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Del Mar for Monday 3 September 2018

OK card to close out the summer Del Mar meeting. Mandatory payoffs today and even without any carryovers it is always interesting proposition. Los Alamitos starts up Thursday. Please check our website tomorrow afternoon as the dates that will not cover for the rest of 2018 will be posted.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

1  I Belong to Becky   dangerous trainer in Hector Palma when he shows numerous works with a 1st time starter and because the drills are not fast and often with only one or like today no gate works there is not much support at the windows

3  Its Five Somewhere   good forward move in his 2nd lifetime start and the effort is hidden some by a wide trip.......two reassuring 5F works since.......decent shot for another (likely necessary) move forward once again

2  Peedie   trainer has done well with limited starters and he appears to have this colt well prepared to handle today's 2 month layoff........when last seen on the 4th of July he ran a decent 3rd in a fairly fast heat of Cal-bred MSW two-year old runners


race 2    average clarity

8  Tiger Mom   drops a little and races with 6 lbs less today.......seems to appreciate ample time between starts and gets it today as she last competed 50 days ago......1 for 2 at Dmr on the dirt.......1 for 11 elsewhere

1  Christy Jackson   bad trip in last veering out at the start from his outermost 11 post and then ran wide........earned an adjusted for trouble Santucci fig that is 4L better than par for today's level

2  Chocolate Goddess   takes a multi level drop in class and with plenty of early speed.......question seems to be how healthy this filly is.......tough call for yours truly......the flip a coin type that I dislike so much

7  Ballerina Headline

6  Resky Business


race 3    below average clarity

13  Jump the Tracks   trainer and rider both have had one of their better race meets in quite some time.......last two route races for this gelding fit and the cut back to an extended sprint of 7F might be a good thing as when push comes to shove in the late stages his route endurance might be an advantage

11  Powerful Thirst   like his sprint races at Del Mar and the way in which he finished up his latest at 6 1/2F suggests another 1/2 furlong to cover will not be a problem and maybe a plus

12  Ironic Ron   96 to 1 in his MSW debut which was a turf route hints that the 17 August race was a muscle him up endurance building tune-up to be ready for today's MC20K

7  Sterling Temple

4  Bank Walker 


race 4    above average clarity

6  Summering  what an impressive turf debut with a solid final time and with some sizzling route turf speed displayed....if she runs as well as I think she will today her next stop might be in the Breeders Cup and as one of the favorites

3  Kathryn's Sky   filly was beaten by our top selection by 6L but she did have some trouble in the race......still she will need quite the move forward in her 2nd lifetime or for our top pick to have a bad day to take down this Stakes race

4  Lady Prancealot   dangerous looking GB invader has been fairly consistent and winds up in the Baltas barn........and Baltas is quite dangerous 1st out after he inherits a given runner

5  Hyde Park Corner

2  Posh Holly


race 5    average clarity

4  Miss Sunset   best credentials in the race and very much the controlling speed in the race......and the last 4 times that Smith has been abroad this filly he won all four and by an average of more than four lengths.......that'll do

6  Lake Time   lifetime best was the last time that this mare raced in a dirt sprint......that December race would give her some chance of winning this race....she ran that race off of 40 days rest.........46 days since her last

8  Classy Tune   best on the Del Mar dirt and also seems best at today's 6 panels.....still........ she likely will need her lifetime best this afternoon to take down this affair

1  Phantom Proton

5  Show It N Moe It


race 6    average clarity

4  The Big Train   SCRATCHED OUT OF RACE    Miller is deadly the 1st time he races a given horse in a claiming race......that is the case here for this gelding who is fairly consistent but seemingly needs to face softer to win like he is today

8  Mongol G   solid history racing on the grass at 7 1/2F to 1 1/16F as in (4 2 1 1)........owns plenty of early speed and this race lacks the commodity.....and the connections have plenty of incentive to have him ready as he is going after the ship and win additional purse money

2  Trifecta  SCRATCHED OUT OF RACE   last was an improvement and he might be up for more today as a recent 4F drill is the best drill he has put in in some time......dangerous sort

7  Comes the Dream

1  Secreto Primero


race 7    average clarity

7  Flagstaff   very powerful sprint races in her last two sprint races and the trainer and rider have been "unconscious" as a combo......1st at a route today but his a.m. prowess hints the two turns will not be a problem

8  Show Me Da Lute   last is a solid fit and it is awfully impressive that he has been able to put in three strong drills since the 8 August version of this alw route race........and then of course you also have the Bob Baffert factor

1  Major Cabbie   when last seen nearly one year ago he won his 2nd lifetime start and 1st at a route by 6+ lengths to graduate.........trainer has had a tough year but he is usually at his best off of long layoffs and his a.m. work hints he is more than ready with this colt today.....and entices Mike Smith to ride

4  Conquest Superstar

9  Cause King


race 8    average clarity

5  Colonial Creed   very powerful MSW route turf debut running somewhat wide and doing so up near a strong set of fractions........she was only beaten by our top choice (see his comment) in the 4th race

10 Rayana   nice turf breeding for this Baffert 1st time starter and plenty of furlongs but into his two-year old filly to be ready at 1st asking........tough post but the right guy for the job to deal with it in Van Dyke

6  Miss Bigley   whereas Keith Desormeaux is not very dangerous with dirt debut runners he is with turf debut runners.......and his two-year old filly is working as if she is meant and ready

1  Fairy Tale Bliss

4  Unbridled Huntress


race 9    average clarity

3  Roadster   nice smooth running debut to win quite easily..........but more importantly his a.m. work since is extremely impressive even for the lofty standards of Bob Baffert.....and he had Smith have won 4 of their last 6 as a team over the last two months

7  Game Winner   another Baffert 2nd time starter who won his debut in style and is working like a necessary forward move is in the cards

2  Rowayton   solid effort/fig to win his MSW debut back on 21 July at Dmr......away since but he has trained well in preparation for today's Grade 1 race......third choice mainly because whereas Baffert's two horses graduated in 6F races he graduated in a 5F affair and might find lasting 7F a little more challenging

5  Spin Lightning


race 10    average clarity

6  Push Through   toss out fig earned in his latest as the race had a ridiculously slow pace making for a "false" final time fig......race 2 back was very strong........much better than par and run with the blinkers off for the 1st time.....believe we will see that effort today

3  Cool Your Jets   lifetime best was run 3 back and it was his only turf race run off of short rest.......17 days since his latest.......trainer has had a decent Del Mar meeting with 4 wins in15 starts

2  Nevermissesabeat   his last won't do but he is likely up for more today 2nd out after a long layoff.......and the fact that Van Dyke takes the mount for the 1st time supports the notion

10  Sir Eddie

8  According to Buddy

5  Highland Show




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