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Del Mar for Sunday 26 July 2015

Between not having any history for which horses appreciate the new Dmr dirt surface and the track being biased to the outside (for most of the meeting) and the weirdness of heavy July rain in S Cal my job has never been more difficult. Things will settle down as they always do. New tracks are almost always tough to handicap and yield significant and crazy results.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Gold Journey   nicely improved since the blinkers and/or Gonzalez were put on......filly seems to fire to some degree every time out......likes running wide and contrary to the way tracks should play wide is often a good thing at the new Dmr dirt surface so far

6  Hide My Heart   decent work tab and time off.......and another drop in claiming.........not much left in this diminishing filly but I think she's got something left for today

8  Warrensdollarsigns   need race two back a very key race....last might have been the gimme to go go go today

3  Lucky Mo     seems to be running into shape.....needs more and might give it today


race 2    below average clarity

6  Aloha Ke Akus   consistent GG invader is 1 for 1 on conventional dirt......filly ran competitively versus much tougher in her latest which was at GG

2  Haaay Sexy Lady   capable of rating and the way the track has played that might be wise here as in get off the rail.......trainer Morey is dynamite 1st out following a claim

7  Private Terrace   won at one level higher in last......back in short rest and the only other time she ran off of short rest she won for fun

4  Jan's Spirit   alarming drop but Baltas is hot........toss a coin as far his her physical condition is concerned

Long-shot consideration:   5  Shallot   strong move forward in last......Mario Gutierrez is riding great of late......definitely has a shot with a small move forward 


race 3    below average clarity

3  L's Choice   jock upgrade........and that ever magical drop out of the MSW ranks.......and maybe more importantly working the best of his career of late....should fire best of his career today

6  Visibility   very consistent and seems best at a route........Paula Capestro won (by many lengths) on Friday with a runner well placed to win.....similar here

9  Admiral Jaxon   MSW gimme.....mid priced maiden claimer go......Mullins is back in business these days following a prolonged dry spell

1  Third Division    works sure hint the connections want a strong race out of this 1st easy task when your debut is at a route of ground


race 4    above average clarity

10  Newfound Gold   only 3rd out following a long layoff so this Miller eight year old likely has something left in the tank ........he should stalk and pounce and go on with it unreal 32 0f 37 in the money lifetime on fast rated conventional dirt surfaces

7  Justa Splash   consistent late runner invades for high win percentage trainer John Martin......seems like a hot pace should develop which can flatter his late run

4  Brando the Birdman   horrid claim by Spawr and friends......connections drop once again but with plenty of time off to help their new shooter recover......toss a coin

1  Oh Daddy   very dangerous speed horse if the rail is better than yesterday.....big race in latest and strong works since


race 5   average clarity  

(AE 11  Osceola Pond has a shot if he draws into the field from the AE list)

3  Rideo   grass Mandella.........all suggest this two-year old 1st time starter is ready for the challenge of being highly competitive in his debut which is at a route on the easy task but Mandella is the right guy for the job 

5  Clude   sprint dirt MSW debut was the tune-up for what he was bred to do and that is run on the grass......O'neill did decently last year in the early two-year old grass route races

9  Handful of Strips   same as above but toss in a rider upgrade as well

8  Rare Candy   decent turf sprint at Belmont.......OK route pedigree......rated this low only because Hofmans is 1 for his last 30 46 to 90 days off


race 6    above average clarity

5  Masochistic   one of the better sprinters in the Country should hound the 2 horse and put him not get too close to the wood in the process

6  Appealing Tale   if the track is biased like yesterday this fellow should get a wonderful 3 wide stalking trip hoping for a nasty duel up front 

3  Caminetto   on the improve.....continues to train like one very sharp individual.......will be coming late


race 7    average clarity

1  Songbird  Hollendorfer is ever so stout with two-year old filly 1st timers and this girl is all cranked up and ready to might be a problem

11  Sutton's Smile   very dangerous looking work tab for this D"Amato 1st timer.....and if the track plays like yesterday a very good post in which to break

6  Lady Cloud   51 to 1 in his MSW debut (especially for a Carla Gaines 1ster) hints this youngster wasn't all that cranked up and should move forward in his 2nd lifetime start

7  Tiz a Tommy Town    very solid MSW debut.....would have rated higher if her works since weren't so dull and I didn't believe the one horse (Hollendorfer's other starter) was so live


race 8    below average clarity

3  Rock Me Baby   very consistent grass horse should sit mid back and get 1st jump on two stout late runners in the 7 & the 8.........relatively fresh and working well

2  Ambitious Brew   trip horse here....seems likely to sit close up t0 a pace that should be beneficial to those that do.....and his rider is red-hot

8  Awesome Return   heck of a late runner and very consistent (11 for 12 in the money on the sod) ........connections will have their fingers crossed that more pace will develop than appears on paper

6  Lucky J Lane   hot trainer/hot rider and especially as a team....last was dull......rebound time

Long-shot consideration:   1  Poshsky  hard to get Prat and Miller at a price but that might occur here........this gelding seems likely to get a great trip today stalking the pace.....big adjusted for trouble fig two back......way too wide and close to a hot pace


race 9    below average clarity

8  Power of Hope   Ellis sure looks ready with this MSW 1ster.....plenty of endurance put in and some works of merit

3  Lucky for Danny  one start in Peru way back in Sept. seems OK.......shows up in the Miller barn and his a.m. prowess hints his 1st in the good old U S of A will be better than OK

7 Colonial Power   poor start and then showed plenty of life in his MSW debut........better trip and a move forward in start number two and "presto"

4  Sleepwalker   moved forward in 2nd lifetime start....needs another

Long-shot consideration:   10  Madikwe   so so mc 50K debut on the turf.......but something sure has changed as the works are now vastly better so much so Sadler steps him up into MSW racing for today


race 10    average clarity

7  Abets Abet   totally took to the grass in his 1st run  on it.....checked badly early and then ran somewhat wide and still won.......and she sure seemed to leg up on the grass as the works since are very stout........and scratched out of a 200K Stakes race yesterday for this alw race

4  Majestic Heat   won MSW debut on New Year's Day by almost till 17 July where she showed plenty of life versus a tough open company alw. field.......back versus Cal-breds her turf pedigree

2  Diamond Cut   so so in last number wise but did win at 1 1/8th on the grass.....strong fig two back at today's one mile turf mile today and wisely retains Espinoza who has been aboard for both races

8  Temeeku   finished off 2014 with 2 straight turf wins.....been away since but training as if ready and Smith wants the mount......danger city

12  Wonderful Lie   believe she is better on the dirt but if I am wrong about that she is a player in this spot

1  Thermodynamics   fell off in last.....needs a rebound


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