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Del Mar for Saturday 2 August 2014

Plenty going on at the Santucci household this week as my son is getting married on Saturday.

So..........I need to let you know that Saturday's selections will be unaffected but on Sunday there won't be any comments with our picks and picks might contain horse numbers only.

Thank you for your understanding.


Best of luck as always!


Race 1    average clarity

1  Ankeny Hill    faces easier and likely won't flatten out today 2nd out after the layoff.........should be in it from the get go

3  Snowday   race 2 back run last year was solid here.......1st time running as a gelding and just popped a powerful 5/8ths bullet drill......seems like the surgery worked

5  Giant Ego   chased flyer Rangi (who came back to run 2nd in a Stakes race in his next race) until late stretch down the 6 1/2 furlong SA hill......handles the AW.....only 5F today


Race 2  slightly below average clarity

3  Next Speaker   might be better 2nd out off of the layoff and drops one level......the one to beat if he does move forward........obviously I think that he will

2  Be Here Now   connections are willing to drop and risk losing their four year old  because he qualifies for the the 33% bonus if he wins.......1st on an AW surface but he worked a bullet best of 65 July 21 at Dmr

10  Half Dome Dude   very strong effort in last in a very fast heat.....claimed and deservedly steps up.....? is the short rest of only 8 big a shot as anyone in here if he can handle it

4  Insideontheoutside


Race 3   average clarity

1  Image of Joplin   steps way up following a 17 length win on the conventional dirt at SA.....might be a terrific claim by Matt Chew if he didn't beat himself up too much in his latest

9  Know Plans   nice win at Dmr in his owners and trainer for today.......D'Amato is dangerous 1st time out following "private" deals

7  Ashleyluvssugar   sure liked Del Mar last summer.......major rider upgrade from a low % rider last summer to Bejarano this summer

2  Deraptor


Race 4   average clarity

6  Loufoque   pedigree for the AW is fine......weak field.......R. Mandella runner seemingly has a soft spot in which to graduate

7  Nighttiming   East coast invader has breeding that should be able to handle the AW........comes from far back.....likely will fly late if a realistic pace is set up front

8  Penny Sixpence  blinkers off and back to an AW surface (where she ran well in GB versus the boys) might wake this filly up today.......shot to be loose as well

1  Cravin' The Heat


Race 5   average clarity

1  Don't Blame Me   impressive MSW debut at Lrc especially pace wise.......nice works since and they were at Dmr......should be a major player from the get go

6  Call to Congrats   Baffert 1st timer is working as if she is ready to roll as so many of his youngsters are

5  Daphne's Day   work pattern for this Yakteen 1ster is improving.......a good sign she has never felt better......seems likely to be  factor here to some degree

9  Sandy's Song


Race 6   average clarity

2  Tappingintherain   big move forward in 2nd lifetime start........nice move forward 2nd out after a layoff in Oct........ran an effort that sure would be tough here.......2nd out after the layoff once again today.....hmmmm

10  Downtown My Lady   good MSW debut for this Sadler filly over at SA.....good drills since and they are at Dmr.......debut fits well.......move forward and she likely has as good a shot as anyone in the field

9  Front Range   top two picks are not proven at a route......this filly is.....1st ever on an AW surface but she owns a pedigree that should handle one

3  Tiz Midnight


Race 7    average clarity

5  Skip Tony   ultra impressive work regiment.....tightly spaced with many works of merit......sure looks sharp and well meant for his new trainer 1st out following the claim

2  Benba   done little wrong since Avila claimed.....1st at 1 1/8th is a small ? mark or would have been top pick

4  Crusher    distance looks like a good fit......and 2 for 2 for under the guidance of trainer Robert Hess

1  Pepper Sweet


Race 8   average clarity

2  Iotapa   best filly or mare in this field at her best......1st ever on the Dmr synthetic is a question mark

6  Parranda   grass horse has never seen the AW but owns a pedigree that is fairly good for it.......race two back on the turf is very strong and hidden by a poor start and wide trip.......believe rebounds today to that effort shown 2 races back if of course she takes to the Dmr AW

3  Broken Sword   great work tab for this four year old filly and the drills hint that early speed has been put into this likely will try to get loose early and wire the field

1  Fiftyshadesofhay


Race 9    average clarity

2  Conscience   big MSW debut breaking slowly and running a little wide on a decent inside day......good drills since......same effort with a better trip and he will be tough to overcome

12  Prontezzo   another coming off of a solid debut and training well at Dmr.....and the trainer is stout with 2nd time starters

6  Turnover   and yet another with a good debut.......quite usual for a Baffert 2nd time starter to run off of short rest..........likely exited his debut in great shape

3  Another Rucker


Race 10    average clarity

2  Gold Medallion   dull effort the day Hess claimed.....plenty of time off to possibly right the ship.......good recent 6 furlong work at Dmr

8  Dr. Williams   last was kind of dull despite running 2nd.....needs a rebound to his effort 2 back

1  God At War   turf to AW seems like a good move and back to a realistic level of claiming for this gelding

3  Big Wags

10  Tuckers Point 

9  Jeffery's Pride

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