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Del Mar for Wednesday 1 August 2018

OK race card to start week 3 of the fabulous Summer meeting at Del Mar.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Stonegate   very solid fast time over at Lrc in his 2nd lifetime start and 1st at a route.....should be tough to beat if he runs as well on the Del Mar dirt......solid rider/trainer team of late in Van Dyke & Sadler

6  Lord Guinness   last sure appeared to be a tune-up to tighten up and be fully fit in his 1st attempt around two turns.......trainer is having a good meeting so far and maybe his best year ever competing in S Cal

3  Trojan Spirit   1st time racing as a gelding this afternoon and 1st time Prat.......needs his effort two back and likely a little more........maybe the ultimate equipment change can give him that "little more"


race 2    below average clarity

3  Ransomed   trainer Bill Spawr like so many good conditioners is solid 1st following a claim and in his case especially when he waits to run more than a month since he made the claim.........mare was taken on 21 recent Del Mar work.....and she won her only race to date a Dmr

4  Time and Chance   five-year old mare has a decent shot at the lead and with only 115 lbs on her back with Asa Espinoza up who won on this lady the only time has ridden her (two races back)........that and the mare is capable of winning in the stalk position if she does not get the lead

7  Be a Lady    as hot as Hollenforfer has been this mare would have been top choice if this sprint wasn't as far as 7F..........her pedigree suggests it might not be her best sprint distance.....then again 6 lbs off today can help her "hang in there"

8  Princess Dorian

6  Wonderful Lie


race 3    average clarity

7  Don't Sell   nicely bred O'Neill baby appears ready at 1st asking (really like the gate work on 19 July) and he puts his go to guy in Gutierrez has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters one of which was a Stakes winner......and all preciously were able to win at two

1  Creative Instinct   expensive two-year old filly Cal-bred has been well prepared for his debut and is trained by Mr. Miller who as of this writing is 10 for 33 at the new meeting........hard not to like

3  Mz Brown   sure appears ready to compete at a high level in her MSW debut.......but.......she is easy to make as our 3rd selection as Asa Espinoza like so many bug boys struggles with young developing two-year old runners

5  Stylin Ocean


race 4    average clarity

8  Mr Cruze   undefeated in two lifetime starts and his debut win was at 5F on the turf albeit vs. easier.....but he stepped up in his 2nd start and won despite dueling in decent pace and on a slightly dull inside.......two works since and the last is a sizzling bullet work at Del Mar........should be in the hunt from the  get go

5  R Cha Cha   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE seems like a good spot for a speed horse and outside of our top choice he is the only other runner in the field with solid early speed......likely in the mix from the opening bell......hopefully he won't unwisely duke it out with the 8 horse too hard early

4  Brandothebatender   trainer appears to have pointed his stock to the Del Mar meeting and he has been wisely placing his horse's at levels they can succeed in at this "everyone likes to win at" race meeting.......drops a couple of notches here.......decent history at 5F on the turf at Del Mar (4 1 2 1) for this five-year old

7  Krsto Skye

1  Lauren's Ladd


race 5    below average clarity

1  Taniko   two best lifetime endeavors were the only two times this gelding was placed in claiming for a tag today........race 4 back would crush these......race three back might still do the trick

7  Gray Admiral   under the radar rider Fuentes has been giving his mounts good trips for the most part including his rides on this three-year old........gelding's lone win can the only time he competed off of short rest (15 days to be exact)........last raced 14 days ago.......close enough - LOL

6  Polity   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  good time to drop after losing by 50 lengths.......something was amiss and I doubt it was a serious injury as he returns in very short rest......drops significantly........seems dangerous

2  Wise Curlin

8  Super Echelon


race 6    below average clarity

4  Tartini   keeps getting some tough journeys........handled a marathon on the grass in latest.......5 reassuring works since........Bejarano will be out to make amends trip wise

2  Acker   I have this Miller four-year old having 6L of trip trouble in both of his last two races......lost by 3L and 5L in those races both long distance affairs.......blinkers on - apprentice on........believe they are sending him closer to the front and that should help him not run so wide.......obviously I like the move

3  Over Thinking   20 to 1 wake-up 2nd in latest which was run at CD albeit on the dirt.......low % trainer but not  here at Del Mar over the last 4 years or so.........filly has won on the turf and this is her 1st running on the sod with the blinkers on......and blinkers on sure worked out well on the dirt

7  Oscar Dominquez

6  Mackie's Water


race 7    average clarity

3  Time for Kisses   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  plenty of speed in this affair can set things up nicely for this off pace two-year old filly.......ran a solid time to graduate in her 2nd lifetime start and did so despite a 4 wide trip.....2nd and 3rd came back to win.....hard not to like

9  Accomplishedsister   handled the AW at GG and also the dirt at Otp.....that and a solid 5F work at Dmr suggest the new surface for today will not be a hindrance........deadly rider & trainer combo in Smith & Hollerdorfer..........should be a major factor in the outcome of the race

7  Montana Sunset   dangerous invader from the Wesley Ward barn who broke her maiden in mid May at Pim in the has tossed an amazing 11 winners from 11 starters with 4 Stakes winners.....shot to make if "5" today

4  Cozze Kid

8  Naughty Tiger


race 8    average clarity

8  Fluorescent   lifetime best was her lone race on the dirt and the strength of the effort is disguised some........that and she likely wasn't all that cranked as she went off at 33 to 1 in a 7 horse field.......drops and Hollendorfer sees fit to drop her

3  Eye of the River   better race horse in her last three racing endeavors........and it sure seems like a good sign that she has been able to work 5 times since her latest which was run on 14 June........that and she should be forwardly placed and able to say a lot of ground

11 AE  Tengs River  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  consistent sort needs a clever ride from a tough post if he draws into the field or for the track to play like the first week of racing at Dmr when being wide on the dirt was the place to be for the most part

10  Royal C

5  Girl Drama

7  Gray Diva



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