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Del Mar for Sunday 25 November 2018

OK card to finish the week of racing at Del Mar. One more week left at Dmr and then on to the Los Alamitos thoroughbreds.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Tizway That Way   very consistent racing on main track surfaces and she owns a very good history when competing in starter alw or starter hcp races.........decent rider/trainer combo in Val Brinkerhoff & Alfonso Quinonez

5  Sweet Treat   O'Neill has had a dull Del Mar meeting but might get his 3rd win of the meet here with this speed route mare who he just claimed only 10 days ago........five year old seems like a lead type only and my guess is it will be pedal to the metal when the gate opens

6  Lea's Reward   good history racing at Del Mar and at today's one mile our 2nd pick this mare is racing 1st out following a claim and in this case by new trainer in Armando Cardenas

7  Ipray


race 2    average clarity

4  Blackout   Miller won 4 yesterday and two of those wins were with Prat up.......five year old gelding sure improved in his last which was his 1st out in the Miller barn.......two impressive works since......2 for 5 at today's distance........hard not to like

6  Perfectly Majestic   double barrel action from Miller as he also trains our top choice.......sure like the small field for this six-year-old as he tends to run wide and faces only 6 competitors in this spot which should help him not be too wide

2  Any Questions   4 for 9 at 8F on the turf........2 for 14 at other turf distances........race two back is better than appears in print........Bejarano sticks around and the somewhat forgotten rider has his mojo back in a big way and at the moment he still doesn't get pounded at the windows like he used to.....that won't last long if he continues riding so well

3  Sawyer's Hill


race 3    above average clarity

4  Battle of Midway   for some reason this outstanding colt has yet to win at 9F in 3 attempts at the distance.......but..........he is so much the best runner in this field and he owns two wins and a 2nd at Del Mar in 3 starts.......that and Prat knows him extremely well as this is his 10th straight mount on him.........seems like a "free square" to me

5  Isotherm   only race at Del Mar on the dirt which was run 3 races back is way better than appears in print.......bad race in last but in the past he has rebounded well following a poor effort

6  Dabster   this Baffert colt will likely need his best to date to overcome our top selection (not including his last as 1 3/4 miles on the dirt as that distance is a different animal and doesn't relate too much to more conventional dirt route distances)......not impossible but easy to make as 3rd selection


race 4    average clarity

3  You Must Chill   bad trip in latest helps disguise an effort that is about 3L better than par for today's higher MC level........nasty 10 post in that race.......3 post this afternoon should help underrated rider Fuentes work out a cleaner trip

1  Carbon Zero   trainer is solid 2nd out after a layoff and also stepping up a given runner........both are the case here.......and the brothers Desormeaux are doing well together of late

2  Knight's Cross   another Desormeaux runner here .........this colt was compromised by a wide trip in his latest........better post today and for a rider in Talamo who is having a very good Dmr fall meeting

8  Surprise Fashion

7  Salah


race 5    average clarity

4  Sought More Prep   Eddie Truman has started very few at the meeting but he sure has made the most of those starts with 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 this gal's chances if G. Franco takes back a little as her success is much better when she does

3  Swallows Inn Gal   last two racing endeavors fit well for today's lower level......Hess is rather chilly and might get his 1st win at the meeting in this low-level affair

2  Devil's Beauty   yet to really show much since Ellis and company claimed this mare for twice today's claiming price but maybe racing turf to dirt can help her cause

8  Lucky Student

7  Honor Maker


race 6    above average clarity

6  Flying Scotsman   very solid 1st at a route on the turf in his 2nd lifetime start running somewhat wide and doing so pressing the pace.......earned a Santucci fig that is par to today's G3 level.....that and we get one heck of a jockey upgrade

3  Vantastic   sprint-sprint-route scenario for this Eurton colt and with a solid bullet 5F work put in a week ago.........good post and a rider upgrade........very dangerous if he takes to two turn racing

1  Takeo Squared   start might be the key to this colt's chances as to date he hasn't exactly exited the metal monster too well.....not out of the win picture if Bejarano gets him to break OK today


race 7    below average clarity

5  To the Morning   solid work regiment for this Neil Drysdale MSW 1st time starter........last 5 drills are very tightly spaced with 5 or 6 day intervals......wound up and ready to unwind has tossed two Stakes winners from 7 starters

9  Qahira   Baffert has only started a few at the meeting (4 for 9 in the win column) and most of them have been "live".......1st timer seems ready with copious drills and some of them quite has tossed 8 winners from 9 starters good and 2 of them were Stakes winners

1  Bizwhacks   turf to dirt today and considering her last was a route turf race she should have better endurance at today's 6F dirt distance........last sprint for her was run 3 back at Del Mar and is rather good

8  Tizwellwithmysoul

10  Slewgoodtobetrue


race 8    average clarity

8  The Hunted   blinkers off for the 1st time in his last and did the equipment change help as he made ultra impressive early turn two move ...........and yet he still managed to finish up strong........rider Cruz has struggled and I doubt he gives this gelding that good trip of a trip .........but........ it might not matter

3  Acclimate   last is better than appears as this gelding had about 5 lengths of trip adjustment and the trouble was rather subtle.......and considering that his latest was the 1st time with the D'A as his trainer more has a chance at occurring today with another month in the stout Phil D"Amato barn

4  Six Point Rack   toss out his fig in his latest as it was a pace-less affair where it is impossible to produce a valid fig.........race two back at Dmr is better than par for today's alw level and hidden by a bad fact his last four turf races at Del Mar all appear pretty decent in this spot

7  Shaymin

2  Push Thru


race 9    average clarity

2  Sought Bai   by far at his best on conventional dirt.....both lifetime races on it fit well here.......should be in the mix from the get go.......and he has the potential to move forward 2nd out after a 7 week break

5  Spanish Bay   MSW to MC20K for this Richard Mandella three-year old.......the kind mega drop I usually despise........for me it's flip a coin as to how much horse is left in this fellow with obvious health issues

10  Littlebitamedal   both lifetime sprint races fit but Art Sherman has been ice-cold for quite awhile.....but then again this is one dismal looking group of MC20K runners......and I like that his last two works were at Del Mar

7  Moon Juice

9  Astonishing Tweet

4  Iron Curtain

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