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2021 Breeders Cup Day Two at Del Mar for Saturday 6 November

Quite the debacle in the last race yesterday other than that a nice day of racing. 10 more races on Sunday will have limited comments because of the work load.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    above average clarity

7  Via Egnatia   seems like an excellent spot for a speed horse and this Baltas seven year old gelding appears to have the most of the commodity.....and when this gelding has contact to the front he is usually tough..........race two back at Dmr is very solid and was also at today's 1 1/16 distance......sharp works and V Espinoza up who is going for his 3rd straight win on this fellow

1  One Fast Bro   last 3 races are solid and especially his latest where he ran 2nd to a runner that won a Grade 2 in his next start (as our top choice of course).......mostly placed 2nd because the race shape plays against his late running style

6  Dicey Mo Chara

5  Appreciated

2  Kazan

 

race 2    average clarity

6  Locally Owned   quite the shocker in his latest where he upset the marathon specialist in Lone Rock our 2nd choice........and today he gets a turf rider upgrade......won't be 18 to 1 but his 6 to 1 morning line would be nice

2  Lone Rock   4 wins and two 2nds in his last 6 races for this Diodoro and company runner and all the races were at today's 12F distance of further.....hard not seeing this consistent marathon runner being a major factor in the outcome of this race

3  Cupid's Claws

4  Tizamagician

 

race 3    average clarity

2  Princess Grace   very well prepared for today's race by Stidham who sure knows how to ship and win with a grass horse.......four year old filly is (6 5 1 0) and the lone loss was on the somewhat goofy Keeneland grass course and by only a head at that.........filly is shooting for her 5th straight Graded win and the best of the 4 Graded wins was run last Summer at Del Mar and with today's rider Desormeaux up

3  Abscond   Ed Kennealy sends out a filly who does her best running at one mile when the turf is firm.....she should get that today and she also gets the services of one of the nation's best grass riders in Irad Ortiz........race lacks speed and most likely Irad sees that and will send this girl who owns a little

1  Zofelle

7  Going Global

6  Bodhicitta

 

race 4    average clarity

6  Bella Sofia   good gate horse from the Rudy Rodriquez barn is one solid three year old speed filly who is capable of winning on or pressing the lead......her last three races are powerful efforts and one of them was a 4L win in a Grade 1 at today's 7 panels

4  Ce Ce   very consistent off pace runner in sprint races including a couple of wins at today's 7F distance........regular rider Victor Espinoza stays put and Victor can be in the drivers sit if the 3, 5 and 6 all press the issue early and set some brutal fractions

5  Gamine

 

race 5    average clarity

3  Golden Pal   Ward three year old colt is undefeated in the USA in 4 starts and he led from gate to wire in all of them........Ortiz is a perfect 3 for 3 on him and he sure gets the most out of a speed horse in these abbreviated 5F turf sprints

6  A Case of You   this Euro invader sure vaulted forward in his last two races in France beating 13 foes in a Grade 1 in his latest and 11 of 12 foes in his race 2 back also a Grade 1.....and he beat the winner of last years BCTrfSpt-G1 in both races who is our 4th choice in this race........very dangerous if he has held form

4  Lieutenant Dan

1  Glass Slippers

9  Kimari

8  Caravel

 

race 6    average clarity

3  Ginobili  here is our comment prior to this Baltas runner's last race where he won as our 5 1/2 to 1 top choice, "monster effort in this gelding's latest 1st time with blinkers on and also in Feb of 2020 where he ran 2nd in a Grade 2 at today's 7F distance but was tons the best in the race.......and the cut back in distance of 8F to 7F should give him plenty of endurance when push comes to shove in the late stages of the stellar race".......race two back at today's one mile distance and at Dmr is even better where he ran a par number for today's lofty level despite stalking and pressing a brutal pace.....works are super......hope he holds form

5  Life Is Good   very talented three year old colt both when Baffert trained and now with Pletcher as the conditioner......as usual this speedster should go to the lead but with one dangerous foe stalking/pressing him in our top choice.....can he hold him off......we shall find out about 1:19 p.m. pacific time

1  Silver State

7  Snapper Sinclair

8  Eight Rings

 

race 7    average clarity

7  War Like Goddess   very strong late kick for this Bill Mott filly who a perfect 5 for 5 racing at the marathon distances of 11F & 12F......4 of those wins were with Julien Leparoux aboard and he remains up for the 6th straight time......seems like the deserving lukewarm ML favorite

2  Pocket Square   Irad Ortiz is a perfect 3 for 3 riding this Chad Brown four year old who seems to prefer firm turf and will get it today.......Ortiz should get a nice ground saving mid pack trip.......four your old has never run as far as she has to today but her pedigree screams the longer the better and she has one sharp jock when it comes to holding a horse together when push comes to shove in the late stages of a given race

11  Dogtag

6  Love

12  Audarya

8  Loves Only You

 

 

race 8    average clarity

2  Jackie's Warrior   ultra consistent Asmussen three year colt in one turn races (9 8 1 0) who appears to be at his very best at 6F where he has only raced twice.....as a two year old he ran a sizzling 109:3 at Sar in August and then in his last race he popped a 108:3 at Prx winning a Grade 2 by 7L......that and Rosario has been aboard for every race of his career.......such a deal

5  Aloha West   fabulous last two races for this Wayne Catalano four year old as he ran a 108:3 in a Grade 2 in his latest losing by a head to our 4th choice but dosing so with a very solid stretch run........impressive back to back 4F works since the race......Jose Ortiz stays put and that seems wise as this colt appears to have the best chance of winning of the off pace runners signed up

9  Dr. Schivel

8  Special Reserve

1  Following Sea

 

race 9    average clarity

3  Space Blues   very special GB invader is running some super efforts in the 2nd half of 2021 and has some of the best connections overseas that Europe has to offer in Appleby/Godolphin.........and the way that this five year old horse has been running in his 7F races sure suggests one mile will be to his liking.....and his pedigree to get a mile and beyond is very strong

2  Smooth Like Strait   very nice rides by Rispoli on this colt who is a "smooth" running sort.......Umberto is (9 3 5 1) on this fellow and the most he has been behind the winner at the wire is a neck.........good post to boot.......seems highly likely to get a good trip

6  Mo Forza

10  Blowout

9  Mother Earth

11  Got Stormy

 

race 10    average clarity

2  Royal Flag  Chad Brown five year old mare seemingly has never been better and the 9 furlong distance suite her well (5 3 1 1)........she is an off pace runner who should benefit from what looks like will be some fast fractions being cut up front......and the two times she faced the ML favorite (our 3rd choice) she closing fast.....good post and a rider in Rosario who usually times his move with an off pace sort awfully well

3  Malathaat   talk about a developing young filly who keeps getting better with each and every race........latest race might do the trick but considering the upward trend has been intact her whole 7 race career more surely might be in the cards......two superstars in NY racing at the helm in Johnny Velazquez and Todd Pletcher

6  Letruska

1  Private Mission

8  Shesaresthedevil

 

race 11    below average clarity

8  Broome   tepid top selection draws Dettori who likely had others from the Euro contingency that he could have ridden.......only beat three horse in the "Arc" but we have since many dull efforts out of O'Brien's barn prior to B C races......and the fact that Dettori wants the mount supports the idea that the Arc was mostly a public work-out

12  Teona   2 for 2 on firm rated turf and in her last race she beat a very solid racehorse in Snowfall.........previously to that race she beat the boys quite easily in a 3 and up affair.......today as a three year old filly she gets in the lightest in this large field......carrying anywhere from 3 to 7 lbs......such a deal

10  Yibur

13  Tarnawa

11  Gufo

1  Rockemperor

 

race 12    average clarity

4  Essential Quality   much more speed signed up than most of the Breeders Cup Classics to date......that plays into the hands of this fabulously consistent mid pack runner who shows up every race......and he is conditioned by last years Eclipse Award winning trainer in Brad Cox

3  Hot Rod Charlie   Doug O'Neill's three year old colt somewhat quietly has a record of (4 2 1 1) in his last 4 races all Grade 1 affairs and Prat was up for all of them........look for Prat to take back quite a bit to avoid a hot pace......the trainer is on fire and so is the three year old colt.......not out of the win picture by any means......pun intended

5  Knicks Go

6  Art Collector

1  Tripoli