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Del Mar for Friday 11 August 2017

OK race card this afternoon and evening. Let's call it a 6 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

4  Minister's Glory   1st work at Dmr on 23 July was his best to that point suggesting the track is to his liking.....then Machowsky likely backed off some as to not show too much....because......he debuts in a maiden claimer.......and almost everything the trainer gives Talamo is "live"

6  Baby Gronk   good-looking work tab for this 1st timer who shows hints of having some early gas.....especially dangerous if that is so with a good speed rider in Pedroza up

5  Poise to Strike   trainer has had a tough year with only one win in 48 starts but he appears to have this maiden debut runner cranked up and ready......triner has won with only 1 of his last 22 MC 1sters but that debut winner paid a whopping price

9  Shane Doan


race 2    average clarity

3  Chicago Style   in my trip notes I made a point of it to put "very very good stretch drive" which I seldom do......same weight....same rider.....same 11F of turf.....easy to put as top choice

5  Oscar Dominquez   both times that today's rider Bejarano has been up are very solid efforts and at only one turf furlong less than today.....that and the fact he carries less weight today (which is quite significant at 11F) makes for a dangerous 2nd choice

6  Little Scotty   gelding is very willing to rate if given the chance and I doubt anyone will want to compromise their chances and go with out if T C Baze slows things down to a crawl


race 3    average clarity

5  Willows Babe   2nd lifetime start is just so so despite running 2nd in the step up in MC.......debut is very solid especially for today's lower level.....last might do....race 2 back should do.....Bejarano sticks around for buddy Richie Baltas

8  Sugaratsundown   headed in the wrong direction following a decent MSW debut.....but gets blinkers on and drops.....and she shows two very reassuring works since her last.....rebound might be in the cards

4  We Will Re Joyce   another who has gone south following a decent debut.....but blinkers on and for a baby who hints at being a lead type only......full throttle from the opening bell likely and with the meeting leading rider and his 5 lbs less to carry

2  Tiger Mom


race 4    average clarity

6  Crown the Kitten   seems like a great spot if Sean McCarthy has him as ready off of 7 weeks rest as he did in his latest which was off of 5 weeks rest.....he broke the 1:34 in the race and the horse that won the race came back to win

2  Spanish Hombre   likes route turf and the connections might have figured that out now.....and quite the rider upgrade from a rider that struggles on the grass to one that does not

8  Lord of Chaos   42 to 1 in layoff sprint turf race has gimme written all over dirty things up some and drop and go go go in today's claiming route turf affair....and on a grass course where he just happens to 2 for 2

1  Preacher Roe


race 5    average clarity

1  Unobtainable   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime and now gets an apprentice rider upgrade from one doing OK in Laura Werner to one leading the meeting in Evin Roman....and the two-year old owns as much early speed of anyone in the race  

7  Big Bad Gary   actually earned a better number (real and adjusted for trip) in his latest than our top choice......but he is trained by a low percentage trainer.......and....... he is an off pace sort who might be hard pressed to get up in time.....dangerous for sure but easy to place as 2nd choice

8  Starship Chewy   decent enough work tab to possible be ready to roll at 1st asking....and the connections got a good look at what they were getting as he went for sale in July for $33K......also.....entering for MC50K makes sense

9  Respect the shot


race 6    average clarity

3  Pretty Owl   very solid pace and good final time in her MSW debut on opening day at Dmr.....two stout works since...... rider and trainer have won 7 of their last 13 at a team.....impressive

5  Meiji   good looking work tab for this Hollendorfer 1st time starter who has put in enough furlongs of work to likely handle the challenge of debuting at 6 1/2 furlongs.....trainer has been chilly......seems due to awaken

6  Hot Blooded Girl   double barrel action as Baffert also trains our top choice........latest is her career best and the effort is somewhat disguised.....been missing in action since late May but she is working like she is fit and ready

9  Phantom Proton

Long-shot consideration:   1  Malibu Model   nowheresville at two MSW races in 2015......but she returns for her third race here in 2017 as a vastly improved individual...... if ......her stellar work tab is worth a hoot.....dangerous...... and at a price


race 7    above average clarity

2  Majestic Heat   best credentials in the race by quite a bit so it seems a matter of how ready this mare is off of the extended hiatus.......she appears wound up like a top in the morning.....the kind of tightly spaced stout work regiment that is strongly suggests this is not a tune-up

1  Moonless Sky   cut back in distance should be a plus....that and Kent Desormeaux (who can shape up a race as good as any jock) will likely push this filly early as there is a distinct lack of speed in the race

8  Shehastherightstuff   handles the Dmr sod quite well and has one big late kick with a rider in Bejarano who can get the most out of an off pace runner......but she likely will need more pace than anticipated in this affair lacking speed types

7  Dressd to a T


race 8    average clarity

1  Secret Touch   just popped his lifetime best winning in his 1st on the Dmr and doing so with a wide trip....better post today and back in short rest......likely feeling good and ready to handle today's step up of about 3 or 4 lengths of better par time

2  Dukes Up   seems at his best on the dirt......apprentice Solis is struggling but does fairly well in routes and has a good post to work with and stay out of trouble .......been away since mid May but 1st time D'Amato and with works that hint he is ready fresh

4  War Union   nicely improved in his last two races with the blinkers added......eligible for the ship & win 1st in added money so you would surmise he is ready .......not out of the win picture if he is

6  Kionntal

3  Lymebird

5  Desert General

Posted on August 11, 2017 at 10:54 am by richs · Permalink
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