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Del Mar for Thursday 29 August 2019

Including today there are only 5 days of racing left 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    below average clarity

5  Denman's Call   hope the fronts are on this gelding as he is two for five since Glatt claimed him and it seems noteworthy that it was the only two times that the trainer saw fit to put front bandages on his new addition to his barn.....still he might have has a shot without them but it would be more reassuring if he came out with them on

3  Facts Matter   very versatile sort is capable of winning on or off of the pace and he seems likely to get a very nice stalk position behind our 4th choice and maybe the 5 horse.......3 for 3 when Bejarano has been up.......and just claimed by Hess who has been firing on all cylinders the entire Dmr summer meeting

6  Top Brass   bad trip in this gelding's last compromised his chances......Talamo can do better and this fellow drops a notch......not out of the win picture with a better journey this time around

1  Sigur Ros


race 2    average clarity

5  K P Dreaming   went off at 50 to 1 in his MSW indicating Mullins and friends thought she needed the race (not fully cranked up) and yet she ran awfully well running 4th in a very fast heat........if that is so lookout today as she should be all cranked up now

3  Gingham   Bob Baffert is only 1 for his last 16 with maidens debuting at one mile or longer but the work regiment for this two year old filly is too strong too ignore.......and especially so since she has been working at Del Mar.........and's Bob Baffert

6  Bristol Bayou   sprint tune-up (and a decent one at that) and a full blown go seems likely for her 2nd start.....right in the trainer's wheelhouse


4  Cherokee Maiden


race 3    average clarity

2  Excavation   last was dull but his previous race was just the opposite of dull.......just snatched up by high percentage trainer J. Wong by way of the claiming box who made multiple changes with this gelding......puts the blinkers on......enters for 10,500 to get weight off and also uses bug boy Velez to get more weight off........and puts his new shooter in a sprint following a steady diet of route races......he wants this guy on the lead and catches a field lacking speed........rebound seems doable

6  Rick's Dream   following two consecutive races that fit well here this gelding appeared to be just out for air (and of course in a protected non-claiming race) so has to drop precipitously with some doubt in the minds of the claiming vultures

5  Joe Jackson   trainer is likely very hungry for a win (21 1 2 1 at the meeting) so he is willing to drop his gelding significantly to get one........or........claim me please........will shall see about 3 pm pacific

7  Puriano


race 4    average clarity

8  Zeke   lifetime best grass race in his last which was his 1st start with Mullins as the trainer.......that bodes well for today's dirt race as he seems better on it than the turf.......last time he ran turf to dirt was at CD and it led to a strong race.......Prat wisely stays put

7  Zip the Monkey   seems sharp right now and seems to appreciate the Dmr turf more than other grass would think the connections will pull out all stops to have this gelding ready as it will be 10 weeks until Del Mar id open for business again

3  Play Hard to Get   eight year old is carrying 11 lbs less that he has in his latest two turf races and with a very capable bug boy up........last two grass races are better than they appear in print........should be closing late

1  Magic Musketier

10  Forever Juanito


race 5    average clarity

10  Biddy Duke   both lifetime races with the blinkers on fit solidly here racing at the lowest level of her life.......Hess has been spotting his horses extremely well at the meeting........that and why not run at MC32K as this filly was purchased in 2019 for 40K

1  Vannavanna Bo Bana   decent debut in the 8 Aug version of this race running 2nd despite hanging out on a dull inside instead of getting off it by going around horses.......trainer is cold and he is (12 0 0 0) with his last dozen runners racing for their 2nd time in their career........but every blind squirrel finds a nut now and then

12 AE  Lady Sunset   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  filly takes a drop in MC off of an improved effort in her 2nd start that fits fine at today's lower level.......trainer has been rather "live" of late.........Talamo stays put


7  Kuda Huraa

11 AE  Coil and Strike


race 6    below average clarity

3  Red Bunting   Ron Ellis is as hot as he has been in many a moon and might keep the good times rolling with this filly who woke up in a big way in her latest in the one mile turf version of this 50K race restricted to three year old runners......1 1/16 of turf today and her pedigree sure suggests the extra distance with be to her liking......son-in-law Talamo wisely stays put

5  Posh Holly   predictable wide trip from a tough post in post 10 at the 1 1/16 turf distance at Del Mar.......adjusted for trip fig worked out to be about par for today's softer level........that and the D'A is 29% win with his last 55 "1st time in claiming" which this filly is for the 1st time in her 6 race career

4  Sophie Antoinette   first out after the Anna Meah claim and that seems dangerous these days as her horse's have been running well at the Dmr meeting and that is somewhat hidden

1  Swing Thoughts

7  Meso


race 7    average clarity

5  Quit Kvetching   broke tardy and ran too much of the race close to a dull inside or would have made it 2 for 2 lifetime........two sharp 4F drills since the 4 August race.......rider upgrade especially considering Van Dyke has won 3 of his last 4 mounts for Ellis and with the other hitting the board.....such a deal

2  D's Lovely Sophia   might really like the Del Mar main track because her MC debut win over at Lrc was nothing special but her 2nd start which was at Del Mar in a SA50Knw2 was.......she earned a fig in the race that is a strong fit at today's higher level.......nice reassuring work since the 7 August race.....decent shot to be 3 for 3 lifetime following this 6 1/2 furlong race

7  Takethediamondlane   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  filly won her MSW debut at 4 to 5 but her race was nothing special......but she has always trained like she has plenty of ability and she might have needed the learning experience of a race.......seems likely to move forward


4  Wishful


race 8    average clarity

9  American Camp   takes the ever magical drop from MSW to MC and for a hot trainer in Bob Hess.......both 9F grass races are better than they appear in print......good hungry grass rider in Cedillo.......hard not to like

5  Seeking Refuge   just fired his best lifetime race not only when it comes to a final time fig but also as far as pace is concerned........he sat close to a hot pace and still held together resolutely for 2nd......and Bejarano & O'neill have made for one nice combo the last couple of months or so

3  Volubile   three year old gelding was able to close into a pedestrian pace in his 1st at a route and off of a 5 month layoff........takes a logical drop from MSW racing to MC50K........should get some decent fractions up front this go around and his pedigree to handle the 9F is solid.....trainer sure could use a win......hard not to root for as he sure seems like a nice guy

2  Takeo

4  Chase and Colorado

8  Speakerofthehouse






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