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Del Mar for Saturday 4 August 2018

So so card this afternoon. Let's call it a 5 on the 1 to 10 scale of things. Sunday's card appears better.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

8  Fortnite Dance   bug boy was a perfect 3 for 3 yesterday and 2 of those wins were riding for Peter Miller..........he rides this 2nd timer for Miller who drops from MC150K to MC80K following a strong 4th place finish.....and why not as he only went for 40K at sale in April

2  Its Gonna Hurt   exits the same MC150K race as our top choice as the favorite in the the race he had little chance to hold together as he set a fast quarter-mile on a dull inside and predictably tired.......Koriner is an eye-popping 39% win with "beaten favorites"....same post and jock as his debut.....let's hope the same early speed

9  Tanker   decent drills since arriving fro Florida for her 2nd lifetime start and 1st with Cerin as the trainer......GP debut was better than it appears in print......dangerous sort unless of course they Tanker

3  Drill Down Dude

1  Night Ops


race 2    average clarity

7  Downside Up   much better since the blinkers were added 7 races back.....really responeded to 1st time Figueroa in her last running a fast 109:3 at Lrc for the MC20K.........that and the cut back in distance of 1/2 furlong appears to be a plus

5  Surfside Sunset   claimed 10 weeks ago and drops a couple of levels.....obviously not exactly what the connections were hoping for........fits a ton if she is OK physically.......we shall find that out about 2:30 pacific time

1  Closing Time   drop makes sense and Puype is strong with the sprint-route-sprint maneuver which is the case here.....T C Baze knows this gelding well having been aboard for most of her 14 career races

6  Night At the Opera


race 3    average clarity

5  Conquest Typhoon   Carava won yesterday's nightcap as our 2nd pick and he needed that win .......he has been showing some signs of snapping out of the doldrums so maybe he can get another win with this six-year-old who fits the 40K level well and appears quite sharp in the a.m......Baze is up and he rode Carava's winner yesterday

7  Play Hard to Get   seems best at today's 9F turf distance and he also seems best on the Del Mar turf........hasn't earned much since his win exactly 5 months ago.....drop makes sense......not my favorite rider but he is having a decent Del Mar meeting and might get off of my "oh no look who is up" list

3  Dano's Dream   Tim McCanna has come "ready to play" at Dmr and he has this five-year old spotted well at a distance that suites him well and might not for many in this field

1  Any Questions

4  Temple Keys


race 4    average clarity

5  Our Silver Oak   won in stellar time (and 2nd place came back to win by 5L at Dmr) despite going off at 33 to 1 at Lrc.......that hints he might not have been all that cranked up....if that is so there is upside in him today....and even if he just repeats his last he should be formidable

2  Lucky's Royal Flush   2 wins and a 2nd by only a head since the blinkers were added.......and his last race was a win in a 100K state-bred Stakes race like we have here....hard not to like

4  Tap the Wire   21 to 1 shocker winning his MSW debut in early May by almost since but his a.m. prowess in impressive.....and he gets one significant rider upgrade.....big day for trainer Dunham as he seldom has a shot in a Stakes race or even enters in one for that matter

1  Oliver


race 5    average clarity

5  Tandalicious   bet very hard in her debut two races back and she ran very well only to be compromised by a very bad trip......her adjusted for trouble Santucci fig was 2L better than par for the MSW so race on the grass in her 2nd start.......solid a.m. work in preparation for her 3rd start and a switch in jocks.....and Baze and D'Amato are 4 for their last 7 with 2 others hitting the board

3  Royal Decendent   solid MSW debut way back on the 1st of June.....hasn't missed a beat in the a.m. since.......Koriner is stellar with 2nd time starters and not that hot with 1sters.....seems quite dangerous

7  What's Bruin   very strong race 2 back at SA at today's distance off of 53 days rest........84 days rest for today and for a trainer in Glatt who gets fresh sprinters ready to perform at a high level quite often

6  Madaket Sunset


race 6    below average clarity

6  Oiseau de Guerre   strong sprint turf race down the hill at SA racing off of two months rest last October .....two months off today and a with a stellar work tab and for trainer who is very reliable when he shows strong works.......should be flying late

7  My Heart Awakens   Emd invader is working on the Del Mar lawn like he loves the sod........rider and the trainer could use a win......hope this is their awakening as this gelding will be one lofty price

2  What'sontheagenda   good spot for the blinkers going back on because there isn't much speed signed up for a 5F turf race and this gelding has plenty of it

5  Little Juanito

8  Catfish Hunter


race 7    below average clarity

12 AE  Babael   very capable trainer Ron Ellis has a dismal record with 1st time starters (likely by design) but this colt has worked extremely well for his debut since stepping on the Del Mar surface.......and the only time he has legged up Evin Roman over the last 3 months it led to a win

6  Sigalert   another 1st timer who appears ready at 1st asking......very expensive ($420K in March) for NY bred.......good rider/trainer combo in Van Dyke & Sadler

8  Neptune's Storm   just bought in April for Morey and company who likely got a good look at what they were getting......a.m. work is up to snuff.......another 1ster who appears ready to rock and roll

3  Dark Prince

7  Easy Shot


race 8    average clarity

6  Storm the Hill   vastly improved in latest 1st time with D'Amato as the trainer........broke the 134 flat barrier despite losing about 3 lengths to trip........4 reassuring drills since 3 of which were on the Dmr turf.......Raffy wisely sticks around........hard not to like the "now" horse

11  Cambodia   best credentials in the race which includes a win in the 2017 version of this Grade 2........would have been top choice with a better post but as good as Van Dyke has been riding the post might not matter too much

2  Sassy Little Lila   with the scratch of the 10 horse this mare now appears to be the controlling speed in this affair......that and today's 1 1/16 turf distance might fit her best

9  Ancient Secret

7  Madame Stripes


race 9    below average clarity

12  Make It a Triple   very consistent dirt sprinter......(7 3 3 1) in his last 7 starts......good history starting from outside posts albeit not as far outside as today's post.....good history racing at 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar.......should good off at one big price

9  Flagstaff   nice forward move to graduate in his 2nd lifetime strt.......solid a.m. work since........another forward move appears to be the cards.....should be a major factor in the outcome of this race if that occurs

5  All Out Blitz   tailed off last winter/spring but sure appears cured of what ailed him as he is training for Simon Callaghan like he is more than ready for his return to the race wars

3  Grade One

7  Shades of victory


race 10    average clarity

5  Dignitaire   best early speed by far if he can duplicate his latest.......and Baze likely will do a better job of rationing his speed....if he does he has a good shot at wiring this field

2  Zipman   fits today's level very well but shows many signs of being a hanger........ultra consistent rider/trainer combo in Van Dyke & Baffert the last two months as in 8 for 8 in the money with 3 wins

6  Spirit Mission   if you can't break your MSW at Mth odds are that you won't at Del Hess wisely drops his new shooter in an MC62,500 for today.......1st on the sod this afternoon but bred very well to handle it

8  Irish Spring

4  Aussie Fox

13 AE  Data Central

7  Katie's Cowboy

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Del Mar for Friday 3 August 2018

Very decent card today. At first glance I am not too enamored with Saturday's but Sunday's appears to be fairly decent.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Lucky Staxx   3 very solid races in a row taking back some off of the lead but in his latest he dueled for the lead......blinkers off today in all likelihood to make it easier to take him move by my book

3  R Cha Cha   seems like a good spot for a speed horse and outside of our top choice he might be is the only other runner in the field with solid early sprint speed and our top choice is likely to take back today with the blinkers being taken off......gelding will likely be in the mix from the opening bell

4  Awesome Heights   13 of 15 lifetime races have been on the grass but he handled the dirt decently in one of the two starts on it......claimed in latest and Vallejo has won with 7 of his last 22 1st off of the claim........not too shabby


race 2    average clarity

6  Tiscatsonthesquare   works suggest this mare is more than ready fresh off of the bench and that makes sense as she is up for a 20K tag today in order to face Cal breds again......handles the Dmr surface.......trainer has been in go mode of late

5  Tribal Dance   another who appears ready following a long break in the action........and her trainer Mark Glatt is one of the more dangerous trainers with "fresh" sprinters.........last race was run back in December where she graduated despite a wide pressing the leaders trip...... and....... the race turned out to be a key race

1  Family Girl   yet another laid up individual.......this filly has a steady diet of tightly spaced works......their all kind of ways to tighten up a given horse and I prefer interval training as the "players" to don't get to see flashy impressive drills......trainer is hot hot hot and part of that success is with bug boy Figueroa

9  Powder

7  Pied N True


race 3    average clarity

10  Into Glamour   believe Richard Baltas figured out something for the better since this filly last raced as her a.m. prowess is vastly improved....that and her lifetime best was run in her lone Del Mar turf race

6  Sunday Prophet   double barrel action for Baltas as he also trains our top selection........this race has plenty of speed signed up and this filly is capable of running off of the pace.....that and I like that S Cal's top turf rider stays up for a 3rd straight race

11  Roses and Candy   three-year old filly can fly early so the 11 post might not be much of a negative factor........and she races 2nd out after a layoff this afternoon.........not at all impossible to wire the field

8  Turing Machine

3  Himmah


race 4    average clarity

1  Lucky Roman   both lifetime races at Dmr with the blinkers on stand out here.....away since 19 Feb but training up to snuff.......if she is fully fit fresh off of the bench she will be tough

3  Sequentially   good layoff effort in his latest and 4 reassuring drill since......especially like his 6F endurance building 20 July work at Dmr......Stevens has been cold but he has been given live runners from Mark Glatt of late

8  Captivate   seems to need ample time between starts and I believe that 7 weeks is enough time between starts for him.......fired lifetime best in that race 7 weeks back.....that and his only sprint at Dmr was his 2nd lifetime best

9  Honeymoonz Ovr

6  Invasion Looming


race 5    average clarity

9  Mo See Cal   quite the makeover for this three-year old filly........1st time racing for Peter Miller (off the claim).......blinkers go on today........rider upgrade (especially for a turf race) to hint the new trainer has a handle on his newbie and then some

4  Foxtail   on the right end of the learning curve for Sadler and her work regiment strongly suggest that her improvement will continue this afternoon.........she should be in the mix from the get go

8  Mongolian Humor   1 for 1 on the turf but that race likely is not strong enough to compete here.......but.......her dirt race in her next is..........and that leads to this powerful unusual stat........Ganbat is 38% win & 62% in the money with his last 26 racing turf to dirt......yikes

7  Sea Sensation

6  Super Patriot


race 6    average clarity

6  Leadville   stepped on the dirt for the 1st time in his latest and nearly won a $100K Stakes race at Otp at 43 to 1 upgrade in trainer for today.......two sharp recent reassuring drills especially the one at Del Mar.......should be a major factor in the outcome of this MSW affair

4  Silken Prince   trainer is hot to start the Dmr meeting and he has had a strong 2018 in general........1st timer is training as if the good times might continue today for Morey and company.........and mom has tossed 5 winners from 5 starters and 3 of them were able to graduate at two.........dangerous sort

5  Three Ay Em   21 to 1 for a Bonde 1st time starter strongly suggests the race was a tune-up of sorts and that much more can occur today in his 2nd lifetime start........good profitable rider/trainer combo in Fuentes/Bonde

8  Mobou

3  Irish Heatwave


race 7    above average clarity

6  Okinawa   Baltas has been dynamite with the "pick-ups" that he gets from the East coast including some that were trained by Chad Brown.......his new shooter is training ever so fast on the Dmr turf.......should be in the hunt from the get go

9  Out of The Flames   three year old filly has done little wrong since arriving from overseas with 2 wins, 2 2nd's and a 3rd in 5 starts.......and 2 straight wins with the blinkers put on.....all that and today's rider Pratt was up for 4 of those races.....should be flying late

8  Spellker   Wesley Ward is one of the U S of A's more dangerous trainers with turf sprinters including those who ship in like this our 2nd selection this filly should be motoring late

3  Desert Steel

1  Symposium


race 8    average clarity

3  Peachy   ran a very fast time in her maiden debut which was at today's MC20K level at Lrc on 12 July........decent reassuring 4F work at Dmr since......last sure fits solidly......and with some potential for an even better today.......that would be peachy

6  Majestic Authority   Carava sure could use a win and that might be a big part of the impetus to drop this filly down from MC40K to MC20K....and her lifetime best was her only sprint to date at Dmr.....very dangerous

7  Gia Lula   another dangerous drop down in this case from MC50K to MC20K.....not out of the win picture by any means here

1  True Martha

12  Breathless Charm

5  Chapis


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Del Mar for Thursday 2 August 2018

So so card this afternoon but some big priced selections in spots.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Funny Bone   trainer Robert Bean seldom has a well-bred horse but he does here.....three year old filly had a nice layoff win and since the race is working the best of her career......only route turf race is good (and at Dmr) and she has a much better turf rider up today than she had before

4  Cleverly Beverly   very consistent "at the distance" as this eight year old mare has been in the exacta 15 of 25 at the distance with more wins than 2nd place finishes.......and Eric Kruljac has her well prepared in the a.m.

3  Streak of Luck   fairly consistent grass runner has never had anything but a low percentage grass rider on her back Hall of Fame jock Stevens rides.....and she is 1 for 1 at Del Mar on the sod

2  Clearly Gone


race 2    average clarity

4  Midnight Lilly   finally gets to race on the dirt where I believe she is better following 5 straight grass races .......very solid (and hidden) back numbers for this Palma four-year old filly especially in a race run 51 weeks ago at Dmr........hope Hector has her pointed to today's race

6  Majestic Design   10L win racing turf to dirt to graduate in style in her latest which was at Lrc.......if she can run as well dirt to dirt and on a new dirt surface she will be a major factor in the outcome of this race

3  Khaleesi   Machowski seems to be trying to build the endurance up in this mare......if the series of decent 5F works put into her do the trick this lead type only might be able to wire the field

7  Persistence


race 3    average clarity

5  Tequila Blanco   four-year old has shown life in all 4 career the rider change back to Pereira and the fact the D'Amato steps his gelding up one notch hinting his maiden is doing well.......should be motoring late

1  Cosa Nostra   somewhat better works and Bejarano gets the 1 post instead of the 11 post to work with.......trainer is cold but seems to have a handle on this three-year old as he is training well

6  Turnaround   makeover city for this laid up gelding who last ran at FG in Feb........1st time gelding......1st time in a maiden claiming race........1st time at a look good both at Kee and Dmr........should be in the hunt from the get go.......seems dangerous

9  Hachiman

13 AE   Spirit Mission

2  Big Sky Logan


race 4    average clarity

4  Vinaka   good history on fast rated dirt (3 0 2 1)......should once again sit in a nice stalk or mid pack position......and with the successful bug boy and his 7 lbs weight break up.....such a deal

8  One Upper   good grass pedigree but not so hot on it to date.......wisely gives the dirt a try where she has always trained well on it.......and her last work at Dmr hints she is sharp for her first on the main track.......likely will be in the mix from the get go

3  Bahama Mama   Baltas is only 1 for his last 44 with maiden claiming 1st time starters but this three-year old filly is working too well to ignore

6  Grandma Neta

5  Eskenforadrink   


race 5    average clarity

5  Lewis Vale   low % trainer but what a nice job he has done with this seven your old who he claimed for only 6,250.......gelding only needs to hold form to be the one to overcome in this spot if she handles the Dmr turf in her 1st race on it

4  Mithqaal   runs all day long type and it showed when he got to run as far as 9F where he came home a winner......that and his conditioner is a perfect 2 for 2 at the Del Mar meeting

7  Tough It Out   tossed a clunker in his latest but his a.m. work since the disappointing race hints at a rebound.......and he is 1 for 1 on the Dmr turf

2  Popular Kid

1  Kristi's Copilot


race 6    below average clarity

12  Kopitar   1st time racing for Bob Hess who wisely keeps him in a dirt race as he handled his 1st on it well........trainer has been cold to start the meet but might get his 2nd win with his new shooter here

10  Derby Factor   plenty of cheap speed in this MC20K might play into the hands of this deep closer who improved some with the blinkers on in seems a solid positive that the high in demand 7 lbs bug boy sticks with the 1 for 68 for 2018 trainer Ruben Gomez.......should be a handsome price

1  Spenditlikechilly   turf endurance building route in a protected race to muscle up and go go go today in this bottom level maiden our 2nd selection he should be motoring late

8  Royal Seeker

5  Chatterman


race 7    average clarity

4  Mrazek   returns from an extended hiatus from the game but he is training extremely well and owns a stout pedigree for the sod......and he has shown he can run fresh winning his MSW debut at 2......and running 2nd in 108:4 off a long layoff at 3.......should go off at a big number

2  Eric the Trojan   (3 2 1 0) when Prat has been in the saddle........(5 2 2 1) on the Dmr turf........(6 2 2 1) at the distance........runs well with ample time between races and gets it......should be flying late

9  Eddie Haskeel   at his best by far at today's abbreviated 5f turf distance.....might be rated too low if Franco can avoid getting him caught too wide from a tough post to deal with

7  Tina's Exchange

3  Sigur Rose


race 8    average clarity

6  Daddy's Mistress   on the improve and now takes a drop in claiming.......last fits and if he manages another forward move he will be awfully tough in this spot

1  No Thanks Erik   bet hard in his debut and disappointed his backers......very sharp bullet gate 3F drill at Del Mar since......deserves another shot

11 AE   Portal Creek   solid forward move in last and now drops again.......last with a clever ride from the far outside has a decent shot at taking down this race.......and he might be up for another move in the desired direction

9  Hollywood Hills

4  Are Rated

5  Be Lifted Up



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Del Mar for Wednesday 1 August 2018

OK race card to start week 3 of the fabulous Summer meeting at Del Mar.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Stonegate   very solid fast time over at Lrc in his 2nd lifetime start and 1st at a route.....should be tough to beat if he runs as well on the Del Mar dirt......solid rider/trainer team of late in Van Dyke & Sadler

6  Lord Guinness   last sure appeared to be a tune-up to tighten up and be fully fit in his 1st attempt around two turns.......trainer is having a good meeting so far and maybe his best year ever competing in S Cal

3  Trojan Spirit   1st time racing as a gelding this afternoon and 1st time Prat.......needs his effort two back and likely a little more........maybe the ultimate equipment change can give him that "little more"


race 2    below average clarity

3  Ransomed   trainer Bill Spawr like so many good conditioners is solid 1st following a claim and in his case especially when he waits to run more than a month since he made the claim.........mare was taken on 21 recent Del Mar work.....and she won her only race to date a Dmr

4  Time and Chance   five-year old mare has a decent shot at the lead and with only 115 lbs on her back with Asa Espinoza up who won on this lady the only time has ridden her (two races back)........that and the mare is capable of winning in the stalk position if she does not get the lead

7  Be a Lady    as hot as Hollenforfer has been this mare would have been top choice if this sprint wasn't as far as 7F..........her pedigree suggests it might not be her best sprint distance.....then again 6 lbs off today can help her "hang in there"

8  Princess Dorian

6  Wonderful Lie


race 3    average clarity

7  Don't Sell   nicely bred O'Neill baby appears ready at 1st asking (really like the gate work on 19 July) and he puts his go to guy in Gutierrez has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters one of which was a Stakes winner......and all preciously were able to win at two

1  Creative Instinct   expensive two-year old filly Cal-bred has been well prepared for his debut and is trained by Mr. Miller who as of this writing is 10 for 33 at the new meeting........hard not to like

3  Mz Brown   sure appears ready to compete at a high level in her MSW debut.......but.......she is easy to make as our 3rd selection as Asa Espinoza like so many bug boys struggles with young developing two-year old runners

5  Stylin Ocean


race 4    average clarity

8  Mr Cruze   undefeated in two lifetime starts and his debut win was at 5F on the turf albeit vs. easier.....but he stepped up in his 2nd start and won despite dueling in decent pace and on a slightly dull inside.......two works since and the last is a sizzling bullet work at Del Mar........should be in the hunt from the  get go

5  R Cha Cha   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE seems like a good spot for a speed horse and outside of our top choice he is the only other runner in the field with solid early speed......likely in the mix from the opening bell......hopefully he won't unwisely duke it out with the 8 horse too hard early

4  Brandothebatender   trainer appears to have pointed his stock to the Del Mar meeting and he has been wisely placing his horse's at levels they can succeed in at this "everyone likes to win at" race meeting.......drops a couple of notches here.......decent history at 5F on the turf at Del Mar (4 1 2 1) for this five-year old

7  Krsto Skye

1  Lauren's Ladd


race 5    below average clarity

1  Taniko   two best lifetime endeavors were the only two times this gelding was placed in claiming for a tag today........race 4 back would crush these......race three back might still do the trick

7  Gray Admiral   under the radar rider Fuentes has been giving his mounts good trips for the most part including his rides on this three-year old........gelding's lone win can the only time he competed off of short rest (15 days to be exact)........last raced 14 days ago.......close enough - LOL

6  Polity   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  good time to drop after losing by 50 lengths.......something was amiss and I doubt it was a serious injury as he returns in very short rest......drops significantly........seems dangerous

2  Wise Curlin

8  Super Echelon


race 6    below average clarity

4  Tartini   keeps getting some tough journeys........handled a marathon on the grass in latest.......5 reassuring works since........Bejarano will be out to make amends trip wise

2  Acker   I have this Miller four-year old having 6L of trip trouble in both of his last two races......lost by 3L and 5L in those races both long distance affairs.......blinkers on - apprentice on........believe they are sending him closer to the front and that should help him not run so wide.......obviously I like the move

3  Over Thinking   20 to 1 wake-up 2nd in latest which was run at CD albeit on the dirt.......low % trainer but not  here at Del Mar over the last 4 years or so.........filly has won on the turf and this is her 1st running on the sod with the blinkers on......and blinkers on sure worked out well on the dirt

7  Oscar Dominquez

6  Mackie's Water


race 7    average clarity

3  Time for Kisses   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  plenty of speed in this affair can set things up nicely for this off pace two-year old filly.......ran a solid time to graduate in her 2nd lifetime start and did so despite a 4 wide trip.....2nd and 3rd came back to win.....hard not to like

9  Accomplishedsister   handled the AW at GG and also the dirt at Otp.....that and a solid 5F work at Dmr suggest the new surface for today will not be a hindrance........deadly rider & trainer combo in Smith & Hollerdorfer..........should be a major factor in the outcome of the race

7  Montana Sunset   dangerous invader from the Wesley Ward barn who broke her maiden in mid May at Pim in the has tossed an amazing 11 winners from 11 starters with 4 Stakes winners.....shot to make if "5" today

4  Cozze Kid

8  Naughty Tiger


race 8    average clarity

8  Fluorescent   lifetime best was her lone race on the dirt and the strength of the effort is disguised some........that and she likely wasn't all that cranked as she went off at 33 to 1 in a 7 horse field.......drops and Hollendorfer sees fit to drop her

3  Eye of the River   better race horse in her last three racing endeavors........and it sure seems like a good sign that she has been able to work 5 times since her latest which was run on 14 June........that and she should be forwardly placed and able to say a lot of ground

11 AE  Tengs River  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  consistent sort needs a clever ride from a tough post if he draws into the field or for the track to play like the first week of racing at Dmr when being wide on the dirt was the place to be for the most part

10  Royal C

5  Girl Drama

7  Gray Diva



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Del Mar for Sunday 29 July 2018

Kudos to Del Mar for putting on one nice Sunday card as there is only one claiming race and that is a maiden $62,500 in race one.  Be back with you one Wednesday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

3   Tiz Coffee   the D'A is starting to heat up and he just needs to get the same energy/effort out of this filly as she produced in her latest to be tough here.......but needs a better trip from his jock today

5  Danuska's My Girl   over the years Hollendorfer has been very stout with the MSW to MC move..........filly has been away sine Oct but she is training as if she is more than ready to roll.......only lifetime race at Dmr fits and is hidden in its strength

1  A Little Unruly   another taking that ever dangerous drop from MSW racing to maiden claiming......trainer/rider have been unreal in their last 10 with 5 winners and the other 5 hitting the board

7  Exes N Ohs


race 2    below average clarity

7  Jet Set Man   runs very well "fresh" and he is 11 months fresh today......all 3 lifetime races at 5 furlongs on the turf were at Del Mar and fit well......rider and trainer have been teaming up with decent success the last two months or so

2  Dreamer's Reality   another laid up individual who has shown that he can handle running fresh off of the bench.......when last seen at SA in April he fired a very strong effort down the hill winning despite a very wide trip

3  Hollywood Square   solid layoff run/win to graduate in a race down the SA hill 6 weeks ago........4 reassuring works since......and a significant rider upgrade for today......not out of the win picture by any means

1  King Abner

8  Salient


race 3    above average clarity

8  Shanghai Tariff   Midwest trainer Jimmy Divito (3 1 0 1) won yesterday's nightcap as our top choice ($13.80) and appears to have another ready to take advantage of the bonus money for out-of-town horses.......three year old filly is (5 2 3 0) since the blinkers were removed......and she sure appears to love the Dmr surface with back to back bullet works since arriving

7  Anonymity   lifetime best and a solid fit at today's nw2 alw level was her lone lifetime race at Del Mar and it was her MSW debut......her other two lifetime races aren't too shabby either

2  True Royaity   might get a dream trip if our top selections go head to head early and do each other in.......trainer is rather hot and he has had solid success with Van Dyke of late

4  The Spiral Jetter


race 4    average clarity

6  Colonial Creed   like the turf pedigree for this Baltas 1st time starter and Richard sure appears to have his two-year old filly fit and ready for the challenge of debuting in a route turf race

9  Kathryn's Sky   like our top selection this McCarthy 1st time starter has enough a.m. work put in to have a decent chance at handing the 8F of turf offered here.......rider and trainer have won 2 of their last 3 teaming up

11 AE   Hyde Park Corner   two-year old filly ran 2nd vs. the boys in Ireland on the turf at only one furlong less than today's race when last seen on 21 June.....and her previous race also against the boys turned out to be a "key race..".......dangerous sort for sure

10  Vibrance

1  Summering

5  Algorithmnblues


race 5    average clarity

2  Unique Bella   talk about the controlling speed in a race and with Mr Money Mike in the saddle........4 for 4 in fast rated route races (all of which were Graded races) with the smallest margin of victory 2 1/4 lengths........yikes

6  Yuvetsi   continues to get better and better and better......and her drills since her lifetime best and 1st around two turns hint she can improve once again.......the "now" horse is always intriguing and this girl sure qualifies as a "now" horse

3  La Force   talk about a race that played into her hands in her last racing endeavor........a brutal pace up front set things up for her in her latest as she sat last and passed tired horses


race 6    average clarity

1  Roadster   yet another brilliantly bred 1st time starter from the Baffert barn........colt is the only horse in the field to work at today's 6F distance.......two year old seems highly likely to finish with vigor

10  Jefe   colt acted up prior to the race and still preformed well especially in the way he finished late.......that and his pedigree bodes well for his chances of appreciating another furlong to work with

6  Gunmetal Gray   solid works for this Hollendorfer 1st timer especially impressive are the 3 straight 5 furlong works spaced only 6 days apart.......all wound up and ready to roll......danger city here

9  Parsimony

7  Savagery


race 7    average clarity

8  The Tulip   ran 2nd to two "monsters" in her last two racing endeavors and her race two back on very firm turf is about 4 or 5L better than par......and yesterday's turf was very firm and the rail position is once again at the 12 ft position

10  Fuerza   (3 2 1 0) on firm turf out East after going on Lasix......but......3 unimpressive races since Baltas took over the training duties........but........boy are the works improved since this mare's latest run on 1 June.........Richard likely has figured something out about the new addition to his barn......danger city at one big price

2  Poster Girl   gimme/go situation for this Chew five-year old mare makes total sense as she has run 2nd and 1st the two other times she ran 2nd out following a our 2nd choice she should go off a price

7  Quebec

6  Cheekaboo


race 8    average clarity

2  One Fast Board   3 for 5 on fast rated conventional dirt and I doubt this Mick Ruiz filly has ever trained any better.......2 for 2 at Dmr and one of those races was at today's 7F distance

4  Spiced Perfection   ultra consistent sort on the dirt (8 3 4 1) and (3 2 1 0) at Del Mar.......runs well with ample time between starts and Brian Koriner shows patience and gives it to her.......hard not to like

1  Loving Lynda   D'Amato is starting to heat up and he sends out a filly who is improving and actually beat our 2nd choice in a Cal bred Stakes route race........if fact if this was a two turn race she would be our top pick-a-rue........still she is not out of the win picture in this Stakes race at 7F by any means

7  Just Grazed Me


race 9    average clarity (SHF carryover)

4  Save Ground   blinkers off has been a good move as the two races since they were removed have led to a lifetime best in her latest and a win in her previous race..........does well given decent rest and gets it today

9  Drizzy   nice 1st ever on the grass in her latest in a 6 1/2 furlong race down the majestic Santa Anita hill grass course.......eight works since the 17 May race beefing up for today's 1st at a route......and gets a significant rider upgrade for a grass race.......very dangerous pointed to today runner

2  Raven Creek   Mullins is quite chilly to start the Dmr meeting........but.......this colt loves the lead and likely can have it here......and T C Baze knows this colt well having been aboard for all of his lifetime races

11  Unpossible

12  California Journey

1  Six Point Rack


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