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Del Mar for Saturday 24 August 2019

10 races today and 9 more on Sunday to finish off the 2nd to last weekend at Del Mar.

Best of luck as always!


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2  Gray Admiral   claimed in his latest which was a poor race at Del Mar run following a big effort 2 back at Lrc.......needs a rebound 2nd out following the Mulhall claim and his works put in since the 25 July race hint we will see one

3  For Him   back to back solid races that look awfully good in this spot but he now drops two levels hinting he might not be quite as sharp.......but then again he was risked for 8K just 6 weeks ago.......tough call what we see today.......but definitely dangerous

6  Hard Arch   handles the Del Mar main track OK but his stats running in route races is nothing to write home about......but his recent a.m. works are vastly improved suggesting he should show more horse today


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10  Floyd Moneymaker   lone race was a 2nd place finish last Feb racing in the minor leagues at trainer today in Val Brinkerhoff who has this colt working as if he belongs in the big leagues........well at least at the MC20K level

9  Saddle Bar   latest which looks dismal on paper is not as bad as it looks as this Hess gelding dueled on a bad inside on the 28th of July at Dmr giving him little chance to strut his stuff......race prior to that at CD fits fine here......trainer is having a terrific Dmr meeting this summer

5  Bobby's Day   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE showed some life in his MC20K debut enough that he might move forward with a race under his belt.......quite a better better work in the morning supports the notion

7  Bound to Go

4  Legally Gray


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2  Golden Birthday   mega move forward in his race two back (earned an adjusted for trip Santucci fig about 4L better than par for today's level) which was his 1st ever on the Dmr turf.......regressed badly in his latest........faces softer today.........if he rebounds to his race two back and gets an OK trip he will be tough

5  Three Ay Em   sprint-sprint-route-scenario for this youngster's 1st at a route........and his pedigree to handle his 1st to date around two turns is awfully good for a Cal-bred

1  Push Through   very consistent when racing on the Del Mar turf (7 1 3 2 1) and seems slightly at his best at today's one mile distance.......not out of the win picture but easy to put as our 3rd choice

4  Perfect Wager

7  I Can Do This


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4  Zorich   vastly improved in his last which was his 1st career dirt race after 5 lifetime turf races......and the strength on the race is disguised by a bad trip and then some.......much better post for Cedillo to work with........hard not to like

7  Mongolian Legend   another who ran much better than appears in print..........Ganbat's gelding broke slightly tardy  (veered out) and then ran wide pressing the press......fits fine with a better trip......might not get it with a 0 for 43 in 2019 jock up.......come on Brayan Pena

5  Single Me Out   nice rally in the stretch for this four year old (vs. all three year old runners today) in his 1st on the dirt and 1st in a sprint........ran OK around two turns on the sod.......might be up for his lifetime best 1st time in a two turn dirt race.......if he is he has a big shot

1  Babael



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2  Moonless Sky   long overdue drop for this six year old mare who has been running numbers for over a year that says she should be at today's 25K level and surely not in the alw ranks where she has been competing.......gets a rider upgrade to one of the top turf jocks on the grounds.......trainer Eddie Truman is trying to make it 2 for 3 at the meeting

1  Tammy's Window   better post today.......better grass rider today in Prat.......and 1st out following the claim by Miller is a dangerous thing......should work a nice mid back ground saving trip at least thru turn one.......plenty of reasons to consider this five year old mare

6  Convince   just won at the 25K level on the grass in a race 1/16 shorter......won the race on the lead and there our others who can challenge her for the front end in this field.......but she has won without the lead so Bejarano has options in his attempt to get back to back wins on the Doug O'Neill filly

11  Sugary

4  Candy Swirls


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3  Mike Operator   gelding drops in MC this afternoon and he is in an every other mode to start his career and today he is on the desired end of the pendulum......that and his trainer Victor Garcia has really come alive of late......and with today's rider Ruben Fuentes partaking in most of the visits to the winners circle with Garcia

1  Scrambled   woke up some in his latest and the improvement is rather hidden.........but maybe more importantly he just worked his best back to back to back works in quite some time.....should go off one big number.......should be closing late

6  Fait Accompli   1st time Stute as the trainer today.......1st time on Lasix today.......last race fits but the trainer has yet to hit the board with 5 starters and most of them preforming worse than it appeared that they would......or.......would have selected him higher

5  Ivorian

8  Black Storm


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8  Cherry City   quite a few things point to this Glatt 1st timer being meant and ready for her MSW debut.......stout sprint turf pedigree.........steadily improving a.m. work........Glatt/Cedillo are 5 for their last 9 with two others hitting the has tossed 3 turf winners

4  Perfect Rush   endurance and speed has been put into this Sadler 1st time starter who has a decent enough pedigree to handle the sod......and if she breaks well in her debut she might really fly early with the solid apprentice rider Velez up

3  Dipping In   another MSW 1ster who looks dangerous.......filly finished up her work regiment with 4 consecutive 5F gate works and the last 5F work is quite good.......O'Neill is only 1 for his last 33 with turf debut runners but he might double that today with this two year youngster

7  Greg's Diva

6  Eclair


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5  Fashionably Fast   ice cold rider but one of his four wins at the meeting was on this gelding who sure looks at his best on the Dmr dirt.......when last seen on 27 July he was able to win despite racing wide up on the pace.......she earned an adjusted for trouble pace/position Santucci fig that is quite a bit better than par for today's open company nw alw race......hard not to like

1  Coil Me Home   seems best when taking back so the blinkers coming off seems like a smart move by Baltas who hasn't made many bad moves at the meet as he is on quite a roll.......and 6 1/2 furlongs has been a good distance for the gelding........Prat stays put despite the fact this four year tossed a clunker in his last......stout trainer/rider combo in Prat & Baltas

7  Cruel Intention   seems like the most dangerous of the horses with some speed.......that and I like the 3 endurance building works put into him by Baffert as he has flatten out in his last two races........not out of the win picture by any means

9  Oakland Mills

8  Getaloadofthis


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7  Catalina Cruiser   Sadler five year old won back to back Grade 2 races at Del Mar in 2018.....and today he can once again make it two straight years that he wins the same G2's........that and it looks like he can get a nice stalk position in a race that seems to favor those up close early

4  Giant Expectations   owns a big back number at Del Mar and it was at today's 7F distance.......away 3 months but he is working exceptional well......he might be a little "pace compromised" in this spot but you never know as quite often there is more pace than appears on paper in S Cal

3  Jalen Journey   (5 3 1 1) since the blinkers were put on this four year old......and maybe more importantly is how well he has won in extended one turn at 7F and the other at 8F both of which were run at GP and in excellent time.......not impossible to upset but easy to make as our 3rd selection


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9  Boru   gelding just keeps getting better.......and better........and better......and he really only has to repeat what he produced in his latest race to be tough in this spot.....and if the trend continues and he gets a decent trip he should be back to the winners circle for a 2nd straight race after taking 10 races to graduate

4  Combat Zone   significant rider upgrade for a turf race and gets to race 2nd out following a layoff after a solid better than par for today's level effort......hard not to like

5  River God   double barrel action from Cerin as he also trains our top choice.......ran 2nd in the 31 July version of this race despite a slow start and a bit of a wide trip........not out of the win picture......pun intended

7  Hootie

2  M Town Gem

10  Reedley




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