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Del Mar for Saturday 3 December 2016

Very nice card for the last Saturday of racing at Del Mar until next July. Be back with you for closing day tomorrow.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Swiss Cheese   6 for 6 in the money (6 2 3 1) racing at today's six furlong distance......3 for 7 in the money racing at other distances........2 of his last 3 6F sprint races are very good efforts/figs and one of them was run at Dmr and run off of 2 weeks rest........2 weeks rest for today's race

1  Royal F J   claim back by Carava ran a much improved (and disguised some) race in his latest and that makes sense as Carava has had this 9-year-old for most of his carrer.......logically drops some.......should be motoring late as he usually does in this his 91st

7  Templar   showed signficant early gas with 10 lbs apprentice Rosie Higgins up......she is aboard again today and with one less furlong to hold this gelding together who has a decent shot at getting the lead

6  Changing Karma


race 2    average clarity

9  Sunset Grill   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start and 1st on the dirt.......reassuring 4F drill at Slr since.......and of course the drop from MSW to mid priced maiden claiming is significant

4  First Heir    solid MC 20K debut for this Sadler four-year colt and he sure receives a rider upgrade for his 2nd lifetime start........likely exited his debut in great shape for Sadler to more than double his claiming price for his 2nd lifetime start.......seems likely to be a major player

8  Ketos   John Sadler tends to give little away but this fellow owns a prolonged work regiment for today's 1st ever in a maiden claimer......and.......this is only his 8th lifetime start since his Feb 2015 maiden the drop does make sense to yours truly

6  Super Touch


race 3   average clarity

8  Buymeabond   seems to show up in every race and he is 2 for 2 with T C Baze up......and he is a fairly smooth hot trainer just claimed him.....and seems best on the Del Mar turf.....plenty to like

7  Los Gatos   claimed by Mulhall way back in mid June and she sure appears to have the trump card for this colt as his work regiment for the last couple of months is awfully strong......and he draws a solid east coast turf jock to ride in Ortiz Jr.

3  Infinite Magic   wants more turf ground to cover and gets it today albeit only 1/16 of a mile more.......nice rides given by Talamo in his last two races......and a good post to help give another one

1  Presidensky


race 4    average clarity

9  Datcatsa Gem   seems like an overdue drop.......all three lifetime sprint races fit to some degree but his lone race at Dmr stands out and would be tough to overcome for his competition......and the fact this is the last opportunity to run at Del Mar until summer might be the impetus for the drop

5  Classic Rules   decent MC debut and a decent work since.......needs a move forward and seems likely to provide one for trainer Miguel what degree is the question

3  Not Chopped Liver   another with a decent MC debut and looking for more in his 2nd lifetime start.....and he races as a 1st time gelding

4  Burn Me Twice


race 5    average clarity

7  Home Journey   strong run down the SA hill in latest with the rider switch to Mike Smith......quite consistent when this mare gets ample time between starts and gets it today.....and a decent history racing at Dmr in 5F turf affairs ( 5 1 2 1)

5  Long Hot Summer   dynamite history sprinting on the grass until her latest where she tossed a far her worst turf race of her career.......needs a significant rebound.......has enough time off and enough a.m. work to possibly recover........we shall see

8  Paquita Coqueta   done little wrong in both Chile and her two starts in the good old U S of A but she does lose Prat and now gets Stevens who has been in a slight slump and not up to his lofty standards of late......overdue get his mojo back (late news: he did have a win yesterday)......or.....father time is finally catching up......I hope not

4  Entrechet


race 6    average clarity

5  Vale Dori    both lifetime races on the Del Mar dirt are good.......and this Baffert 4-year-old filly likely feels great as she is coming off a 10 length win where she was given an easy likely stress free hand ride down the stretch

6  Wild At Heart   Richard Mandella has gotten the most out of this filly the two times he put her in Graded races.......Grade 2 today and draws an outstanding east coast jock in J J Castellano to ride..... and...... gets in fairly light at 118 lbs

7  Show Stealer   runs very well fresh and is 5 months fresh today.......and her works at LA are very strong ........1st on the Del Mar conventional dirt is a ? mark.....not out of this if she handles it

2  Autumn Flower


race 7    average clarity

1  Beach Patrol   stout grass trainer in Brown and not to shabby of a grass rider in Geroux.......solid history racing at 1 1/8 or 1 1/4 on the grass (4 2 1 1) and in the 3rd place finnish he had a tough trip or would have won......finally gets a good post.......runs well on firm turf.......welcome to sunny S Cal

2  Camelot Kitten   stable mate of our top choice is 4 for 6 since Brown put the blinkers on and very difficult to separate from his barn mate.......winds up 2nd choice mostly because our top pick finally draws inside after 3 straight races drawing the 9 or 10 post

5  Free Rose   controlling speed in the race seemingly shows up every time and does his best running on the Dmr turf......not out of the win picture in this Grade 1 affair by any means

3  Frank Conversation

Long-shot consideration:   9  Revved Up   on the right end of the learning curve and his latest sure appears to be an endurance building gimme for today's big race......big race 2 back in a Grade 2 at Lrl and the race is somewhat hidden by not the best of trips


race 8    average clarity

12  American Anthem   expensive purchase back in March is training as if the big bucks shelled out can pay some dividends 1st out for Baffert and company.........rather certain this colt can really run but he does have a difficult outer most post to cope with if all 12 go

4  Sheer Flattery   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start running faster than par for the two-year old MSW level.....switch to Mike Smith hints Hollendorfer means business as does the work series this youngster has put in since his last

2  Surfside Sunset   best set of preparatory works for a two-year old debut runner from the Hess barn in many a moon.....and he gets his buddy Kent Desormeaux to has tossed 6 winners from 7 starters and all were able to graduate at two

13 AE  Joey Pots and Pans

6  Union Rebel


race 9    average clarity

1  Dynamic Scoring    showed he can handle the Del Mar turf in his latest running a close 3rd at a distance that likely isn't his best.....seems much better suited for one mile and his horrid trip one mile grass race 2 back hides the fact......and today he gets a significant rider upgrade

4  American League   very ironic that the first time this fellow gets a good trip he runs a dull race because prior to his last this three-year old and his connections had been extremely unlucky as he has had many things work against him trip wise with most of it not of his making........gets enough time off to mount a rebound and his morning work supports the notion

3  Tribal Fighter   lifetime best was in his latest in a race down the majestic Santa Anita hill grass course.......has a little something to prove at a route put he sure seems likely to get a close to the front ground saving trip......very dangerous

6  Little Scotty

7  Beaumarchais

10  Top Of The Game

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