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Del Mar for Wednesday 28 August 2019

OK card to begin the final week of racing at the Del Mar Summer meeting. Then on to Los Alamitos which starts up on 6 September and runs thru 22 September. We will cover all but one day of the meeting which will be determined later.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Of Good Report   seems like an overdue drop for this three year old as alw racing was too tough for him to handle......lone grass win was the only time today's rider Prat was on the colt.......Flavien will likely give him a nice ground saving mid pack or stalking trip........hard not to like

1  Juggles   O'Neill trains this youngster and also our top choice........three year old gelding sure appears to be in control of the front end of things here........still Gutierrez best slow things down as the lone route race for this guy saw him flatten out badly

5  Grab the Munny   very similar to our top pick as the connections might have been a little overzealous about this gelding's ability following a win in a SA50knw2 putting him in 3 straight alw races where he did poorly........gets in light today as he is entered for 28K (2 lbs) and he gets 5 more lbs. off with the bug boy up.......such a deal

2  The Creep


race 2    average clarity

5  Road Test   seems like a good claim by Dean Peterson of a mare who sure has been consistent racing at today's distance (15 4 7 2).......bug boy Diaz rides thru the claim and he deserves it as he handles this five year old awfully well (4 1 3 0)

6  Tiz Toffee   seems like the speed of the speed in the field and she has won without it as well......she does have something to prove in a two turn race but she has run well at 7F.......good history at Del Mar with a win and 2 2nd's in 3 starts

9  Buttie   might have spent too much time racing on the grass and the AW as this gal is (4 3 1 0) racing on conventional dirt.......just claimed by Saldana and the trainer does a decent job with his limited starters

2  Baby Ice

4  Love of Art


race 3    below average clarity

2  Big Buzz   quit the rider upgrade especially for a grass race from a jock struggling at the meeting to the leading rider who dominates the turf races in S Cal.........gelding seems highly likely to get an up close ground saving trip.......such a deal

6  Unapologetic   3 for 5 at the distance (and a 2nd) on the turf........3 for 25 at other turf distances.......and today's rider Geovanni Franco is a perfect 2 for 2 riding him at the 11F turf distance

7  Morse Code   dangerous six year old here if Maldonado is able to grab the lead and slow things down......and this six year old is not impossible to win if he doesn't snatch the front end as he showed on 18 Aug 18 at Del Mar

8  Mongolian Empire

1  Real Master


race 4    below average clarity

4  Smile to Excess   lousy history for the trainer dropping from MSW racing to MC but I believe Paul Aquirre goes against the grain today as this filly just worked a vastly improved 4F drill with 1st time blinkers in preparation for today's race.....that and he changes riders to the best gate jock on the grounds following two straight poor starts to start this youngster's career

2  Fire Diamonds   a.m. work appears awfully good for a two year old Cal-bred filly debuting at the MC50K level......that and he legs up Talamo who is having a very good Dmr meeting and especially so of late

10  Arouse N Go   likely needs more than his MC debut but she might provide it with 4 works put in since her 17 July debut and with a switch in riders to Velez who is well worth his 5 lbs weight advantage/break

3  Calese

8  Slew's Screen Star


race 5    below average clarity

3  Dunbow Road   solid improvement in her 2nd lifetime start and her a.m. work has never been better.......seems ready for her best yet if of course she handles the transition to turf racing........pedigree for it is average at best........should get a good 1 or 2 path trip up close to the early action

1  Jaccat   Prat sure likes this mare as this is his 5th consecutive mount on her.........1 for 1 at today's 5F turf distance albeit over at Santa Anita.........should be a major factor in the outcome of this race if she runs as well on the Del Mar turf and holds form

4  Point Hope   red hot rider/trainer combo over the last 60 days as 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 starts teaming up........and the 2nd came in this gal's last in an open 40K which is about 2L tougher level/par wise than today's SA50nw2 level.......not out of the win picture by any means......pun intended

5  Queen of the Track

9   Miss Lady Ann


race 6    average clarity

8  Shooters Shoot   trained exceptionally well prior to his debut but caught one monster of a field and had an eventful trip as he dueled in a hot pace and did so on a slightly dull rail and rightly tired in the stretch........continues to train like he has plenty of talent......look for Talamo to open up a lead and try and wire the field in this one mile affair for MSW's

2  Express Train   did beat our top choice by 9L but he laid off of the pace and ran in the 3 path which was a good thing on 4 August at Dmr........very good pedigree to handle a route and the owners didn't shell out 1/2 million to own a sprinter

7  Dean Martini   decent sprint to start his career at Elp in Kentucky.......big incentive for Miller to have this colt ready for today's 1st at a route challenge as he is eligible for the ship and win bonus.......and the crafty trainer is able to entice Prat and his agent to accept the mount

4  Witch's Vow

5  Palace Prince


race 7    average clarity

5  Bulletproof One   3 for 3 two year filly has won her three races by an average of about 8 lengths.......and her latest race fig was equivalent to a Grade 2 par.....and she accomplished task setting a sizzling pace.......filly has to go off of form today to lose this race or have the trip from you know where

1  Wise Rachel   1st into S Cal was decent and with that race run over the Del Mar track she should be "tuned to it" and run better today.......trainer does a nice job with two year old runners

9  Cholula Lips   last is better than it appears in print but what we really want is her race 2 back where she raced 2nd in a $125K Stakes races at CD.......that and Bejarano sticks with the Harrington filly for a 4th straight race


8  Been Studying Her


race 8    average clarity 

(There is a Super High Five carryover of $15,050.61 here)

10  Sidepocket Charger    takes that ever dangerous drop from MSW to MC racing and in this case to the lowly MC20K level......1st on the dirt but she has always trained decently on the Del Mar dirt.......that and she should be in the mix from the opening bell if she handles the Dmr dirt like I think she will

9  Darpa   filly likely has her fair share of physical problems to be dropping in her 2nd and 3rd starts following a decent debut at 75K maiden claiming level.......but.......she gets 8 weeks off to recover and that tells me she will rebound to some extent.......and her recent a.m. work over at LA supports the notion

12  Tandalicious   drops once again and might be feeling good as she was able to finish up her a.m. preparation with back to back works spaced only 5 days apart 19 Aug and 24 Aug and both drills were were decent 101:2 & 35:4

2  Girls Got Track

6  La Dolfina

7  Ramoncita Light   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE 



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