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Del Mar for Wednesday 23 August 2017

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Bridal Arch   nicely improved since getting off the synthetic and racing on conventional dirt........graduated in her latest in a fast Mdn40K which appears to be better than any of today's competition has ever run......same rider-track-distance

1  Starr of Quality   by far at her best racing at today's distance of one mile on main track surfaces (4 3 1 0).......(5 0 0 1) everywhere else......hard not to consider

3  Very Hot   another with a solid record racing in dirt routes (3 2 1 0).....apprentice is struggling but mentally speaking he might be feeling better as he got his 1st win at the meeting (and did so on a long-shot consideration selection on Saturday)


race 2    below average clarity

6  Sally Simpson   rider upgrade following the Hess claim (and one strong rider/trainer combo in Desormeaux/Hess) and owns some decent early speed in this spot.....seems poised for one of her best efforts

5  Gift of a Star   trainer is horrid off of layoffs of more than 3 months....but quite good the 1st out after he takes over the training duties of a given horse......both are the case here for this mare dropping into claiming for the 1st time......somethings gotta give

1  Passion for Papa   seems to try hard every race only missing the board once in 7 lifetime starts.......and might sit in a decent stalk or lead position which she appreciates


race 3    below average clarity

8  Orejas   last two races fit well and the cut back in distance of one and one-half furlongs appears to be a plus......good rider/trainer combo in Roman/Belvoir including early on in the bug boy's career

2  Rafter One   believe he is better suited to sprinting and the shorter the better......and they don't card them for 3 & up much shorter than 5 1/2F very often.....and note that his lone race sprinting with blinkers was his lifetime best

10  My Perfect Gem  rider upgrade for sure......but......drops off of a good debut and was a vet scratch since......believe he is hurting some but if not he should have been rated top choice

3  Majordomo


race 4    average clarity

2  Out Ofthe Ordinary   one of Kornier's better trainer stats is 2nd our following a layoff which is the case here.....plenty of gas in this affair can set things up nicely for this mare who will likely sit mid pack and save ground thru at least the 1st turn......2 for 2 on the Dmr turf in 2016

10  Summer Lady   back in 18 days in a race run last January led to a very solid turf race.......back in only 13 days today....believe she is sharp and well-meant for today's race but Talamo will need to work a little magic from a tough post with the rail out 30 feet

3  Mangita   vet scratch in a nw2 alw race on 27 (logically) sees fit to drop her versus much easier today.....believe she has a race left in her......we shall see

1  Miz Strawberry Dee

Long-shot consideration:  9  Backintheacademy   seven-year old mare has preformed well "fresh" in the past and she is training like she is fit and ready for today's race off of a 3 month break....... apprentice Laura Werner has done well in route dirt races but has been dismal in turf races .......but she can sit back some and hopefully save some ground...... and...... make one big late run with her 7 lbs eight break in a race that seems set up for who sit back some


race 5    average clarity

5  Mugaritz   Simon Callaghan has been impressive with young horses this year including with MC 1sters......and this gelding is training up to snuff has tossed 5 winners from 6 starters

7  Desert Domination   disappointing MSW debut which was on the turf for the backers of this baby who went off at 2 to drops down into mid priced maiden claiming and gets to run on dirt where he has trained well.....seems very dangerous

4  Trust N Liberty   1ster has steadily hit the track every 6 or 7 days since mid June.......and he sure worked a nice 4F at GG six works back.....believe the connections backed off as to not tip their hand too much and lose their horse by way of the claiming box in his debut.....dangerous sort from the Art Sherman barn

6  Fake News


race 6    average clarity

1  Red Stitch    filly has a good history starting from the 1 post......race seems to set for her late running style.....but what really catches my eye here is her vastly improved work since her last hinting the turf muscled her up.....rather sure she makes a move forward today

4  Winemenow   another late runner who as mentioned above seems to be in a good spot......Prat stays up.....should come flying from far back

2  Ready to Hula Lula   seems best of the many speed types in the race and like our top selection appears to have benefitted from a grass run as she popped a near bullet 4F work since

6  Secret Thorn


race 7    average clarity

6  Cupid   powerful races in 3 of his last 4 and all with today's rider aboard.......working stellar which is what you would expect from a Baffert G1 winner.....1st on the Del Mar dirt and 1st racing at one mile are small ? marks

1  Soi Phet   4 for 6 at Dmr on the dirt and  Kent Desormeaux knows him inside and out....won the 2016 version of this race quite easily......did it turf to guessed it - turf in last

3  Curlin Rules   nice wake up on the dirt since the blinkers were put on.....should get good position on or just off of the lead.....still......he might need lifetime best to take down this race

7  Win the Space


race 8    average clarity

7  Conqueror   last appears to be a spin around the turf course to dirty up his form some and drop back into maiden claiming and at the lowest MC level of his career.....ran 2nd the three times he was in MC races all of which were at 75K, might get him over the hump

6  Latitude   1st time ever in maiden claiming......running off of a 4 month break but that is right in the wheelhouse of Dan Hendricks

1  Acker   awfully strong dirt sprint MSW debut two races back to drop into maiden claiming....suspicious drop to say the least.....but if he is OK he fits solidly here if he of course handles the sod and a route both of which he owns a good pedigree for

2  Warren's Fandango

4  Landing Gear

3  Rai Rue





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