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Los Alamitos for Saturday 7 September 2019

So so card today but Sunday's looks rather good.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

5  Eternal Endeavor   five year old mare has shown she can run fresh and seemingly needs to as she has needed anywhere from 2 1/2 months to 7 1/2 months off between starts.....thus this is only her 5th start in a career that started on 6 Jan 2017.......and her best to date and her only win was the lone time she competed on a fast rated conventional dirt

3  Sheza Factor   runs well turf to dirt and that is today's scenario for this Belvoir four year old filly.......and she has a win and a second in two starts at Lrc.......hard not to like

4  Heart of the Nile   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  showed some life in her latest which was a turf route with the blinkers taken career race fits big and it was one of two lifetime dirt races run on the dirt without was her MSW debut and in the other dirt race it appears she might have been injured in the race.......plenty of potential


race 2    average clarity

3  Taste's Legend   Gary Stute was waking up some towards the end of the Del Mar meeting and might keep the momentum going here with this seven year old who is (4 1 1 1) at Lrc......and he has a win and 2nd in his last two one mile dirt races.....and both were with today's rider Tiago Pereira up

1  Top of the Game   very powerful effort in his latest but it took it's toll as he was a voided claim following the race.......has he recovered enough?......tough to tell......but a ton if he has

6  Gray Admiral   might be a bit of a stretch but this gelding has been in an every 3rd race mode.......and......his last good effort was 3 back and his next two race were not so hot........can the trend continue......we shall see 1:28 pacific time

2  Jump the Tracks


race 3    average clarity

3   Totally Normal   takes that ever dangerous MSW to MC30K drop for her 2nd lifetime start for O'Neil and company........also makes the turf to dirt move and her MSW 5F turf debut wasn't bad especially considering today's much lower maiden level

6  Musically   not so hot in her last two racing endeavors but her debut sure fits solidly in this spot......and the debut race was her only effort run at Lrc.........Maldonado has been up for all her races and remains up you know it will be pedal to the metal from the get go

8  Sudden Notice   Paul Aguirre isn't much with 1st time starters but this cheap buy is working as if his $8K purchase price might have been a bargain.....and I like that Fuentes gets the call as he sure is riding the dirt awfully well

1  Fran's Empire

4  Sharp Turn


race 4    average clarity

1  Avers   obviously has physical problems to drop to $6,250 after racing just fine at the $25K level.....but this filly has been away since Jan and she will be heavily scrutinized before and following the race (possibly scratched before - or voided afterwards) so she might have a race left in her.......the days of exiting the gate and pulling up are fading away.........trainer is not afraid to drop many levels to win

7  Lady Krishna   last two times this gal raced under the 10K claiming level she won.....that and she has run just fine on the Lrc surface......and trainer Stortz is 4 for her last 12 dropping multiple levels which is the case today

8  Discrete Stevie B   last race fits fine and I might have considered her higher if it wasn't for her two dull races at Lrc to date........deserves one more shot?

3  Allotment

2  Mama's Kid


race 5    below average clarity

1  Message   very powerful sprint 2 races back at SA with big gaps to 2nd and 3rd to support the significant fig earned.......tossed a clunker in her next start at Dmr but her only other race at Del Mar was poor too......4th start is at Lrc.....lookout if this girl only dislikes Del Mar which isn't that uncommon for a given horse

2  Flor de La Mar   Baffert trains our top pick and also this filly.......lone lifetime win for this three year old was in her MSW debut which was the only time she has sprinted on a fast rated 1/2 months since her last race (and a fast rated dirt) might be a good thing..........her recent a.m. work supports the notion

3  Madame Vestal   Eric Kruljac filly has done little wrong in 4 lifetime starts as in 2 wins & 2 2nd's in 4 lifetime starts.......and she won her last race despite a very wide trip.....dangerous off pace runner


race 6    above average clarity

1  White Russian  back to Lrc where he nearly broke his maiden at 1st asking in a 5F affair for 1 for 32 trainer.....not so hot in his next start at Del Mar.......claimed in the the race by a high % trainer in Wong including 28% win first following a claim......and back to Lrc for his 3rd start which like his debut will be at the abbreviated distance of 5F......hard not to like

7  Peter Alan   lone lifetime race was nearly a year ago.......went off at 42 to 1 and ended up pulling prior to the race were dismal........but they are not for today for this 1st time gelding (and blinkers)..........rather sure we see a different runner today

4  Royal Blue Grass   solid awakening at LA since he went on Lasix two races back.....the two efforts are more than deserving of a shot on the big oval this afternoon.........should be in the mix from the get go

5  Rounding for Home

8  Mighty Elijah


race 7    average clarity

7  War Union   decent history with the route-sprint-route scenario which is the case today.......and his route race two back is much better than it appears in print as he dueled in decent pace on a somewhat dull inside.......and he just popped a blistering 45:4 best of 24 bullet drill LA one week ago

2  Nileist   solid history since the blinkers were added (3 2nd's on the turf and a win on the Lrc dirt).........seems like a positive that the trainer passed on the Del Mar meeting and waited to start his four year old the first week of Lrc.......5 works in the interim........all systems go

3  Meistermind   drops precipitously and suspiciously.........hate these kind.......flip a coin

5  Fortune of War

4  Gryffinder


race 8    average clarity

2  Queen Bee to You   very consistent sort and appears at her best on the Lrc surface......faces the guys today but she beat them in a small Cal-bred Stakes race in late June at Lrc and at today's one mile distance........such a deal

6  Fire When Ready   Bob Hess is coming off of one heck of a strong Del Mar meeting and he sends out a gelding here who is 2 for 2 at the one mile dirt distance.......and his gelding handles the Lrc surface just fine

1  Cruel Intention   three year old taking on older today which is no big deal in September but he is co-high weight and is in his 1st ever around two turns both of which is a bit concerning........looks like he has the most early speed in the race though which seems like a plus for any Baffert horse

8  California Journey

7  Oliver


race 9    average clarity

6  Papa Joe  3rd consecutive race that we like a Lerner/Fuentes runner......4 year old drops to the lowest claiming level of his life for his first ever on the dirt....pedigree to handle it is decent......and he should have an endurance advantage over many in here considering his whole career has been in turf routes

5  Spectator's Dream   best speed in the race by quite a wide margin........Payeras will attempt to open up a lead and hold off all challengers.........jockey could use a win coming off a dismal Del Mar

3  Sharpshootingeorge   decent improvement in his 2nd lifetime start and 1st in a route.........still in all likelihood he will need another move in the desired direction if he wants to get to the winners circle

1  Go Sammy Go

8  Cross Town  

4  Rocket Ship



Posted on September 7, 2019 at 9:28 am by richs · Permalink
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