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Del Mar for Thursday 14 August 2014

Save $9 dollars by purchasing full card selections for two great days of racing at the same time. Arlington Park Million day this Saturday 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 until switching to Southern California..

Average looking card this afternoon at beautiful Del Mar. Let's call it a 6 on the 1 to 10 scale.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly below average clarity

5  Mariska No More   flashed a fast quarter mile and then fell apart in her maiden debut......blinkers on today .......drops a little......might open up lead in a 5F affair......cut back of 1/2 furlong less is a plus

4  Good Journey   also gets the blinkers on for her 2nd lifetime start........back quick and back quick with a solid 4F work since her debut......feeling good.....trainer is much better with 2nd time starters

7  Lamist   broke a little tardy and ran wide in her 2nd lifetime start and 1st at Dmr.......drops two levels......needs a small move forward and a better trip and she likely has as good a shot as anyone in here

9  Aw Gee


race 2    average clarity

2  Biorhythm   likely in control speed wise is this spot........needed last and the a.m. prowess since his last suggests he is doing awfully well......Talamo gets a rare shot with a Proctor grass make the most of the opportunity

3  Theatre Star   another Proctor filly who seems likely to get a nice ground saving trip sitting 2nd or 3rd and be  load in the stretch for others to handle

1  Queen of The Sand   just fired best ever on the lawn in last and the way she has worked since suggests the same or better will occur today.....solid rider/trainer team of late


race 3    average clarity

6  Senor Rain   nice rebound in latest with the blinkers put on........smartly steps up a couple of levels.........1 for 2 on the Del Mar AW......(3 1 2 0) at today's distance for this Indiana bred.......16 of 24 1st or 2nd lifetime on main track surfaces

3  Got Even    best in two turn races and the connections finally have figured that out.........wire to wire attempt as usual.......might not be at his best on the Del Mar AW but still dangerous loose on it's surface

7  Kate's Event   way wide on an inside day in last makes for an effort that is better than appears in print.......1 for 3 at today's distance and the win might have been the best effort of this seven year old horse's career

2  Noble Kent


race 4    average clarity

1  Boom Boys   lone lifetime race run way back in April at SA is solid here.......working as if he is ready fresh once again for Doug O'Neill with his most impressive work being his last work and only drill on the Dmr AW

4  Tasha's Courage   3 of 8 lifetime races are par or better for today's level.......and the abbreviated sprint distance of 5F appears to be exactly what he wants/needs

6  Alsace   just fired lifetime best with the blinkers put good as anyone here if he can repeat the effort.........rider has been in a prolonged slump and could use a win here to jump start things 

8  Rainbow North

Long-shot consideration:   7 Warren's Sallyized   away since early March but returns as a 1st time gelding and sure is working as if the surgery and/or the Dmr synthetic has made him a more formidable maiden claimer


race 5    average clarity

5  Contessa B.   only race ever on the Poly-track which was at Kee would be a ton here if this Hess invader can repeat it........claimed for $30K so why not race for $16K when the purse is a lofty $24,000 at Del Mar

3  Point Endurance   appears to be the controlling speed in this affair........seems highly likely to sit 1st or 2nd down the back stretch in what might be a reasonable pace

9  Tiz Zoe Cee   rider upgrade.......drops a level........definitely seems best on AW surfaces and this is only her 3rd race on a synthetic surface........and she best win now as AW surfaces will be a thing of the past in S Cal by the end of December 

1  Bobbylouie


race 6    average clarity

3  Williams Bay  little shot in MSW debut 8 weeks ago running wide and too far off a lackluster pace down the SA hill grass course........stout work regiment since....bred brilliantly to appreciate route grass racing.......stout rider/trainer team in Van Dyke/Proctor

6  Sweet As A Rose   on the right end of the learning curve....and developing quite the late kick in two turn grass races.......and late running grass horses with Nakatani up make for a good fit

2  Penny Sixpence   GB invader looked like a horse in need of a race off of the 8 month layoff.........nice recent series of 6F drills since her last....seems fit this time around for her 2nd start in th good old U  S of A

7  Freethinker


race 7    average clarity

2  Hugh Knew   set one nasty pace even for a very fast grass course on 24 July at Dmr.......did extremely well to only get beat by 1 1/4L at the wire.........seems OK on the Dmr AW.........sure looks very much like the controlling speed 1st out after the Truman claim

3  Adellusion   1st race following the Baltas claim.......blinkers on for today and a bullet work suggests the equipment change has helped........5 of 6 1st or 2nd on the AW........trainer is solid 1st time at a route with a given horse

8  Backintheacademy   off for two months but training sharply and might be at her best on the Del Mar synthetic.......might have to overcome a tendency to hang to get the top prize

5  Fable


race 8    average clarity

8  Cuneo   rebounded in last 1st race following the claim back by Pender......major league rider switch for today and steps up a couple of levels......decent chance this gelding is feeling good and when he brings his "A game" he is very dangerous

1  Hope 'n Pray    trainer has had good success with limited starters and I believe he has made a good claim here.......he brings his new four year old back for the same price and he brings him back off of short rest........and.......his new shooter historically has moved forward running off of short rest

10  Zippingaroundtown    dangerous speed here and a dangerous trainer/rider team........solid layoff effort in last..........might be the one to beat if he moves forward 2nd out following the layoff

9  Southern Sunshine

3  Tribal Desert

2  W. Giles


Posted on August 14, 2014 at 8:14 am by richs · Permalink
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