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Del Mar for Sunday 8 August 2021

Take note that soon you can purchase (at a $3.50 discount for a limited time) our special publication for Saratoga's big day which is of course Travers Stakes Day, Saturday the 28th of August.

Hope to keep the good times rolling today. Be back with you on Thursday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Hot Spot   three year old gelding went off at 32 to 1 in his MSW debut and yet ran 4th in a 12 horse field and with some trip trouble.......those odds hint the barn did not have him fully cranked and like the public they were surprised that is the case he should be a rock solid today

6  Zip Now   absolutely love the turf pedigree for this Gaines MSW 1st time starter.......Gaines seldom scores with a 1st timer but if she does it is usually in a turf race.....that and the works support the notion this colt is meant and ready

5  Misawa

2  Surplus


race 2    average clarity

6  Defunded   talented horse for sure but he still only owns one Baffert seems out to boost his confidence by putting him in an allowance race where if he runs either of his last two efforts he should handle this group rather easily

2  Beyond Brilliant   toss out latest as he was caught wide fairly close to a brutal pace and he caught a monster performance by a runaway winner.......recent 5F drill only 4 days ago hints he is as sharp as he has ever been......still........he will need to avoid a speed duel with our 4th choice one way or another

3  Truth Seeker

5  Palace Coup


race 3    average clarity

3  Austin's Boy   Kruljac four year old has been away from the game since Feb. 2020 but copious drills have been put into him and quite a few of them are quite he might be up to his 2nd lifetime start where he crushed his opponents to graduate in style in a 5 1/2 turf sprint at SA with 1st time Rospoli who rides today as well........give it about a 60/40 chance that he is

2  Castle   smooth running sort and a majority of those races were with today's jock Abel Cedillo up.....nice mid pack running style and likely enough speed signed up to help his cause.....should be tough

5  Bench Judge

4  Too Late

6  Ascot Storm


race 4    average clarity

6  Charter Oak   both lifetime races fit at today's lower maiden level......and the drop in MC from $150K to $80K isn't much of a concern as this Lerner colt only went for $65K and in 2021......that and Andrew is solid with drop downs in claiming

3  Respect the Code  Miller colt acted up in the paddock when being saddled which isn't exactly the way you want to start out your career and yet he still ran a respectable his chances if he learned from his bad experience........Gonzalez sticks with him.......should be a price

1  Commissioner David

8  Redline

2  Bright Leaf


race 5    average clarity

(AE 14  Delta Wind has a shot if she draws into the field)

1  Iva Toguri   seems like a great spot for a 1ster as those that have run have not been overly impressive......solid works for this D'Amato three year old especially considering the level of racing.......good grass pedigree ad a good post as the 1 and the 2 post have won 8 of 13 at the 5F turf distance at the meeting

6  Youonlylivetwice   Glatt filly worked decently prior to her MSW debut and ran OK but failed to "settle" early .......4 drills since her debut........Glatt is much better with 2nd time starters than 1st......dangerous potential for this filly today

10  Va Va Voom

9  Big Summer


race 6    average clarity

4  Rock N Rye   not too shabby of a win in his 2nd lifetime stopping the clock at 52:2 at SA and winning but more than 4 lengths........away since the 30 May race but seems ready off of some good a.m. work.....especially like his 1st drill at Del Mar which stands out as is best to date and suggests he really likes the Del Mar surface......we shall see if that is so about 4:30 pacific

2  Trip to Spain   won his MSW debut at GG setting a decent pace to go gate to our top choice graduated with a 4 1/4 length win.....returns in only 2 weeks rest......if he handles the quick turnaround and of course a different surface he has as good a shot to take down this race as anyone

1  Mr. T's Thirsty


race 7    below average clarity

6  Torosay   away since 22 August of last year but he is training like O'Neill means business in his return to the race wars.......the only two races that this gelding raced at Dmr when on Lasix and wearing blinkers he ran two powerful efforts that stand out here........O'Neill has been ice cold but might grab his 4th win at the meeting here

2  Bad Beat Brian   bad trip hides an effort that earned a par Santucci fig in the 16 July version of this 5F nw alw race.........claimed in the race by the ever dangerous (especially with a grass) horse Michael Maker......and unless you are a touring golf pro par is a "good thing"

7  Mr Vargas

1  Superman Shaq


race 8    average clarity

10  Amanda Rose   lack a wagering in her 2nd lifetime start considering she ran a nice 2nd at Pln in her MSW debut.......that hints she might have been set up for today's drop into MC.....that and Ed Moger is quite dangerous 3rd out following layoffs and with 3rd time starters....should be a price

9  Sally Stanford   on the improve with each and every start and she would have been top pick if this race was once again at 5F (all three lifetime races were at 5F) but she has flattened out late in those races so and extra 1/2 furlong today might her her chances

4  Smart Monique

8  Sue Ettas Ghost

3  Bonita Leona


race 9    average clarity

3  Hudson Ridge   lifetime best was running without Lasix in a 100K Stakes (G3 so no Lasix today) where this Baffert colt was able to overcome a bad start where he was forced out about 5L.....that and the cut back in distance should make his late kick better than ever as he has made it to the front at 1 1/16 mark in his 9F races

4  Cathkin Peak   three year old has been absent since late Feb. but she won off of a 3 month layoff so a 5 month and week layoff seems doable.......big shot in the Grade 3 if he ready to roll for D'Amato and company

1  Stilleto Boy


race 10    average clarity

7  Hot Pursuit   speed does well in these abbreviated sprint races of 5 1/2F and this three year old 4th time starter has some especially in his latest where he ran for the 1st time with Lasix........3 nice very reassuring drills since.......trainer has had a solid 2021 and might keep the good times going here

5  Head for Business   Hess has had a dismal Del Mar meeting to date but might get off of the snide here with this who takes a drop in MC to enhance his chances of success......and like our top choice he has some early speed at a distance that is 7 for 9 win for the runner who opens up a lead

2  Abi Gezunt

9  Safe Combination

1  Hidetheloot

4  Test Drive





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