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Del Mar for Thursday 7 August 2014

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Below average card clarity wise this afternoon. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  City Ride   last two MSW races fit at today's lower level.......very solid early pace improvement in latest......1st on the Del Mar AW seems to be the biggest ? mark

8  Don't Needa Reason   Miller takes over the training of an improving two year old filly.....two solid preparatory drills under his guidance at Slr.......steps up a little but seems more than ready for the challenge

7  Where Is My Mind   A. C. Avila is hot right now so whereas I seldom worry about his 1st timers (weak record with them) I do here because of his recent prowess and a solid set of drills for his new shooter

4  Jilly Juice


race 2    average clarity

4  Speckles   Tampa invader shows up in the Bonde since April but the drills and the fact this filly won her maiden debut hint that she is meant and ready today

2  When I'm Calling   seems like a solid claim in last by Dominguez......very consistent three year old filly has only missed the board once in 15 starts and the miss was a 4th place finish.......solid effort in her last which was her 1st race on the Dmr AW

7  Analemma   obviously a bad claim last summer at Dmr (not Baffert's forte)......but the filly has had plenty of time off to heal and she returns at a level for her new trainer Dan Blacker where she can be tough fresh off of the bench

6  She's Flush


race 3    slightly below average clarity

5  Kenji's Thunder   endurance building grass route race in last.......set a solid pace and tired.........improved drills since (and at Dmr) hinting the grass muscled this colt up........seems ready for best ever......and drops a small notch

1  Southeast Asia   acted up loading in maiden debut and still ran fairly well....claimed by improved 5/8ths work just 4 days ago........likely can show more today especially if he behaves better at the gate

7  Verraco   35 to 1 in MSW debut has gimme written all over it and the "tune-up" wasn't too bad........high likelihood we see more much more seems to be the ? mark 

2  John's Success  


race 4    average clarity

4  Easy Topper    three year old gelding needs to win now as he seems to dislike the "dirt".......lone lifetime win came at Dmr and it was his only race on it's surface

3  Oh Daddy Oh   lead type only seems as if he is the speed of the speed and he is 1 for 1 at the abbreviated sprint distance of 5 1/2F

2  Happy Idea   dropped in claiming and won in his last.....drops again.......Hess has won 2 of his last 4 dropping off of a win

6  Nobel Metal

Long-shot consideration:   7  Compulsive    nothing special 1st run following the Glatt claim......but......blinkers off for today and vastly better a.m. prowess.......might show much more 2nd out after the claim this afternoon


race 5    average clarity

3  Wildling   very good work regiment at Bsr especially considering the given level of racing......rather sure this Hollendorfer mc 1st time is meant and ready........trainer has won at a 39% clip with his last 64 mc 1st timers

7  Whoyougonnacall   another 1ster training well enough to possible be ready enough to score at 1st asking.......Talamo has been a go to guy for D'Amato the last couple of months........and besides what a great name for a son of Ghostzapper

8  Empire Cat   useful mc little 3F gate drill since........small drop.........might all add up to a contender in this spot

1  Tribal Echo


race 6    below average clarity

8  Tiznow Or Then   seems to be on the rebound to some degree.........and his last on the Dmr AW which was run way back in August of 2013 is solid and hidden by a wide trip

1  Foolhardy   late runner might get the pace he needs in this affair with multiple speed types to flatter his late kick.......and he showed he can run some on the Poly in a couple of races at Kee

9  Shun   CD invader is 3 for 5 on AW surfaces and only 2 for 15 on other surfaces.......AW at Del rider/trainer combo in Desormeaux/Hess........1st after the claim by Hess has been a good thing of late

6  Tribal Jewel


race 7    average clarity

9  Hail Mary   very consistent in sprints.......last at Del Mar was impressive....hung on for 2nd despite having to cope eye to eye in a nasty pace

7  Journey On   drops out of a Grade 3 and reverts back to a sprint.......seems best sprinting on turf or the AW.......1 for 1 on the Dmr synthetic

1  Heat Trap   good race last year running turf to the Dmr AW......turf in last and AW here......likely will need very best if either of our top two picks fire and get a decent trip

3  Living The Life


race 8    slightly below average clarity

4  Expo And Fig   laid up since Dec but ran well "fresh" in mc debut at Del Mar last summer.......and the effort at one claiming notch higher was somewhat hidden by a bad trip

10  It's Living Water   consistent sort drops out of MSW racing.....and the 7F seems like a plus and it won't be for many in here......solid rider/trainer combo

2  Warrior's Ridge   last 3 grass efforts/figs fit for this Texas-bred......1st on a main track surface of any it 60/40 he handles the surface change

1  Songforjohnmichael

11  Fast Mast

12  Hold Everything


Posted on August 7, 2014 at 11:05 am by richs · Permalink
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