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Del Mar for Saturday 2 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.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

9  Cal Cal Li Gowchis   very fast maiden breaking time two races back on 24 June albeit in only a 5F if his latest run 3 weeks ago is nothing more than a turf tune-up in a protected race..... lookout today on the drop down

10  Gone With It   four-year old has mostly been routing which I can't figure out why as he is much more consistent and has run better numbers in sprints .......including abbreviated sprints races like today's 5 1/2F....away since March but a.m. work hints he is ready fresh

5  Have Some Pride   might be a good claim by William Morey as this three-year old has been competitive in all 3 lifetime starts.....and as hot as Morey has been this meeting that is one dangerous proposition for the opposition

6  Moving


race 2    average clarity

1  Majestic Authority   21 to 1 in her MSW debut hints that she wasn't all that cranked up for her MSW debut and yet she ran a strong effort.......bullet work since hints she is now......Baltas 1s very solid 1st at a route....hard not to like this two-year filly

2  Time to Play   Harty is a stellar 27% win with 2nd time starters.....with that in mind her MSW debut was likely needed and that much more can be expected today ......and Harty is also better than average the 1st time he sends a given horse long .....impressive recent endurance building 6F work

5  Gia Lula   on the improve with each and every start....and should have plenty of endurance coming off a one mile turf route.....not out of the win picture by any means

8  Rag Top


race 3    average clarity

4  Resky Business   trainer Morey is often at his most dangerous off of extended layoffs and this filly has been absent since late January......filly could have made it 3 for 3 in routes and 1 for 1 on the turf if not getting block and steadied 2 different times in her last and as our top pick I might add......should be tough if she is ready fresh

5  Aura Rose   steadily improving since Baltas claimed in Feb and that includes her 1st turf route in her latest which was a win........and I like the confidence Richard shows as he steps his filly up into an allowance affair

2  Joe'sgoldenholiday   fits fine here as when she is not in a turf Stakes she has run 1st and near win 3rd.......good rider and Bejarano has a good post to work with.....3 yr old filly definitely seems like a major player here

1  Cynthiana

Long-shot consideration:   3  Goseecal    big hidden awakening in latest.....good post and an adequate rider.....same effort as her last and a decent trip and she might upset the apple cart here


race 4    above average clarity

6  Morgan S.   nice MSW win right out of the box.......4F work since (only 4 days ago) the effort hints that this Hendricks three-year old gelding exited the race in good shape.....see few reasons not to believe he shouldn't fire another good race

2  Private Marini   deservedly steps up following a 109 flat at SR in a conditioned 12.5K claimer....that and 3 wins and a 2nd since the blinkers were put on......high % trainer in Wong

4  Sindys Luck   just claimed by Palma off of an improved effort and worked an eye-popping best of 87 46 flat a week ago.......trainer might have the trump card for this five-year old.....we shall see

1  Gigantis


race 5    average clarity

9  Solomini   believe Baffert might have waited until the sprints were longer than 6F to get the most out of this two-year old in his 1st start as he has a pedigree that suggests the longer the are solid......6 1/2 seems far enough

1  Holy Ghost   good debut after a tardy start from the one post.....that race fits but he must cope with the same post again and this time at 6 1/2 with a gap....would have been top choice with a more favorable starting position

5  It's a New Year   Peter Miler 1st timer appears locked and loaded.....and I have a feeling Miller might finish the Dmr meeting with a bang this ......we shall see

6  Bahamian


race 6    average clarity

6  Spanish Hombre   love the upgrade in trainers especially for turf and Baltas and company might have made a good claim as this gelding has gotten quite sharp.....and he should get a nice up close ground saving trip and with Bejarano up

14  Alaskan Sun   really appreciates the Del Mar grass course and his last effort run 3 weeks ago is strong and hidden quite a bit.....believe the connections jumped for joy when they heard they got in from the AE list

3  Ample Sufficiency   impressive wide run win in latest and in general this colt is consistent....same or better seems likely today.......good post and good turf rider

11  Klondike Creek   colt has never missed the board in 8 turf starts yet has only found the winners circle once.......but the race was the only time he has competed at today's 9 furlongs......outside post but owns tactical speed and a rider in Pratt who knows how to use it


race  7    above average clarity

5  Just a Smidge   quite a few in this race are coming off of races that are par or better for this Grade 1 level and this Baffert filly is one of them.......but she is out working anyone in the field in typical Baffert style

3  Spectator   hard to say much negative about a D'Amato two-year old filly who won both of her lifetime starts by over 5 lengths and the last win was a Grade 2.....should be tough once again

8  Poetic   strong wide run to win her MSW debut......not sure how the track surface will play but about 1/2 of the days of the last dozen race days running wide (especially in sprints) has been a winning move

2  Moonshine Memories


race 8    below average clarity

2  Major Cabbie   just purchased in April for a handsome sum and training awfully well for his MSW debut.......and trainer Dan Hendriks is quite reliable with MSW 1st timers that show good a.m. work

1  St Patrick's Day   very strong MSW debut both in pace and final time for a two-year in summer......if he switched posts with our top choice it would have been a no brainer to make him top pick.....the one post at Dmr at 6 1/2 furlongs can be a nightmare for a two-year old mostly because of the gap.....believe this Baffert baby has a bright future but might be vulnerable today

7  Restrainedvengence   nice MSW debut on the turf at 5 furlongs.....and he owns a pedigree that should take to the dirt and appreciate another 3/16 to travel........and he gets a significant rider upgrade......interesting Grayson 2nd time starter

3  Instilled Regret


race 9    average clarity

4  Cambodia   powerful effort/fig in his latest to win a Grade 2 at Der Mar at 1 1/16th on the grass............bullet best of 19 5F turf drill just 5 days ago.......acts like another 1/16th to travel will be a plus......very hard not to like

13  Goodyearforroses   this Baltas runner is also coming off of a powerful race which like our top pick was quite a bit better than par......been away since May and has to deal with a difficult post.......but blinkers on today and she already had some good tactical speed.....not out of this if Nakatani works his magic and gives her a clever ride

3  Decked Out   consistent sort won a Grade 1 when last seen in December off of 3 months....tougher amount of time off this go around to have her fit enough to compete....but if she is she fits decently here

6  Mrs McDougal


race 10    below average clarity

6  Airfoil   Iggy Puglisi is 2 for 4 riding for Michael McCarthy over the last two months and his overall record for 2017 is 2 for year old drops one claiming notch off of a win and why not as he is ( 5 1 3 1) racing at today's distance of 7 furlongs

7  He'saruler   seems like a decent claim by Jeff Mullins and he must like what he sees to race his new shooter at two levels higher

3  Prohibition   claimed way back in Feb. and has been away since.......but this fellow sure is training as if he is more than fit for his return to the races war....and he is 1 for 2 at the distance and the win was solid

8  Willing to Travel


race 11    average clarity

7  Taniko   not much in two lifetime starts on the dirs......returns off of an extended hiatus from the game with works that suggest he is meant and ready fresh....and he gets to run on grass which he owns a very good pedigree for....and trained by a top turf conditioner in D'Amato

5  Comic One   strong run in her 3rd lifetime start and 1st on the grass and did so impressively off of a two-year layoff........still she likely needs a little more today and logically she should give it with that decent race under her belt

8  Combat Zone   on the improve with each and every start and now gets the best grass rider she has seen so far in Pratt....might be rated too low if she improves once again with a better turf jock on her back

1  Principal Bob

3  Amazon Cry

12  Ice Kat


Posted on September 2, 2017 at 10:03 am by richs · Permalink
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