The Racing Digest  picks are available for Wednesday.

24 August 2014:  Great day on Del Mar’s biggest day. After any scratches:   1st race pick 5 was top, top, 2nd, 4th, 2nd pick $2,959.60. 2nd race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $24.20. 3rd race trifecta box of 4 given picks $171.60. 4th race pick 3 was 4th, 2nd, long-shot play $437.40. 5th race pick 3 was 4th pick, long-shot play, 3rd pick $459.00. 5th race 2nd, 3rd pick exacta $48.00. 6th race pick 3 was long-shot play, 3rd pick, top pick $714.20. 7th race 3rd, 2nd, 4th, top choice superfecta paid $934.40. 7th race pick 3 was 3rd, top, 2nd pick $179.20. 8th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $35.20. 8th race top pick, 2nd pick double was $29.80. 9th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $13.00. 10 race top pick, 4th pick exacta $27.40.

23 August 2014:  2nd race superfecta box of 4 given picks $210.20. 4th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, lone long-shot play of the day $156.00. 5th race pick 6 was 2nd, long-shot play, 2nd, top, 2nd, 3rd pick $10,784.60. 5th race pick 3 was 2nd pick, long-shot play, 2nd pick $401,60. 6th race pick 3 was long-shot play, 2nd pick, top pick $297.40. And bombs away in the 6th race: long-shot play over our other 4 selections paid a superfcta of $7,108.20. (trifecta was $977.20) 6th race long-shot over our top pick exacta was $109.40. 

10 August 2014:   Not the kind of day that will go into our highlights section but definitely worth noting: 1st race trifecta hit COLD $48.20 (COLD exacta #25.60). 1st race pick 3 was top, 4th, 4th pick $534.80. 2nd race trifecta box of 4 given picks $164.40. 3rd race 4th pick, top pick exacta $71.20.. 6th race pick 4 was 3rd, top, 4th, 5th pick for $6,132.80. 7th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $38.20. Not too shabby on a day nobody hit the pick 6 and a significant amount of $$$ was put into it.

7 August 2014:  Not the kind of day that will go into our highlights section but definitely worth noting:  2nd race 4th pick, top pick exacta $72.00. 5th race Pick 4 was top, 4th, 4th, 4th pick $3,035.40. 8th race box of four top picks paid a superfecta of $1,828.00. 8th race box of top five selections paid a $1 super high five of $3,174.60.

2 Aug 2014: After any scratches:  1st race exacta hit COLD $22.00.4th race 3rd pick, 2nd pick exacta $70.20.  7th race pick 4 hit ICE COLD $268.80. 7th race trifecta also hit COLD $37.40 (exacta $14.80). 8th race top pick over our 3 other picks superfecta $158.00. 9th race top pick over our other 3 picks superfecta $542.60. 10th race top pick, 3rd pick, 2nd pick, 4th pick, 5th pick paid $1,068.20 for the the Super High Five

31 July 14:   After any scratches:  1st race pick five was top, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd. 2nd pick for $2,763.80. 3rd race supefecta box of 4 given picks $2.039.20. 7th race superfecta box of 5 given picks $1,219.40

30 July 14:   1st race exacta hit COLD $14.00. 3rd race superfecta box of 4 given picks $402.00. Nobody hit the pick 6 but our 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, top, top, 4th pick won races 3 thru 8. 4th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $27.80. 4th race trifecta box of 4 given picks $241.60. 5th race pick 4 was 3rd, top, top, 4rd pick for $4,349.00. 8th race 4th pick, 2nd pick exacta $1,044.60

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 Wednesday 27 August 2014

OK card this afternoon to start the new week of racing. Trying my best to keep the ball rolling since winning Friday’s nightcap with our top choice (at a price) and then having a solid weekend. Only three morning line favorites in our top two choices today. Might be feast or famine this afternoon. I’m hungry. How about you?

Best of luck as always! 


race 1    average clarity

2  Whodoo Pirate   funky looking bad trip in latest…….claiming price cut in half today yet only 9K less than Belvoir claimed her for 2 back…..should be a major player here if she has remained in relatively good health

1  When I’m Calling   very consistent sort showed she can handle the Dmr AW……and her last is hidden by a bad trip……claimed in the race by a higher % trainer…….stout rider/trainer combo at the meeting……should be tough

6  Speckles   lifetime best in last and it was her 1st ever endeavor on an AW surface……and the effort was run off of a 4 month hiatus…….very solid and reassuring 4F drill since……move in the right direction seems likely today

5  Lust For Life


race 2    slightly below average clarity

8  Astuzia   dislikes conventional dirt so toss out her last at Lrc…….drops back to $8K where Miyadi claimed her two races back…..drills at Del Mar are solid especially considering the level of racing…….rebound city today

4  Igotnosixes   our 3rd pick in her last went off at 32 to 1 and fired a money making 2nd for us…..said form was coming around in that 6 Aug. pub……..still believe that it is

7  Silk In Silver   speed type needs to put away number one and maybe one or two others and she will be difficult to catch…….she did run OK off the pace following a horrid start six races back and did it with Bejarano…… maybe she can take back if need be

3  Cayanna


race 3   average clarity

3  Doodetta   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start and 1st at Dmr……same effort and a better trip and this filly has a solid shot of getting to the circle of joy this afternoon

5  Best Efforts   laid up since a dull MSW sprint debut back on the 1st of June but she is training as if she is well prepared for a route….and…….if she is she might own the best early gas in the field which obviously would enhance her chances

7  Temeeku   good MSW debut for this Cal-bred……and the connections must really think she will like going a route for them to place her against open company routers…..and she is awfully well bred for a California state-bred to get a route

2  Iconic Spirit


race 4    slightly below average clarity

3  Kat’s Hurricane   very solid works for a cheap two year old filly mc 1ster timer…….and why not run at the bottom two year old maiden level in debut as this filly went for only $4.500 at sale

8  Holiday Maker   Baltas is decent with maiden claiming 1st timers and the drills for his new shooter appear to be good enough for her to be a major factor in her debut into the wonderful world of thoroughbred racing…….well……usually wonderful

4  Sister Hubert   dangerous new pick up for Vladimir Cerin of a two year old filly from Florida…..not much in GP debut but I doubt this is tune-up or the crafty conditioner wouldn’t have placed this baby at the bottom mc level

1  Misty Warrior


race 5     average clarity

1  Tiz A Kiss   nicely improved for Clifford Sise since he took over the training duties of this four year old filly…….and the filly is 2 for 2 running on the main track at a route…..and both races were on the Dmr AW…….reassuring 5F drill since her winning last

6  West Riding   4 to 5 in winning her MSW………and it was in a route………and it was on the Dmr AW………and she continues to train like a very promising filly for Baffert and company

5  Mum’s Truckee   consistent sort long or short seems at her best on the Del Mar synthetic with few opportunities to run on it’s AW surface left as it’s back to conventional dirt in 2015

4  Fleet Of Gold

race 6    slightly above average clarity

5  Racing For Chasen   on the improve with every start and is training as if another strong upside move is in the cards for today…..and we get a rider upgrade……she has out run her odds in last two endeavors and seems likely to do it again today 

7  Myrna Lou   solid in last 3 efforts and her last which was her 1st ever on the Dmr AW appears to be her best

8  Wedding Blush   both lifetime dirt races would be competitive efforts versus today’s foes……..1st on the AW but draws Mr. Bejarano…….a good sign she is handling the Dmr AW in the a.m.

9  Shezapiranha


race 7     slightly below average clarity

1  Romar Success   blinkers on/better work    Santucci lika that………positive rider change/5 lbs off…….Santucci lika that…….improved post…….adds up to top Santucci pickaroo

8  In Excessiveness   nice win to graduate in last in a route race on the AW……..race two back at one mile on the sod is also good and disguised by a bad trip

7  Hidden Zensation   helloooooo Del Mar………good 1st ever (and best ever) on the Del Mar AW and this four year old gelding did it off of an extended break in the action of 7 months……so more seems likely this afternoon

9  Sir Macho

Long-shot consideration:   4  Songforjohnmichael   improved greatly in latest both in pace and final time……a very good indication of a horse that is feeling good……dangerous and at a price 


race 8     slightly above average clarity

4  Desert Steel   for me maybe the best race run by a two year old of either sex in S Cal so far…….loose on a slightly dull pace with a 22:2 2nd quarter and still won by 5+ lengths……..blistering 5F bullet since……that’ll do

9  Lost Bus   done little wrong in two lifetime races and the last was at Del Mar…..trainer has had a great year and might get the good times rolling here

10  My Fiona   horrid trip in last and still won a $100K Stakes Cal-bred race at Dmr……..will need a better ride from Perez today ………excellent series of four works at LA  in preparation for today’s race……seems sharp

7  Easter Fever


race 9     average clarity

3  Personal Image   dull drills prior to mdn80K debut last…..very strong works since……and……..the trainer is awakening from the doldrums and is much much better with 2nd time starters likely be design

1  Daddy’s Duo   takes the ever significant drop out of MSW racing…….brothers Keith and Kent have made for a nice team at the Del Mar meeting

2  Wistful Woman   Hollendorfer is excellent with 2 year old filly 1st timers and very stout (40% last 67) with maiden claiming 1st timers……we get both here

7  Mucho Blessings

4  Satin Cinnamon

9  Motor’n Mona

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Del Mar for Sunday 24 August 2014

A great card as it should be for Pacific Classic day.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Conquest Panthers   bought in March for nearly 1/2 Mil and working since as if the expensive purchase was worth it…….and I like that the colt is brilliantly bred for the turf yet the connections are running him in his debut on the main track……works are to good not to

3  Magna Rex   MSW debut runner has copious drills for a two year old 1st timer hinting Baltas and company have put plenty of foundation into him and have him ready for career race number one

4  Dream It Do It   very bad start in his MSW debut or he might have been a factor for the win…….improved a.m. prowess since……..Pedroza will be out to make amends and maybe with more to work with

1  Pain And Misery


race 2     average clarity

2  Stop Smiling     handles the grass just fine and is getting hidden……big dirt race two back hidden by a wide trip……and on the grass in last the jock sat too far back off of a lackluster pace compromising her late push…….good post and jock today and back in an allowance race…..should be tough

1  Bee Brave   consistent sort just worked awfully big seemingly out of nowhere hinting she is all geared up for a top effort

5  Tizmetizyou   ultra sharp work tab over at LA……and sure looks loose on the lead and with the successful bug boy and his weight break aboard……danger city here

7  Yahilwa


race 3    slightly above average clarity

4  Don’t Blame Me    impressive debut 2 races back…..clunker in latest………powerful a.m. work since……rebound city for a trainer that has been firing with success of late

9  Light The City   solid work tab for this Hollendorfer two year old filly 1st timer and the stout strainer is exceptional at getting two year old fillies ready to roll at 1st asking

6  Make The Sun Shine   done little wrong in two lifetime starts and now gets a rider upgrade…..fits just fine in this spot with upside potential just like our top two pick-a-roos

3  Madame Aamoura


race 4     average clarity

5  Go Get Em Babe   horrid trip in MSW debut…..broke bad and ran wide and did it in a decent heat of MSW runners…..two sharp reassuring drills since………Martin Garcia will be out to make amends for his meal ticket Bob Baffert

3  Firefly   very expensive yearling purchase is training as if she is ready to roll and ready to roll for one of the most competent trainers in the world with maiden 1st timers in Mr. Bob Baffert

6  Hidden Reality   26 to 1 for a Ron Ellis 1ster strongly suggests the race was badly needed……blinkers on for 2nd lifetime start and just worked big…….that says we have lift-off this afternoon

9  Miss Super Quick 

Long-shot consideration:   1  Silver Sails   very strong effort one year and one day ago at Dmr in her MSW debut ……off since but running as if she is ready once again…….and today we get a significant rider upgrade and a weight break

race 5    above average clarity

1  Obviously    8 for 11 at today’s turf distance……and 3 for 3 on the sod at Dmr…….and obviously gets want he wants……..loose on the lead

2  Tom’s Tribute   just keeps improving and likely will get a ground saving trip behind our stout top choice and try to run him down in the stretch

7  Lil Bit O’fun   last shocked the heck out of me and cost me big as I loved the price on the 2nd place finisher Rangi……..six year old gelding going for four in a row today but in doubt he can run for the win here…..but you never know on the new and not ready for prime time Del Mar grass course

6  Rock Me Baby


race 6    average clarity

1  Ritzy Tags   13 to 1 for Baffert 1st timer (and with a soft work regiment by Baffert standards) hints the race was badly needed………improved a.m. work since……highly likely to move forward today

9  Sandy’s Song    showed very significant quarter mile speed in MSW debut……a ton here if she can run off of short rest and harness her speed better…….right jock to get the job accomplished in Desormeaux

7  Dr Fager’s Gal   another Hollendorfer two year old filly is training like she is ready…….see comment on our 2nd choice in race number three

5  Sweeter Thancandy

Long-shot consideration:   8 Into Oblivion   Gryder named – Smith up…….hmmm………being ready with MSW 1st timers isn’t Cassidy’s thing but this filly is training as if she owns solid early speed…..and mom has tossed 2 winners from 2 starers and they both preciously won at 2


race 7    slightly below average clarity

4  Candy For Debbie   GG invader is solid running routes on AW surfaces……and especially when up for a claiming tag of 25K or less……and his trainer is decent shipping into S Cal

10  Hurricane Lake   seems at his best at Del Mar with few chances left to run on it’s synthetic surface…………..Glatt is willing to risk on the drop down of two levels…..good sign Bejarano stays up

8  Shun   not the best of trips 1st into S Cal for this Hess runner…….buddy Kent Desormeaux will be out to make amends

7  Dress Code

Long-shot consideration:    6  Be Here Now   last win came sprint to route stepping up……sprint in last – route today……steps up…….hmmm


race 8    slightly below average clarity

4  Burning Arch   on the improve with every start….and seems likely to get a ground saving trip thru turn 1 (at least)……that’ll do for a Hollendorfer runner

7  Another Sky    tossed a clunker in latest…….but solid a.m. work since……..rider upgrade……likes today’s 1 mile distance……rebound city

10  Baruta    believe the best competitor in the race but also believe has the worst post in the race…….still……..very dangerous despite of it

6  Malibu Honey


race 9    slightly above average clarity

2  Fed Biz   3 for 3 at Del Mar on it’s synthetic……..and it is hard for a horse to train any better…….Baffert wants a very strong effort today from his horse as Del Mar’s AW will soon be a thing of the past

5  Goldencents   ultra consistent sort is sharp in the a.m…….needs to find that will to win at four that he had at two and three

7  Big Macher   from a low level maiden claimer to a Grade 1 winner in his latest………quite a story for Richard Baltlas and company……..good times might continue today very this all heart gelding

6  Color of Courage


race 10    slightly above average clarity

11  Shared Belief    5 lifetime races all wins for this incredible three year old and all the wins were by more than 4 1/4 lengths or more……nothing in yesterday’s Travers Stakes even came close (although if a new jock ever rides Wicked Strong look-out)…..still does have to beat older today……..B C Classic favorite if he does

7  Majestic Harbor   vastly improved (an understatement) since the only time this 6L Gold Cup winner saw the synthetic…….sure trains well on it……very dangerous “now” horse

5  Game On Dude   back to Martin Garcia who won by 8L in this race on the Dude last year yet hasn’t ridden him since……full speed ahead today…….aging superstar is still dangerous

8  Toast Of New York

Long-shot consideration:   1  Frac Daddy   best by far on AW surfaces……so so works prior to dull effort at Dmr in last……brilliant works since…..trainer is terrific with long-shots in Stakes races


race 11    average clarity

6  Charisma Code   blinkers on and super work tab hints the equipment change has woken this fellow up significantly at least in the a.m……let’s hope it carryovers to the p.m.

10  Roman Tizzy   very similar to our top pick but in this case the blinkers come off……and the Peter Eurton barn has woken up some of late

1  Industry Leader   might finally be placed low enough where he can win……connections have been very stubborn about dropping him

3  Fonz

9  Sonic Victory

7  Pressure Time


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Del Mar for Saturday 22 August 2014

So so card today. A terrific card for Pacific Classic day on Sunday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Nothing To Hide   two for two since Peter Miller took over the training duties of this 3 year old filly…….and the works since his last seem improve……..stout trainer can keep the streak going if this filly handles her 1st ever on the Dmr AW

5  Appealing Resume   last fits and owns a solid history at today’s abbreviated sprint distance

2  Oscillator   laid up since mid March but loves Del Mar so you know the connections want her ready fresh to take advantage of the surface before it is no longer…….as in 2015……work regiment supports the notion she is ready fresh

7  Tint’s Go Girl


race 2    average clarity

1  Opsec   continues to train as he can run some and now gets to preform on the lawn where he ought to move forward as his pedigree for it is outstanding……..good sign selective M Smith sticks around for this Baffert runner

3  Spring Action   grass races are decent and he gets a rider upgrade for today…..1 1/8th miles is a ? mark as it is for most in this semi-weak looking group of MSW runners

8  Candy’s Shoes   handled her 1st grass endeavor decently in latest……1st time Bejarano today and Mr. Bejarano now seems fully back from his nasty injuries and riding once again at a very high level of competence

5  Play Hard To Get


race 3    slightly below average clarity

8  Red N Black Attack   seems like an obvious tune-up 1st out following the claim running over his head to keep the claiming vultures away……and two sharp drills since…….back to the price where Belvoir claimed……full throttle today

6  Time To Go Robo   strong turn move to win latest…..strong turn moves are often an indication of a horse doing well….that and the step up multiple levels suggest this three year old gelding is feeling……gooood

5  Green Tag   just claimed by Victor Garcia in latest and the conditioner has won a gaudy 9 of his last 18 1st out following a claim…..that’ll do

2  Skydreaminrace


4    slightly above average clarity

5  Masochistic   powerful race at CD two races back both in pace and final time…….then was able to set a pedestrian pace and wire the field in what likely was a very stress-less effort…….should have plenty in the tank for today

4  Celebrity Status   likely will sit 2nd or 3rd behind our top pick from the get go and try to wheel him in before the wire……good history on synthetic surfaces

2  My Samurai Warrior   par like effort in last……..but……..not a good spot for a late runner but many strange things have been occurring at Del Mar in 2014


race 5    slightly below average clarity

6  Jennyway U Want It   on the right end of the learning curve with few reasons not to believe the progression can’t continue today

1  Stylish In Black   impressive 1st ever on the sod in latest….that effort fits solidly here…….bit concerned that the jock who rode that day isn’t named again or would have been top choice

9  Unusual Style   on the improve seemingly with each and every race and runs well with ample time between starts……..2 months and a week since her last……nice work regiment……..rather sure ready

3  Market Quote


race 6    slightly below average clarity

3  Player’s Charm   just fired his best ever and it was his 1st ever on the Dmr AW……switches jocks to his “go to guy” of late in Perez…….cut back of 1/2 furlong seems like a plus

6  Howdy   Peter Eurton is starting to heat things up and he sure has trained this 1st timer as if he wants him ready to roll at 1st asking

10  Quiet Thunder   Gaines has won 14 of her last 44 “2nd career race”…… so MSW debut but 4 nice drills since…….might have been pointed here all along…….trainer could use a win

5  Outthink’em

Long-shot consideration:   1  Top Drawer   strong works early on…..backed off some lately…..maybe to keep the claiming vultures at bay……..trainer is quite dangerous with mc 1sters


race 7    average clarity

2  Demonica   brutal trip in debut…….which was a MSW race at Del Mar way back in August of 2013…….had approximately 9L of trip trouble and only lost by 7L……..away since Oct but working as if Sadler totally means business fresh off of the layoff

10  Mindfully   both lifetime races fit fine……..Ellis has had a great meeting to say the least…….1st on the Dmr AW but the works on it say…… problem

7  Bilger’s Sapphire   filly seemingly has run into shape…….last fits fine……another move forward and she might be the one to overcome

3  Fast Magoo  and  11  Stylistic  (tie for 4th selection)


race 8    slightly below average clarity

4  Big John B    has won last 3 endeavors running at 1 1/4 miles or more on the sod………brilliant 6F preparatory drill…….retains Mike Smith…….seems more than ready to take on better

9  Quick Casablanca   very consistent grass runner no matter where he runs…..impressive work series…….should be a major player as usual

11  Fire With Fire   been on quite the roll in 2014 and especially so for today’s jock T C Baze (3 2 1 0)

5  Bright Thought

Long-shot consideration:   1  Topic   seems to like the 1 3/8th turf distance quite a bit……..gets in light and draws a decent post…..dangerous and at a price


race 9    slightly below average clarity

6  Jovita’s Tuffy   four year old gelding won for Sierra 1st after the claim off of short rest……..last off of the 12 week break is the gimme…..small drop……..go today back in 13 days

2  Next Speaker   Canani has woken up from the doldrums in a big way which makes this 1st out following the claim gelding more dangerous than usual……and…… a decent history at today’s distance for four year (4 1 2 0)

3  Half Dome Dude   another running 1st out following a claim…… off the pace yet dueled in latest…….new jock to today…….definitely can rebound here

1  Golden Triumph


race 10    average clarity

9  Wild Caroline   takes that ever dangerous drop from MSW to maiden claiming and why not as this Pupye filly went for $50K at sale as a yearling…….lone race on the Dmr AW was MSW debut (Aug 2013) and it quite strong and disguised by a “green” trip

6  Venetian   lone race at Dmr (MSW debut way back in 2013) was very strong and disguised somewhat by a bad trip in a fast heat…..turf route legged up and drops……very stout here if she is still feeling good

8  Bow Tie Belle   just fired best to date in her 1st effort on the Del Mar main track…..1st at a route but has the support of Hollendorfer/Bejarano to get her to handle one

4  Lamazone

3  Barbs Angel

5  Mango Reward



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Del Mar for Thursday 21 August 2014

14 race card at Saratoga on Saturday for Travers day. So the $24.50 for our special publication breaks down to $1.75 per race. Good looking card to boot. On the 1 to 10 scale I’d rate it a 7.

Average card at Del mar today. Friday appears better.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Pillar of Strength   drop makes sense with the win bonus in effect for this Hess Big Apple invader……sure fits fig wise……1st ever on a synthetic surface is the question mark

4  Newport Red    solid 7F win two races back 1st time with blinkers…….tried the grass in latest and it wasn’t too bad an effort……but more importantly drops back to a more realistic level for a mdn20K graduate…….like our top choice he does need to prove himself on the Del Mar surface

1  Prime Agenda   17 to 1 for a Miller invader hints the race was a gimme to drop and………..go go go this afternoon 2nd out after a 2 month layoff


race 2    average clarity

5  Newfound Gold   gets claimed almost every race he runs in and seems to preform well no matter who trains him…….just claimed by a hot trainer of late in Kristin Mulhall…… it’s hard not to see another strong effort from this hard knocking seven year old gelding

2  Gal Has to Like It   consistent sort on any surface was just snatched at the claiming box by Ted West who seems to be getting his act together in a big way these days…….3 wins & a 2nd with 6 starters at the Del Mar meeting……..wide trip in last hides his last a little

8  Pepper Sweet   claimed for 16K and and drops 2 months later to 12.5K…….but……… as if the ample time between starts did this colt some good……..likes the AW at GG and horse’s that appreciate that surface usually handle the Dmr AW

4  Senator Bob


race 3    slightly below average clarity

8  Moonie   seems like a spot ripe for a 1st timer and this Freeman two year old filly is working well enough to be dangerous in her maiden debut……..and mom has tossed 5 winners from 5 starters

7  Haaay Sexy Lady   flashed speed and stopped in both lifetime races……….dropping out of MSW racing into maiden claiming can really help this kind………trainer has had a good Dmr meeting with limited starters

5  South Texas    Dean Pederson is dangerous with mc 1st timers and mom has tossed 7 winners from 7 starters with many of them precociously winning at two……works are so so but works aren’t everything especially for mc 1st timers

11  Brazilian Barbeque

Long-shot consideration:   6  Libby    Molly Pearson has done well in S Cal this summer and she might be ready with this 1ster……..and mom has tossed 4 winners from 4 starters…….amazingly 1st timers  5, 6, and 8 have broodmares that have tossed a total of 16 winners from 16 starters……that seems like a 1st 


race 4    average clarity

5  Counting Days   solid 1st ever on the Dmr AW in latest and it was off of a layoff…….smartly and deservedly steps up in claiming to avoid the claiming vultures lurking……..likely feeling good……..ran well stalking in latest and the same position looks likely today

1  Run Hide   claim back by Cerin seems dangerous as he seldom gives anything away at a bargain…..wanted this colt back…..rather usual and seems significant……decent chance to run/hide loose on the lead and with the bug boy and his weight break aboard

3  Jackson Sundown   decent history at a route……last seemed a little funky checking on the back stretch and running a little wide…….lone lifetime win came the only time this three year old was ever up for a tag…… for claiming today

7  Volkonsky


race 5    average clarity

5  Ashley’s Sassy   wide trip on an inside track hides a decent MSW debut……and her trainer Peter Eurton is much better with 2nd time starters

9  Stormy Adieu   good AP trainer Ingrid Mason smartly ships a Cal-bred west following a solid 3rd in her MSW debut at Arlington……..should be tough if the filly handles shipping and the transition all the way from Chi-town to Del Mar

2  I’ll Tell You What   decent works prior and since her MSW debut which was so so……but……blinkers on and a rider upgrade……seems poised for a necessary move forward

10  Appealing Lady


race 6    average clarity

5  Pearl de Vere   seems best by far racing on the Del Mar AW (4 0 3 1) and doesn’t have many opportunities left to run on it’s synthetic surface before the track switches to conventional dirt……so Eurton and company likely will pull out all stops to have this filly sharp for this race

2  Q’ Viva   best ever in latest and it was her 1st ever on the Dmr AW…….and improved drill since…….more seems likely today and more fits just fine

8  Fly Freedom   lead type only has other speed to put away but if she does she might be difficult to catch… rider/trainer combo the last couple of months

10  Bunuska

Long-shot consideration:   1  Tinkerbelle Tops   laid up about 15 months but won for fun in lone lifetime race at Emd…..good preparatory works and the trainer has been firing on all cylinders……seems dangerous and with lot’s of potential


race 7    average clarity

10 AE  Skip Tony     big improvement in latest 1st out after the claim by Hollendorfer… was best ever on the AW……and……..he seems better on the grass…….race lacks speed and he has some…..seems likely to get good early position

6  Christopher Street   decent first ever in a “marathon” grass race…….Mike Smith sticks around and right now that is a big plus as he has been magic on the sod of late

3  Bailoutbobby   toss out last as this gelding sat too far off of a lackluster pace to be able to close any in the stretch…….1 3/8ths seemed within his range……rebound can occur and most likely at a handsome price

1  Brother Pete


race 8    slight above average clarity

6  Salt Power    major league rider switch and for a runner who has fired par like efforts in his last two both of which were at Dmr………Bejarano can be enough to get this gelding to the circle of joy

11  Gospel Music   so so effort in last……….but……..big effort two back and if he rebounds to it today he sure seems like the one to overcome in this mdn20K……also…….6 1/2F seems like a good fit and it won’t be for many in here

3  Hot Market   Dean Pederson is way above average when it comes to getting maiden claimers ready to win at 1st asking and he sure seems to have this three year old gelding ready to roll for his debut… the 113 Flat drill on 10 August at Dmr

2  Forest Romance

4  Armensky

1  Ron’s Boy

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Del Mar for Wednesday 20 August 2013

Hard to believe that our top pick returned a profit of 14.5% in 2013 at Del Mar in the 328 races that were run. Needless to say I’m not turning a profit this year so far.

The track has been funky on the grass as most brand new turf courses are and the main track hasn’t played even enough. In general things have been more complex for yours truly. 

Seems like a 6 on the 1 to 10 scale for today’s card.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly below average clarity

8  Nueva Fortuna   on the right end of the learning curve…..latest was quite solid and somewhat hidden…….wide on a decent rail day………..Spawr has been in a funk and can get the ball rolling here

2  Rhodium   not Peter Miller like to race them where it might be a little too tough to get to the winners circle……..finally drops this filly and down to level she is one of the runners to overcome………like her chances to finish well coming off of a route race

3  Woebegon    she’s a tiger when she is on the lead but isn’t assured of getting it here……….Maldonado helps…….an OK inside condition would help

1  Fiesta Express


race 2    slightly below average clarity

3  Borealis Breeze   tightly spaced work regiment with a few drills of merit…….stout trainer Tom Proctor’s forte isn’t mc 1st timers but he sure appears to have this two year well prepared and dangerous for his debut

4  Dr. Vincentstein   1st time as a gelding………first time for Peter Miller……….jock upgrade……..improved recent gate work at Dmr……..small drop

1  Slapshot Man   just purchased at sale  in June so O’Neill and company had a pretty good idea of what they were getting……solid work series since the buy……….finished up with a bullet gate drill………sure seems ready for maiden debut

6  Oakta Litle Lou

Long-shot consideration:   7  Gnarly Harly   1st timer finished up his work regiment on the upswing with a good 6F drill at Bsr and then a good 5F work 1st time ever on the  Dmr AW………seems sharp when it counts the most as in right before his maiden debut


race 3    average clarity

4  Hotaling Heart   Mike Puype is quite dangerous 2nd start after he takes over the training duties of a given horse……that is the case here……and the 1st out under his guidance wasn’t bad

1  She’s Flush   likes the Del Mar synthetic……..2 for 2 with today’s jock………likes the distance of 6 1/2 furlong…….that’s a trifecta of good stuff

3  Exclusive Girl   last which was her 1st ever at Dmr was solid………but I’m a bit surprised and leery that the connections didn’t protect her in a $40K starter…….she did work well since her last………fits very well here if she is still in good shape

6  Faith Proof


race 4    slightly above average clarity

5  Droppin Buttons    MSW debut looked like a public work-out………good a.m. work before his debut and since…….bred very nicely for the grass………pointed for today……..likely well meant this afternoon

8  Lucky J Lane   solid run in latest off of a long layoff running for the first time on the lawn…….good work series since……..same or better seems likely today 

2  Smart Journey   seems best on the lead so blinkers on for the 1st time seems like a “no brainer” good move……..1st time Rafael Bejarano too…….rather dangerous speed here 

6  Chaco


race 5    slightly above average clarity

2  Passionville    just keeps getting better………and better……….and better…………..and the way she ran 1st time on the Dmr AW for her new trainer you would expect she will be………..even better today

9  Grazenette   just fired lifetime best and it is somewhat disguised……….three year old filly ran wide on a good inside day and still managed to close well in the stretch…….double barrel action for D’Amato who trains this promising youngster and our top choice 

5  Winninginfashion   very dangerous when loose on the lead and might be able to shake free here……..might feel really good to have stepped up multiple levels for today

1  Casey’s Clem


race 6    average clarity

7  Battle of Evermore   good MSW debut…….stalked a hot pace and still closed well late for a one beaten length 3rd……..Sadler is good first time at a route…….colt has plenty of early gas to get decent position by turn 1 and be in the hunt from the get go

1  Harmonic   colt had an eventful MSW debut…..broke poorly and ran somewhat wide on a good rail day……..bred well for a route……and Hollendorfer sure is tough 1st time at a route…….Mike Smith (having a terrific Dmr meeting) will be out to make amends for that MSW debut ride

9  Texas Red   just missed in MSW at AP despite a poor trip…..then things gotten even more dreadful at Dmr in 2nd lifetime start breaking a little tardy and then running way too wide on a decent inside day…..1st at route and sure is bred well for one

5  Spin Forty


race 7    average clarity

5  Disregarded   three year old filly sure is improving with each and every grass race…..and her trainer has been hot of late……in fact it has been many a moon since Mulhall has strung so many wins together

3  Alexis Tangier   Richard Mandella runner won for fun in her lone grass race (albeit in a sprint) two races back……..attempts a turf route here and she sure seems to have the most early speed in the race…..should be in control from the opening bell on or near the lead

4  Kukaluka   on the improve since the blinkers were taken off 3 races back…..toss out last on the AW as she seems to dislike it quite a bit……back to the sod……needs another move in the right direction……..recent solid drill of 5F hints she ready for one

6  Gratification


race 8    average clarity

5  Veronica Bay   just popped lifetime best in her 1st ever on the Dmr AW……and she put in a very solid reassuring 5F work just 4 days ago……felling good and drops one notch……should be a major factor here

3  Madame Forbes   dangerous speed type in this spot and retains Bejarano which indicates she came out of her race in decent shape and might handle the quick turn around of 11 days

2  Italian Harmony   seems best running off of short rest and that in the case here…….cut back of 1/16th appears to be a plus

10  Vord Queen

4  Yodelmesomemagic

1  Full of Spice

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