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Del Mar for Thursday 3 August 2017

Average looking card this afternoon. Let's call it a 6 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Looks Good N a Tux   high percentage trainer in John Martin who is quite dangerous when he runs a given horse back quickly......12 days since this gelding's last qualifies for that.......2nd time over the Dmr surface seems like a positive

4  Mr. Hale   likely to get a nice stalk position......the cut back of 1/2 furlong to 6F appears to be a plus as it sure looks little anything further and he lacks much "punch" late as he did in his latest

3  Bullet Express   mixed bag here......races at Emd sure long solid in this spot......but he was a vet scratch on 20 July......but then again Bejarano is willing to ride him for the first time.....tough call but plenty dangerous if he is healthy enough


race 2    average clarity

3  Danuska's My Girl   appears that it is likely that Bejarano will get the wood on the 1st turn and sit in one of the first 3 positions at the first call.....that is a dangerous proposition for the competition

6  Chocolate Coated   two nice sprint races down the majestic SA hill grass course to start her career......been away 3 1/2 months but is training as if she is fit and ready for the new challenge of the dirt and a route.......Stevens remains in the saddle for his lone mount of the day.....pedigree is fine for the dirt and a route

5  Slim Fit   sprint-sprint-route maneuver for this Proctor three-year old filly who is very well-bred to get the two turns......and like our top selection she should get good up close or on the lead position in an affair that seems to be "advantage front-runners" to some degree


race 3    average clarity

6  West Coast Bias   east coast invader trained by Tom Proctor is on the improve and I like how well she ran on very firm turf in her latest at Lrl........she is a front-runner and that sure appears to be a good thing in this affair void of speed

2  Mag the Mighty   showed plenty of life in her debut after multiple early trouble in a race down the SA hill......she has been able to work steadily for D'Amato since.......and her pedigree fits route racing more than sprint racing.......trainer is very dangerous 1st time at a route

5  Bee Sweet   handles ample time between starts and gets that today.....meets leading rider is aboard but the bug boy has struggled in two turn grass races......but then again in my trip notes he has been improving in turf routes is only a matter of time that the successful (and here to stay) apprentice will be tough on the sod in routes as well

3  Onzaway


race 4    average clarity

3  Special Story   only time this gelding was up for a tag he won in his maiden debut race which was at Del Mar on the it so appears that Ron Ellis has pointed him for this race to some degree and once again he is up for sale......and suddenly Ellis is as hot as he has been in some time

2  Braddock   just claimed by Hollendorfer and he likely means business running his new shooter 5K less than he claimed him for......that and it appears to be a good spot for a speed horse like himself......light weight hot bug boy has a shot to get away and hide

4  Tribal Roar   positive: appears to be at his best on the Del Mar dirt......negative: flattens out some when competing at 6 1/2........been off for 8 weeks but he does fine running off of breaks

6  Informality


race 5    average clarity

6  Summer's Burst   1st time running as a gelding.....trainer switch from Brocklebank to O'Neill......and the 2 yr old for his 2nd start takes that magical drop from MSW racing to maiden claiming......a trifecta of reasons to place him as our top selection

3  Isee It in Hiseyes   2 yr old flashed some decent quarter-mile speed in his MC debut and then steadily flattened with that race under his belt and 1/2 furlong less to run he should be a dangerous speed horse from start to finish today

5  Optic   SCRATCHED OUT Desormeaux 1st time starter has put in copious furlongs of work......hinting he should finish to whether he has early speed or not I am leaning towards "that he does not".......note that trainer Keith Desormeaux won with a 2 yr old 1ster yesterday in a grass affair of 5F as our top choice

1  Unobtainable


race 6    below average clarity

2  Merrily Merrily   appears to have much more speed on the grass than on the dirt......if she shows as much early gas today as she did two races back down the SA hill she should be on the lead especially with the hot bug boy and his 5 lbs weight break up

5  Secret Thorn   away from the game following her 2nd start which was way back in Sept.....but she showed she can fire fresh as she won her MSW debut and did so at Del Mar albeit on the dirt.....relatively new sire is a little weak so far producing turf runners but mom has tossed 2 turf winners

6  La Premiere Etoile   sharp recent a.m. work hints she is primed for today's race......believe the connections will likely want to take back some their chances more if they do as it seems about 60/40 that a lively pace will develop up front

3  Ready to Hula Lula


race 7    average clarity

4  Ike Walker   seems like a great time to drop off of a couple of dull races and getting to compete on his favorte surface......2 wins and a 2nd in 4 races on the Del Mar main track.....and sure appears to be a good spot for an off pace runner with plenty of speed signed up

7  Kristo   SCRATCHED OUT owns some massive adjusted for trouble figs especially for today's lower level.....seems like a somewhat suspicious drop .....but then again he has only 2 wins in 21 career races

2  General Ike   latest is greatly disguised as he dueled on a very dull rail at Lrc on the 15th of July and rightfully tired.......reassuring work trainer drops.......rider has options as this follow can win on or off of the lead

1  Pioneerof the West


race 8    average clarity

9  Thermopolis   three-year old has displayed plenty of effort/energy but has been a bit of a goof finding it sure seems more significant than it normally is that he has been gelded since his last race.....he will be very tough in this spot if the surgery settles him down

10  Majestic Journey   sprint-sprint-route scenario and he owns a good turf route pedigree........but he does draw a difficult post.....but on the other hand he gets a significant rider upgrade for a grass race from ice-cold on the sod Garcia to Pereira riding well on it

2  Insubordination   both lifetime turf routes fit fine at today's level........and T C Baze is awfully good at staying inside to save ground for as long as possible when he  has a good post to work with like today

4  Captain Call

1  Spend It

6  Save Ground


Posted on August 3, 2017 at 9:00 am by richs · Permalink
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