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Del Mar for Thursday 17 July 2014

Two tremendous opening days in a row at Del Mar in 2012 & 2013 but a 3rd is unlikely this afternoon unless I am one lucky guy as I found today's card extremely difficult. With that said I studied for about 6 hours which is 2 or 3 more hours than I usually put into a weekday card. 

Best of luck as always especially this afternoon as we will likely need some nice trips to get the job done today! 


race 1    slightly below average clarity

(Note:   11 & 14  fit if either draw into the field from the AE list) 

5  Old Man Lake   solid in both lifetime starts on the Dmr AW.........last sure looks a the gimme (possibly to put some doubt into the claiming vultures) to drop and go where he fits

2  Hawk's Eye   A. C. Avila has woken up from the doldrums and he finally drops this fellow to a level he should be able to compete and cut into the red ink (best he has done in the USA is running 4th in 9 races).......only race on the Dmr main track is good 

10  Fit To Rule   Hollendorfer drops 2 levels following a claim which isn't the best of signs but the purses at Dmr are stellar and Bejarano is up........doubt Hollendorfer would put him aboard anything but a sound and ready animal with the jock coming off of an injury

9  Big Wags


race 2    average clarity

(NOTE:  13  fits if draws into the field from the AE list)

2  Sored Attaq   bad trip at Pim in mc debut........did very well to only loose by a length and run 2nd........shows up in the Hess barn........bonus to out of State ship ins if they win 1st time running at you would think it is full throttle today with their new shooter

3  Bird In Love   trainer Belvoir is quite dangerous dropping off of a claim and he gets Van Dyke to ride who has been rather sought after this summer......and might be even more sought after following a riding title at Lrc 

9  Full of Spice   not much for Miller and company in 2013 but sure seems like a vastly improved individual if this fillies works are worth a hoot.........dangerous and at a price

7  Splendid Outcast


race 3    slightly below average clarity

4  My Happy Face   laid up since 26 Dec 2013.......but a strong work regiment for the Graded winner who tailed off some last fall/winter.......believe this is a confidence builder which means the barn wants a win out of this quality filly

3  Zilbur   6 wins and 2 2nd's (all on off tracks or turf) following a MSW debut clunker for this BRZ invader......adequate wok tab to be ready off of the 11 month hiatus.......has shown she can handle different surfaces in seems logical she will handle the Polytrack at Dmr

2  Hail Mary   another laid up runner who is working up to snuff......seems like speed of the speed in this spot....repeat of her Dmr effort in July of 2013 would make her tough as nails here


race 4    average clarity

5  Hold Everything   Baffert three year old gelding has seen healthier days but he is training as if he has a race or two left in him and he drops......good shot to be loose on the lead but can chase if need be

10  Money Fan   out of state ship and win and get a bonus.....we will see plenty of these this meeting.......big race 3 back at Keeneland seems significant as the AW surface (Polytrack) is the same as Del Mar's......sharps works at Belmont

8  Aftermarketslam   very impressive work series since Peter Miller claimed.....1st at a route but well prepared for it.....ran fine on the synthetic at GG

2  Super Reagan


race 5    slightly below average clarity

10  Jules Journey   very stout efforts in last three races.....would have won today's level last out if he hadn't been blocked in the stretch.....rider upgrade today.......1 for 1 on the grass at today's distance

1  Airfoil   ultra consistent sort has only been on the grass one time and ran so so on it......but he wasn't anything special on the dirt at that point of his career either......very very sharp in the a.m......barn wants race back to the turf this time as a much more accomplished runner

7  Kokaltash   Darrell Vienna has had a tough 2014 and seems due to wake up.......sure has the horse here if he can get the same effort (or fairly close) out of this colt as he showed last Spring in France

9  Full Dancer 

Long-shot consideration:   2  Layton Resister   race two back at CD was arguably his best ever on the grass.......closed into a lackluster pace to win......good history running off of 3 or 4 weeks rest.....4 weeks since AP tune-up on the AW


race 6    slightly below average clarity

(Note:   13 fits if draws into the field from the AE list)

6  Zinvor   useful MSW debut is better than it looks as this 2 yr old colt was caught wide on a decent inside day.....but more importantly he is training as if the Dmr AW is greatly to his liking

5  Whatahustler   acted up behind the gate and still ran 3rd following a poor beginning where he had to check back........likely to show more if the youngster behaves better prior to the start......keep on eye on him if you can

9  London Legacy   has the energy and talent to break his maiden but hopefully he has gotten over a scary habit of ducking out in the stretch.....might be the one to beat if he behaves down the lane today

1  Quiet Thunder


race 7    slightly below average clarity

4  Jackson Sundown    big race 3 back at GG.......which was.....his last run on the AW ........closed into a slow pace and earned a decent drill on the synthetic at Dmr.....believe never sharper running off of two grass races at GG

8  Cinmars Dance   blinkers on/big 6F drill.........handles the Dmr surface/handles route racing......seemingly sitting on a big effort this afternoon

5  Sir Macho   fired lifetime best on the grass in latest.....claimed by Spawr and he gets Smith to ride.....only race on the AW (albeit at Bhp) was good and disguised by a bad the hunt here if he takes to the synthetic at Dmr

9  Warren's Cliff S. 

Long-shot consideration:  1 Know Plans   never better in the p.m and now never better preparation for a race in the a.m......vastly improved drills including his last which was at Dmr......good post......good jock


race 8    average clarity

9  Enterprising   very consistent sort gets Smith riding for Proctor.......3 for 3 at today's one mile grass distance.........working as if he has remained a happy healthy three year old colt

5  Patriots Rule   so so grass record for the jock but he knows this Diodoro colt quite well......solid races in last 3 endeavors......all on the grass........ especially his race 2 back where he closed well late despite a lackluster pace up front

1  Argyle Cut   on the right end of the learning curve and if the trend continues today he will be a major factor with his good post in which to start

10 Texas Ryno


race 9    average clarity

9  Diamond Of Blue   ultra impressive prolonged tightly spaced work series has R-E-A-D-Y written all over it for this laid up Hollendorfer mid priced claimer who likes Del Mar

8  Magic Beam   definitely does his best running on the Del Mar synthetic.......Mulhall smartly has him ready off of a layoff run (gimme in a non-claiming race) at Lrc for opening day at Dmr......likely so as to get the most races out of him during the Dmr meeting

7  Close To The Bridge   improved and won stepping up 1st after the claim by Miller.......stepping up again which is a good sign the newbie in his barn continues to respond to his conditioning

4  Xuang Feng

Long-shot consideration:   1 Next Speaker   1st time gelding and sharp recent works......hinting the ultimate equipment change has helped........and his late running style seems like a good fit in a race that will likely yield a solid pace up front


race 10    slightly below average clarity

11  Coastal Breeze   another 1st time gelding showing some impressive a.m. improvement......race lacks speed and this fellow has some......trainer has had a nice 2014

9  Godard   has only been able to race 3 times since 18 Aug. 2012 so 1st time in claiming makes sense........rather sure this Proctor drop down is ready off of the long hiatus from the game

4  Hittheroadrunning   drop obviously a.m. prowess at GG is a plus......and he has some speed in a race that lacks it.......and......a good post in which to start from

10  This One's For Mel

8  Affrettando

3  Slammer Time





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