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Del Mar for Friday 29 July 2011


 So So card but Saturday looks good as it so often does at Del Mar. We will have a good day if Rosario and Sutherland have good days. They are both picked on top in 3 races each.


race 1    slightly above average clarity

3  Wallstreeter   all her career Cal. grass races fit solidly versus these and her only grass race out of town she broke her MSW at Tup by 20 lengths

7  Hard Sun   improving sort has trained up to this race smartly for Drysdale who seems to be back to the old Neil which is of course a Hall Of Fame guy

4  Bauble Queen   major wake up 1st time on the AW in easy MSW win in latest....that was a layoff run and so is today......bred to handle both the grass and the distance


race 2    average clarity

3  Warning Song   excellent history at a mile both on the turf and AW......impressive 2nd in last......cut back in distance 1/16 sure seems like a good fit

4  Gold Medallion   good sprint tune-up in last....full go at a route today

5  Shrug   on the improve with every start and will be a major factor if Gaines can keep the trend intact...Blanc knows this colt well


race 3    slightly below average clarity

6  Little Unusual   useful turf sprint debut (full of run) and a good pedigree to appreciate a mile on the turf...decent post and a reassuring recent drill

1  Warren's Today   nasty post but owns 2 solid 2nd's in 2 lifetime races on the grass....winner of her last would crush these

4  Jet Set Girl   another with a useful debut but hers was on the AW....bred fine to handle the grass and the distance

5  Vonn Nez   better than appears on paper.......last might have been a sprint turf gimme...if so she is dangerous today


race 4    slightly below average clarity

8  Dre's K   6 to 1 in a 5 horse field at Emd and won by 11.....yikes.....firmly believe this gelding is the best animal in the race far he is a lead type only and there is a lot of other speed types in here....might need to rate

4  Gutshot Straight   crushed foes last 2 races...not sure he has a 3rd left in him but seems awfully tough if he does 

1  Polly's Dancer   improving sort can get a nice stalk position behind would should be a lively pace

3  Los Bomberos   lead type only so far bombed on the front end in last but his race 2 back run last May is rather strong


race 5    slightly above average clarity

3  Thinking Of Girls   major league wake up in last running 3 wide pressing a decent pace and still won going away....repeat of that race with a better trip and he should take this

1  Private Bounty   on the improve with every start and little stands in the way of the another forward move with his 2nd out after the O'Neill claim

7  Thunder Of Zion   caught wide stalking a solid pace hides his last effort.......Joy Scott to the apprentice  sure seems worth the 7 pound weight break...his speed might carry a long way today  

9  Carmichael   par like run for today's level in mc win in last....needs only a few lengths of improvement and why not as this is only his 2nd out after a long hiatus from the track


race 6    slightly below average clarity

5  Sammartino   hidden forward move in last and is usually better 2nd out after the layoff

3  Renegade Storm   nice history 6 to 8 weeks between races and Jones shows patience and gives it to her.......Bejarano knows this horse well.....a nice plus

1  Lemou   very competitive sort should sit on or near the lead from the get go with Rosario up who woke in a big way yesterday

11  Mr Make Believe   never easy to break your maiden at 1st asking on the SA hill course but this colt did.......been off since early April but has an impressive series of 7F works.....all set but what a tough post for a horse tryiny 2 turns for the first time


race 7    average clarity

6  Dehoud   prolonged every 6 day work series for 2 months has this consistent gelding cranked and ready for the rigors of going 1 1/2 miles....1st ever on the AW but handled the slop at SA and trains well on synthetic surfaces so I doubt it will be a problem

4  Setsuko   last 3 races all fit solidly at this lower level......a touch concerned about his ability past 1 1/4 miles as he has flattens some at 1 1/4.....albeit versus better

1  Bourban Bay   loves the marathon 1 1/2 distance on the turf.......needs to love it on the AW....only other AW run was so so

5  Times Gone By    a major forte of Mitchell's is claiming distance  horses for about 40K or higher and placing them in a Stakes race in their next out and competing well...that's what we have here

Longshot Possibilities:     7 Mindblower    seems to be overhead in this spot but the trainer can do little wrong these days and Gomez is up with very low weight....dangerously low weight 


race 8    slightly below average clarity

6  Toluca   training progressively better.......including a solid 4F work on the Dmr surface.....1st timer is a tepid top pick in a hard race to decipher

1  Musical Arts   1st timer seems fairly ready for her debut....solid rider/trainer in Sadler/Rosario

5  Madoffwiththemoney   you know the owners would love to win right out of the box with their clever horse are good......trainer is decent 

10  Cali Gal   has shown life in both lifetime races......trainer has snapped out of the doldrums....positive rider switch to Bejarano

7  Lady's Plan   decent run in debut last considering zero support at the windows.....doubt all cranked up for that debut.....more in the tank today

3  Warren's Fancy   blinkers on and the drills sure are better......might return a different horse off of the 2 month layoff




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