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Del Mar for Sunday 3 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.

Bad results yesterday and then some and I found today's card difficult. Closing day on Monday seems better.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

5  Los Borrachos   obviously the connections were all out to win 3 weeks ago with the added win 1st in $.....and they did....claimed in the race by Miller......doubt the "all out to win" effort took a toll because Desormeaux wants the mount back....and this gelding's last fit's fine in this spot

2  Tuogh But Nice   set a brutal pace in a grass route and predictably tired,,,,,since then he worked an eye-popping best of 87 4F work......might feel awfully good.....dangerous gate to wire loose on the lead attempt

4  Logan's Moon   awfully popular at the claiming box for a 7 yr old with only 21 starts.......Hollendorfer is the latest to claim him and sees fit to put him up one level......maybe he has tweaked something for the better......needs a couple lengths more today and maybe the Hall of Fame trainer can get it out of him

3  Nardo


race 2    below average clarity

9  Jet Set Man   very consistent turf sprinter has learned to rate and that should come in handy here with what should be a hot pace.....reassuring 3F bullet work since his last......bug boy has ridden him well

7  Plate Side   like the sprint-route-sprint scenario for this O'Neill three-year old who was caught wide in his only 5F grass race at Dmr but showed that he fits if Gutierrez gives him a more clever ride

2  Rim Ditch   seems like the speed of the speed here and with 1st time Pratt.......trainer does OK with limited starters......dangerous sort

3  Ultra Fame


race 3    average clarity

(AE 11 and/or AE 12 have a shot if they draw into the field)

8  Royal Trump   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start......connections want to win at Del Mar as they drop this colt some in order to enhance their chances of getting to the circle of joy

7  Come On In   3 gate works in a row hint this Miyadi 1st timer is meant and ready.....that and he has teamed up for 4 wins in the last 9 starts over the last 60 days with today's rider Roman

4  Respect the Shot   ran well to almost win his maiden debut but was a voided claim which is obviously a bad sign health wise......but it is a good sign that he was able to put in back to back tightly spaced 5F drills since.......tough call

10  Paul's Diva


race 4    below average clarity

9  Tasunke Witco   hard not to put on top as Hess mostly when using Desormeaux has taken advantage of the win first in for added money more than anyone else....that and this five yr old seems by far at his best running at today' 6F distance

1  Native Treasure   seems poised for a good race 2nd out after the claim......turf tightener placed over his head in last and now drops multiple levels for a full-blown "go" today back on the dirt.....handles the Dmr surface and likes 6F......Prat knows him well

8  Iron Rob   seems best at today's 6F distance........last at 6 1/2F is OK but his race two back at 6F might do the trick here with a good trip.....we shall see if Jaime Ricardo is up to providing one

7  Old Man Lake


race 5    average clarity

8  My Boy Jack   on the improve with every start and he is the only starter with two route grass races run.....and the fig earned in his last is better than anyone else in the field has run.......almost won  in his latest having to overcome the outer-most 10 the 8 post (and not the outer-most) should be a piece of cake for Nakatani  LOL

2  Pubilius Syrus   last was OK but he likely need to put forth more today......his recent a.m. work hints he might.....good post and a rider upgrade.......dangerous Cerin two-year old colt

9  Linburgh's Kitten   like our 2nd selection his latest was decent but he likely will need more today.......Wesley Ward is solid with shippers and gets Smith to ride.....would be surprised if this two-year old gelding didn't move forward today to some degree

4  Big Buzz

Long-shot consideration:   10  Captain Buzzkill   slow start and blocked/boxed up on turn 2 or would have been near the winner at the wire.......might have badly needed debut and if he did....... lookout...... if of course Sutherland gives him a clever ride from post10


race 6    average clarity

3  Alluring Star   bought in March for $850K so Baffert and company got a good look at what they were looking at..........filly has worked six times at Del Mar with many of those works quite stout.....I'd say she is ready and then some

2  Two Steps Faster   year in and year out Hollendorfer has a future star two year old filly debut in mid to late summer and this baby shows signs she might be one.....we shall see

5  Thirteen Squared   another dangerous looking Bob Baffert two-year old filly 1ster.....and Baff/Raff have been clicking at about 30% as a team the last two or three months

7  She's Funny


race 7    average clarity

2  The Lieutenant   last appeared to be your classic spin around the track to tighten up and be ready 2nd out following the layoff.......and his pace style appears to be a plus with plenty of speed signed up.....trainer has really come into his own in 2017

1  Show Me Da Lute   only one race since going on the shelf last December.....that race was run in June and likely isn't good enough here....but he has worked eight times since and lately the works are awfully good......Baffert likely has him "right" this time around.....good post and a rider in Talamo who is on a roll of late

9  Kristo   seems to get a trouble trip in most of her races.......if she gets a good one this afternoon with the drop in class......lookout

3  Got Even



race 8    below average clarity

4  Mackie's Water   2 for 3 at today's turf distance and the time/fig earned 2 back in June at 9F is very solid for a three-year old in May....working well and one of the better turf rider/trainer combinations around in Nakatani/Baltas

5  Sharp Samurai   3 for 4 lifetime on the sod and a perfect 2 for 2 at nine furlongs.....Glatt is having a super meeting winning two Graded races the 1st of which was with this smooth running three-year old....and coming into this meet he was something like 0 for his last 30 in Graded races....Stevens sticks around

3  Bowies Hero   2 for 2 on the Dmr turf......likely needs even more than his lifetime best effort in his latest but has plenty of potential to give it with the D'A as his trainer

2  Monster Man


race 9   below  average clarity

5  Rings of Jupiter   turf to dirt is usually a good thing........and a surface change that is significant for bug boy Edwin the late kick this gelding has on the dirt at a route....should be flying late once again and with the 5 lbs off

2  Excavation   back in only 7 days is quite unusual for D'Amato....this three year old might be feeling awfully good coming off a grass race and for his trainer to bring him back in one week......we shall see

10  Desert General   2nd out after the layoff and very sharp in the a.m.....sitting on a move forward........would have rated higher if he had a better least he gets Pratt

3  Dukes Up

Long-shot consideration:   6  Go Ghetto   quite the step up today but his latest was his lifetime best....... and as well as Mike McCarthy is going these days we might see even more today.....Stevens sticks around to find out


race 10    average clarity

8  Fibonacci   only went for $20K at sale but he is working like he would go for a heck of a lot more now......plenty of endurance put in by Baltas.....good route turf pedigree.....and Smith seldom rides for Richard but is today.....hmmm

2  Kylemore   experience advantage as he is the only one with a start in the race and the start was also on the grass at one mile.....the race was on the 1st of July and was an average 1st out....but the works since hint he is bringing more than average in his 2nd start.....Harty is having a decent meeting with his limited starters

9  Dignitaire   Gary Mandella can get a route turf 1st time starter to run well now and then and he is training his colt like he wants a good showing from him in his debut.....and mom tossed 4 winner from 5 starters and 3 of them won on the sod

7  Spanish Bay

6  Bitter Ring Home

1  Shane Zain

Posted on September 3, 2017 at 8:22 am by richs · Permalink
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