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Del Mar for Monday 5 September 2016

Three week meeting at Los Alamitos starts Thursday. We will be covering week 1 and week 3 but not week 2.

Best of luck as always


race 1    average clarity

2  Nextdoorneighbor   earned a strong much improved fig in a fast heat of 8K runners........should be the one to overcome if he manages to hold form

5  Cougar Country  Hartman has won 11 of his last 20 dropping off of a claim.....that is the case here and with a few recent and decent works for his new trainer

10  Alltheleavesrbrown   blinkers on for a runner who needs the lead.....might be a good move

6  Tribal Again


race 2    below average clarity

2  Warrioress   on of the few mediocre stats for the D'A that you will find in his record with MC 1st time starters.....but this two-year old is working too well (considering the level of racing) to ignore

1  Angela's Rose   plenty of foundation put into this 1st time starter (maybe too much?) and I like the way she finished up her a.m. preparation with her two strongest works to date......feeling good as in right before her debut into the wonderful world of thoroughbred racing

4  Chocolate Goddess    strong race two back......not sure if she can rebound to it but if she does she might be rated too low

5 Aagbii


race 3    average clarity

6  Power Jam   Baffert four-year old like our 2nd and 4th selections is able to deal well with eye to eye pressure....believe speed has a good shot at holding as it has for most of the 5 1/2 furlong races run this meeting

2  All Run   rider upgrade for today and a stout rider/trainer combo....five year old is two for two at Dmr on the dirt and as mentioned above handles a speed duel quite well

1  Kaabraaj   tough trip at 43 to 1 and still salvaged 4th in a Grade 1 sprint.......3 reassuring works since.....trainer and rider have had bad meetings but maybe they will feel better after today

8  Kafister


race 4    below average clarity

(AE 11 and/or AE 12 fit if draw into the field)

10  Cia Bella Rosa   both lifetime races look rather good here but she does have a more difficult post to overcome.......same rider as was up for those races sticks around and he handled this filly quite well so I can see him overcoming the post

3  Rooms   improving sort and for a trainer that brings them around slowly quite often.......might be able to turn the tables on our top pick who beat her two back

1  Cynthiana   like the change in riders for today for this 2nd time starter who might be fit enough to handle this turf route.......Baltas has had a gret Dmr meeting and is very dangerous 1st time turf at a route

6  Tap It All


race 5    average clarity

2  Straight Fire   as we thought this Keith Desormeaux really popped a strong 2nd lifetime start winning by 10L in a race only 1/2 furlong less than today.....and he sure appeared to have plenty in the tank left past the wire...should be tough when push comes to shove

6  Klimt   Baffert two year old colt is on the improve and he exits a soft paced Grade 2 win where like our top choice likely feels good today off of such a stress free effort.....good post to boot

1   Chasing Aces   best final time fig of any two-year old in S Cal to date for 2016.....but it was only at 5F and his foes having logged quite a few more furlongs of racing......still it was an impressive MSW debut final time and he has trained great since....not out of the picture by any means


race 6    average clarity

1  Uncork the York    showed plenty of life in his 1st grass two turn race at Ind on 21 July......D'Amato entices Prat to ride.....good post ......and 1 1/2 more furlongs of turf which should be a plus.....hard not to like

9  Westwood's Wizard   strong improvement in her latest and the effort is hidden by running wide on a good rail day....earned an adjusted for trouble Santucci fig that was par......1st on the sod today and that is right in the trainer's wheelhouse as Scott Hansen is 4 for his last 8 1st time turf

11  Defiantly   New York invader has been away 8 weeks but Shelbe Ruis puts his go to guy in Martin Garcia up (3 for 7) up.......races out East fit.......definitely should be a player with the ship and win money at stake if Garcia can work a good trip from the 11 post

8  Dark Energy 


race 7   average clarity

3  Saint Dermont   never better than his latest and his previous isn't too shabby either.....good post......and a trainer that has had a great Del Mar meeting .........shot to add to his win total here

5  Banze No Oeste   useful layoff run in last his 1st in the good old U S of A.......that race was he tries the dirt......and his a.m. work sure hints he is going to like it......Miller had one similar to this guy a few days back win

6  Ain't Misbehavin   keeps on stepping up and handling it......does lose Desormeaux to our 4th choice.......Prat will do just fine......last might do the trick and still might have some more improvement in him

10  St. Joe Bay


race 8    below average clarity

5   You Missed It   two solid dirt races followed by a nice turf route,,,,,like that consistency and O'Neill might go off a decent price as the Dmr meeting has not been his best

6  Go Argento   very big quarter set and still stuck around for a one beaten length 2nd.....very solid if builds on the race at all....and her last might do the trick

13  With Honors   never easy for a filly two-year old runner to win a route turf race at 1st asking but this youngster did.....and her drills since are solid and on the grass.....and Prat lands here when he had an opportunity to ride for a few choice if she had a better post

2  Auntjenn

Long-shot consideration:   12  Lady Beware   very strong Ire turf filly who seems sharp in the a.m. for her 1st in the good old U S of A....and for a trainer who can light up the board


race 9    above average clarity

8  Big Gray Rocket   horrendous start and then showed plenty of life in his MSW debut.....earned an adjusted for trouble fig that is thru the roof.......bred inside out to get a route.....this Baffert 2nd timer seems like a ton he he behaves out of the gate and holds his form

6  Mizzen Me   sprint-sprint-route scenario......right in trainer's wheelhouse....and a significant rider upgrade to say the least

9  Antioch   sprint in MSW debut and it was a good effort especially for R. Mandella who often is in no hurry with a baby.......bred well for a route.....rider upgrade......hard not to like if the top choice doesn't fire the race I (and many others most likely) think he will

5  Bird Is The Word


race 10    average clarity

3  Foray   very good spot to put this three-year old runners speed to use........seems loose at a reasonable pace like he was two back crushing the field at Del......tried the lead in his last put a brutal quarter did him in......great sign that Espinoza doesn't jump ship

5  Bronzino   back to Prat who rode two races back.......cut back in distance.......and an improved work.........a trifecta of good stuff that should put this fellow back in the game for today's affair

8  Radio Silent   very consistent since the blinkers were added to his arsenal......and he has a decent opportunity to sit closer than he usually does with so many "slow early" horses signed up.......might save ground sitting 2nd, 3rd or 4th

11  Spitfire

13 AE  Royalist

1  Fin de Semaine

9  Candy Cowboy

Posted on September 5, 2016 at 7:29 am by richs · Permalink
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