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Del Mar for Saturday 6 August 2011



 Sure is a pleasure to study the weekend cards at Del Mar for all of you. Not much of a thrill to express my thoughts in print typing at my snails pace of about 30 words a minute.  This card seems better than average. Sure hope I'm right.


race 1    slightly below average clarity

3  Macho Dorado   big run 2 back turf to AW........same tactic today

5  Red Sharp Humor   declining horse but should fit in this spot......trainer could use a winner

6  Offlee Wild Boys   good N Cal trainer has been little too ambitious with this gelding and now spots him where he belongs and gets the hot riding Gomez 


race 2    average clarity

4  Meadow Lake Queen   both lifetime wins are with today's jock aboard.......owns the controlling speed in this affair

3  Forty Dates   very consistent sort is 13 of 16 on the board on main track surfaces

5  Gotham Spirit   seemingly in good form and just worked a reassuring 4F drill 4 days ago....good shot to hold her form today

1A  Warren's Swamp Fox   2nd after the claim may be the charm for a good claiming outfit


race 3    average clarity

6  Winsome Charm   seems to have been lured into this lower level with the condition of the claiming race and of course the nice purse for a 32K claimer...facing a little softer

4  Mr. Katz   consistent sort seems to have responded nicely to Rosario up as he finally moved forward a little fig/effort wise in last...same jock today

8  Gothic Samurai   cut back in distance and a solid work tab since his last puts this one in the hunt for the circle of joy

1  Kilkenny   dangerous conditioner 1st time he places a horse in a claiming race like today


race 4    average clarity

5  Blazing Along    lead type only appears to have the best early gas in the field and his only race at Dmr was a good one

4  Khendum   somewhat goofy at times awkward runner appears ready conditioner Shirreffs has had plenty of time to school her and teach her how to harness her talent

1  lady Liam   1ster is training well enough to possibly be ready and seemingly catches a semi-soft group

8  Clever Chloe   good works.......bad 1st timer history for trainer French but he gets Gomez to ride.....hmmmm....might break the mold today


race 5    average clarity

6  He's Dance Star   seems solid for 40k......most likely will sit off if some to avoid a potential nasty speed duel

3  Quick Enough   is there one left in the tank for this quickly declining horse since his trip to UAE

1  Caught A Flyer   speed of the speed maybe......especially with the one post at 5 furlongs......Kayla Stra is doing decent on the's nice to see

2  Buyer's Remorse   may get enough pace to fly late especially if Baze saves some ground from his advantageous post


race 6    average clarity

7  Bling Cha Bling   debut was good....2nd race was stellar......that race was one of the fastest 2 year old 5F maiden races figure wise in S Cal over the last 4 years

6  Chickie Charms   hot trainer in works.....all set in debut

3  Norm's Passion   just purchased in May of 2011 so the connections knew what they were getting....also working extremely well.....good 1st timer trainer in Bonde

9  In Deep   1/2 million $ purchase and Baffert trained....all systems go....sure is hard to put a well bred and well trained Baffert charge as 4th choice


race 7    slightly above average clarity

3  Cayambe   all 3 figs on Top Turf Today for this claimer in 2 turn affairs are at least 2 lengths faster than par for today's level.....good trip....same horse....very tough to beat here

6  Arcodoro   best race on the AW ever 1st out after the back to the turf where I believe he is better....might be sitting on a big grass race and has Gomez up to get it done

2  Jairzihno   trainer is most dangerous 3rd out after the's gimme gimme go scenario

1  Deputiformer   1st ime Mullins off of the claim is when he can be most dangerous


race 8    slightly above average clarity

4  Switch   fab filly is working well as usual and should be able to sit about 2nd or 3rd and ponce somewhere after 6 furlongs

6  St. Trinians   tons of ability when she brings her A game....toss out last where she sat too far off a paceless race

3  Zazu   dangerous 3 year old filly and with Rosario taking Switch the hot riding Gomez is me when Gomez is riding in peak form nobody in California is better


race 9    average clarity

7  Bullybullybully    showed terriffic early speed 2 back with the blinkers albeit on the sod.....back on today after being removed in last.....big speed today on the AW.....can be in the hunt from the get go

8  Wid And True    ran away in nasty pace with the app up in jock today will take back some and reserve something

3  Preferred Mandate   in good form and now we get Rosario who is solid 1st timer riding off pace runners like this colt

5  Fleet Continental   needed last and should show much more today


race 10  average clarity

10  Fairfax Lion   bad trip in debut and still finished well.......given the effort he showed a good journey and he can with this

12  Link Suances   loose on an off pace track in a wake up speed effort of the day.....P Val aboard and this race looks to favor the chances of speed types

11  Alex T   like a cheap maiden coming off route races and cutting back to 7F....also owns enough speed to sit close in this group

6  Shivashakti    1ster is training up to snuff to possibly be ready for his mc debut and draws Rosario to ride

9  Awesome Brady   owns a small touch of speed and the cut back of 1/2 furlong looks like a good thing

3  Clocker Moment   consistent sort is proven at the somewhat specialty distance of 7F....does tend to hang

Longshot Possibilities:  7  Benny's Benchmark   exits a fast heat with a very bad being beaten by 10 wasn't that bad....positive rider switch today....a decent longshot jockey to boot

Note:  another potential longshot is 13 We Want It More if he draws in from the AE's



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