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Del Mar for Sunday 28 August 2011




Opening day at Fairplex Friday, September 9th and Derby day at Fairplex, Saturday  September 24th will be available. Most likely there will be another card covered which I'll announce at a later date. 



race 1    average clarity

3  Winsome Charm    improving with every race and good 1 mile races on the lawn.....jock knows this horse well

6  Gothic Samuri    just raced 22 days ago but Drysdale works him twice at 6 furlongs.......seems like a really good sign this gelding is feeling quite good

7  Cayambe   caught a very stout group of 40K claimers in last and only lost by 2 lengths.....seemingly faces quite a bit less challenging foes here

4  Interpatation   woke up in last.....bullet 3F drill since.....a positive jock change......1 mile seems like a good fit these days for him


race 2    slightly below average clarity

1  Memphis   both lifetime races fit rather well versus this semi-soft looking group......bit skeptical of this race as there isn't any speed in the race and it is difficult to predict where the horse's will be positioned in the early stages of the race

3  High Success   sure looks like the last was a tune-up.....solid back numbers......would have been top pick but she might be too far back in what sure looks like a pedestrian pace up front

5  Adriatic Moon   major move forward in last and claimed in the trainer steps up double the price and Bejarano sticks with the horse.....2 wins and one 3rd in 3 races on the Dmr synthetic


race  3    average clarity

3  Bourbon Bay   stout marathon specialist is facing the easiest bunch he has see in quite some time

1  Make Music For Me   3 for 5 in the win column on the turf.....ran 4th at 1 1/4 in the Kentucky Derby in 2010 so I doubt the 1 3/8ths on the sod will be a problem

6  Imponente Purse    another like our top selection who appreciates the marathon distance affairs.....will need very best to beat our top pick unless of course our top pick has an off day


race 4    average clarity

8  Gibson Home Run   great chance to clear in this spot and be in control of things with P Val guiding the way.....1st time gelding maybe a big plus at least for us maybe not for him

6  Offlee Wild Boys   sure like this gelding's races at 6F and he finally gets to run in one....small drop in claiming a plus and so is the fact Gomez sticks around to ride

7  Speed Bias   2 for 2 running "fresh".....only race he ran with the blinkers off on the main track is most impressive....fresh and no blinkers today.....quite dangerous even with seldom used Joe Steiner up

9  Deluxe Bus   late runner will need ample pace to be a major factor late versus these....think he has about a 1 in 3 chance to get it


race 5    slightly above average clarity

4  The Factor   fresh and working stellar........seems loose here and can handle substantial pace so it sure looks like he is very formidable here

5  Smiling Tiger   proven world class sprinter will most likely find himself in the chase position and he will be closing in the stretch....would have been top pick if he wasn't only 1 for 5 at Dmr

6  Crown Of Thorns   impressive off the bench effort last year in this Grade 1 race like all systems are go for a solid return run in this top level sprint race


race 6    slightly above average clarity

3  Correspondent   one mile seemingly was a bit too short for this nice Proctor charge.......extra 1/16 and the switch to his top jock (Gomez) should make him tough in this spot

7  Flawless Jewel   best career race was run last Dec and it was without blinkers.....blinkers off today can move this filly forward and she is already running fairly well

4  Born Lucky   consistent sort needs just a little more punch in late stretch when it counts so much in grass racing.....maybe new jock can help

9  Sky Flying Eileen   very big run at 2 sprinting on the AW......1st route on the AW in layoff last and it was much better than it appears in well and bred well for 1st ever on the sod


race 7    average clarity

12  Aeromon  last 2 races fit very solidly here at today's lower level and 1st time Gomez up to get the job done

10  Warren's Dr. Young   clunker in last but the race 2 back fits just fine versus these

5  Unusual Jazz   all three lifetime starts are par like endeavors for today's 16k nw2 level and the last is somewhat hidden by a bad trip-a-roo....3rd new conditioner in only his 4th lifetime start

1  Armenian Star   one win and two 2nd's the last 4 times this gelding has run for a tag.......and she drops a notch in claiming today and a decent 2nd place finish


race 8    average clarity

2  Pleasure to Ride   Canani is awakening and he just claimed this 5 year old and he put 3 solid drills into him....he is very stout when he shows good works right after a claim

5  Dr. Smarty Jack   much needed layoff run in last is quite a bit better than it looks on paper....a logical move forward off of that effort puts him squarely in the hunt in this spot

3  Tamarack Smarty   deep deep closer has par for the level efforts in 6 of his last 7 on The Racing Digest's Top Turf Today ratings....1 mile seems to be his best distance....kind of rare for a deep closer on the turf

10  Ferneley   might be on a solid rebound and if  he is he might be able to overcome his difficult post


race 9    average clarity

10  Twirling Candy   yet to win at a 1 1/4 miles so Sadler astutely puts 2 strong aggressive back to back 1 mile works into move and a very talented horse

9  Game On Dude   trained awfully well and this gelding has proven he can handle sitting close to a fairly hot pace and still last the 1 1/4 miles

6  Setsuko   another very nice animal who puts in big runs in top races but he sure doesn't understand how to win (15   1 6 3).....I have been shocked that R Mandella doesn't put him in a nw alw race to let him crush the field (maybe unless he hangs there too) and teach him what winning is all about

1  Don Cavallo   can run off or on the pace and this invader has some breezes at WO that would be impressive even if they were rated as "handling" efforts....very sharp and seemingly ready for prime time


race 10    average clarity

3  Gilligan    one of these days Gilligan is going to toss a clunker but I don't think it it today

8  Sir Bell   improving sort logically steps up.......trainer is quietly having a very good meet and in fact is having a very good year

1  Royal Import   re-claim by Hess and this gelding runs for him as if he has the trump card for this horse

12  Joe Carl   such a hard trying competitor when he is right and he looks as if he is back in good form


race 11    slightly above average clarity

9  Duda Ten   powerful move forward in last that is somewhat hidden....same effort/energy with a smoother trip and she will be very stout here

1  Make Mine Remy   close second in a very fast heat for mdn 20k.....would have been top pick but she isn't a very good gate horse and that doesn't mix so well with the 1 post at 6 1/2 furlongs 

12  Candys Girl   good awakening in last.....any move forward and she is as likely as any to visit the winners circle

10  Mum's Joke    lousy trip in last or right there at the riding Talamo will be out to make amends

3  Pat's Dream

6  Warren's Hopeful




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