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Del Mar for Sunday 14 August 2016

Two great days at Del Mar followed by two poor days this week. Out to win the rubber game (card) on Sunday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

7  Lady Cloud   thought the 29 July race that this filly exited was loaded with talent for the given level and she ran a solid 3rd with wide trip......likely feeling good as her trainer steps her up a notch

2  Spindle   exited the same race as mentioned above and might have won it not for getting blocked on the turn and stretch.....claimed in the race by a new to the scene trainer who has dismal stats 1st out following a claim or would have put on top

4  Lady's Discretion   signs here that this filly is moving forward in her 2nd run over the Del Mar surface as her works since her last are vastly improved and her trainer sees fit to double her claiming tag

5  Really a Gem


race 2    average clarity

5  Midnight Rambler   beat the 1 - 3 - 7 in her latest which was also at 5F on the sod......and coming back in short rest seems significant as the only other time she has come back quick she won for fun

4  Trust Ur Intuition   filly scratched out of an open company F & M alw race on 11 August for this spot......five furlongs on the sod is her game and she carries only 116 lbs in this spot......also gets a switch to the hot riding Gonzalez

1  Smokey's Legacy   tailed off in 2015 following a promising start to his career in 2014.......might have needed his last which wasn't too bad.....but more importantly Miller claimed and adds blinkers....lookout if he needed his layoff last

2  Eddie Haskell


race 3    average clarity

4  I B Mike   wide on a good rail day and claimed in the race by Hollendorfer (and the trainer is listed as the owner)........and I like that he leaves Gonzo up who has made the most of his 5 mounts on this hard trying gelding ( 5 2 3 0) .....hard not to see him firing a good effort again

2  Dadtaughtmewell   significant drop 2nd out after the Hartman claim and the drop doesn't bother me much as the trainer likes to win races and so far that isn't happening since he has came to S Cal.....note: in the long run I believe he will do just fine in sunny Cal

5  Overcomer   nice win in latest his off of the extended layoff.......well placed to succeed again and a positive rider change......not out of the picture by any means

7  Stromin Trick


race 4    below average clarity

8  Angel Eria   tepid top choice has run well fresh in France albeit in turf sprints.....but.....she sure owns a pedigree that screams route......Drysdale is having a good meeting and is very capable off of 3 month layoffs especially with a new shooter.....and Prat (tough day at AP yesterday for Prat as it was all the Florent Geroux show - congrats to him and his agent Doug Bredar a friend) is awfully good with young grass horses

11  Bedeviled   trainer is struggling a little at the meeting but back to his brother this afternoon which is quite the rider upgrade especially for a grass horse......last two grass races look good here ....but....Kent will need to be clever from  tough post

9  Feldini   on the improve and finally gets a shot on the grass which he is well-bred for.....and his trainer is a cool 3 for his last 7 1st time on the lawn

6  Aztec Warrior

Long-shot consideration:   5  Flash of Thunder   away since his decent MSW debut at Gpw which was also at one mile on the green the race he closed well into a lackluster pace to be a 2 1/4L beaten 4th......and 2nd came back to win.....signs point to Mac having this one ready....we shall see


race 5    above average clarity

4  Allssquare   last four efforts sure fit here and if she fires either of her last two she would not a bad trip to lose this state-bred nw alw race

3  The Spiral Jetter   needs to turn the tables on our top choice as she was beaten by her in her last two races....but she might be up to it 2nd out after the layoff and sprint to route

2  Cordiality   4 for 4 since the blinkers were put on and claimed in her last by Glatt who is a stout 28% with his last 75 1st out after a claim......not an easy spot to make it 5 for 5 but doable

5  Filly On Fire


race 6    average clarity

7  Zinvor   2 for 2 on the Del Mar grass and 3 for 6 at one mile on the grass......and I like that Gonzo rides thru the claim for Glatt who as mentioned above is a stout 28% with his last 75 1st out after a claim

10  Reflected Star   vastly improved in his last two seemingly out of nowhere....and his latest is disguised  by trip trouble.....Cassidy might have discovered the trump card for this fellow.....if so now he just needs a better ride from his buddy Espinoza

5  Hobbits Hero   by far at his best at one mile on the sod and that is saying something as consistent as this gelding that Raffy has options as there is plenty of speed signed up and this guy is capable of performing well from off of the pace if necessary

4  Tuco


race 7    average clarity

8  American Gal   Baffert has two in here (Prat rides the other) and Bejarano lands here and the way the two are getting the job done together it is hard to imagine that Bejarano wouldn't be on the better of the two

1  Grand Prix   rider and trainer aren't exactly tearing them up of late but they are both more than capable of doing better and might help each other out here .......two year old filly ran well in her debut and has trained since is if the race did her some good as her a.m. work since (and at Dmr) is very impressive

9  Aura Rose   Truman doesn't get two work with too many well-bred two year old 1st timers but he does here.....and....he sure has gotten his new shooter to work well.....tightly spaced drills with some fast works now and then.....I think she is meant and ready

4  Partyinthepaddock

Long-shot consideration:   3  Big Adventure   new sire Mr. Big is off to a good start and mom has tossed 4 winners form 4 starters and two of them were able to win a the two drills Sherman put into his filly at Dmr since arriving from LA.....and I also like that he puts his buddy Victor Espinoza up .............hmmmm


race 8    above average clarity

3  Singing Kitty   seemingly more than likely to get a nice stalking or mid pack trip saving ground most of the way....last fits and I like that she was able to train on the grass since....should be tough in the hands of Bejarano

11  Majestic   believe she is the best horse (and is training the most impressively in the field too) but she has never had to cope with a difficult post...... but......she does today......believe because of the distinct lack of speed in the race Prat will send and try to be no worse than 2 wide by turn 1..... if that occurs then she likely becomes the one to beat

1  Mangita    lifetime best was 3rd out after a layoff last summer at Dmr.....3rd out after a layoff today and seems to have enough speed to have a good shot at the front end in what should be a slow set of fractions.....and with a speed jock up

6  Lily Kai  


race 9    below average clarity

8  Resistanceisfutile   every player seems to have a rider and trainer that they never win with and for me that trainer is Becerra......but I know I have never put in print something like this - weak rider 3rd  - good rider 2nd - top to break the jinx

11  Awesome Image   only lifetime dirt race when not wearing blinkers is his last and it is a fit he just needs to duplicate it on the Del Mar dirt in his first ever over it

1  Kern Ridge   one lifetime race doesn't make a race horse especially when it was run 15 months ago and on a different surface at odds on 66 to 1.....returns for a new trainer who adds blinkers and he sure has gotten his new shooter to train well and do so on the Del Mar surface

5  Star Express

4  Make Em Run For It

12  Regal Reign



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