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Del Mar for Thursday 25 August 2016

OK card today. Friday's looks rather good at 1st glance.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Pearl de Vere   six-year-old mare won back to back races  in early 2016......the 1st off of a layoff and the 2nd back in 2 weeks rest.....won her last off a layoff .......and back 2 1/2 weeks rest for today's race.......last fits and it also was at 5F....should be tough

8  Sturdy One   seems likely to sit in a nice stalk or close up mid pack position........last which was also at 5F on the sod is a fit here....rider hasn't done much in S Cal so far but he definitely looks at his best on the grass

2  Tryst   consistent sort regressed in latest and ironically broke her maiden after 3 decent efforts trying to........1st on the grass but to me her pedigree is better for the dirt.......needs a small rebound and needs to handle her 1st on the sod........she does have right trainer/rider combo in Mandela/Prat to get that accomplished

5  Longstocking


race 2    average clarity

5  Unbridled Rocket   bad trip in last in a race where I believe he was "well meant".......sure like that Prat stays up for the 3rd time in row....he will be out to make amends and do so for a trainer in Carava who for the most part has given him very live mounts over the last couple of months

1  Last One Standing   SCRATCHED ran in a protected race on the grass in last to muscle and drop .......and go go go in today's dirt race at a much lower level.....race 2 back at today's distance on the dirt would likely to the trick here.......seems set up to run that race once again today.....Baltas is rather hot

4  Handsome Hank   colt is night and day better when he gets a loose you know Tyler Baze will be full-bore to get it which won't be easy in this spot with 2 or 3 others with early speed (3 wins and a 2nd in the last 4 races where he got loose)


race 3    average clarity

1  My Mel Mar   SCRATCHED  very aggressive work regiment for this Miller 1st timer who might be quite the bargain going for $20K at sale if I am correct about her ability.......what catches my eye the most is her back to back 5F handling from the gate works over at Slr......hopefully she has good early speed as speed has been incredibly dominate in the 5 1/2F races at the Del Mar meeting

4  Lil Miss Sapphire   owns some speed although she got away with some soft fractions to be able to open up a 4 length lead in her improved 2nd lifetime start......might need a move forward unless all 5 1st timers aren't much

5  Bitzka   Blake Heap 1ster is working as if she is meant and ready.......seems like a good chance for Sutherland to show that her thoroughbred riding abilities are on the rebound.......she won her 1st at the meeting last week

6  Goseecal


race 4    below average clarity

10  What's Up Guy  believe there will be plenty of pace up front to set things up nicely for this late runner who I obviously feel is well prepared for his return effort coming off of a year layoff.......last grass race was a bad trip given by a jock that struggled mightily in S Cal.......which makes for a significant rider upgrade for today

5  Silent Movies   speed of the speed here but at what cost is the ? mark here with other speed signed up.......brutal set of fractions and held well.....seems tough here if he can keep things more reasonable today

4  Oso   1st time in a maiden claimer on the grass......should get a good mid pack ground saving trip at least thru turn 1......and that is more than 1/2 the battle in most grass races

9  Formulate


race 5    average clarity

7  Dis Smart Cat   won despite trip trouble in her last........looks like she is lone speed today and with Gary Stevens in the saddle.......should be tough to wheel in

6  Enduring Erin   last win came two races back turf to dirt.......turf in latest and dirt today.... and..... back to Prat who rode that 4 1/4 length winning effort two back......1st time running for Baltas following the claim and the dependable trainer is heating things up of late

1  Mrs. Norris   finally put on Lasix in her last her 10th lifetime start......and she popped her lifetime best albeit on the grass....but I believe she is as good a runner on the logically it would seem she can fire her lifetime best dirt race this afternoon......we shall see

4  Savannah Sky


race 6    average clarity

3  Term of Art   19 to 1 prior to MSW sprint debut (and not a bad debut at that and that is somewhat hidden by a bad trip) hints the race was a tune-up for today's route.....and supporting the notion it was a tune-up is the fact she worked a mile since......should be plenty fit to get two turns which is never easy for a two-year old in summer

8  Vibe   not much in MSW debut but good works since for today's new endeavor....... that being a route race.......that is a typical pattern for Keith Desormeaux who is capable of major forward moves with his babies 1st at a route in their 2nd or 3rd lifetime starts

1  Plum Dandy   another who appears to have been given a race in his debut....and the connections didn't speed $500K to develop a good route pedigree in the field

7  Thirty Pepperenis


race 7    average clarity

6  Madame Mousse   Machowski can do no wrong this meet but his jockey stopped this one with a brutal trip on this filly in her latest......rider could have won this race in her last with a good trip and that's saying something as the winner came back to win right back.......same distance and the jock will be out to redeem himself

8  Easy Grader   won in her 1st back from a long layoff and did so at Dmr in at 5F turf race......time fits fine......wheels back quick for the 1st time in her life which is usually a lot easier to do off of an abbreviated sprint turf race......can be in the mix from the get go attempting to win her 3 straight win

7  Miss Loujean   big surprise in latest in her 1st at 5F on the grass at Del Mar.....facing tougher today but the unlikely hot combo of Craigmyle/Bednar are three for there last five as a team over the last two months.......needs to build on her last but just might as productive as the trainer/rider have been together

1  Whisk


race 8    average clarity

6  Big Discovery   one for one at the 1 1/16th distance.....and seems to like the Del Mar dirt.......ran 2nd in his last in the one mile version of this race on 31 July......and man does the extra 1/2 furlong appears to be a plus for him

8  Tough Emblem   1st time running as a gelding and drops significantly.....Knapp appears to mean business today with this fellow whose last win was the last time he was put up for a tag 5 races ago

9  Motoring Around   might be able to shake free and if Chantal can slow things down she might wire the field......trainer and rider teamed up for a win last week with a route speed type

1  Clude

7  Lamu

2  Rob's Golden Touch



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