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Del Mar for Saturday 6 August 2016

I have had some very nice Arlington Million days over the years going way back to the inaugural. Not too shabby of results in 2013 & 2015 either. Chicago was my racing circuit for some 30 years until switching to Southern California. Great race card is well worth the price of the publication.

OK 10 race card today. Be back with you on Sunday with 9 more.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Basmati   Del Mar can't be too thrilled to start their card with a 5 horse field of 16K claimers........1st time Diodoro (and sharp recent drill) and often when a successful barn takes over the training duties of a given horse they insist on placing their new shooter where they can succeed.....that is the case here on the drop.....should be in the hunt from the get go

5  Luckarack   won at this level at Sac quite easily first out after the John Martin claim.....might feel quite good for today's race having to run only 5F and win so easily.....old timer has quite the kick when he's feeling good

2 Changing Karma   rider upgrade and with 7 lbs bug boy up......and this six-year-old is steadily regaining the form he had earlier in his career


race 2    average clarity

3  All Call   seems like a nice new addition for Hess and company picked up from AP.......five year old seems best on very firm turf and of course gets it in S Cal where the ground is more likely to shake violently than rain these days

4  Hay Dude   speed yesterday on the grass appeared decent with the rails moved to 18 feet and they stay their has physical issues but still seems dangerous on the significant drop in claiming and being able to sit on or close to what might be a very reasonable pace

1  Which Market   seems best running off of short rest and that is the case today.......decent post and gets Theriot who is starting to do some damage on a circuit that I thought would be a little too tough for him

6  Big Tire   


race 3    average clarity

2  Holidayincambodia   improved quite a bit in latest and the effort is hidden by a bad trip.......1 for 1 at the distance.......not might favorite jock in dirt sprints but he should have a good handle on this filly having been aboard for all her career races

4  Truly Ponti   best sprinting on conventional dirt ....... one race at Dmr last summer looks poor in print but was fine as she was given a brutal trip that day.......did decently to only lose by 10L......filly seems to need ample time between starts and Morey shows patience and gives it to her

7  Esmeralda Bell   lone lifetime win was run off of short rest on a drop in claiming......same scenario today......and there sure was a lack of support at the windows /mouse in her latest which tells me she might have only been "out for a little air".....lookout if that was the case

6  Angel Lane


race 4    average clarity

2  Miss Southern Miss   nasty trip in latest and still managed 2nd in a $125K Stakes race.......two reassurring drills since......see ya Prat and hello Bro.......6 1/2 furlongs should be a good fit and might not be for a few in here

5  Auntjean   big awakening in 2nd lifetime start with 1st time blinkers.....seems to have as a good a shot as anyone in the field to snatch the lead...... and if she does her chances are enhanced

4  Ciao Bella Rosa   bred better for the grass but might have plenty of endurance to finish up the best in the late stages as she is coming off of a decent MSW debut turf route


race 5    below average clarity

2  Sutton's Smile   consistent sort in turf routes and that includes Del Mar.....seems likely to sit close to the front in what I believe will be a soft paced affair.......Talamo is somewhat chilly and has a chance to get a little mojo back here and in a few later today

5  My Sweet Afleet    big race (by far her best) running dirt to turf 2nd out after a layoff in a race way back in May of 2015.....same scenario today.......and she has enough early gas to sit up close in this racing lacking speed.....take note that with Gonzo up this filly has run strong races at 24 to 1 and 26 to 1

7  Zip N Bayou   way too wide of a journey in her last back on 11 June but still managed 2nd at today's same level......if she can run similar off of the 8 week break and manage a better trip she has as good a shot as anyone in the field to get to the circle of joy following the race

4  Arethusa


race 6    below average clarity

3  Tandora   nowheresville in MSW debut...... but.....blinkers on for today and the a.m. work is vastly improved especially at Del Mar......the D'A is solid 1st time he puts blinkers on.......expecting much better early speed from this filly today.....should be a big price which is never easy to get from a D'Amato starter

7  Tryst   has burned up a pile of cash for those betting her to win.....same scenario in every race as she has chased and hung in all three lifetime starts to finish 2nd......might have enough early speed to grab the lead and maybe never look back with nobody in front of her causing her slow down and hang

6  Pragmatical   away for 2 1/2 years but returns for her 2nd lifetime start with a set of works that hint she is sound and talented.....she was favorite in that MSW debut in a field of 12 but won't be today

5  Vivacious Beauty


race 7    average clarity

2  Bombard    tough trip in last or likely would have taken down today's same level.......highly likely to get a nice up close ground saving trip with at the moment S Cal best grass rider in Prat

9  Lauren's Ladd    tons of ability but has had some tough trips especially when drawn outside like today.......but if he guns from the gate like he did at Dmr last fall he should be able to get on over to at least the 2 path.....and if that occurs he sure looks tough today

10  Curlin Rules   finally gets to strut his stuff of the has tossed 5 grass winners from 6 others starters.....believe he is a "turf move up" and his dirt races aren't too shabby

7  Annie's Candy

Long-shot consideration:   8  Chewy Round Town   earned a par like fig when you adjust for trouble in his 1st in the USA and off of a long layoff......34 to 1 in the race hints he wasn't all that cranked up.....should be today


race 8    above average clarity

7  Straight Fire   ran 2nd to a 56:1 monster and did so pressing one very fast set of fractions.....should graduate today unless he regresses

4  Excavation   wide trip in MSW debut and still was able to run a respectable;le 3rd.....and the a.m. work since hints at a forward move today.....easy to place as the 2nd choice in the race

5  Sorry Eric   useful MSW debut followed by a one mile drill (for a baby!!!!) and then a bullet 5F work......believe will move forward many lengths today for this oddly trained (out of the norm) O'Neill runner

6  Saldamente


race 9    average clarity

2  Liam the Charmer   loaded with talent and finally draws a good post......brutal trip in last and still came flying late for a close 3rd.....hoping Gonzo hustles him some early on as he does so often the 1st time he rides a horse.....if he does he has a good chance at getting a nice mid pack position

6  Lucky Byran   another looking for a better trip as his record like our top selection could be vastly better if he had better luck trip wise....trainer's hot....rider's our top pick I envision sitting in a good mid pack placement down the back-stretch

4  Dressed in Hermes   appears to appreciate the Del Mar turf the most and I like the rider change to Desormeaux who sure is looking good on the grass these days

8  Monster Bea

Long-shot consideration:   5  Mr. Roary   no shot in last as he was caught wide up on a fast pace.....rightfully cashed it in as almost anyone would.......might get loose today with his biggest speed challenger (who he dueled with in his last) having to cope with the outer/most 10 post


race 10    average clarity

8  Rideo   2nd time on lasix and 1st time competing 1st time as a gelding......the works sure suggest the surgery did a world of good and he should fire his lifetime best today 1st out after the Doug O'Neill claim

9  Alaskan Cruise   nice move forward in his latest which was at Del Mar at today's 7F distance.......should be a major player if he just repeats the effort

7  Woodstock Memory   might be a good claim of a three-year old who made a nice forward move in his 2nd lifetime start......needs a move in the desired direction once again and if he gives one he will be a player as well

10  Gavination

5  Yet Another Nate

6  Cause I'm Bad

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