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Del Mar for Thursday 9 August 2018

Difficult card to decipher as you can tell by the clarity ratings.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Platinum Equity   good history sprint to route for this three-year old and he drops a couple of notches.......retains the best turf rider on the grounds these days in Pratt.....and he has been in the win column riding for Baltas in 6 of his last 16

2  Buckstopper Kit   significant rider upgrade (although Desormeaux is in a slump especially on the sod) for this gelding who makes a logical drop for today as he has hardly earned his keep since arriving in the USA last winter

5  Typhoon Harry   vastly improved in his last changing his running style by sitting up on the pace instead of in the rear......looking for him to do similar this afternoon .......ignoring his lone turf race as it was his debut and appeared to be a gimme of sorts

7  So Long Sailor


race 2    below average clarity

5  Bitte   good history racing fresh and he seems fresh enough today with 47 days since his last.......that and he shows solid drills which is reassuring considering the significant drop down

1  Stormin Monarcho   Jacobson is ice-cold and might be tired of losing in his quest to make a splash in the S Cal racing scene as he drops this eight year old multiple levels........last time this gelding raced off of a 3 month break like today he fired one strong number ........and........ it also was at Dmr

6  Gentrified   scratched from a 12,500 race for this softer spot.......latest race might have been nothing more than a  dirty him up gimme as the betting on him was way too soft for the good effort he was coming off of.......dangerous sort if that is true


race 3    below average clarity

5  Unusual Gold   race totally lacks speed and she might have enough to find herself on or very near the lead and with 1st time Prat up.......such a deal

4  Radish   most likely to hit the board that is for sure.......but.......her dubious eight 2nd's and five 3rd's in twenty starts obviously pegs her as a hanger

3  Weather Market   when is Carla Gaines ever going to get her mojo back as she just hasn't been very dangerous  the last few years.......four-year old has shown life in all three lifetime races all of which were on the sod.....not impossible but definitely easy to make as 3rd selection

7  Has Angel Wings

1  Charmingslew


race 4    below average clarity

4  Sheer Flattery   by far at his best racing at one mile on conventional dirt.....and his latest run on 23 June is strong and he hasn't missed a beat in the a.m. since........hinting.......he has held form

2  Ike Walker   welcome back to Del Mar Mr Ike in 4 wins and a 2nd in 6 starts on the Del Mar dirt......only (13 1 3 2) at the distance on other dirt surfaces......two bullets in this race for Hollendorfer as he trains this fellow and our top selection

5  Lookie Loo   consistent sort and training awfully well and doing so on the Del Mar surface which he has yet to race on.......Bob Baffert 4-year-old is not out of the win picture by any means


race 5    below average clarity

2  Ten Count Out   four-year old filly has the most early speed in the race and races in a maiden claimer for the 1st time......and the cut back in distance should might the 30 foot rail position

3  Take a Leap   lost the rider at the start in latest......debut 2 back was down the hill where he put in a strong stretch run from far back.......significant rider upgrade and that rider T C Baze is also the "main guy" for Jeff Mullins

5  K P Pergoliscious   double barrel action for Mullins as he also trains our 2nd choice.......filly has run 2 so so races at a small racing circuit.....but......she sure is bred well to take to the turf and she is working as if she is ready to roll for her new trainer

1  Lady Lemon Drop

6  Sensible Thoughts


race 6    average clarity

4  Siculo   very solid works considering the level of racing for this Molly Pearson 1st time starter.....that and mom has tossed two winners from 2 starters and one of them was a Stakes winner.....and they both were able to graduate at two

5  San Giorgio   decent MC25K debut on the AW at GG running 3rd.......and 2nd came back to win his next out......1st on conventional dirt but the works at Dmr are strong hinting the new surface will not be a problem and maybe a plus

2  All About Trump   another training for his debut as if he is ready to roll........I wonder if he will come out with a dyed or decorated orange mane.......that would be hilarious......anybody know the owners?

7  Just Hit Play

9  Anvil Rock


race 7    average clarity

1  Helen's Tiger   five furlongs of turf appears to be a good fit for this three-year old filly from the O'Neill barn.......filly likely feels great for the trainer to see fit to put in two nice 4F works into her since her 20 July race

6  Donut Girl   very nice 1st ever on the turf in a race down the majestic SA hill turf course and 5 works since.......Bejarano was up for the 2 1/4 length turf win but he is on our top choice instead.....but the red hot Mr Pratt will do just fine

3  Maycee Jo  five-year old mare has only raced 3 times to date but she did little wrong in those 3 races which were run on the dirt......and she owns a solid pedigree for the lawn......dangerous sort

2  Hailey Rachele

8  Bobby Lincoln


race 8   average clarity (big SHF carryover for this race)

7  Salah   just bought in April for $32K and ironically starts in a MC32K.......not my favorite trainer with 1st time starters in Eoin Harty but the work regiment for this two-year old is too good to ignore

4   The Creep   might be a gimme/go situation as O'Neill is 30% win and 67% in the money with his last 30 making 2+ level drops......150K to MC32K here

5  Boisterous Boy   18 to 1 in only a 5 horse field in his debut strongly suggests the race was needed and that much more can be expected today........and Miyadi makes a very positive change in apprentice riders from one who is struggling to one who is riding great

2  Mr Bingley

6  Palladium

8  Flashy Shaq


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