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Del Mar for Sunday 8 November 2020

Careful today as there is some rain predicted and if is going to be a very windy day. Windy days and/or off tracks often lead to some goofy results.

Be back with you on Friday. Meanwhile a shout out to my fellow vets on Wednesday.

Happy Veterans day!

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Colt Fiction   very strong dirt race two back at Dmr which is the only time this gelding got the opportunity to race off of short rest (23 days).........last race was run 22 days ago on the turf and the effort was it's turf to dirt today with short rest.......hard not to like

5  Hollywood's Best   both lifetime dirt races are better than par for today's level of racing.......jock Abel Cedillo is off to a great start at the new meeting and he sure has teamed up extremely well with Mark Glatt the last three months.......1 for 1 at today's distance

6  Leprino   very big efforts in his lone two lifetime races at Del Mar which were run at 6 1/2F & 7F........2nd out following the Saldana claim and the trainer is not much racing 1st out following a claim but vey dangerous 2nd out following one.........three year old should be motoring late

1  Zorich


race 2    average clarity

3  Rather Nosy   new trainer today in Puype and when examining the a.m. work it appears that Puype might have the trump card for this filly who has never missed the board in 7 races at today's 6 1/2F distance (7 1 3 3)........good sign that Pratt stays put with the change in trainers........and if the track is "off" this girl has handled it

4  Provocation   three year old filly needs her MSW debut effort run 3 races back........Baffert has given her 2 1/2 months off and in the interim he has put some very strong works into his filly........rather sure she mounts a rebound of sorts this afternoon

2  Himiko   double barrel action from Baffert as he also conditions our 2nd selection........all three lifetime dirt races look as if the they fit vs. today's competition........mostly made 3rd selection because her a.m. work since her 18 Oct race is a little soft (might be by design or might not be by design).......we will find out


race 3    average clarity

6  Dancing Dana   two year old filly is on the right end of the learning curve and she just put in an improved 5F work preparing for today's challenge of racing around two turns for the 1st time.......apprentice Centeno has given her two straight decent rides and if he gives her another she should benefit greatly with the 7 lbs weight break in an 8F affair

7  My Princess Ellie   the only one who is proven in a dirt route as she graduated in a one mile MC40K run at 8F 16 days ago.......Prat stays put and he and Miller are 7 for their last 18 as a team.......mostly made 2nd selection because her number earned in the 8F win is not much

2  Big Mamma Sue   trainer is very weak at getting runners to handle their 1st ever at a route but there is quite a bit of speed in this race and this two year old filly should by running far off of what might be a hot pace........solid rider J J Hernandez stays put looking for back to back wins on the Paul Aguirre filly

4  Exchange Vows


race 4    average clarity

4  Affable    Glatt two year old colt went for $600K last Spring so the connections got a good idea of what they were are strong and when Mark puts in strong drills into his MSW runners you best take note

6  Savile Road   Bob Baffert 1st timer is training extremely well with both speed and endurance put into his two year old colt........should be "Baffert" tough

1 Barraza   another Bob Baffert 1st timer (who has trained along side of our 2nd pick numerous times) also is training extremely well with both speed and endurance put into his two year old colt........another who should be should be "Baffert" tough

2  No Pedigree


race 5    average clarity

2  Paladar   laid up Baltas gelding is training exceptionally well most likely because this five year old runs so powerfully (physically demanding) he has trouble returning to the races without going on the bench for extended periods of times.......his Santucci adjusted figs are off the charts......and he beat one fine racehorse in Midcourt by 5 1/2L to break his MSW

8  Ronamo   very consistent on main track surfaces..........and this gelding is a late runner in a race that might yield a brutal set of fractions........Prat gets back aboard after being absent for a race

1  Polar Wind   another off pace runner who races as a 1st time gelding today........and if the surgery moves him up he might be rated too low

4  Signofthecross

6  Synthesis


race 6    average clarity

5  Allie's Pal   veteran jock replaces the bug boy who let this speedball set too fast of 1st 1/4 in both of her lifetime races.......Rispoli is likely to ration her speed enhancing her chances of staying "loose" thru the wire.........hard not seeing this filly tough today for high % trainer Wong

7  Michalska   trainer seldom sends out 1st time starters but he does today and he got his two year old filly 1ster to work very fast out of the gate on 1 Nov........and Marquez is able to get excellent sprint jock J J Hernadez to ride.........seems dangerous

1  Ensleys Dream    promising MSW debut but Koriner likely wheeled back his baby too quick as in only 15 days between starts.........2 months off for today's race and Prat stays put for a 3rd straight race.......filly likely needs her best yet but might be up for it

9  Whosmilingnow

4  Pray for My Owner


race 7    average clarity

8  Just Grazed Me   three wins and three 2nd's in six races on conventional dirt.......and she was tons the best (running against a bias with pace) in the 2018 version of this race as a three year old.........gets to race turf to dirt and on what seems to be her preffered surface and favorite main track surface in Del Mar

6  Warren's Showtime   another getting to race turf to dirt and with a cut back in distance which should help her endurance in the late stages of this 7F affair

5  Hotitude   yet another who might be quite muscled up racing turf to dirt.......four year old filly is rather consistent and her trainer Kristin Mulhall has had a nice 2020 albeit with limited starters........four year old filly should be in the mix from the get go

3  Miss Megan

7  Mo See Cal


race 8    below average clarity

2  Anyportinastorm   significant switch in trainers for this (17 8 2 5) lifetime six year old horse who gets "blinkers on" today for Miller and company.......and look who gets on for the 1st time.......Prat......danger city here

8  Sparky Ville   closer in a race loaded with speed........blinkers on and with a couple of nice drills jock in Cedillo up for the 1st time........and if the track is "off" this gelding's lifetime best was in his lone race on an off track

7  Independence Hall   tough call for this nice pick-up for Michael McCarthy.........colt fits a ton if he is ready fresh off of the bench but the solid trainer is only 1 for 23 the 1st time he takes over the training of a given horse (likely by design).......but then again Mike Smith wants the horse.......tough call

4  Microrithms  Scratched out of the race

5  Grit and Curiosity

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