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Del Mar for Wednesday 8 August 2018

Let's call today's card a 6 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

5  Believe Indeed   claimed at Belmont for 25K and shipped to California which seems like a good idea as this filly appreciates very firm turf.......... good works for a trainer like Robert Hess who usually doesn't push them too hard in the a.m........five year old mare fits today's race condition well

7  War Moccasin   filly has run some grass races that fit fine here and Javier Sierra might have improved this filly since the 7 July claim as she just worked a nice endurance building best of 9 6F drill........and lately when Sierra legs up Elliot his runners has been live

6  Todos Santos   just fired her lifetime best albeit on the dirt and in a sprint.......but....... she can run some on the sod at a route and that is disguised some......might be feeling really good for her trainer to step her up multiple levels


race 2    average clarity

8  Shackleford Banks   trainer Hollendorfer has been on a roll (18 of 36 in the exacta at Dmr) and has not been afraid to drop a given horse at the meeting to get to the winners year old gelding is (4 2 1 1) at Dmr and appreciates the 1 1/16th distance......hard not to like

6  Just Kidding   last race which was the 1st out following the Knapp claim is one strong number for the level and yet Knapp is willing to drop a notch.......have some doubts that he can repeat the effort but if he does he should have been top pick-a-rue

3  Above Board   nasty duel in latest and rightfully on a loose lead and he might get it going back to the bug boy and his 5 lbs weight break.......Espinoza owns a win and a 2nd on the gelding getting loose in both races

7  South American

2  My Farmer


race 3    average clarity

6  Seeking Refuge   plenty of endurance put into this O"Neill 1st time starter who owns a decent pedigree to handle the grass.........last work he quite impressive as in a best of 10 1:00 flat gate work at Dmr

1  Oracle of Omaha   much better post for today.....much better turf rider for today.......high percentage trainer in Miller route to sprint......blinkers on to quicken him to help deal with the abbreviated 5F sprint distance.......a superfecta of good stuff to consider this two-year old

4  Hartel   Miller two-year old was bet hard in both lifetime starts off of some speedy a.m. work ........he flashed good early speed and then tired in both races........makeover for today:  1st time gelding......1st time with the blinkers off......1st time turf with a good turf pedigree for a sprint......dangerous

8  Flying Scotsman

7  Truck Salesman


race 4    average clarity

7  Snaked   both lifetime races fit well at today's lower level and one of them which was her debut is disguised by a slow start and rushing and doing so on a dull inside........away since Oct but as the old adage goes - fresh speed is dangerous speed

10  Pray for Corday   nice races 2 and 3 back and then she had "no shot" in her latest as she dueled in a fast quarter and did so on a dull inside.......hungry speed rider in Pedroza is 0 for 32 but he has a shot to get that elusive 1st win here

4  Irish Cream N Kafe   always like when a speed horse runs from off of the pace for the 1st time......that is the case here for this Miyadi three-year old filly.......good trainer/rider combo in Miyadi/Figueroa

3  Spectacular Strom

6  Shanghai Tootsie


race 5    average clarity

1  Mongolian Window   most of her career grass races fit well here........good history racing off of short rest and 19 days since her last sure qualifies for that.......toss out her latest as she sat dead last after a tangled start in a race with a ridiculously slow pace up front

4  Marjorie E   nice win to graduate 1st time on Lasix in her latest her 4th lifetime start......and she gets a good spot to have a shot at her last race she should be able to get a favorable stalk position behind our 3rd selection......Prat remains up

2  Arrowsphere   needs a loose lead and she has a decent chance of getting one here......and her a.m. preparation since her graduating win in her latest hints she has held form

7  Lil Bit Dangerous

5  Married by Now


race 6    average clarity

1  Morning Press   works are quite decent for the level of racing and mom has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters one of which was a Stakes winner........Yakteen is able to get Van Dyke to ride his 1ster and Drayden has done a nice job with young developing horses in 2018

7  Lakerball   2nd time starter switches trainer's from Baltas to O'Neill following a decent MC debut 17 days ago.......reassuring decent 4F work since.....hard not to like

3  Sassy Kitty   works are not bad for this 1st timer and I like that his last 3 drills were worked at 5F........might be fully fit and ready

10  Jellybeankristine

4  Lunagonnamoonya

11 AE  She's a Dime


race 7    below average clarity

3  Divisor   lifetime best races were with today's rider up and were run 3 and 4 races back and fit solidly here.......and D'Amato is quite dangerous third out following a layoff (and often at a price) which is the case

5  River Echo   consistent at the distance (6 1 2 2) and the one time he ran off the board he likely got hurt as he didn't race for a long time following the race.......last race which was run on 18 July fits and with V Espinoza sidelined Baze take over.....and T C Baze & Peter Miller have been a hot combo the last couple of months

1  Canadian Game   (6 1 1 3 1) with the blinkers on.....and seemingly never sharper........should be in the mix from the get go and able to save ground (starting from the 1 post) for a good portion on the one mile race


race 8    average clarity

1  June Two Four   lifetime best and a number that is better than par for today's level was the only time this three-year old raced off of short rest with the blinkers on........same scenario today

4  Welldidyougetit  decent race in his 2nd lifetime start and 1st on the dirt.........reassuring decent 4F drill since his latest which was only 20 days ago.......last might be good enough....... and...... he might move forward

2  Blaze of Glory   solid move forward in his latest and would have been rated higher if he wasn't running off of only 6 days rest

6  Sterling's Temple

3  Spend It

8  Jonas


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