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All five of the competitors in Saturday’s La Jolla Handicap (G2) at Del Mar competed in one of the two divisions of the turfy Oceanside Stakes, run locally on July 18.

The second division was stronger on paper, and it was won in a slightly faster time. Race victor My Best Brother returns for the La Jolla with a three-race win streak intact. He set an honest pace in the Oceanside, and dug in quite gamely when challenged. Old Time Hockey was a willing third.

A game second in the first division of the Oceanside, Chips All In pressed the pace, took over at the top of the stretch, and then gave way grudgingly late to Midnight Crooner. He spied slightly softer fractions than the ones set by My Best Brother, but the second quarter of that race was quicker. He cannot be discounted here.

A willing fourth behind Midnight Crooner was Blingo. Well drawn on the rail Saturday, he may be the most likely late kicker to take advantage if the early fractions are hot. Beaten less than three lengths, Facoltoso was a close sixth of seven in that division, but he didn’t punch home with the needed authority.

The outside post in a field of five should allow My Best Brother’s partner, jockey Martin Garcia, to clock the others in the race. If allowed, he can take the lead in hand into the turn, or sit just off any ambitious foes, with Chips All In the most likely to push for a forward position. Either way, speedy AND game is a dangerous combination, so My Best Brother receives my endorsement here. 

My Selections

My Best Brother

Blingo

Chips All In

Old Time Hockey

$150,000 La Jolla Handicap (G2)

Del Mar, Race 8, Post 5:30 p.m. EDT

3-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles on the turf

Post, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer

1. Blingo, M E Smith, 118, J A Shirreffs

2. Old Time Hockey, J Talamo, 117, T F Proctor

3. Facoltoso, R Bejarano, 117, S Callagahan

4. Chips All In, G K Gomez, 120, J Mullins

5. My Best Brother, M Garcia, 121, J C Canani

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Joe Kristufek

The face of ABR's "Racing 101", Joe Kristufek is a self-proclaimed horse racing "ambassador," and fan development has been his passion since the moment he took his first job in the industry.

Beginning in spring of 2014, Kristufek will serve as the paddock host and as a fan development specialist for Churchill Downs.

Kristufek is the morning-line maker for Arlington Park and Kentucky Downs and he serves as the handicapper and racing writer for the Daily Herald newspaper. 

Kristufek has developed and executed several horse racing-related, fan-education projects both online and onsite and he is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters. 

He has co-owned five horses in partnership and is the process of developing an ownership group of his own. Kristufek is also becoming an increasing presence on the tournament scene. 

Kristufek was the on-air talent for Hawthorne's between-race presentation and replay shows in the 1990s, and served as a on-air host and content coordinator for The Racing Network in 2000-2001. He was the owner, producer and host of popular horse racing magazine show Horsin' Around TV, airing 85 episodes from 2003-2005 on Fox Sports Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

A beer and indie/alternative music snob, Joe is a Chicago Bulls season ticket holder and there aren't too many people who can keep up with him on a billards table. 

 

Image Description

Joe Kristufek

The face of ABR's "Racing 101", Joe Kristufek is a self-proclaimed horse racing "ambassador," and fan development has been his passion since the moment he took his first job in the industry.

Beginning in spring of 2014, Kristufek will serve as the paddock host and as a fan development specialist for Churchill Downs.

Kristufek is the morning-line maker for Arlington Park and Kentucky Downs and he serves as the handicapper and racing writer for the Daily Herald newspaper. 

Kristufek has developed and executed several horse racing-related, fan-education projects both online and onsite and he is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters. 

He has co-owned five horses in partnership and is the process of developing an ownership group of his own. Kristufek is also becoming an increasing presence on the tournament scene. 

Kristufek was the on-air talent for Hawthorne's between-race presentation and replay shows in the 1990s, and served as a on-air host and content coordinator for The Racing Network in 2000-2001. He was the owner, producer and host of popular horse racing magazine show Horsin' Around TV, airing 85 episodes from 2003-2005 on Fox Sports Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

A beer and indie/alternative music snob, Joe is a Chicago Bulls season ticket holder and there aren't too many people who can keep up with him on a billards table. 

 

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