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Del Mar for Wednesday 2 August 2017

So so race card at Del Mar today.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

5  My Perfect Gem   SCRATCHED OUT OF RACE   nice debut race exactly 60 days ago at SA.....seemingly did little wrong in his debut but still has been gelded since......maybe he is difficult around the barn....last fits.....so if the surgery helped he should be especially tough here

1  Inhibition   Cassidy seldom drops a horse multiple levels so there isn't much help stat wise to gauge his chances.......but the recent works he has put into this four-year old at LA hints he means business.......and than there is that "everyone wants to get to the Del Mar winners circle" factor

4  Nicos Way   not much in his return to the race wars in his last run off of an 11 month layoff.....but his other lifetime race was at Dmr and it was markedly better......needs that effort and likely a little more to hit pay-dirt

7  Malibu d'Oro

 

race 2    below average clarity

1  Small Town Hero   drops $12K below were Ellis claimed this gelding for 2 races back.....catalyst for the risky drop might be the $30K purse for this 20K claiming race restricted to 3 yr old runners.......so if this youngster is doing well enough health wise look for him to dominate from the get go....2 for 2 when loose on the lead

5  Savrolag   stepped on conventional dirt for the 1st time in his latest and ran one of the best races of his nine race career .......so his trainer smartly and likely deservedly gives him a shot at the BIG playground .....and draws the attention of Bejarano and his agent

2  Ucanthankmelater   faced way too tough in his latest which was a Stakes race at Emd.....back to a 20K claiming race where he scored a nice win at SA and did so at the same distance as today.......and ......back to the jock in T C Baze who was aboard for the win

 

race 3    below average clarity

1  Bombardeo   brand new sire is off to a good start and with his turf babies .....and this 2-year-old sure is training well for K Desormeaux who is at his most dangerous when he legs up his bro.....new sire Violence might add to his resume here

7  Desert Domination   another training as if he is ready at 1st asking but in his case with a pedigree that has plenty to prove as far as turf runners is concerned.....and usually prolific Peter Miller is only 1 for his last 22 with 1st timers on the turf.....still...... Miller and good drills can't be ignored

4  Butte City   so so a.m. work but good breeding to be a turf sprinter......somewhat dangerous Carla Gaines 1ster

9 AE  Silver Fury

Long-shot consideration:  2  Restrainedvengence   sure like his pedigree for the grass and his a.m. work is adequate......and this doesn't seem like that tough of a field for a small potatoes barn to pull off an upset

 

race 4    below average clarity

1  Hollywood Strike   performs well with ample time between races and gets that today......colt has never raced on the Dmr dirt but his 1st work showing on it strongly suggests the surface is to his liking....and 1st time Pratt

3  Thorpe d"Oro   good MSW debut and then even better in his 2nd lifetime start going off at an insane 1 to 9 for a maiden.....hard not to see him give another highly competitive effort

7  Union Rebel   let's call the theme Baltas and changes:  impressive arguably best race of his lifetime 4 races back with 1st time blinkers.......1st time racing as a gelding today and he shows a nice 4F drill at Dmr followed by a very solid bullet 5F drill at Dmr only 6 days later......ready for a top effort once again and should go off around 10 to 1

2  Roosevelt

 

race 5    average clarity

6  Sheeza Milky Way   seems like a good spot for an off the pace runner in this race that has 4 front running types in a 7 horse field......Eurton filly has a very good history when racing in allowance affairs like today......good off pace grass rider Bejarano knows her well

5  Bellamentary   one of the aforementioned front running types should sit 1st or 2nd in the early stages....and this filly might have some upside having only raced on the grass once and the effort looks to fit well in this spot

7  Belvoir Bay   the only time Prat rode (six races ago) this Miller four-year old won by 7 1/4 lengths....and in that race Pratt was able to get her to stalk rather than lead which might come in handy here

4  Kenriya

 

race 6    below average clarity

8  Miss Remembering   3 wide trip up on the pace hides an effort that is better than appears in print.......1st race on the Del Mar dirt but shows two fast 4F drills on it.....stout rider/trainer combo these days in Bejarano/Baffert

4  Vegastruck   first time racing in maiden claiming and a very significant rider upgrade especially when you consider the 5 lbs weight break.....and even though this gal went for $350K at sale in 2014 the drop doesn't concern me much as she is still a maiden at five and will be six in 5 months

6  Twirling Apples   back in a maiden claimer for her 3rd start after giving the MSW ranks a whirl in her 2nd start......actually moved forward in the race despite only beating 3 foes.....two solid works at Dmr since.......sure seems like a major player today

2  Lil Graze

Long-shot consideration:  9  Sweet Treat   Clifford Sise has been firing on all cylinders to start the new meeting and when he goes to Kent Desormeaux his stock is usually very "live".......filly has been away from the game 5 days short of one year but she is training as if the is meant and ready fresh off of the bench

 

race 7    above average clarity

8  Kimberlea K   is any one better at keeping good young fillies sharp race after after than Hollendorfer......going for 3rd in a row to start her career.....1st two sure look good here....seems like she just needs to handle her 3rd different surface

5  Show It N Moe It   last race is better than par at today's higher level and like our top pick if she can run similar on a new surface she faces today she should be a major factor in the outcome of this race

3  Gorgeous Ginny   last won't do but her debut 2 races back would.......hard to handicap what race we get today.....so......3rd selection

9  Family Girl

 

race 8    above average clarity

8  Pistol Packin Rose   last race is decent (at 62 to 1 versus better) and now we go from Frey who struggles on the green carpet to Bejarano who obviously does not.....and that big price hints the last race was a gimme.....go go go go today

1  Shazara   trainer Sherlock is often at his best 2nd out following a claim....that and the fact that this mare who is a turf route runner raced in a turf sprint in her last suggest she has always been pointed for her 2nd out following the claim

4  Lady Ninja   improving sort seemingly should be in the vanguard from the opening bell and with Pratt riding for the 4th straight time.......dangerous sort

5  Quinn Murphy

6  Road Test

10  Looking At Thelake

 

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