Abbreviated schedule (as has been on our website all year) for the Fairplex meeting (now at Los Alamitos) and it is as follows: Sept. 5th, 19th, 20th and 21st and with brief comments only. The break is for much needed R & R time and website maintenance.

The Racing Digest picks are available for Monday

31 August 2014:  After any scratches our top choice won 6 races (ran 2nd twice), 2nd choice won 2 races and 4th choice won 2 races. 2nd race exacta was 2nd, top pick for $22.20. 4th race 2nd, top pick exacta $12.80. 5th race pick 3 hit COLD $19.40. 6th race pick 3 hit COLD $21.00. 7th race exacta hit COLD $16.60. 8th race exacta hit COLD $25.00. 10th race top pick, 4th pick exacta $80.00. 10th double hit COLD $51.20. 11th race top pick, 5th pick exacta $53.60

24 August 2014:  Great day on Del Mar’s biggest day. After any scratches:   1st race pick 5 was top, top, 2nd, 4th, 2nd pick $2,959.60. 2nd race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $24.20. 3rd race trifecta box of 4 given picks $171.60. 4th race pick 3 was 4th, 2nd, long-shot play $437.40. 5th race pick 3 was 4th pick, long-shot play, 3rd pick $459.00. 5th race 2nd, 3rd pick exacta $48.00. 6th race pick 3 was long-shot play, 3rd pick, top pick $714.20. 7th race 3rd, 2nd, 4th, top choice superfecta paid $934.40. 7th race pick 3 was 3rd, top, 2nd pick $179.20. 8th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $35.20. 8th race top pick, 2nd pick double was $29.80. 9th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $13.00. 10 race top pick, 4th pick exacta $27.40.

23 August 2014:  2nd race superfecta box of 4 given picks $210.20. 4th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, lone long-shot play of the day $156.00. 5th race pick 6 was 2nd, long-shot play, 2nd, top, 2nd, 3rd pick $10,784.60. 5th race pick 3 was 2nd pick, long-shot play, 2nd pick $401,60. 6th race pick 3 was long-shot play, 2nd pick, top pick $297.40. And bombs away in the 6th race: long-shot play over our other 4 selections paid a superfcta of $7,108.20. (trifecta was $977.20) 6th race long-shot over our top pick exacta was $109.40. 

10 August 2014:   Not the kind of day that will go into our highlights section but definitely worth noting: 1st race trifecta hit COLD $48.20 (COLD exacta #25.60). 1st race pick 3 was top, 4th, 4th pick $534.80. 2nd race trifecta box of 4 given picks $164.40. 3rd race 4th pick, top pick exacta $71.20.. 6th race pick 4 was 3rd, top, 4th, 5th pick for $6,132.80. 7th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $38.20. Not too shabby on a day nobody hit the pick 6 and a significant amount of $$$ was put into it.

7 August 2014:  Not the kind of day that will go into our highlights section but definitely worth noting:  2nd race 4th pick, top pick exacta $72.00. 5th race Pick 4 was top, 4th, 4th, 4th pick $3,035.40. 8th race box of four top picks paid a superfecta of $1,828.00. 8th race box of top five selections paid a $1 super high five of $3,174.60.

2 Aug 2014: After any scratches:  1st race exacta hit COLD $22.00.4th race 3rd pick, 2nd pick exacta $70.20.  7th race pick 4 hit ICE COLD $268.80. 7th race trifecta also hit COLD $37.40 (exacta $14.80). 8th race top pick over our 3 other picks superfecta $158.00. 9th race top pick over our other 3 picks superfecta $542.60. 10th race top pick, 3rd pick, 2nd pick, 4th pick, 5th pick paid $1,068.20 for the the Super High Five

31 July 14:   After any scratches:  1st race pick five was top, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd. 2nd pick for $2,763.80. 3rd race supefecta box of 4 given picks $2.039.20. 7th race superfecta box of 5 given picks $1,219.40

30 July 14:   1st race exacta hit COLD $14.00. 3rd race superfecta box of 4 given picks $402.00. Nobody hit the pick 6 but our 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, top, top, 4th pick won races 3 thru 8. 4th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $27.80. 4th race trifecta box of 4 given picks $241.60. 5th race pick 4 was 3rd, top, top, 4rd pick for $4,349.00. 8th race 4th pick, 2nd pick exacta $1,044.60

20 July 2014:  2nd race exacta hit COLD $21.80. 3rd race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $53.40. 5th race double and exacta both hit COLD and paid $11.40 & $19.60 respectively. 5th race pick 3 was top. top. 2nd pick for $141.00. 6th race pick 6 was in our selections as top, 2nd, top, 4th, 4th, 5th pick for $125,186.60. 6th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, top $66.60. 7th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, 4th pick $453.00. 8th race pick 3 was top. 4th, 4th pick for $512.40. 9th race trifecta box of 5 given picks paid $2,209.30. (4th pick, long-shot play exacta $363.40) 11th race 5th choice, top choice exacta $122.40.

19 July 2014:   Bombs away at Del Mar! 1st race pick 3 was 2nd, 2nd, 3rd pick $566.80. 1st race super box of 4 given picks $437.20 2nd race pick 3 was 2nd, 3rd, 2nd pick for $767.80. 9th race superfecta box of 5 given picks paid $8,114.00. (trifecta $1,985.00) 9th race 2nd pick, 2nd pick double $133.80. 9th race long-shot play, 2nd pick quinella $199.00. 9th race pick 3 was 2nd, 2nd, 3rd pick for $430.80

12 July 2014:   1st race pick 5 was top, 3rd, 2nd, top, top choice for $1,964.00. 2nd race trifecta box of 3 given picks $169.00 (exacta $110.40) 2nd race pick 3 was 3rd, 2nd, top pick for $298.00. 4th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $23.20. 4th race COLD double $13.80.

11 July 2014:   After any scratches:  3rd race pick 6 was 2nd, top, top, 3rd, top, 3rd pick for $13,143.20. 3rd race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $28.40. 3rd race double was 2nd pick, top pick $28.40. 4th race double hit COLD $37.80. 4th race pick 3 was top, top, 3rd pick for $288.80. 5th race double was top pick, 3rd pick $59.60. 6th race box of 3 given picks paid a trifecta of $99.40. (exacta $42.00).  6th race double was 3rd pick, top pick $65.80. 

3 July 2014:   Helloooooo Los Alamitos. 1st race pick 5 was top pick, 2nd pick, top pick, top pick (paid $46.50 to win), top pick and paid $4,627.20. 3rd race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $159.80. 3rd race pick 3 hit ICE COLD for $686.80. Only long-shot play for the day paid $24.00 to win in race 7. 

29 June 2014:  Nice closing day at Santa Anita:   1st race superfecta box of 4 given picks $1,295.60. 2nd race double hit COLD $29.40. 5th race double also hit COLD $26.40. 6th race exacta hit ICE COLD for $62.80. 8th race and final pick 3 of the meeting was all 2nd choices and paid $229.60. 8th race exacta box of top two picks $22.00. 8th race 2nd pick, 2nd pick double $78.80. 9th race double was 2nd pick, 2nd pick $43.20. 10th race 2nd pick, 3rd pick exacta $39.20.

28 June 2014:   Bombs away at Santa Anita on Gold Cup Day:  1st race exacta hit COLD $28.80. 1st race trifecta was top pick, 4th pick, 2nd pick $196.60. 1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, 3rd, top, top pick for $9,447.80. 4th race top pick, 4th pick exacta $148.40. 4th race double hit COLD $36.40 .6th race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $36.40. 8th race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $137.60. 8th race pick 3 was 3rd, 2nd, 2nd pick for $770.00. 9th race trifecta box of 4 given picks $412.10. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing.

26 June 14 at Santa Anita:   1st race exacta hit COLD $8.80. 2nd race pick 3 was 2nd, 2nd, top pick $405.40. 3rd race exacta box of top two picks $26.80. 3rd race 2nd pick, top pick double $147.20. Just missed a large pick six at the wire in the 5th race going only 2 deep a race: 2nd, top, top (nipped at the wire in the last jump), top, 2nd, 2nd paid $512.40 for 5 of 6. (winner went off 7 to 1, our pick went off 4 to 1, pick 6 paid $52,445.00. Ouch!) 6th race exacta box of top 2 picks $20.80. 7th race double 2nd pick, 2nd pick $39.00.

15 June 2014 at Santa Anita:   1st race tri box of 4 given selections $195.00. 4th race tri box of 3 given picks $429.20 (exacta $99.00). 4th race pick 3 was 3rd pick, top pick, long-shot play for $641.00. Took a size-able investment but the pick 6 paying $106,135.60 was 3rd, top, long-shot play, 3rd, top, 5th pick. 5th race exacta hit COLD $19.60. 5th race pick 3 was top, long-shot play, 3rd pick for $425.40. 6th race pick 3 was long-shot play, 3rd, top pick for $342.60. 6th race long-shot play over our other 4 picks paid a tri of $663.80. 8th race hit exacta COLD $8.40

14 June 2014 at Santa Anita:  Hit 1st race double ICE COLD for $38.20. 6th race pick 4 was 4th pick, top pick, 4th pick. 2nd pick for $2,782.40. 7th race top pick, 4th pick exacta $38.20. 9th race 2nd choice paid a generous $32.20  $14.00  $8.40.

8 June 2014 at Santa Anita:   Decent day at Santa Anita. 1st race pick 3 was HIT ICE COLD for $62.40. 1st race pick 5 was top, top, top, 3rd, 2nd pick for $2,202.50. 2nd race exacta hit COLD paying $15.40. 4th race pick 3 was 3rd, 2nd, 2nd pick for $122.40.

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Del Mar for Sunday 31 August 2014

Abbreviated schedule (as has been on our website all year) for the Fairplex meeting (now at Los Alamitos) and it is as follows: Sept. 5th, 19th, 20th and 21st and with brief comments only. It is for much needed R & R time and website maintenance time.

Wasn’t that crazy about yesterday’s card yet had a decent day. I like today’s card quite a bit so what does that mean? We shall see.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly above average clarity

4  Ultimate Holiday   decent route grass race in 2nd lifetime start and the race sure appears to have muscled this Baltas runner up as the a.m. work at Dmr since is impressive……..1st on the AW but sure seems likely to handle it

1  Danette   par like effort in latest which was at at today’s distance of one mile…….last fits and if she moves forward she likely will be the one to beat

3  Here Comes Chloe   last was the tune-up (and a decent one at that) to tighten up and be well prepared to get a route of ground in lifetime race number two…….sure like the one mile work put in especially for a Proctor runner

6  Maybellene


race 2    slightly above average clarity

2  Salista   exits a fast heat at the same level with a nice 2nd 12 days ago……..and seems likely to fire another solid effort 2nd out following a 5 month break

5  Ipolita   ran best ever in latest to break maiden and it was her 1st ever on the Del Mar surface……..needs only a small forward move in her 2nd effort over it’s AW surface to be a tough cookie here

6  Spirit of Ten   three year old filly is improving…….trainer is improving……should make for a contender for the top prize here

8  Hugger of Trees


race 3    average clarity

2  Educating    rather convinced this Proctor 1st timer is ready to roll in her debut and she better be as she tackles a turf route……mom has tossed 5 grass winners……. and the tightly spaced and prolonged work regiment has fit, meant, and ready written all over it

1  Dixie Tweet   sure woke up in 3rd lifetime start in the version of this MSW turf route race run on the last day of July…….good post and route turf proven…..not much to dislike here

4  Luyuryan   always tough to debut in a turf route as this Vann Belvoir runner did……slow early but showed plenty of life late……..blinkers on seems like a good move to help get his young filly in the game sooner this afternoon

7  Eementar  and  9 Tiz Ladys Legs  (tie for 4th selection)


race 4    slightly above average clarity

6  Burning    last two efforts fit well here……..and this is the last shot to run at what appears his favorite surface for about 3 months……Hollendorfer has more incentive than normal to have him ready

5  Designated   takes that ever dangerous drop from MSW racing to low level mc racing…….away for a couple of months but returning with a good work regiment over at Slr putting in plenty of foundation……and draws Rosario

4  Stauffenberg   deep closer might be the last one standing at the end and run on by them all late…….sure took to the Dmr AW in his last

1  Kimnjet


race 5    average clarity

4  Jo Jo Warrior   very strong Grade 2 win in last with the blinkers back on…….won her only race at Dmr quite easily in MSW breaking effort……works on the Del Mar surface are strong and plentiful

1  Delta Flower   was favored over our top pick in last but didn’t fair too well…….but Hollendorfer sure has put the pedal to the metal in the a.m. with his filly…..rebound city seems likely today

5  Thegirlinthatsong    dangerous new shooter for the Hollendorfer barn should be flying late if she takes to her 1st ever run on a synthetic surface……believe she will as I doubt the sharp trainer would run her here and waste a race if he didn’t believe she will handle it because soon it is all conventional dirt in S Cal

7  More Complexity


race 6    average clarity

4  Boozer   all 3 lifetime route grass races fit well here with few reasons not to believe another highly competitive effort won’t occur today especially with Mr. Bejarano sticking around

3  Quality Plan   new trainer for today and some solid recent works showing……last was much better than appears on paper…..1st on grass but bred well to handle it

9  Husband’s Folly   gelding has been ultra consistent having hit the board in 8 straight races……..sure like the ride that Desormeaux gave this six year in his last and the jock stays up for today

1  Song To You


race 7   slightly above  average clarity

6  Broken Sword   all 3 lifetime AW route races fit just fine in this spot……..full speed ahead from the get go here…….solid wire to wire shot

7  Oscar Party   won his 1st ever on the Del Mar synthetic in last despite not the best of journey’s around the oval……..that effort fits at today’s higher level quite well and with 3 lbs off to boot……that is if he gets a better trip this afternoon

5  Every Way   four year old filly has handled multiple surfaces so I doubt the Del Mar AW will be a hindrance…….trainer has a good history turf to AW with is the case here

9  Legacy


race 8    average clarity

3  Diamond Of Blue   3 for 5 on the Dmr AW…….3 for 13 on other surfaces…….Hollendorfer very likely will have this gelding more than ready for his last shot at taking advantage of the surface for about 3 months

1  Grandstand   seems likely to move forward 2nd out after a very long layoff……and……..with a switch to the quite reliable Kent Desormeaux especially so the 1st time he rides a given horse

4  Dr. Action   nowheresville in 3 races since arriving from Argentina…….but……drops into claiming and for the first time and with a solid set of drills at Slr for the ever dangerous Peter Miller

8  Sizzlin’ Joe


race 9    slightly above average clarity

7  Flamboyant   a flamboyant record of (9 3 3 3) to date and his latest in the Belmont Derby on the sod was stout to say the least…….impressive works since arriving back to S Cal……..seems set for another strong performance

5  Enterprising   hard to argue with 5 for 6 on the sod……would have been top pick if he didn’t show a tendency to flatten out slightly past 1 1/16th……still Mike Smith is up and the way he has been riding the grass ought to help this fellow get that extra 1/16th

2  Sawyer’s Hill   very sharp “now” horse deserves a shot ay the big time……..1st running as far as 1 1/8th but sure finishes as if it will be a plus

4  Talco


race 10    average clarity

1  Gold Medallion   solid effort/fit 1st out after the claim by Hess……decent useful 4F drills since……same or better seems likely today

7  Hawk’s Eye   another with a strong for the given level effort/fig……..trainer has has a big meeting and has a runner here who can keep the good times coming

3  Big Wags   trainer is very dangerous 3rd out after layoffs and that is the case here…….seven year old is a ton when he brings his “A game” and he might here

6  Fly Blue


race 11    average clarity

7  Halljoy   laid up GB invader sure fits if she is ready and the works put into her by her new trainer Gary Mandella say that she is

3  Classy Chick   nice public work-out in MSW debut last in a 6F sprint on the AW……..long/grass/2nd start all make this three year old filly a contender today as she is bred well for a grass one mile affair and her trainer is much better with 2nd time starters

10  Bijoux   wide trip from a wide post hides a decent turf route in last…..wide post again hurts but we get a major league rider switch to Joel Rosario

4  Seek A Star

11  Nighttiming

8  Keezheekoni




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Del Mar for Saturday 30 August 2014

Abbreviated schedule (as has been on our website all year) for the Fairplex meeting (now at Los Alamitos) and it is as follows: Sept. 5th, 19th, 20th and 21st and with brief comments only. It is for much needed R & R time and website maintenance time.


Not an easy card. Let’s call it a 3 on the 1 t0 10 scale. Decent chance for a two day carryover for Sunday and I like Sunday’s card quite a bit more.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly below average clarity

7  Beach Premier   ran 2nd in maiden debut at 27 to 1……likely surprised her connections……..seems likely for better in 2nd lifetime start with the debut race muscling her up

6  Birthday Song   like our top choice this filly might not have been that wound up in her mc debut as she ran 3rd at 21 to 1 in an 8 horse field…….Casse baby seems likely to show more today

3  Cruisingtheharbor    two year old filly first timer was just bought at sale in June……Miller and company pretty much knew what they were getting……..a.m. work seems up to snuff

2  Dana’s Delight


race 2    average clarity

1  Prontezzo   wide on a good rail day disguises how solid this D’Amato three year ran in his 2nd lifetime start……..solid a.m. work since……MSW debut wasn’t too shabby either………same or better seems to be in the cards this afternoon

6  He’s On His Toes    strong layoff effort in last………impressive wide run…….two reassuring drills since…….three year old gelding seems likely to move forward today for the sharp trainer (Hollendorfer) to put his Cal-bred in an open company affair

7  Turnover   both lifetime endeavors are par like efforts for the 3 and up MSW level……..might need slightly more here as this race sure appears as if it is better than a par field…….continues to train like a happy healthy horse so a move forward might occur

8  Alfa Bird


race 3    slightly above average clarity

1  Blue Tone   very solid on AW surfaces including Del Mar where he owns 2 wins in 3 races on it’s synthetic surface…..high probability he gets a good ground saving trip near or on the lead

5  Big Bang Theory   well proven “fresh” runner is coming off of a nine month layoff but is training as if he is all set to compete at a high level……….1st on the Del Mar AW but the works on it in the a.m. suggest he will handle it

2  Drill    no wins since 2012 but Drill is 2 for 4 at Dmr and 2 for 21 elsewhere……..Baffert might pull out all stops to make sure this declining five year old rebounds some today and rebounds on his favorite surface


race 4    average clarity

1  I’ll Wrap it up   blinkers on in last and it sure helped……….fired lifetime best………reassuring 6F work since and facing easier in this spot…….good post

7  Footstepsinbronze   improving with each and every grass race for Simon Callaghan……last effort would likely make him a major player……..any more effort today would be icing on the already sweet cake

9  I’vegotafeeling   interesting Ire overseas invader draws Mike Smith which hints he is ready off of the 5 month layoff……and……..this three year old colt sure improved with each and every lifetime start

5  Knock Em Flat


race 5    slightly below average clarity

3  Sam’s Sister   nice MSW debut win and impressively got back to work in the a.m. 8 days later…….that is a sign of a healthy horse and one ready to move forward in her 2nd lifetime start

1  Lemon de Oro    lone lifetime win was in her only start on the Poly in a race at Kee…….decent 5F turf sprint in latest…….Spawr is good turf to AW…… trainer has had a tough meet and seems due to awaken

6  Antiquity   one for one at Del Mar on the AW……….0 for 3 on other surfaces………best get it done here as there are very few chances left in 2014 to run on it’s synthetic surface as it is back to dirt in 2015

4  Rovenna


race 6    average clarity

1  Call To Congrats   nice MSW debut snatching 2nd despite running wide on a day the rail was somewhat biased……..strong work tab since……same fits……better and she will need a bad trip to get beat

5  Daphne’s Day   pressed one fast quarter in debut last and paid the price………Yakteen is better with 2nd time starters and if he (and of course the jock) get this filly to relax and slow things down early she can be dangerous here

6  Bennett Jean   good MSW debut 2nd for this Ted West two year old filly but that was way back on June 5th……not sure if she is returning as sharp but she sure fits if she is

8  Conquest Archangel


race 7    below average clarity

2  Miceli   good history back in short rest and his last was quite good……..has a good 1 1/16th turf post…..decent meeting for the trainer

3  Little Jerry    Baltas trained gelding isn’t too hot at firing back to back good races but sure fits fine here if the crafty trainer can get him to break the mold today

7  Hog’s Hollow   Mike Smith is 2 for 2 on this eight year old gelding and 4 for 6 riding for Gallagher overall the last couple of months…….that’ll do

5  Press Baron


race 8    below average clarity

4  Koukla   Sadler is very dangerous with laid up runners when he finishes up with a series of 6F drills…….5 in this case and tightly spaced at 7 days apart…..seems meant and ready fresh off of the bench

2  Sweet Marini   dangerous need to lead type might get what she needs here……and if she does get loose in this spot and the inside is OK (or biased) she might never look back

10  Royal Temptress   GB invader upset the apple card in her debut scoring at 25 to 1 in a 7F grass race……..must be handling the Dmr AW in the a.m. quite well for selective M Smith to take the mount for Mike Puype…….not impossible to make it 2 for 2 today

7  Mahalo Princess


race 9    slightly above average clarity

5  Sunset Glow   beat the boys at Belmont on the grass………ran 2nd on the grass in a Grade 3 on the turf at Ascot in GB……..won a Grade 2 by more than 3L on the AW at Del Mar in last…….best credentials in the race by far for today’s Grade 1 affair 

6  Her Emmynency   impressive going away win in MSW debut and two sharp drills since for this Stidham two year old filly……shot if she moves forward a couple of lengths this afternoon

2  Manahatta   under pressure from start to finish in MSW debut and still won at 6 1/2F…..two strong works since and still able to come back in 20 days……might be more muscled up than her debut and if she is she be a major player here

4  Dad’s Princess


race 10    slightly below average clarity

6  Selection   debut was needed as is often the case for a Proctor 1st timer…..copious furlongs of work since his debut……has had plenty of foundation put into him for his attempt at a route of ground in lifetime start number two

1  Stellar Act   weak time in mdn80K debut…..but…..did run 2nd with little support at the windows hinting he was not that cranked up for his debut………trainer is tough when his bro rides……and……..trainer is good 1st time at a route with a given horse 

9  Gem Twist   never an easy task to compete in a route in your MSW debut but the work regiment for this Hollendorfer two year old 1ster has ready written all over it

5  Conquest Hiosilver


race 11    average clarity

11  Goyan    race lacks speed and this Ron Ellis four year old gelding appears to have the most…….and he can stalk OK as well……..Ellis can make it 33% win for the meeting with a score here…….impressive

2  Brazilian Court   declining four year old colt sure fits well if he has another effort or two left in him……I would rate it at 65/35 that he does

12  Sidepocket Champ   been facing easier and the  drop seems logical……..seems better suited to sprints but at today’s level I believe he can still compete regardless of the two turns that he faces

8  Warren’s Cliff S.

10  Know More

3  Cole Cole



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Del Mar for Thursday 28 August 2014

Seems like an average card today.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly below average clarity

2  Lindz Winz   not an easy race to decipher but this Hollendorfer six year old mare is likely to get a nice mostly inside stalk position which was the route to victory 3 races back

4 Popalicious   woke up some in last in her 1st ever at Dmr……and just worked an eye popping best of 63 four furlong bullet on the Del Mar AW……..might be up for better and better would make her tough here

5  Hit Girl   last two times Michael Stidham put this filly up for a tag she won……up for a tag today

3  On Golden Pawn


race 2    slightly above average clarity

4  Big Cazanova   Grade 1 winner in Argentina took to the Dmr synthetic in a big way in his last…….two impressive drills since…….should be very tough here

1  A Red Tie Day   seems slightly better on the sod but Ellis has been making all the right moves this meeting……..still this colt will need his best ever today or a poor effort by our top choice to overcome him

2  Stoney Fleece   basically a grass horse except on one main track surface…….Del Mar’s……..he owns 2 wins in 4 lifetime starts at the track…… our 2nd choice he has a shot if our top pick has an off day


race 3   slightly above average clarity

4  Nowalking   new trainer – sharper drills and they are at Dmr…… rider Mike Smith – 4 for his last 5 riding for D’Amato……..both lifetime races are better than appear in print

6  Noble Bird   on the right end of the learning curve and now we get a rider upgrade……such a deal

2  King Ptolemy   so so work tab prior to sprint MSW debut…….works since indicate Baffert means business this time around……nice pedigree to handle a mile

3  Constantine


race 4    slightly below average clarity

4  Giant Journey   lone lifetime win came in maiden debut which was the only time Vallejo was the listed trainer……back with Vallejo today for 4th lifetime start and training awfully well at GG…….drops and gets Bejarano to ride……..should be a major player here

6  Sheza Eyeopener   vastly improved since the blinkers were added…….and handled the Dmr AW quite well in last……just needs similar here to be in the hunt for the circle of joy

5  Gelila   last seemed a little funky and now the connections drop her into claiming……dangerous here if the last was the gimme and today is the go

8  Hey Pretty Girl

Long-shot consideration:   3  Bobbylouie   so so in last but her race 2 back fits and is disguised by a very rough trip…….and…….today we get a rider upgrade


race 5     slightly below average clarity

9  Royal Stack   off since a dull layoff race on July 10th……but……returns as a 1st time gelding and the recent works hint he is now an improved runner for Miller……we shall see

3  Znelle   best efforts are at Del Mar so Sadler wisely drops from mdn30K to mdn20K to take advantage of the Dmr AW before it is no longer

4  Shock Wave   only lifetime race was at AP on the grass…..not as bad as appears in print……but more importantly he is training for his new conditioner at Dmr like he fits on the new surface and might compete at a high level for the top prize

10  Dust At Zahn

Long-shot consideration:   7  Boss Cat   good work tab especially in July…..backed off some lately possibly to key the claiming vultures at bay…..dangerous


race 6    average clarity

7  Carrick Bay   trainer is having a terrific Dmr meeting and picks up a new horse……rider is on fire on the grass ………invader from AP fits today’s condition well

8  George’s Peach   ultra consistent grass runner sure fits solidly here and retains Bejarano……but he sure has to overcome a strong tendency to hang in the stretch……6 2nd’s (one win) in 9 grass races and counting

5  Eduring Erin   decent turf invader from AP shows up in the Hess barn and when Hess rides Desormeaux on these kind he has been awfully tough at the Del Mar meeting

6  Scene Queen


race 7     slightly above average clarity

1  Seeking Shamrocks   looks like a claim by Puype with plenty of potential…..last sure fits solidly both in pace and final time……Ellis might be sorry he risked this filly

10  Only Josie Knows   might have needed layoff last and her last isn’t bad…….and…….with the way Canani has woken up of late quite a bit more might occur this afternoon

3  Midnight Lady   best at Dmr and this likely is her last shot to run on it’s synthetic surface until late Fall

8  Air Of Royalty


race 8     average clarity

11  It Is Living Water   1st out after the Miller claim…..good drill put in by his new trainer……and…….last sure fits…….cut back of 1/2 furlong seems like a plus

10  Bitter Heat   another just snatched at the claiming box……debut last was decent……will be tough here if Glatt can get just a little more out of her and/or if she benefited physically from her debut effort

5  I’ll Fly For Young   late runner likely will appreciate the extra 1/2 furlong……and the rider seems to be snapping out of a prolonged slump……nice to see because any slump in racing whether you are a rider or trainer or owner or handicapper —-is brutal

8  Deputy Heat

4  Silver Dollar

3  Awesome Time

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Del Mar for Wednesday 27 August 2014

OK card this afternoon to start the new week of racing. Trying my best to keep the ball rolling since winning Friday’s nightcap with our top choice (at a price) and then having a solid weekend. Only three morning line favorites in our top two choices today. Might be feast or famine this afternoon. I’m hungry. How about you?

Best of luck as always! 


race 1    average clarity

2  Whodoo Pirate   funky looking bad trip in latest…….claiming price cut in half today yet only 9K less than Belvoir claimed her for 2 back…..should be a major player here if she has remained in relatively good health

1  When I’m Calling   very consistent sort showed she can handle the Dmr AW……and her last is hidden by a bad trip……claimed in the race by a higher % trainer…….stout rider/trainer combo at the meeting……should be tough

6  Speckles   lifetime best in last and it was her 1st ever endeavor on an AW surface……and the effort was run off of a 4 month hiatus…….very solid and reassuring 4F drill since……move in the right direction seems likely today

5  Lust For Life


race 2    slightly below average clarity

8  Astuzia   dislikes conventional dirt so toss out her last at Lrc…….drops back to $8K where Miyadi claimed her two races back…..drills at Del Mar are solid especially considering the level of racing…….rebound city today

4  Igotnosixes   our 3rd pick in her last went off at 32 to 1 and fired a money making 2nd for us…..said form was coming around in that 6 Aug. pub……..still believe that it is

7  Silk In Silver   speed type needs to put away number one and maybe one or two others and she will be difficult to catch…….she did run OK off the pace following a horrid start six races back and did it with Bejarano…… maybe she can take back if need be

3  Cayanna


race 3   average clarity

3  Doodetta   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start and 1st at Dmr……same effort and a better trip and this filly has a solid shot of getting to the circle of joy this afternoon

5  Best Efforts   laid up since a dull MSW sprint debut back on the 1st of June but she is training as if she is well prepared for a route….and…….if she is she might own the best early gas in the field which obviously would enhance her chances

7  Temeeku   good MSW debut for this Cal-bred……and the connections must really think she will like going a route for them to place her against open company routers…..and she is awfully well bred for a California state-bred to get a route

2  Iconic Spirit


race 4    slightly below average clarity

3  Kat’s Hurricane   very solid works for a cheap two year old filly mc 1ster timer…….and why not run at the bottom two year old maiden level in debut as this filly went for only $4.500 at sale

8  Holiday Maker   Baltas is decent with maiden claiming 1st timers and the drills for his new shooter appear to be good enough for her to be a major factor in her debut into the wonderful world of thoroughbred racing…….well……usually wonderful

4  Sister Hubert   dangerous new pick up for Vladimir Cerin of a two year old filly from Florida…..not much in GP debut but I doubt this is tune-up or the crafty conditioner wouldn’t have placed this baby at the bottom mc level

1  Misty Warrior


race 5     average clarity

1  Tiz A Kiss   nicely improved for Clifford Sise since he took over the training duties of this four year old filly…….and the filly is 2 for 2 running on the main track at a route…..and both races were on the Dmr AW…….reassuring 5F drill since her winning last

6  West Riding   4 to 5 in winning her MSW………and it was in a route………and it was on the Dmr AW………and she continues to train like a very promising filly for Baffert and company

5  Mum’s Truckee   consistent sort long or short seems at her best on the Del Mar synthetic with few opportunities to run on it’s AW surface left as it’s back to conventional dirt in 2015

4  Fleet Of Gold

race 6    slightly above average clarity

5  Racing For Chasen   on the improve with every start and is training as if another strong upside move is in the cards for today…..and we get a rider upgrade……she has out run her odds in last two endeavors and seems likely to do it again today 

7  Myrna Lou   solid in last 3 efforts and her last which was her 1st ever on the Dmr AW appears to be her best

8  Wedding Blush   both lifetime dirt races would be competitive efforts versus today’s foes……..1st on the AW but draws Mr. Bejarano…….a good sign she is handling the Dmr AW in the a.m.

9  Shezapiranha


race 7     slightly below average clarity

1  Romar Success   blinkers on/better work    Santucci lika that………positive rider change/5 lbs off…….Santucci lika that…….improved post…….adds up to top Santucci pickaroo

8  In Excessiveness   nice win to graduate in last in a route race on the AW……..race two back at one mile on the sod is also good and disguised by a bad trip

7  Hidden Zensation   helloooooo Del Mar………good 1st ever (and best ever) on the Del Mar AW and this four year old gelding did it off of an extended break in the action of 7 months……so more seems likely this afternoon

9  Sir Macho

Long-shot consideration:   4  Songforjohnmichael   improved greatly in latest both in pace and final time……a very good indication of a horse that is feeling good……dangerous and at a price 


race 8     slightly above average clarity

4  Desert Steel   for me maybe the best race run by a two year old of either sex in S Cal so far…….loose on a slightly dull pace with a 22:2 2nd quarter and still won by 5+ lengths……..blistering 5F bullet since……that’ll do

9  Lost Bus   done little wrong in two lifetime races and the last was at Del Mar…..trainer has had a great year and might get the good times rolling here

10  My Fiona   horrid trip in last and still won a $100K Stakes Cal-bred race at Dmr……..will need a better ride from Perez today ………excellent series of four works at LA  in preparation for today’s race……seems sharp

7  Easter Fever


race 9     average clarity

3  Personal Image   dull drills prior to mdn80K debut last…..very strong works since……and……..the trainer is awakening from the doldrums and is much much better with 2nd time starters likely be design

1  Daddy’s Duo   takes the ever significant drop out of MSW racing…….brothers Keith and Kent have made for a nice team at the Del Mar meeting

2  Wistful Woman   Hollendorfer is excellent with 2 year old filly 1st timers and very stout (40% last 67) with maiden claiming 1st timers……we get both here

7  Mucho Blessings

4  Satin Cinnamon

9  Motor’n Mona

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Del Mar for Sunday 24 August 2014

A great card as it should be for Pacific Classic day.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Conquest Panthers   bought in March for nearly 1/2 Mil and working since as if the expensive purchase was worth it…….and I like that the colt is brilliantly bred for the turf yet the connections are running him in his debut on the main track……works are to good not to

3  Magna Rex   MSW debut runner has copious drills for a two year old 1st timer hinting Baltas and company have put plenty of foundation into him and have him ready for career race number one

4  Dream It Do It   very bad start in his MSW debut or he might have been a factor for the win…….improved a.m. prowess since……..Pedroza will be out to make amends and maybe with more to work with

1  Pain And Misery


race 2     average clarity

2  Stop Smiling     handles the grass just fine and is getting hidden……big dirt race two back hidden by a wide trip……and on the grass in last the jock sat too far back off of a lackluster pace compromising her late push…….good post and jock today and back in an allowance race…..should be tough

1  Bee Brave   consistent sort just worked awfully big seemingly out of nowhere hinting she is all geared up for a top effort

5  Tizmetizyou   ultra sharp work tab over at LA……and sure looks loose on the lead and with the successful bug boy and his weight break aboard……danger city here

7  Yahilwa


race 3    slightly above average clarity

4  Don’t Blame Me    impressive debut 2 races back…..clunker in latest………powerful a.m. work since……rebound city for a trainer that has been firing with success of late

9  Light The City   solid work tab for this Hollendorfer two year old filly 1st timer and the stout strainer is exceptional at getting two year old fillies ready to roll at 1st asking

6  Make The Sun Shine   done little wrong in two lifetime starts and now gets a rider upgrade…..fits just fine in this spot with upside potential just like our top two pick-a-roos

3  Madame Aamoura


race 4     average clarity

5  Go Get Em Babe   horrid trip in MSW debut…..broke bad and ran wide and did it in a decent heat of MSW runners…..two sharp reassuring drills since………Martin Garcia will be out to make amends for his meal ticket Bob Baffert

3  Firefly   very expensive yearling purchase is training as if she is ready to roll and ready to roll for one of the most competent trainers in the world with maiden 1st timers in Mr. Bob Baffert

6  Hidden Reality   26 to 1 for a Ron Ellis 1ster strongly suggests the race was badly needed……blinkers on for 2nd lifetime start and just worked big…….that says we have lift-off this afternoon

9  Miss Super Quick 

Long-shot consideration:   1  Silver Sails   very strong effort one year and one day ago at Dmr in her MSW debut ……off since but running as if she is ready once again…….and today we get a significant rider upgrade and a weight break

race 5    above average clarity

1  Obviously    8 for 11 at today’s turf distance……and 3 for 3 on the sod at Dmr…….and obviously gets want he wants……..loose on the lead

2  Tom’s Tribute   just keeps improving and likely will get a ground saving trip behind our stout top choice and try to run him down in the stretch

7  Lil Bit O’fun   last shocked the heck out of me and cost me big as I loved the price on the 2nd place finisher Rangi……..six year old gelding going for four in a row today but in doubt he can run for the win here…..but you never know on the new and not ready for prime time Del Mar grass course

6  Rock Me Baby


race 6    average clarity

1  Ritzy Tags   13 to 1 for Baffert 1st timer (and with a soft work regiment by Baffert standards) hints the race was badly needed………improved a.m. work since……highly likely to move forward today

9  Sandy’s Song    showed very significant quarter mile speed in MSW debut……a ton here if she can run off of short rest and harness her speed better…….right jock to get the job accomplished in Desormeaux

7  Dr Fager’s Gal   another Hollendorfer two year old filly is training like she is ready…….see comment on our 2nd choice in race number three

5  Sweeter Thancandy

Long-shot consideration:   8 Into Oblivion   Gryder named – Smith up…….hmmm………being ready with MSW 1st timers isn’t Cassidy’s thing but this filly is training as if she owns solid early speed…..and mom has tossed 2 winners from 2 starers and they both preciously won at 2


race 7    slightly below average clarity

4  Candy For Debbie   GG invader is solid running routes on AW surfaces……and especially when up for a claiming tag of 25K or less……and his trainer is decent shipping into S Cal

10  Hurricane Lake   seems at his best at Del Mar with few chances left to run on it’s synthetic surface…………..Glatt is willing to risk on the drop down of two levels…..good sign Bejarano stays up

8  Shun   not the best of trips 1st into S Cal for this Hess runner…….buddy Kent Desormeaux will be out to make amends

7  Dress Code

Long-shot consideration:    6  Be Here Now   last win came sprint to route stepping up……sprint in last – route today……steps up…….hmmm


race 8    slightly below average clarity

4  Burning Arch   on the improve with every start….and seems likely to get a ground saving trip thru turn 1 (at least)……that’ll do for a Hollendorfer runner

7  Another Sky    tossed a clunker in latest…….but solid a.m. work since……..rider upgrade……likes today’s 1 mile distance……rebound city

10  Baruta    believe the best competitor in the race but also believe has the worst post in the race…….still……..very dangerous despite of it

6  Malibu Honey


race 9    slightly above average clarity

2  Fed Biz   3 for 3 at Del Mar on it’s synthetic……..and it is hard for a horse to train any better…….Baffert wants a very strong effort today from his horse as Del Mar’s AW will soon be a thing of the past

5  Goldencents   ultra consistent sort is sharp in the a.m…….needs to find that will to win at four that he had at two and three

7  Big Macher   from a low level maiden claimer to a Grade 1 winner in his latest………quite a story for Richard Baltlas and company……..good times might continue today very this all heart gelding

6  Color of Courage


race 10    slightly above average clarity

11  Shared Belief    5 lifetime races all wins for this incredible three year old and all the wins were by more than 4 1/4 lengths or more……nothing in yesterday’s Travers Stakes even came close (although if a new jock ever rides Wicked Strong look-out)…..still does have to beat older today……..B C Classic favorite if he does

7  Majestic Harbor   vastly improved (an understatement) since the only time this 6L Gold Cup winner saw the synthetic…….sure trains well on it……very dangerous “now” horse

5  Game On Dude   back to Martin Garcia who won by 8L in this race on the Dude last year yet hasn’t ridden him since……full speed ahead today…….aging superstar is still dangerous

8  Toast Of New York

Long-shot consideration:   1  Frac Daddy   best by far on AW surfaces……so so works prior to dull effort at Dmr in last……brilliant works since…..trainer is terrific with long-shots in Stakes races


race 11    average clarity

6  Charisma Code   blinkers on and super work tab hints the equipment change has woken this fellow up significantly at least in the a.m……let’s hope it carryovers to the p.m.

10  Roman Tizzy   very similar to our top pick but in this case the blinkers come off……and the Peter Eurton barn has woken up some of late

1  Industry Leader   might finally be placed low enough where he can win……connections have been very stubborn about dropping him

3  Fonz

9  Sonic Victory

7  Pressure Time


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