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Del Mar for Wednesday 14 August 2019

OK card to start Del Mar's big week which of course features the Pacific Coast Classic on Saturday!

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Decology   crossed the wire 1st in his MC debut only to get disqualified to third.....the effort/fig more than warrants a step up to MC40000 from jock today and it is an upgrade.......extra 1/16 to cover today appears to be a plus

2  Little Cents   exits a fast heat of MC50K two year old runners where being beat by 8L works out to be about par for today's MC40K level.......and like our top pick this two year old gets a rider upgrade for his 2nd lifetime start

5  Istain Man   last race won't do but his MC150K debut effort would make him the one to overcome......might provide it as he was wheeled back in only 8 days for his 2nd lifetime start........tough call - toss a coin

4  Shootin Money

7  Heraclitus


race 2    average clarity

4  Taylor Gals   trainer is only 1 for his last 43 with first time starters but at least it was a maiden are tightly spaced and numerous with the last 3 out of the gate and one of them rather solid especially considering this appears to be a weak MC20K

7  Adulting   not much cooking in her 2nd lifetime start but her debut with a better trip would have a shot at winning this......and back to bug boy Velez who rode in her debut but not her 2nd start

6  Vidalia   copious furlongs of works put into this Karen Headley 1st signs of early speed but with all those works she might be running late when others will be gassed

2  Sweet Bluegrass


race 3    average clarity

7  Rocko's Wheel   very good efforts when placed in a claiming race.......32K today and the drop makes sense as this is only the 18th career start for this seven year old........2nd out following a 15 month layoff......rider upgrade taking into consideration this is a dirt route

4  Dukes Up   gelding does well racing off of relatively short rest and 17 days since his latest sure qualifies for that.......and is very reassuring that this fellow was able to put in a decent 4F drill in between starts - feeling good

6  Bitter Ring Home   significant move forward (lifetime best) in his last with Maldonado up in a race run at Del Mar on 19 July........quite the step up but he appears to be on the improve when many in here are not

5  Sheer Fantasy


race 4    average clarity 

6  Heathers Grey  better post (finally) for a one mile grass race as this filly has drawn the 10 & 11 post in her two previous one mile grass races.......nice move forward in this girl's latest which was compromised by a predictably wide trip starting from post 10.......race seems set for a stalker or mid pack runner which she is

9  Flying to the Line   Prat like last time will send this filly hard from the get go to get on over by the 1st turn and likely stalk the 2 horse who should weaken

7  Red Bunting   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  decent awakening in her latest and seems likely to build off of the layoff run and move forward today......if that comes to fruition she should be the most dangerous late runner in the field

1  Smiling Rose

10  Equal Measure


race 5    above average clarity  

2  Anniversary Sale   significant improvement in his 2nd lifetime start in a race run off of a 11 month hiatus........the strength of the effort is hidden by about 6L of trip adjustment.........if this fellow benefits from his layoff run and gets even a so so trip he should be very tough here

4  Etterbay Ucklay   lifetime best was his lone dirt race & lone sprint which was in his MC debut 3 races back.......he was our top choice at 16 to 1 and if it wasn't for a brutal trip (fractious prior to start - broke badly and ran wide earning 7L of trip adjustment) he would have won for fun........should be a major player if he is up to the effort/energy of his debut and of course gets a better trip

5  Afternoon Heat   outside speed is doing awfully well and this colt can get that position today.......and if Velez can keep the fractions reasonable he might be tough to reel in

6  Atomic Candy


race 6    average clarity

5  Just Grazed Me   very nice filly should move forward today 2nd out after a long layoff and 2nd time racing at 5F on the grass which was her layoff race and a solid one......and she appears to have muscled up like only the turf can do sometimes as her a.m. work (on the turf with the dogs up) is very impressive

8  Storming Lady   very consistent four year old 5F on the grass (4 1 1 2) and for a trainer in Marquez who has had a great year with his turf stock.......add to that V Espinoza is shooting 4th straight win on this filly and you have plenty of reasons to back this gal

3  Gypsy Blu   wide trips in this mare's last two races both of which were five furlong rider this afternoon in Abel Cedillo who has won his last 3 of 6 riding for Mark Glatt

2  Travieza

1  Querida


race 7    average clarity

10  Westmont   obvious turf tightener in his last off of a 2 month break should have this fellow fit and ready 2nd out after the claim for Saavedra and at the lowly 8K level.....that and this five year old appears to appreciate the 5 1/2F distance

2  Mister Mojo   very solid outcomes when racing at today's 5 1/2 furlongs (5 1 3 1)........gelding has been racing over his noggin in his last couple of races......drops down to a level where he should be very competitive

8  Papa Turf   decent 6 1/2F effort in his latest especially considering that he doesn't appear to want to sprint very far these that is the case racing at one furlong less today appears to be a plus.......should be in the mix from the get go

4  Boy Howdy

1  An Ocala Ten

9  Royal Seeker



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