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Del Mar for Wednesday 1 November 2017

Decent card for opening day Del Mar. Abbreviated comments today, Thursday & Sunday. Full comments and regular pricing for both Breeders Cup days on Friday & Saturday. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Incensed   loves the abbreviated sprint distance of 5F (10 3 6 0) and has handled the Del Mar turf just fine.....Miller likes to use Paco Lopez when he is town and that is not a bad deal...should sit pretty while the 1 and 6 duke it out

3  Green With Eddie   O'Neill snapped out of the doldrums the last week of Santa Anita in a big way........very sharp works for this laid up colt hints the trainer has another "live" runner if of course he handles his 1st on the sod.....pedigree for it is decent

1  Rocket Heat


race 2    average clarity

6  Out of Patience   proven on the Del Mar dirt and sure does well at today's distance ( 18 5 4 2).......race is loaded with speed types which should flatter his mid pack running style.....good history when Talamo rides

5  Tribal Jewel   5 for 9 at Del Mar and 8 for 21 at the his chances if Pedroza takes back as this gelding showed he can win 3 races back from off of the pace.....and as stated above this race should yield a strong set of fractions

1  Pioneerof the West

9  Kristo


race 3    average clarity

7  Hardcore Troubador   very solid early speed for this Freeman MSW runner.....and he just worked a strong 6F hinting his endurance should be the best to date.....that and he should appreciate the apprentice and his 7 lbs weight break on his back

3  Hollywood Square   O'Neill 1st time starter has both speed and endurance put in and his breeding for a Cal-bred is better than average...... and he has a win early pedigree

2  Wild Lando

1  Insubordination


race 4    average clarity

2  Excavation   the two times that this D'Amato youngster was under the threat of being claimed (up for 25K & 30K) he ran two strong races....up for 16K today and working very sharply.......seems meant and ready

1  Handful of Stripes   Peter Miller is not afraid to lose a horse so when he drops a given runner multiple levels like this four year old it is a much more reliable  move than your average trainer.....very dangerous sort

5  Special Story

6  Harrovian


race 5    average clarity

7  Tweeting   impressive improvement in her last 1st out following the Bill Spawr claim and the effort is somewhat hidden by a wide trip.....see ya Mike Smith......hello Gary the rider change for a grass race

1  Dominating Women   powerful race two back albeit way back in Feb.......filly set some strong fractions that 25 Feb. day and ran on the rail which seemed slightly dead....yet....she still ran a great 7F time.......1st on the turf today but owns a solid pedigree for it......plenty of potential here if this three year old filly takes to the grass

6  Phantom Opening

4  Mrs Norris


race 6    average clarity

8  Steely Resolve   very expensive purchase has taken awhile to make it to the races but O'Neill seems to have him awfully fit with copious furlongs of work put in especially over the last 5 weeks.....very dangerous looking MSW 1ster

2  Pure Pursuit   debuted on the turf on the first of September.....ran that he switches to the dirt has his a.m. prowess hints that is where he belongs.....blinkers on to get him in the game earlier today......Victor Espinoza sticks around

5  Emphatic

1  Sigur Ros


race 7    average clarity

6  Master Merion   ultra consistent Wesley Ward three-year old gelding has handled 6 different turf courses including Dmr where he is 1 for 1 and the race was at today's one mile distance......gelding should sit near the front in a race where being close up early appears like it will be an advanatge....and with a good speed rider in Johnny Velasquez

3  Kitten's Cat   good history at today's distance and on firm turf.....stout rider/trainer combo in the Midwest.......shipped a long way for a small Stakes race........likely very ready for a strong effort

5  Harbour Master

7  Monydontspenitself


race 8    average clarity

5  Dreamy Gal   Jeff Mullins filly ran a powerful race at Dmr in the summer of 2016 at two in her 2nd lifetime race.......that and she didn't run too shabby at SA on Oct 6th.......should a be a ton here if she holds form 2nd out after a layoff

11  Gotham Desire   crushed easier at GG in two lifetime starts by an average of 9L....those races fit fine if she handles the Dmr dirt as well as the GG trainer and new rider and a fresh horse who won her debut by 15 lengths.....dangerous potential

3  Meet and Great



race 9    average clarity

10  Kazan   last race fits but his race run 2 back would likely be very tough for his competition to overcome if he can manage a good trip from a tough post....and .......we get a monumental rider upgrade for a turf race

4  Martin Riggs   on the improve with every start and if the trend continues Gary Stevens might get another trip to the circle of joy by way of a grass race where he couldn't be riding any better .......often........making others in the race looking like they are the old man

1  Channel Crossing

6  Big Buzz

8  Arch Anthem

2  Formal Dude



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