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Del Mar for Thursday 26 July 2018

Not an easy card to decipher as you can see from the "clarity ratings". 

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

2  Lesley's Song   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE so so works prior to her MSW debut where she managed to beat 5 of 8 since her debut are vastly improved.....she should be tough in this MC80K two-year old affair

6  Boujie   two-year old filly was bought 3 months ago for 65K so Peter Miller got a good look at was he was getting.........and her prolonged tightly spaced work series says "meant and ready"

3  Noonshine   double barrel action for Hollendorfer as he also trains our top our 2nd selection this filly also has a prolonged work regiment that suggests this is not a "gimme"


race 2    below average clarity

4  Bourque   big wake-up in his latest with the blinkers put back on following 3 races without them......exits a fast heat at Lrc in an effort that fits well here if he can run similar on the Dmr surface

1  Banze No Oeste   very strong recent bullet 4F work at Dmr especially considering today's 8K level.......likely feeling little pain and drops multiple levels.......hard not to like

7  Rprettyboyfloyd   trainer has been cold to start the Dmr meeting and the rider has been as well......claimed for 12,500 two back in for 8,000 today following a race over his head in a protected race......seems set up for today......we shall see about 2:30 p.m. pacific time

6  Exotic Ghost


race 3    below average clarity

4  Dr. Troutman   very sharp in the a.m. since his latest which was the 1st run for Aguirre following the 25K claim.....race two back is quite strong and the works suggest a rebound to that effort and with a significant rider upgrade for a turf race to Prat

6  Original Intent   no less than 7 works since this three-year old was last seen on 2 June.....likes ample time between starts and gets it......1st on the sod but owns a good pedigree for it......trainer is hot hot hot

5  Samdar   horrible trip in latest hides his lifetime best effort/energy......better post to work with today.......not crazy about only 8 days rest or would have rated as a higher selection

3  Famous Rock Star


race 4    below average clarity

6  Neighborhood Bully   believe we have the classic gimme/go situation here 2nd out following a long hiatus from the support of that is the fact that Van Dyke is up for today and the meets leading rider has gotten the most out of this colt including a solid 7+ length win at Dmr which was at today's 6 panels

7  Midnight Spot   seems to need ample time off between starts and 2 1/2 months since his last qualifies for that......should be towards the rear of the field and that likely will be a good spot as there is plenty of early speed signed up.....1st out following the Carava claim.....trainer has been in the doldrums but shows a few signs of snapping out of it

4  Candy Crew   seems best at today's 6 furlong distance and drops to the lowest level of his life.......Sadler has changed his ways as he tended to give little away in the past but not these days......last 6 month history with multiple levels drops is strong

3  Fender Bender


race 5    average clarity

6  Seau   back to reality for the connections as they got a little too ambitious with their placement of this fellow following back to back low-level wins........fits this 20nw3 level quite well......trainer is tab is solid.........Conner is 4 for his last 12 riding for Jerry H including two wins on this gelding

2  Arch Prince   trainer is 2 for 3 to start the Del Mar meeting.......gelding is 1 for 1 at today's one mile dirt distance.....race two back at 1 1/16 on the dirt is exceptionally strong for today's level and disguised by way too wide of a trip......dangerous sort

4  Lymebyrd   good history on the Del Mar dirt and at today's one mile on the lead and he has a good shot at grabbing it here......Pedroza knows him awfully well having been up for almost all of his races

7  Kona Dream


race 6    average clarity

6  Baby Kronk   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  three-year old has run too well not to graduate in his last 3 races where he ran 2nd.......gaps of 10, 5 and 5 lengths to 3rd place in those three races......and his last which is the only time he raced at today's 6 1/2F distance is much better than par for the MSW negative is that he ran poorly in his lone race at Dmr but it was his MSW debut

5  Air Jockey   bad trip in his MSW debut way back in Feb. breaking poorly and running regiment for his return to the race wars is solid.......low percentage trainer but not in two pertinent categories which apply here.......3 wins and a 3rd in her last 4 MSW races......and 4 for 12 with layoffs more than 3 months and with 3 others hitting the board

3  Terrible Ted   works are strong for this Palma 1st time starter who owns a nice pedigree for sprint races........draws Desormeaux who seldom rides for Palma.......20 to 1 morning line.......doubt we get that if this three-year old is "live"

9  Valiant


race 7    below average clarity

3  Island Empire   last appeared to be a sprint turf tune-up........race 3 back was a one mile turf race at GG and he ran evenly towards the back because of a pedestrian pace set up front.........race 4 back which was his 1st on the turf is good and disguised by a bad trip..........filly has ability and should be a handsome price this afternoon

5  A Walk in the Park   three-year old filly was on the improve at GG for Ed she is in the D'Amato barn and it appears as it the D'A has a good handle on her as she is training sharply.......good rider/trainer combo of late G Franco/D'Amato

4  Sea Smoke   rider is cold to start the Dmr meeting and the same can be said for the trainer..........mare has ability at the one mile turf distance........something has to give

8  Nice Ice

7  Ragazza Di Vola


race 8    average clarity

8  Eighty Proof   low percentage trainer but not with maiden 1st time starters.........colt has been able to work six times going back to June 21st and with some works of merit.......seems all wound up and ready to roll

3  Silent Alarm   so so MC debut but gelded since and the blinkers go on as well.....recent drills hint the makeover has improved the two-year old......we shall see at about 5:30 PM Pacific time

11 AE  Irish Terrier   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE    sure fits if he draws into the field....1st on the Del Mar surface but it is a good sign that he has all ready run well in two different racing surfaces

6  No New Friends

5  Handsome John

9  Red Clem



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