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Del Mar for Saturday 30 August 2014

Abbreviated schedule (as has been on our website all year) for the Fairplex meeting (now at Los Alamitos) and it is as follows: Sept. 5th, 19th, 20th and 21st and with brief comments only. It is for much needed R & R time and website maintenance time.


Not an easy card. Let's call it a 3 on the 1 t0 10 scale. Decent chance for a two day carryover for Sunday and I like Sunday's card quite a bit more.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly below average clarity

7  Beach Premier   ran 2nd in maiden debut at 27 to 1......likely surprised her connections........seems likely for better in 2nd lifetime start with the debut race muscling her up

6  Birthday Song   like our top choice this filly might not have been that wound up in her mc debut as she ran 3rd at 21 to 1 in an 8 horse field.......Casse baby seems likely to show more today

3  Cruisingtheharbor    two year old filly first timer was just bought at sale in June......Miller and company pretty much knew what they were getting........a.m. work seems up to snuff

2  Dana's Delight


race 2    average clarity

1  Prontezzo   wide on a good rail day disguises how solid this D'Amato three year ran in his 2nd lifetime start........solid a.m. work since......MSW debut wasn't too shabby either.........same or better seems to be in the cards this afternoon

6  He's On His Toes    strong layoff effort in last.........impressive wide run.......two reassuring drills since.......three year old gelding seems likely to move forward today for the sharp trainer (Hollendorfer) to put his Cal-bred in an open company affair

7  Turnover   both lifetime endeavors are par like efforts for the 3 and up MSW level........might need slightly more here as this race sure appears as if it is better than a par field.......continues to train like a happy healthy horse so a move forward might occur

8  Alfa Bird


race 3    slightly above average clarity

1  Blue Tone   very solid on AW surfaces including Del Mar where he owns 2 wins in 3 races on it's synthetic surface.....high probability he gets a good ground saving trip near or on the lead

5  Big Bang Theory   well proven "fresh" runner is coming off of a nine month layoff but is training as if he is all set to compete at a high level..........1st on the Del Mar AW but the works on it in the a.m. suggest he will handle it

2  Drill    no wins since 2012 but Drill is 2 for 4 at Dmr and 2 for 21 elsewhere........Baffert might pull out all stops to make sure this declining five year old rebounds some today and rebounds on his favorite surface


race 4    average clarity

1  I'll Wrap it up   blinkers on in last and it sure helped..........fired lifetime best.........reassuring 6F work since and facing easier in this spot.......good post

7  Footstepsinbronze   improving with each and every grass race for Simon Callaghan......last effort would likely make him a major player........any more effort today would be icing on the already sweet cake

9  I'vegotafeeling   interesting Ire overseas invader draws Mike Smith which hints he is ready off of the 5 month layoff......and........this three year old colt sure improved with each and every lifetime start

5  Knock Em Flat


race 5    slightly below average clarity

3  Sam's Sister   nice MSW debut win and impressively got back to work in the a.m. 8 days later.......that is a sign of a healthy horse and one ready to move forward in her 2nd lifetime start

1  Lemon de Oro    lone lifetime win was in her only start on the Poly in a race at Kee.......decent 5F turf sprint in latest.......Spawr is good turf to trainer has had a tough meet and seems due to awaken

6  Antiquity   one for one at Del Mar on the AW..........0 for 3 on other get it done here as there are very few chances left in 2014 to run on it's synthetic surface as it is back to dirt in 2015

4  Rovenna


race 6    average clarity

1  Call To Congrats   nice MSW debut snatching 2nd despite running wide on a day the rail was somewhat biased........strong work tab since......same fits......better and she will need a bad trip to get beat

5  Daphne's Day   pressed one fast quarter in debut last and paid the price.........Yakteen is better with 2nd time starters and if he (and of course the jock) get this filly to relax and slow things down early she can be dangerous here

6  Bennett Jean   good MSW debut 2nd for this Ted West two year old filly but that was way back on June 5th......not sure if she is returning as sharp but she sure fits if she is

8  Conquest Archangel


race 7    below average clarity

2  Miceli   good history back in short rest and his last was quite good........has a good 1 1/16th turf post.....decent meeting for the trainer

3  Little Jerry    Baltas trained gelding isn't too hot at firing back to back good races but sure fits fine here if the crafty trainer can get him to break the mold today

7  Hog's Hollow   Mike Smith is 2 for 2 on this eight year old gelding and 4 for 6 riding for Gallagher overall the last couple of months.......that'll do

5  Press Baron


race 8    below average clarity

4  Koukla   Sadler is very dangerous with laid up runners when he finishes up with a series of 6F drills.......5 in this case and tightly spaced at 7 days apart.....seems meant and ready fresh off of the bench

2  Sweet Marini   dangerous need to lead type might get what she needs here......and if she does get loose in this spot and the inside is OK (or biased) she might never look back

10  Royal Temptress   GB invader upset the apple card in her debut scoring at 25 to 1 in a 7F grass race........must be handling the Dmr AW in the a.m. quite well for selective M Smith to take the mount for Mike Puype.......not impossible to make it 2 for 2 today

7  Mahalo Princess


race 9    slightly above average clarity

5  Sunset Glow   beat the boys at Belmont on the grass.........ran 2nd on the grass in a Grade 3 on the turf at Ascot in GB........won a Grade 2 by more than 3L on the AW at Del Mar in credentials in the race by far for today's Grade 1 affair 

6  Her Emmynency   impressive going away win in MSW debut and two sharp drills since for this Stidham two year old filly......shot if she moves forward a couple of lengths this afternoon

2  Manahatta   under pressure from start to finish in MSW debut and still won at 6 1/2F.....two strong works since and still able to come back in 20 days......might be more muscled up than her debut and if she is she be a major player here

4  Dad's Princess


race 10    slightly below average clarity

6  Selection   debut was needed as is often the case for a Proctor 1st timer.....copious furlongs of work since his debut......has had plenty of foundation put into him for his attempt at a route of ground in lifetime start number two

1  Stellar Act   weak time in mdn80K debut.....but.....did run 2nd with little support at the windows hinting he was not that cranked up for his debut.........trainer is tough when his bro rides......and........trainer is good 1st time at a route with a given horse 

9  Gem Twist   never an easy task to compete in a route in your MSW debut but the work regiment for this Hollendorfer two year old 1ster has ready written all over it

5  Conquest Hiosilver


race 11    average clarity

11  Goyan    race lacks speed and this Ron Ellis four year old gelding appears to have the most.......and he can stalk OK as well........Ellis can make it 33% win for the meeting with a score here.......impressive

2  Brazilian Court   declining four year old colt sure fits well if he has another effort or two left in him......I would rate it at 65/35 that he does

12  Sidepocket Champ   been facing easier and the  drop seems logical........seems better suited to sprints but at today's level I believe he can still compete regardless of the two turns that he faces

8  Warren's Cliff S.

10  Know More

3  Cole Cole



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