Nice day at Los Alamitos on Friday. See below. TAKE NOTE: Starting Sunday the 16th of September and running through September 30th The Racing Digest will not be available

The Racing Digest is now available for Saturday

14 September 2018:  Nice day Friday at Los Alamitos. 3rd race pick 6 was top, top, 3rd, 2nd, top, 4th pick for $7,119.50. 3rd race top pick, 3rd pick exacta was $41.40. 4th race exacta hit COLD $14.60. 4th race top choice over other 3 given picks superfecta paid $429.80. 4th race pick 5 was top, 3rd, 2nd, top, 4th pick for $4,762.80. (50 cent payoff was $1,190.70). 7th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $63.20.

9 September 2018:   After any scratches:  1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, 2nd, top, top choice for $563.20. 3rd race trifecta was 2nd, top, 3rd pick for $98.20. 4th race pick 6 was top, top, 3rd, 4th, top, top pick for $8,710.40. 5th race pick 3 was top, 3rd, top pick for $400.60. 6th race pick 4 was 3rd, top, 4th, top pick for $1605.40. 6th race superfecta was 3rd, 2nd, 4th, 5th pick for $827.00. 7th race exacta hit COLD $25.00. 7th race superfecta was top, 2nd, 5th, 4th pick for $732.80. 9th race exacta hit COLD for $31.00. I might be a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing!

8 September 2018:   Not the kind of day that will go into our "highlights archives" but noteworthy. After any scratches:  1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 3rd, top, top top pick for $$1,002.60. 1st race exacta box of top two picks $14.40. 2nd race 3rd, top pick exacta $23.00. 3rd race top choice over other 4 selections paid a trifecta of $599.50. 3rd race pick 3 hit COLD $65.40. 4th race exacta hit COLD $9.00. 5th race exacta hit COLD $9.60. 7th race pick 3 was 3rd, 3rd, 2nd pick for $331.80.

28 August 2018:   Great meeting at Del Mar continues. After any scratches:  1st race $1 place pick 8 was top, top, top, top, 2nd, 2nd, top, top for $1,655.80. (and folks if you went 2 deep a race you would have had the payoff 6 times as our top pick went 1-2 in 3 of the 8 races) 1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, 2nd, top, 2nd pick for $2,440.00. 1st race superfecta top pick over next 3 picks paid 274.60. 1st race top pick, 3rd pick exacta was 33.80. 2nd race box of top two picks paid $19.40. 3rd race box of top two picks paid $22.80. 5th race superfecta box of top 4 picks paid $1,068.80. 5th race trifecta box of top 3 picks paid $327.20. 

25 August 2018:  After any scratches:  1st race pick 3 was 2nd,top, 2nd pick for $140.60 .2nd race trifecta was top pick, 3rd pick, 2nd pick for $358.40 (exacta $82.10). 2nd race pick 3 was 1ot, 2nd, 3rd pick for $404.50. 6th race pick 5 was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, top, top pick for $873.80. 6th race exacta was 2nd, top pick for $49.00. 8th race exacta was 2nd, 3rd pick for $78.20. 9th race top, 3rd pick exacta $19.80

24 August 2018:  After any scratches:  2nd race superfecta box of 5 given picks $1,267.20. 2nd race 2nd, 3rd pick exacta $64.00. 4th race trifecta box of top 3 picks paid $238.00. 4th race pick 5 was 3rd, 5th, top, top, 2nd pick for $10,169.60. 6th race double hit COLD $44.20. 6th race pick 3 was top, top, 2nd pick for $188.20. 7th race exacta hit COLD $22.00. 8th race exacta box of top two picks paid $41.80. 8th race trifecta box of top 3 picks paid $298.40.

23 August 2018:   1st race pick 5 was 4th, 3rd, 2nd, top, 3rd for $27,631.40. 2nd race trifecta box of 3 given picks $82.80. 3rd race trifecta box of 5 given picks $333.60. 4th race top pick ($20.80), 4th pick exacta $83.60. 4th race pick 3 was top, 3rd, 2nd pick for $280.00. 6th race box of top two picks exacta $23.80.

19 August 2018:   1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 4th, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd pick for $18,748.00. 4th race pick 3 was 3rd, 3rd, 2nd pick for $310.00. 8th race pick 3 HIT ICE COLD for $139.20. 8th race top choice over the other 4 given picks trifecta paid $426.80.

18 August 2018:   1st race pick 3 was 4th, 4th, 3rd pick $2,686.20. 2nd race pick 3 was 4th, 3rd, 3rd pick $1,531.40. 4th race 3rd, 2nd pick exacta $45.80. 6th race pick 6 was 4th, top, top, 3rd, top, top pick for $10,917.40. 7th race pick 5 was top, top, 3rd, top top pick for $3,827.60. 7th race double hit COLD $94.40. 7th race top choice over other 4 picks paid a $237.20 trifecta. 8th race exacta hit COLD paying $60.20. 9th race superfecta box of our 5 selections paid $1,116.40. 10th race double hit COLD $21.20. 11th race exacta hit COLD for $44.40. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing!

17 August 2018:   Very solid day at Del Mar: 1st race pick 5 was 4th, 2nd, top, 3rd, top pick for $5,422.20. 2nd race exacta box of top two picks $27.60. 3rd race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $17.70. 4th race pick 3 was 3rd, top, top pick $230.00. 4th race 3rd, top pick exacta $54.40. 5th race COLD double $43.60. 5th race top pick over the next 2 picks Trifecta paid $192.80. 5th race top choice over the other 4 picks paid a superfecta of $1,239.80. 5th race pick 3 was top, top, 2nd pick for $102.20. 6th race exacta hit COLD $13.80. 6th race top choice over other 3 picks paid a superfecta of $226.20.

15 August 2018:   1st race trifecta box of top 4 picks paid $328.20. 2nd race trifecta hit ICE COLD for $179.60. 5th race pick 4 was 3rd, 4th, top, top pick for $879.20. 7th race double hit COLD for $29.80. 7th race top pick, 4th pick exacta paid $79.00. 8th race exacta hit COLD for $26.20.


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Los Alamitos for Friday 14 September 2018

Starting Sunday the 16th of September and running through September 30th The Racing Digest will not be available.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Jay Makes Us Laugh   claimed for 20,000 by Morey and winds up in a 6,250K for his 1st start in his new barn........obviously a big disappoint and likely hurting......but 7 weeks to recovery some and two decent works put in........and I like that he only races 5F as the pain might set in too bad only having to run 5/8ths on a mile

1  Stoneys Mr Cruiser   steadily improving since Kelly Castaneda claimed last Feb.........drops a couple of levels in claiming that this race is only 5F as this gelding doesn't want to run much further

3  Four Gaels   dynamite stats for trainer Paul year old handles Lrc just fine......rider is as cold as it gets or would have rated higher


race 2    average clarity

5  Queen Shelly Ann   just claimed by Miller who is 30% win with his last 155 1st out after a claim......filly had improved early speed in her latest and likely will have even more today 1st time with blinkers.......likely can shake free and will have to be caught

1  Baby Ice   last two races are better than they appear in print and her lone race at Lrc is as well......she has been running from off of the pace since the blinkers came off and hopefully does here as she is the best of the late runners

3  Don't Pass   trainer Marty Jones has been in the doldrums for a very long time.....but.....still his filly gets the "best of what's left" comment


race 3    average clarity

2  Bragging Rights   lifetime best was run 2 back and it was the only time this filly got to run at Lrc.......normally I would be quite suspicious of the multi level drop but not here as the barn is massive and successful and likely know that they will get claimed but maybe with another win under their belt

1  Get Yourself Home   good history racing at 5 1/2 & 6F since the blinkers were put on 7 races back......high percent trainer drops back to the level he claimed this filly for two races back....that and toss last as his new filly broke thru the gate prior to her stat at LA.......never a good thing

3  Fashion Fair   works hint at a much improved effort this afternoon fresh off of the bench

4  Sapodilla


race 4    average clarity

7  Hayne's Pal   just claimed and steps up quite a bit but this three-year old ran a strong 4 1/2F time at LA that fits well here........race three back at 5 1/2F at SA is about a length or two short of par for today's cut back of 1/2 furlong might be a good fit

1  Captain Walker   decent history racing with 5 or 6 weeks between starts....6 weeks since his last.......(2 0 1 1) at Lrc.....cut back in distance should be a plus

5  Valley Boy   nowhere in his only race at Lrc......with the blinkers on but it was his only race ever with the easy to toss his other 9 career races he is an ultra consistent (9 7 1 0)......dangerous sort

4  Rockin My Mojo


race 5    average clarity

4  Whirling   R Mandella filly seems to be on the improve with every start......gets to run turf to dirt which is often a good thing......gets to face softer.....hard not to like

3  Chickatini   1 for 1 at Lrc.........0 for 7 everywhere else......and that MSW breaking win was at today's one mile distance......such a deal

5  Just a Smidge   filly needs a rebound of sorts and if Baffert can get one out of her she should get a nice wide close up trip which works just fine on the goofy Lrc track that is dead inside to some degree most days


race 6    average clarity

2  Country Road   dangerous trainer in John Martin wherever he shows up especially dropping multiple levels as he is a gaudy 39% win with his last 61......that and over the last 4 starts the Franco/Martin jockey/trainer combo have won 2 races and the other 2 hit the board......hard not to like

3  Jimmy the Juice   five-year old gelding appears better on conventional dirt.......last 4 races on the real thing all fit fine here.......N Cal trainer is decent with shippers and dropping multiple levels like he is here

6  Towards the Light   better since the trainer removed the blinkers two races back.......handles the Lrc surface and at today's 5 1/2 distance he has a win and 2 2nd's.....very dangerous even with a low percentage mostly minor circuit rider up

1  He's Very Rare


race 7    average clarity

2  Ransomed   turf to dirt and a very nice spot for the new connections to race in 1st out following the 40K claim......protected race and 2 or 3 lengths easier than his last level.......handles the distance and handles the track........hard not to like

5  Girl Downstairs   very consistent the last couple of years on the turf or the dirt......that and she owns two wins from three starts at Lrc

6  Award It   have many doubts she can win this race as if either of the top two run their race as they seem quite a bit better.......but then again she is 10 to 1 in the morning line


race 8    average clarity

3  Todos Santos   best on the dirt and her race two back is very strong (albeit in a sprint) even for today's higher level.......handles the Lrc surface decently......turf to dirt scenario

4  Princess Kendra   trainer knows how to win races and he is extremely dangerous sprint to route which is the case toady for this five-year old mare

7  Ryder's Starlight   last was OK but what we want to see is her effort two back.......been some time since she has won but might have a shot at changing that here

2  Ipray

5  Blondy's Reward



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Los Alamitos for Thursday 13 September 2018

Starting Sunday the 16th of September and running through September 30th The Racing Digest will not be available.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Easy Keeper   MSW debut 2 back which was on the grass at a route fits awfully well at today's lower level......bad route dirt race in his next.......maybe he ran off too little rest......maybe he was tanked to get away with today's drop.....because his pedigree for the dirt is good

4  R B Eye   obvious muscle him up endurance building grass route MSW 42 to 1 debut tune-up.......drops into low-level MC 11 days later for Belvoir .......we should see what he has today

5  Flashy Shaq   his last two dirt races fit here and his last is disguised.......but.......his route pedigree is nothing to write home about.......thus......3rd selection


race 2    average clarity

5  Jersey's Heat    won his only race at Lrc (and his only race on a fast track dirt) and did so by 4 lengths and at today's distance......everywhere else he is 0 for 11 with none of the races in the money.......Becerra likely will have him more than ready to take advantage of the Lrc racing surface while he can

1  Impression   appears loose in this spot if he can get the jump on our 3rd pick and with a solid speed rider in Pedroza up.......and he is 1 for 1 at Los Alamitos......hard not to like

3  Gracida   obvious physical problems but he drops into claiming for the 1st time for O'Neill and company 2nd out following a layoff.......tough call here but obviously dangerous


race 3    average clarity

7  Capall   dealt with some fast fractions in his latest in a turf route and predictably tired late.......did well to only be beat 5 1/4L for the win........4 solid dirt works since at Slr........Miller steps him up out of claiming.......he does have something to prove on conventional dirt but if Miller thinks he will handle it that is good enough for little old me

5  Sellwood   by far this Mullins three-year old seems like the most likely to hit the board if he handles the dirt as well as he does the turf.......but......he sure appears to be a hanger of sorts

2  Croation   not exactly one of Baffert's top maidens in his barn but it is rather interesting that he doesn't drop this colt.....that and the works hint the world-class trainer is attempting to build up this fellows endurance

1  Trojan Spirit


race 4    average clarity

5  Hotitude   solid MSW debut 8 weeks ago and the strength of the run is disguised by dueling on a dull inside.........preparatory works hint she fit and ready once again

4  Blueberry Princess   last which was her 3rd lifetime start wasn't much but her race two back was and that effort is hidden by about 6 or 7 lengths of trip trouble

6  The Pet   careful here as this decently bred filly was dead on the board at 26 to 1 in her MSW debut......might not be "dead" today as Freeman is very dangerous with 2nd time starters

1  Perfect Ice Storm


race 5    average clarity

5  Fender Bender   lone race at Lrc was a strong winning effort that would likely do the trick if this colt did not like the Dmr surface lookout today getting to race once again on the Lrc dirt

2  Bob's All In   seems best at today's 5 1/2 furlong distance......that and he just ran his lifetime best 6F logically he might pop his lifetime best racing at 5 1/2F........1st on the Lrc surface is a ? mark

7   Nova   good history to date racing off of short rest which is the case today.........and he is in an every other mode and is on the desired end of the oscillator today

4  Our Tiger's Boy


race 6    average clarity

6  Now Blessed   trainer has been stellar the past two months so the vastly improved works that he has put into his four-year old filly becomes more meaningful that it normally would.......rather sure this girl pops her lifetime best today

1  Tequilla Sunrise   rather consistent in 9 lifetime starts but she has yet to graduate......but.....blinkers go on this afternoon and just what you want to observe as in an improved recent our top choice she might be up for her best to date

2  Convince   nice stalking style in her route races.....she seems likely to get a good position behind our top choice who might be vulnerable in the very late stretch


race 7    average clarity

4  Tasunke Witco   training as if he is ready fresh off of the bench and that is quite logical as he is 2 for 2 at Lrc with his last win coming at today's level albeit at a route........but he appears to be every bit as good in sprint races

5  Fast Pass   low % trainer but his 5-year-old gelding is 3 for 3 at Lrc..........and all three Lrc wins came with Fuentes up who is one improving jock these days

7  New Karma   yet another who appreciates the Lrc surface (3 1 1 1) and who is conditioned by a trainer who has come out firing at the Lrc meeting.......not two crazy about the 6 days turnaround......thus....... 3rd selection

1  Monterey Shale


race 8    average clarity

4  Dizzy Diva   stepped up quite a bit in latest and predictably failed.........most F&M 12.5nw2 winners belong in an open F&M 8K after that......8K today and back to Lrc where she is 1 for 1 and at today's one mile distance

5  Zuzanna   Knapp wanted to run in a 16K affair on 16 August but was not able to get in off of the AE list......willing to run for 8K today.......dangerous

6  If You Like It   barn obviously made a bad claim as they cut the price in half from where they snatched up this mare for.......keep the red ink from mounting or hoping they lose the mare.......we shall see

1  Sought More Pep

3  Princess Leia



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Los Alamitos for Sunday 9 September 2018

Nice Pick 6 carryover for the likes of Lrc. Be back with you on Thursday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Avail   keeps dropping and not winning but this time his number earned is finally very strong for the level of racing.....that and the trainer seems to be in go mode

6  Sharp Holiday   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  trainer Vallejo has come out strong to start the new S Cal meeting and he drops this mare 2nd out following a claim below the level he snatched her for.......good post if the track plays the same......should be tough

5  My Ebony Star   filly has something to prove running "fresh" like today but if she handles the 2 month break she should be a factor in the outcome of this race from the get go

2  Coco Smooches


race 2    average clarity

2  Party All Night   decent MC debut and improved a.m. work since.....that suggests her debut beefed her up some and that more is likely this afternoon.......and one red-hot rider & trainer combo as in 3 for there last 6

4  Bam Bams Lil River   Hollendorfer 1st time starter appears to be working well enough to compete for the top prize in this low-level S Cal maiden claimer......and why not start for 30K as she went for only 18K at sale

1  Twitterati   both lifetime races were compromised by slow on seems like a good move......we shall see about 1:28 p.m. pacific time


race 3    average clarity

2  Gypsy's Rule   trainer is hot to start the meeting and appears that he can keep the ball rolling here with this new addition to his barn that is working well especially considering the low-level of racing.......and his new shooter has shown she can handle the Lrc surface

5  Lovely Linda   takes a meaningful drop in claiming and it seems like a good sign that jockey Gutierrez sticks around.........low percentage trainer but he might boost his 3% (for the year) win % here

1  Majestic Diva   major jock upgrade  and drops back to the level that her trainer claimed her for.........dangerous sort and at a price

8  Smart Rachel


race 4    below average clarity

3  Whooping Jay   seems like a good spot for a 1st time starter and this O'Neill 1ster appears to be training the best of the 4 1st time starters in this race......good sire and mom has tossed 1 winner from 1 starter

6  Poppy's C Note   Miyadi is dangerous when he steps up a maiden claimer into a MSW race like he does here.....that and his two-year old just popped a vastly improve work one week ago.......and he likely a good post to boot

4  Take Charge Lucky   2nd best work tab of the four 1st time starters and for a trainer who does well with MSW debut runners......danger city here


race 5    average clarity

2  Rocinante   lone lifetime race run which was run last December at Lrc is quite a bit better than it appears in print........broke 3 slow and then skimmed the rail after that...... and the rail as it so often is at Lrc was hints that Eurton has this colt ready.......and the colt gets one major league rider upgrade

6  Captain N. Baron   seems best at Lrc so you would think the barn would pull out all stops today to have him fit and feeling good.....we shall see

8  Golden Gladiator   2nd lifetime start is much better than it appears in with that in mind this one's layoff last might have been a gimme to blast away today with a 20 to 1 ML to boot

4  Johnny Ray


race 6    average clarity

1  Downside Up   very solid efforts/figs in his last two races and he appears to be at his very best on the Lrc surface.......lacks early speed so Elliot can get off of the dull inside in the track doesn't change today

8  Zapana's Game   turf to dirt and for a gelding that is (2 1 1 0) on the Lrc surface.....that and the connections are willing to drop their five-year old

7  Rhettbutler   another willing to drop to possibly have a big pay day.......good history racing at 5 1/2 furlongs ( 3 1 1 1)........yet to hit the board at other (longer) distances......not out of the win picture by any means

5  Katzumoto

3  Michael Mundo


race 7    average clarity

7  Creative Hit  worked well prior to his MSW on July 1st and ran an effort that wasn't much for the level but fairly decent considering the MC20K level offered here.......away since the July race but once again training like he can run some

9  Royal Seeker   best on the Lrc surface and his race 3 back which was his the last effort run at Lrc is very strong.....and today he get quite the jock upgrade from rider who rode that day........but careful as this 24 start maiden appears to like to hang in the stretch

3  Friendly Steve   believe this three-year old gelding will really appreciate the cut back in distance.......although I am not too crazy about the 3 to 1 ML

1  Serve Me a Double

2  Optimun


race 8    average clarity

5  Typhoon Harry   turf to dirt muscle him up tightener and now drops multiple levels.....and the multi-level drops are right in the wheelhouse of Mike in 5 wins in his last 12 with the move

7  Curly's Waterfront   high percentage trainer in Saldana and he is often at his most dangerous with the sprint-sprint-route maneuver which is the case here........and he is also quite strong with those racing 3rd out after a layoff like this fellow is today

2  Johann's Command   race lacks speed so the switch to speed rider Maldonado might put this gelding on the lead which he appears to appreciate when racing "long"......thus making him dangerous

1  Midnight Soot


race 9    average clarity

9  Conquest Flatterme   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE    six-year-old mare might be in the best form of her life..........and she is one for one at today's abbreviated sprint distance......also......she  likely is sitting on a good post and with a rider in Elliot who has had good success on her

7  Diamondsandpearls   away since 5 Aug. 2017 but she is working for Baffert in preparation for her 3rd start as if she is ready for a strong effort just as she was prior to her 6 1/4L MSW debut win

4  Tyfosha   toss out last as she appeared to dislike the blinkers going on......toss out her race 2 back as she broke thru the gate.......her other 4 lifetime sprints are solid.......dangerous sort from the O'Neill barn

1  Naugthy Sophia

6  Vallestina

2  Kentan Road

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Los Alamitos for Saturday 8 September 2018


race 1    average clarity

2  Love Your Life   fairly consistent since he was claimed by Nunez 7 races back.......runs decently at Lrc......nice reassuring preparatory 3F work

5  Kaluhla   gelding has obvious physical issues but he wisely has been given 3 months off to help mend whatever has been bothering him.......and he won his latest off two months rest

4  Proudtobesicilian   races too much but if he can handle the stress of another quick turn around he has a solid shot in this spot


race 2    below average clarity

4  Island Empire    good start to the meeting for Eurton and he logically drops this filly who hasn't been doing anything vs. tougher the last 5 hint she is ready......and spotted to win

2  Looking At Thelake   both lifetime dirt races fit very well here......but.......this filly tends to hang in the stretch

6  Topaz Time   if the track surface remains the same this mare is sitting on  a good post........trainer is decent 2nd out after a claim......might have rated higher if her pedigree was better for a route


race 3    average clarity

9  Lucky Stash   ignoring debut run in Nov as she broke slow and rushed and of course tired after dueling.......bug boy is off to a hot start and he might add to his win total here with this laid up Miyadi 2nd time starter that appears ready to roll

3  Luv Is All U Need   blinkers on and with a drill showing that hints the new equipment worked........2nd out after the layoff today.....showed he can handle the Lrc surface last year.....dangerous sort from the Truman barn

1  Jabber Now   likely hurt in her only race at Lrc last Sept......then a possible gimme/gimme/go scenario here.......if that is so look out as her only other dirt race is very solid

5  Whatyouciswhatuget

7  Coco Loco Mama


race 4    average clarity

4  Herunbridlepower   very consistent rider/trainer combo in Hernandez & Trela.......dynamite history for this mare since the Rosemary Trela claim (8 5 2 0 1)

6  Lucky Student  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   6th race in 71 days........4th race in 29 days.......yikes.....ouch.......the one to beat if she can take the stress

5  Princess Kendra   high percentage trainer Reed Saldana has done a great job with claiming horses but one area where he has been vulnerable is off of layoffs of 46 to 90 days where he is 0 for his last 8


race 5    average clarity

6  Grandma Neta   bad trip in last hides a solid run by this Kruljac filly in her last........blinkers on today to help her break well which she hasn't done in 2 lifetime races to date.....trainer is stout dropping multiple levels

4  Whata Flirt   significant drop today and with a rider aboard in Delgadillo who is on fire the last month or so......... he is as hot as he has been in a very very very long time

8  Omerta   keeps training like she can run some but she hasn't much so far.......shes does own some speed and gets 1st time blinkers today.......that can but her on the lead and sometimes a "morning-glory" wakes up in a big way the 1st time loose

9  Grandma Gertrude

3  Malena


race 6    average clarity

7  El Huerfano   seems best on the dirt at today's one mile recent bullet work.....lone race at Lrc and at today's distance is better than it appears in print.......Peter Miller is very dangerous these days

5  Soi Phet   trainer Leonard Powell is having one nice break-out year.......ten year old is best at one mile on the dirt and he is (8 5 2 0) at Lrc......that'l do

3  Edwards Going Left   fabulous sprinter finally attempts a route and with an OK pedigree for one.....and a trainer in Salder who can do no wrong of late

6  Grecian Fire


race 7    average clarity

7  Queen of the Track   not much in both lifetime races......but.......Jeff Bonde appears to have discovered something that has totally turned this filly around as she is training vastly better.....that and when he legs up Fuentes these days his runners are usually very live

12 AE  Andyoushallreceive   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  here is the comment yesterday for our 2nd choice in the 4th race "Koriner is better with 2nd time starters but he has this 1st time starter working too well rider/trainer combo of late in Pereira and Koriner".......all systems go again and yesterday's 1st timer won and paid over $30

1  Norwegian   tough post if the outside bias continues at Lrc but if it doesn't lookout as this Michael McCarthy 1st timer appears ready to rock and roll in her MSW debut.......that and my 100% Norwegian northern Minnesota wife and her sister and two brothers would disown me if I didn't put this filly in my selections somewhere

2  Raneem

5  Marrazano

10  Tiz a Sharpie


race 8    average clarity

4  Best of Me  sure like the cut back in distance as this Miller filly is 2 for 2 racing at 6F or less winning both races rather easily.....that and she appears to be the controlling speed in the race

7  Steph Being Steph   trainer sure has had this filly ready in all her races outside of her MSW for one at Lrc and it was an impressive two-year old win......dangerous sort

5  Gas Station Sushi   filly is 2 for 2 running "fresh" and one of those wins was in a Grade 3........4 months "fresh" today......very impressive a.m. preparation at Slr

1  Rayya


race 9    average clarity

2  Translucent    seems like a good spot for a 1st timer and this Mulhall 1st starter is training the best by far of the debut runners in this field

10  Three Ay Em   takes that ever dangerous drop from MSW racing to maiden claiming.......that and Jeff Bonde shows some signs of heating things up a bit

1  Silent Alarm   red-hot trainer rider combo in Pereira and Machowski (3 for last 6)........blinkers off......1st time Pereira.......drops down.........seems well meant today

7  Agronomo

3  Laucala Island

6  Magic Bro

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Los Alamitos for Friday 7 September 2018

The Los Alamitos surface was outside yesterday and basically (and very disappointingly) Lrc has been outside the last couple of years more than 60% of the time. Combine that with the goofy configuration of the racetrack and I feel that Lrc is shooting itself in the foot. An even surface for the cheap races would make for much more interesting racing and giving cheap speed horses a better chance. And for the races with better quality (bigger barns) it sure would make for a more fair opportunity for the owners to make some easy money.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

5  Pretty Hussar   MC50K debut at Lrc was solid but her latest was at Dmr was not........back to Lrc and if the track plays like opening day she should be able to stay well off of the wood thru-out

6  Zo Lo's Lov   only the third start of 2018 for Walter Solis who hasn't made a visit to the winners circle in a very long time but he puts the blinkers on this 3rd time starter and if this filly runs to her a.m. work she can win this race

1  Sharp Image   fits OK but if the racetrack is outside like yesterday (Lrc has been outside the last couple of years more than 60% of the time - nice job maintenance crew) jock Bednar will have to be awfully clever


race 2    average clarity

7  Rafter One   solid wake-up 1st time with the blinkers in his last.......2 for 4 at Lrc........likely sitting on a good post.......race shape sets up for his off pace style

1  Always Never   once again Vinnie Bednar might have to deal with a tough is a repeat of the line above:  "fits OK but if the racetrack is outside like yesterday (Lrc has been outside the last couple of years more than 60% of the time - nice job maintenance crew) jock Bednar will have to be awfully clever"........trainer is decent off of long layoffs and he has his six-year-old working like he ready fresh off of the bench

5  Montu   drops precipitously following a voided at best - I don't think so - flip a coin

4  Particle of Energy


race 3    above average clarity

2  It Makes Sense   won his MC30K debut 8 weeks ago by 10 lengths in 109:3 and at since hint he has remained a happy healthy individual........sure like that the trainer Carlos Lopez passed on Del Mar to run at Lrc once again........and in a protected race to boot

6  Saratoga Morning   post advantage most likely and for a bug boy who dealt with the bias decently yesterday........ignore lone race at Lrc as it was a route which he seems to dislike

1  Old Indian Trick   consistent sort but might need his best dirt race to date......turf to dirt for today has the potential to provide it


race 4    average clarity

7  Midnight Mystery   best trainer on earth at getting a MSW 1st time starter ready to win at 1st asking......they ought to make the guy race against alw horses with a 1st timer......LOL

6  Strictly Biz   Koriner is better with 2nd time starters but he has this 1st time starter working too well rider/trainer combo of late in Pereira and Koriner

1  Tut   expensive MSW first time starter from the Doug O'Neill barn also appears ready to role........and........if the rail is better today than yesterday he is likely rated too low

5  Gleyber


race 5    average clarity

6  Point Piper   good history at today's one mile distance.......lone lifetime race at Lrc is very solid here......great spot for Hollendorfer and company to race in a protected race

3  Exotic Ghost   vastly improved since the Saldana claim 3 races back.......race two back is a very fast 8K race that fits at today's higher level and he might be up for even more today getting to run turf to dirt

2  Crown the Kitten   very bad journey in last losing about 7L to trip and yet he still managed a win......can he repeat such an impressive effort for a low percentage barn.......we shall see about 2:58 pacific time


race 6    below average clarity

4  Tiz Love   3 for 7 at Lrc and handles ample time off between races very well......he has won at 28 to 1 (7 races back) and 15 to 1 (4 races back) in the past.......should go off at double digits odds

5  Bow and Arrow   fits a ton and one-half 1st out after the Belvoir claim if he can handle the significant stress of racing off of only 5 days rest........( 4 3 1 0) at Lrc

9  New Karma  new to the scene S Cal trainer Vallejo could do no wrong for a while but that is not the case these days.......might be able to get some new karma/mojo  back with this gelding who likes Lrc and abbreviated sprints distances

3  Tomasino

1  Louden's Gray


race 7    average clarity

7  Older Brother   solid jockey/trainer/owner trio.......decent layoff run in last should set him up for a strong race 2nd out after the number to date was run in his lone Lrc race.......hard not to like

3  King Amber   race 3 back at CD is strong and likely would do the trick here......can the D'A get that effort out of him today in his 3rd out since he took over the training duties.....recent a.m. work hints he might

1  Hardcore Troubador   dangerous speed if the inside improves today..........6 races to observe prior to this race to make that evaluation

4  Tanners Pride


race 8    way below average clarity

(This race is so even with only one horse that I can toss out so like I do a couple of times a year I list the horses in order of preference. But you might want consider playing around the higher odds horses)

6  Spent it

9  Acclimate

3  Pulpit's Dirty Red

1  Skagit River

5  Gold and Guns

2  Game of Roans

4  Violent Affair

7  Supreme Giant



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