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Del Mar for Thursday 14 November 2019

OK card to start week two of the Fall Del Mar meeting.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Goddess Aphrodite   Miller three year old filly has shown decent ability in the a.m. but so far hasn't carried it over to the p.m. too well.....but.......lifetime best was run turf to dirt two back and the strength of the effort is disguised by not the best of trips in an insanely fast race for the level.......turf to dirt today

3  Harper's Gallop  filly was running rather well in a 9F turf race for MC50K when the saddle slipped and she bolted thus the rider eased her up........might act like the perfect muscle her up 6F..........and a decent reassuring 5F drill since......decent MC20K 2nd in her previous race which was at Dmr...........come on Iggy

5  Magical Kiss   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  expensive filly to start for MC20K following a total disappoint in a MSW turf affair.......might be now or never.......we shall see about 12:30 pacific time


race 2    average clarity

4  Hariboux   very consistent sort overseas in GB.........his latest his 1st in the U S of A is a little short of par........2nd out in his new country today and 1st time on Lasix has the potential to change that "a little short of par" to par or better........and unless you are a touring golf pro par or better is a good thing

2  Commander   in for the optional claiming $80K tag so as to face easier today.......sprint-route-sprint scenario and with hot jock remaining up for a 3rd straight time......good post and grass conditioner in D'Amato

1  Party Town   significant wake-up in his 2nd lifetime start with 1st time Lasix and 1st time blinkers.......T C Baze seems likely to attempt to go after a loose lead........colt has an average pedigree to handle a one mile grass race


race 3    below average clarity

5  Lagoon Macaroon   seems much better racing at Del Mar than Santa Anita and his lifetime best was produced the only time he raced off of short rest........26 days since his latest qualifies for that........Maldonado stays put for a 5th straight time.........drops a level......1 for 1 at the distance and the race was at Dmr

2  Dr. Bagley   improving sort should be able to grab the front end here and might end up with a loose lead for the 1st time in his 7 race career........latest number fits fine at today's slightly higher level.......raced just 3 weeks ago and he shows a reassuring 4 furlong since......hard not to like

1  Cosa Nostra   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   gelding has been very consistent in 2019 especially for a cheap claimer and he handles any surface including Del Mar's.........but his only win in 27 starts came when he was loose on the lead and that is highly unlikely here......he is to say the least quite the hanger

4  Fast as Cass


race 4    average clarity

5  Speedy Justice   steady improvement in the morning for this Baffert 1st time starter.........last preparatory drill is quite impressive and at today's don't see too many Baffert 1sters go for only $45K at must be rather high on this colt to take the horse and not debut him in a maiden claimer

3  Too Late   easily would have made the top pick-a-rue if this two year old colt wasn't a vet scratch on 31 his 2nd lifetime race and 1st on the sod he set a blistering quarter mile and also a quite fast half mile and still held on for a one beaten length 2nd in a 5F grass which is also today's distance......but he likely (or at least should be) scrutinized with a fine toothed comb........ so if he starts he likely is in decent shape

8  Prince Magician   big awakening in his 3rd lifetime start and he might be up for even better this afternoon getting to race on the grass for the 1st time where he owns a pedigree that should appreciate the surface change........that and the cut back of 1/2 furlong appears to be a plus

7  Benny Change

6  Restoring Dreams


race 5    average clarity

6  Oil Can Knight   O'Neil three year old gelding has never run a bad race off of short rest and he wheels back in 11 days for today's race........lifetime best and a strong fit here is his race 3 back which was the last time he ran on the Del Mar dirt.......should be in the mix from the get go

3  Toothless Wonder   gelding is improving with each and every race since Anna Meah claimed four races back.......latest fits if Anna can get even more out of her three year old she might have the runner to overcome

4  Policy   1st time gelding for this McCarthy three year old who had a promising start to his career with two strong races at two in 2018........just the opposite can be said for what he has shown in 2019........1st time gelding but yet he makes a suspicious drop into the 25K claiming ranks.........flip a coin type


race 6    average clarity

1  Trust Fund Kitty   nice forward move in this girl's latest and she has the potential for another move in the desired direction racing 2nd out off of a layoff.......and it is great to see that Cedillo and his agent (both doing a great jobs) see fit to ride the filly for a 3rd consecutive race.......decent post especially with the rail out 30 ft

5  Dulverton Darling  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   filly has two races on Lasix without blinkers (her last two races) and both were solid efforts especially her latest.......and today's rider Fuentes was up for both

7  Kittyhawk Lass   seems best at one mile on the grass......and maybe more significant than that this filly has run two solid races the only two times she was able to compete off of relatively short rest.........34 days since her latest qualifies for short that

9  Bella Figura

4  Persephone


race 7    above average clarity

3  Threefiveindia   Miller might have the trump card for this gelding as he sure popped a big move forward 1st out following his $40K claim........definitely the one to beat if he handles the stress of returning back in 13 days off of such a significant improvement

1  Awesome Heights   only two fast track races with Hollendorfer as the trainer are very strong efforts........away since January but training exceptionally well........and Jerry needs to win now as he is ruled off at SA

4  Horse Greedy   colt has had a very tough time of it dating back to 6 October 18.......but if he mounts a rebound this afternoon he has a shot here.......but.......easy to make as our 3rd selection


race 8    below average clarity

2  Lightning Fast   sprint-sprint-route scenario for his 1st on the turf and 1st in a route race..........very solid adjusted Santucci fig for this Spawr runner in his 2nd lifetime start........4 drills since the 6 Oct. race........feeling good for his new challenge

4  Margot's Boy  like the grass breeding for this MSW 1st timer especially for a Cal-bred........and the Dam's sire suggest that this gelding has the potential to run all day.......trainer is not known for having 1ster's ready at 1st asking but the works are decent and as mentioned the pedigree is there to handle a turf route if not now then later........let's hope it is now as the price should be right

10  Tropical Terror   two year old showed plenty of life in his MSW route turf debut and the strength of the effort is hidden to some degree but a very bad trip.........rider's hot but the trainer is not........somethings got a give

8  Canyon Crest


5  Rocks and Salt



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