Bombs away at Del Mar on Wednesday!

The Racing Digest is now available for Sunday

16 August 2017:   After any scratches:   5th race exacta HIT ICE COLD $201.20. 5th race pick 4 was top, 4th, top, top pick for $11,879.00. 5th race pick 3 top, 4th, top pick $2,204.80. 6th race 4th pick 2nd pick exacta $296.00. 8th race exacta HIT ICE COLD $81.60. 8th race top choice over other 5 givens picks paid a super high five of $4,913.00. 

13 August:   After any scratches: Top choice won 4 races, ran 2nd in 4 races, and 3rd in the other race of the 9 race card. 1st race exacta was 4th pick, top pick $70.60. 3rd race pick 3 HIT ICE COLD for $58.40. 3rd race trifecta HIT ICE COLD $104.60. 4th race trifecta also HIT ICE COLD $213.80. 8th race 2nd pick, top pick (who went at odds of 21 to 1) exacta paid $114.00. Quinella paid $73.20.  

9 August 17:   Not the kind of day that will go into our "highlights section" but noteworthy. 3rd race superfecta box of 4 given picks $421.40. 3rd race pick 6 was 4th, 2nd, 3rd, top, top, 4th pick $10,021. 5th race pick 4 was 3rd, top, top, 4th pick for $1,016.00. 6th race exacta hit COLD $23.00. 6th race double also hit COLD $46.40.

5 August 17:  After any scratches:  1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd pick $1,810.40. 3rd race 2nd, 3rd pick exacta $44.20. 5th race pick 6 was 3rd, top, top, 2nd, 2nd, 5th pick $29,915.00. 6th race top pick, 4th pick exacta $108.40. 6th race double hit COLD $21.00. 8th race 2nd pick, 3rd pick exacta $52.60. 10th race fifty cent trifecta box of 6 given picks (a 60 dollar investment) paid $1,027.95.

2 August 17:   Bombs away again at Del Mar:  2nd race trifecta hit COLD $30.80. 3rd race top pick, long-shot pick exacta $72.00. 5th pick 3 was 4th, top, 2nd pick $1,071.00. 5th race pick 4 was 4th, top, 2nd, top pick for $3,185.40. 5th race tri box of 4 given picks $205.80. 7th race tri box of top 3 picks $135.60. 7th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $277.00. 8th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $$54.40. 8th race top choice over the next 4 picks paid a superfecta of $2,488.00. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing!

29 July 17:  Bombs away at Del Del Mar! After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, 2nd, top, 3rd selection for $6,098.60. 2nd race and 3rd race exacta box of top two picks paid $23.60 &  $21.20 respectively. 5th race superfecta box of 5 given selections paid $2,514.20 (finishing order was 3rd, top, 2nd, long-shot pick). 7th race box of top 2 picks paid an exacta of $75.40. 7th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $837.60. 9th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta paid $28.00.

21 July 17:  After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was top, top, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd pick for $6,543.00. 1st race place pick 8 (7 of 8) HIT COLD for $291.80  for $1 . That folks is a 290 to 1 shot. 1st race trifecta was top, 4th, 2nd choice $136.20. 3rd race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $39.80. 4th race pick 3 was 3rd, 2nd, 3rd pick $693.00 5th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $77.80. 5th race pick 3 was 2nd, 3rd, 3rd pick for $823.20. 6th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $1,004.60. 7th race trifectat box of 3 given picks $179.40. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing!

19 July 17:   1st race 2nd and 3rd pick exacta $31.40. 4th race exacta hit COLD $9.40. 5th race box of top two picks exacta $16.20. 9th race double hit ICE COLD $62.40. 10th race our top choice over our other 5 given picks paid a superfecta of $3,839.00. (not too shabby considering nobody hit the Super High Five)

15 July 17:  After any scratches: 1st race box of 3 given picks paid a trifecta of $29.40.5th race exacta hit COLD $12.60. 5th race pick 3 hit COLD $61.40. 5th race pick 4 was top, top, top, 2nd pick for $428.00. 8th and final race box of top two picks exacta $15.20, box of top 3 picks trifecta $83.60, box of top 4 picks superfecta $185.20.

8 July 17:  After any scratches our top choice won 5 races and 2nd choice won 3 races and 3rd choice won one race in a 9 race card. 1st race pick 3 hit COLD for $118.60. 1st race pick 5 was top, top, top, top, 2nd pick for $447.00. 2nd race COLD pick 3 was $27.40. 3rd race exacta hit COLD for $21.20. 6th race exacta was top pick, 4th pick $79.60. 7th race top pick (22 to 1) ran 2nd to our 3rd pick paying an exacta of $79.60. 

6 July 17:  Nice opening day at Los Alamitos:  After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 2nd pick for $2,422.20. 1st race pick 3 was top, 2nd, 2nd pick $102.40. 3rd race trifecta box of 4 given picks $595.00. 3rd race pick 6 was 2nd, 4th, 2nd, 3rd, top, top pick for $11,747.40. (5 of 6 paid $719.20) 5th race pick 4 was 2nd, 4th, top, top pick for $1,012.60. 5th exacta box of top two picks $27.60. 7th race double hit COLD $54.00. 8th race trifecta was top pick over 4 other given picks for $589.00.

2 July 17:   Not the kind of day that will be placed in our "Highlights" archive but noteworthy. Top choice won 6 of the 9 races and our lone longshot play for the day lost by the smallest on noses in the 8th as the highest shot on the board and paid $17.20 to place. 5th race trifecta hit COLD for $49.40. Hit 3 straight pick 3's COLD starting in race 3 for $15.80, $34.40 and $61.60. Hit two exacta's COLD. 9th race exacta hit COLD $14.20

30 June 17:   4th race exacta was top pick, 4th pick $58.80. 4th race pick 3 was top, top, 2nd pick for $253.00. 5th race top pick, 4th pick exacta $70.40. 5th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, 2nd choices for $923.60. 5th race pick 4 was top, 2nd, 2nd, 6th pick for $4,488.80. 6th race box of top choices paid an exacta of $80.00. 7th race box of top two picks paid an exacta of $54.00.

BELMONT DAY SPECIAL PUB:   After any scratches:  1st race pick 5 was quite the overlay considering race 5 was a free square with Songbird. 1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd. top pick $799.00. 2nd race box of top two pick paid an exacta of $19.20. 4th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, top pick $59.50. 5th race pick 3 hit COLD for $51.50. 5th race top pick over other 3 picks superfecta $93.40. 6th race exacta HIT COLD $42.00  5th race pick 3 was top, top 4th pick for $270.00. 12th race top choice paid $34.00 to win and the top pick, 4th pick exacta was $256.00. 13th and final race a superfecta box of top 4 (of 5 picks) selections paid a superfecta of $7,032.00.

4 June 17:  After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was 2nd, top, top, 2nd, 2nd pick for $770.20. 3rd race exacta hit COLD $12.00. (trifecta was top, 2nd, long-shot play for $107.20. 4th race trifecta box of 3 given picks $74.60. 6th race trifecta box of 4 given picks $389.00. 7th race trifecta box of 3 given picks $79.60. 8th race trifecta box of 3 given picks $26.00 

29 May 17:   4th race pick 6 was 3rd, top, 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 2nd pick for $18,250.00. 5th race exacta hit COLD $7.80. 5th race pick 3 was 2nd, 2nd, 4th pick for $1,120.00. 7th race 2nd pick, to pick exacta $23.40. 8th race 4th pick, 2nd pick exacta $305.20. 9th race 2nd pick, 4th pick exacta $246.40. And in the 9th race nobody hit the Super High Five but if you had boxed our 6 selections you would have hit the SHF for $31K.  A costly investment for sure but the $720 spent is similar to serious investment going after the pick 6. (10 cent superfecta paid $728 at a cost of only $36). 

28 May 17:   4th race pick 6 was top, 2nd, top, 3rd, top, 4th choice for $35,510.40. 6th race trifecta hit ICE COLD $145.20. 8th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta paid $103.60. 9th race $1 Super High Five box of 5 given selections paid $2,960.70. 

13 May 17:  Top choice won 4 of the 9 races ($5.20, $11.20, $3.20, $25.20). 3rd race 3rd choice, top choice exacta $25.60. 4th race exacta hit COLD $11.40. 6th race top pick over next two picks paid a trifecta of $146.20. 8th race double hit COLD $53.40. Bombs away in the 9th race: Top selection over our other 5 picks paid a superfecta of $50,752.40. (10 cent superfecta $2,537) Trifecta was $4,424.00.

28 April 2017:  1st race pick 5 was top, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, top pick for $2,225.80. 1st race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $24.60 2nd race trifecta box of 3 given picks $309.80. 4th race pick 6 was 2nd, top, top, 2nd. top, top pick for $3,355.40. 5th race top pick over other 3 picks paid a trifecta of $87.60. 6th race pick 4 was top, 2nd, top, top pick for $353.40. 6th race top pick over other 3 picks paid a trifecta of $78.40. 7th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $624.80. 8th race double hit COLD $36.60

23 April 2017:   Top selection won last 5 races. 2nd race superfecta box of 4 given picks $675.80 5th race pick 3 hit COLD $89.40. 5th race exacta also hit COLD $10.20. (top choice over the other 3 picks paid a superfecta of $115.20). 6th race pick 4 hit COLD $291.00. 7th race top pick, 4th pick exacta $83.80. 8th race exacta hit COLD $6.20. 9th race exacta hit COLD $19.40. 

16 April 17:  1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, top, 3rd, top choice for $1,868.20. 6th race exacta hit COLD $18.20

15 April 2017:   Nice returns in the 4 races covered (7 thru 10) at Keeneland. Pick 4 was 2nd, top, 5th, top choice for $3,395.40. 9th race superfecta box of 5 given picks paid $1,229.20. 10th race Grade 1 exacta hit COLD for $31.20. Only top choice winner in the 4 Stakes races covered at Oaklawn came in the 11th where Classic Empire paid $5.80 to win. 

24 March 17:  1st race trifecta top pick over the other 3 picks $61.20. 3rd race exacta hit cold $13.40. 3rd race pick 6 was top, 2nd, top, top, 3rd, top pick for $16,193.40. 5th race trifecta hit cold $97.80. 5th race pick 4 was top, top, 3rd, top pick for $1,532.20.  7th race superfecta box of 4 given selections $1,090.20. 8th race our top selection over our other 5 picks paid a superfecta of $1,588.00  NOTE: 2nd straight day top selection won 5 of the 8 races. 

19 March 17:  2nd race pick 4 was 4th, 2nd, top, top pick for $836.60. 2nd race pick 3 was 4th, 2nd, top pick $505.60. 3rd race trifecta box of 3 given picks paid $113.00. 4th race superfecta top choice over the other four picks paid $2,523.00. 4th race pick 3 hit COLD for $45.60. 8th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta was $25.00.

18 March 17:   1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 4th, top choice for $32,917.80 (50 cent payoff was $8,229.45.) 2nd race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $44.20 4th race 4th pick, top pick exacta $214.00. 5th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $69.60. 5th race top choice over other 3 given choices trifecta paid $324.00.

12 March 17:  After any scratches our top selection won 6 of the 9 races and our 3rd selection won the other 3 races. 1st race pick 5 was top, 3rd, top, top, 3rd pick for $869.40. 1st race exacta hit COLD $19.40. 4th race pick 6 was top, 3rd, top, 3rd, top, top pick for $3,035.40. 6 race pick 4 was top, 3rd, top, top pick $233.80. 7th race tri. box of top 3 picks $71.00. 8th race double hit COLD 33.40. 8th race trifecta was top, 3rd, 2nd pick for $319.20. 

11 March 17:   On a day when the average field size was a little over 9 per race one of our selections won every race and that was on a day that nobody hit the pick 6. Our pick 6 sequence was 3rd, top, 4th, 4th, top, top pick. 1st race pick 3 was 3rd, 4th, top pick $309.60. 1st race exacta was 3rd pick, 2nd pick $64.60. 3rd race trifecta hit COLD $43.40. 4th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $919.60. 6th race 3rd pick, top pick double paid $84.80. 7th race top, 4th pick exacta $68.40, 8th race pick 4 was 4th, 4th, top, top selection for $5,375.80. 10th race exacta and double both hit COLD paying $11.00 & $12.00 respectively. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing! 

10 March 17:  Top choice won 5 of the 8 races carded and ran 2nd in 2 others and 3rd in the other. Trifecta box of top 3 selections hit the trifecta in 4 of the 8 races. 3rd race pick 6 was 3rd, 3rd, top, top, top, top pick for $4,313.60. 3rd race superfecta box of 4 given horses $176.80. 4th race trifecta box of top 3 picks $226.00. 5th race pick 4 HIT ICE COLD ($4.20, $3.60, $9.00, $9.80) for $207.80. 7th race exacta HIT COLD for $43.20. 7th race double HIT COLD for $60.20.

16 Jan 17:  Bombs away at Santa Anita! After and scratches: In races 2 thru 9 the top selection won 3 races (including a 22 to 1 shot in the 4th) and the 2nd selection won the other 5 races. 2nd race pick 4 was 2nd, top, top, 2nd pick for $1,706.20. 3rd race top pick over our 3 other given picks paid a superfecta of $493.00. 3rd race double hit COLD for $122.20. 4th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, top pick for $357.20. 6th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, 2nd pick $56.20. 7th race pick 3 was all 2nd choices for $94.80. 9th race exacta box of top two picks paid $53.80. I may be a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing.

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Del Mar for Saturday 19 August 2017

The Del Mar meet was rolling along nicely for The Racing Digest but hit a road block the last two days. Good card both in quality and handicapping to mount a rebound. Be back with you for 10 more races Sunday.

NOTE: Nice carryover and a mandatory pick 6 payoff today

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

6  Hoppitty   last at a route was poor but should serve as an endurance builder.....race 2 back was very strong albeit at only 5F.....Baze should sit either 1st or 2nd early in what shapes up to be a slow pace ......if that is so 6 1/2F should be within his reach

5  Southern Thunder   trainer is capable of getting maiden 1st time starters ready and if he has this youngster ready (out-of-town works seem good) he gets to start his career versus a soft looking group

1  The Real McCann   takes that magical drop from MSW racing to bottom level mdn20K........toss his 2nd start which was on the grass......his debut fits and is disguised......should be motoring late appreciating the 6 1.2 furlongs when most in here will not

3  Bucky Goldstein

 

race 2    average clarity

5  Distinctive B   5 for 10 at 6 furlongs.....0 for 5 at other dirt distances.......and his last at 6 1/2 furlongs is very strong nearly winning despite a wide trip pressing a hot pace......ran a 108 flat last summer at Del Mar and might be up to that lofty accomplishment once again with the cut back in distance and 2nd out after the layoff

3  Lord Simba   (5 2 3 0) at 6F and was able to crack the 109 flat barrier twice.....away since 20 May but working like he is meant and ready.......sure seems tough here if he handles his 1st ever on the Del Mar dirt

2  Prime Issue   4 for 7 at Dmr and has won his last two races for fun with the 5 lbs bug boy up.....but......he will need his very best if either of our top two picks run the race they are capable of

 

race 3    average clarity

7  Record Highs   fell off in last at 1 1/16th but ran a very strong effort two back at today's one mile distance.....and a solid subtle best in a while 4F work hints this Gaines runner is going to rebound to that effort

4  Incredible Luck   another who needs to find their effort two back and is cutting back in distance which should help his finishing power this afternoon......Brice Blanc has looked comfortable on this colt and gets to ride him for a 7th straight race

6  Rare Candy   sprint prep in latest and likely a full-blown go today.......Talamo rides this gelding all the time which should enhance his chances of working out a decent trip....if he does she should be a factor late

5  El Tovar

Long-shot consideration:  2  Calvert Street   gelding is stellar breaking from the gate.....that should help the struggling apprentice keep inside position for a good portion of the race.....cut back in distance seems like a plus.....and this fellow has a good history racing off of short rest.....22 days since his last qualifies for that

 

race 4    above average clarity

9  Special Story   believe this gelding is feeling awfully good as he is able to return off of only 16 days rest and with a solid work since his last....and he drops down....should be tough

8  Oopper Wallah   obvious endurance building route turf tightener in his latest......drops below the claiming level he was taken for 2 races back......retains Stevens......seems like another dangerous well-meant runner

1  Aeon   one of the best times to drop is off of long layoffs....that is the case here for this Truman four-year old who is training as if he is ready fresh off of the extended break......good rider/trainer combo to boot

3  Mt. Leinster

 

race 5    average clarity

5  Indoctrination   last appeared to be an indoctrination of sorts and not too shabby of one at that.....rider upgrade to Pratt.....should be indoctrinated now.....believe this colt is sitting on a big race in his 3rd career start and 2nd in the good old U S of A

1  Aussie Fox   was able to clear all from a difficult post 11 in his last.....better post today....retains Bejarano who is likely sitting on a horse who has more endurance today coming off of his 1st turf route....should save ground sitting on or off of the pace .....such a deal

8  Troublewithatee   double barrel action from the D'A as he also trains our top selection.......last appears to be a sprint gimme (and a stronger one than appears on paper) to be ready for today's turf route in his 2nd out following an extended hiatus from the game.....only grass race is solid closing very fast late into a pedestrian pace

4  Lucky Soul

Long-shot consideration:  7  Potent   little shot in his last his 1st ever on the grass as he pressed a solid pace on opening day where speed fared poorly the 1st couple of days on the grass at Del Mar....that and trainer Scott Hansen has been waking-up of late

 

race 6    average clarity

6  Tyfosa   ran 2nd with a gap of 5L to 3rd in MSW debut.....ran 2nd with a gap of 8L in her 2nd start......both races were quite a bit better than par.......will she be unlucky and catch a "monster" for a 3rd straight time.....will shall see

5  Moonshine Memories   extremely well-bred 1st timer is trained well enough to be ready in her debut and draws the choosy Mr Smith......plenty of potential to be a good one especially with Callaghan at the helm

1  Crownstone   works are good but not great by Baffert standards.....but mom has tossed 10 winners from 11 starters and 2 Stakes winners.... and one of those winners was a Grade 1 winner.....that and many graduated at two

7  Dr. Ann

 

race 7    average clarity

2  Inordinate   been away since winning a Grade 3 fourteen grass race at SA on 22 April....but runs very well "fresh" and he is working the best of his career.....has done nothing but improve since Baltas took over from Chad Brown....and that is no easy task......should get a great trip from the 2 post and with 4 lbs less to carry than he has had to in his last three races

5  Itsinthepost   believe this five-year old needs a target to run at to fire his best......dueled on the front end in his last a Grade 1 at Mth at today's 11F distance and tired late............impressive since returning home from the 1 July race at Mth as he has been able to work 7 times.....hard not seeing this Mullins five-year old being a major player today

8  Ashleyluvssugar   ultra consistent Stakes runner won this race last year and shows up almost every time......she is rated as 3rd choice only because of a tendency to flatten out sometimes racing further than 10F

11  Hunt

 

race 8    above average clarity

2  Collected   6 for 6 lifetime on conventional dirt.....won his latest in stellar time and did it coping/pressing a solid pace......won so easily he likely exited the race in terrific shape....and his eye-popping work tab since supports the notion......I'll take the "now" horse everything over the superstar who tossed a "what in the H happened to him" in their last

8  Arrogate   worlds best horse ran an effort that wouldn't beat a good 25K claimer in his last......had a extremely off day or something amiss????.....it was his 1st ever on the Del Mar dirt....superstar has some ?'s to answer......interesting to see how it all plays out

3  Accelerate   just ran his lifetime best with the blinkers put on for the 1st time.....and he is a perfect 3 for 3 at Dmr......not out of the win picture by any means unless Arrogate makes a total rebound

7  Curlin Road

 

race 9    average clarity

10  Edwards Going Left   talk about improving with each and every start......should have won a state-bred stakes in his latest if not for one nasty trip.......three year old has an abundance of early speed but can win without the lead......Baze has options

11  Big League   doubt this three year old is capable of rating....but.....he can really fly early and that is what I think Desormeaux will do so as to clear all or most but the turn from his outside post.....nice history at Dmr (3 1 20)

8  Americanize   four year old did have a wide trip in his latest but still regressed some in his latest.....but he might have needed the start off of the 4 month layoff and if he did he should be a major player here 2nd out since switching barns to

3  Street Vision

 

race 10    below average clarity

2  Madam Dancealot   impressive 21 to 1 win to upset in a Grade 2 1st ever on the Dmr turf in her latest.....after breaking slowly she did nothing but run.......likely will need a clean trip to win today but has a good post for Theriot to get that accomplished

5  Con Te Partiro   another coming off of an upset win (20 to 1).......she beat 23 foes at Ascot convincingly in a straight turf mile.....and a Wesley Ward invader won yesterday's turf Stakes race despite a bad trip.....seems very dangerous in she handles the two turns better than she did last Fall at SA

11  Pacific Wind   lifetime best and a fit here was the only time she raced as far as today's 9F......and today we get a better turf rider.....such a deal

12  Beau Recall

Long-shot consideration:   8  Kathy's Song    getting good fast and appears to like the Dmr turf and/or her new trainer Richard Baltas....and look who is up.....Mr. Gary Stevens

 

race 11    average clarity

1  Meet and Greet  SCRATCHED OUT prolonged series of works and some of them are quite impressive for a filly state-bred 1st time starter.......and she sure is bred to have some early speed .......and with the weight break Roman might really fly with a good start out of the metal monster

3  Hope She Will   two lifetime starts aren't anything to write home about but since her latest on 24 June she is working as if Headley has tweaked something for the better....... as her a.m. work is vastly improved

8  Laynee   on the right end of the learning curve and retains Bejarano who is riding awfully good right now.......Mathias has struggled some at the meeting but might snatch his 2nd win here

4  Jabber Now

6  Powder

2  Hailey Rachele

Posted on August 19, 2017 at 10:56 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Del Mar for Friday 18 August 2017

Seems like a decent card today handicapping wise and so does Del Mar's big Saturday - Pacific Classic Saturday!

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

5  Mr. Opportunist   best at 6F (4 2 1 1) and coming off a race that would win today's affair......and I doubt he regresses any as he has worked 5 times since his 9 July 108:3 2nd at Lrc

1  Iron Rob   nice win at Dmr 4 weeks ago and his trainer shows confidence in his four-year old as he steps him up a claiming notch......and the trainer is stout at getting back to back wins out a claiming horse

3  Blue Anchor   might not be the best of claims by Diodoro and company.....but...... it is interesting that they don't drop this follow following a bad race .......and that they entice Prat to ride.......rebound?.....we shall see

4  Karma King

 

race 2    average clarity

6  My Friend Tony   like his effort run at Sac and his trainer won his only start at Del Mar and with today's rider up.......back in relatively short rest and with a solid 4F work at GG since.....all systems go

3  Gosofar   1st at Del Mar but racing turf to dirt which is usually a good thing and just popped one strong drill on the Dmr surface.....and Stevens stays put......consistent sort might break his maiden finally in his 8th lifetime start

9  Vegas Vic   both lifetime races fit but I am a touch concerned that he will be caught wide on the turn......if he isn't he is likely rated too low

2  Thank My Buddy

 

race 3    average clarity

4  An Unusual Group   wanted to race for 32K but was an AE scratch on 26 July.......so the connections are willing to risk him now for 25K......a solid 6 for 14 at the distance on the sod.....and almost all of his lifetime races fit here.....and Bejarano stays put....hard not to like

10  Liar's Smoke   seemingly owns enough early speed in this spot to clear enough of the ladies to get on over to the 2 path or better by turn one and sit a couple of lengths off of the lead......her chances sure are enhanced if that predication comes to fruition

2  Kennedie Sky   Miller has cooled of (finally) but he likes to win races and is hardly ever afraid to lose a given horse......drop should help make this closing mare to be a significant factor in the late stages of this race

9  Del Mar Ann

Long-shot consideration:  11  Ryder's Starlight   consistent sort showed life in her latest and now drops a notch....believe this is basically where she was always point to as she does best off of short rest.....23 days since her last qualifies for that

 

race 4    average clarity

1  Katzumoto   trainer does well overall but has plenty to prove with 1st time starters.....but....... this colt went for $100K at sale and sure is working well.....and his a.m. work hints he has early speed

3  Raven Creek   decent debut but number wise he likely needs more this afternoon.....but he finished well hinting he felt good at the wire.....likely benefited from the race and moves forward today

7  Campaigner   hard to tell when Miyadi 1st time starters are ready as he doesn't drill his stock very hard but I sure like that this 1st timer worked out of the gate 4 of his last 5 works....that is the hint that he is "meant and ready"

8  Fast as Cass

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Dr. Troutman   toss last as he dislikes the dirt.....race two back he had a bad trip and he did well to only get beat 6L....but what we want and likely need is his effort 3 back.....his only race on the Dmr turf was run at two and it was a solid 2nd just missing the win money

2  Popular Kid   likely needs more than his latest but Keith Desormeaux is decent 2nd out after layoffs and his brother should give him a nice trip starting from the 2 post and with tactical speed to work with

9  Kings River King   on the right end of the learning curve and has worked decently twicw on the grass since his last which was his MSW breaking win......Baze worked out a decent trip from post 7 in his last.......can he do it again from the 9 post

3  Accountability

Long-shot consideration:   4  Packin Heat   seems best at 8F on the grass.......rider upgrade.....and recent a.m. work that suggests he is moving forward today......that and I believe his ML is way to low at 12 to 1

 

race 6    above average clarity

3  Nagys Piggy Bank   Midwest invader follows a pattern for Hess with this shipper going for the 1st in and win money in that they all drop.......and this fellow appears as formidable as any of them as he is (6 4 1 1) at the distance on conventional dirt running many times that jump off the page here

10  Fight Thru   as I stated earlier in this publication Miller likes to win races and is hardly ever afraid to lose a given horse....but this drop alarms me as his last two races are very strong and fit a ton here.......but if he is still doing OK - lookout

1  He'saruler   two Illinois-breds in one California race.....quite strange......and ironically he even faced our top choice at Haw in November losing to him.......seemed to like his 1st ever on the Dmr dirt.......but still will need to build off of the effort .....but ......might as Stevens sticks with him to race in an 8K claiming race once again

8  Hawks Eyes

 

race 7    average clarity

4  Richard's Boy   ever so consistent and tough in 5F turf races when the grass is rated firm........and it is more likely for the ground to shake at Del Mar than it is to rain in mid August

5  Jimmy Bouncer   sharp works since the Pender claim.....lookout if he has the trump card for this gelding as he owns some back numbers that fit just fine at today's level of racing and they were run at 5F on the Dmr turf

1  Gutsy Ruler   seemingly very sharp right now and Gonzo sure has ridden this fellow well time after time.....still he will need his "A+ game" if our top choice runs like he normally does

11  Guns Loaded

 

race 8    average clarity

6  Make It a Triple   lead type only has a decent shot at getting what he likely needs racing at the lowest level of his life.........and with Bejarano up to hold him together

3  Zap Again   very suspicious drop.....but if he has a race left in him as some of these Baffert giveaways do......lookout

5  Big Hearted   working like he is a "ringer" which of course he isn't for Daniel Dunham and company.......or is he .....LOL ......if it shapes up that our top two choices go head to head this gelding might be sitting in the drivers seat sitting mid pack saving ground

1  Shadow Op

8  Moon Zapper

10  Buckner

 

 

 

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Del Mar for Wednesday 16 August 2017

Not the easiest of cards to break down as you can tell by the "clarity ratings".

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

4  Little Bit Lovely   goofy race in last as this speedy mare sat off of one slow set of fractions for a 5F grass race.......so.......I sure like that Stevens sticks around who I doubt will let that happen again

7  Wedding Blush   back to Baze who got the most out of this five-year old mare two races back....and back in short rest which she hasn't been able to do in quite some time but she responds to it positively when she does get the opportunity

1  Not Too Shiny   7-year-old mare making only her 24th start owns a good history in abbreviated turf sprints including at Del Mar......she should be a factor late if she gets adequate pace up front

3  Song of Ekati

 

race 2    average clarity

2  Candyman Garret    our top choice in his MC debut did nothing wrong as he caught a monster in his debut and did well to run 2nd beaten by 6L....here is our comment prior to her debut, " works sure appear rather strong at Rui & Sun for this Henry Dominquez 1st time starter who is realistically placed......new sire is off to a good start and mom has tossed 4 winners from 5 starters including a Stakes winner"......like the step up in MC as it hints he exited his debut in good shape

1  Wild Verse   takes that ever magical drop from MSW racing the maiden claiming.....and gets one significant rider upgrade.....and he just worked the best drill of his young life and did so only 5 days ago

3  Charming Gent   works over at Slr sure suggest this Baltas 1st time starter is ready to roll as the drills are numerous and with few nice looking 5F gate works to finish off his a.m. preparation

6  Dramatic Ride

 

race 3    average clarity

1  Indriya   trainer is doing decently with limited starters at the Dmr meeting so far and might add to his ( 5 1 1 0) record here.......five year old mare is training very stoutly and she has a couple of solid back numbers at 5F on the turf at Dmr which are better than her last which was run 4 weeks ago.....and we get a positive rider switch

7  Sturdy One   very consistent racing in abbreviated turf sprints and seems more than deserving of today's step up of one allowance level......sits on the toughest post in the race but Arroyo has options as this mare can race from off the pace or on the lead with success

3  Easy Grader   rather dull race in her last which was also at 5F on the Dmr turf......but her recent 4F work hints at a rebound as does the fact that Bejarano stays put for Eddie Truman who almost always gives Raffy live runners

4  Cuyathy

 

race 4    average clarity

4  Trickonimics  three-year old has shown the best early speed in the field and now adds blinkers.......rider upgrade.....drops into maiden claiming for the 1st time......Bonde is looking for only his 2nd win at the meeting and might get it here

6  Sunday Nap   trainer Dean Peterson's limited stock has been running way better than they looked to me on paper so I better get on the band wagon........cut back in distance should be a plus for this gelding.....sharp recent work......dangerous

8  Decarchy Dawn   seems like the best of the off pace runners.....so if the 4, 5 and 6 all go after the lead this colt will have a decent shot at putting on the cap and gown this afternoon

2  Lucky With You

 

race 5   below average clarity

1  Terrys Tom Cat   all 3 lifetime turf races fit well here and his latest run 24 days ago is disguised by a slightly tardy start and running somewhat wide.....2 very nice drills since and a much better post for Gutierrez to work with......should go off a handsome price

6  Sky Preacher   sat way too far back in his latest with a rider who does little racing on the turf......jock upgrade today especially for a turf race........Baze seems likely to have the "Preacher" closer to the front this afternoon.......good history running off of short rest like today

4  To the Bar   should get a nice trip sitting 1st or 2nd with the light weight bug boy and leading rider up.......Ellis is dangerous with two pertinent trainer categories in this spot........1st time in claiming and 3rd out following a long layoff

9  Abbey Vale

 

race 6    below average clarity

4  Jill Madden   sure hope it is Bonde/Bejarano day......how did they do in race 4?.......like the turf to dirt scenario for this filly who has done little wrong in two lifetime route dirt races .......she should be in the hunt from the opening bell

2  Coronado Cool   seems best on conventional dirt (5 0 2 3).....(9 1 1 0) other surfaces.....another who is running turf to dirt.......two turns is a question mark but the meets leading rider is up and with his 5 lbs off to help this girl get the one mile distance

10  Anita G.   two reassuring works since her last which is by far her best to date and better than par.......should have rated higher if she wasn't stuck starting from the far outside.....apprentice rider Laura Werner sure has done well in routes and actually owns a higher win % or in than money % in dirt routes than Roman....albeit with a smaller sampling

7  Honor Maker

 

race 7    below average clarity

6  Decked Out  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  tune-up for bigger and better things down the road for this laid up Grade 1 winner?.....maybe to some degree but the work regiment also hints she is fit enough to possibly take down this cheap Stakes race

3  Responsibleforlove    should own the front end here and if she is allowed to slow things down too much she lucky will not be caught....retains Talamo who is riding well......and she has gotten to work 4 straight times on the Del Mar grass....such a deal

8  Goldy Espony   nice east coast marathon runner winds up in the Baffert barn.....believe Mike Smith will stalk our 2nd pick thus enhancing his chances and that of our 2nd pick....if he doesn't he likely will do them both in and help out our top and 4th choices

2  Dreamarcher

 

race 8    below average clarity

6  Quiet No More   strong 2nd turn move in latest and just what you want to see since....as in a vastly improved preparatory work ......and Bejarano sticks around for a 5th straight time

3  Of Note    was away 7 1/2 weeks but in the meantime Matt Chew has put a strong series of endurance building works into his filly who attempted a route for the 1st time in her latest but also with the blinkers off for the first....tossed a clunker......puts blinkers back on and drops again back in 7 days......only cost 20K at sale....in for 20K......hmmm

1  Hotsy Dotsy   showed the best dirt speed of her career the only time she raced with blinkers on which was run 5 races back....back on today.....looking for Baze to go after the front......and she has shown good endurance albeit in turf routes .....very dangerous

2  Oh Scotty

4  Chileanna

5  Amaranta

 

 

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Del Mar for Sunday 13 August 2017

Seems like a decent race card. Let's call it a 6.5 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

4  Hard Arch   consistent in route dirt races.....latest run is disguised by 7.5L of trip trouble......drops one MC level......better post than his latest......back to Gonzo who has handled this colt well

6  Topgallant   exits the same race as our top choice and earned a similar adjusted for trouble Santucci fig.......three yer old might have more endurance today with his 1st route race under his belt

3  Watered Down   seems like a decent spot for a sprinter to attempt his 1st route as their isn't much speed in here and he might be able to snatch the lead......his pedigree is fine to get a mile.....rider is cold looking for his 1st win at the meeting....not impossible to get it here

2  Trustworthy

 

race 2    average clarity

2  My Golden One   1st time racing with Freeman doing the training and I like the rider change he makes.....last two races sure fit fine here......so......if his new trainer gets the same out of him expect more from this four-year old with the rider upgrade

7  Papa Royale   bad race in latest his 1st on the Dmr dirt....but O'Neill shakes things up taking the blinkers off.......and the race 2 back with the blinkers put on led to a 7L win......like that Baze stays put hinting his last is not a true indication of what he's got......rebound city might be (and needs to be) in the cards

5  Hero Ten All   needs to wake-up in a big way....started his career with two good races hinting he was going to a nice horse.....didn't work out that way.......significant drop seems overdue but it has finally arrived

3  Mostly Cloudy

 

race 3    average clarity

8  Eric the Trojan   5 furlongs of turf when Prat has been up has led to record of (3 1 1 1) and all three races appeared tougher than this race and were run at Del Mar.....away since the 10th of June but appears ready to roll for Carava and company

4  Bottle Rocket   another when he is "right" who appreciates the Dmr 5F turf races and it showed in his latest which run one week ago.......and today we get a rider upgrade.....such a deal

1  Secreto Primero   laid up since New Years Day but the last time he competed "fresh" he won a turf sprint down the SA hill......and like our top two selections he usually handles the 5F of sod at Del Mar quite well

5  County Lineman

 

race 4    average clarity

10  Soul Straight   Indiana bred 1st timer shows up in the Baffert barn and draws Mike Smith......that alone sets off an alarm bell.....as does the fact that when he starting training at Dmr his works sure improved,,,,and he has worked 4 times on the Dmr dirt......sure appears ready......does need to cope with a bad post

7  Eskimo Roses   Mick Ruiz is 3 for his last 9 with MSW 1st timers and the works hint he has this one primed and ready to roll as well......speed and endurance has been put into this two-year old gelding

6  Frenchmen Street   another two-year old gelding first time starter working like he is meant and ready for his MSW debut......and it is like old times with the more than capable Proctor and Stevens at the controls

1  Treasure Hunter

 

race 5    average clarity

7  Red Lightning   last with the switch to today's rider Kent Desormeaux is very strong and is likely to take down this race if he can repeat the effort.....but.....I am a touch leery about his chances of getting another 1/2 furlong without flattens some......or......I would have rated this race "above average clarity"

5  Cats Blame   smartly placed back in a MSW race following his best ever which was run in  Mdn75K claiming race......that race fits well here......trainer has been cold for a very long period but sure seems due to bust out of a prolonged slump

1  Psychedelicat   Hollendorfer has won 5 of his last 15  going from maiden claiming to MSW......that and the recent a.m. work for this colt is vastly improved.....not out of the win picture by any means

4  Little Juanito

 

race 6    above average clarity

4  Constellation   nicely improved since Hollendorfer took over the training duties 5 races back......and back to Prat (2 1 1 0 both Graded races)  making for one significant rider upgrade........she should be tough from the opening bell

3  Skye Diamonds   beat our top selection in latest and might again as she is 4 for 5 "at the distance" and all 4 of those wins were with today's rider Tiago Pereira up

2  Bendable   filly has done little wrong in 6 lifetime starts and she is training "lights out".......Smith/Mandella have won  3 of their last 5 as a team......filly faces the toughest test of her career but seems extremely well prepared for it

 

race 7    average clarity

6  Tooreen Dancer   nasty trip in her U S of A debut where she earned an adjusted for trouble Santucci fig that is quite a bit better than par for today's level....that and in her only other start she beat 13 foes in Ireland at 16 to 1....and 2nd in that race came back to win........and today we get a rider upgrade to boot

8  Spooky Woods   blinkers on in her latest really improved her as she almost won a Grade 2 dirt race at 17 to 1.....can she run as well 1st on the turf is the ? mark.....if she can she should have been top pick-a-rue

3  Saburai   seems best in turf routes and her latest endeavor kind of hides that as she lost about 8 or 9 lengths with a very wide trip which was caused by another runner

7  Cynthiana

Long-shot consideration:   5  November Tale   last was a spin around the Dmr turf course.....to tighten up..... and be ready for her 2nd start in the USA.....the fact that Van Dyke stays up supports the notion

 

race 8    below average clarity

6  General Kitten   nice awakening 1st time racing on dirt to graduate in his latest......that race fits well here if he receives a better trip as does the pace scenario that appears to favor his late running style .....1st at Dmr is a ? mark

11  Irish Freedom   1 for 1 at Del Mar.....brutal trips in last two races including the SA Derby where he did awfully well to only be 6 3/4L behind the winner at the wire.......works put in by Baffert hint he is wound up like a top......tightly spaced and numerous

1  Tribal Jewel   extremely consistent dirt route runner and he has won his last 3 Dmr dirt races......he should be in good position on or near the front saving ground with a good speed rider up

4  Milton Freewater

Long-shot consideration:   3  Beantown Boys   fired his lifetime best when last seen on 1 Dec. in a route at Dmr.........returns with the best work regiment for a laid up Hess runner in many a moon.......red hot rider/trainer combo in Desormeaux/Hess....owns tactical speed and a good post.....,seems very likely to get a nice trip

 

race 9    average clarity

2  Gia Lula   sprint-sprint-route scenario for 3rd lifetime start and 1st on the grass which she owns a good pedigree for......retains Stevens who is on fire on the lawn and teaming up with Glatt (also hot) with good success....as in 3 for last 11

10  Dawn Traveller   beat 11 horses in her lone start which was at 6F on the turf in May in Ireland......Callaghan who is having a very nice year gets Prat to ride........ and when he puts up a top rider on his overseas invaders they are usually very "live"

4  Polished   two-year old 1st time starter is bred inside out for the turf......and when Hollendorfer legs up Smith it is usually for a youngster with potential which this filly has if she lives up to her turf breeding

8  Misty Slew   

5  Ladybug

1  Multiplayer

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Del Mar for Saturday 12 August 2017

Not the easiest of race cards to decipher. Be back with you on Sunday.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

2  Spinyatta   all three lifetime dirt races look awfully good here......seemingly just needs to hold form and handle her 1st on the Del Mar surface.....good rider/trainer combo in Talamo/D'Amato

4  Silken Road   broke poorly - veered - climbing (many lengths) in her debut......switches apprentice riders from one who has been out of control too many times to Laura Werner who is doing OK but being overshadowed by Roman......believe this filly can run some if she grabs hold of the track better

1  Pretty Expensive   exits a slow heat of MC20K's at Lrc but she did nearly win with only a so so trip......will likely need a decent forward move to win today if our top choice holds her form

6  Wicked Old Fashion

 

race 2    below average clarity

4  Frac Candy   might be a very good claim by Treece and friends of a four-year old gelding who does well in fast track sprints and who has done little wrong at Dmr ( 3 2 1 0).....and it is a good sign that Talamo rides thru the claim

2  Casuality   3 wins and 2 2nd's in last 5 racing endeavors.....and two for two running off of 5 weeks or less rest.....4 weeks since his last.........bug boy Solis needs a win as his business continues to shrink with apprentice riders Roman and Werner leading the way

7  G. A. Betting   one for one at Del Mar and the effort last summer run off of 48 days rest was one solid number........voided claim and a dull run in his last....but plenty of time off (68 days) to recover and drops.....and the meets leading rider sticks with this fellow

5  Airfoil

 

race 3    below average clarity

4  Girl Downstairs   toss out her winning dull time/fig in her last as you can't run a decent final time with a ridiculously slow set of splits.......broke the 134 flat barrier two back.....seems best on the sod at today's one mile distance......solid turf jock Nakatani stays up

1  Nodiac   D'Amato four-year-old-filly seems best at Dmr and with Prat on her back.....comes from far back in races at one mile but the small field should keep traffic to a minimum around turn 2 and the stretch

5  Sweet Dragon Fly   sprint tune-up in latest and it appears to have muscled up this filly as her a.m. work since seems vastly improved......Pedroza can get a nice stalk position behind the 2 horse who I obviously believe is vulnerable on the front end having not selected her fanny

 

race 4    average clarity

3  Rizzi's Honors   lone lifetime win was the only time the connections were willing to risk this filly for a tag.......and it was on a drop in class......up for a tag today.....and you guessed it.....drops in class.....and back to Baze who knows her well

6  La Galy   3 of her last 4 racing efforts are better than par for today's level and one of them (29 July 16) was run at Dmr.....and the last time today's rider Vinnie Bednar got the call she won by 9L over at SA

1  Sweetwater Gal   has some obvious physical problems but might be doing OK for Roman to land here....not out of this by any means if she is

7  Quality Kay

 

race 5    average clarity

4  Forest Blue   very consistent sort on the dirt ( 15 5 5 4) and it gets even better when racing at today's distance (6 4 1 1)......drop back to 25K makes sense as that is when Mullins claimed him for....buddy Baze gets the call and he knows him inside and out

3  Best Two Minutes   claimed in his last and since then has hit the track 4 times in preparation for today's race.....last is OK....what we want is his effort two back......nice 4 work series hints we might get it

1  Logan's Moon   consistent late running seven year old sprinter gets a solid rider change to Bejarano who can get the most out of a late running claimer

8  Alley Boss

 

race 6    average clarity

1  Chief Hosa   exceptionally quick out of the gate and the only sprint turf race where he exited from the one hole he won for fun to break his MSW at GG.....likely leader will need to be caught at a distance made to order for him

2  Tomasino   trainer is ice-cold be he got this gelding to run a solid race in the July 21st version of this race.....and it sure seems like a very positive sign that Prat sees fit to stick around for a trainer who has yet to find the Dmr winners circle this summer

3  Salient   tough post predictably led to a wide trip in his latest.......did fairly well to only be 4L behind the winner at the wire........new rider and a better post this afternoon.......should be a player if he holds form

4  Jet Set Man

 

race 7    below average clarity

8  Fantastic Girl   MSW debut runner went for some major coin in March so Sadler and friend got a good lookski at what they were getting....and Sadler is awfully good with young fillies

7  Piedi Bianchi   decent MSW debut at Lrc and might not have been all that cranked up as she went off at 7 to 1 in only a 6 horse field at Lrc for O'Neill and company......if she wasn't lookout today

9  Ms Bad Behavior   good new sire and Baltas is able to get Bejarano to ride.....works hint she is ready to roll......does have to deal with a difficult post at 5F

2  Steph Being Steph    tie for 4th selection

5  She's Funny   tie for 4th selection   

 

race 8    average clarity

3  Caribou Club   bad post led to a wide trip or could have won a Stakes race in his latest......scratched out of a Stakes race last weekend to go in today's softer soft......good post and a not much speed in here .......and he has some.....trainer is 5 for 10 at the meet.....hard not to like

2  Comma Star   cut back in distance and a having a touch of a little early speed should put this colt in the hunt for the winners circle as one of the most likely contenders to receive a good trip

1  Kencumin   GB invader has been off since 10 Feb but sure appears ready for Eurton and company off of some good a.m. work......especially important is his strong bullet work on the grass with the dogs up.......good post - good jock - bred to love the sod

10  Master Merion

 

race 9    average clarity

5  Serengeti   won by 11L to graduate and did awfully easily as Smith wisely left something in the tank for bigger and better things down the road like today's Grade 2

1  Run Away   nice forward move in his 2nd lifetime start......not out of this by any means if he progresses again today........Simon Callaghan has been impressive the last couple of years with his young horses

6  Fleetwood   nice MSW debut and trainer Keith Desormeaux is much more dangerous with 2nd time starters.....still a maiden but not impossible to upset

7  Arawak

 

race 10    way below average clarity   

This is one difficult race to say the least. Little separate my selections and I could only find two toss outs in the race in the 6 and the 10. 

2  Data Central

7  Arch Anthem

4  Pubilius Syrus

5  Kazan

8  Big Buzz

3  Landonese

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