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Del Mar for Saturday 20 August 2016

Quality and then some today folks. Enjoy the sport at it's best.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Glacken Too   very hidden drop down with multiple tough trips including his latest where he dueled in solid pace on a dull rail.....toss it out......should be a ton at today's lower level if he has remained in relatively decent health

10  Moments Notiz   gelding has run well fresh in the past........and Spawr has put in the kind of work into him that suggests he is ready off of today's layoff as well......and he is 16 for 29 on conventional dirt

2  Day in the Sun   improved since the Puype claim 3 races back and he sure seemed to appreciate a sprint race after a steady diet of rote races.....same distance and same level as his latest which sure fits.....the Del Mar dirt is a ? mark

7  Boone Docks


race 2    average clarity

9  Lucky Teroda   ship and win extra $ is at stake for this filly coming in from WO and dropping out of MSW racing......Miller picks this girl up from Casse so you would think she has been well cared for and prepared for her 1st in S Cal vs. Cal-breds

1  Big Bad John   showed some life in her maiden debut and was trainer Gonzalez sees fit to put the blinkers on and it sure seems like the right move as her a.m. work is vastly improved and it is at Del Mar

8  Sir Matador   high percentage Wong owns 2 wins and a 3rd in 4 starts at the meeting and might add to that I like the solid work since her useful effort at so many at the seaside oval she likely needed a race to" tune" to the surface.....needs a move forward and I believe she will give one

7  Professor Cinch


race 3    above average clarity

2  Boozer   likes the distance carded here......likes the Del Mar turf.....should get a nice trip on or near the lead thru out in what should be a very reasonable pace......that my friends is a dangerous proposition with G Stevens up

1  Perfectly Majestic   always fires a competitive race when Desormeaux rides.....solid 2nd off of the layoff in his last in the July 23rd version of this race......and he is usually more dangerous off of short rest so a move forward seems likely for one at today's distance.........should save ground a long way and be motoring late

7  Itsinthepost   nicely improved since Mullins took over the training duties 3 races ago......blocked forever in latest or could have won his nw2 other than in his latest.....likely has something left in the tank for today being blocked so long

6  Kenjisstorm


race 4    average clarity

2  Tough It Out   granted the brutal set of fractions was in her favor but breaking slow and running wide was not.....two reassuring drills since.......Talamo will be out to make amends as he surely doesn't want to lose the business he gets from the D'A's barn

1  Horse Greedy   race two back on the dirt is better than par.......and his last routing on the grass was very strong and disguised by a bad trip.......turf to dirt and route to 7F sprint are both usually very reliable maneuvers

5  Forest Blue    seems better suited to sprint races and his last which was a route race wasn't too shabby.......not out of this by any means

8  Pray Hard


race 5    average clarity

11  With Love   quite a few works of merit and the drills for the most part are tightly spaced.......and the last work at 6F is solid and just worked 6 day s has tossed one winner from one starter and that starter was able to graduate at two......Hollendorfer is very stout with MSW 1st timers that train aggressively

5  Abel Tasman   Callaghan 1ster sure appears to be training as if she is meant and ready for her MSW debut.........and she shows hints of having plenty of early speed......and then there is mom........4 winners from 4 starters including a Stakes winner

7  Viva Vegas   hard to place a Baffert first timer who is working as if she is ready and who is ridden by Bejarano as the 3rd selection.......not only do the works say ready but mom has tossed 7 winners from 7 starters and most of them preciously were able to win at two

10  Oh Flatter Me

Long-shot consideration:   1  Zapperkat   definitely out working her purchase price of only $27K and her trainer Richard Baltas has been on a roll of late.......likely will get ignored at the windows especially breaking from the one hole which isn't an easy proposition for a two year old 1st timer but is definitely overblown


race 6    below average clarity

1  Lady Valeur   highly likely to get what she responds to and that is a stalking or mid pack trip saving ground and with a top jock up.....blinkers seemed to help in her last......2 for 3 at 9F on firm turf.....two nice bullet grass works ....hard not to see her in the battle for the top prize

5  Barleysugar   impressive U S of A debut for this GB invader who since the race has looked awfully good in the mornings.......move forward seems likely and considering her last was at 9F you would think she should have a shot at the top prize in her 1st in a Graded race and a Grade 1 at that

3  Mokat   solid grass runner crushed in a Grade 2 in her last and it was off of a 2 1/2 month break.......believe the 9 panels of turf is within her range.....not sure why Desormeaux doesn't ride but Arroyo will do

2  Decked Out

Long-shot consideration:   4  Mines and Magic   ultra sharp drills in Ky at Kee.......and her 9% trainer Victoria Oliver does a better job shipping into S Cal than any of the big time trainers you an I know of


race 7    average clarity

2  Moe Candy   when last seen running her 2nd lifetime start she ran a powerful effort in a very key group.......if she returns ready she is the one to guess is that she is ready with the way Sadler has been firing on all cylinders for most of the meeting

10  Ketos   ran 3rd in a key race in her last albeit a distance 3rd.....needs more than that.....if she is up two her race two back she should have been top choice...... NOTE - Sadler trains both of our top two choices

8  Miner's Light   a.m. work hints this Gaines runner is ready and if she is her two lifetime efforts both at Dmr fit fine.....but the trainer is having a rough least she is able to recruit Prat to ride

5  Coldspell


race 8    average clarity

7  Flamboyant   all four races in 2016 fit quite well provided he gets a decent trip which he got in his last with a major rider upgrade.....and that rider Prat stays aboard for today.....such a deal

2  Quick Casablanca   a true marathon runner who just ran his lifetime best dirt race at 12 furlongs and he is a better grass he might be up for his best ever on the sod.....lookout if that is the case as he will be flying and then some late

8  Ashleyluvssugar   seems at his very best in marathon races like this one.......2 wins and a 2nd in 3 marathon races in S Cal all three in Grade 2 races like this one.........and Stevens was aboard for all of them

9  Finnegans Wake

Long-shot consideration:  4  Metaboss  major awakening in last number wise (and with first time Raffy) and did he ever look strong down the stretch......D'Amato thinks he is up to this significantly higher level and longer distance......and....... his fig earned in his last is only 2 or 3 lengths short of what it takes.....and that is good enough for me to consider him as a long-shot


race 9    average clarity

8 Dortmund   should be loose on the lead with the "Chrome" and Beholder stalking as I belive they want no part of a speed duel with him.....sets up for quite the stretch duel.......really like that younger Bejarano is now the jock on this fellow (as Stevens takes Beholder) who is tough to get by down the stretch....and a can definitely see a move forward today with a race over the Del Mar surface under his belt

7  Beholder   no way you will see Beholder (with an abundance of early speed if she wants to use it) go for the lead here as she sure likes to stalk from the outside......fantastic breeze works leading up to today......and gets a significant weight break

1  California Chrome   the most accomplished horse on the planet should stalk Dortmund and likely attempt to overtake him late on turn two or down the stretch as he did in his latest.....but.....he will also be dealing with Beholder doing the same

5  Win The Space


race 10    average clarity

3  Into The Mystic   ran a very strong 6 1/2L win in France fresh off of the bench like today.....and Mandella has put in a boat load of furlongs into his new shooter suggesting he means business 1st out in the good old U S of A with her

4  La Berma    better than appears in print....believe she will show that today

8  B Rockett   stout trainer with anything she ships west

5  Minister'sadventure


race 11    average clarity

2  Carlsbadmountain   very consistent sort especially at 9 furlongs ( 8 4 2 2) and likes Dmr.....just claimed by Miller and he wisely leaves Elliot up as he has ridden him well

6  Alex Rossi   handled some stout pace in last.....3 works since is a good sign he has held form.....fits if he has

7  Spud Spivens   very solid race first out for his new barn and the race is hidden.....same race and a better trip and he will be a major player

4  Dothraki

10  Gunslinger

8  Missing Groom

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