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Del Mar for Saturday 14 August 2021

Purchase is now available at a $3.50 discount until Tuesday for our special full card publication for Saratoga's big day which is of course Travers Stakes Day.

Best of luck as always !


race 1    average clarity

7  Sometimes Always   three year old gelding is (4 1 3 0) on fast rated dirt and he won like a good thing 1st time into Del Mar in a 7F dirt race........lifetime best was his only race going long on fast rated dirt.......should be in the mix from the get go and tough if he holds form

1  Diva's Finale   O'Neill is waking up some and he sure has been prolific 2nd following a claim which is the case here as in 34% win with his last our top pick he should be in the vanguard early

2  Mr. Pickles



race 2    below average clarity

7  Storm the Bastille   Cedillo should be able to get on over early to save some ground as the 1, 2, 8 are very slow........actually he might be able to get the lead in this race void of speed........( 2 1 1 0) at today's turf distance. Trainer is decent 1st after a claim which is the case today

8  Wesphire   Andrew Lerner is very dangerous "2nd start with trainer" and the 1st start at 85 to 1 was vs. tougher and disguised in its strength by a bad trip......good spot for "blinkers on" as it should help this gelding sit closer in the early stages in a race that seemingly leans to rewarding those that do

4  Irish Heatwave

5  Full of Luck

2  French Getaway


race 3    average clarity

2  Summer Love   turf tightener in her latest in a race run off of 5 1/2 month layoff......and the "public turf workout" appears to have accomplished the task as her a.m. work since hints the grass muscled her up nicely........that and she is an off pace runner in a race that should yield some fast fractions

6  Vegan   filly should win this if she duplicates her last race which was run 8 weeks ago and at today's 6F big number earned in the race and against slightly better .......she should be ready as she likely won't get to race again for awhile as she needs plenty of time to recover

4  Dozo

3  Win Often


race 4    average clarity

1  She's So Special   four year old filly likes the Dmr turf course more than her (3 0 1 0) records would suggest.......good post and good turf rider........Rispolli should work out a nice ground saving stalking trip.........hard not to like this Peter Miller runner

4  She's Our Charm   five year old mare runs decently fresh but her a.m. prowess since her last race on 2 May suggests she will run much better than "decently" today fresh off of the bench

5  Lounge Act

8  Golden Curl

2  Quiet Secretary


race 5    average clarity

4  Sugar Sugar   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  strength of this Miller's baby is disguised by this filly racing on the inside on a day that the rail was a little dull.........trainer is strong in two training categories that apply here.........MSW to MC and with 2nd time starters........two year old should be in the mix from the get go and tough thru-out

6  Rock the Belles   trainer Luis Mendez knows how to win with a maiden 1st time starter and he sure has this filly sharp enough in the a.m. to be a major factor in the outcome of this race......sizzling last work  - 46:2 Hg at Dmr

9  Half Past Twelve

8  Talkative Gal

10  She's Got a Way


race 6    below average clarity

4  Burgoo Alley   good post and tactical speed for this D'Amato filly who sure appreciated her 1st turf route in the USA as she vaulted forward fig wise running quite a bit better than par in the 18 July version of this nw alw race run at 1/16th further than today........two reassuring turf works since the big effort.......Rispoli gets the call for the 4th straight time.......such a deal

5  Carpe Fortuna   exits the same strong field/race as our top choice where she earned a figure that was only a little less than the "goo" our top pick this filly also draws a good post.......trainer is very hot of late and might add to his 29% win percentage at Dmr

12  Thrilling

9  Bleu Ballon

7  Valpolicella


race 7    average clarity

1  Wearenotbadpeople   nice prolonged work series that finished up with a flourish with two consecutive 4F sizzling gate works at Dmr that were only spaced 4 days - impressive - sure appears meant and ready for Hanson and company

5  Seattle Breakout   nowheresville in her lone lifetime race back in April run a 6 1/2 furlongs on the sod........races on the dirt today and as a 1st time gelding........recent works hint the surgery worked as intended. Karen Headley's 2nd time starter likely will be ignored at the windows and go off at a big price

4  Irondale

8  Fast Buck

2  New Soi Phet


race 8    average clarity

7  Red Lark   trainer has been hot of late and this filly has been facing maybe Mike 5% on the turf Smith can get his 4th turf win and make it 4 for his last 61 riding on the grass.......Hall of Famer rider's age is finally catching up to him.......nothing to be bummed about as it is amazing how well he has overcome Father Time to this point

1  Neige Blanche   both "full marathons" one at 11F and the other at 12F fit fine here........trainer Powell is doing better than his (13 2 1 2) indicates and 15% win isn't bad anyway especially considering some the bad luck Leonard has had to deal with at the Dmr meeting

4  Tapwater

6  Ippodamia's Girl

3  Catch the Eye


race 9    average clarity

1  Catemaco   could not fig out why on earth the connections (and I am a big Kristin Mulhall fan) elected to race on the grass following such an impressive MSW breaking debut........not much on the grass so back to the dirt where the Santucci Fig earned works out to be 4L better than par for today's nw alw level.........colt should be in the mix from the get go.........rider/trainer are 2 for 2 over the last 2 months

6  Big Story   Hernandez might have jumped off of our top choice to ride this Dan Blacker (1st out for the trainer as he was trained by Glatt) three year old who is racing off of a 5 month break but has shown that she can race well "fresh".......a.m. work supports the notion he is meant and ready this afternoon

3  Letsgetlucky


race 10    average clarity

2  Anna Fantastic   five furlongs of sod looks like a very good fit as does racing off of short 2nd out after the break and Maldonado back up (2 1 1 0 on the Headley filly) should bring out a big effort for this four year old looking for her 1st win in open company

10  Isn't She Lovely   tough post for sure in a 5F turf dash but this filly has enough early speed to clear by the turn......if Smith can be no worse that 2 wide on the turn I like her chances

1  Nu Pi Lambda

4  Fantail

8  Loud Loud Music

9  Lalic




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