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Del Mar for Friday 16 July 2021

Opening day at Del Mar and with fans in the stands. That and by my book the best race caller in the Nation back in the booth in Trevor Denman. Life is good!

A special welcome to those of you that only play Del Mar and maybe a few other special days at the other tracks. Great to have you back!

Not an easy card to decipher as you can tell by the clarity ratings. Be back with you Saturday for 11 races with large fields.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

6  Leprino   four year old gelding handles the Dmr surface and has run well off of short rest multiple times.......trainer Miyadi is solid 2nd out following a claim which is the case today........gelding is capable on or off of the pace giving Cedillo options

1  Studly Perfection   like the trainer of our top selection Mulhall is very stout 2nd out following a claim as in 3 for her last 8 with 4 others hitting the board.......six year old is a stellar (19 7 4 2) at today's one mile distance.......a.m. work is solid.......speed type faces others with the same running style but he appears to be the speed of the speed

2  Dr. Troutman

7  Conquest Cobra

3  Causeididitmyway


race 2    below average clarity

4  Midnight Mammoth   Baffert is an incredible 36% win with his last 203 1st time starters but 0 for his last 10 with MC 1sters.........but........this gelding is working solidly and you don't see too many MC150K's anywhere.......that and he only went for $70K at sale.......seems like a very big mount for Van Dyke trying to get his mojo back

7  Axel Steel   LS invader has worked well since a better than it looks MSW debut so trainer Todd Fincher sees fit to run his two year at the "big circuit"..........trainer owns a high win % in three training categories that apply here (MSW to MC, Shippers & 2nd career race)

10  Flash of Genius

1  Oak Charter

9  Get It Back


race 3    average clarity

8  Going to Vegas   very good efforts since Richard Baltas removed the blinkers on this filly........four year old seldom runs a bad race and she has been facing better.......solid turf jock Rispoli has a decent shot of stalking the lead who should likely be our 5th choice

7  Catch the Eye   five year old mare is 2 for 3 at today's 9F turf distance and 0 for 14 at other turf distances.......and she should have plenty of endurance in late stretch coming off of a series of 10F & 12F races.......should be a price

6  Avenue de France

3  Crystalle

1  Quiet Secretary


race 4    below average clarity

1  Don't Ju Forget   Cal-bred ships in from GP where she didn't embarrass herself in a MSW affair on 29 May........and the race has turned out to be a key one with 2nd & 4th winning their next put in since arriving in California are solid.......Miller gets Prat to ride........hard not to like

7  Doris Mae   tightly spaced decent work series for this Mike Puype MSW first time starter........Puype wins his fair share with MSW debut has tossed 7 winners from 9 starters most of which preciously graduated at two

3  Dendera

6  Gianna's Wild Cat

9  Abhita


race 5    below average clarity

4  Floral Essence   away since her 2nd start which was on 6 Sept 20.......the effort was OK but her MSW debut at Dmr was very good both in final time and the route turf speed she produced.........1st time on Lasix today and with a.m. work that suggest she will once again run well fresh.......Cedillo has been up for both of her races and Clifford Sise sticks with him once again

6  Takemebythehand   French invader ran an impressive debut beating 11 of 12 foes and 3rd and 4th came back to win and she was 3 1/2 lengths in front the 3rd place finisher..........Mullins gets Prat to ride hinting this three year old is ready to roll

8  Lookintogeteven

2  Queen Goddess

11  Warren's Candy Girl

1  Buy American


race 6    below average clarity

8  Street Behavior   lifetime best was run the last time this Miyadi gelding ran at Del Mar (11/26/20).........the race was run off of 40 days rest.......49 days since this guy's latest and with one strong (seemingly out of nowhere) best of 67 gate wok at SA on 4 July.......crafty trainer likely tweaked something for the better......should be a price

9  Sea of Success   last appears to be a public workout likely to get away with today's drop into claiming.........lifetime best was the only time this gelding was put up for sale.......a.m. prowess supports the notion his latest was a tune-up

12  Energizer

7  Eustace

4  Next Revolt


race 7    average clarity

1  Finally Here   here is the comment for this 2nd time starter in his MSW debut, "great name for a five year old making his career debut.......plenty of bills and likely some heartache along the way all will be forgotten if this turf bred five year gelding runs to his works"........gelding was ultra impressive overcoming multiple since hint he exited the race even sharper.......should go off double digits

2  Little Juanito   laid up Victor Garcia seven year old loves the 5F turf races at Del Mar and he is training exceptionally well......that makes sense as he might get snatched up at the claiming box so that barn is looking at getting the best out of him as in more than $80K when you combine the tag and the purse if he wins

9  Commander Khai


10  McWherter 


race 8    average clarity

8  I Got No Munny   last two races run for this Glatt four year old sure fit well in this spot.......believe this gelding gets the same trip he got in his race 2 back where like today he broke from the outer-most 8 post.......he ranged up from the outside to stalk the lead......same rider up in J J Hernandez who is 3 for 4 on this dirt sprinter

3  Freedom Fighter   speed type has a decent shot at getting what he wants as in a clear lead.......Baffert runner has been absent since 6 March but his a.m. work hints he is meant and ready to roll.......and with the best rider on his back that he has seen to date in Flavien Prat



7  Team Merchants


race 9    average clarity

3  Crew Dragon   new trainer today in Sadler and John appears to have his new shooter more than ready for his 1st race on the West Coast........lifetime best was the only time he ran in a two turn one mile turf race.......and the race was run on very firm turf.......welcome to Dmr in July

1  Harbored Memories   on the improve with each and every race and Valdivia who is (4 2 2 0) riding this colt should work out a good trip stalking the lead saving ground........hard not seeing this three year old making a good account of himself

6  Dream Shake

8  Flashiest

5  Petruchio


race 10    average clarity

9  Exalted Joy   quite the awakening for this Mike McCarthy colt with the blinkers taken off in his latest........he appeared to win with something left in the tank.......if that is so I like his chances to repeat if of course he gets a decent trip......good to see J J stay in the saddle

7  The Longest Night   consistent sort when racing on conventional dirt (6 1 4 0)..........lone two turn dirt race was at Del Mar and the effort was a solid 2nd........trainer D'Amato is coming off of a stellar SA meeting.......dangerous sort

2  Ox Bridge

8  Albizu

4  Mongolian Legend




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