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Del Mar for Friday 20 August 2021

Saratoga Stakes Day and our full card selections for Saratoga (usually 13 races) is 8 days away. Click on the 2021 Travers Day logo for details.

I sure like today's card more than yesterday's which was difficult and so wide open and came close to making a single ticket winner in the pick 6. Del Mar's biggest day of the summer meet is tomorrow with 11 races and tons of quality. 10 more races on Sunday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Cucina   this four year old gelding is racing 1st time with Michael Maker as the trainer and he is eligible for the extra moola available to those who win 1st into that alone signals that Maker will pull out all stops to have this gelding does the fact he is risking him for a tag

2  Dubby Dubbie   decent speed in a race that lacks it and with a pilot in Prat who will likely make good use of it sitting sitting 1st or 2nd saving ground into turn one.......hard not to like this six year old from the Sadler barn (who is not eligible to be claimed) despite the 13 month hiatus from the game

5  Stage Ready

1  Secret Club


race 2    average clarity

4  Katerini   trainer is very dangerous with laid up sprinters that have speed like this filly does........1st on the dirt today for this four year old making her 3rd lifetime start (1st two starts on turf) and the switch in surfaces seems to be a positive as this filly just worked a sizzling 46 Hg best of 98 bullet six days ago.......Glatt is having an excellent Del Mar meeting (41 9 8 4)

1  Zero Tolerance   three year old filly just ran a better than par Santucci fig in her MSW debut and the strength of the 5F turf race is hidden to some extent by some trip trouble.......back in only 19 days and with a solid 4F gate drill to our top choice she seems likely to take to the dirt just fine especially with Miller/Prat at the helm

6  M Is for Magic


race 3    average clarity

5  North County Guy   rider upgrade for this Richard Baltas six year old that tends to run wide but only has 4 foes to deal with so he likely won't be as wide as he usually is.........gelding is (6 3 2 1) racing on the grass at 9F or less in his last 6.......and not only does he get that jock upgrade but he also races for the lowest weight he has carried in 7 races

1  Indian Peak   crazy early move for this Miller four year in his latest race especially considering the rider was Flavien Prat........2nd out racing with Miller as the trainer and that is one of Peter's better stats.......that and the meets top jock will be out to make amends

4  Tiz Plus


race 4    below average clarity

4  Simmer Down   bad trip in her latest with the blinkers taken off.....back on today and drops in class some.......route horse with route speed is attempting to sprint and the recent works are very quick hinting she will handle the change.....and she catches a field lacking early speed so her route speed might be good enough to put her in the mix from the get go

2  Righteously   strong win at night over at LA 1st out following the claim by Lorenzo Ruiz........filly has had quite the 2021 (8 4 1 1 1) and her trainer has won back to back races with a claiming horse 15 times with his last 45

3  Kerralia

5  Royal Blend

7  Jasmine Chieftain


race 5    below average clarity

7  Rookie Year   Prat has ridden this gelding twice and both were wins and wins by more than 9 lengths.......other 5 races with other jocks up led to 3 6th place finishes at have to ignore two dull lifetime turf races and count on the judgement of the jock and the trainer as far this gelding's ability to handle the sod

9  Muay Thai   claimed by Sadler for $40K and he smartly steps this three year old up to $50K as although he was 5th beaten by 5 1/2 in his 1st USA race (which was also at today's one mile turf distance) he was way too wide.......Bravo can do better even with another wide post to deal with

6  Man Friday

3  Vantage Point

11  Mucho Del Oro


race 6    average clarity

1  Scotish Star   brutal trip in his first in the good old U S of A following two 7L wins (2nd one a Grade 1 win at 16 to 1) in Argentina.........he raced 3 wide up on a decent pace and still broke the 1:10 barrier........big drill since the race......likely up for more and if she is she should be tough in the Grade 3 despite a difficult post for Prat to deal with

4  Edgeway   dangerous looking speed horse and this filly is capable of winning on or off of the lead......toss out her last as she pressed a brutal pace vs. a monster and predictably tired

3  Stellar Sound


race 7    average clarity

(AE 10 Mikes Tiznow  has a shot if he draws into the field as the lone speed)

8  Distant Vista   it appears that J J Hernandez took this gelding over our 3rd selection who he just won on.....that hints that this D'Amato four your old benefitted from her layoff run which wasn't too shabby and that more can be expected from her this afternoon.......big 55:2 win last year at Dmr and she might be up to that effort today

7  Tilted Towers   double barrel action from D'Amato as he also trains our top selection.......this five year old had a brutal trip in her last which was the 23 July version of this race as she broke 3 slow and ran wide.....only getting beat by 5 1/2L was impressive......clean break today and she can be in the vanguard early in a race without any real "burner" outside of AE #10

5  Torosay

2  Thanks Mr. Edison

1  Whooping Jay


race 8    average clarity

(AE 11 Spoiled Rotten  has a shot if she draws into the field)

6  Warren's Queen Bee   beat 5 of 7 foes in her MSW debut and that is noteworthy as her trainer Craig Lewis is night and day better better with 2nd time starters......improved 4F work since her 18 July debut supports the notion we see more "horse" in her 2nd lifetime endeavor

11 AE  Spoiled Room   not crazy about the post but he exits a fast heat both in final and pace and he was on a short he might be able to clear most or all by the jock up in Abel Cedillo

2  Varick

10  Big Switch

7  Shemakescents

9  Addydidit







Posted on August 20, 2021 at 7:05 am by richs · Permalink
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