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The Racing Digest selections are up for Sunday at Del Mar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Del Mar for Sunday 20 July 2014

Another average card again at Del Mar handicapping wise.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  When I’m Calling   GG shipper drops and gets the sought after Van Dyke to ride……..and considering how consistent she is that makes this Steve Sherman invader dangerous this afternoon

1  L T Reckless   speed of the speed here but has won stalking so that is a plus…..obviously a suspicious drop off a big win but Diodoro has won his last 7 of 16 dropping following a win

3  Among The Stars   another suspicious drop but the purse is inviting and the owner has a boat load of thoroughbreds…….so……why not drop and win when the purse money is significantly better here at Del Mar

4  Golden Celestial


race 2    slightly below average clarity

5  Tigah   good work regiment in preparation for today’s layoff run and drop……good post and good grass rider…… be ready as this fellow might be claimed today

1  Zimmer   usually like the sprint – sprint – route scenario with top barns and Tom Proctor sure qualifies for that especially with grass runners

2  Tones   very consistent when entered in one mile grass races… recent work……as usual he should be part of the mix from the get go

9  Proud Boss


race 3    slightly below average clarity

2  Silk In Silver   lifetime best and it is hidden by a bad trip was her debut which was her only race ever on a synthetic surface…….a ton here if she appreciates the Dmr AW as much as the Bhp AW……likely will sit 1st or 2nd down the backside

9  Itz A Saint   very consistent and drops one level for a good 1st out after the claim trainer from N Cal in Mathis…..would have been top pick if she had drawn a better post

7  Ghost N Your Heart   both lifetime races at Dmr fit well here……..claimed by Stute just 8 days ago and the trainer has a good history bringing a horse back in very short rest

4  Thermal Nermal


race 4    average clarity

8  Diva Express   very solid drills at CD…..and I love the fact she was able to pop a bullet 4F drill at Dmr just 6 days after she worked at CD……feeling great despite the rigors of traveling at the age of two

9  Windy Forecast   just bought at sale in April so the barn pretty much knew what they getting…….and the way in which this 1ster is working suggests the assessment of her was correct

1  Maybellene   Baffert with the same old story…….a good story……a baby working as if she is meant and ready for her MSW debut

4  Tara’s Tango


race 5    average clarity

6  Tom’s Tribute   all 4 lifetime wins are with today’s jock Mike Smith……seems to be getting better with (almost) each and every race….never better in his latest……the question seems to be the distance as most of his races have been at 1 mile…..but…. his 1 1 /16th grass race is good

2  Summer Front   five year old has a good history shipping and running well……..and that includes x-county…….Joe Bravo also ships in and the jock has an excellent history with this fellow

4  Horizontalyspeakin   seems loose in this spot and that is a dangerous thing when Talamo is the jock especially the last couple of months


race 6    average clarity

5  Shysheisnot   last ought to serve well as a turf muscle her up layoff run……..debut 3 back was stellar on the AW at Bhp…….seems very ready to flash her best and her best is quite good

1  Stylistic   very impressive work regiment for this Warren four year old 1st timer…..tightly spaced with multiple works of merit

7  Steel Lady   another working as if she is meant and ready…..and draws the sought after talent of (it’s great that he is back) Rafael Bejarano

8  Fast Magoo


race 7    slightly above average clarity

4  Snaps   awesome spot for a turf speed horse that Snaps happen to be……..good rider……good trainer…….that’ll do

7  Poshsky   all three races since Miller took over fit fine here……..likely will try to get a nice stalk position in an affair lacking speed….chances sure enhance if the jock does get that position

9  Valley Cat   on the improve since Hollendorfer claimed in April….and it is a good sign that he takes the seven year old out of the claiming ranks and into an alw race

6  Press Baron


race 8    average clarity

8  Luminance   Baffert two year old 1st timer is working super even by his lofty standards……rather sure this is a good filly

4  Partyin   Bonde draws Bejarano to ride his 1st timer who is working up to snuff and training as if she has some early gas as so many of his top horses have

1  Backstreet Lisa   another 1st timer that I believe is ready to roll after assessing her work regiment……..Peter Miller is quite dangerous with 2 year old 1sters and often gets a price

3  Majestic Presence


race 9    slightly below average clarity

11  Sweet Profit   won for fun in MSW debut back in Feb……off since but working as if ready and she is obviously proven as a “fresh” runner

12  D’ya Knowwhatimean  nice history in sprints on the main track (7 2 4 1)…..and her lifetime best was the only time today’s jock Joe Talamo rode her

5  Satirical   tossed a clunker in her last her 3rd lifetime start……..gets time off to get it together…….1st on the AW but her pedigree for is good

10  Senza Fina

Long-shot consideration:   8  Mum’s Truckee   we are off to a good start at the Dmr meeting with our suggested long-shots and can keep the ball rolling here with this O’Neill runner who is way better than appears on paper having multiple bad trips……..and………she handles the Dmr AW…….like that the trainer has put a good gate jock up because she has been breaking badly of late


race 10    average clarity

3  Noise Of The Crowd   Spawr sure improved this mare winning 1st out following the claim and winning in solid time….seems like a better sprinter but 1 mile is within her reach especially if she can run as strongly as her last

9  Redreethebalance   fits well at the $40K level but well need a clever ride from an outside post at 1 mile on the turf…..jock is capable of giving it

1  Elegant   consistent sort will likely need a little more this afternoon jumping up 2 levels…….but……….she gets a good post…….and………as so many do she can improve 1st out following the claim by a capable barn

10  Plaza De Indias


race 11    average clarity

5  Mahalo Arturo   soft works and no support at the windows in MSW debut last Fall…..likely a gimme……laid up since but working as if O’Neill has him ready to roll at 1st asking and versus much easier

9  Play Maker   four year old gelding has not been very lucky as this fellow has had to cope with bad trips and/or very fast for the given level times…….all his sprints are par or better like efforts when you adjust for trouble

4  Juliet’s Tizzy  big race 3 back……so so in last two……..most recent drill worked last Sunday is improved and hints at a rebound of sorts

7  Lucky Jack

3  Secret Command

1  Burning




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Del Mar for Saturday 19 July 2014

Average card today at Del Mar. Be back with you Sunday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Kantune   nice drills in Kentucky and his lone drill locally is a bullet gate work at Del Mar…..Mark Casse trainee seems ready to roll in MSW debut

3  Lord Nelson   solid work regiment for Baffert 1st timer with multiple drills at today’s 5F distance or further……likely ready and has plenty of foundation put in to finish well

7  Calculator   Miller 1ster hasn’t missed a beat in the a.m. since mid May hitting the track at Slr every 7 days or so……..Miller is tough with two year old 1st timers and likely has this newbie ready at first asking

2  Iron Fist


race 2    average clarity

4  Two Step Flor   big race turf to AW at AP……..turf to AW (the same AW surface) today……..running for the ship and win bonus…..good trainer/rider team

7  Frisco Fog   seems best on the synthetic and made a rebound of sorts on the conventional dirt in latest at Otp…..solid reassuring work at GG since……believe will appreciate getting back on the AW in a big way today

6  Adellusion   excellent history on the Polytrack at Kee and AP (5 1 4 0)……..same surface at Dmr……..well placed to win and why not considering the ship and win bonus being put up by Del Mar

3  Whodoo Pirate


race 3    average clarity

3  Toowindytohaulrox   1st route grass race was his last and it was fairly decent…..but more importantly the blinkers come off for today and the recent drills hint the equipment change is a good move……combine that with 2nd out after a layoff and we have a horse seemingly ready for his best

9  Yard Line   very strong route dirt figs so much so that if this fellow can produce similar on the sod he will be very tough in this spot…..and his pedigree is above average when it comes to  turf potential

2  Sawyer’s Hill   caught in a duel in a Stakes affair in last…..might be better served by taking back and having a target to run at……or……. if the pace is slow early he can go to the front…..jock has options…..always a plus

8  Dynamic Decision

Long-shot consideration:   1  Garen   only grass race is much better than appears in print as he had a very wide trip…….and he seems better with the blinkers on….back on today and the recent drills hint at an improved rebounding horse


race 4     slightly below average clarity

2  Maverick’s Gun   last 4 races fit well here and his latest is hidden by a bad trip…… drills since……O.Neill runners have come out firing to start the Dmr meeting

5  Aspirational   invading laid up runner is running for added ship and win money and his races in New Mexico fit fine and his drills for his new trainer Peter Miller suggest he is fully fit and ready to roll

10  Redistribute    liked the synthetic in N Cal and this Kruljac four year old gelding should be nicely legged up coming off of multiple turf efforts

4  U S Citizen


race 5   average clarity

9  Bollywood   expensive purchase is working as if yet another Bob Baffert baby is ready to roll at 1st asking…… the two consecutive bullet gate drills

6  Remo    O’Neill 1st time starter was just bought in April so the crafty trainer and his connections pretty much knew what they were getting……showing hints of early speed in his work tab

7  Scorpious   Cassidy isn’t much with 1st time starters but this colt draws Smith and is training too well to be ignored

5  Bold Bid


race 6    average clarity

6  Moone’s My Name   very good history in the USA running on the grass when not in a Graded race (3 2 1 0)…….not a Graded race here……bad trip in last hides a very solid effort

5  Beatrice   laid up Euro invader fits the race condition well……draws Bejarano……….and she is training as if she is fit and ready to roll fresh

1  Premier Steps   par like efforts for today’s level in last two races….draws a good post…….I usually toss out bug boys in Stakes races without their weight break but not with Van Dyke who is showing that he is something very special

2  Yahilwa


race 7    average clarity

2  Power Crazed   Baffert first timer is working well enough to be ready at 1st asking as 75% of his 1st timers seem to be…..believe the Baff man might have pointed this fellow for Del Mar all along as his pedigree to handle the Poly is decent

7  Turnover   yet another from the Bob Baffert barn working as if day one of his racing life might be a winner

9  Southern Freedom   Hollendorfer and company colt did little wrong in 3 races at Dmr last summer and his best might have been his MSW debut…..that bodes well for the three year old to be ready fresh off of the bench this afternoon

5  Gold Chaser


race 8    slightly below average clarity

3  Guns Loaded   likes the Dmr AW…..very solid race the last time he got to run on it’s synthetic surface

5  Holy Lute   2 for 2 at Del Mar…….0 for 6 everywhere else…….hellooooooo Del Mar

2  Caminetto   Baffert runner has been absent since Oct of 2012 but he is 3 for 3 at today’s distance and training well enough to be ready fresh

1  Giant Ego


race 9    average clarity

4  Diversy Harbor   best post today in 5 lifetime route grass races and considering with how well this filly has done with tougher posts she seems to be the one to overcome here

8  Istanford   2 for 2 at one mile on the sod…..beat the boys in a race 2 back in a Grade 3 at Arlington Park……fits very well if she has arrived out West fit

1  Tiz the Key    cut back in distance seems like a plus…….and draws an excellent post at the one mile turf distance at Dmr… be in the hunt from the get go

12  My Conquestadory 

Long-shot consideration:   2  Tepin   good 1st ever on the grass in last at CD and the effort is somewhat hidden…….very sharp couple of drills sine….ships in seemingly ultra sharp…….good post 


race 10    average clarity

6  Accelerant   seems very hidden……..strong forward move in last and disguised by a very wide trip…….handles the Dmr AW…….2 for 3 at the distance…..plenty to like so top pick-a-roooo

3  Dress Code   claim back by Diodoro who has had a great 2014……..eight year old gelding still is very competitive………good spot here as he should be in the hunt from the get go

7  Harlan’s Vitesse   invader is up for the additional purse money and sure seems well placed to win and wisely so with the extra 33% return if he wins

9  Mind The Master


race 11    average clarity  (Note:  #14 has a shot if gets in)

5  Garnisheed Wagers   not much in last but MSW debut at GG was decent and I doubt she was all the cranked up for her debut……love the 2 recent drills…..good post……believe she fires her best ever today

9  Sweet As A Rose   2 of her 3 mile turf efforts are solid here including her last…….would have been top pick is she didn’t have to cope with a tough post

3  Burning Arch   sat too far back of lackluster paces in her last 2 and only 2 grass races…..she can finish fast provided she finally gets a a realistic pace to deal with

10  Bijoux

12  Star Act

11  Art Of War


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Los Alamitos for Sunday 13 July 2014

Nice closing card at the new meeting. Del Mar is next and it doesn’t get any better than Del Mar. We will be ready.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Nikki Allyn   bit wide and bumped in the stretch and still managed to graduate by 3 1/4 lengths…..well spotted to win right back in a level (16K nw2) made to order for maiden 20K grads

1  Brandon’s Princess    very consistent especially considering the level of racing…….fits if nothing has changed….going for 7th competitive effort in a row

3  Skyrose   exits a slow winning race at GG but it was off of a layoff and the works at Bsr (on dirt) hint he might be better on the “real thing” and that he likely can move forward some 2nd out after the layoff


race 2    average clarity

7  Swiss Heart   solid figs at 6 furlongs or less and retains the hot bug boy in the saddle……..and……..most importantly probably has never faced an easier bunch

1  Getaway Keys   quite a bit better in 2nd lifetime start…….best early gas in the field has a shot at getting loose and going gate to wire in 3rd lifetime start

6  Jo’s Approval   works seem good enough to be ready in her maiden debut……trainer has won 2 of his last 10 with maiden claiming 1st timers

2  Afleet Echo


race 3    slightly above average clarity

1  Bad Read Sanchez   won MSW debut at 5F by double digits 3 weeks ago and since that stellar effort he worked a solid 5F drill……feeling good and well prepared to get the extra furlong

4  Story To Tell   solid efforts in both lifetime races and retains Joe Talamo for a 3rd straight time……2 recent reassuring drills…….seems likely to fire another strong effort

2  Wake Up Nick    2 wins in 2 starts but still likely needs 2 or 3 lengths of improvement to take this Stakes race……but then again he has been a “smooth” runner in both lifetime start……a major plus


race 4    average clarity

8  I’ve Had Enough   nowheresville in debut but blinkers added for today and assuming this gelding worked with them on……….lookout………as the works sure are vastly improved…..can win this if he runs to works

1  Best Ransom   good rider/trainer combo…….much better runner since the blinkers were added two races back…….seems spotted right in a maiden 20K

2  Shemp   $210K purchase didn’t pan out obviously…..but at least he made it to races (many significant purchases never do)……works seem good enough to compete for the win…….more concerned about the jock who doesn’t fair too well maidens

5  Triunfo

Long-shot consideration:   4  Juwan   improved in last and the effort was better than appears in print……back in 10 days and races with 3 lbs. less……fits fine if he moves forward…….65/35 that he does


race 5    slightly above average clarity

4  Fleet Of Gold   faces easier today then what she has been up against especially in her last……seems likely to get a nice mid pack position with Talamo up

1  Halo La   interesting claim of an improving sprinter by N Cal trainer Lage…….likely loose on the lead and that seemingly makes her dangerous in her attempt to get two turns

2  Woody’s Wharf   just graduated in her latest her 10th lifetime start…….only 2nd lifetime race on the dirt today and her only run on it was decent and disguised to some degree by a wide trip……and…….with a lessor rider than who is aboard today


race 6    average clarity

6  Lana Caprina   not much in two races last year…..but returns with a work regiment that strongly suggests this filly is returning as a vastly improved individual…….jock Arias has done very well at this short meeting with limited starters

5  Stormin Applause    Koriner 1st timer is working up to snuff to possibly be “meant and ready” in her debut into the wonderful world of thoroughbred racing

3  Covey   Ron Ellis is obviously one heck of a trainer but being ready with 1st timers is not his bag……but…..this filly is working too well to be ignored……mold might be broken here

7  Swiss Intrigue


race 7   slightly above average clarity

2  So You Say   debut is hidden some……..broke a little tardy and chased a decent pace wide on a slightly biased rail day at SA…..I love the 6F 112:4 drill since……should be in it from the get go and with that strong 6F drill put in likely to have plenty left for the stretch

6  Don’t Blame Me    strong work regiment for this Mulhall 1st timer…….trainer has a low % with MSW 1sters but the a.m. work is too strong to ignore……and……Trujillo/agent have been getting on live horses at this Lrc meeting

5  Sharla Rae   O’Neill 1st timer finished off her work regiment with 3 start gate works hinting the trainer means bizz for debut

7  Midnight Belle


race 8    slightly above average clarity

2  Heart Of Paradise  stellar MSW debut run in very fast time…..powerful drills since……gets Smith to ride…..trainer/jock teamed up for a Grade 2 win yesterday

4  Shh She’s Ours   set the nastiest of fractions for a two year old filly and still hung on the win her MSW debut……she can lead here and if Iggy can slow her down just a little………she………..might…….go……..all…….the……..way

3  La Grange   good race (at my old stomping grounds) AP but this invader will need quite a bit more and/or love the transition from the AW to the conventional dirt to compete for the top prize here


race 9    average clarity

5  Surfing Angel   solid works for the level for this 1st timer…..normally I would say go to the window but nobody trains them harder in the a.m. than Bruce Headley…….still…….this is a bottom level maiden claimer…….so have to make him top pick-a-rooo

2  Patriotic Lion   0 for 30 and counting…….but solid layoff effort in latest……nice 4F drill since…….good gate horse seems likely to be in the thick of things from the get go

9  Weekendwithbernie   1st timer seems ready off of some tightly spaced drills…..Puype is decent with maiden claiming 1sters and Talamo has been his go to guy of late…….and besides what a great name

7  Takeit Tothe Limit

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Los Alamitos for Saturday 12 July 2014

Good card this afternoon. On the 1 to 10 scale let’s call it a 8.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   slightly above average clarity

4  Secret Ovation   rested……well worked and well worked at Lrc…….2 for 4 at six furlongs……..most of career fits solidly here

5  Runaway Wildcat   1 and 4 are likely to force one another into a fast paced race……….late runner steps way up but should be motoring late if the anticipated hot pace develops


race 2    slightly above average clarity

3  Shaniel   very impressive work tab for this O’Neill 1st timer especially the last bullet gate work clocked at SA in 58:2……bullet gate work at Bsr is also impressive………rather sure ready and ready with plenty of potential

4  Next Book   consistent sort has lost by no more than a neck in 4 lifetime starts for Marty Jones …….and we get a rider upgrade for today

6  Smogcutter   didn’t fire for Baffert in 2013 in 3 lifetime races…..but…….sure is training like he can run some for his new trainer in Dan Blacker……..Trujillo is aboard and his jockey/agent seem to be getting him on live mounts at the Lrc two week meeting 


race 3    average clarity

4  Broadway Bella   drops a couple of maiden claiming notches…….route turf efforts/figs fit solidly here if this Canani filly can duplicate the efforts on the dirt at Lrc…….trains well on the dirt at SA especially considering the racing level

6  Stracciatella   handled her first ever route endeavor in her latest rather well…….might need a little more today if the 4 handles the dirt…….a.m. work hints that more might occur

1  Wine Country Wanda   hard trying sort fell off some in last……likely needs a rebound today……maybe 1st time blinkers can provide the catalyst for one


race 4    average clarity

6  Senor Rain   layoff run in last is better than appears in print……ran wide on a good rail day at SA on June 12th……….a series of 3 nice drills at Lrc since…….good history at 7F

1  Los Bambinos   toss out last as this Baltas runner isn’t much on the green carpet…….very sharp a.m. work of late… our top selection Los Bambinos appreciates the seven panels

7  Timeless Indy   very good history running in two turn conventional dirt races……a little more to prove at 7F……….but he sure is working well for Richard Baltas with the blinkers off for today

4  Dynamo Dixie


race 5    slightly above average clarity

3  Rowdy Dylan   solid MSW debut at SA 5 weeks ago…….3 very solid drills at Slr since…….believe this Miller two year old colt wasn’t all that wound up for his debut as he went off 11 to 1 in a 6 horse field…………..more sure seems likely today

1  John’s Success   1st timer is working as if he is meant and ready with a prolonged work series at Bsr……..just bought at sale by O’Neill and company so they pretty much could see what they were getting 

6  Litigation Road   exactly the same same comment as above applies to this O’Neill 1st timer with the drills being at SA

8  Spin Forty


race 6    average clarity

7  Sizzling Lassie   best early speed in this affair and retains the ever so hot Joe Talamo………good history on conventional dirt

3  Ghost N Your Heart   laid up since 20 Feb. but runs well fresh………proven with Iggy Puglisi on her back……..great spot to ready as she fits this condition claimer well………and the seven panels looks like a good fit

2  Igotnosixies   decent route grass race in latest……might appreciate the turf to dirt scenario……might come motoring late when others are tiring if the grass did muscled this mare up some

1  Metaxa


race 7    average clarity

4  Heir Kitty   Grade 1 sprint winner last winter at SA has been away since April but is training exceptionally well at Slr and draws Talamo…….seems meant and ready to roll for Peter Miller

5  Amaranth   getting better with each and every race and her latest (which was her 1st ever on conventional dirt) is quite good…….very dangerous invader from up north

1  Tres Belle   deservedly steps up fo Baffert into her 1st Graded affair following back to back solid alw. wins at CD……..nice (4 3 1 0) record on conventional dirt surfaces

7  Doinghardtimeagain


race 8    slightly above average clarity

1  Relatively Correct   1st time Jeff Mullins is often a good thing………and all 4 lifetime route races fit solidly….likely tough here

4  Doubledeesonthetee   not really a conventional dirt horse buts ships in seemingly very fit from GG…….turf runners at GG have been doing decently on the Lrc dirt

3  Jeffry’s Pride   best running “long” and finally gets to after a steady diet of sprints…….but…….likes to hang in the stretch and steps up quite a bit……highly doubt a winner

5  Bright Ocean



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Los Alamitos for Friday 11 July 2014

Difficult card today which might lead to a very significant carryover in the Pick 6 for Saturday. I like both the Saturday and Sunday cards.  Del Mar starts Thursday!

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Afternoon Sun   fits the condition extremely well……..away since Nov. but proven “fresh”……..and training as if this Glatt runner is meant and ready

3  Electrolyte   doesn’t appear to be one of Doug O’Neill’s better claims but this isn’t exactly the best of fields…….and back to a sprint – where he belongs

4  Aerial Artist   2 for 3 (and a 2nd) on conventional dirt…….2 for 17 on other surfaces……..steps up quite a bit but catches a soft field at today’s higher level

2  Rosko


race 2   slightly below average clarity

4  Just Call Me Al   Harrington runner has been training exclusively at Lrc since late winter and finally gets to race at “home”……and his recent drills hint at a horse who is peaking and peaking when if counts the most……as in right before a race

5  Valdirone   rather impressive in all 4 lifetime races on the main track……has plenty of early gas…….off since mid April but is proven “fresh” and retains Talamo for the 7th straight time

1  Bob Consultation   tossed a clunker in last…..fits fine if he manages to rebounds…….50/50 that he can make a rebound


race 3    slightly below average clarity

5  Ten In Excess   plenty to prove running on the dirt…..but……..should be very fit running off of 2 solid route races……..might be a lead type only (dislikes dirt in face?) but might have enough speed to snatch the lead in this dirt sprint spot

2  Saint Lemone   pulled up in last at GG but…..walked off………John Martin claimed and he’s as good as it gets 1st out after a claim……smart move (by my book) switching back to a sprint race…..1st on the conventional dirt but I like his pedigree for it

6  Prevaricator   fairly decent work tab for this Eric Kruljac 1st timer and she catches a so so group of competitors

7  Think Again


race 4    slightly below average clarity

1  Naomi’s Gift   ran 59:4 in 2nd lifetime start at Tup in early May…..that effort/time for a 2 year old in early May looks solid here…….so last might have been a gimme to drop and go 2nd out after the 8 week layoff

2  Freaky Floyd   Tim Yakteen 1ster has been able to hit the track once a week since early Spring and shows a few drills that make him dangerous…….trainer is a solid and dangerous 18% win (last 34) with maiden claiming 1st starters

6  G Q Grace    maiden debut 2 back fits solidly…….2nd out does not…….needs a rebound……….50/50 we get one

3  Outthink’em


race 5    slightly below average clarity

5  It’s Aine   very strong effort/fit in last run just 6 days ago…….definitely the one to overcome if this filly can repeat the effort off of such short rest

3  Missy Marini   off since April and returns with a new more accomplished trainer who might have accepted the horse under the condition that they run her where she can win……1st time blinkers and decent drills and drops in class quite a bit

8  Tricky Liz   solid 5 July 4 1/2 5L win on the old turn at Lrc and she showed plenty of early speed…….back in 6 days off of the claim…….dangerous

7  Royaly Dunn


race 6    average clarity

2  Omar Little   fairly easy paced gate to wire win in last in a race run off a 4 month layoff…….retains Talamo……..might feel awfully good coming off such a seemingly stress free run…….one concern is……..only one work showing since the 12 June race

4  Midnight Mayhem   great spot coming off a mdn20K graduation……SA  should consider a nw2 16K race as they often only offer a 12.5K nw2….it’s that or run in the tough starter alw or 25K nw2 which is usually too tough for a maiden 20K graduate…….Dmr does have a 16K nw2 in their 1st cond. book

6  Old Pueblo   toss out last as he faced open 16K runners and a good field of them…… gets 16K nw2 today and a soft group at that…..most of his career fits fine here

7  Tribal Desert


race 7    slightly above average clarity

5  Tacit Approval   two turn sprint at Bsr on the dirt was good and 2 turn route turf race was good……so her 1st two turn route dirt race ought to be a very good thing…….not to mention getting in light at 111 lbs with the hot bug boy up

1  Sheza Eyeopener   vastly improved in last with “blinkers on”……repeat of last might be good enough………so………if this filly muscles up off of the effort she likely would be the one to beat

4  Gelila   best ever was 3rd out after a layoff…..that is the case today and the trainer also has a good history 3rd out following a layoff……Nakatani rides and he hasn’t ridden many at the meeting……seems significant


race 8    average clarity

1  Diamante Mobile   very solid work tab for a bottom level filly maiden claiming first timer……both speed and endurance put in by her capable trainer who owns a 26% win percentage for 2014 from 27 starters

3  Cocabella Myst   seems wound up and ready to go with 32 furlongs of work over a period of 31 days to finish up her work regiment

5  Run Rosie Run   big wake up race 2 back……not much in last…..but a rebound seems likely off of a strong 46:4 drill at SA 5 days ago

10  Copper Ore





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