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Del Mar for Saturday 20 November 2021

Nice nine race card today. Be back with you for nine more races Sunday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Encroachment   ice cold jockey in T C Baze but he has a shot to make it 1 for 30 at the Del Mar Fall meet with this gelding with plenty of early speed in a race profile that favors those up close a.m. work preparing for today's race and for a trainer in Ryan Hanson who is quite reliable when he shows good works

1  Cali Bay   might be at the mercy of the early pace being set but he should be flying late if he receives even an average set of fractions.......good grass jock in Rispoli with late running grass sprinters

9  Dance Company

6  Rackataptap

8  Flintmore


race 2    below average clarity

2  Secret Touch   2nd out following a layoff and Bob Hess likely will pull out all stops to have this gelding ready as he is 4 for 8 at Del Mar on the dirt and 1 for 20 racing anywhere else........that and stout speed rider Maldonado should be on or near the lead

1  Invictatatus   connections were awfully ambitious in their placement of this gelding in his latest.......drops 2 levels where his good efforts fit well.......jock upgrade to Rispoli (unless he rides like yesterday where he gave some brutal rides) and Umberto like our top selection should be in the mix from the get go saving ground

3  Salah

6  T Bones Trick

7  Family Biz


race 3    average clarity

5  Zero Tolerance   race sure appears to set for those up close early and this Miller filly should sit 1st or 2nd early........that and she sure has been impressive in all three of her lifetime sprints especially her turf sprint two races back down the majestic SA hill grass course

4  Trickle In   improved speed for this Dan Blacker four year old with the blinkers going on in her latest........that and she has been a good gate horse even before blinkers and so look for Frey to attempt to get loose and hold off our top selection

3  Southern Mama


race 4    average clarity

2  Head for Business   trainer is solid with three stats the apply here as in turf to dirt, sprint-route-sprint, and MSW to MC.......good team in Hess/Desormeaux thru the years.......Kent should put this gelding in the mix from the opening bell.......hard not to like

5  Jungle Roar   four year old has been away since Feb but returns with a new trainer in Jeff Bonde who might have the trump card for this fellow as his a.m. work is improved and he steps this guy up a couple of levels.......might go off a decent number

4  Wearenotbadpeople

6  Sottocapo


race 5    average clarity

3  Prince Abama   all three lifetime races for this D'Amato three year old are better than par for the MSW level at Del Mar.....blinkers on today and with just what you want to see as in improved a.m. work........Rispoli should work out a ground saving up close position

5  Kazuhiko   pedigree screams "long" and finally in start number 6 this AUS bred gets to run a turf route.........big mount for Jessica Pyfer as she has lost her "bug" and if she wins with this colt carrying 125 lbs it should help he cause immensely

1  Flint Stroll

4  Rio Ocho

7  Sai Con


race 6    average clarity

4  Micro Share   Mandella two year old was bought this year for $450K so the connections got a good look at what they were getting........filly has an impressive prolonged work has tossed 4 winners from 4 starters........Richard M. thru the years has conditioned many fabulous young fillies and this might be another.........Mike Smith up supports the notion this one might be special as well

3  Adare Manor   very solid fig for this Baffert filly in her MSW debut and the effort is disguised by a slightly tardy start and racing with a short lead on a slightly dull inside on 31 Oct at SA.........expect Rispoli to go after the lead once again and attempt to wire the field

2  Little Lara

5  I Got a Gal

1  Peripheral


race 7    average clarity

4  Secret Club   last three races appear very strong for today's lower level........and his race two back is so strong that if this gelding is up to that effort he could win with a bad trip......hard not to but on top

11  Midnight Jostar   both Alw50000s races since the DA took over the training fit fine and his recent a.m. work is vastly improved hinting D'Amato has tweaked something for the better and he can fire his best yet.......deep closer should be motoring late

7  Foothill

9  Best Chance

3  Liar Liar


race 8    below average clarity

5  Azul Coast   Baffert four year old colt is (5 3 0 1) when not racing on the grass or the SA dirt.......both races run at Del Mar fit fine at today's Grade 3 level and Prat was up for those races as well

6  Eight Rings   double barrel action from the Baffert barn as he also conditions our top selection........last two races for this colt fit well and mind you he was awfully washy on a cool day prior to his last start in the B C Mile where he beat 1/2 the field.......might want to check him out in the post parade and watch him again close to post time


8  Kiss Today Goodbye 

7  Ax Man


race 9    average clarity

(50 cent SHF carryover of $14K for this race)

6  Fenestra  cut back in distance of a full furlong should help this Cerin five year old maiden immensely if he exited his last race in good shape......Kent Desormeaux stays it 50/50 that this hard to get to the track gelding is OK

8  Mad Catter   big wake-up for this Powell four year old both in pace and final time.......cut back in distance should be a plus......two reassuring drills since his last effort on the 15th of October......bug boy stays put and he is improving - learning more about his trade every day

2  Dixie's Two Stents

4  Misawa




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