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Del Mar for Friday 16 August 2019

Saturday's 11 race card has five Graded races and only one claiming race and that is for a $150,000 tag.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  War Union   very big race two back for this five year.......claimed by Jerry Wallace in the race and he stepped him a couple of levels and did not embarrass was not as strong as his race 2 back but better than it appears in print........solid trio of works since the 14 July race.......might be up to that effort two back.........cut back in distance seems like a plus

9  Seven Oxen   colt has woken up some in his last two races switching to dirt and sprint racing.......our 3rd choice smashed him when they faced one another on 6 July but whereas I believe the "Oxen" to be on the upswing my guess is the one horse might be slipping some

1  Conquest Smartee   good race in his latest but his race prior to that would hand this group their lunch......claimed in the race and brought back without one work showing.......might be slipping but if he is not and Hanson has a handle on his new acquisition he should have been rated higher

7  Seahawk Wave   

8  Big Impression


race 2    average clarity

3  Tiger Dad   lifetime best and a solid fit here was his latest where he was pressing the pace 3 wide and still manage a 3/4 lengths beaten 2nd.........likely will have more in the tank for today's 2nd out after the layoff........and a good looking 5F work since his 26 July race supports the notion

4  Tristram Speaker   so so conventional dirt race in his 2nd lifetime start.....but his 8L victory on the AW at GG  was ultra has tossed 5 turf winners......and.......many a runner that prefers the AW over the "real thing" tend to race well on the grass..........rather sure this gelding will like the sod........if that is so he seemingly has as good a shot as anyone to win race 2

7  Tribal War Chant   big move forward in his 2nd lifetime start.......with that in mind his layoff last was likely a tune-up and that a move forward should occur today 2nd out after the layoff.......and the switch to one of the top turf jocks available concurs with the idea he is sharper than his last

8  J T's A. T. M.

2  Zipper Mischief


race 3    average clarity

10  Mainframe Judy   on the improve in the a.m. where it often counts the most for a MSW 1st time starter as in right before he races......his last work at Dmr is very hot trainer/rider combo in Prat/Miller

6  Cleveland Cat   only one of two runners in this MSW affair with any experience.......he ran a distant 2nd (7 lengths) but the winner came back to repeat......and prior to the race he was reluctant to load.........retains Desormeaux........hard not to like especially if he is more cooperative at the gate

2  Crooked Finger Ray   Puype 1ster might be ready to roll off of 3 straight 5F endurance building works on the Del Mar main track.........seems somewhat dangerous

5  Brickyard Ride

8  Tap Back


race 4    average clarity

3  Stylishly   five furlongs seems to be as far as she really wants to go.......east coast invader won her 1st into S Cal breaking her MSW 22 days ago in a 5F turf race at Dmr........likely all out to win the 25 July race with the bonus money at stake but she has put in two reassuring works since hinting the "all out" effort might not have taken much out of her

4  Andyoushallreceive   two solid dirt races put in last Fall to start her career........been away since but trainer usually brings them back ready to roll........pedigree for the green carpet is a tough call but if she does take to the sod she should be one of the a major players in the race

1  Into the South   invades from the Midwest with the bonus money at stake........quite consistent off the pace runner shows up in the McCarthy barn.......might sit much closer in this race lacking speed types

6  Tiger Silk

5  Donut Girl


race 5    average clarity

6  Red Livy   loves a loose led and has a decent shot at getting one today........cut back in distance should be a plus for the mare........1st out following the McLean claim is often a dangerous thing

4  Party Hostess   dwelt at the start about 8 lengths and then ran inside on the rail which was quite dull on the 26th of July at Del Mar.......1st top echelon jockey on her back for the 1st time in many a moon.........dangerous mid pack runner for a trainer having a very good 2019

2  Rizzi's Honor   woke up some in latest and just worked a very strong 5F drill at Dmr.......and a noteworthy switch in jocks as Cedillo has gotten nothing put very live mounts from Glatt over the last 2 months

9  Bragging Rights

7  Spectacular Storm


race 6    average clarity

8  Blue Moonrise   exits a very fast heat (and not with the best of trips) of MSW runners on 20 July where running 3rd was still quite a bit better than par for the level.......that and the cut back in distance sure appears to enhance her chances of getting to the circle of joy

7  Shear Class   well-bred expensive 1st time starter is training as if she is fit for her MSW debut.......and......Mike Smith accepting a mount from the Shirreffs barn (and is lone mount on the card) is often a dangerous proposition for the opposition

10  Miss Ava's Union   might be a lively pace in the MSW affair and if that is the case this Baltas three year old filly might come flying as she is getting to race off of relatively short rest for the 1st time in her career

3  Amatara

1  Distorted Win


race 7    average clarity

1  Pantsonfire   runs all day long so the 11 furlongs of sod to negotiate today is right up her alley.......and she retains Prat for the 3rd straight race.......only negative I can see is her weak record on the Del Mar turf........but then again most of her Dmr turf races were run at more conventional distances

7  Mirth   excellent opportunity to sit in the stalk position for the 4th straight time .......and if she does she should have a good chance to break the streak of 3 consecutive 2nd's with a win as she will be stalking a very vulnerable leader

4  Siberian Iris   lifetime best was run last November in a Grade 3 run at today's 11F turf distance........she ran that race off of short rest which is not the case today.......or........would have selected higher

5  Lostintranzation


race 8    below average clarity

6  Refractometer   trainer seems to be awakening from a mini slump....... so........ with that in mind I believe this three year old will move forward 2nd out after a 10 week layoff ........and ........his layoff run was decent and disguised some in it's strength........solid route jock in Cedillo

4  Rocket Ship   loose in his last but cashed it in when the real running started but he was inside on what appeared to be a dull rail at Lrc that day.........gets Maldonado for the 1st time which says he will be on the engine early once again.......might be loose and never look back

2  The Easy Way   last sure appears like it was needed as he went off at 23 to 1 in a 5 horse field.......and if that is the case and he can handle the two turn challenge he should be a major factor in the outcome of this race


5  Dawood

7  Sharpshootingeorge


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