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Del Mar for Friday 1 September 2017

Take note that on Monday the 4th of September we will only have a comment for the top selection because of some time constraints. Also, the only two days that we cover of the upcoming Los Alamitos meeting are the 16th & 17th of September.

Today's card and tomorrow's card I found interesting and feel fairly good about both. Sunday's was a different matter as the majority of the races were extremely difficult to decipher.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Remesses   only needs to get another furlong today as his maiden 20K 2nd at 7F fits fine here....and he sure has a decent shot at getting loose on the lead which is often more significant than it normally is the 1st time a sprinter attempts a route.....impressive 6F gate work put in just 5 days ago.....feeling good

5  Roosevelt   suspicious drop here but if he is still OK physically speaking he obviously should have been the top choice

6  Majestic Journey   race two back fig wise fits fine......turf endurance building route in he drops below the claiming level that Hess took this three-year old gelding for......and what really catches my eye is that his buddy Desormeaux is in the saddle for the 1st time

3  Big Day Tomorrow


race 2    average clarity

5  Miss Viola   might be a good claim by O'Neill and company as this two-year old filly ran an effort in her 2nd lifetime start that fits at today's higher level....and the effort was run on the Del Mar surface to boot

2  Hold That Smile   on the right end of the learning curve for Callaghan and friends.....her latest fits just fine if the trend continues she will be quite tough

4  Midnight Summer    obviously needs a rebound to her effort run 2 back in her maiden debut......recent a.m. work hints Miller might get one out of her......very dangerous 3rd selection

6  Mama's Kid


race 3    average clarity

(AE 11  Mr Vargas  has a shot if draws into the field)

4  Member State   blinkers on and he already has shown some good early speed albeit in turf routes......cut back to a turf sprint sure appears what he needs........Simon Callaghan has had an impressive year especially with young developing horses......should be in the mix from the opening bell

2  Shaky Alibi   dangerous looking 1st time starter for Carla Gaines and company with a nice and prolonged work tab......trainer has struggled in 2017 and might feel a little bit better about the year if this one runs as well as I believe she will in her maiden debut

5  Impression   away from the game for over a year following 2 dirt starts at CD but his new trainer has him working well....and Richard Mandella is very solid stat wise off of long layoffs and with shippers.....1st time running as a gelding too

1  Dreams of Valor


race 4    below average clarity

12  New Dancer   not much in both lifetime endeavors....but comes out as a 1st time gelding......and......with a series of very strong and tightly spaced works....believe the surgery has been very successful....we shall see

9  Way Gone   exits a fat heat where being beat by 5L (running 4th) still worked out to be a par like effort.....two next out runners from this fast race......and his a.m. work since is very solid....hard not to like this Bob Baffert 2nd time starter

1  Saldamente   yet another working very impressively.....been absent since Sept of last year put appears all set to rock and roll....trainer has had a good meeting especially using today's jock

2  Towards the Light

Long-shot consideration:   6 Air On Fire   new rider........and training like a night and day better racehorse.....rather sure he is meant and ready fresh off of the bench for his new connections


race 5    below average clarity

8  That's a Lady   brutal trip in latest earning a strong adjusted for pace and trouble fig..........was wide thru out up on the pace.....did awfully well to finish 3 1/2L behind the winner.....bug boy will be out to make amends

9  Spooky Woods   back to the dirt following an OK effort in her 1st turf race to date......tough call when she is going to run her "A game" but if it is today she should have been top selection

3  Midnight Lilly   fired her lifetime best in her latest and it was the 1st time she competed on the Del Mar dirt.....repeat of the race fits fine since suggest she has held her form and might even be up for more

6  Knk's Dolce Vita

Long-shot consideration:   2  Longstocking   sprint-sprint route maneuver and her last sprint is much better than appears in print......Michael McCarthy is 6 for his last 18 3rd out after a layoff which is the case here......dangerous sort with a good post to boot


race 6    average clarity

3  Zillinda   fell off a little in last but her race two back fits well here.......recent a.m. work is quite a bit improved hinting we will see that effort 2 back and maybe more.....should be in the mix from the get go and saving ground

1  Halo Ahead   much more dangerous turf route filly taking back early as she fades when on or near the lead.......seems highly likely to get a very nice ground saving stalk position.....and with Bejarano in the saddle that should be one dangerous proposition for her opposition

6  Tangeline   24 to 1 in her MSW debut strongly suggests she wasn't all the cranked up and needed her debut and her 1st out was not too bad.......better trip and with a logical forward move and she should be part of the win picture here

8  Speakers


race 7    average clarity

4  Drizzy    won MSW debut in May very easily by 5 1/2 in only a 4 1/2F race......then ran much stronger in his 2nd lifetime start (which was in early August) than appears in print....broke slightly slow and then checked....... and followed that poor beginning with a 4 wide trip......seemingly never worked any better....trainer is heating up in the 2nd 1/2 of this Dmr meeting

9  Unpossible   1st two lifetime races he had bad trips which led to 4th place finishes.....and then in start number three he had a good trip and ran a 103:3 and won by 7L albeit at a weaker California track......but that time appears awfully good here....dangerous sort

3  Continental Divide   won a $100K state-bred Stakes race in his last and did so with a very wide trip........would have rated higher if not for having to carry 6 more lbs today and when his competition carries the same weight as before.......that and the extra 1/2 furlong might hurt some

7  Smokem


race 8    average clarity

9  Lord of Choas   effort and fig stand out in this spot and he sure does his best running on the Del Mar grass (3 2 0 1).......that and 3rd out following a layoff is a strong stat for Koriner....and that is the case today

13  Excessive Kid   exits the same fast heat as our top choice and beat him by the smallest of margins for 2nd.....race prior to that is also strong and hidden by a very wide journey....difficult post but still very dangerous

6  Cowboy  3rd out following a one year hiatus from the game......might be primed for a move forward.....fits if he provides one

2  Path of David

10  American League

11  Buymebond




Posted on September 1, 2017 at 7:13 am by richs · Permalink
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