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Del Mar for Saturday 20 August 2011


Just a reminder we will be covering 2 or 3 days of the short Fpx meeting. I will let you know those days next week. I love thoroughbred racing and you know I like to handicap but I also like down time where I hike, bike, inline skate and bang the tennis ball around and give my mind a rest. Any tennis (A/B level or better) or avid inline skaters out there? We do have 2 tennis pro's and 1 golf pro as customers that I know of. Both professions are notorious for having horse players.


race 1 average clarity

5  Include Me Out   horrid trip in lone career race which was run last year....excellent works and Ellis is hot...good return spot in that the field seems soft

2  Honey's Prize   finally this filly is seemingly back where she belongs......sprinting on the AW

1  Righteous Renee   decent forward move last year in 2nd lifetime start.....2nd out after the layoff today


race 2    average clarity

7  Respuesta Solida   been away 3 months but there really aren't many spots to run for a mc winner who breaks her 2 year old maiden in May....both lifetime races fit well here...nice and fresh and lets hope ready

3  Hot Ride   good 1st ever on the AW in last....same effort fits fine and more and she will be ultra tough

1  Stoney Fleece   broke 4 slow and the ran very wide in her maiden debut and still won....claimed by Sadler....same effort with a smooth journey and shes as probable as anyone in here

2  Inquisitive Son   race 2 back is solid...last is a weaker fig mainly because the jock sat too far off a slow pace up front


race 3    average clarity

2  Miss Mittagong    vast improvement in her last her 1st run on the Dmr turf course......and her best drill to date since then.....felling gooooood

4  Talktoomuch   sprint tune-up in latest to tighten up and be full throttle back on her prefferred surface the turf

1  Berg Bahn   in good form and may have the best early speed in this affair


race 4    average clarity

4  Regroup   lone victory came the only time this colt went a route on the AW......positive rider switch.....and he might sit awfully close up in a race void of speed

3  Bell Blitz   dangerous speed in a race that is void of it....just what Pedroza loves

1  Ezuma   good time for blinkers on in this affair seemingly set for those close to the pace

6  Brass Plate    some shot if this recently claimed gelding needed his last after a short break


race 5    average clarity

6  Sentimental Ballard   solid forward move in last and 3 reassuring works since suggest she has held her form so I expect the same or better today

4  Santabarbrabendita    broke a little tardy and ran wide hides a 2nd consecutive improvement....7F looks like a good fit

1  Town Belle   good history with blinkers/synthetic......also the cut back route to 7F has been a ticket to success at this Del Mar meet 

7  Miss Resplendere   done little wrong in three lifetime races on synthetic surfaces....jock has the advantage of knowing this horse well


race 6    average clarity

2  Sweet Swap   Rosario / Sadler teamed up with a win yesterday in the 1st race with a 1ster and look as if this baby is all set to roll as well.....owners love to win at the Dmr meet so I doubt this is a tune-up

7  Castaway   not too many August 2 year olds can handle 3 straight 6 furlong gate drills in a row....once again a Baffert charge is ready for his debut......should have plenty of run late off of those long drills

4  Sky Kingdom   Baffert/Bejarano are getting it done of late at a very high rate of return.....hoo hum another Baffert 1ster all set to go

1  Blacky The Bull   good work regiment for this Bonde 1st timer and trains as if he might have some early speed


race 7    average clarity

4  Via Verde   might be a very good claim by Pender.....crushed foes in last despite a bad trip.......gelding has gotten better since he learned to rate....likes Dmr....likes the distance

5  Dubber   1 for 1 on the synthetic (wire to wire) and owns what appears to be the best early speed in this spot

10  Loro   on the right end of the learning curve and is the kind of horse Shirreffs better have ready off of the 2 month layoff because history suggests it will be a few months before he gets his next shot with this horse

3  Valkyrie Missile   very consistent competitive runner but she will need her "A" game to win this......she does get Gomez to accomplish the task


race 8    average clarity

2  Star Billing   lousy trip in last and still just missed.....see ya Rosario.....ultra consistent at any distance on the sod and at great conditioner of top flight horses....1 for 1 with today's jock

3  Summer Soiree   hello new career....big fast time 8 1/2 length win 1st ever on the grass at Mth......working great at Fai a wonderful place to train your horse notch connections know how to ship and win

4  Bizzy Caroline   Manny Cruz comes in to ride this time and he did not last time suggesting this filly is feeling better than she did before her last and her last wasn't bad....filly crushed foes 2 straight races at CD with Cruz in the irons

7  Cambina   very consistent closer gets the services of Mr Gomez who just happens to be 3 for 3 on this filly...nobody is better on a turf late runner then Gomez

Longshot possibilities:  8  Singapore Lady   needs a great ride from Smith and he sure seems like a better rider when he competes for the big money......toss out last....caught wide with no pace to close into......ran some stellar races last Fall in Europe


race 9    average clarity

2  Rummysecret War   claimed....rested......working great........drops........Mitchell......easily makes it easy for me to put up as top choice

10   Ribald    exits a fast heat at a notch higher....really seems to be best at the abbreviated sprint distance of 5 1/2 F

9  Exclamation   another dropping off of a couple a month layoff.......closer profile and that looks good here

5  Cafe Con Leche   not sure if this gelding is ready off of a 2/3rds of a year break in the action but he fits fine if he is...mid pack style fits in this speed loaded spot


race 10    average clarity

12  Jade's Song    earned a good adjusted for trouble fig in last.....laid up 3 months but training as if that won't be a problem.....good rider/trainer team

10  Warren's Lady   good speed in this spot and Gutierrez is waking up (won for us yesterday as our top pick at 12 to 1) ....fired big in 2nd lifetime start so 2nd out after the layoff seems like a good thing

1  Miss Mystic   decent mc debut last and fits as well as anyone in here if he moves forward a couple of lengths in his 2nd lifetime start

2  Junes Blue Moon   positive trainer switch albeit at the low end of the trainer rankings......2 of the last 4 races for this filly fit but with no margin of error....decent longshot rider might give us a good trip

9  Aurelia    1st timer......good last drill albeit at LA

4  Pride Hunter   another 1st timer who is not impossible to upset


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