstretch, ranged up four wide nearing the quarter pole, collared rival past the eighth pole and drew clear. CANADIAN PRIDE up close early between runners then dropped back a bit into a stalking position, challenged again between foes at the three-eights pole, took over at the five-sixteenths, briefly clear into the lane, fought with the winner in the lane and proved no match in deep stretch. SECRET TOUCH raced off the inside, three wide into the stretch, moved out further in the lane and bested the rest. DARK PRINCE set the pace under pressured, cleared at the half-mile pole, headed by a pair of rivals approaching the five-sixteenths pole, relinquished the lead at the marker, chased inside leaving the turn and faded. OIL CAN KNIGHT settled off the pace, angled out in upper stretch and weakened. MYSTERY MAN stumbled at the start, pressed the pace three deep then outside the leader, lost contact with the pacesetter at the half-mile pole, bid three deep at the three-eighths pole but could not sustain the momentum into the stretch and tired. BLUE JAYS stumbled leaving the gate, raced two wide the moved out on the backstretch, came four wide into the lane and never made an impact.

SEVENTH RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $59,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 22.64 45.25 56.80


Pgm Horse Wt PP St 3/16 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

8 Thanks Mr. Eidson 120 8 6 6–2 6–1 3–½ 1–nk Maldonado 4.90
9 Quick Finish 124 9 7 7–1½ 8–1½ 7–½ 2–¾ Hernandez 11.40
3 Psycho Dar 124 3 4 2–½ 2–hd 1–hd 3–nk Gonzalez 3.80
2 One Flew South 122 2 2 5–1 4–½ 4–hd 4–¾ Cedillo 3.90
4 Preaching Trainer 124 4 9 9 7–½ 6–½ 5–hd Rispoli 3.40
1 Undeniable Proof 124 1 3 1–hd 1–hd 2–1½ 6–1¾ Van Dyke 10.10
6 Flip the Coin Jan 117 6 8 8–hd 9 9 7–1 Centeno 36.80
7 Factorial 122 7 1 4–hd 5–hd 8–1½ 8–hd Prat 9.90
5 Mr. Lovejoy 124 5 5 3–1½ 3–1 5–1 9 T Baze 9.50

8 THANKS MR. EIDSON 11.80 6.00 4.00
9 QUICK FINISH 11.40 7.60
3 PSYCHO DAR 3.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-8)  $27.40
$1 EXACTA (8-9)  $55.70
$2 QUINELLA (8-9)  $73.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-9-3-2)  $103.24
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-9-3)  $124.90

Winner–Thanks Mr. Eidson Dbb.g.3 by More Than Ready out of Nest Egg, by Eskendereya. Bred by Dell Ridge Farm, LLC (KY). Trainer: Jeff Bonde. Owner: Del Secco DCS Racing. Mutuel Pool $320,466 Daily Double Pool $30,324 Exacta Pool $186,820 Quinella Pool $5,126 Superfecta Pool $74,716 Trifecta Pool $116,751. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-8-8) paid $91.95. Pick Three Pool $55,975.

THANKS MR. EIDSON settled off the pace, went four wide into the lane, rallied and took command nearing the sixteenth pole and held in the final moments. QUICK FINISH traveled off the pace outside a rival, raced four wide at the three-sixteenths pole, angled out in the lane, bumped by inside rival at the eighth pole and rallied for the place. PSYCHO DAR vied between runners for the lead, took a short lead at the eighth pole, overtaken near the sixteenth pole and stayed on for the show. ONE FLEW SOUTH showed early speed between foes then dropped back to stalk, entered the lane two wide and showed a mild rally but was outkicked in the final furlong. PREACHING TRAINER traveled near the inside then angled three wide into the stretch, lacked room off heels while between foes in upper stretch, shifted out near the eighth pole, bumped at the sixteenth pole and finished willingly. UNDENIABLE PROOF vied for the lead from inside, fought back through the lane but flattened late. FLIP THE COIN JAN traveled three wide into the turn, moved into the two path then back out again, came out into the stretch and failed to threaten. FACTORIAL broke well then stalked the top trio, went three to four wide around the turn, drifted out and bumped foe near the eighth pole and could not regain momentum. MR. LOVEJOY vied outside a pair of rivals into and around the turn, lost contact in upper stretch, bumped outside rival near the sixteenth pole and gave way.

EIGHTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $100,000. 'Desi Arnaz Stakes'. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 22.21 45.30 1:10.58 1:17.28


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

7 Astute 120 5 3 1–hd 2–1½ 1–2 1–7½ Smith 5.10
5 Queengol 120 3 4 5–1 5–2 3–½ 2–ns Hernandez 5.70
8 Heels Up 120 6 1 3–1½ 3–3 4–½ 3–½ Espinoza 10.40
2 Private Mission 120 1 2 2–1½ 1–hd 2–2½ 4–2¾ Van Dyke 0.50
3 Canoodling 120 2 6 6 4–hd 5–8 5–14¼ Rispoli 21.40
6 Miss Costa Rica 120 4 5 4–1 6 6 6 Prat 8.90

7 ASTUTE 12.20 5.40 5.20
5 QUEENGOL 5.60 4.20
8 HEELS UP 6.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-7)  $90.80
$1 EXACTA (7-5)  $31.60
$2 QUINELLA (5-7)  $29.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-5-8-2)  $28.24
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-5-8)  $73.75

Winner–Astute Ch.f.2 by Speightstown out of Discerning, by Langfuhr. Bred by WinStar Farm, LLC (KY). Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: LNJ Foxwoods. Mutuel Pool $365,105 Daily Double Pool $39,483 Exacta Pool $188,808 Quinella Pool $5,815 Superfecta Pool $78,900 Trifecta Pool $123,521. Scratched–Plum Sexy, Varda.

50-Cent Pick Three (8-8-7) paid $48.75. Pick Three Pool $51,113.

ASTUTE set the pace outside a rival then dueled with foe into and around the turn, shook free in upper stretch and powered away in the final furlong. QUEENGOL knocked into rival at the start then steadied shortly after, settled off the pace, went three wide around the turn and outside a rival into the lane, grinded out the final furlong and edged rival for the place. HEELS UP away quickly then stalked the top pair, went three to four wide around the turn and missed the place. PRIVATE MISSION pressed the pace then moved up to duel from inside, fought with the winner around the turn and into the lane, could not match strides in upper stretch, shifted out at the eighth pole and flattened in the late stages. CANOODLING stumbled, bumped and steadied at the start, traveled near the inside then two wide into the lane and weakened. MISS COSTA RICA broke in and bumped rival repeatedly at the start, chased off the inside, four wide exiting the turn and tired.

NINTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $57,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. Time 22.34 46.21 1:11.10 1:23.60 1:36.17


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

3 Moving Fast 120 3 5 5–hd 6–1½ 5–½ 4–½ 1–½ Van Dyke 8.60
4 Big Flint 120 4 11 11 9–hd 9–2 8–½ 2–hd Pereira 18.40
8 Discretionary Day 120 8 1 3–½ 3–½ 3–1 2–½ 3–nk Smith 9.70
11 Warrens Candy Man 120 11 8 8–2 7–hd 7–1 6–½ 4–hd Prat 1.80
1 Big Story 120 1 3 1–hd 1–hd 1–hd 1–hd 5–1½ Hernandez 6.10
5 Blue Star 120 5 10 10–1½ 11 10–hd 10–3 6–¾ Figueroa 10.40
9 Alpine Thunder 120 9 6 6–1 5–hd 6–1 7–1 7–1¼ Maldonado 26.60
2 Whiskey Vision 120 2 4 4–1½ 4–1 4–½ 5–1 8–½ Cedillo 13.60
10 Club Cal 120 10 7 7–2½ 8–2½ 8–1½ 9–hd 9–1 T Baze 80.00
7 Circleofchampions 120 7 2 2–2 2–2 2–1 3–1 10–4½ Rispoli 3.80
6 Club Champ 120 6 9 9–½ 10–1 11 11 11 Gonzalez 28.00

3 MOVING FAST 19.20 9.20 7.20
4 BIG FLINT 17.80 11.20
8 DISCRETIONARY DAY 6.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-3)  $161.20
$1 EXACTA (3-4)  $151.30
$2 QUINELLA (3-4)  $173.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-4-8-11)  $580.67
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-4-8-11-1)  Carryover $17,140
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-4-8)  $794.15

Winner–Moving Fast Ch.g.2 by Jeranimo out of Moving Desert, by Desert Code. Bred by Harris Farms (CA). Trainer: Sean McCarthy. Owner: Harris Farms, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $454,578 Daily Double Pool $134,021 Exacta Pool $276,017 Quinella Pool $9,200 Superfecta Pool $156,058 Super High Five Pool $22,458 Trifecta Pool $207,239. Scratched–Big Talker, By Moonlight, That Corey.

50-Cent Pick Three (8-7-3) paid $266.40. Pick Three Pool $178,133. 50-Cent Pick Four (3/8-8-7-3) 4 correct paid $702.90. Pick Four Pool $665,322. 50-Cent Pick Five (2-3/8-8-7-3) 5 correct paid $6,949.25. Pick Five Pool $707,855. 50-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (7-2-3/8-8-7-3) 6 correct paid $41,243.35. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $135,103. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $20,621. $1 Place Pick All 8 out of 9 paid $3,337.20. Place Pick All Pool $21,864.

MOVING FAST bumped with outside rival at the start, settled inside then moved into the two path, exited the far turn three wide, angled out in upper stretch and edged past the top pair under a drive. BIG FLINT off slow and bumped at the start, raced off the rail, four wide into the lane, rallied and got up for second. DISCRETIONARY DAY stalked outside a rival, closed in around the far turn, took aim three wide exiting the bend, headed rival at the eighth pole while drifting inward, took a short lead near the sixteenth marker and caught in the closing moments. WARRENS CANDY MAN raced off the pace, traveled two wide then tipped out in the lane and showed late effort to earn a minor award. BIG STORY dueled for the lead from inside, fought gamely through the lane but yielded late. BLUE STAR tucked inside on the first turn, trailed the field up the backstretch, steered out in upper stretch and summoned a mild rally. ALPINE THUNDER entered the clubhouse turn between foes then chased outside a rival, traveled three then four wide on the far turn and lacked a rally. WHISKEY VISION stalked the pace from inside and could not rally. CLUB CAL took the first turn three wide, settled off the pace outside a rival, came three wide into the lane and never made an impact. CIRCLEOFCHAMPIONS dueled for the lead outside a rival, vied between foes in uppers stretch, put in tight quarters and steadied past the eighth pole, then gave way. CLUB CHAMP off a bit slow to begin, raced in the two path on the first turn, angled in and saved ground around the second bend and was never a factor.


AttendanceHandle
On-TrackN/A$123,329
Inter-TrackN/A$2,800,509
Out of StateN/A$8,354,949
TOTALN/A $11,278,787

Del Mar Entries for Sunday, November 15.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, California. $2 Win, Place and Show; $1 Exacta, $2 Quinella, 50-cent Trifecta, $2 Rolling Double, 50-cent rolling Pick 3; 10-cent Superfecta; 50-cent Pick 4 last 4 races; 50-cent Players Pick 5 first 5 races; 50-cent Pick 6 last 6 races; $1 Place Pick All; $1 Super High Five last race. Trifecta needs 4 betting interests; Superfecta needs 6. 8th day of a 15-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $43,000. Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Sabinos PrideTyler Baze120Jorge Periban12-150,000
2Too Much HeavenUmberto Rispoli118Peter Eurton3-145,000
3White VelvetJ.C. Diaz, Jr.120Hector O. Palma12-150,000
4A G IndyAbel Cedillo120Andrew Lerner4-150,000
5Colombian GoldFlavien Prat120William Spawr5-250,000
6Loud Loud MusicTiago Pereira120Steven Miyadi6-150,000
7Lady NoguezJuan Hernandez120Vladimir Cerin4-150,000
8Star of AfricaMike Smith120Patrick Gallagher12-150,000

SECOND RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $31,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Little Miss BelleTiago Pereira122Edward R. Freeman12-150,000
2Fierce KittyHeriberto Figueroa122Shelbe Ruis10-150,000
3ElgofrancoJuan Hernandez122Ben D. A. Cecil3-150,000
4Cheerful CharmFlavien Prat124Dan Blacker4-150,000
5Ole SilverAlexis Centeno115Philip D'Amato5-150,000
6Win Like Coach PTyler Baze122Mark Glatt5-150,000
7Capital HeatJessica Pyfer112Vann Belvoir9-550,000

THIRD RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $25,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Silent MusketierTiago Pereira124Samuel Nichols15-132,000
2Mr Right NowTyler Baze122Ryan Bratcher15-132,000
3Seeking RefugeUmberto Rispoli124Vladimir Cerin3-132,000
4Turn the SwitchAbel Cedillo124Peter Eurton5-232,000
5Go TimeGeovanni Franco122Jorge Periban12-132,000
6TejonRicardo Gonzalez124Richard Baltas8-132,000
7Big City BaneJuan Hernandez124Carla Gaines4-132,000
8Honos ManFlavien Prat122Peter Miller3-128,000

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $57,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1CharlitoJessica Pyfer114Richard E. Mandella8-5
2Mongolian KingdomAlexis Centeno115Enebish Ganbat15-1
3SeicheRicardo Gonzalez122Bob Baffert5-2
4Munnings' PilotFlavien Prat122Richard Baltas6-1
5Tiz ViciousJuan Hernandez122Robert B. Hess, Jr.4-1
6TapitutionAbel Cedillo122Bob Baffert7-2

FIFTH RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $59,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Time for EbbyTyler Baze125Steve Knapp6-120,000
2Sofi's GoldUmberto Rispoli119Carla Gaines5-1
3La AguilillaGeovanni Franco123Jesus Ramos15-1
4D's Lovely SophiaEswan Flores125Hector O. Palma6-1
5Ana LisaAlexis Centeno118Milton G. Pineda3-1
6She's DevotedFlavien Prat119Richard Baltas7-2
7Concise AdviceJose Valdivia, Jr.123Mike Puype6-1
8Eye On TigerTiago Pereira121Jose R. Gonzalez, Jr.15-1
9Silk From HeavenJuan Hernandez125Hector O. Palma8-1

SIXTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $20,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Acting CatAaron Gryder122Brian J. Koriner5-120,000
2Floyd MoneymakerAlexis Centeno117Val Brinkerhoff12-120,000
3Follow the LuteDrayden Van Dyke124Tim Yakteen4-120,000
4Git On Your PulpitGeovanni Franco124Kathy Walsh4-120,000
5Lucky Ryan SevenJessica Pyfer112George Papaprodromou7-220,000
6El Mas PoderosoEswan Flores122Sergio Morfin20-120,000
7ThreearchbaymafiaJuan Hernandez122Vladimir Cerin5-220,000
8Wild Cat CanyonJ.C. Diaz, Jr.124Jesus Nunez20-120,000
9Twirling DerbyHeriberto Figueroa122Ruben Gomez12-120,000

SEVENTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $59,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Shanghai TrufflesDrayden Van Dyke123Patrick Gallagher6-1
2On MarsMike Smith123Philip D'Amato5-1
3All QualityAbel Cedillo123Peter Miller4-1
4Velvet QueenFlavien Prat123Richard Baltas3-1
5Paid InformantRicardo Gonzalez121Richard Baltas6-1
6Hermaphrodite Umberto Rispoli123John W. Sadler5-2
7Equal MeasureJuan Hernandez123Robert B. Hess, Jr.8-1

EIGHTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $100,000. 'Bob Hope Stakes'. 2 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1AmbivalentMario Gutierrez120Doug F. O'Neill7-2
2SpielbergAbel Cedillo120Bob Baffert6-5
3WestonDrayden Van Dyke124Ryan Hanson3-1
4Coastal KidTyler Baze120Jeffrey Metz15-1
5Red FlagVictor Espinoza120John A. Shirreffs6-1
6Uncle BoogieFlavien Prat120Andrew Lerner5-1

NINTH RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $57,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1BathoryTyler Baze122Doug F. O'Neill30-1
2VelvetFlavien Prat122Richard E. Mandella7-2
3Investment GradeTiago Pereira122Peter Eurton12-1
4Judy With GraceGeovanni Franco122Ronald W. Ellis15-1
5EvooUmberto Rispoli122John W. Sadler5-2
6Freedom FlyerJuan Hernandez122Simon Callaghan4-1
7Royal BlendDrayden Van Dyke122Clifford W. Sise, Jr.12-1
8Made in KarooHeriberto Figueroa122Peter Miller15-1
9Philly LishesRicardo Gonzalez122Richard Baltas12-1
10Magical ThoughtAbel Cedillo122Peter Miller7-2
Also Eligible
11Quick and DirtyMike Smith122Michael W. McCarthy12-1
12Chrome of Our OwnAlexis Centeno115Val Brinkerhoff20-1
13American HeightsVictor Espinoza122Carla Gaines20-1
14Cami KateDrayden Van Dyke122Michael W. McCarthy12-1


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