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Del Mar for Saturday 29 July 2017

Make sure you have the correct day as both Saturday and Sunday's selections were posted on Saturday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

5  Tatters to Riches   best set of works (for the given level) for a Jeff Mullins 1st starter in a very long time.....and it makes sense as this colt was just bought for big bucks 3 months ago.......colt appears to be ready to pay some dividends at 1st asking

6  Jungle Warfare   decent MSW debut race on June 10th and he has put in 30 furlongs of work since.......seems well meant today and very likely to move what degree seems like the ? mark

2  Ayacara   Keith Desormeaux often runs his youngster's into shape but I don't think that is the case with this 2 yr old 1ster......much stronger works than you usually see .....and.....Pratt and his agent want the debut mount


race 2    average clarity

1  Mama's Sugar   obviously this filly has some physical issues......but her a.m. work is seems good enough......and......Peter Miller is super at evaluating how much a declining horse has left in them off of long alarming layoffs

10  Tiz Delightful   good spot for blinkers on especially with the scratch of the 4 horse as this filly is one of the few in here that have early speed trainer combo

2  Lady Cloud   yet another drop down as everyone seems to love getting to the Del Mar winners circle.....trainer has had a tough year and that more than anything else might be the catalyst for the drop down

9  Fashion Fair


race 3    average clarity

6  He Will   last two times this 5 yr old competed in route turf races he ran 2 solid efforts that fit well at today's level and versus today's competition........very stout rider/trainer combo in Smith/Dorfer

1  My Italian Babbo   very dangerous trainer in Richard Baltas the 1st time he steps up a given runner to a Stakes......last turf race for this gelding is close to what it usually takes to compete for the win at today's level.....and he gets in with 5 lbs less today.......and a better post......dangerous sort

2  G. G. Rider   double barrel action for Hollendorfer as he also trains our top selection......this 6 yr old should get a nice mid pack ground saving position and that is very dangerous when the rider is Mr. Prat


race 4    average clarity

5  Munny Spunt   very consistent sort going back to Feb and hse might by more dangerous than ever as she is now capable of winning on or off of the lead.....seems like a very good claim by O'Neill who appears to be in "go mode" at the new meeting

1  Table for Three   scratched out of protected and tougher spot on Wednesday to go in this race.....the D'A has started the meet a little chilly (by his lofty standards) and might want to change that "pronto"

3  Gemini Journey   Spawr is ultra successful 1st out following a claim and he brings this filly back for the same claiming price he snatched her up for......and he might have claimed her for Dmr where she has 1 win and a 3rd in 2 starts

7  Sly Humor


race 5    average clarity

3  Tequila Sunrise   bad trip in her MSW debut where she had about 6L of trip trouble and only lost by 5 1/4 to run 2nd.....4 nice drills since.....bred fine to get a turf route....better trip and she should be tough.....better trip and a move forward with that debut under her belt and she will be more than tough

8  Breezy Bee   1st timer sure has put in the kind of endurance work to be ready for the challenge of a turf route in her MSW debut.....and whereas Keith Desormeaux is not that dangerous with dirt maiden 1sters.....he is better than average with turf 1st time starters especially those debuting in a turf route

10 Medaglia Gold   sprint-sprint-route maneuver here and very strong works since her latest.....decent route turf pedigree....and Cliff Sise is 3 for his last 10 "1st on the grass".....blinkers on....faster recent speed drills....switch to a speed rider in Maldonado......believe will try to clear and get away

5  Encinitas  

Long-shot consideration:    6  Poco Suenos   showed some life in the 1 July version of this race at SA.....but what catches my eye is her recent work which suggests the turf muscled her up as only it can do sometimes.....expecting more today


race 6    below average clarity

7  Sheza Chattykat   slowly developing sort stepped up way over her head in her last in what appears to me to be an endurance building run.....and if the works are worth a hoot if sure worked out well.....believe this Baltas filly is sitting on her lifetime best....we shall see

1  Go On Mary   lone lifetime win came the last time she saw Dmr.....and the recent impressive 4F best of 54 bullet drill at Dmr suggests she is happy to be back....solid horse for course angle with this O'Neill filly

3  Delightful Lady   another Baltas runner as he also conditions our top selection......had about 14 lengths of trip trouble in her debut and ran 3rd to a "monster" beaten by 14L.......then 2 months later she beat a (mini) monster......hard to tell if she is ready fresh off of the bench but if she is lookout

5  Precious Dixie


race 7    below average clarity

6  Lady Mamba   ironically this filly dead heated with our 3rd choice in race 6 in the aforementioned monster of a race winner in Unique Bella back in Nov....... but this filly had a good trip.......she is returning off of the layoff as if she is 100% meant and ready to roll ......and for one hot trainer to start the meet in Peter Eurton......outstanding pedigree for this filly to handle a turf route

4  Domestic Vintage   filly has had multiple excuses in her 3 route grass in she is better than appears in print.....and her best grass race ever ???? her lone race at Del Mar which is much better than par when you adjust for a very wide trip

3  Scandal   has only missed the board once in 10 lifetime starts on the grass and the most she has been beaten for the win is by 2 3/4!.....but......that says she is one major league hanger......but on the other hand the two times Nakatani rode she lost by the smallest of margins (a head bobbing nose)

5  Causeforcommotion   


race 8    average clarity

4  Gentrified   2 for 2 at the somewhat speciality distance of 7F and his off pace running style seems to be an advantage in this race that will likely produce a lively pace...and at Dmr if there is a lively pace at 7F it is....."here come the late runners"

2  Who's Hot   speed crazy in his latest might be the impetus for this fellow getting gelded......and the recent works hint the surgery worked......lookout if he relaxes better......very dangerous sort

11  Big League   trainer Peter Miller is not afraid to lose a horse at the claiming box......and why not risk him for 50K as he sure likes the Del Mar oval

8  Night's Watch


race 9    average clarity

4  Ransom the Moon   tremendous job of turning this fellow into a Stakes horse by Phil D'Amato.....and his latest was rather stunning as he almost won a Grade 2 at SA despite running 3 wide stalking and then pressing a strong pace....he was so much the best by my book.....believe Prat saves some ground this time around with a better timed move

2  Drefong   away from the game since winning the B C Sprint at SA in early Nov......capable of handling strong pace and lasting......and he likely will have to deal with some blistering pace in the race in the 3 horse St Joe Bay who can really fly as well (and actually might upset to field)

8  Roy H   two straight big efforts for this Miler five year old who is returning home from Belmont following a Grade 2 win.....and he must still be sharp for Paco Lopez to ship x-country to retain the mount

1  Denman's Call


race 10    average clarity

5  Mucho Chrome   trainer does little on the dirt but he is getting quite good with his turf stock......two straight good turf races in a row down the SA hill....showed he can handle a route in a one mile dirt race 3 back.....first route turf race today should be a piece of cake

7  Rings of Jupiter   on the improve and he appears to appreciate a route of ground......1st on the sod but owns a decent pedigree for it....and a very dangerous turf trainer in was tough to split top two choices

3  Uber Star   1st time running for Morey led to his 1st lifetime win in 10 starts......connections wisely retain Nakatani.......won at 9F in his last but seems better suited to 8F....dangerous late runner especially with a rider that handles off pace runners well

10  Kona Dreams

13  AE   Beaumarchais

14  AE  Red King

8  He Could

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