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Del Mar for Sunday 18 July 2021

Of the 3 cards this weekend I like this one the most. Be back with you on Friday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Eddiespaghetti   Doug O'Neill's MC 1ster has both speed and endurance put into him and draws Flavien Prat......outside posts on the dirt have done well the 1st two days of the new meeting at Dmr as in the inside has been dull so racing wide has dominated

7  Barsabas   two year old exits a very productive race where multiple runners have come back to run very well and at much higher levels than what is offered here........1st time gelding and just what you want to see as in improved a.m. work

1  State of the Union

3  You're My Boy

5  Tee Shot


race 2    below average clarity

3  Hold Me Back   shipper is likely very meant and ready as the ship and win money is at stake and for a solid trainer in Matt year old likes extended sprint distances and especially 6 1/2 furlongs where he has won 2 of 3

7  Red Valor   O'Neill might have the trump card for this gelding as he sure popped a vastly improved effort 1st following the claim for the trainer........good history for this five year old when today's jock Abel Cedillo rides

6  Cajun Treasures

4  Self Taught


race 3    average clarity

5  Anonymously   Cerin has had this mare ready to roll when he risks her in a claiming race and she is up for tag of 32K today........last race is better than it appears in print.......number earned is decent and today she gets to race with 6 lbs. less......good history with Desormeaux on her back.........Kent should get a nice stalk position

8  Loud Loud Music   O'Neill sends out a filly 1st following a 25K claim who owns 2 wins and a 2nd from 3 lifetime turf sprints......and one of Doug's strongest stats is "1st after claim"........hard not to like

7  Gypsy Blu

6  Nightlife

1  I'm the Hero


race 4    average clarity

8  Sally Stanford   both lifetime races were at the MSW level and sure appear formidable at today's MC50K level........solid rider/trainer combo at the helm........hard not to like this two year old filly

3  Smart Monique   open company MC50K debut was decent and now this two year old filly gets to face Cal-breds.........that and she gets one significant jock upgrade from one that struggles to one that does not

7  Miss Shady

5  My Sweet Mary

2  Dreamer Girl


race 5    average clarity

2  Go Big Blue Nation   four year old filly has run well vs better in her last three races all of which were long distance turf affairs.......Mike McCarthy's filly has to regress not to be very tough this afternoon especially with one super grass jock in Prat in the irons

6  Sherzo   filly has seemingly never been sharper and her pedigree screams the "the longer the better".......trainer is 22% win with his last 155 turf starts.......Badilla four year old should be a price

8  Kuora

1  Lady Noquez


race 6    average clarity

7  Cowboys Daughter   very good history racing on the dirt (4 2 0 2) jock on his back to date in bullet 5F drill........trainer is having one of his better years in 2021 albeit with limited starters as in 26% win.......good post if the track plays like it has the 1st two days of the meeting

8  Miss Alegria   vet scratch on 20 June or this laid up mare would have been our top pick-a-rue as she stands out here if she fires either of her two 2020 fast tracks sprints one of which was at Dmr

2  Dozo

4  Win Often

1  Jan Jan Can


race 7    average clarity

2  Neptune's Storm   five year old gelding seems best suited to the one mile turf distance.......draws a good post.......retains top turf jock Prat who is 30% win and 70% in the money riding for Miller over the last two months........all that and the race seemingly favors those who sit close up early which this gelding should do

4  Bob and Jackie   good start to the Del Mar meeting for Baltas and he might add to his win total here with this five year old who like our top pick should be up close early in an affair that should favor those that do.......all four lifetime wins on the turf have come with a much inferior turf jock up than Rispoli......hard not to like

1  Homer Screen

3  Tiz Plus

7  Majestic Eagle


race 8    average clarity

9  Lilly Babe   very aggressive tightly spaced work tab for this Mulhall MSW 1st timer........not may favorite sire but mom has tossed 3 winners from 4 starters including a Stakes winner and all 3 winners were able to win as two......should be a price

8  Bonita Leona   solid drills at GG for this Mathis MSW 1st time starter with speed and endurance put in.........draws Flavien Prat.......good sire and mother has tossed 4 winners from 5 starters including one that was a Stakes winner

2  Ko Olina

7  Preskitt

5  Sue Ettas Ghost


race 9    average clarity

1  Fantasy Heat   one post at 5F on the turf at Del Mar has been dismal over the years but this filly won from it in 2019 running at that time her lifetime best........she has been away since September but has run well "fresh" in the past

6  Sarsaparilla   on the improve with each and every race as a two year old in our top choice she has been absent since September but she is working as if Mr. Baltas has her ready to roll......we shall see if that is so about 6 pm pacific time

10  Anna Fantastic

8  Liv and Let Liv

4  Lenzi's Lucky Lady


race 10    average clarity

5  Cupid's Claws   every other pattern for this Dollase six year old and he is on the desired end of the pendulum today.......and his lifetime best was the only time he has raced at 12F and he beat the ML favorite by 7L that day

6  Tizamagician   consistent sort at 12F (3 1 2 0) but he has yet to run an impressive no. at the distance including in his latest at Belmont where he ran 2nd to a horse I loved but 2nd by 11L.......the horse was Lone Rock who went off at a nice price as our top selection in race 4 at Belmont in our Special is the comment for the him, "Diodoro claim back sure has found a niche in marathon races as he has 2 wins and 2nd (by a neck) in three 12 furlongs races.......and today he gets to carry less weight as in 2 lbs - 4 lbs - 3lbs less that his 3 lifetime 12F 12F that is a significant weight break" I liked Lone Rock a lot losing by such a wide margin seems to say he is somewhat vulnerable

4  Red King


race 11    average clarity

1  Lady Emily   Strong turf trainer Michael Maker won with two ship and win runners yesterday and one of them was ridden by Trevor McCarthy.......last race isn't bad but what we want is his MSW debut 2 back at GP where he ran on of Lasix in start no. 2 but gets it today in start no. 3.......good post and 1st time blinkers which seems like a plus in this race without that much Speed......hard not to like as well as Maker's horses fired yesterday

3  Javanica   Prat took this Harty runner over a few others in here........and the two times that Prat has ridden this filly she ran two one mile grass races that fit fine here......and 1 1/16 seems like a better fit than 8F..........should be tough

7  Bleu Ballon

11  Midnight Diva

8  Carpe Fortuna

9  Cider Apple



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