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Del Mar for Saturday 14 November 2015

Difficult card today as you can tell from the clarity ratings. Sunday's looked quite good.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

5  Royal Banker    solid wake up in last and the effort is disguised by a wide run up on the pace........not sure why Bejarano doesn't ride back but Gutierrez will do just fine

3  Unusual Taste   exits two consecutive grass races that offered tougher competition than today and the winners of those races came back ro win again.....drops into a level he should fit......cut back of 1/16th seems like a plus

2  Home School    Bejarano lands here and the two times he rode this Paulo Lobo four-year old he got efforts out of him that fit OK here.......stout jock has a decent opportunity to get a nice ground saving mid pack or stalk position at least thru turn 1

8  Mal Verde


race 2    above average clarity

3  Big Move   best set of preparatory works for a Yakteen runner in many a moon......retains Bejarano......should be in the mix from the opening bell

1  Parasail   impressive forward move in 2nd lifetime near bullet 5/8ths work one week ago suggests he has held his form......T C Baze seems to be snapping out of a mini-slump

5  Desert Thief   nice improvement 1st out following the Bill Spawr claim........two reasurring works since......seems best running at a target......hope the connections/jockey see that


race 3    average clarity

5  Take It Easyplease   last three races with Eikleberry riding fit......and today we get the meets leading many lengths is that worth......I'd peg it at about 4 or 5 lengths.......three year old filly should be tough

4  Kiss My Face   seems to be diminishing some but likely has only one opponent (our long-shot) to put away that should still make her a dangerous speed type

8  Catalina Bonita   hot rider/trainer combo the last couple of months......last two of three endeavors fit fine here......would have rated higher if she wasn't a late runner in a race lakcing speed

7  City Bench

Long-shot consideration:   2  Sailor's Cry   owns some route speed and puts the blinkers on for today........sure has worked better than she has run......many a "morning glory" can be dangerous if they get loose (no dirt in face - more like a work) and this filly might here


race 4    average clarity

5  Miss Gifted   solid late runner in a turf sprint loaded with speed......last race is better than appears in print.......and this filly acted up in the gate - never good

8  Lily Pod    powerful dirt MSW breaking win in latest.......1st on the grass but bred OK for it........the one to overcome if she runs as well as her last on today's different surface......personally I would have run her back on the dirt as impressive as she was winning on it

1  Perdona   on the right end of the learning curve and Gutierrez might have taken her over the 8 who he rode for her maiden breaking win

2  Radiant Journey


race 5    below average clarity

4  Gold Chaser   last two races are quite strong for today's level and his latest is hidden.......dueled on a rather dull rail.........cut back of 1/2F seems like a plus

3  Devil Rising   dangerous speed here especially 1st out following the Miller claim......Peter Miller sure gets the most out of speed types.......three year old is 1 for 1 at Del Mar and it was his lifetime best

5  Market Notes   deep closer gets a rider upgrade and a rider in Bejarano who sure can get the most out of off pace types

10  No Ez Money


race 6    below average clarity

1  Socialize   believe her layoff run in last was nothing more than a leg her up tune-up and that a full throttle go should occur today......that fact that choosy Mike Smith wants the mount supports the notion

8  Entebbe   2 of her last 3 races (albeit on the dirt) fit well......handled the grass OK in lone run on it which was on the Santa Anita hill.......seems better suited for a turf route

2  Ya Ya Girl   consistent filly seems likely to give a good account of herself once again.....but.....she needs to stop being a pack animal and learn how to pass the front runner(s) near the wire......if I was Bejarano I would go after the lead ......many a "hanger" gets their 1st win loose on the lead

6  Art of War

Long-shot consideration:   9  Twosome   last looked like a public work-out.......blinkers on........might show vastly improved speed.....good thing from a tough post..........trainer/rider won yesterday's 6th as our top choice in a turf race


race 7    average clarity

6  Grazen Sky   extremely consistent sort has yet to miss the board in 10 lifetime starts.........impressive 7F drill in preparation for today......seems more than ready fresh off of a 2 month break

7  Brimstoned    3 for 3 as a gelding.........four year old seems likely to stalk our 3rd choice and get 1st crack at him in the stretch.......seems like a major player

3  Got Even   speed type is a much bigger threat at hanging on in a one mile affair like today

9  The Gomper


race 8    below average clarity

4  Toews On Ice   last two races fit extremely well and I believe he has remained in good form.....but ........I am concerned that his only two races at Del Mar are not so hot

7  I'malreadythere   route turf fit and trains fine on the dirt.......seems as if he will have plenty in the tank when push comes to shove at the extended often difficult for many seven furlong distance

2  Jury   bet hard and he did not disappoint his backers with a win........time is a little weak but he likely will build on the effort.....and 7F seems like a better fit than 5 1/2F

5  Mac Daddy Mac


race 9    average clarity

13  Basinca   powerful MSW last and the effort is somewhat hidden........broke slightly tardy - ran 3 wide - and did it up on the pace.....did extremely well to run 2nd.......nice recent gate work.....seems ready for another solid effort

7  Drefong   another with a much better race than appears on paper and the trouble is somewhat subtle.......Garcia will be out to make amends for his meal ticket Bob Baffert

3  Erie the Trojan   Miller 1st time starter looks ready to roll at 1st asking off of a solid work regiment.......and mom has tossed 5 winners from 5 starters all of which were able to graduate at two......and two of them were Stakes winners

10  Cleanup Hitter

4  Watch My Dust

9  Blue Navy Blue

Posted on November 14, 2015 at 9:06 am by richs · Permalink
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