Del Mar for Monday 2 September 2019

Closing day at Del Mar so there will be the excitement of mandatory payouts. Looking forward to what is usually a lucrative meeting (when we cover it) at Los Alamitos which starts on Friday and runs thru 22 September.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Magic At Midnight  Glatt might have made quite the claim off of Palma as this filly romped by 13 lengths in her MC30K debut at Lrc.......ran 102 flat.......don't see anyone in this field capable of that......seems like a ton if she handles the Del Mar surface......strong drills at Dmr suggests that she will

4  Tequila Sunrise   solid race 2 back at 7F is a par effort for today's level effort when you adjust for trip......might get a good stalk position behind our top selection in a race that lacks speed.....such a deal

2  Oh My Oh   very consistent sort was just claimed by Hollendorfer off of a dull effort on 10 August.......but since the race he was able to put two nice drills into his new addition to his barn.......should (and needs to) mount a rebound of sorts


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2  La Shrimp   lifetime best was her only race at today's 5F turf distance where she might have graduated if not for a troubled trip.......toss out her last as the race looked like a gimme of sorts.......the fact Van Dyke stays put supports the notion

3  Cellar Door   bet hard in her MSW debut (also at 5F on the turf) and ran 2nd with not the best of trips......and......she acted up very badly loading into the gate.......Smith rides back.......check her out loading because if she loads kindly this time around she should have as good a shot as anyone to win this 5F turf race

6  Macho Mucho Woman   Ellis has had one heck of a good Dmr meeting and might add to his stellar record at the meet (19 6 3 2) with this filly 1ster who is training like she is meant and ready

1  Be a Shero

10  The Last Ruler


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10  Sothalis   no support at the windows and ran like a filly who needed the race......and the fact that Prat remains up hints her debut did as intended as in muscle her up.....expecting more from this 2nd timer today

6  Miss Megan   both lifetime sprints one of which was on the turf fit solidly here.......and her latest is disguised by pressing the pace on a dull inside......cut back of 1/2 furlong appears to be advantageous to her chances.......Van Dyke wisely stays put

7  Into Rissa   very consistent sort when placed in sprint races.......but........she sure likes to hang in the stretch drive......but on the other hand she only lose by a nose in her latest and the same rider stays aboard today

2  Remember to Smile

9  Starmore


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4  Ronald R   big race in his latest especially considering it was run off of a 14+ tab since hints he exited the race in good shape.....last effort/fig fit fine for today's higher level and he gets 4 lbs off........and like last time a good post for Van Dyke to deal with.....hard not seeing him as a major player here

5  The Hunted   three sharp preparatory drills and and one significant rider upgrade from one who has had a tough Dmr meeting to one that wins big races all across the USA in Geroux.........hard not to like

8  Dr. Troutman   believe this five year old gelding is best at today's 9F turf distance and he also appears to be the controlling speed in this spot.......trainer appears to have snapped out of a slight slump and he is always dangerous/reliable when he shows good works with a give runner.......and that is definitely the case here

2  Starting Bloc

3  Cleopatra's Strike


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11  Senditlikechilly   3 of his last 4 races fit well here........away since 15 June but training well and for a trainer who sure has been firing on all cylinders the last 3 or 4 weeks.......and a lot of that is with Fuentes up

9  Gobsmack   turf tightener in latest and likely a full blown go today.......trainer is not at all afraid to drop multiple levels to win like today.......1st ever on conventional dirt is a ? mark

7  Fifteen to Vegas   race two back fits.......last race placement was well above his head......and he sure gets a significant rider upgrade this afternoon........not out of the win picture here

6  Saddle Bar

5  Passing


race 6    way below average clarity

(tough race so extra picks because of mandatory payoff day)

6  Flamigo Bay   filly has run well in Ireland in both of her lifetime races and catches a seemingly soft group of locals for today's Stakes race......and both were only one furlong less than today's distance.......1st time Lasix today.......and she is bred to run all day long

9  Yesterdayoncemore   another coming from Ireland with some races under her belt that look good in this spot......and her latest overseas was run only 30 days ago......another who might get a "turbo boost" with 1st time Lasix

11  Overjoyed   plenty of work put into this filly making her debut in a Stakes race.........and she sure is bred to appreciate turf route racing.....and lands money Mike Smith

3  Applecross


10  Shedaresthedevil

5  Croughavouke


race 7    way below average clarity

(tough race so extra picks because of mandatory payoff day)

7  Big Time Grammy   very capable barn with 1st time starters..........and new sire "Mr. Big" is off to a very good start including with debut runners........trainer Yakteen has had a good year and so has jockey Cedillo........might make for a good combo

9  Miss Johnnie   went off at 36 to 1 and for a trainer that usually gets too much support at the windows.......ran a solid 3rd in her MC50K debut which likely surprised the barn some as they likely didn't have her all that cranked up.....she likely is today thus the step out of MC to MSW

1  Mandy   decent spot for an invader who ran OK in her debut at Ind........blinkers on and 1st time Lasix........expecting improvement  with all the changes and especially considering Miller is the trainer

5  Wicked Fresh

2  Traffic Stopper

6  Starship Leia


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6  Guitty   beat 10 of 11 foes in her debut in France where 1st and 3rd came back to win their next race........away since the 13 June race but her recent 4F drill hints she is ready.........Powell and Prat have good insights into French racing which suggests they have a good feeling about how much  talent this two year filly possesses

1  Convincingly   McCarthy has had a horrible Dmr meeting but he debuts this well-bred for the turf and a route two year old filly and convinces stout grass jock Geroux to ride......or maybe Florent just wants wants a good French meal as Bobby Flay is the owner

3  Lookintogeteven   Cassidy 1st starter shows signs that she is meant and ready for her MSW debut ........filly owns not only a good grass pedigree but has a pedigree that screams middle distance racing........interesting sort

8  Antigone   

2  Inthemunny


race 9    average clarity

2  Eight Rings   MSW was terrific earning a Santucci fig that is 3 lengths better than par for today's Grade 1 level.......and there is no one better on the planet with young developing dirt horses in Mr Bob Baffert

5  Garth   Baffert also trains this colt who disappointed at 1 to 5 in his MSW debut......but.......Mike Smith gets off a very nice colt in the 8 horse to ride this youngster who trains like he is something special........blinkers on and that is a 35% win move by Baffert with his last 23

8  Wrecking Crew   Smith jumps ship but Cedillo sure has shown he can ride with the "big boys" at the Del Mar meeting.........two year old acts like the extra furlong to cover today will be a plus.....and it likely won't be for many in here

4  Ginobili

6  Fore Left


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2  Zee Drop   solid improvement 1st time with the D'A in command in this girl's 1st race in S Cal.......good to see that she has worked on the sod twice since her 10 August race.......stout team in grass races in D'Amato & Prat

10  Der Lu   not enamored with the post but I am with the outstanding grass works for this expensive filly........and it sure seems like a good sign that Mike Smith wants the mount.........and it is hard to beat the Smith/Baffert combo

5  Seranitsa   gets some class relief today and her a.m. preparation is improved.......that and she has been a fairly smooth runner to date.......not out of the win picture by any means......pun intended

11  Italia

8  Pakhet

3  Sedamar




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Del Mar for Sunday 1 September 2019

Nice card this afternoon both quality wise and handicapping wise. Closing day tomorrow with mandatory payoffs.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   average clarity

5  El Tigre Terrible  last race won't get the job done but his race two back is strong......and he likely rebounds to it because if he wasn't doing better Miller would drop him as he just isn't afraid to lose a given horse

3  I Wanted One   nice forward move in her (filly vs boys) 2nd lifetime start and the effort is somewhat hidden by a very wide trip.....hard not to like this Andrew Lerner 3rd time starter who has a 2nd and a win to start her career

2  Riding With Dino   might be a good claim of a colt who won for fun in his 2nd lifetime start......and considering the claim was by Bob Hess (in the exacta 50% of the time at this Dmr meeting 19 of 38) he sure has the potential to produce even more this afternoon......and if he does he might be rated too low

7  Little Cents


race 2    average clarity

5  Blue Sky Jade   solid move forward in his latest and since the race he put in his best 5F work since early Spring.......likely feeling good and he appears to be the controlling speed in this affair.....bug boy Velez is well worth his 5 lbs weight break especially in route races

6  Peedie   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  connections seldom give anything away but this colt's MSW races for the most part have been least the drop to the bottom level maiden claiming makes plenty of sense

8  My Way Out   sprint-sprint-route maneuver has been a good one for Lerner as he is 2 for his last 5 and with another hitting the board......that and most of his horses when Fuentes rides have been live

1  Mad At Money

10  Refractometer


race 3    below average clarity

1  Encoder   tepid top selection in a field where seemingly all 7 entrants have a shot won like a good thing in his MSW debut which was at 5F on the grass.......Prat stays put which of course is a good sign and only gives credence to the idea that this Salder colt will handle the one mile of turf to cover........we shall see about 3 pm pacific time

2  Commander   colt won two of three in France in some solid races to start his career......shows up in the D'Amato barn and runs with Lasix for the 1st time.......dangerous enough if he matches his efforts in his two winning races overseas......but if Lasix improves him he should have been top pick

4  Croughavouke  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  beat the boys in Ireland at 6 to 1 to graduate and tackles them again today in her 1st start in the good old U S of our 2nd pick she runs with Lasix for the 1st time.......and Mullins been very dangerous over the years "1st time Lasix".........hmmm



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4  Kylemore   last win for this gelding was one day short of a year so the drop into claiming sure makes sense to me......and the win was at Dmr and at today's one mile distance.......and the only other race at Del Mar was his latest start (also at one mile) and it fits a ton here and is greatly disguised in its strength........and the fact Geroux is willing to ride in a 20K claimer supports the idea that this fellow is well-meant this afternoon

6  Van Cortlandt   decent race turf to dirt 3 races back......turf in last......dirt today.......likely to get a nice mid pack position in a race that might yield a decent set of fractions

7  Broke Away Grey   Ellis has been making all the right moves for a good portion of this Dmr meeting so cutting the claiming price in half for this gelding and getting him back on the dirt where he won his lone dirt race by 6 1/4 lengths at 8 1/2 furlongs must be respected.......comes from far far back and as mentioned above there might be a lively pace in the race

2  Arch Anthem

10  Vintage Hollywood


race 5    average clarity

6  Drasario   beat 11 of 13 foes in his debut in Ireland at odds of 25 to 1 and the runner who finished 2nd came back to win........believe Baltas didn't have him all that cranked up for his 1st in the USA and if that is the case he should be tough today.......and the fact that out of town outstanding grass rider Geroux is lured to ride only supports the notion

4  Show Business   Richard Mandella 1st time starter is well-bred for the lawn and the distance and sure appears to have put in enough a.m. work to be fit and ready for his MSW debut in a one mile grass guess is he has some early speed for Richard to leg up an apprentice rider where he can keep out of trouble

3  Eddy Forever   another who sure appears wound up and ready to roll in his MSW debut.........last 5 preparatory works are spaced only 5 or 6 days apart hinting this Baffert two year old is feeling great......very dangerous to say the least

10  K P Indy

5  War Beast


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10  Staythirstymyamigo   very solid history sprinting on the Del mar main track.......and she appears rather sharp at the moment........3 for 5 at the distance.......seems to respond well to bug boy Velez in the irons........a superfecta of reasons to consider this three year old filly

6  Nomizar   last appears to be turf tightener to get fit and ready for today's drop into claiming for the 1st time.....blinkers on and just what you want to see as in a vastly improved recent work......1st time Prat......O'Neill has the lead in the trainer standings and intents to keep it

9  Time for Suzzie   both wins since Hess claimed 6 races back have come the two times he put Bejarano it sure seems like a good sign that he remains up today for the red-hot trainer

8  Shes All Woman   



race 7    average clarity

1  Foray   six year old has won 3 of the 4 times he got loose on the grass and two of those wins were with Velez up......also one of the three wins was the only time he broke from the one post in a race in 2016 at Del and the race was his maiden debut.......sure seems to own the best early gas

5  Offshore   gelding is on the rebound and definitely deserves this shot in an allowance which he hasn't seen since 2017........very sharp back to back 4F drills in preparation for today........loses Prat but lures Geroux to ride who is every bit or better of a grass rider than Pratt.....and that is saying something

4  Double Touch   jockey upgrade especially so for grass race.......gelding has been racing over his head far too long but sure should fit in this nw alw race...... and ........with stout turf jock Prat to guide him around the turf oval

6  North County Guy

2  Wound Tight


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10  Scarlet Lips   very nicely bred Baffert two year old filly MSW 1st time starter has put in 21 furlongs of endurance building work (including 3 gate works) since August 8th hinting she is doing great and more than ready for her debut into the wonderful world in Thoroughbred racing

8  A G Indy  Baltas 1st time starter sure has enough work put in to be raedy at 1st asking.....and a few of her works hint she has plenty of early have Baltas/Geroux done to this point as they have teamed up in the 4th - 5th - 7th - 8th -9th races

4  Matera   3 to 5 in MSW debut last but was caught dueling on a dull inside on 18 August and predictably was the 1st race of the day so Mike Smith like most of us didn't know the inside was quicksand like........definitely deserves another shot

7  Quality Response 

5  Scoot the Moon


race 9    average clarity

9  Nolo Contesto   here is my comment prior to his last start for this three year old "talk about having to face a bevy of "monsters" in his career.........plenty of class relief today for his 1st ever on the turf.....pedigree for the sod is solid.....and his recent 5F work (with the dogs up) on it is as well......blinkers off which is usually a dangerous move for the Sadler barn".......and was he impressive winning in decent time despite a wide trip........stout bullet drill since.......likely feels great coming off of a grass race.......and draws 1st time Prat.......hard not to like

5  Neptune's Storm   4 wins and a 2nd by a neck in his last 5 turf route races.........gets a rider upgrade........Geroux should get a garden trip stalking the 10 horse and maybe one or two others while saving plenty of ground........hard not to like

4  Originaire   very powerful late kick in this colt's last (with the blinkers taken off) closing into extremely slow pace to get up and win..........and his pedigree hints that 9F should fit fine despite failing twice at the distance but with blinkers on.......Mullins has had a good meeting and has been red hot teaming up with today's rider Mike Smith

3  Nolde

10  Kingly


race 10    average clarity

9  Temple Bar   turf MSW debut tightener should have him muscled up for today's drop into MC50K where he likely was pointed to all along........Hollendorfer is waking up some and in general over the years is very dangerous with the MSW to MC move

4  Eustace  solid forward move in his 2nd lifetime start and since the race his a.m. work is improved and the improvement is somewhat subtle.......rather convinced this colt improves again today

11 Chambers   very slow time for a MC80K two year old race but he did finish 2nd and drops a couple of MC levels today......rider has had a tough meeting but he has a shot at his 6th win of the meeting here

8  Itsthattime 

6  Mainframe Judy

3  Absolute Weapon





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Del Mar for Friday 30 August 2019

There is a SHF carryover of $16K for race 7.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

9  Chosen Vessel   giant vault forward in his latest running a number that is about 5L better than par when you adjust for trip.......tough post but he showed plenty of speed in his last so I can envision him not getting caught too wide on turn 1......might be knocked out some from his vastly better race but if he isn't he should be a ton here

6  He's Like Violence   quite the rider upgrade for a turf race going from a low percentage grass rider to one that dominates the California jockey colony when it comes to turf racing......gelding .just popped his lifetime best and did so off of a year layoff.....number earned was better than par for today's small step up in conditioned claiming.....hard not like

3  Nevermissesabeat   gelding likely needed his last which was run off a long hiatus from the game.....if that is the case he should be a player this afternoon.......Bejarano sticks around with the potential of an improved outing for the Gaines four year old

1  War Chest

8  Trojan Spirit


race 2    below average clarity

2  Sassy Kitty  was improving with each and every race last summer/fall and her last race on 12 Oct where she ran 3rd turned out to be a key one with 1st and 2nd coming back to win their next start........1st time Miller as the trainer.......should be tough fresh off of the bench

1  Alicia's Pride   filly showed plenty of live in her MSW debut which was in a turf route......she broke very poorly and fell way back but she showed plenty of life once she got running........for her 2nd start she makes one huge trainer upgrade and and also a solid rider upgrade.......drops into MC and cuts back to a dirt sprint......last work preparing for today is decent and hints Hollendorfer is trying to quicken her early

6  Laker Jet   on the improve with each and every start especially 1st time running for Robert Bean in her latest which was at SR........would have rated her higher if the trainer didn't elect to use a 0 for 32 jock for the Dmr meeting......come on Assael.......send early and hang on

5  Incredibly Lucky


race 3    average clarity

3  Sunrise Royale  last three races for this filly were at 5F on the grass and ironically the best of the three was her latest where she only managed a 5th place finish following a 3rd and a 2nd in her previous two 5F affairs............better a.m. work since.........seems poised for a repeat and if she is and gets a better trip she has a big shot here

10  Lucky Ms Jones   D'Amato is very good at turning a route runner into a sprinter which if her quicker works are worth a hoot he is attempting to the switch to G Franco as when the D'A goes to the rider for the 1st time his horses are often "live".........should be a big number

4  Miss Ricochet   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE sure appreciates the 5 furlong turf distance and I believe she is poised for another strong run.........but she likely needs to avoid a suicidal speed duel one way or in either go all out to clear early or take back a little

7  Violette Szabo

1  Absolutely Perfect


race 4    below average clarity

7  Lightning Fast   Bill Spawr starts very few MSW 1st time starters but when he does he is often very dangerous with them........his colt hasn't missed a beat hitting the track every 5, 6 or 7 days dating back to 22 June........his last work was out of the gate and awfully fast for someone like Bill Spawr who usually doesn't push them too hard in the a.m.

10  Rebel Fire   last three preparatory works (all at 5 furlongs) for this Peter Eurton two year old Cal-bred 1st time starter are solid hinting that this colt is ready to roll in his MSW debut........we shall find out about 5:30 pm pacific

13 AE Cali Dude  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   Sadler 1st time starter was just purchased at sale 2 months ago and draws the meets leading rider (by a big margin) in Flavien suggest he is well meant and ready (take note that Prat is also named on the 6 horse so if this two year old draws into the field you might ask "who did Prat take")

3  Summer Fire

11 AE  Wilder Than Most

8  Tribal Impact


race 5    average clarity

2  Great Return   very consistent to start her career (4 2 1 1) which has been all turf racing.......and she just popped her lifetime best in her 1st ever route grass race handling significant early fractions and still winning day daylight.........good post to once again be in the mix from the get go and save ground at least thru turn 1...........such a deal

6  Excellent Sunset   (5 2 2 0) for this mare when competing at one mile on the grass and the "miss" was in a Grade 1.........bad trip in latest and still wound up 2nd in a Grade 3........Bejarano can do better - solid shot in this affair if he does

8  A Walk in the Park   filly seems at her best racing off of short rest..........21 days since her latest qualifies for that.......not an easy post but Arroyo has options as this filly is capable of winning on or off of the pace

4  Don't Blame Judy

3  Animosity


race 6    average clarity

3  Phantom Boss   Periban not only has had his best year as a trainer but now he has a Cal-bred who has won a Graded race........and he won the race out of town at CD........back vs. Cal-breds........Bejarano accepts the mount for a 4th straight race......1st to date at Del Mar is a small ? mark

9  Big Returns  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  colt was put up to first (because the winner was justly disqualified) in his latest making it 2 for 2 lifetime despite a tough trip.......extra furlong to work with today seems to be a plus for him........not out of the win picture by any means..........pun intended

7  Drippin Sauce   strong move forward in his latest and it seems noteworthy that is was his 1st on the Del Mar our 2nd choice this Jonathan Wong colt should appreciate another 1/16 to cover today........Prat lands elsewhere........Mike Smith will do just fine

5  Pas de Panique

11  Square Deal


race 7    below average clarity (There is a SHF carryover of $16K for race 7)

10  Test the Water   two year old beat half of his foes in his debut at the MC80K level and now drops down to MC32K and with two straight very fast bullet works to his credit......not sure why but Mendez legged up a low % jock in his debut and once again gives another low % jock the mount........come on Brayan Pena

8  Georgian Road   dueled and cashed it in rather easily in his MC150K debut.......drops way down to the MC32K level and with much better preparatory work for his 2nd start than his 1st........and he might really fly early with the switch to the 7 lbs bug boy Diaz who does fairly well with early speed types

9  Jammers Justice   goofy placement in his debut suggests the race was a does today's rider change to Fuentes who is 4 for 8 in the win column (and a 2nd) riding for Mendez over the last couple of months........recent vastly improved 4F gate work put in 5 days ago supports the notion that he was out for air in his debut

5  Hapi Hapi



7  Baltimore Beecho




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Del Mar for Thursday 29 August 2019

Including today there are only 5 days of racing left at the Del Mar Summer meeting. Then on to Los Alamitos which starts up on 6 September and runs thru 22 September. We will cover all but one day of the meeting which will be determined later.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

5  Denman's Call   hope the fronts are on this gelding as he is two for five since Glatt claimed him and it seems noteworthy that it was the only two times that the trainer saw fit to put front bandages on his new addition to his barn.....still he might have has a shot without them but it would be more reassuring if he came out with them on

3  Facts Matter   very versatile sort is capable of winning on or off of the pace and he seems likely to get a very nice stalk position behind our 4th choice and maybe the 5 horse.......3 for 3 when Bejarano has been up.......and just claimed by Hess who has been firing on all cylinders the entire Dmr summer meeting

6  Top Brass   bad trip in this gelding's last compromised his chances......Talamo can do better and this fellow drops a notch......not out of the win picture with a better journey this time around

1  Sigur Ros


race 2    average clarity

5  K P Dreaming   went off at 50 to 1 in his MSW indicating Mullins and friends thought she needed the race (not fully cranked up) and yet she ran awfully well running 4th in a very fast heat........if that is so lookout today as she should be all cranked up now

3  Gingham   Bob Baffert is only 1 for his last 16 with maidens debuting at one mile or longer but the work regiment for this two year old filly is too strong too ignore.......and especially so since she has been working at Del Mar.........and's Bob Baffert

6  Bristol Bayou   sprint tune-up (and a decent one at that) and a full blown go seems likely for her 2nd start.....right in the trainer's wheelhouse


4  Cherokee Maiden


race 3    average clarity

2  Excavation   last was dull but his previous race was just the opposite of dull.......just snatched up by high percentage trainer J. Wong by way of the claiming box who made multiple changes with this gelding......puts the blinkers on......enters for 10,500 to get weight off and also uses bug boy Velez to get more weight off........and puts his new shooter in a sprint following a steady diet of route races......he wants this guy on the lead and catches a field lacking speed........rebound seems doable

6  Rick's Dream   following two consecutive races that fit well here this gelding appeared to be just out for air (and of course in a protected non-claiming race) so has to drop precipitously with some doubt in the minds of the claiming vultures

5  Joe Jackson   trainer is likely very hungry for a win (21 1 2 1 at the meeting) so he is willing to drop his gelding significantly to get one........or........claim me please........will shall see about 3 pm pacific

7  Puriano


race 4    average clarity

8  Zeke   lifetime best grass race in his last which was his 1st start with Mullins as the trainer.......that bodes well for today's dirt race as he seems better on it than the turf.......last time he ran turf to dirt was at CD and it led to a strong race.......Prat wisely stays put

7  Zip the Monkey   seems sharp right now and seems to appreciate the Dmr turf more than other grass would think the connections will pull out all stops to have this gelding ready as it will be 10 weeks until Del Mar id open for business again

3  Play Hard to Get   eight year old is carrying 11 lbs less that he has in his latest two turf races and with a very capable bug boy up........last two grass races are better than they appear in print........should be closing late

1  Magic Musketier

10  Forever Juanito


race 5    average clarity

10  Biddy Duke   both lifetime races with the blinkers on fit solidly here racing at the lowest level of her life.......Hess has been spotting his horses extremely well at the meeting........that and why not run at MC32K as this filly was purchased in 2019 for 40K

1  Vannavanna Bo Bana   decent debut in the 8 Aug version of this race running 2nd despite hanging out on a dull inside instead of getting off it by going around horses.......trainer is cold and he is (12 0 0 0) with his last dozen runners racing for their 2nd time in their career........but every blind squirrel finds a nut now and then

12 AE  Lady Sunset   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  filly takes a drop in MC off of an improved effort in her 2nd start that fits fine at today's lower level.......trainer has been rather "live" of late.........Talamo stays put


7  Kuda Huraa

11 AE  Coil and Strike


race 6    below average clarity

3  Red Bunting   Ron Ellis is as hot as he has been in many a moon and might keep the good times rolling with this filly who woke up in a big way in her latest in the one mile turf version of this 50K race restricted to three year old runners......1 1/16 of turf today and her pedigree sure suggests the extra distance with be to her liking......son-in-law Talamo wisely stays put

5  Posh Holly   predictable wide trip from a tough post in post 10 at the 1 1/16 turf distance at Del Mar.......adjusted for trip fig worked out to be about par for today's softer level........that and the D'A is 29% win with his last 55 "1st time in claiming" which this filly is for the 1st time in her 6 race career

4  Sophie Antoinette   first out after the Anna Meah claim and that seems dangerous these days as her horse's have been running well at the Dmr meeting and that is somewhat hidden

1  Swing Thoughts

7  Meso


race 7    average clarity

5  Quit Kvetching   broke tardy and ran too much of the race close to a dull inside or would have made it 2 for 2 lifetime........two sharp 4F drills since the 4 August race.......rider upgrade especially considering Van Dyke has won 3 of his last 4 mounts for Ellis and with the other hitting the board.....such a deal

2  D's Lovely Sophia   might really like the Del Mar main track because her MC debut win over at Lrc was nothing special but her 2nd start which was at Del Mar in a SA50Knw2 was.......she earned a fig in the race that is a strong fit at today's higher level.......nice reassuring work since the 7 August race.....decent shot to be 3 for 3 lifetime following this 6 1/2 furlong race

7  Takethediamondlane   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  filly won her MSW debut at 4 to 5 but her race was nothing special......but she has always trained like she has plenty of ability and she might have needed the learning experience of a race.......seems likely to move forward


4  Wishful


race 8    average clarity

9  American Camp   takes the ever magical drop from MSW to MC and for a hot trainer in Bob Hess.......both 9F grass races are better than they appear in print......good hungry grass rider in Cedillo.......hard not to like

5  Seeking Refuge   just fired his best lifetime race not only when it comes to a final time fig but also as far as pace is concerned........he sat close to a hot pace and still held together resolutely for 2nd......and Bejarano & O'neill have made for one nice combo the last couple of months or so

3  Volubile   three year old gelding was able to close into a pedestrian pace in his 1st at a route and off of a 5 month layoff........takes a logical drop from MSW racing to MC50K........should get some decent fractions up front this go around and his pedigree to handle the 9F is solid.....trainer sure could use a win......hard not to root for as he sure seems like a nice guy

2  Takeo

4  Chase and Colorado

8  Speakerofthehouse






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Del Mar for Wednesday 28 August 2019

OK card to begin the final week of racing at the Del Mar Summer meeting. Then on to Los Alamitos which starts up on 6 September and runs thru 22 September. We will cover all but one day of the meeting which will be determined later.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Of Good Report   seems like an overdue drop for this three year old as alw racing was too tough for him to handle......lone grass win was the only time today's rider Prat was on the colt.......Flavien will likely give him a nice ground saving mid pack or stalking trip........hard not to like

1  Juggles   O'Neill trains this youngster and also our top choice........three year old gelding sure appears to be in control of the front end of things here........still Gutierrez best slow things down as the lone route race for this guy saw him flatten out badly

5  Grab the Munny   very similar to our top pick as the connections might have been a little overzealous about this gelding's ability following a win in a SA50knw2 putting him in 3 straight alw races where he did poorly........gets in light today as he is entered for 28K (2 lbs) and he gets 5 more lbs. off with the bug boy up.......such a deal

2  The Creep


race 2    average clarity

5  Road Test   seems like a good claim by Dean Peterson of a mare who sure has been consistent racing at today's distance (15 4 7 2).......bug boy Diaz rides thru the claim and he deserves it as he handles this five year old awfully well (4 1 3 0)

6  Tiz Toffee   seems like the speed of the speed in the field and she has won without it as well......she does have something to prove in a two turn race but she has run well at 7F.......good history at Del Mar with a win and 2 2nd's in 3 starts

9  Buttie   might have spent too much time racing on the grass and the AW as this gal is (4 3 1 0) racing on conventional dirt.......just claimed by Saldana and the trainer does a decent job with his limited starters

2  Baby Ice

4  Love of Art


race 3    below average clarity

2  Big Buzz   quit the rider upgrade especially for a grass race from a jock struggling at the meeting to the leading rider who dominates the turf races in S Cal.........gelding seems highly likely to get an up close ground saving trip.......such a deal

6  Unapologetic   3 for 5 at the distance (and a 2nd) on the turf........3 for 25 at other turf distances.......and today's rider Geovanni Franco is a perfect 2 for 2 riding him at the 11F turf distance

7  Morse Code   dangerous six year old here if Maldonado is able to grab the lead and slow things down......and this six year old is not impossible to win if he doesn't snatch the front end as he showed on 18 Aug 18 at Del Mar

8  Mongolian Empire

1  Real Master


race 4    below average clarity

4  Smile to Excess   lousy history for the trainer dropping from MSW racing to MC but I believe Paul Aquirre goes against the grain today as this filly just worked a vastly improved 4F drill with 1st time blinkers in preparation for today's race.....that and he changes riders to the best gate jock on the grounds following two straight poor starts to start this youngster's career

2  Fire Diamonds   a.m. work appears awfully good for a two year old Cal-bred filly debuting at the MC50K level......that and he legs up Talamo who is having a very good Dmr meeting and especially so of late

10  Arouse N Go   likely needs more than his MC debut but she might provide it with 4 works put in since her 17 July debut and with a switch in riders to Velez who is well worth his 5 lbs weight advantage/break

3  Calese

8  Slew's Screen Star


race 5    below average clarity

3  Dunbow Road   solid improvement in her 2nd lifetime start and her a.m. work has never been better.......seems ready for her best yet if of course she handles the transition to turf racing........pedigree for it is average at best........should get a good 1 or 2 path trip up close to the early action

1  Jaccat   Prat sure likes this mare as this is his 5th consecutive mount on her.........1 for 1 at today's 5F turf distance albeit over at Santa Anita.........should be a major factor in the outcome of this race if she runs as well on the Del Mar turf and holds form

4  Point Hope   red hot rider/trainer combo over the last 60 days as 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 starts teaming up........and the 2nd came in this gal's last in an open 40K which is about 2L tougher level/par wise than today's SA50nw2 level.......not out of the win picture by any means......pun intended

5  Queen of the Track

9   Miss Lady Ann


race 6    average clarity

8  Shooters Shoot   trained exceptionally well prior to his debut but caught one monster of a field and had an eventful trip as he dueled in a hot pace and did so on a slightly dull rail and rightly tired in the stretch........continues to train like he has plenty of talent......look for Talamo to open up a lead and try and wire the field in this one mile affair for MSW's

2  Express Train   did beat our top choice by 9L but he laid off of the pace and ran in the 3 path which was a good thing on 4 August at Dmr........very good pedigree to handle a route and the owners didn't shell out 1/2 million to own a sprinter

7  Dean Martini   decent sprint to start his career at Elp in Kentucky.......big incentive for Miller to have this colt ready for today's 1st at a route challenge as he is eligible for the ship and win bonus.......and the crafty trainer is able to entice Prat and his agent to accept the mount

4  Witch's Vow

5  Palace Prince


race 7    average clarity

5  Bulletproof One   3 for 3 two year filly has won her three races by an average of about 8 lengths.......and her latest race fig was equivalent to a Grade 2 par.....and she accomplished task setting a sizzling pace.......filly has to go off of form today to lose this race or have the trip from you know where

1  Wise Rachel   1st into S Cal was decent and with that race run over the Del Mar track she should be "tuned to it" and run better today.......trainer does a nice job with two year old runners

9  Cholula Lips   last is better than it appears in print but what we really want is her race 2 back where she raced 2nd in a $125K Stakes races at CD.......that and Bejarano sticks with the Harrington filly for a 4th straight race


8  Been Studying Her


race 8    average clarity 

(There is a Super High Five carryover of $15,050.61 here)

10  Sidepocket Charger    takes that ever dangerous drop from MSW to MC racing and in this case to the lowly MC20K level......1st on the dirt but she has always trained decently on the Del Mar dirt.......that and she should be in the mix from the opening bell if she handles the Dmr dirt like I think she will

9  Darpa   filly likely has her fair share of physical problems to be dropping in her 2nd and 3rd starts following a decent debut at 75K maiden claiming level.......but.......she gets 8 weeks off to recover and that tells me she will rebound to some extent.......and her recent a.m. work over at LA supports the notion

12  Tandalicious   drops once again and might be feeling good as she was able to finish up her a.m. preparation with back to back works spaced only 5 days apart 19 Aug and 24 Aug and both drills were were decent 101:2 & 35:4

2  Girls Got Track

6  La Dolfina

7  Ramoncita Light   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE 



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