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Del Mar for Friday 15 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..

So so card this afternoon at beautiful Del Mar. I do like Saturday's card.

Note: the "tide" (or probably something else but you never know) is in control of the goofy Del Mar main track making it awfully random how the track will play but Friday with the late post has consistently been a nice even or slightly inside far.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Silver Torch   takes a two level drop down to mdn40K and why not as he cost $30K as a yearling........trainer is red hot and mostly with Desormeaux in the saddle........Baze up in latest - Desormeaux is up today

6  Money Tree   solid wake up with the blinkers put on in 2nd lifetime race.......seems to be training better since........should be a major player if he moves forward again as I believe he will

1  Coolington   laid up since November but returns as a 1st time gelding and he sure is working as if the ultimate equipment change has done him a world of good.......and the highly selective Mike Smith (and his agent) accept the mount

3  Kings Adventure


race 2    average clarity

6  Theatrical Cast   wide on an inside biased day hides a solid effort in latest......5 1/2F is a good fit.......Baze won two yesterday to break a mini slump and the rides were awfully good

5  Swiss Intrigue    good move forward in 2nd lifetime race.......solid drills since.......shot to move in the desired direction once again today......1st on the AW at Del Mar or would have made this filly top pick

10  L X Sunrise   6 straight 2nd place finishes and counting........drops one notch.........should come flying late as usual.......obviously needs to overcome her tendency to hang in the late stretch

8  Never Again

Long-shot consideration:   3  Here Comes Bobbie   solid awakening in latest.....and the drills since at Bsr hint at a healthy improving young lady......1st on the Dmr AW is a ? mark or she would have been 4th choice


race 3    average clarity

3  Mr. Commons   hard to believe this stout turf miler is only 3 for 16 at the distance......this might be more of a tune-up than a full blown go...... but then again he hasn't found the winners circle since early 2012......race sure sets for his closing style

5  Rangi   highly consistent grass runner when the turf is very firm going way back to his days in firm as it gets in his last and it led to a nice 2nd in a Stakes race......broke the 133 flat barrier which is impressive even on lightning fast turf......needs to avoid a suicidle speed duel one way or another

7  Te Rapa   no visible excuse in last but......race sure sets up for his mid pack running style as there is a high likelihood of a strong early pace in this is a major factor if he does manage to rebound

6  Starsplangled Heat

Long-shot consideration:   8 Forest Mouse   invader's last race on the sod run in March of 2013 fits fine and a much weaker rider was in the saddle that day than the jockey who is aboard today....dangerous


race 4    below average clarity

10  Ya Wanna Hug   consistent sort hitting the board 16 of her last 20......drops off a nice win in last......believe enticed by the big purse for a $8K claimer........doubt Guce would come in for the mount if this Treece runner was hurting

2  One Magical Girl   another consistent sort and she likes the Dmr AW.......has learned to rate and that has made her much more dangerous/versatile

8  Spring Breeze   dropped 8K in claiming and ran an effort that would crush these if she repeats it.....but dropping another 4K off of such a strong effort is highly suspicious......30/70 she repeats it but a ton if she does

11  Fanny Brice

Long-shot consideration:   6  Warren's Assassin   two consecutive wins going off at 55 to 1 and 15 to 1.......yikes......has something to prove at Del Mar but maybe she is a totally different five year old filly these days


race 5    slightly below average clarity

7  Airfoil   toss out last as this Cerin runner doesn't much care for the late runner in the field that I have reason to believe will have some strong early comes Bejarano if I am right

5  Holy Lute   loves Del Mar.....last was decent but likely needs more since the 2nd place finish in latest are improved.....forward move seems in the cards

4  American Pride   if this was on conventional dirt this Baffert colt would be the top selection....but it's not......has something to prove on the Dmr AW so 3rd pick-a-rooo

2  Bull Dozer


race 6    average clarity

8  Istanford   easy paced wire win in a Grade 2 in last.......likely feels terrific coming off such a stress-less race.......two sharp 4F works since support the conclusion

6  Tiz Kissable   not too hot of trip in Grade 2 last.......did fairly well to only be 5 3/4L behind the winner (our top pick) at the wire.......and we get a rider upgrade and a better post for today......such a deal

11  Wonderfully   nice pick up for Proctor fits very well in this spot......but she sure draws a nasty post......Mike Smith needs all his magic here.....fits as well as anyone if he can gives it

2  Sheza Smoke Show


race 7    average clarity

7  Minnaloushe   massive drop from MSW to the bottom level claiming.........but the key is change of trainers to O'Neill who might have accepted the horse on the stipulation they run her where she can win.........sure can score here if she is still 80% of what she was

5  Best In Class   another taking a significant drop mdn62.5K to since lone lifetime start way back some 350 days ago.......effort that day is par like for today's lower hint she's meant and ready fresh off of the bench

11  Natal   another laid up filly who sure is working as though she can compete at a high level off of the layoff......will need about a 1/2 dozen or so more lengths of ability than her lone start in Feb..........might give it if her work tab is worth a hoot

1  Alissa R N

4  Sunday Stroll

2  Lizzy's Tizzy



Posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:45 am by richs · Permalink
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