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Del Mar for Thursday 20 August 2015

Better than average card for today handicapping wise. A 6.5 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Abets Abet   checked hard on the 2nd turn or much closer at the back to back works only 5 days apart.........feeling good.......won at today's level 2 back

4  Belle Et Bete   hurt by a slightly wide trip in last.....claimed in the race by D'Amato who does well with turf claims......draws Bjarano who is 3 for his last 6 over the last 2 months for D'Amato

1  Lookin for Money   good post should lead to a nice ground saving close to the front trip........deservedly steps up in claiming off of a solid number at one claiming notch lower

5  Evo Campo   wide trip in a fast heat versus better hides this fillies ability......gets to run off of short rest for the 1st time in her career.....might have as good a chance as anyone in here with a good trip and a small logical forward move


race 2    average clarity

3  Dream Police   last fits well.......nice work regiment since.....speed often dominates dirt one mile affairs at Dmr and the rail was golden yesterday

1  Power of Hope   decent MSW sprint debut.....broke a little slow and then showed some life following the tardy start.......owns an adequate pedigree to handle the one mile distance

6  Day in the Sun    Flores is still looking for win no. 2 at the Dmr meeting and might enhance his chances of getting it here if he goes all out early so as to grab the lead......not impossible without the lead but there is nothing better than a loose lead for a struggling jock

7  Big Discovery   solid grass race in last.....rightfully steps up into MSW racing.....draws Smith.....1st on dirt but owns an OK pedigree for it


race 3    average clarity

7  City Vengeance    wisely scratched Wednesday as a Stakes race came up too tough.......2 for 2 at the distance winning by 5 1/2 and 4 lengths.....that's a big margin of victory in 5F grass races......Wesley Ward is dynamite with short turf sprints

2  Jazzy Josh   aren't many in here who have won off of the pace like this 3 yr old......good history with Espinoza up ......a win and a 2nd losing by only a nose with two mounts

5  Smack Talk   2 for 2 in abbreviated sprints on the main track......1st on the sod but just worked fairly well on it.....not out of this by any means if he does handle a new surface

4  Arrom Bear   invader has won 4 of his last 5 when the listed trainer was Lucarelli.......1 for 1 on the turf and the race was at today's 5F distance


race 4    average clarity

3  Some Caan Job   owner has had a great meeting to date and has a barn full of horses so why not risk the drop into maiden claiming to visit the circle of joy once again

2  Swiss Rosalee   takes that ever significant drop from MSW to mc30K level......and switches to a higher % jock......dull in last but MSW debut 2 back fits

10  Miss Lori   very good works for the mc level for this filly 1st timer.....would have rated higher if she had drawn a better post......trainer is due to get her act in gear

4  Pulpit Rules   drop helps obviously.......and it appears as if Knapp is putting early quickness into her......dangerous speed threat

Long-shot consideration:   7  There for You    1st timer has been able to hit the track every 6 days since mid July....... and....... just finished her a.m. work with a good-looking 4F gate drill (especially for two-year old filly mc30K level)


race 5    average clarity

6  Tell Her Yes   trainer is 5 for his last 9 2nd out following a claim which is the case today.........he is also very high % off of 2 and 3 month layoffs.....and he is 1 for 2 at the meeting....last 3 races fit albeit none of them were on conventional dirt

1  Sheza Eyeopener   toss out last as it was in the slop.......race two back versus much better is solid at today's level.....1st out after the Miyadi claim and he is better than average stat wise in that category

3  Nevaeh's Promise   terrific 2014......bad 2015........preciptious drop down makes some sense

5  Dublin Dancer   last in the slop fits here......? for me is can she produce the same effort on a fast track............we shall see


race 6    average clarity

7  One Bye Two   last two races fit well.....quick out the gate in 3 of 4 lifetime starts.......Harrington has done well with limited starters.......his filly should be a factor front the get go

9  Fast Escape   another who has benefited from clean quick breaks from the metal monster.......small drop obviously helps.......trainer seems to be awakening from the doldrums

6  Vivacious V. V.  decent maiden claiming debut at Evd for this La bred.....Stidham and friends likely have her cranked for today with the ship and win extra moola up for grabs

1  River Rider   trainer has done nicely with limited starters in 2015....went off at 37 to 1 in mc debut hinting the race was badly needed.....improved a.m. work since.....dangerous 2nd time starter

Long-shot consideration:   8  She's Too Wild   race two back fits both in early pace and final time the longer works of late......endurance should be improved


race 7    above average clarity

1  Saint of Saints   fits the condition ever so well......and the CD invader is training as if the new Del Mar surface is very much to his liking

8  Olympic Blue   very impressive 1st out following the Miller claim in last.....and since the race he has trained as if even more might be in the cards for today

5  Small Town Cop   speed.....back to the meets top gun.......dangerous if we get a track similar to yesterday's

4  Macho Sox   best of what is left


race 8    above average clarity

4  Herbies Thunder   3 wide trip on a rail bias hides his mc debut......had the 11 post that day (not a good thing on an inside day) and gets a much better post today.......rider had a great day yesterday and won a Stakes on Sunday

6  Show and Tell   his final time was better than the winning time of the other heat of mdn20K runners on 7 August.......that will do

11  Better Luck   away since Feb. but returns as if he might be a better horse than he was before.....very solid if he is......rider has woken up with a win on Sunday and yesterday

7  Ladies Man    might own the best early speed in the field.......loose would be dangerous if we get yesterday's "playing field"......but.......if the track is more even this one might not last the 7F

8  Bargaining   showed some life/speed in maiden debut which was at a action on the board and Harty id decent route to sprint and 2nd lifetime start........hmmmm

12  Black Tie    like the horse's ability.....don't like the post or the fact the jock is 0 for 43 and counting at the meet


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