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Decent day at Del Mar on Saturday. See below. Pick 6 jackpot stands at $39K for Sunday.

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11 August 2018:   Not the kind of day that will go into our "highlights archives" but noteworthy. 1st race pick 5 was 2nd, top, top, top, top choice for $692.80. 1st race exacta box of top two picks $19.00. 2nd race pick 4 hit ICE COLD $184.00. 4th race exacta hit COLD $15.80. 4th race pick 3 also hit COLD $40.40. 10th race superfecta box of top 4 selections $232.40.

4 August 2018:  Not the kind of day that will go into our "highlights archives" but noteworthy. as the 1st race pick 5 was 2nd choice, 3rd choice, top choice, 3rd choice, 2nd choice and paid $4,552.40 (50 cent was $1,163.10).

1 August 2018:  After any scratches:  You only had to go 2 deep in the 1st race pick 5 to hit a payoff of $5,048.40. (50 cent paid $1,262.10 and only cost you $16). Then in race 2 we hit the exacta ICE COLD and it paid  $239.60. (Also in race 2 our top choice over the next 3 picks paid a trifecta of $1,754,60 and our top choice over the other 4 given picks paid a superfecta of $4,731.00). I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing!

29 July 2018:  After any scratches:   1st race box of top two pick exacta $16.00. 1st race pick 3 was 2nd, 3rd, 2nd pick for $121.20. 4th race superfecta box of 4 top picks $328.40. 5th race pick 5 was top, top, 3rd, 4th, 3rd pick for $6,079.60. 7th race trifecta box of 5 given picks paid $1,797.20. 8th race 3rd, top pick exacta $40.60.

28 July 2018:   1st race pick 5 was top, top, 3rd, top, 4th pick $1,047.20. 2nd race exacta hit COLD $18.20. 3rd race tri box of 3 given picks $62.20. 5th race pick 3 was 4th, 4th, 2nd pick for $1,156.60 5th race pick 6 was 4th, 4th, 2nd, top, 4th, top pick for $73,643.80. 6th race pick 5 was 4th, 2nd, top, 4th, top pick for $7,321.00. 6th race top choice with 4th choice quinella $30.40. 7th race exacta box of top two picks $124.60. 8th race exacta hit COLD $11.40.

26 July 2018:   After any scratches:   4th race pick 5 was 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 4th, top pick $47,776.60 (50 cent paid $11,944.15). Pick 3's in the 4th and the 5th paid $330.40 & $805.00 respectively. 5th race exacta box of top two picks paid $27.60. 8th race top pick over the next 3 selections paid a superfecta of $363. (Top pick over our 4 other given picks paid a SHF of $540.60). Not too shabby on a day that nobody hit the pick 6.

25 July 2018:   Not the kind of day that will go into our "highlights archives" but noteworthy. 1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, top, 3rd, 2nd pick for $2,527.60. 1st race trifecta top pick over other 3 picks $133.40. 1st race pick 3 was top, 2nd, top pick for $234.80. 8th race box of top two picks in the exacta $17.80.

21 July 2018:  After any scratches:   1st race pick 5 was top, 3rd, 2nd, top, 3rd pick $1,362.80. 4th race exacta hit COLD $27.20. 4th race pick 6 was 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, 4th, top, 2nd pick for $16,896.60. 5th race pick 3 was 3rd, 3rd, 2nd pick for $776.20. 6th race pick 5 was 3rd, 2nd, 4th, top, 2nd pick for $3,338.60. 10th race superfecta box of top 4 picks paid a superfecta of $590.60. 10th race $1 SHF box of 5 given selection paid $863.00.

13 July 2018:  Not the kind of day that will go into our "highlights archives" but noteworthy. After any scratches: 2nd race trifecta box of 3 given selections paid $69.80. 2nd race pick 3 was 3rd, top, top pick for $573.40. (if you used all of our selections the total cost was only $36 or 18 $2 wagers). 3rd race double hit COLD $78.80. 4th race exacta hit COLD $26.80. 6th race exacta hit COLD $25.20. 8th race box of top two pick exacta $19.60

8 July 2018:   Top choice (including the highest price of the day $20.40) won 3 races and the second choice won 4 races on the 8 race card. 1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, top, 2nd, top pick for $2,044.80. 2nd race pick 3 2nd, top, 2nd paid $637.20. 3rd race pick 3 top, 2nd, top paid 202.80. 4th race pick 3 2nd, top, 2nd paid $59.00. 6th race box of top 3 picks paid a trifecta of $103.60.

29 June 2018:   1st or 2nd choice won all 8 races. 1st race pick 5 was 2nd ,2nd, top, top, 2nd pick for $1,541.40. 2nd race trifecta box of 4 given picks $187.60. 3rd race pick 6 was top, top, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd pick for $1,719.00. 3rd race exacta hit COLD $9.40. 4th race trifecta hit COLD $21.20 (exacta $11.20). 5th race pick 4 was all 2nd picks for $310.40. 5th race trifecta box of top 4 picks $365.40.

17 June 2018:   1st race top pick over next two picks paid a trifecta of $79.00. 3rd race trifecta box of 5 given picks $464.00. 4th race exacta hit COLD $15.40. 6th race pick 5 was 2nd, 2nd, 4th, top, top pick for $2,142.80. 8th race trifecta box of 5 given picks $513.40. 9th race double hit COLD $26.40. 10th race trifecta HIT ICE COLD for $357.60. (COLD exacta was $55.20)

2 June 2018:  After any scratches: Top choice won 6 races, 2nd choice won 2 races and 3rd choice won one race in a 10 race card. 1st race pick 5 was top, top, 2nd, top, 2nd pick for $1,837.60. 2nd race exacta hit COLD $13.20. 4th race trifecta hit COLD $55.60. 4th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, 3rd pick $315.00. 5th race pick 3 was 2nd, 3rd, top pick for $394.00. 6th race Super High Five box of 5 given picks $2,080.70. 7th race pick 3 hit COLD $38.20. 7th race trifecta also hit COLD $44.00.

1 June 2018:   3rd race trifecta hit COLD $30.00. 4th race trifecta hit COLD $127.50. 4th race pick 5 was top, 2nd, top, top, 2nd pick for $1,145.40. (ironically it paid better than the pick 6). 5th race box of top 3 picks paid a trifecta of $62.40. 6th race double hit COLD $39.00. 7th race exacta hit COLD $32.00

25 May 2018:   Not the kind of day that will go into our "highlights archives" but noteworthy. Missed hitting the 1st race pick 5 COLD by one half of a length. 1st race pick 5 was top, top, 2nd, top, top pick for $1,177.40. 1st and 2nd race trifecta's hit COLD paying $34.60 & $25.60 respectively. 4th race exacta and double also hit COLD paying $31.00 & $38.60 respectively.

18 May 2018:   After any scratches at Santa Anita:  Not the kind of day that will go into our "highlights archives" but noteworthy. Top pick over our other three picks in the Preakness paid a superfecta of $745.00. At Santa Anta:  2nd race pick 4 was top, top, 2nd, 2nd pick for $158.60. 4th race 2nd pick, 2nd pick double $56.60. 5th exacta box of top two picks $21.00. 6th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $260.00. 8th race trifecta HIT ICE COLD for $308.40. (COLD exacta was $61.40). 9th race trifecta box of top 3 pick paid $642.00. Nightcap was won by our top pick who paid $22.80 to win.

17 May 2018:   2nd race pick 4 was top, 2nd, 2nd, top pick for $408.40. 3rd race pick 6 was 2nd, 2nd, top, 4th, top, top for $37,405.00. 4th race pick 5 was 2nd, top, 4th, top, top pick for $16,882.00 (50 cent payoff $4,220.50). 7th race double hit COLD $57.00.

3 May 2018:  After any scratches at Santa Anita:  Great start to the day as the 1st race pick 3 was hit COLD $188.60. 1st race pick 5 was top, top, top, 3rd, 2nd pick for $2984.20. 1st race exacta hit COLD $38.80. 2nd pick exacta also hit COLD $36.20. 3rd race exacta was top pick, 3rd pick $17.60. 6th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $23.60. 7th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $2,472.20.

28 April 2018:  After any scratches at Santa Anita:   1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 3rd, top, top, 2nd pick paying $8,391.00. 1st race 2nd pick, 3rd pick exacta $48.20. 2nd race superfecta box of 5 given picks paid $8,244.60. 3rd race exacta hit COLD for $45.40. 4th race top choice, 3rd choice exacta paid $142.40. 11th race top pick, 3rd pick, 4th race trifecta paid $284.00. (exacta paid $40.20)

22 April 2018:   After any scratches at Santa Anita:   1st race pick 5 was top, top, 4th, top, top pick for $1,354.60. 1st race COLD double $25.20. 1st race top pick over 4 other given picks superfecta $562.00. 2nd race exacta hit COLD $35.20. 4th race pick 3 hit COLD $64.60. 4th race pick 6 was top, top, top, 4th, 4th, 2nd pick for $16,826,40. 4th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $48.40. 5th race pick 5 was top, top, 4th, 4th, 2nd pick $3,365.00. 5th race exacta hit COLD $16.80. 5th top pick over the 3 other picks paid a superfecta of $130.40. 7th race 4th pick over top pick paid an exacta of $136.60. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing!

15 April 2018:   1st race trifecta box of 5 given picks paid a trifecta of $846.00. 3rd race pick 3 was top, 2nd, top pick $102.40. 4th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, 2nd pick $180.20. 5th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, 3rd pick $403.40. 5th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta was $62.00. 6th race pick 3 was 2nd, 3rd, top pick $352.40. 7th race 3rd pick, 2nd pick exacta $92.40. 11th race top pick over our other 5 picks superfecta paid $1,046.20.

14 April 2018:  After any scratches at Santa Anita:  1st race $1 SHF box of top five horses $3,604.00. (superfecta $1,482.40). 2nd race top choice, 3rd choice exacta paid $14.60. 5th race 2nd, 3rd pick exacta $68.20. 5th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, 3rd pick for $196.00. 6th race pick 6 was top pick, 3rd pick, 4th pick, 2nd pick, top pick , 2nd pick for $33,276.60. 8th race superfecta box of top 4 picks $324.60. 9th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, 2nd pick for $121.20. 10th race $1 Super High hit ICE COLD (in perfect order in a 9 horse field) and paid $202.00. 11th race 2nd pick, 3rd pick exacta $35.20.

1 April 2018:  After any scratches at Santa Anita:  1st race pick 5 was 3rd, top, 4th, 2nd, 3rd pick for $7,322.40. 4th race pick 3 was 2nd, 3rd, 4th pick paying $1,059.40. 5th race pick 3 was 3rd, 4th, 3rd pick for $3,193.00.

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm by brian · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Del Mar for Saturday 11 August 2018

Take note that there is a SHF carryover in race 10 of $24K.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    above average clarity

7  Memorable Election   broke a length tardy and rushed into a fast quarter partially on a slightly dull inside.....did well to finish 5th beaten 2 3/4 lengths for the win....and Miller (never afraid to lose a given horse) drops a level........gelding should be tough from the get go

1  Don't Stalk Me   exits the same race as our top selection earning about the same better tha par fig when you adjust for trip.......and two reassuring works since

4  Colormemoney   by far at his best at Del Mar.......Hess and company seem likely to pull out all stops as this might end up being his last shot (maybe one more) this gelding can race at Del Mar until the 2nd week of November

6  Our Tiger's Boy   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

 

race 2    average clarity

3  Red Shelby   plenty of early speed for this Miller four-year filly and with only 110 lbs to carry 5F.......trainer is very stout with speed turf sprinters

7  Laynee   seems best with short rest and did not get that last race but does today......trainer is better than his overall training record with horses running for a tag for the 1st time like this filly........1st time Prat to boot

2  Lori's Attitude   consistent grass horse whose last two wins came the last two times she was up for a tag like today........five year old mare likely will take back early and try to mow them down in the stretch

5  Emmy and I

 

race 3    above average clarity

1  Instagrand   cost and arm and a leg but what a beginning as he trounced his foes by 10L in his MSW debut in a lightning fast 56 flat.......no one is anywhere close to the number that he earned

2  Owning   nice debut MSW win at Lrc but he will need a very big forward move to win today if our top choice is up to same effort (or even a little less) he ran in his debut

4  Mason Dixon   top two have yet to run at Del Mar whereas this colt broke his maiden at 1st asking in a seldom run MC150K at Del Mar.......proven at Del Mar is an obvious plus

 

race 4    below average clarity

1  K P's Smokin   turf tightener in last and the race is better than appears in print as he had a brutal trip......takes the plunge from MSW racing to MC which is one strong maneuver for Jeff Mullins

2  Tengs Rhythm   double barrel action for Mullins as he also trains our top choice.......consistent sort has yet to miss the board in 5 lifetime starts.........and it might be significant Mullins legs up Desormeaux as they combined for a nice win Thursday

5  Dianka   total lack of speed in the race and if this filly breaks well she has a shot at the front end......and if she gets the lead she might get awfully brave especially with the capable bug boy and his 5 lbs weight break at the helm

8  Eurasia

9  Star of Kobol

 

race 5    average clarity

2  Meal Ticket   (5 2 2 1) in route turf races and could have made in 3 straight grass wins in her latest in not for being blocked......and did she finish when she got free......hard not to like

5  Jazaalah   last three races fit well.......but.......Cassidy has been ice-cold and Kent Desormeaux hasn't been so hot either (but does appear to be waking up this week)........maybe they both get things right with this hard trying filly today

3  Goseecal   strong move forward in last and the effort is somewhat disguised by a slow start and a bit of a wide trip after that......still finished well......not sure if she will get enough pace up front to put in another strong finish but if she does she can be a big factor late

6  Siberian Iris

 

race 6    average clarity

2  The Aurelia Factor   MSW 1st timer from the Baffert barn is out working everyone one in this field by a wide margin........hard not seeing this two-year old filly anything but tough in her MSW debut

4  Calf Half Moon   Hollendorfer has this 1ster looking as if she is meant & ready for her debut.....and he gets Prat to take the mount and that seems more significant than it normally is as the two have won 4 of their last 5 as a team

6  Shes All Woman   O'Neill and company likely had at a decent look at what they were getting as this two-year old was purchased in April for a cool $150K

1  Claudelle

9  Be a Shero

 

race 7    average clarity

1  Kodiak West   filly changed countries off of 39 days rest (France to Spain) to win a nice purse in Madrid........those locations are apart by air about 7 hours.......33 days rest since her solid Grade 3 in Chantilly France......much longer long flight this time but I like that she worked 4F just 4 days ago at Del Mar.....Drysdale appears to mean business 1st in the USA and 1st on Lasix

3  Luminoso   toss her fig earned in last as a ridiculously pace set up front led to an unusable final time fig.....race two back is solid (about 2 lengths better than par)........should be very dangerous

7  Lady Bug   took 9 races to break her maiden and none of her races appear good enough in this spot......but......she is working exceptionally well since her 24 June win so much so she seems likely to make a significant move forward today......it seems likely Sadler has discovered something that is very significant

10  Hey Negrita

8  Whirling

 

race 8    below average clarity

1  Twirling Tiger   in the exacta 11 of 20 lifetime races........hard fast paced unsustainable duel at 8F in his last which was run 16 days ago at Del Mar.........did decently to last as long as he did.......only other race on the Dmr dirt was his lifetime best.........good gate horse should sit in a nice stalk or mid pace position which he appreciates

6 Burn Me Twice   good history racing on the Del Mar dirt.......very good record when today's jock Agapito Delgadillo has been aboard (3 2 0 1).........capable on or off of the pace

2  Papa Turf  last looked like a spin around the track off of the 2 month break to put some doubt into the minds on the claiming vultures and get away with today's drop.......and the fact that most of his races running off of short rest are good efforts supports the notion

7  Ninety Nine Proof

4  Bow and Arrow

 

race 9    average clarity

4  Klosters   filly ran one very big effort since arriving from overseas and it was her 1st in the USA.......in the race she broke 2L slow and ran very wide.......she earned a number in the Stakes race that was much better than par......in fact the monster effort likely knocked her out as she never duplicated it.......she might now off of the long layoff........she will be a ton if she does and gets a better trip

6  Nonna Gianna   bad wide trip in her 1st foray in the good old U S of A......very consistent in Italy.......Gallagher is dynamite 2nd following a layoff and that is the case today for this nice three-year old filly......and I like the switch to Van Dyke

3  One Fast Board   trainer is waking up from the doldrums and might continue his resurgence here with this three-year old filly who is very consistent competing at today's one mile turf distance

2  Pursuing The Dream   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

7  Nice Ice

 

race 10    average clarity   ($24K SHF carryover)

4  Irish Terrier   both lifetime races fit and I believe he is ready for even more today as the blinkers come off today and the works are improved......that of course is assuming he has been working with them off

6  Handsome John   nice move forward in his 2nd lifetime start and today he gets a significant rider upgrade.......and Bejarano and O'Neill have been a good combo the last 4 weeks or so.....should be a major factor in the outcome of this race

10  Hey Sal   believe his MSW debut was the gimme to drop into MC today.........and.........go go go in his 2nd lifetime endeavor

7  Silent Alarm

8  Empirical Data

5  Cyprus Souljah

Posted on August 11, 2018 at 9:33 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Del Mar for Friday 10 August 2018

OK card for Friday. Let's call it a 6 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    above average clarity

2  Convince   keeps getting better......and better.......and better.........and so does her a.m. work......seems ready for even more this afternoon

1  Confidentially   useful MSW route debut which should make for plenty of endurance for lifetime start number two.....that and her pedigree says the longer the better

4  Aunt Lubie   filly has been bet hard in both lifetime starts but hasn't run too well.......blinkers on today to help her focus and Prat sticks with her for a 3rd straight race.......deserving of one more MSW race?.......we shall see

 

race 2    below average clarity

3  Isee It in Hiseyes   trainer Deleon is quietly having a good 2018......1st on the grass for this hard trying consistent three-year old but he owns an adequate pedigree for it......and it seems like a good sign that he has run well on 4 different dirt surfaces

1  Stop the Violence   toss out last as his trip was bad........race two back is quite fast.....average at best pedigree for the turf or would have been top choice

4  Old Indian Trick   average "real" number earned in his 4 lifetime starts isn't anything special but it is when you take into account a couple of trips that compromised his chances quite a bit.......and of the three given picks I like his turf pedigree the best

 

race 3    below average clarity

7  Positive Numbers   trainer Bill Morey is having a stellar Del meeting and a very good 2018 in general........laid up three-year returns as a 1st time gelding and takes that ever dangerous drop from MSW racing to MC20K........work tab at GG is solid......all systems go for his return to the races

11  Street Zombie   rider upgrade and a cut back in distance that sure appears to be a plus.....Hess is 15% 1st out following a claim with his last 100 and he might up that 1% today

4  Imagineiamfastest   53 to 1 for a Miyadi 1ster has gimme written all over it.......we more than likely will see what kind of race horse this three-year old gelding "really" is today

2  He's Out to Sea

8  Wild Wild Kingdom

 

race 4    average clarity

4  Adios Cali   trainer is dynamite 1st out following a claim as an unreal 41% win with his last 147.........that and this filly was our top pick in her latest which also was an 8K claiming race and might have won if it wasn't checking and getting boxed on the turn

8  She'sluckythatway   better in her latest and her a.m. work since is vastly improved....if she runs to her works she can upset the apple-cart at one big price

2  Tuscan Beauty   five-year old seems to like the Del Mar surface with 2 2nd's in 2 races on it and a couple of preparatory drills at Del Mar that look good.....doubt her last would be good enough here but if she can find her race 2 back......lookout

10  Autumn Twilight

9  Lucky Student

 

race 5    average clarity

5  Ask the Customer   poor start in her two-year old MSW debut and then she displayed plenty of life after that.....1st on the lawn and a route for her 2nd start and for trainer in Proctor whose stock has been totally ready so far at the Dmr meeting.......and he puts up his main man Drayden Van Dyke

1  Barbadolla   useful MSW dirt sprint debut is better than appears in print.......that and the race in all likelihood was a tune-up for today's turf route......mom has tossed 2 turf runners from 3 starters and this girl if not today sometime in the future can make that 3 for 3

6  Marrazano   good work tab for this decently bred MSW 1st time starter for new to the scene Luis Mendez whose 1st timers have for the most part been ready to run.......speed and endurance has been put into this youngster and his bloodlines for a turf route seem decent

3  Hyde Park Corner

7  Angel Alessandra

 

race 6    average clarity

6  Watch Me Burn   on the improve with every start and her latest is better than it appears in print as she was loose in decent pace on a dull inside on opening day and that is not where you wanted to be......solid reassuring 4F work since.....hard not to like this filly even vs. the boys

3  At the Margin   another who is on the right end of the learning curve with few reasons not to believe her progress can't continue this afternoon unless she doesn't handle the Del Mar surface

2  Grab the Munny   might be a good claim by Sadler of a two-year old gelding that has done little wrong in both lifetime races.....not out of the win picture by any means

1  Baby Frankie

 

race 7    average clarity

9  Cordialty   outer-most post but this mare owns plenty of early speed to clear most of the field by the back-stretch.......mile one seems to fit her best........lifetime best was in her latest and her drills since then suggest she will repeat the effort

7  Princess Roi   OK layoff run in latest but she will need to show more 2nd out after the long layoff.....but she did have an excuse in the race as she broke thru the gate prior to the start......almost always a big negative......that and she put in a solid bullet turf work since.....like our top selection she should be one of the early front-runners

4  Lynn'es Legacy   if this affair sets up for a late runner this gal appears to have the best shot of those who will sit towards the rear of the field in the early stages........very smooth runner for Bejarano so far .......dangerous sort from the O'Neill barn

3  Shehastheritestuff

6  Cheekaboo

 

race 8    average clarity

1  Staythirstymyamigo   exits a fast race at the MC80K level and shows up in a MC32K race.......her number earned sure fits well today's lower MC level......and why not drop as she only went for 10K at sale.......she should be in the mix from the get go

8  Romolina   bet very hard in her MC40K debut and ran decently but not like she was bet.......drops a notch and with a solid bullet drill out of the gate since.........might get things right the 2nd time around as Molly Pearson is outstanding with beaten favorites (40% win & 80% in the money with her last 35)

6  Party All Night   dangerous looking work tab for this Machowsky 1ster.....and mom has tossed 5 winners from 6 starters and most of the winners were able to graduate at two

5  Secret Maneuver

7  Disco Tale

10  Portal Creek

 

 

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 5:50 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Del Mar for Thursday 9 August 2018

Difficult card to decipher as you can tell by the clarity ratings.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

4  Platinum Equity   good history sprint to route for this three-year old and he drops a couple of notches.......retains the best turf rider on the grounds these days in Pratt.....and he has been in the win column riding for Baltas in 6 of his last 16

2  Buckstopper Kit   significant rider upgrade (although Desormeaux is in a slump especially on the sod) for this gelding who makes a logical drop for today as he has hardly earned his keep since arriving in the USA last winter

5  Typhoon Harry   vastly improved in his last changing his running style by sitting up on the pace instead of in the rear......looking for him to do similar this afternoon .......ignoring his lone turf race as it was his debut and appeared to be a gimme of sorts

7  So Long Sailor

 

race 2    below average clarity

5  Bitte   good history racing fresh and he seems fresh enough today with 47 days since his last.......that and he shows solid drills which is reassuring considering the significant drop down

1  Stormin Monarcho   Jacobson is ice-cold and might be tired of losing in his quest to make a splash in the S Cal racing scene as he drops this eight year old multiple levels........last time this gelding raced off of a 3 month break like today he fired one strong number ........and........ it also was at Dmr

6  Gentrified   scratched from a 12,500 race for this softer spot.......latest race might have been nothing more than a  dirty him up gimme as the betting on him was way too soft for the good effort he was coming off of.......dangerous sort if that is true

 

race 3    below average clarity

5  Unusual Gold   race totally lacks speed and she might have enough to find herself on or very near the lead and with 1st time Prat up.......such a deal

4  Radish   most likely to hit the board that is for sure.......but.......her dubious eight 2nd's and five 3rd's in twenty starts obviously pegs her as a hanger

3  Weather Market   when is Carla Gaines ever going to get her mojo back as she just hasn't been very dangerous  the last few years.......four-year old has shown life in all three lifetime races all of which were on the sod.....not impossible but definitely easy to make as 3rd selection

7  Has Angel Wings

1  Charmingslew

 

race 4    below average clarity

4  Sheer Flattery   by far at his best racing at one mile on conventional dirt.....and his latest run on 23 June is strong and he hasn't missed a beat in the a.m. since........hinting.......he has held form

2  Ike Walker   welcome back to Del Mar Mr Ike Walker.......as in 4 wins and a 2nd in 6 starts on the Del Mar dirt......only (13 1 3 2) at the distance on other dirt surfaces......two bullets in this race for Hollendorfer as he trains this fellow and our top selection

5  Lookie Loo   consistent sort and training awfully well and doing so on the Del Mar surface which he has yet to race on.......Bob Baffert 4-year-old is not out of the win picture by any means

 

race 5    below average clarity

2  Ten Count Out   four-year old filly has the most early speed in the race and races in a maiden claimer for the 1st time......and the cut back in distance should help......so might the 30 foot rail position

3  Take a Leap   lost the rider at the start in latest......debut 2 back was down the hill where he put in a strong stretch run from far back.......significant rider upgrade and that rider T C Baze is also the "main guy" for Jeff Mullins

5  K P Pergoliscious   double barrel action for Mullins as he also trains our 2nd choice.......filly has run 2 so so races at a small racing circuit.....but......she sure is bred well to take to the turf and she is working as if she is ready to roll for her new trainer

1  Lady Lemon Drop

6  Sensible Thoughts

 

race 6    average clarity

4  Siculo   very solid works considering the level of racing for this Molly Pearson 1st time starter.....that and mom has tossed two winners from 2 starters and one of them was a Stakes winner.....and they both were able to graduate at two

5  San Giorgio   decent MC25K debut on the AW at GG running 3rd.......and 2nd came back to win his next out......1st on conventional dirt but the works at Dmr are strong hinting the new surface will not be a problem and maybe a plus

2  All About Trump   another training for his debut as if he is ready to roll........I wonder if he will come out with a dyed or decorated orange mane.......that would be hilarious......anybody know the owners?

7  Just Hit Play

9  Anvil Rock

 

race 7    average clarity

1  Helen's Tiger   five furlongs of turf appears to be a good fit for this three-year old filly from the O'Neill barn.......filly likely feels great for the trainer to see fit to put in two nice 4F works into her since her 20 July race

6  Donut Girl   very nice 1st ever on the turf in a race down the majestic SA hill turf course and 5 works since.......Bejarano was up for the 2 1/4 length turf win but he is on our top choice instead.....but the red hot Mr Pratt will do just fine

3  Maycee Jo  five-year old mare has only raced 3 times to date but she did little wrong in those 3 races which were run on the dirt......and she owns a solid pedigree for the lawn......dangerous sort

2  Hailey Rachele

8  Bobby Lincoln

 

race 8   average clarity (big SHF carryover for this race)

7  Salah   just bought in April for $32K and ironically starts in a MC32K.......not my favorite trainer with 1st time starters in Eoin Harty but the work regiment for this two-year old is too good to ignore

4   The Creep   might be a gimme/go situation as O'Neill is 30% win and 67% in the money with his last 30 making 2+ level drops......150K to MC32K here

5  Boisterous Boy   18 to 1 in only a 5 horse field in his debut strongly suggests the race was needed and that much more can be expected today........and Miyadi makes a very positive change in apprentice riders from one who is struggling to one who is riding great

2  Mr Bingley

6  Palladium

8  Flashy Shaq

 

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Del Mar for Wednesday 8 August 2018

Let's call today's card a 6 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    above average clarity

5  Believe Indeed   claimed at Belmont for 25K and shipped to California which seems like a good idea as this filly appreciates very firm turf.......... good works for a trainer like Robert Hess who usually doesn't push them too hard in the a.m........five year old mare fits today's race condition well

7  War Moccasin   filly has run some grass races that fit fine here and Javier Sierra might have improved this filly since the 7 July claim as she just worked a nice endurance building best of 9 6F drill........and lately when Sierra legs up Elliot his runners has been live

6  Todos Santos   just fired her lifetime best albeit on the dirt and in a sprint.......but....... she can run some on the sod at a route and that is disguised some......might be feeling really good for her trainer to step her up multiple levels

 

race 2    average clarity

8  Shackleford Banks   trainer Hollendorfer has been on a roll (18 of 36 in the exacta at Dmr) and has not been afraid to drop a given horse at the meeting to get to the winners circle.........seven year old gelding is (4 2 1 1) at Dmr and appreciates the 1 1/16th distance......hard not to like

6  Just Kidding   last race which was the 1st out following the Knapp claim is one strong number for the level and yet Knapp is willing to drop a notch.......have some doubts that he can repeat the effort but if he does he should have been top pick-a-rue

3  Above Board   nasty duel in latest and rightfully tired.......best on a loose lead and he might get it going back to the bug boy and his 5 lbs weight break.......Espinoza owns a win and a 2nd on the gelding getting loose in both races

7  South American

2  My Farmer

 

race 3    average clarity

6  Seeking Refuge   plenty of endurance put into this O"Neill 1st time starter who owns a decent pedigree to handle the grass.........last work he quite impressive as in a best of 10 1:00 flat gate work at Dmr

1  Oracle of Omaha   much better post for today.....much better turf rider for today.......high percentage trainer in Miller route to sprint......blinkers on to quicken him to help deal with the abbreviated 5F sprint distance.......a superfecta of good stuff to consider this two-year old

4  Hartel   Miller two-year old was bet hard in both lifetime starts off of some speedy a.m. work ........he flashed good early speed and then tired in both races........makeover for today:  1st time gelding......1st time with the blinkers off......1st time turf with a good turf pedigree for a sprint......dangerous

8  Flying Scotsman

7  Truck Salesman

 

race 4    average clarity

7  Snaked   both lifetime races fit well at today's lower level and one of them which was her debut is disguised by a slow start and rushing and doing so on a dull inside........away since Oct but as the old adage goes - fresh speed is dangerous speed

10  Pray for Corday   nice races 2 and 3 back and then she had "no shot" in her latest as she dueled in a fast quarter and did so on a dull inside.......hungry speed rider in Pedroza is 0 for 32 but he has a shot to get that elusive 1st win here

4  Irish Cream N Kafe   always like when a speed horse runs from off of the pace for the 1st time......that is the case here for this Miyadi three-year old filly.......good trainer/rider combo in Miyadi/Figueroa

3  Spectacular Strom

6  Shanghai Tootsie

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Mongolian Window   most of her career grass races fit well here........good history racing off of short rest and 19 days since her last sure qualifies for that.......toss out her latest as she sat dead last after a tangled start in a race with a ridiculously slow pace up front

4  Marjorie E   nice win to graduate 1st time on Lasix in her latest her 4th lifetime start......and she gets a good spot to have a shot at repeating......like her last race she should be able to get a favorable stalk position behind our 3rd selection......Prat remains up

2  Arrowsphere   needs a loose lead and she has a decent chance of getting one here......and her a.m. preparation since her graduating win in her latest hints she has held form

7  Lil Bit Dangerous

5  Married by Now

 

race 6    average clarity

1  Morning Press   works are quite decent for the level of racing and mom has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters one of which was a Stakes winner........Yakteen is able to get Van Dyke to ride his 1ster and Drayden has done a nice job with young developing horses in 2018

7  Lakerball   2nd time starter switches trainer's from Baltas to O'Neill following a decent MC debut 17 days ago.......reassuring decent 4F work since.....hard not to like

3  Sassy Kitty   works are not bad for this 1st timer and I like that his last 3 drills were worked at 5F........might be fully fit and ready

10  Jellybeankristine

4  Lunagonnamoonya

11 AE  She's a Dime

 

race 7    below average clarity

3  Divisor   lifetime best races were with today's rider up and were run 3 and 4 races back and fit solidly here.......and D'Amato is quite dangerous third out following a layoff (and often at a price) which is the case

5  River Echo   consistent at the distance (6 1 2 2) and the one time he ran off the board he likely got hurt as he didn't race for a long time following the race.......last race which was run on 18 July fits and with V Espinoza sidelined Baze take over.....and T C Baze & Peter Miller have been a hot combo the last couple of months

1  Canadian Game   (6 1 1 3 1) with the blinkers on.....and seemingly never sharper........should be in the mix from the get go and able to save ground (starting from the 1 post) for a good portion on the one mile race

 

race 8    average clarity

1  June Two Four   lifetime best and a number that is better than par for today's level was the only time this three-year old raced off of short rest with the blinkers on........same scenario today

4  Welldidyougetit  decent race in his 2nd lifetime start and 1st on the dirt.........reassuring decent 4F drill since his latest which was only 20 days ago.......last might be good enough....... and...... he might move forward

2  Blaze of Glory   solid move forward in his latest and would have been rated higher if he wasn't running off of only 6 days rest

6  Sterling's Temple

3  Spend It

8  Jonas

 

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Del Mar for Sunday 5 August 2018

Decent card today. Be back with you on Wednesday.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

5  Aurora d'Oro   last looked like it might have been a "no go" to get away with today's drop without getting claimed.......race two back fits solidly

6  Midnight Soot   Carava won yesterday for his 2nd win in two days and he needed those wins........he has been showing signs of snapping out of the doldrums so maybe he can get another win with this three-year-old who has run well sprint to route which is the case today

7  Upper Room    couldn't win an allowance race at easier tracks on the east coast and with a higher % trainer yet the connections haven't dropped their colt out of an alw race on the west coast until today........better late than ever

4  Aquila

 

race 2    above average clarity

7  Der Lu   went for $900K in March and has worked brilliantly for her debut for the world's best dirt trainer in Mr Bob Baffert........easy to put on top

8  Vegas Strong Baby   showed life following a slow start in her MSW debut at CD.......works since arriving in S Cal are solid with her last 4 drills spaced only 6 days apart.....all wound up and ready to make a forward move in start number two

4  Bizwhacks   toss out last as he stumbled losing about 3L........debut was decent especially his early speed......might get a "jump" on the field and try to steal the race

6   Giza Goddess

3  Keeper ofthe Stars   

 

race 3    above average clarity

2  River Boyne   (5 4 1 0) on firm or good turf in the USA......colt has late pace numbers that are strong and he also has been extremely impressive visually in the late stages of his races......easy to place as top choice

1  More Over   improving sort and he has a good history of moving forward off of short rest.......only 18 days since he ran last.....good rider/trainer combo.....will need best ever and he might be up to it

5  Calexman   best speed in the race and changes riders to Maldonado who is at his best with speed.....that and he is one for one on this Cerin youngster

 

race 4    average clarity

6  Z Z Tiger   drop from MSW racing to MC makes sense as she hasn't been able to sustain her speed the MSW level.......sharp 3 works in preparation for today as the connections likely realize she has a good shot at being claimed.........should be loose and very dangerous

7  Dislitleaglecanfly   likely needs a little more than she has shown in two lifetime races but she just worked the best "listed" work of her life ..........hinting.........trainer Peter Eurton has tweaked something for the better

2  Sunrise Royale   trainer has quietly had a good 2018 and might add to his win total here with this 3rd time starter who might sit in a nice stalk position behind our top choice and get 1st crack at her

4  Champagne Honey

 

race 5    average clarity

6  Eskimo Roses   trainer Mick Ruiz appears to have awoken from the doldrums and has this three-year old gelding training as if he is very ready to perform at a high level off of a four-month break in the action.......first ever at 5F on the grass but his running lines sure suggest the cut back in distance will be a plus

3  Sir Eddie   another who likely will appreciate the abbreviated turf sprint distance of 5F........3 2nd's in 3 efforts down the SA hill........cut back of 1 1/2 furlongs might help keep him from flattening out late.......and........ get his 1st visit to the circle of joy

7  Young Hendrick   showed some life in his MSW which was down the SA hill following a bit of a tangled up start.....works since the race hint the effort muscled him up some.......if it has he should be a factor in the outcome of this race

1  Rumpus Cat

2  Magnum Maduro

 

race 6    average clarity

5  Tyfosha   both lifetime races at Del Mar are very solid......good history for this filly fresh off of the bench.......so........Del Mar dirt + fresh off a 4 month layoff = the likelihood of one been race today

7  Hot Autumn   (4 1 2 1) with the blinkers off.......won for fun at 7F so 6 1/2 furlongs will likely suite her well.......trainer does well with limited starters which includes 2 wins in 4 starts so far at the Del mar meeting

1  Dis Smart Cat   solid move forward in latest 1st following the Sadler claim.....and the strength of the race is disguised by dueling in decent pace on a somewhat dull rail........works since the 16 June race hint she has remained sharp.....not out of the win picture by any means

8  Conquest Flatterme

6  Spring Lilly

 

race 7    above average clarity

5  Mischievous Song   filly has really improved since the Miller claim 4 races back.......her dirt numbers of late are much better than par for today's level.....she did ease in her only grass race but she walked off.......She is bred well for the turf........a ton today if she handles it

1  Bornonvalentineday   very solid drills (and with the blinkers taken off for the 1st time today) at GG for this N Cal invader.......trainer Tim McCanna has been firing on all cylinders at the meeting for the most part.....dangerous sort

3  Drift Away   (4 2 0 1) for Andrew Lerner so far at the meeting........and he might have another live runner here who he picked up from the Midwest.........and his new shooter should fit today's racing level well

6  Bunny Yogurt

4  Tiny Tina

 

race 8    average clarity

3  Bellafina   solid MSW debut at Lrc for this well-bred filly for the Callaghan barn.....and the works since hint at a move forward.......if that is the case she will be tough despite still being a maiden

10  Del Mar May   another with an impressive MSW debut who despite not winning her debut still fits well in this Grade 2 .....and her trainer Richard Baltas is better with 2nd time starters than 1st time starters

9  Boujie Girl   won her debut in a MC80K and did it easily and in a time that like our top two picks fits the Grade 2 level offered here......and her trainer Peter Miller has been on fire to start the Dmr meeting

7  Stirred

8  Reflect

 

race 9    (way below) average clarity

9  Skagit River   significant change in apprentice riders from one that is struggling to one that is very impressive.........deep closer should fly late if his good race bad race good race pattern remains intact today........many in here will not like 7F......he likely will

8  Grand Minister   last was likely needed......and.....I like the two drills since his 15 July debut........they are two 5F drills spaced only 5 days apart.....likely wound up and ready to roll for his 2nd lifetime start

11 Twisted Road   last two races fit very well but I have some doubts that he is up to another.....should have been top choice if that is not the case

6  If I Had a Nickle

1  Catch Fire

2  Supreme Giant

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