$117K pick 6 carryover for Wednesday. Jackpot stands at $25K. Bombs away at Del Mar Friday. See highlights below.

The Racing Digest is now available for Wednesday

16 August 2019:  After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was 2nd, top, 5th, top, 3rd pick for $12,524. (pick 3 was $1,041.40 and the double was $99.20). 1st race trifecta box of top 4 picks $245.80. 3rd race superfecta box of 5 given picks paid $6,340.60 (10 cent super was $317.03) 4th race pick 5 was top, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 4th pick for $3,186.40. 6th race trifecta box of top 4 picks paid $398.80.

14 August 2019:  After any scratches: 1st race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $33.40. 1st race 2nd pick, 2nd pick double $44.20. 4th race superfecta box of 4 given picks paid $873.00. 5th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $24.80. 6th race trifecta hit ICE COLD $85.40.

9 August 2019:  1st race pick 5 was 4th, top, 3rd, 3rd, top pick for $1,975.60. 2nd race top pick over our other 3 picks paid a trifecta of $531.20. (exacta $117.00). 3rd race trifecta box of top 3 picks paid $47.60. 4th race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $21.60. 5th race top pick, 2nd pick exacta $18.00.

4 August 2019:  After and scratches:  1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 2nd, top, top, 2nd pick for $1,484.60. 1st race trifecta box of three given picks paid $200.20 (only a $12 investment). 1st race 2nd pick, 2nd pick double paid $83.20. 2nd race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $42.20. 3rd race superfecta box of 4 given picks $152.20. 4th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, top pick for $57.40. 5th race trifecta box of top 3 picks $43.40. 6th race exacta hit COLD $19.80.

2 August 2019:  After and scratches:  1st race superfecta hit COLD $73.40. 1st race pick 5 was top, 3rd, top, top, 4th pick $1,138.40. 2nd race trifecta box of 3 given picks $49.00. 3rd race double hit COLD $26.00. 3rd race top choice over other 3 given picks paid a superfecta of $328.60. 5th race superfecta box of 4 given picks was $269.00. 6th race exacta hit COLD $33.20. 6th race top pick over next 3 given picks paid a superfecta of $306.60. 7th race top two picks quinella paid $10.40.

1 August 2019:  After and scratches:  1st race top pick over other 4 picks trifecta $105.20. 3rd race pick 5 was top, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd pick paying $1,831.80. 6th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $19.40. 7th race trifecta box of 4 given picks $209.40.

28 July 2019:   Top choice won 4 of the 8 races carded and ran 2nd in 3 others. 4th race pick 5 was top, top, 5th, 4th, top pick for $5,012.00. 6th race 5th pick, top pick exacta was $150.20. 7th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $175.00. 8th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta paid $32.60.

26 July 2019:   2nd race pick 3 was 3rd, 5th, 2nd pick for $894.80. 2nd race trifecta box of 3 given picks $53.40. 3rd race pick 6 was 5th, 2nd, 4th, 3rd, top, top pick for $12,421.00. 5th race trifecta box of 5 given picks $329.40. 7th race double hit COLD for $28.70.

25 July 2019:  After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 4th, top, 4th, top pick for $6,260.60. 2nd race pick 6 was 4th, top, 4th, top, 2nd, 3rd pick for $7,280.00. 4th race box of top four picks trifecta paid $202.40. 5th race top pick over our other 3 picks trifecta was $324.00. 5th race top pick 2nd pick double paid $25.20.


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Del Mar for Sunday 18 August 2019

Not very proud of yesterday's results. Hoping to bounce back today.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Matera   1.4 million dollar buy is training as if things will start out on the right foot.......mom has tossed three Stakes winners from 4 starters.......and maybe most importantly is that when Mike Smith rides a promising two year old filly for Hollendorfer you best take notice

7  Stellar Sound   yet another Baffert 1st time starter that appears totally ready to roll in her MSW debut......I don't like her as much as our top choice but she does have a more advantageous post to start off her career than our top pick does.......big day for the Don Alberto Stable as that own both our our top two choices

4  Buyer's Remove   so so work tab for this O'Neill 1st timer but enough a.m. work put in to be ready at 1st asking

6  Sentimental


race 2    below average clarity

3  Holy Mosey   Molly Pearson who usually pulls some nice upsets at the summer Del Mar meeting has had a bad Dmr this year........so........that might be the catalyst to drop this mare (and risk losing her) to a level she should fit.......will shall see

2  Baby Ice   another in Knapp have a poor Del Mar meeting and might be dropping to win as opposed to a "claim me please" situation........6 of this gal's last 7 racing endeavors fit fine here

4  Todos Santos  consistent late runner seldom gets to race as far as 6 1/2F but she got to in her last race and won as our top choice......and in the past he was able pop her lifetime best number at the distance in a race that was also at Del Mar.......steps up two claiming off of the Metz claim........but.......she still should fit


race 3    average clarity

3  Vintage Hollywood   trainer Victor Garcia is quietly having a good Del Mar meeting and he can up his 21% win percentage here with this four year old that appears to be set up for today with a sprint to route (with a drop in claiming) maneuver.......and it is good to see Fuentes remains up as the jock is riding in dirt routes exceptionally well

1  Scrappy Deville   three year old should be on or near the front in a race that seems to favor those who are.......and he gets in awfully light being a 3 yr old (3 lbs) and with another 7 lbs off for the Bug boy.....seems quite dangerous

8  Cosa Nostra   rather consistent sort and he just showed a liking to the Del Mar surface running a solid 2nd despite a wide trip..........but he sure likes to hang......and.........he also has a rider who is awfully cold on his back

6  King Charlie


race 4    below average clarity

2  American Pastime   very good history racing off of less than 30 days rest........29 days since his latest.......red hot trainer and a good portion of his success has been with Kent Desormeaux riding

4  Flagstaff   (5 2 2 1) in sprint races and the cut back of 1/16 to run today appears to be a positive for this Salder five year old......should be in the mix from the get go........trainer is starting to heat things up

5  California Street   this race seems to have a 50/50 chance of yield a fast set of fractions.......and if it does this deep closer will likely be flying late with Mike Smith remaining up shooting for back to back allowance wins on this four year old colt


race 5    average clarity

1  Ted W   voided claim in his latest which was at the 16K level......so the red hot Bob Hess takes advantage of the situation by dropping his eight year two levels despite the fact he just missed winning at 16K........and there is a reassuring 5F bullet drill since his last......I wouldn't claim him, would you ?

2  Conquest Cobra   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  just a spin around the old race track for this gelding in his latest at a level that prior to the race suggested that he would be a "no go".......drops 5 claiming levels.........Glatt is 9 for his last 25 with multiple levels drops.........hmmm

8  Twirling Tiger   gelding could have won his last for 8K if not for getting blocked in the stretch some.....claimed by Carava in the race who puts him in today's 10K claiming affair.......1st at the extended sprint distance of 7F but the way he finished his latest hints 7F will be a plus........trainer sure come use a win

3  For the Hustle

7  Matriculate


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5  Conte Cavour   1 1/16 MSW debut on the turf was nothing more that an endurance building muscle him up afternoon workout to put the finishing touches on this gelding for his 2nd start which is a 5 1/2 furlong dirt race........and his dirt workouts look awfully good......seems like a terrific spot for a long-shot as this is one weak group for the given level

3  Jetovar   yet to run a good race back in short rest which he is doing today......but if that changes today he should made our top selection

4  Summer Fun   Carla Gaines has this 1st timer training decently and "decently" might be good enough to win this soft field of MSW runners.......and Carla gets the hot Bejarano to ride

1  Spendaholic

8  Claim of Passion


race 7    average clarity

9  Bolo   Geroux showed off his skills yesterday and he might again today with this gelding coming off a strong Grade 1 win with Geroux up......believe the intelligent rider will sit just off the leader to keep the fractions reasonable as this seven year old is capable of running well without the lead

2  El Picaro   looks in need of a cut back in distance and gets it today........seems overdue to find his 2018 form that he had in Chile.......3 for 3 in one mile or 1 1/16 turf races beating a total 35 horses and winning each race easily

10  Sharp Samurai   no shot whatsoever racing way too wide and getting bumped a length........new jock gets a try and Joe Talamo has won 5 of his last 10 months for Glatt

5  Bowies Hero

8  What a View


race 8    above average clarity

3  Julius   three impressive route races in a row since the blinkers were taken off this gelding.....each one better than the previous one.......he earned a number that is as strong as you ever see for a SA50Knw2 in S Cal.......the effort is about 5L better than par for today's nw alw level......easy to put on top

2  Magic On Tap   4 to 5 in his MSW debut in September and did not disappoint......and he returns which a dynamite set of works for his 2nd lifetime start........impeccable route pedigree.......has plenty of potential to be a future Stakes horse especially considering Baffert is the trainer

1  Jamminwithbrandon   deep closer will be hoping the 2 & the 3 go at it early and cut some unsustainable fractions.........stranger things have happened


race 9    below average clarity  (SHF carryover here)

7  Mo Me Mo My   distinct lack of speed in this race and this O'Neill three year old filly has some.......ran rather well in her 1st to date in a turf route and she went off at odds of 36 to 1 hinting she wasn't all that cranked up and surprised her connections some.......she should be plenty fit today and cuts back in distance.....rather sure she moves forward and she will need to as this is a salty group

9  Ameerah   another with some early speed and adds blinkers......and if she can duplicate her last race run in July (blocked a good 4 or 5 lengths on turn 2 and the stretch) with a better trip she should have as good a chance as anyone in the field to take down this race

1  Pretty Point   not much in her latest but her race 2 back is good.......1st time Lasix today and with the 1st noteworthy work she has put in since last Fall.......she might be poised for her lifetime best......Mike Smith and his agent must think so

12  Catch the Eye

2  She's Our Charm

13 AE  Bodhicitta




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Del Mar for Saturday 17 August 2019

Enjoy this special day which is the highlight of the summer Del Mar meeting.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Paladar   2 of 3 route races since Richard Baltas took over the training of this four year old are awfully good........and his a.m work is fantastic..........seems like a potential Stakes horse in the near future........1st time Prat to boot

1  Major Cabbie   like our top choice he fits solidly at today's higher level off of a powerful better than par for the nw2 alw level at Del Mar........only placed 2nd because of the aforementioned brilliant a.m. work put in by our top pick

5  Fawree   4 for 5 at today's distance and if he doesn't regress off of such a big move forward in his last he would have some shot in this spot......and that's saying something as formidable as our top two appear to be


race 2    below average clarity

4  Samurai Charm    last two drills put in for this MC 150,000 1st timer in preparation for today are solid and at Del Mar......and it appears like she owns some early speed......so Miller gets a speed jock in Maldonado to ride......the only time Miller has ridden the jock over the last two months they won.....and last but not least mom has tossed 6 winners from 6 starters including a Stakes winner

6  Paid Informant   consistently decent works for this Baltas 1ster at Slr.........and the fact he gets Prat to ride supports the idea this filly is meant and ready to roll despite the trainer's poor stats with MC 1st timers

3  Seahawk Lisa   Hollendorfer filly also looks dangerous in her maiden debut as she started working more impressively when she hit the Del Mar surface after arriving from Slr

8  Orquidias Biz

2  Well Done Sally


race 3    average clarity

2  Stormy Liberal   2 million+ money earner is stellar at the 5 or 5 1/2 furlong turf distance (5 4 1 0) .......he has faced and run extremely well versus some of the best turf sprinters in the world.........good history when Van Dyke rides (6 4 2 0).....hard not to like

5  Eddie Haskell    a win machine in abbreviated turf sprints and he beat our top choice by a head the last time they faced each other.......decent shot to add to his (7 6 1 0) record on the Del Mar turf

1 Calexman   needs plenty to go right and not the best of days or trips for our top two choices to upset here.........stranger things have happen


race 4    average clarity

2  Oliver  big forward move which might have been produced in part by the turf route to dirt sprint maneuver........but the stout 4F work since hints this colt has held form........leading trainer at the meet in O'Neill has a decent shot at adding to his win total here

7  Satanta   bet hard in his MSW debut and did not disappoint with a strong win running wide up on the pace.......still if our top choice repeats his last this Mullins four year old will need to build on his debut to be in the win picture........pun intended

5  Clem Labine   consistent sort seems best at today's 6 1/2 furlongs distance but figure wise he will have to step up his game today if our top two produce what they are capable of

8  Executive Cat

1  Swiss Minister


race 5    average clarity

4  Fivestar Lynch   very solid layoff race in Ireland last April beating 16 of 17 foes......shows up in the Baltas barn who gets one solid out of town jockey in Florent Geroux to ride........1st on Lasix today.......catches a somewhat soft group of locals.......seem formidable if he is fully fit off of the layoff

7  Succeedandsurpass   another Baltas entry in the race had a brutal trip in his 2nd lifetime start and 1st in the good old U S of A........works since hint he is doing great......we shall find out about 4 p.m. pacific time

12  Mo Forza   not much speed in this race and this colt has some and better use it sitting on the 12 post.......right guy for the job in Prat.......might be rated to low if the top turf jock can get to at least the two path on turn one

1  Silenced

2  Farquhar


race 6    average clarity

4  Royal Thunder   trainer has done very well with limited starters in 2019.........and Tim Yakteen sure seems to have this colt all wound up and ready to roll with some stout a.m. work at Del Mar

7  Bronn   decent debut but really didn't live up to his favoritism status........but he might today as the blinkers come off and his a.m. work is vastly better.........and Baffert is 33% win and 74% in the money taking the blinkers off a given horse.......very dangerous sort

5  Hydrogen   double barrel action from Baffert as he also trains our 2nd selection.......two year old (like so many Baffert babies) appears meant and ready for his debut into the wonderful world that is Thoroughbred racing

1  Tizamagician

3  Honor A. P.


race 7    average clarity

6  The Great Day   five year old has.yet to show his ability displayed in Argentina but his a.m. work is very impressive (and at a terrific place to train) and the trainer stats point to a good race today - high % trainer in Delacour with shippers & 3rd out following long layoffs both of which apply here

5  United   sure took kindly to his 1st ever on the Dmr grass with his lifetime best......and the extra quarter mile of turf to cover should fit him well as it appears as if he will run all day long......his pedigree sure supports the notion

4  Marckie's Water   very consistent late runner and he is 1 for 1 at the 11F distance and the win was at Del Mar........mostly placed as 3rd pick as he was made high weight and with a rider up who has been awfully chilly at the meeting

1  Oscar Dominquez

9  Acclimate


race 8    average clarity

3  Classic Fit   Stidham filly has handled 5 different surfaces in five lifetime starts quite well......so.......it seems highly unlikely that Del Mar will present a problem for her......just ran 2nd in a Grade 2 at Bel at 17 to 1 in a six horse field......it seems noteworthy that it was her 1st to date using Lasix.......Geroux should be able to work out a nice ground saving mid pack trip at least thru turn one

1  Into Chocolate   significantly improved in her latest which was her 1st on the Dmr main track.......blinkers go on and Smith stays put hinting the equipment will help......if it does she sure has a decnt shot in this spot

5  Colonial Creed   consistent sort when competing in route races turf or dirt.......just ran her lifetime best in her last which was run off of short rest on 26 May........can she run as well off of a 2 1/2 month break......we shall find out about 5:30 pacific

6  Sneaking Out

8  Kim K


race 9    average clarity

1  Cambier Parc   significantly improved in her last two grass races both run on very firm turf.......so the Del Mar sod should be to his liking as it is much more likely that the ground will shake than it is to get rain at Del Mar in August........and then of course there is the best turf trainer in the USA in Mr. Chad Brown calling the shots

10  Mucho Unusual   versatile sort is proven racing on the front end of things or mid pack or far out of it......so........Mike Smith has options.......filly just fired her lifetime best winning a Grade 2 at Del Mar 4 weeks ago.......improved a.m. work since (and the works were turf works)........believe she moves forward again if she handles the added distance OK

4  Hard Legacy   nice Grade 3 win at CD in her latest which was at today's 9F distance.......seems to appreciate 2 months between starts (which she had for her last start) and gets it today......good grass rider in Leparoux comes in to ride

5  Raymundos Secret

7  Dogtag


race 10    below average clarity

2  Quip   Geroux sure gets along with this Brisset four year old with 3 wins & 2 2nd's in six mounts.......seemingly never sharper than he is right now........good post.........10 furlongs is a question mark

3  Pavel   has faced better (often the very best) and with some tough trips at times........seems due for some racing luck and/or a better ride........rated too low if he gets both today

9  Mongolian Groom   by my book this price shot was the best horse in the Grade 2 at Dmr on 20 July when you take into account his wide trip.......that and his 2 races at 10F were in Grade 1 races where he did not embarrass himself whatsoever vs. some tough cookies

5  Seeking the Soul

1  War Story


race 11    average clarity

13  Desert Oasis  race 2 back was a fast MSW heat in a two turn grass race in late June.......earned a number that is slightly better than par for today's higher level.......Drysdale made changes after the race: blinkers on - 2nd time on Lasix - 2nd out after a long layoff - all decent stats for Drysdale and man did he come thru (as our top choice) running an adjusted Santucci fig that is much better than par for the nw alw level......tough post but plenty of "horse" to overcome it

8  Salsa Bella   2nd out since Lerner took over the training duties of this east coast invader who closed hard but came up a little short running 3rd........Andrew Lerner is (5 4 1 0) "2nd time trainer"........so it is hard not to expect a move forward today........like the rider switch too

1  True To Herself   ran quite a few better races in Ireland than she just showed in her last her 1st in the USA........blinkers on and a speed drill put in.......should be in the mix from the get go with plenty of potential if she is up to some of her races overseas

7  Betty F

2  Woodfin

11  An Eddie Surprise

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Del Mar for Friday 16 August 2019

Saturday's 11 race card has five Graded races and only one claiming race and that is for a $150,000 tag.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  War Union   very big race two back for this five year.......claimed by Jerry Wallace in the race and he stepped him a couple of levels and did not embarrass himself.......it was not as strong as his race 2 back but better than it appears in print........solid trio of works since the 14 July race.......might be up to that effort two back.........cut back in distance seems like a plus

9  Seven Oxen   colt has woken up some in his last two races switching to dirt and sprint racing.......our 3rd choice smashed him when they faced one another on 6 July but whereas I believe the "Oxen" to be on the upswing my guess is the one horse might be slipping some

1  Conquest Smartee   good race in his latest but his race prior to that would hand this group their lunch......claimed in the race and brought back without one work showing.......might be slipping but if he is not and Hanson has a handle on his new acquisition he should have been rated higher

7  Seahawk Wave   

8  Big Impression


race 2    average clarity

3  Tiger Dad   lifetime best and a solid fit here was his latest where he was pressing the pace 3 wide and still manage a 3/4 lengths beaten 2nd.........likely will have more in the tank for today's 2nd out after the layoff........and a good looking 5F work since his 26 July race supports the notion

4  Tristram Speaker   so so conventional dirt race in his 2nd lifetime start.....but his 8L victory on the AW at GG  was ultra impressive.........mom has tossed 5 turf winners......and.......many a runner that prefers the AW over the "real thing" tend to race well on the grass..........rather sure this gelding will like the sod........if that is so he seemingly has as good a shot as anyone to win race 2

7  Tribal War Chant   big move forward in his 2nd lifetime start.......with that in mind his layoff last was likely a tune-up and that a move forward should occur today 2nd out after the layoff.......and the switch to one of the top turf jocks available concurs with the idea he is sharper than his last

8  J T's A. T. M.

2  Zipper Mischief


race 3    average clarity

10  Mainframe Judy   on the improve in the a.m. where it often counts the most for a MSW 1st time starter as in right before he races......his last work at Dmr is very strong........red hot trainer/rider combo in Prat/Miller

6  Cleveland Cat   only one of two runners in this MSW affair with any experience.......he ran a distant 2nd (7 lengths) but the winner came back to repeat......and prior to the race he was reluctant to load.........retains Desormeaux........hard not to like especially if he is more cooperative at the gate

2  Crooked Finger Ray   Puype 1ster might be ready to roll off of 3 straight 5F endurance building works on the Del Mar main track.........seems somewhat dangerous

5  Brickyard Ride

8  Tap Back


race 4    average clarity

3  Stylishly   five furlongs seems to be as far as she really wants to go.......east coast invader won her 1st into S Cal breaking her MSW 22 days ago in a 5F turf race at Dmr........likely all out to win the 25 July race with the bonus money at stake but she has put in two reassuring works since hinting the "all out" effort might not have taken much out of her

4  Andyoushallreceive   two solid dirt races put in last Fall to start her career........been away since but trainer usually brings them back ready to roll........pedigree for the green carpet is a tough call but if she does take to the sod she should be one of the a major players in the race

1  Into the South   invades from the Midwest with the bonus money at stake........quite consistent off the pace runner shows up in the McCarthy barn.......might sit much closer in this race lacking speed types

6  Tiger Silk

5  Donut Girl


race 5    average clarity

6  Red Livy   loves a loose led and has a decent shot at getting one today........cut back in distance should be a plus for the mare........1st out following the McLean claim is often a dangerous thing

4  Party Hostess   dwelt at the start about 8 lengths and then ran inside on the rail which was quite dull on the 26th of July at Del Mar.......1st top echelon jockey on her back for the 1st time in many a moon.........dangerous mid pack runner for a trainer having a very good 2019

2  Rizzi's Honor   woke up some in latest and just worked a very strong 5F drill at Dmr.......and a noteworthy switch in jocks as Cedillo has gotten nothing put very live mounts from Glatt over the last 2 months

9  Bragging Rights

7  Spectacular Storm


race 6    average clarity

8  Blue Moonrise   exits a very fast heat (and not with the best of trips) of MSW runners on 20 July where running 3rd was still quite a bit better than par for the level.......that and the cut back in distance sure appears to enhance her chances of getting to the circle of joy

7  Shear Class   well-bred expensive 1st time starter is training as if she is fit for her MSW debut.......and......Mike Smith accepting a mount from the Shirreffs barn (and is lone mount on the card) is often a dangerous proposition for the opposition

10  Miss Ava's Union   might be a lively pace in the MSW affair and if that is the case this Baltas three year old filly might come flying as she is getting to race off of relatively short rest for the 1st time in her career

3  Amatara

1  Distorted Win


race 7    average clarity

1  Pantsonfire   runs all day long so the 11 furlongs of sod to negotiate today is right up her alley.......and she retains Prat for the 3rd straight race.......only negative I can see is her weak record on the Del Mar turf........but then again most of her Dmr turf races were run at more conventional distances

7  Mirth   excellent opportunity to sit in the stalk position for the 4th straight time .......and if she does she should have a good chance to break the streak of 3 consecutive 2nd's with a win as she will be stalking a very vulnerable leader

4  Siberian Iris   lifetime best was run last November in a Grade 3 run at today's 11F turf distance........she ran that race off of short rest which is not the case today.......or........would have selected higher

5  Lostintranzation


race 8    below average clarity

6  Refractometer   trainer seems to be awakening from a mini slump....... so........ with that in mind I believe this three year old will move forward 2nd out after a 10 week layoff ........and ........his layoff run was decent and disguised some in it's strength........solid route jock in Cedillo

4  Rocket Ship   loose in his last but cashed it in when the real running started but he was inside on what appeared to be a dull rail at Lrc that day.........gets Maldonado for the 1st time which says he will be on the engine early once again.......might be loose and never look back

2  The Easy Way   last sure appears like it was needed as he went off at 23 to 1 in a 5 horse field.......and if that is the case and he can handle the two turn challenge he should be a major factor in the outcome of this race


5  Dawood

7  Sharpshootingeorge


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Del Mar for Thursday 15 August 2019

Studied more than half of Saturday's card and I sure like it both in quality and decipher-ability so far!

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Empress of Lov   trainer is often at his most dangerous with the sprint-sprint-route maneuver and that is the case here for this four your old filly......and she just ran one of her better races in quite some time in her latest on the 26 of July

2  Cee Sam's Girl   trainer has been a little chilly at the Dmr meeting so far so that might be the catalyst for why he is making an overdue drop to a level this filly should fit......another impetus to drop is that this filly seems best on the Dmr dirt and best take advantage of it as there is less than 3 weeks to go at the meeting

5  Love of Art   may have needed a race over the Del Mar surface especially considering that it was her first ever on it.........if she did she should have a shot if the fractions are realistic up front as she appears to be the best of those coming from far back

3  Forbidden Command


race 2    below average clarity

1  Snazzy Dancer   sure seems loose in this spot which is about two or more lengths softer than her last three racing endeavors........trainer is having a decent 2018 but thru last Sunday is still looking for his 1st win at the meeting......that might change here

6  Erotic   pace scenario seemingly plays against him in this spot but the drop in class combined with the nine furlongs to work with might help him get the job done in the very late stages of this 9F grass affair.......and having Prat back aboard after being absent for a race can only help

3  Calle Kingpin   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   3 for 3 when running for a tag including her latest which was at today's distance and at Del Mar......dropping one notch after a win doesn't bother me much as the purse money for a 32K claimer is good at Dmr


race 3    average clarity

6  Tidal Effect   last four one mile dirt races (4 1 3 0)........like the trainer change for today and especially like the rider considering this is a dirt race.......laid up since Nov. but the drills say - meant & ready

5  Secret Courier   seems loose a goose in this spot so if Gryder can slow things down early he just............... might................go..............all.................the...............way (couldn't help myself with football season just around the corner)

4  Unbroken Star   nice debut win grinding away with a lack of early speed.........taken in the race by Puype who might have made a very good claim from Ellis if this gelding is a sound individual.........look for a similar grinding away effort once again


race 4    below average clarity

6  Miss Toyko   tightly spaced copious drills hint this Baltas debut runner is meant and ready for her MSW debut........that and mom has tossed 5 winners from 5 starters and two of them were turf winners

1  Road Rager   solid final time dirt fig two back where she was disqualified from 1st......then in her last race she dueled in a nasty set of fractions and tired in a very good MSW final time for the given day........1st on the grass with a decent pedigree for......if she handles it she should be a force from the get go

2  Be a Shero   comes from far back which hurts her chances racing as short as 5 furlongs.......but......her recent fast gate work hints she will sit closer to the front today which would give her some shot to get up in time

8  Tinnie

10  Mischiffie


race 5    below average clarity

4  Biddy Duke   can't remember the last time Bob Hess was so hot........he picks up a new horse from the Midwest who is eligible for the ship and win bonus who should fit solidly here with the drop out of MSW racing.........filly should be in the mix from the get go.....hard not to like

5  Leucothea   filly exits the same race 4th of July race at Ellis as the top pick where she finished 4 3/4 lengths behind her........1st time Lasix and also 1st time win blinkers on today.......might have been set up for today to be at full throttle and grab the "bonus" money with a win

1  Small Surprise   MSW debut (vs. the boys) on the GG AW fits fine if she can run similar on the real dirt at Del Mar.....her latest race vs her own sex does not.......trainer does rather well with two year old runners.......my guess is we will so her debut run unless she doesn't care for the Dmr surface

8  Musically

3  Foggy Bottom


race 6    above average clarity

3  Shehastheritestuff   believe Bejarano will work out a ground saving trip for a good portion of the race sitting mid pack with some weak speed types in front of him.........and this mare has a good late kick most of the time

4  Sedamar   good history in one mile grass races with today's rider Ruben Fuentes up (4 1 2 1) and that includes a win and a second in two starts at Del Mar.......hard not to like

9  Papaya   won her only turf race and it was at one mile on the grass.......tough post but there are many faster and slower horses to her inside giving a good turf jock like Cedillo a shot to get on over

5  Super Bunny

7  Lil Bit Dangerous


race 7    average clarity

7  Liberalism   Brian Koriner two year old filly ran a decent 2nd in her MSW debut which was opening day......and Koriner is so much more dangerous with 2nd time starters......very sharp a.m. work since debut.......seems highly likely to make a solid move forward today which would make him tough to beat

3  Navy Queen   like our top selection this filly had a decent MSW debut as she was able to run 3rd despite a four wide trip.......as good a shot as anyone if she moves forward and gets a better trip.......one negative is that the trainer is 0 for his last 18 with 2nd time starters

9  Flying Business   dangerous looking work tab for this Matt Chew 1st time starter..........mom's only starter was a winner and precociously was able to win at two.......likely a hungry rider in T C Baze is up - who I hope he sticks around S Cal

10  I Want One

1  Almost a Factor

6  Mamas Got Cash




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Del Mar for Wednesday 14 August 2019

OK card to start Del Mar's big week which of course features the Pacific Coast Classic on Saturday!

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Decology   crossed the wire 1st in his MC debut only to get disqualified to third.....the effort/fig more than warrants a step up to MC40000 from MC32000.........new jock today and it is an upgrade.......extra 1/16 to cover today appears to be a plus

2  Little Cents   exits a fast heat of MC50K two year old runners where being beat by 8L works out to be about par for today's MC40K level.......and like our top pick this two year old gets a rider upgrade for his 2nd lifetime start

5  Istain Man   last race won't do but his MC150K debut effort would make him the one to overcome......might provide it as he was wheeled back in only 8 days for his 2nd lifetime start........tough call - toss a coin

4  Shootin Money

7  Heraclitus


race 2    average clarity

4  Taylor Gals   trainer is only 1 for his last 43 with first time starters but at least it was a maiden claimer........works are tightly spaced and numerous with the last 3 out of the gate and one of them rather solid especially considering this appears to be a weak MC20K

7  Adulting   not much cooking in her 2nd lifetime start but her debut with a better trip would have a shot at winning this......and back to bug boy Velez who rode in her debut but not her 2nd start

6  Vidalia   copious furlongs of works put into this Karen Headley 1st timer.........no signs of early speed but with all those works she might be running late when others will be gassed

2  Sweet Bluegrass


race 3    average clarity

7  Rocko's Wheel   very good efforts when placed in a claiming race.......32K today and the drop makes sense as this is only the 18th career start for this seven year old........2nd out following a 15 month layoff......rider upgrade taking into consideration this is a dirt route

4  Dukes Up   gelding does well racing off of relatively short rest and 17 days since his latest sure qualifies for that.......and is very reassuring that this fellow was able to put in a decent 4F drill in between starts - feeling good

6  Bitter Ring Home   significant move forward (lifetime best) in his last with Maldonado up in a race run at Del Mar on 19 July........quite the step up but he appears to be on the improve when many in here are not

5  Sheer Fantasy


race 4    average clarity 

6  Heathers Grey  better post (finally) for a one mile grass race as this filly has drawn the 10 & 11 post in her two previous one mile grass races.......nice move forward in this girl's latest which was compromised by a predictably wide trip starting from post 10.......race seems set for a stalker or mid pack runner which she is

9  Flying to the Line   Prat like last time will send this filly hard from the get go to get on over by the 1st turn and likely stalk the 2 horse who should weaken

7  Red Bunting   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  decent awakening in her latest and seems likely to build off of the layoff run and move forward today......if that comes to fruition she should be the most dangerous late runner in the field

1  Smiling Rose

10  Equal Measure


race 5    above average clarity  

2  Anniversary Sale   significant improvement in his 2nd lifetime start in a race run off of a 11 month hiatus........the strength of the effort is hidden by about 6L of trip adjustment.........if this fellow benefits from his layoff run and gets even a so so trip he should be very tough here

4  Etterbay Ucklay   lifetime best was his lone dirt race & lone sprint which was in his MC debut 3 races back.......he was our top choice at 16 to 1 and if it wasn't for a brutal trip (fractious prior to start - broke badly and ran wide earning 7L of trip adjustment) he would have won for fun........should be a major player if he is up to the effort/energy of his debut and of course gets a better trip

5  Afternoon Heat   outside speed is doing awfully well and this colt can get that position today.......and if Velez can keep the fractions reasonable he might be tough to reel in

6  Atomic Candy


race 6    average clarity

5  Just Grazed Me   very nice filly should move forward today 2nd out after a long layoff and 2nd time racing at 5F on the grass which was her layoff race and a solid one......and she appears to have muscled up like only the turf can do sometimes as her a.m. work (on the turf with the dogs up) is very impressive

8  Storming Lady   very consistent four year old 5F on the grass (4 1 1 2) and for a trainer in Marquez who has had a great year with his turf stock.......add to that V Espinoza is shooting 4th straight win on this filly and you have plenty of reasons to back this gal

3  Gypsy Blu   wide trips in this mare's last two races both of which were five furlong affairs.......new rider this afternoon in Abel Cedillo who has won his last 3 of 6 riding for Mark Glatt

2  Travieza

1  Querida


race 7    average clarity

10  Westmont   obvious turf tightener in his last off of a 2 month break should have this fellow fit and ready 2nd out after the claim for Saavedra and at the lowly 8K level.....that and this five year old appears to appreciate the 5 1/2F distance

2  Mister Mojo   very solid outcomes when racing at today's 5 1/2 furlongs (5 1 3 1)........gelding has been racing over his noggin in his last couple of races......drops down to a level where he should be very competitive

8  Papa Turf   decent 6 1/2F effort in his latest especially considering that he doesn't appear to want to sprint very far these days....so.....if that is the case racing at one furlong less today appears to be a plus.......should be in the mix from the get go

4  Boy Howdy

1  An Ocala Ten

9  Royal Seeker



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