Del Mar for Friday 11 August 2017

OK race card this afternoon and evening. Let's call it a 6 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

4  Minister's Glory   1st work at Dmr on 23 July was his best to that point suggesting the track is to his liking.....then Machowsky likely backed off some as to not show too much....because......he debuts in a maiden claimer.......and almost everything the trainer gives Talamo is "live"

6  Baby Gronk   good-looking work tab for this 1st timer who shows hints of having some early gas.....especially dangerous if that is so with a good speed rider in Pedroza up

5  Poise to Strike   trainer has had a tough year with only one win in 48 starts but he appears to have this maiden debut runner cranked up and ready......triner has won with only 1 of his last 22 MC 1sters but that debut winner paid a whopping price

9  Shane Doan


race 2    average clarity

3  Chicago Style   in my trip notes I made a point of it to put "very very good stretch drive" which I seldom do......same weight....same rider.....same 11F of turf.....easy to put as top choice

5  Oscar Dominquez   both times that today's rider Bejarano has been up are very solid efforts and at only one turf furlong less than today.....that and the fact he carries less weight today (which is quite significant at 11F) makes for a dangerous 2nd choice

6  Little Scotty   gelding is very willing to rate if given the chance and I doubt anyone will want to compromise their chances and go with out if T C Baze slows things down to a crawl


race 3    average clarity

5  Willows Babe   2nd lifetime start is just so so despite running 2nd in the step up in MC.......debut is very solid especially for today's lower level.....last might do....race 2 back should do.....Bejarano sticks around for buddy Richie Baltas

8  Sugaratsundown   headed in the wrong direction following a decent MSW debut.....but gets blinkers on and drops.....and she shows two very reassuring works since her last.....rebound might be in the cards

4  We Will Re Joyce   another who has gone south following a decent debut.....but blinkers on and for a baby who hints at being a lead type only......full throttle from the opening bell likely and with the meeting leading rider and his 5 lbs less to carry

2  Tiger Mom


race 4    average clarity

6  Crown the Kitten   seems like a great spot if Sean McCarthy has him as ready off of 7 weeks rest as he did in his latest which was off of 5 weeks rest.....he broke the 1:34 in the race and the horse that won the race came back to win

2  Spanish Hombre   likes route turf and the connections might have figured that out now.....and quite the rider upgrade from a rider that struggles on the grass to one that does not

8  Lord of Chaos   42 to 1 in layoff sprint turf race has gimme written all over dirty things up some and drop and go go go in today's claiming route turf affair....and on a grass course where he just happens to 2 for 2

1  Preacher Roe


race 5    average clarity

1  Unobtainable   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime and now gets an apprentice rider upgrade from one doing OK in Laura Werner to one leading the meeting in Evin Roman....and the two-year old owns as much early speed of anyone in the race  

7  Big Bad Gary   actually earned a better number (real and adjusted for trip) in his latest than our top choice......but he is trained by a low percentage trainer.......and....... he is an off pace sort who might be hard pressed to get up in time.....dangerous for sure but easy to place as 2nd choice

8  Starship Chewy   decent enough work tab to possible be ready to roll at 1st asking....and the connections got a good look at what they were getting as he went for sale in July for $33K......also.....entering for MC50K makes sense

9  Respect the shot


race 6    average clarity

3  Pretty Owl   very solid pace and good final time in her MSW debut on opening day at Dmr.....two stout works since...... rider and trainer have won 7 of their last 13 at a team.....impressive

5  Meiji   good looking work tab for this Hollendorfer 1st time starter who has put in enough furlongs of work to likely handle the challenge of debuting at 6 1/2 furlongs.....trainer has been chilly......seems due to awaken

6  Hot Blooded Girl   double barrel action as Baffert also trains our top choice........latest is her career best and the effort is somewhat disguised.....been missing in action since late May but she is working like she is fit and ready

9  Phantom Proton

Long-shot consideration:   1  Malibu Model   nowheresville at two MSW races in 2015......but she returns for her third race here in 2017 as a vastly improved individual...... if ......her stellar work tab is worth a hoot.....dangerous...... and at a price


race 7    above average clarity

2  Majestic Heat   best credentials in the race by quite a bit so it seems a matter of how ready this mare is off of the extended hiatus.......she appears wound up like a top in the morning.....the kind of tightly spaced stout work regiment that is strongly suggests this is not a tune-up

1  Moonless Sky   cut back in distance should be a plus....that and Kent Desormeaux (who can shape up a race as good as any jock) will likely push this filly early as there is a distinct lack of speed in the race

8  Shehastherightstuff   handles the Dmr sod quite well and has one big late kick with a rider in Bejarano who can get the most out of an off pace runner......but she likely will need more pace than anticipated in this affair lacking speed types

7  Dressd to a T


race 8    average clarity

1  Secret Touch   just popped his lifetime best winning in his 1st on the Dmr and doing so with a wide trip....better post today and back in short rest......likely feeling good and ready to handle today's step up of about 3 or 4 lengths of better par time

2  Dukes Up   seems at his best on the dirt......apprentice Solis is struggling but does fairly well in routes and has a good post to work with and stay out of trouble .......been away since mid May but 1st time D'Amato and with works that hint he is ready fresh

4  War Union   nicely improved in his last two races with the blinkers added......eligible for the ship & win 1st in added money so you would surmise he is ready .......not out of the win picture if he is

6  Kionntal

3  Lymebird

5  Desert General

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Del Mar for Thursday 10 August 2017

So so race card this afternoon.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

3  Tiz Jolie   nice rides by Maldonado yesterday winning with both of his mounts.....hope he gives another one here as this gelding is very well prepared in the a.m. for this race ......a race in which he drops down multiple claiming notches......sure appears "well meant"

5  Dynamic Scoring   seems best on conventional dirt racing at today's one mile distance (3 2 0 1)........retains the meets leading rider and his 5 lbs break....should sit in a nice stalk position likely behind our 3rd choice

4  Alex Rossi   best speed in the race and with a 7 lbs apprentice up who has done little wrong in two mounts on this owns some nice back numbers at Dmr despite not winning


race 2    average clarity

4  Brooks All Mine   Thomas Bell is dynamite 1st following a claim (and this is a claim back as well) having won 2 of his last 4 with 2 others in the money.......gets Stevens to sure seems likely that this filly exited her last (which is very strong) in good shape for Stevens to show up for one mount for a small barn

2  Comet Sixty Two   running well versus slightly better on the East coast......willing to drop 1st out following the claim to go after the lucrative return if you win 1st in with an out of state shipper at Dmr......stout rider/trainer combo in 4 for their last 10

1  Warm Endowment   significant rider upgrade especially for a grass race Elliot to Prat........last two wins for this Dean Pederson filly?.....the only 2 times Prat was up.....trainer is (2 1 0 1) to start the meeting


race 3    average clarity

9  Tybee Island   wide trip in his latest hides a run that is better than it appears in print....back on the dirt for the 1st time since he started his career.....that race was last summer at Dmr and fits fine here....but what catches my eye most of all is how well this fellow is working for a mdn20K race

10  Vigorously Juan   one of the trainer's better stats is 2nd time following a layoff which is the case here for this three-year-old gelding......and the gelding ran s solid 2nd off the bench....seems to have dangerous potential

11  Clifton Beach   seems to be a need the lead type......but the best speed he has ever shown was the only time Roman rode him in a dirt race......dangerous sort....mostly placed as the third selection because of his "one-dimensional" running style

7  Cash Driven

 Long-shot consideration:  3  Teamplayer   works out-of-state were good for this debut so works at Del Mar but maybe the connections didn't want to show too much as this fellow cost $95K as a two-year old.....trainer is only 2 for his last 29 with 1st timers but with a positive ROI......hmmm


race 4    below average clarity

6  Ib Prospecting   exits a very fast heat of dirt MSW runners where she ran a par like number despite being a 7 1/2L beaten 2nd........switches to the sod for start number two which she owns a good pedigree for......and she owns some early gas which obviously comes in handy in these 5F turf sprints

1  Cool Munnings   1st time starter from the D'Amato barn seems very well worked and ready for her MSW debut.....but.....I am not too crazy about her grass pedigree.....but then again....... one stout turf trainer sees fit to put her on the grass for her maiden debut

3  Angel Allie   another who is working like she is meant and ready in her MSW debut........and mom has tossed 2 grass winners from 2 starters........Glatt got a 0 for 25 with Graded runners monkey off his back with a Graded win last weekend.....might get another monkey of his back....that being 0 for his last 20 with 1st timers debuting on the lawn

5  Sunday Prophet


race 5    below average clarity

1  Forbidden Command   might be a good claim by Miyadi as this mare likes conventional dirt (6 3 1 1) and hasn't been raced on the "real thing" enough......Pena is struggling to start the Dmr meeting but he won for fun at SA on this horse and in general rides route speed OK

5  Blooming Hannah   might be at her best running around two turns.....and she usually runs well off of short rest......gets both today to go along with a two level drop in claiming.....such as deal

7  Trinitys Turn   seems as if the connections liked something they saw in this filly to step her up double the claiming level following such a dismal 6250 effort....and she surprised many including yours truly running 4th at 49 to she drops 2 levels.....lookout if she builds just a little off of her  last

3  Scathing


race 6    average clarity

9  Hold That Smile   drops into MC for the first time and takes some weight off entering for $47,500......and one of Callaghan's stronger stats is MSW to MC.....sure seems to be the one to overcome

1  Twisted Rosie   Bonde runners have not been doing much but that might change here as this 1st timer is appears ready to roll and draws Kent has tossed 2 winners from 2 hint she has some early speed

2  Myrcella   2nd best credentials of those who have raced......likely exited her race in good shape to get wheeled back in 15 days .......might come running late if she benefited from her racing experience

8  Tapitha Bonita

Long-shot consideration:   6  Lemon Crush   very big work the 1st time she trained at Dmr (best of 76 bullet 5F drill) after so so (but Numerous) drills at SA......trainer might have backed way off with her other two drills at Dmr not too show too much prior to her maiden debut......trainer/owner Melody Colon returns with a 'bang".....we shall see


race 7    above average clarity

8  Touching Rainbows   awfully stout racing on fast rated dirt (4 2 1 0 1).....last at SA is better than par and today we get a rider upgrade with Pereira taking the mount on our 2nd choice......should be tough

9  The Street Fighter   nice start to his career with a 1st and then a 3rd over at SA.......this colt trained well at SA but nothing like he is working on the Del Mar surface......Bruce Headley has made the most out of his limited starters in 2017 and likely will keep the good times rolling with this well prepared three year old

3  Coils Gold   decent layoff run in his last.....and the works since for this Baffert charge hint a forward move is in the cards for today.....dangerous for sure

1  Overcomer   


race 8    above average clarity

3  Speakers   outer-most posts led to brutal trips in both lifetime starts which were also MSW turf routes.....filly showed life and a liking for the lawn in both rider Prat gets a much better post to deal with....should be a major player

5  Halo Ahead   earned a solid number in her latest when you adjust for 6 lengths of trip trouble.......see you Talamo and hello Bejarano who ironically might have been fired on our top choice......if that is so he might have the added incentive of a little "sweet revenge" this afternoon

1  R Sunday Surprise   full to the mighty California Chrome seems to be coming around slowly......and she sure has a fast closing run late on the grass.....needs some pace up front..... but...... lookout if she gets it

4  Zillinda

11  Battleground State   SCRATCHED OUT

10  Right to the Point


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Del Mar for Wednesday 9 August 2017

Very cheap race card today at beautiful Del Mar with only one allowance race and one MSW race. Be back with you on Thursday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Of Note   away 7 1/2 weeks but in the meantime Matt Chew has put a strong series of endurance building works into his filly who attempts a route for the 1st time.....and she drops significantly from MSW racing to MC40K.....and why not as she only went for 20K at sale

3  Warrior Vixen   solid layoff sprint in her latest which should have her primed for today's route race.....seems at her best at today's one mile distance......and I like the confidence Scott Hansen shows in his youngster stepping her up one level

7  Christmas Carol   her best race of her career was her maiden debut which was her lone dirt race to date.....finally gets back to it today and she retains the meeting leading rider Evin Roman

5  Bridal Arch


race 2    average clarity

1  Dream Police   7 lbs apprentice Laura Werner has done well in route dirt races including a nice effort on this five year old in his latest......believe this fellow just needs his latest to win this affair......but his running lines suggest he might have trouble producing a good effort third out following a break as he often needs a break after two efforts......a small concern for sure but a concern

5  Monterey Shale   Glatt is having an excellent meeting including a nice Graded race win this past weekend which was his 1st in many a moon......he might keep the good times coming as this filly just popped a solid 4F bullet work just 5 days ago.......T C Baze seems likely to sit in a nice stalk position

6  Real Big Deal   the presence of the high in demand Evin Roman hints the break did this five-year old some good......lone race at Del Mar way back in 2015 was very strong......used to have an abundance of early speed which has been absent of late......but it might return today

4  Radio Silent


race 3    below average clarity

1  On the Right   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start working about to be par for what is usually takes to win today's lower level.......1st at a route appears to be a small ? mark as he has a so so pedigree to handle one.......but a good post for Joe Talamo to work with

9  Davka   double barrel action for Miller as he also trains our top this youngster's chance to handle the distance coming off of of an endurance building route grass support whatsoever for this Miller runner at the windows in both lifetime MSW races.....hinting at a gimme/gimme/drop and go scenario

6  Send a Buck   not a big fan of Harrington 1st at a route....but......the pedigree is good for this two-year to handle a two turn race.....and I like the back to back decent 5F works

7  For Him

Long-shot consideration:   4  Madi's Thunderbird   another who seems somewhat set up and pointed for his 1st in a maiden claimer.....and he sure is well-bred to appreciate a route of ground....that and the trainer is off to a good start at the Dmr meeting


race 4    average clarity

1  Todos Santos   graduated in her latest in a very fast heat for the MC20K level.......seemingly getting better with each and every race and the works showing since graduation day suggest she will improve again

8  Love Winning   another filly on the right end of the learning curve.......last fits.....more and she should have been top choice......but.....for the life of me I can't figure why Roman jumps off to ride the 2 horse following two straight wins on this filly

4  Dixie Chick Rocks   won at Del Mar off a 58 day break by 4L at Dmr in 2016........46 day break today and 1st time in claiming......Hendricks is solid with 46 to 90 days layoffs and 1st time racing a given horse in a claiming race......dangerous sort

2  Pay or Play


race 5    average clarity

7  Mr. Vargas   away since mid March following 2 lifetime races where he showed an abundance of early speed on the dirt at GP.....well-bred for the sod and training great.....Koriner has won with 6 of his last 12 shippers......and he is often at his most dangerous on the grass in sprints with "fresh" stock

3  Zipman   Bob Baffert 1st timer appears cranked up and ready to roll.....and he sure owns a pedigree that should love to race in turf sprints like today's 5F grass race

1  Tina's Exchange   best grass race and a solid fit here is his 1st grass race run 3rd back......not as good in next two racing endeavoring......needed a break and sharp trainer gives him one.....rebound seems likely.....and if he provides one he isn't out of the win picture in this spot by any means

5  Milhaud


race 6    average clarity

3  Vallestina   ships in off of an eye-popping 17 length MC20K debut win at Cby.......and she just worked an impressive near bullet 5F work on the Del Mar for the extra money with the ship and win 1st in policy.......lands Prat

1  Candy Boss   full throttle from the get go and with the 5 lbs meeting leading bug boy aboard.....very dangerous speed type

2  Lady Bellamy   yet to run like she trains but might today as O'Neill sees fit to give her a 6F work prior to today's race to finish off her preparation with some endurance put in

8  Social Taboo


race 7    average clarity

2  Mistressofthenight   both races on fast rated tracks with the blinkers on are solid and rather hidden efforts.....turf tightener in latest......strong drills since........all muscled up and ready to go

1  Just a Little Hope   three-year old filly has done little wrong in three lifetime endeavors......1st at Del Mar but her recent very decent 6F drill on the Dmr surface sure indicates she will likely appreciate the new surface......and she retains Mr Stevens for a 4th straight race

8  That's a Lady   yet another who is doing awfully well in the a.m. in preparation for today's race.......and she gets one significant rider upgrade especially when you take in consideration the 5 lbs weight break for the red-hot bug boy

5  Utana


race 8    average clarity

9  Altaira   last race fits a ton and them some at today's lower level....trainer loves to win races and is not afraid to lose a horse.......and besides he is still racing the mare at the same claiming price that he snatched her for two races back......might be hurting but I'm obviously leaning towards that she isn't

1  Marynetta   seems like the speed of the speed and knows how to win in a stellar 17 for 57 lifetime........trainer is cold but might jump-start things here

3  Rockantharos   nice forward move in latest and a sharp 4F work since........another move in the desired direction combined with a better jock up for today.....and....... he might have a shot to get the circle of pure joy

4  Irish Dame

11  Ebony Cat

7  Ryderroo



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Del Mar for Sunday 6 August 2017

See you Wednesday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Freddies Dream   very consistent racing on the dirt and might he be best at today's one mile distance......a.m. work hints he has held form and he did win his last........that and he catches a soft looking bunch of foes.......1st on the Dmr surface is a ? mark

1  Old Man Lake   very consistent at Del Mar on the dirt (7 1 1 4) .......and he is running following a route race this time around which should help him have more pop in the late stretch when push comes to shove

3  Que Chistoso   seemingly fits fine here ability wise 1st out following the Hess claim....and when Hess legs up his buddy Desormeaux he is often at his most dangerous......but.....he comes from out of it usually and if he does today that might compromise his chances as the race lacks speed


race 2    average clarity

5  Zuzanna   deadly team of Hess/Desormeaux again and this time with what I believe to be the horse to beat......three year old filly is consistent on the sod and she won for fun (by an average of 4 lengths) the only 2 times she has been in a claiming race......and she races for the extra purse money as a shipper from out of state.....such a deal

3  Simmy's Temple   seems like the most dangerous of the off pace runners and gets 1st time Prat on her back.....filly has competed over her head for a good portion of her career but she is not today

4  Mo'vette   believe Mr. Baltas has figured something out about this filly as her a.m. work is vastly better since her last and the fact that he raises her up in claiming supports the notion.......and she owns a couple of solid back figs/efforts and they were at Dmr on the turf

6  Tink's Twirl

Long-shot consideration:   1  Holy Mosey  last sure appeared to be a needed sprint tune-up off of the long layoff to prepare for today's new endeavor....that being 1st on the grass.....and with her pedigree I believe she has a good chance to be a "turf move up"......lookout if she is


race 3    below average clarity

1  Wish You Were Mine   a good portion of Hollendorfer's MSW 1st out wins come from two-year old filly MSW 1st timers.....many gate works say ready....and so does the fact Smith is up......might prove to be a bargain (only $45K at sale)

10  Gas Station Sushi   believe this Baltas 1st time starter is ready to roll in her MSW rider/trainer team......and copious drills which ended with 3 tightly spaced wind her up works....that and Baltas and friends got a good look at what they were getting for their $240K as she was bought in March

8  My Princess Taylor   exits a very fast heat of MSW runners where running 7th isn't as bad as it appears.....that and she adds blinkers for her 2nd start.....blinkers on - Maldonado up - Miller trained.....seems highly likely to show a lot more early zip today

7  Time to Play


race 4    average clarity

4  Atomic Rule   most of his career fits well here and he should get a nice ground saving trip near the lead in an affair that lacks speed types....that my friends is a dangerous proposition for the opposition when Prat is in the saddle

6  Pepper Crown   solid history racing at today's turf distance (9 3 3 1).....1st on the Dmr turf but the horse's coming from GG turf are handling the Dmr course just fine....trainer is 2 for 5 at the meet so far

3  Lindante   one horse trainer has his meal ticket training sharply and appears to have a great spot to compete in......T C Baze will likely sit 1st or 2nd by the back-side and slow things his chances on this Nestor Capitaine runner if he does

7  Banze No Oeste


race 5    average clarity

2  Smokem   solid winning his MSW debut  just 15 days ago....and was able to put in a nice 3F reassuring work since......retains Roman and the way in which he is riding losing his 5 lbs off for this Stakes race in no big deal

3  Bookies Luck   finally ran like he has been bet in start number three.....and the strong a.m. work since hints he benefited physically and/or educationally  from the win.....should be a major player

4  Schulace   two-year old gelding has done little wrong in two lifetime starts and gets Bejarano back in the saddle after being absent in his 2nd start........and you have to appreciate that the youngster has been easy two handle in his two racing endeavors

11  Continental Divide

Long-shot consideration:   8  Get Em Up Scout   leaped forward in his 2nd lifetime start and is racing back in 10 days rest......might have exited his MSW breaking win in great shape....if that is so he might be up to another significant move in the desired direction


race 6    average clarity   

3  Microrithms   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  won debut like a good thing....and then in his 2nd start he had little chance at making it two for two as he dueled on a dull inside at Lrc.....1st on the sod but well-bred for it....and he retains the red-hot bug boy and his 5 lbs off

6  Gutsy Ruler   best at the 5F turf distance and he is coming off of one of his best races ever down th SA logically speaking he might pop his best ever in a 5F grass race

9  Bottle Rocket   another who appears best suited to these 5F grass sprints......connections will have their fingers crossed that there will be a lively pace to help out their late runner

2  El Tovar

Long-shot consideration:   1  Exotic Ghost   Carnac says, "I can see this three-year old appreciating 5F on the turf and sneaking thru on the rail for an upset win or a piece of the pie" (for those under 50 Google it)


race 7    average clarity

5  Whodat   solid MSW debut and today we get one significant rider recent 5F work.........definitely will be a major player if he holds form in his 2nd lifetime start

1  Shackalov   goofy race in debut running quite the Z pattern....showed plenty of energy......should be solid here if the youngster learned something about racing form his MSW debut

8  Blackhawk Beauty   good looking work regiment for this Jeff Bonde 1st time starter....and Bonde wins his fair share 1st out of the box with a youngster.....likely owns speed with Maldonado named as the rider

9  Take the One O One


race 8    average clarity

6  Caribuu Club   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  most of Proctor's easy coast invaders have been bet hard but this colt was not and yet he still ran decently 18 days ago.....that and he seems best 2nd out after a break.....and....... he appreciates very firm turf and the Dmr turf  seems to be is quickening almost daily

7  Sharp Samurai   Glatt is 0 for his last 25 (and likely more than that) in Graded races....that might end here with this three-year old who is vastly improved since switching to the turf.....and what a show Stevens put on yesterday winning from the outer-most post (10 & 12 post) in two grass routes

2  Colonist   1st on the sod and 1st racing with blinkers.......and what a good spot for the "blinks on" because if he handles the grass he has a good chance to save ground on or just off of the lead in a race that on paper suggests you will want to be one of the front-runners

4  Placido


race 9    average clarity

7  Sunset Grill   big move forward 2nd out of career last Fall at Dmr.......2nd out after a layoff today and with very stout works showing.....break out the champagne Iggy might get his 1st win of 2017

3  Gato Dulce   very consistent but appears to be somewhat of a time blinkers appears not be a good move to change his focus some......hopefully for the better

6  Orejas   not sure if this gelding will benefit from his layoff race as he might be a one and done type....but if he does he might be rated too low

8  Whisky Ginger

1  Colonial Power

2  True Force



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Del Mar for Saturday 5 August 2017

OK looking race card this afternoon at Del Mar. Be back with you on Sunday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Christy Jackson   seems best on the main track and gets her fanny back on it for today......all three of her lifetime dirt sprints fit well here and that includes her only one run at beautiful Del Mar

6  Privy   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   speed type has some other front-runners to contend with but has the magic of one of the best apprentice riders to hit the S Cal in a very long time.....I wouldn't be surprised if Roman wound up with a Hall of Fame career........hopefully if he is that good he stays put in the S Cal circuit

4  I'm Sassy   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  very strong MSW debut in late May run off of some telltale strong drills.....that was not the case prior to his 16 July race when she didn't run as well but did show good speed.....but since she popped a solid drill at Slr.......latest might have just set up today's drop....if that is so - lookout

8  Anchor Baby


race 2    average clarity

1  So Elite   cuts claiming price in half today and his latest at Otp isn't too for this ten-year old for today's race are stout.....and why not drop as he is TEN.....and maybe most importantly Gary Stevens is willing to ride in an 8K claiming race

8  Tisdale   another willing to drop precipitously.....maybe in this case because of the ship and win extra money being offered......and the red-hot apprentice and his agent want the mount....and they are in high demand these days

7  Roman Tizzy   believe will need a rebound of sorts to have a chance versus our top two who both have a lot of potential to run a better than average effort/fig for an 8K claimer.....recent vastly improved a.m. work (and at Dmr to boot) hints he might provide one

2  Belisarius



race 3    average clarity

1  Wood Machine   9 furlongs of grass is more than this gelding wants to cover....but....that endurance building effort and the fact he is back in short rest should help his chances this afternoon.....he owns a solid "move forward" history back in short rest.....finally gets an inside post after 4 consecutive outside posts to deal with

 4  Chris and Dave   Maldonado sure has gotten the most out of this front running type who is also capable of stalking the lead and for one at today's turf distance and the race was on the Del Mar turf

6  Unusual Meeting   seven-year old has won his last 3 of 4 turf routes and a couple of them were not the best of trips......seems well spotted by Mulhall 1st out following the claim.....and I like that she puts up a good off pace grass rider in Nakatani

7  I'malreadythere


race 4    average clarity

7  Have Some Pride   sure like that O'Neill and company spot this recent MC grad at a level where he can succeed........and he gets what I believe to be rider upgrade and with the 5 lbs off.....kid is good with speed.....he is usually patient not over using the "gas valve" too early

1  Getoffmyback   seems best of the off pace runners and gets first time Pratt......seems best at Dmr so Miller (as in did in his latest) likely has him feeling good to take advantage of the limited starts at Dmr's relatively short meeting

6  Red Carpet   cut back of a full furlong appears to be a good thing for this three-year old who has done little wrong racing less than six furlongs with the blinkers on

8  Curly Creek


race 5    average clarity

6  C Q Cover Girl   3 for 3 to start her career all on the dirt and then tossed a clunker.....but her a.m. work since her last is solid and she got to work twice on the sod which is the new surface she must tackle sire is doing OK so far producing grass runners and mom has tossed a grass winner.....and the D'A got a good look at her turf action in those works.....should be in the hunt from the opening bell

5  Mai Tai   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   very good history running "fresh" and she is 4 months fresh today......and she seems at her very best racing at the one mile turf distance......Desormeaux knows her well and does awfully well teaming up with his buddy Bob Hess

11  Cordiality   vastly improved filly since the blinkers were added.....and.....she just won quite easily down the SA hill grass course and did it off of a long layoff....that race should set her up well for today's turf route.....would have rated higher if it wasn't for one tough post to overcome

12  Jeremy's Legacy


race 6    above average clarity

2  Spectator   powerful MSW debut breaking slightly tardy and then running wide......won by more than 5L in 58:2.....tough to run a 58:2 with the kind of trip she had......and the race has produced 4 next out winners (yikes)......hard not to like this filly

1  Surrender Now   a perfect two for two and now gets a rider the solid 6F work put in by Miller to make sure she has the endurance to get the 6 1/2 furlongs

6  Diamondsandpearls   appropriately named as she cost a small fortune....but she lived up to her billing as she won her debut for fun.....but she beat little that day and didn't earn as strong of a Santucci fig as the top two selections......but as well-bred as she is she has a ton of upside potential

3  Dancing Belle


race 7    below average clarity

4  Bolt d"Oro    Ruiz 1st time starter didn't come cheaply at sale last year but he sure is working as if he has the potential of warranting the $630K shelled out for him.....we shall see about 5 p.m this afternoon

8  Impeachableoffense   very strong work regiment both at Slr and Dmr for this Scott Hansen 1st time starter.....the trainer has been dismal with 1sters in the past but most didn't work like this two-year old colt is

1  Flip the Coin   decent MSW debut and almost all of Keith Dersormeaux babies improve in their 2nd outing.....and his a.m. work since his debut supports the notion

6  Xten


race 8    average clarity

8  Avenge   best credentials in the race......2 for 2 at Dmr on the grass.......Richard Mandella is the conditioner........Prat is up and knows her well.........a superfecta of reasons to consider this five-year old mare

7  Cambodia   Proctor east coast invader just worked a "lights out" 5F turf work with the dogs up (58:2H yikes) indicating she greatly appreciates the Del Mar turf.....very dangerous say the least

6  Pretty Girl   right behind our top choice in her last which was a solid Grade 1 affair.......and you have to like that Smith sees fit to ride once again for a low percentage trainer in Paul Lobo (1 for 36 in 2017)

4  Juno


race 9    average clarity

3  Stormin Monarcho   very consistent East coast invader sure appears to like the Dmr surface as his two drills over the surface are strong.......Eurton runners have been firing on all cylinders for the most part and I would be surprised if this fellow didn't as well

6  Curlin Rules   sure appears to need ample time between starts to run his best and Sadler shows patience and gives it to these kind as you know the trainer likely will have them on edge because it will be awhile before they can run a "peak" performance once again......and Prat sticking around supports the notion

1  River Echo   much better individual since switching to dirt racing especially on fast rated dirt where he is (4 1 3 0).....and I like the rider change to Espinoza who these days does his best riding (by far) in dirt route races

4  Avanti Bello


race 10   below  average clarity

1  Kinematico   significant rider upgrade especially for a turf race.....should be in the mix from the get go.......and drops a couple of claiming levels......sure seems likely to be a major player

5  Captain Ron  consistent sort to start his career and he has two straight turf sprint races under his belt.....blinkers off for his first turf route likely to keep his early speed at bay.......gets in 10 lbs less than his bug boy has had only one Achilles Heel to date ......that being turf routes...... but ......with good position near the lead and all that weight off it is hard not to see this guy being "right there" at the wire

6  House of Troy   ran green and way too wide in his return to the race wars following an extended hiatus from the game......should be much more fit for today.....and drops out of MSW to MC.....lookout if he settles down this afternoon

7  Amazon Cry

12  Waldorf

9  Street Rules

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