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Del Mar for Saturday 25 November 2017

Short on comments for a while as I just had cataract surgery on both eyes and I get easily worn down using the computer screen and studying.  Thanks for your understanding.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

4  Airfoil   rider is ice-cold without a win at the meeting but he rides a consistent claimer who handles Dmr and likes today's distance.....that should enhance his chances of finding his way to the winners circle and get off the schneid

1  Karma King   six-year-old gelding seems to have a good spot to utilize his speed and the right rider in Maldonado to overcome a difficult post at 6 1/2 furlongs......suspicious drop but an improved reassuring recent work

7  My Secret Affair

8  Indavidualist


race 2    average clarity

1  Polished   well backed in debut especially for a first timer attempting a grass route......goofy ride by Mike a.m. work since....better grass rider up today in Nakatani....seems likely to move forward

7  Paved   solid route turf MSW debut that is disguised by a rare bad trip on the turf by Prat..........and draws one of the most accomplished jocks in the nation in Johnny V.......trainer has had a heck of a break out year

3  Ippodamia's Girl

12  Temple Princess


race 3    average clarity

6  Out of Patience   rider upgrade from a chilly Talamo to Javier Castellano........likes the distance and handles the track......and you would think Hollendorfer has this fellow very ready for a strong effort to get Castellano to ride a 16K claimer

7  Dukes Up   just claimed by Bonde and he makes a rider upgrade and then some.....race seemingly has plenty of early zip lined up to flatter the late running style of this four-year old gelding.....and Bejarano sure can handle an off pace runner

1  Tribal Jewel

3  Beaumarchais


race 4    average clarity

6  Air Vice Marshall   seems like a good pick-up by O'Neill and company of an east coast turf runner......and he appears to have a great spot to start his west coast career as he should be on or near the lead in a race totally void of speed

8  Tristan's Trilogy   red-hot trainer in Miller......rider upgrade.......1st time gelding.....can sit close up in a pace-less race.....all that and the last time this turf runner ran turf sprint to turf route he nearly won a Stakes race

2  Spanish Hombre

10  Temple Keys


race 5    above average clarity

2  Top of the Game   4 for 4 for Vladimir Cerin on the dirt with the blinkers off.......gelding is more than deserving of a shot in a Graded race......Cerin hasn't won a Graded race in many a moon but might change that here

5  Irish Freedom   2 for 2 at Del Mar and both with today's rider Bejarano up........race 2 back a win at Dmr is very strong Santucci fig and disguised by about 6L of trip and pace adjustment

1  Mubtaahij

3  Curlin Rules


race 6    average clarity

3  The Street Fighter   colt has been "live" in all 4 lifetime races running figs the fit very well here.....that and he needs ample time between starts to recorvery so it is pretty much mandatory that Gus Headly has been ready each race

8  Getoffmyback   3 of his last 4 races fit well in this 20,000 claimer and his latest is well hidden by dueling on a dull rail vs better.....did well to be beaten by 10L.....that and the magical Peter Miller is at the helm

2  Eight Spokes

1  One I'm Running To


race 7    above average clarity

3  Channel Maker   three year old gelding often finds trouble but hasn't had any top-tier turf jocks up.....he does today and has drawn a good post.....he has a ton of run/energy and if he gets a good trip he should be the one to overcome

4  Sharp Samurai   4 for 4 at the distance and he has won 3 straight Graded races for Glatt which is something as Glatt hadn't won a Graded race in over 25 straight races

7  Mo Town

6  Souper Tapit


race 8    below average clarity

8  Praetorian   good sign that Mike Smith sees fit to ride a Richard Mandella 1st timer......expensive 850K buy in March......blistering (I've got speed) 34:3Hg bullet work just 3 days ago.....should be in the mix from the get go........and likely fit and ready

11  Kris Rocket Kat   off slow and ran 4 wide in a fairly fast heat of MSW runners back on 30 Sept at SA.....did well to beat 6 of 10 foes.....went off at 21 to 1 so he likely wasn't all that cranked up....which makes sense as Baltas is quite a bit better with 2nd time starters

10  Concur

6  Samdar

Long-shot consideration:   2  Studly Perfection   double barrel action from Baltas as he also trains our 2nd choice......two year old colt had dull works prior to his dull MSW debut on 27 August.......since then he has worked no less than a dozen 5F works.....sure seems all wound up and ready to roll this time around


race 9    below average clarity

3  One Fast Broad   believe he will sit in one of the top 4 positions which should greatly enhance his chances in this race void of speed......both liftime one mile grass races fit fine here and are disguised by poor trip-a-rues......Nakatani can do better today especially not having to deal with the 10 and 14 posts as he had to before

5  Raucous   nice east coast invader and trained by a guy who knows how to ship coast to coast and win in Christophe Clement......rider upgrade to boot

13  Fatale Bere

4  Lexington Grace

7  Ever So True

11  Data Dependent






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