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Del Mar for Saturday 9 August 2014

Save $9 dollars by purchasing full card selections for two great days of racing at the same time. Arlington Park Million day on August 17th and Saratoga Travers day on August 24th. Cost is only $40.00 for both days. As usual the selections will be sent to your email the night before.

I have had some very nice Arlington Million days over the years going way back to the inaugural. Not too shabby last year either. Chicago was my racing circuit for some 30 years till switching to Southern California..


Seems like a nice card today. On the 1 to 10 scale let's call it a 8.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Rosewhitenblue    wide on a rail day in latest hides a very strong sprint effort......trainer is in go the step up a level following a 3rd place finish.........1 mile is within this fillies range

4  Thermal Normal    solid win 1st ever on the Dmr AW.....claimed and deservedly stepped up one level......trainer is off to a slow start at the Dmr meeting but might jump start things here

7  No Tricks for Jack   vet scratch on July 3rd for 25K but ample time off since to rectify things........2 for 3 at Dmr.......repeat of his last sure fits well in this spot.....N Cal trainer has been hot to start the meeting

8  Putahexonher


race 2    average clarity

2 Anxious Times    very aggressive work tab for this laid up R Mandella the 124:3 7F drill on the Dmr surface......MSW debut two back is better than appears in print.......and I believe this colt is returning as a better runner at 3 than he was at 2.......and last but most importantly he has a good pedigree for the sod

7  Snuggley Bear   very consistent sort for Canani is working nicely hinting he has returned home from the East ready to roll......seems likely to be in this grass mile from the get go.........does have a tendency to hang  

1  Spring Action   two solid lifetime races both run at CD.......the last was at today's distance and on the grass.......the grass effort wasn't too bad and today he draws a better post and gets blinkers on......look for this three year old to sit much closer today and be a factor throughout

8  Wicked Finance


race 3    slightly below average clarity

3  World Famous Sam T   claimed by Hess in his last and he makes a significant jockey upgrade to his go to guy Kent Desormeaux........Hess is hot and can keep the ball rolling here

7  Loop Current Eddie   Steve Sherman gelding is (3 1 2 0) when placed where he belongs  .......fits fine here at the 16K nw2 level.......5 1/2 furlongs seems like a good fit

5  I've Had Enough   beaten by 40 lengths in debut.....blinkers on and won in 2nd out.........needs a little more today with little being the key word

9  Tribal Dude


race 4    slightly above average clarity

2  Iron Fist    bad trip in MSW debut and it was a fairly fast heat.......3 lengths better than par when you adjust for trouble by my book......Mike Smith will be out to make amends

6  American Pharoah   very impressive a.m. work for this Baffert 1ster since switching to the Del Mar surface........expensive purchase seems all set to return some dividends in his MSW debut

1  Calculator   like our top pick this Miller baby had a tough trip in his debut and earned a solid adjusted for trouble (Santucci) fig......and Miller is quite dangerous with 2nd time starters

4  One Lucky Dane


race 5    slightly above average clarity

6  Enterprising   4 for 4 in one mile grass races........and whereas he flattens a little at 1 1/8th on the grass I believe his 1st ever at 1 1/16th on the sod might be a very good fit

2  Schoolofhardrocks   seems highly likely to get a close up ground saving trip and with a reasonable pace up front.......M Garcia is back up and he won for fun (4 1/4L) the only time he had the opportunity to ride this Hofmans runner 

4  Sammy Mandeville   on the right end of the learning curve.......fits as well as anyone in here if he can keep the trend intact......good sign Bejarano remains aboard


race 6    average clarity

8  Long Hot Summer   very expensive Cal-bred is working as if she is ready to roll for D'Amato and company.........just bought in May so you would think the connections pretty much knew what they were getting.......if's going be one long hot summer for them

4  Definitely Not   12 to 1 at SR for a Hollendorfer 1st timer in a 7 horse field suggests the 2nd place finish surprised the connections to the "big track"......most likely a much fitter (and dangerous) invader here

6  Lovefromafar   not much of a record with 1st timers for Mulhall but this filly is working too well to leave out.....and her recent 34:1 bullet just 4 days hints of some solid early foot

3  Really A Princess


race 7    slightly above average clarity

6  Taste Like Candy   solid work regiment for one fine three year old filly that is amazingly still eligible for a nw alw race........proven fresh......four months fresh today

7  Sweet Marini   another quality filly who is awfully stout considering the given level of racing........and she also can run fresh off of the bench which is the case here

2  Mum's Truckee    bad trips of late and still competing well........better get a very good trip today because our top two selections have some big potential for the nw alw level

11  Wasted At Midnight


race 8    slightly above average clarity

4  Boozer   seems very sharp right now with few hints that he will decline any this afternoon.......especially as well as Glatt runners have been firing of late

8  Kulik Lodge   you think this Tom Proctor laid up gelding is ready........48 furlongs over a 43 days span.........yikes........enough said

3  Husband's Folly   seems quite a bit improved since Hollendorfer claimed 3 races deservedly placed back in an allowance affair........likely feeling good and ready for best

2  Play It Loud


race 9    average clarity

7  Mistaken Identity   no turf sprint racing at the Del Mar this meet because of the iffy grass forced to drop way trainer for today and good works.........dangerous speed horse

8  Sir Barclay   another runner changing trainers since his last race and dropping quite a bit......last race is better than appears in print as this young gelding dueled on a slightly dull inside

10  Omar Little   improving sort and the cut back of one half furlong seems like a plus.....not out of this by any means

11  Aspirational


race 10    slightly below average clarity

5  Ryleigh Ruler   lone effort at Del Mar (debut race in 2013) looks bad on paper but was quite good totally disguised by a brutal two months but working like the connections mean business.......trainer has had a terrific 2014

1  Madame Forbes   ample time off to seemingly recover from some health her pedigree to take to the Dmr AW in her first ever effort on it

6  Italian Harmony   on the improve with every start.......and sure seemed better with 1st time blinkers in her last.....and they remain on for today for her 1st ever around two turns........trainer 1s 3 for his last 10 for time at a route with a given horse

10  Yu Teasing Me

3  Diamond Flush

2  Galway Bay


Posted on August 9, 2014 at 10:51 am by richs · Permalink
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