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Del Mar for Wednesday 21 August 2019

Not an easy card to decipher as you can see from the clarity ratings.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

4  Warren's Showtime   showed plenty of life in her 5F MSW dirt debut and she might not have been all that cranked up as she went off at 30 to 1........possibly pointed to this one mile grass race all along as she is back in short rest.......OK turf bloodlines........decent apprentice rider up

1  Nina En Fuego   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  appears to be wound up like a top and ready to unwind in her MSW debut.......and she draws the attention of Prat and his agent......Yakteen is a stellar 3 for his last 12 with runners debuting on the turf

8  Lakaya  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  nothing special about her MSW debut which was the 27 July version of this one mile turf race for maidens........but the experience and endurance building endeavor should go a long way in making her a major player in this trainer.......Hess/Roman 2 for their last 4

6  Sassyserb

2  Warrior's Moon


race 2    average clarity  

4  Atina  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  might be a good claim by Mathias as this mare just popped her lifetime best in her 1st ever race at Del Mar and it was at today's one mile dirt distance........if her new trainer can get as much out of her she should have as good a chance of taking down this race as anyone

5  Cimarron   consistent sort and especially in fast rated one mile dirt in 2 wins and a second in 3 starts........invading filly (1st time in the Hess barn) is likely feeling good for today's race she is eligible for the "ship and win" bonus money

2  Beyond Pleasure   filly has won two straight since adding blinkers and both were at today's one mile dirt distance and with Prat up........and Prat is 8 for his last 20 riding for Richard Baltas.......the meets leading rider will likely stalk the 3 horse who concerns me some but will will likely "spit the bit" late


race 3    below average clarity

6  Wakes Up Happy   filly MSW two year old was just purchased in May so the connections likely got a decent glimpse at what they were getting......O'Neill's filly has a decent grass pedigree and an underrated turf jock in Cedillo.......the trainer seldom wins with turf debut runners but might here

1  Secret Square   troubled MSW dirt debut for this Sadler filly breaking a bit slow, checking and racing wide.....switching to the sod for her 2nd start and with a pedigree that is strong for a turf sprint.......dangerous sort

8  Mind Out   Callaghan is very good developing two year old runners often having them very ready in their maiden debut.......but........his record with horses debuting on the grass is not so hot.........he has only one winner in his last 23.......filly is bred well for the grass and draws Pratt.......a much more respectable 2 for 24 might be in the cards

7  Nu Pi Lambda


3  Lace


race 4    below average clarity

3  Mongolian Hero   trainer is dangerous when he steps up a maiden claimer into a MSW affair (1 for his last 3 with another running 2nd).......that and his colt's last is somewhat disguised in it's strength as he dueled on a somewhat dull inside........also.......his debut also was "incognito" as he had 8L of trip trouble in a one mile turf race.....should be a big price

1  Noble Pursuit   sprint gimme in his MSW debut to leg up and be ready for today's route race........Sadler's top owner didn't shell out $270K for a Curlin runner to have a sprinter

4  Gate Speed   perfect name for this gelding who appears to need the lead to win.........decent 1st at a route in his last (on the lead) and a sharp speed work since......likely will need to move forward a little and seems poised to do just that

7  Commanding Chief

6  Go for a Ride


race 5    average clarity

4  Murad Khan   ship and win bonus at stake and for a trainer who has won 4 of his last 11 the 1st time he takes over the training duties for a given horse (with 4 others in the money)........and he gets Prat and his agent to accept the mount........gelding should get a nice up close ground saving position......such a deal

2  Very Very Stella   last two dirt races are strong and his latest is disguised some by racing on a dull rail on July 28th at Del Mar.........and he appears slightly better on the grass than the dirt........should be a player

1  Buckstopper   outer most post 9 led to a very wide trip in his latest or he might have had a shot at the winners circle........better post post today should help Keith Desormeaux work out a better trip for his pal Bob Hess who just claimed this four year old

8  Caymans Cobra

5  Unusually Green


race 6    average clarity

3  Isotherm   six year old has been away since late November but if he returns fully fit and ready lookout as he was tons the best in the 2018 version of this race where he ran 2nd despite a brutal trip.........broke a little tardy and ran wide and did so up on a solid pace.......he earned a Santucci fig that was off the charts

2  Dr. Dorr   six year old seems to be in need of a confidence builder and enters a level where he sure should be formidable if that is the regiment is impressive even by Baffert standards.....and that folks is saying something

4  Leading Score   2 for 2 at today's one mile distance which includes his latest which was run off of a long layoff.........appears to be a need to lead type but he is capable of setting big fractions and not falling apart.........five year old has only been able to run off of short rest once in his career and he did move forward........last race 25 days ago


race 7    average clarity

3  Prodigal Son   both lifetime 5F turf sprint races fit fine and the one run on 7 June is disguised by about 7L of trip trouble.....only beaten by 2 1/4L........should get a nice mid pack trip for the ever dangerous owner/jockey/trainer trio of Reddam/Gutierrez/O'Neill

5  Boa Nova   nice win in his latest which was his 1st to date on the Dmr turf and at today's distance........seems like the speed of the speed and with a rider who knows how to get a horse on the lead in Maldonado........faces tougher today but he put in a quick 3F turf work since his last hinting he exited his winning race in good shape and might move forward

10 AE  No Bang No Boom  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  east coast invader is two for two in turf sprints and eligible for the ship and win money.......and one stout trainer with turf sprinters in Wesley Ward

4  Hartel

1  Capture the Sea


race 8    average clarity

1  Railsplitter   sprint-route-sprint scenario for his 3rd lifetime start........1st time in maiden claiming albeit a MC100K.........1st time blinks........turf to dirt.........O'Neill goes "Full Monty" to get his youngster to the winners circle.......seems dangerous

11 AE  Nucky   Peter Miller's invader seemingly fits fine at today's racing level as witnessed by his races in Kentucky........he has some early speed and that might come in handy here to overcome the outside post.......Prat is up and he took this colt over the 10 horse who he was also named on

5  Impossible Task   blinkers on after a decent MSW turf debut........takes the MSW to MC drop.......races turf to our top pick O'Neill goes "Full Monty" in his attempt to get his youngster to the winners circle

10  Bamboozler

2  Octopus




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