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Del Mar for Wednesday 24 August 2016

Average looking card today handicapping wise. Let us call it a 6 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

6  Desert Madam    compromised by an absolutely brutal pace in her last and she still was able to duel.... get loose....... and......wire the field.....previous race she had a reasonable pace and ran one strong final time......should set a reasonable pace today.....sure will be tough to catch if she holds form

4  Plastered   seems like a good claim by Truman and just as Baltas did he leaves Mr. Stevens up.....solid history in two turn races with 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 lifetime routes......good chance to get a nice stalk position behind our top selection

2  Fruity   pedigree says turf.......1st two lifetime races on the dirt say dirt.....shot to make it 3 or 3 on the dirt if she handles her 1st lifetime dirt race around two turns.....and...... she is bred to run all day

1  Take It Easyplease


race 2    average clarity

3  Runbrorun   both lifetime races which were last summer fit solidly here......only cost $22K at sale so the drop from MSW racing to the bottom MC level following such a long layoff doesn't concern me much

4  Splendid Cause   flashed speed and stopped in MC debut back on the 2nd of July.........improved a.m. work since and 3/16ths less to last......dangerous speed

1  Magic Taste    would have been top selection if this was a five furlong race as his figs the last two 5F efforts are quite a bit better than par......but so far past 5F he hits a wall.....recent improved 4F work (13 Aug) hints he might hang in there for one sixteenth more ....dangerous .......but easy to place as 3rd selection

8  Citori


race 3    above average clarity

6  Never Say Try    impressive MSW debut winning by 11 lengths in a solid 115:3 for a state-bred MSW 1st timer.....but maybe more importantly he won quite easily leaving something in the tank for his 2nd lifetime start only 24 days later

5  Eight Spokes   his two strongest races were the last 2 times this four-year old gelding raced at today's 6 1/2 furlong distance with his latest at the distance (run 2 races back) being very strong both in pace and final time

2  Signature Cat   consistently good efforts competing at 6 1/2 furlongs with 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 starts at the distance.......does need a wake-up of sorts and maybe 1st out following the Mullins claim can be the catalyst for it

7  Eddie's Turn


race 4    below average clarity 

1  Ucanthankmelater   nice improvement in latest 1st time routing and 1st on the grass......and the effort is somewhat disguised by a wide trip.......and I like his pedigree for the dirt better than the turf.........trainer is quite dangerous dropping from MSW racing to maiden claiming

5  Treadwell   useful debut in what appears to have been a needed 1st start and a nice little 4F drill since......and his trainer is solid 1st time with a developing horse at a that he is in for 40K as he gets 4 lbs off

7  Sorry Erick   another trainer in O'Neill who is solid dropping into MC out of MSW racing......sprint-sprint-route scenario here......blinkers off today as the experiment with them put on for his 2nd lifetime start didn't work out whatsoever

6  Moonlight Blue


race 5    average clarity

6  Firing Line    here is my comment for this colt in his layoff last, "rather obvious that this four-year old colt who has been laid up almost 14 months will dominate this field if he returns the same aren't great but good enough to be ready........the connections are likely looking forward to much bigger things down the road and might only be using this race as a (needed) tune-up.......we shall see"....well I saw and it sure looked like a gimme..........and the works since are vastly improved......go today

5  Soi Phet   by far at his best on main track surfaces running at today's one mile distance......Desormeaux has been a good the turf to dirt angle as it has worked in the past for this eight year old

3  Solid Wager   likes the new Del Mar dirt appears to have him fit for his return to the race wars following a 6 month layoff to take advantage of a surface he appreciates as it likely will be months before he has another shot to run on the Dmr dirt ......definitely needs his "A game" and might be up for it

1  Kristo


race 6    average clarity

2  Could Be Magic   Glatt has been hot and he is almost always "live" when he uses M Smith.....solid a.m. work for this 1st timer.....and mom has tossed one winner from one starter and that sibling was a maiden debut winner on the grass

4  Lori's attitude   proven fresh (twice) and also is "fresh" for her 3rd lifetime endeavor.......cut back in distance sure appears to be a plus.......trainer sure could use a win and might get one here

5  Schwary's Girl   very solid turf sire and mom has tossed 5 winners from 5 starters and one was able to win on the grass.......filly sure appears well worked for her MSW debut having hit the track over at LA every 6 or 7 days for the last 5 months

7  White Rock Lake


race 7    below average clarity

1  Conquest Cobra   steadily improving four-year old for Cerin and friends since arriving from WO back in Spring.....more than deserving at a shot in a small open Stakes race......repeat of either of his last two efforts give him a decent shot at making it to the circle of joy for the 3rd straight time

7  Blue Tone   runs run fresh and he is fresh today......a win and a 2nd the last two times this gelding competed in small Stakes races like this $75K affair.......1st on the new conventional dirt at Dmr but if the a.m. prowess for this fellow is any indication he will perform well on it

6  Lieutenant Colonel   runs best with Raffy on his back....should be pedal to the metal as soon as the gate springs open as there is other early speed in this field......3 for 4 lifetime routing on the dirt when he opens up a lead with his only miss in the Grade 1 Gold cup

2  Magic Mark

Long-shot consideration:   4  War Envoy   turf has been his game but he is bred well to take to the dull attempt on it but toss it out as it was in the B C to the scene trainer has been better than his record indicates......and.....he sure is getting his new shooter to train impressively and do so on the Del Mar surface.....seems ready to strut his stuff


race 8    average clarity

9  Revenue Virginius   Miller has woken up in a big way of late and he is dynamite dropping after a in 9 for his last dozen and a half.......and his new shooter likes the 6 1/2 furlongs offered today.......1st time Bejarano (closing the gap for leading rider honors which belong to Pratt at the moment) to boot

7  Tim's Go Girl   this lady seems to show up almost every time ready to run as of course does her rider Prat......seems to better on the main track and her last on the grass wasn't too shabby......trainer doesn't win very many bad has a shot to get one here

10  Desert Thief   turf to dirt and back in short rest......and drops two claiming levels....and can be up near the front in a race that doesn't have much speed signed up.....seems dangerous

12  Avicil

11  Miss Bliss

2  Sidepocket Run


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