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Del Mar for Saturday 31 July 2021

OK race card today especially if Doug O'Neill has a good day and Sunday's card appears decent at first glance. 

Best of luck as always !


race 1    average clarity

7  Rayray   by far this gelding's best races have been run on the Del Mar surface in sprint races.......O'Neill drops his recent claim multiple levels 2nd out following a 6 June claim.....trainer is a eye popping 36% win with his last 45 2nd out following a claim

2  Defense Wins   poor effort in his latest but gets plenty of time to recover and in the interim he has put in a nice 6 work series........Prat is back up after being absent for a race......four year old is looking for his first Dmr win but he is (4 0 2 2) on the main track

3  Ka'nah

6  Prince Magician

1  Catnernay


race 2    average clarity

6  Grace Adler   big bucks Baffert MSW 1ster's last work is extremely strong for a two year old filly and it suggests he has the potential to live up his $700K sales price and be a Stakes horse someday.......and she draws the attention of Prat and his agent

1  Haute Lady   47:2 Hg best of 110 to work on 24 July at Del Mar hints his $50K purchase price in 2020 might be a bargain......trainer has been in a slump and seems due to break out of it (how did he fair as our top choice in race 1)

5  Travel Smart


race 3    average clarity

1  Astronomer   trainer Simon Callaghan has sent out "live" horses to start the Dmr meeting and he appears to have another one in this two year old MSW 1st time starter.......colt owns a good pedigree for the grass and a route.......plenty of foundation put into him preparing for today's turf route.......good post and very good rider with young grass runners in Umberto Rispoli

8  Mackinnon   very solid 5F turf sprint run in his 2nd life start......good pedigree to handle the two turns......connections didn't shell out $285K a few months ago to have themselves a nice sprinter.....tough post but plenty of early speed to overcome it

5  Il Capitano

3  Lookout Point

2  Fowler Blue


race 4    average clarity

7  California Kook   decent history when Prat rides and this four year old filly has been very live when she has run against the boys which is the case rider/trainer combo.......only race on the Del Mar dirt for this girl was a win and it was run at today's distance

6  George Herman Ruth   very solid 1st ever on the dirt in his latest and three nice drills since.......trainer seems to be busting out of a mini slump and he has a solid shot to help right the ship with this four year old gelding

2  Appreciated

1  Anitanewmercedes


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3  Til I Found You   very consistent sort on main track surfaces gives the turf a try for the 1st time with a pedigree that says she should handle it......and if she does the abbreviated 5F turf distance should be right up her alley

5  Speeding   new trainer today in Doug O'Neill and he spots his new filly at a level she has a good chance of being successful and why not with the extra $$ for shippers at stake......bug girl Pyfer up and she is worth the 5 lbs break in these 5F turf sprints where she does fairly well

8  Gayles Evening

4  Del Mar Flash

6  Double Whopper


race 6    average clarity

4  Railsplitter   very fast time at Lrc in this gelding's latest especially considering today 16,000nw2 racing level........trainer is solid 2nd out following a claim and he is 46% win with bug boy Ortega with their last 13.........four year old should be in the mix from the get go and he is capable of winning on or off of the pace

5  Dark Prince   five year old obviously has some physical issues but he is competing "fresh" today off of a 4 month layoff with a work tab that hints he is meant and ready for Baffert and company.......he is the kind you can bet on but you might not want to claim

2  Unilateral

6  Dr. Hoffman

7  Very Irish


race 7    average clarity

7  Lava Lane   four year old filly has done little wrong in her 3 lifetime races (two of which were turf sprints) all with today's rider Rispoli on her back......hard not to like this Phil D'Amato runner

2  Ensleys Dream   2 for 2 with Maldonado riding and the addition of blinkers.......away since 23 May but her a.m. preparation has never been usual she should be in the mix from the get go and with only 5F to negotiate

3  Alice Master

5  D's Lovely Sophia

1  Trina


race 8   below  average clarity

6  Wipe the Slate   connections seem to have reevaluated their three year old gelding who appears to be in need of a drop and finally gets one.......only race on the Dmr dirt fits fine as does the 7F has O'Neill done today.....hopefully quite well as he has been in our selections plenty for a trainer who is only 2 for 34 the last time I checked

8  Positivity   trainer is ever so dangerous "2nd time Lasix" and that is the case today for this Gallagher three year old who is also a 1st time gelding today and 1st time racing up for might say he gets the "Full Monty" this afternoon

1  Herd Immunity

2  Sea of Success

3  Code Duello


race 9    average clarity

6  Ready Soul   nice improvement 1st time racing with one fine grass conditioner in D'Amato as the trainer.......encouraging 5 works since the 19 June win the last of which is an impressive best of 15 bullet 5F turf work with the dogs and retains Prat......9F seems like a plus for this colt and it might not be for many in this race

9  Rip City   incredible consistency since Gutierrez was put up in the saddle.......trainer has been chilly to start the meeting but he might jump starts things here with this four year old who is (8 5 3 0) over his last 8 starts

3  Media Blitz

1  K P All Systems Go

7  Sash


race 10    average clarity

3  C Z Rocket   outstanding rider in Florent Geroux comes into ride this Miller seven year old and he is a prefect 4 for 4 riding the gelding on fast trainer in Miller.......gelding won his lone race at Del Mar earning one of his best numbers to date .........race should cut out some fast fractions and so his off pace style should be a good fit today

8  Dr. Schivel      on the improve with each and every start in 2020 where his finished the year with a Grade 1 win at Del 2nd out after a long layoff seems likely to move him forward in 2021......if it does he has as good a chance as any to take down this race

9  Brickyard Ride

4  Law Abidin Citizen

2  Vertical Threat


race 11    average clarity

2  Carmelita's Man   good post - good rider - sharp recent drills........decent turf history at the distance and at Del Mar.........chances of winning this race are enhanced if the 4 and the 12 duke it out early with a fast set of fractions

3  One Fast Bro   seems like a good spot for a mid pack runner who gets to start from a post where getting on or close to the rail on turn one should be an easy his chances if that comes to fruition for jock J J Hernandez.....gelding has been away since March but he hasn't missed a beat a.m. dating back to 2 Jun

1  Sea of Liberty

4  U. S. Danger

7  Constant Conflict

5  Trevor T


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