Del Mar for Thursday 30 August 2018

Average to slightly below average race cards for today and Friday handicapping wise and in quality. Saturday's on the other hand looks very good in both categories.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   average clarity

(AE 10  Sir Eddie has a shot if he draws into the field)

5  Concur   away since Feb but returns as a first time gelding and with just what you want to see as in a strong work tab.......pedigree screams "route" but his running lines and numbers suggest sprint.......5F sprint today and he sure appears "meant and ready"

1  Pitino   lone race was in Nov 2017 and was much stronger than it appears in print with 8L of trip trouble (broke 2 slow - checked 2.5L - ran 3.5 wide = 8 lengths and made for an adjusted for trouble fig that was 3.5L better than par)........seems ready fresh as he was in his debut but turf is a ? mark as his pedigree for the dirt seems better

8  Town Champ   like the switch to the sod as he owns a good pedigree for it (mom has tossed 3 grass winners).....likely needed his last off of the layoff as his a.m. work since is improved.....should be in the mix from the get go

4  Raging Tiger

6  Golden Ready


race 2    average clarity

5  Saltarian   best race and hidden by 7 lengths of trip trouble was his lone route race albeit on the my book his pedigree for the dirt is better than the dirt

4  Algorthmnblues   MSW to MC.......2nd time Lasix......2nd time route are all good stats for Eoin Harty.......that and his two-year old filly (facing the boys) should get good up close or on the lead position in a race that doesn't have much speed in it.....low % jock in Conner but he does handle dirt routes fairly well

1  Anvil Rock   might be a good claim by Ian Wilkes of a two-year old who showed plenty of life in his MC debut after a slow beginning at the start of the sire but my guess is he will do just fine as a sire of route runners.......8 furlongs to cover here

7  The Creep

6  Lucky General


race 3    below average clarity

4  Lexington Grace   tepid top choice gets the nod mainly because Stevens sticks with the filly for today's somewhat suspicious drop........but a less suspicious with the Hall of Fame rider staying up........that and Ian Kruljac does well with limited starters

8  Tinabud   very consistent sort has been in the exacta 8 of 10 lifetime starts and the two times that she was not she had bad trips but where she showed plenty of life

9  Cute Knows Cute    Peter Miller trained and that is more than enough to consider her despite running so poorly in her lone lifetime route race.........that and her record when up for  a tag is (4 3 1 0)

11  Tiny Tina

3  Quinnie


race 4    below average clarity

4  Pleasant d'Oro   needs a better trip from Roman because if he given this colt better rides in his last two mounts on him he could have won either race........hard not seeing him giving a better trip today with the way the race shapes up in his favor......they say the 3rd time's the charm

9  Stonegate   lost twice to our top choice in his last two races but he was only 1/2L behind him two back and in his last he had a brutal time of it running wide and near the pace giving him no shot since suggest he has held form........back to Baze who rode him in the aforementioned race 2 back

1  Irish Spirit   nice work tab since his useful debut on 30 June.......1st time long today and for a pedigree that says the longer the better........Michael McCarthy has been rather hot.......low % jock in Conner but he does handle dirt routes fairly well

3  Aggressivity

6  Caribbean


race 5    average clarity

4  Marjorie E   2 for 2 since going on Lasix.........not sure what the catalyst was for the vast improvement in this Gallagher filly who vaulted forward fig wise in her latest......two reassuring works since the effort.....repeat of her last is stout here with a decent trip and if she builds on the effort she would have a shot at winning with some trip trouble during the race

2  Streak of Luck   very consistent since the blinkers were put on and she is (2 1 1 0) on the Del Mar turf........rather interesting that Smith is riding for Chew.......Mike should be able to sit close and save ground thru turn one with a good post and a filly who has some tactical speed

9  So Golden   ice-cold trainer in James Cassidy but he sure got this six-year-old mare ready off a two month layoff in her last........she nearly won the 2 August version of this race despite veering out at the start from her outer-most post.....two reassuring tightly spaced 5F works since.......seems ready for another good run

3  Ragazza Di Vola

6  Music Babe 


race 6    average clarity

5  R Cha Cha   1st after the claim by O'Neill is a dangerous proposition for the opposition......cut back in distance should be a since the claim are very good......four year old gelding should be a major factor in the outcome of this race

3  Mr Cruze   outside of a bad trip which this colt had in his latest (which stopped him from getting another major piece in the purse pie) he has done little wrong.......and his only dirt race in three starts is his best race.....should be in the mix from the get go and with 1st time speed jock Maldonado up

4  Ketos   gets a makeover for in 1st time gelding and the 1st time blinkers......and the changes appear to have worked if his recent a.m. work is any indication

8  Closing Time

1  Fender Bender


race 7    above average clarity

2  Tina's Exchange   (7 2 4 1) lifetime on the turf and all of the races were turf sprints......and very game in both lifetime 5F turf races at Del Mar.......recent a.m. work is improved.....believe we might see this guys lifetime best today

5  Eric The Trojan   another consistent turf sprinter who has never missed the board in 6 five furlong turf sprints at Dmr.......that and when Prat rides this gelding he has been especially pace turf sprinter is fun to watch when he comes flying late......unless of course you bet on a speed horse

3  Mrazek   flashed very impressive speed in latest which was his 1st out in 22 months......and now O'Neill puts the blinkers on him.....might be the speed of the speed with the new equipment......that and he has shown he can run from off of the lead and still win

6  Blackout

4  Brandothebartender


race 8    average clarity

7  Conformation   logical drop to the bottom today for this Cecil grass filly because if you can't get the job done at the bottom maiden claiming level for the grass you best run for MC20K on the dirt.......and her pedigree for a dirt route is good

1  Bedford   low percentage trainer overall but Sise is often at his most dangerous 1st time he sends a given horse long........that and the two level drop in MC makes sense......filly should sit close up saving ground for 5 lbs bug boy Espinoza who is at his best in route races as in 22% win

5  Irish Lassie   low percentage lightly used jock in Diego Sanchez has teamed up with trainer Piccioni for one win with four mounts (and two others were in the money) over the last two months........filly just ran her lifetime best and showed decent route speed.....last fits and she might show more 2nd out after 2+ month break

9  Heloise

4  Dislitleaglecanfly

10  Weather Market


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Del Mar for Wednesday 29 August 2018

OK card today to start the 6 straight days of racing at Del Mar.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Vibrance   very strong MSW route turf debut in the 29 July version of this race and the strength of the effort is disguised by about 6 or 7L of trip trouble........pedigree to handle the dirt is good........and we get one significant upgrade in jocks

7  Keeper Ofthe Stars   exits a fast heat of MSW runners where he still ran a par like effort despite being beaten by 5 1/2L for the win........and you have to like that Smith (only mount of the day) stays with the Hollendorfer filly for her 1st at a route as he has won 21 of his last 50 route races

5  Ask the Customer   Proctor is stout turf to dirt which is the case here........dirt sprint 2 back was a better than it looks MSW debut at Lrl......Van Dyke lands on the our top pick.....Stevens will do just fine

4  Giza Goddess


race 2    above average clarity

4  Just Kidding   last race fits OK but what we want out of this six-year-old is his effort 2 back which was a very strong effort/fig and turned out to be a key race.....also like the switch in riders and not everyone will

5  Avanti Bello   last might have been nothing more than a spin around the track likely to dirty up this gelding to keep the claiming vultures at bay to get away with the multiple drop in claiming.......and back to Prat who won on the filly two races back in a 25K race........that supports the notion

3  Bay Area   seems best on conventional dirt and this seven-year old appears well placed at the 16K level to succeed.......and high percentage trainer Jonathan Wong has not messed around when he ships in as (4 2 1 0) at the Dmr meeting so far

7  Banza No Oeste


race 3    above average clarity

6  Disco Tale   improving with every start and now gets a monumental rider upgrade from a 0 for 50 bug boy to a Hall of Fame jock.......hard not to like this Palma filly this afternoon

5  Midnight Miracle   obviously a bad claim for MC80K to show up in a MC32K but the fact that Stevens takes the mount for Hess hints this filly is OK physically speaking but just not as talented as the new connections had hoped

7  Curryforthree Bang   not crazy about this youngster's debut as she did not win despite a very slow pace and running 3 wide which on 2 August was with the track bias.......but as good as Miller is going she might show more today and if she does she should be a major player

9  Miss Bennet

1  Gee Cee Cee


race 4    average clarity

7  So Long Sailor   Peter Miller drops to grab another win to his already gaudy win totally........heck with the win total - how about in the exacta 52 of the 92 he has started........connections might be chanting their gelding's name after the race as he is likely will get claimed

3  Topgallant   consistent sort who appears in need of a drop.......and gets it today.......trainer sure could use a win......same for the rider.......hard not to root

1  Hard Arch   like the change in bug boys (sorry Asa Espinoza fans) and the fact that this colt gets to run back off of shorter rest today......and his last run which was off of 2+ months rest is better than it appears in print

8  Wise Curlin

2  Schoenhardt


race 5    Below average clarity

10  No Thanks Erik   not an easy post in a 5F race but the track was outside on Sunday and so I leaning on that it will remain that way to some extent today........if the track turns out to be even then this O'Neil baby is rated too high

5  Zip's Secret   last preparatory work of 5F (6 days ago) is quite a bit better than what he has been working and that is rather the switch to Asa Espinoza as even though Belvoir has struggled he hasn't when he rides Asa

9  La Dolfina   trainer starts very few and really doesn't have much success but the works for this 1st time starter look too good to ignore......that and the last time Greenman had a 1st timer his runner hit the board

7  Rolinga

2  Lucky Flash


race 6    average clarity

4  Hot American   strong first time in a marathon in his latest which was the 1 August version of this 11F turf race.....he ran wide yet still managed to close fast late and earned a good fig

3  Oscar Dominquez   good history in marathon races like this 11 furlong test when the turf is firm......should be firm today........(3 0 1 1) at the distance and the lone time this gelding missed the board at the distance he had little shot to run as he sat dead last in a race that had a ridiculously slow pace

2  Starting Bloc   trainer is a shocking four for eight at the Del Mar meeting and he sure got a vastly improved effort from this colt in his latest......that and his pedigree to handle his 1st marathon race is awfully strong

7  Amazon Cry

11  Tartini


race 7    above average clarity

7  Creative Instinct   filly won her MSW debut like a good thing and she did so running too close to the rail on the lead on a day the inside was dull......I like that the race was at today's 6F distance as there are only two others that have run as far as 6F and they both ran poorly......good combo in Miller/Baze

5  Mucho Unusual   never easy to do and a good sign of a sound 1st starter to get a two-year old filly to hit the track at 6 day intervals like this filly has for Yakteen......wound up like a top and ready to unwind.......tall tash to win a Stakes race in your debut but if our top choice falters she might have a shot at doing just that today

4  Dichotomy   tossed a disappointing race albeit versus tougher in her latest......needs a rebound to her effort two back and likely a little more.......maybe the equipment change can help get her there


race 8    average clarity

2  Indoctrination   all 5 of his lifetime grass races fit at today's lower level.......that and the 9F of turf to cover appears to be a plus and it won't be for many of these maidens.......away since mid January but the D'A logically drops him into a MC for the 1st time so I doubt this is a tune-up

7  Tequila Blanco   new rider.......makes an equipment change.......four-year old gelding has tried hard in all 3 lifetime grass races but his efforts average a couple of lengths less than what it usually takes to win the MC62.5K are banking on the changes making a difference

5  Dignitaire   very strong turf race two back.....fell off some in his chances if he mounts a rebound......T C Baze sticks around hoping his mount provides one.......trainer could use his 2nd win of 2018.......might have a shot to get it here

6  Data Central

1  culpable

4  King Caymus




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Del Mar for Sunday 26 August 2018

Make sure you have the correct publication as Saturday's and Sunday's were both available on Saturday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Popular Kid   very powerful race turf to dirt last Spring.......solid better than it appears in print turf race in last.....dirt today.....believe this gelding is sitting on a top dirt effort today

1  Shaymin   good layoff run in latest in his 1st on the Dmr dirt at only one furlong less today........seems likely to move forward some 2nd out following the 2 1/2 month break.......unless the 2 turns do him in he should end up being a major player in the outcome of this race

2  Fashionably Fast   exits the same race as our top selection earning about the same number........and like our 2nd choice he might move forward 2nd out following a couple of month break........1st at a route is a question mark as it is not exactly the trainer's forte


race 2    above average clarity

8  Concord Jet   takes that ever magical drop from MSW racing to maiden claiming......and.....does so as a 1st time gelding and with just what you want to see as improved a.m. work.......trainer Koriner is having a very good Dmr meeting

7  Irish Terrier   fired lifetime best in latest and might be up for even more today back in 15 days as he has shown he can handle short rest........and trainer Miyadi is waking up from a short-lived slump

4  Unplayable   decent MC debut and the strength of the effort is disguised by a wide trip and checking some in the race.......Machowski smartly & deservedly steps him up in maiden claiming.........two-year old might not live up to his name today

2  Bonsail Treasure

1  Principe Carlo


race 3    above average clarity

7  Chasin Lucas   filly has done little wrong in 2 lifetime starts......she is facing many battle weary foes with 11 starts or more......advantage to the new kid on the block and hopefully with the fewest physical issues in the race

4  Powder   claimed by the ever dangerous Peter Miller who over a long period of time wins with about one-third of time with his "1st out following a claim" runners.......and he entices Prat to ride.....such a deal

5  Princess Kendra   significant improvement in her latest in a race run at the lowly 8K claiming level.....big step up but if she builds off of her last she might be able to handle the multi-level class rise

6  Princess Dorian


race 4    average clarity

2  Tale of the Union   very expensive NY bred is wound up like a top with 7 tightly spaced works (6 or 7 day intervals) dating back to June.......that and when Baffert works a horse 4 straight times out of the gate he almost always means business with a two-year old 1st timer

8  Stubbins   nice MSW debut setting a fast quarter and still managing to hold on for 2nd and still ran a par like time......rider upgrade to Prat but if Gutierrez chose our third selection over this fellow that might make the jock upgrade less significant

6  Mo Dinero   two-year old colt only went for 40K in March but he is working as if that might be quite the bargain for Hollendorfer and company.......and his best work was his last work.......feeling good when it counts the most as in right before his debut

3  Mueho Gusto

7  Easy Shot


race 5   above average clarity

10  K P's Smokin   very strong 10 length dirt win 1st time at a route to graduate in his last.......switches to a route turf race at a level higher.......but her last number is better than par for the level and she ran even better on the grass (albeit at 5F) and the effort is hidden by a very bad trip

2  Sea Sensation   filly has done little wrong in 4 lifetime races  and would have won the 3 August version of this race if not for a bad trip (way too wide throughout)..........would have been top choice if Cassidy wasn't so cold as in 1 for 35 thru Friday

9  Mo See Cal   likely needs more than his latest despite her 2nd place finish at today's level but might provide more back in short rest which he has responded to positively in the past......and then there is the Miller/Prat factor

1  Foxtail

3  Mongolian Humor


race 6    average clarity

2  Neon Gypsy   last two races (with two different trainers) were run at today's level and were quite a bit better than par.......a 3rd different conditioner today off of the claim......that trainer Vann Belvoir has had a tough year including 1st following a claim.......he seemingly has a shot at jump-starting his mojo here if he can just get this filly to hold form

9  Topaz Time   might be a good claim by Paul Aguirre as 2 of this mare's last 3 dirt races since the blinkers were taken off fit well here.....and it seems like a really good sign that Gary Stevens rides thru claim especially in a cheap claiming race

6  Summer Down Now   last sure appears to be a gimme and the fact she went off at 70 to 1 in a 9 horse field supports the notion........likely a go today........races 3 and 4 back fit and her race 3 back was her best to date and was run at today's 6 1/2 furlong distance

1  Pulpitinthesky

8  Princess Areni


race 7    average clarity

4  Fizzy Friday   Philip D'Amato has many impressive stats but maybe his best is the sprint-route-sprint in 42% win & 68% in the money with his last 31.....that is the case today for this four-year old filly who likely will be flying late

2  Rubilinda   class act (but in a slump) Richard Mandella picks up a nice east coast filly and seemingly has a good spot for her in this 5F turf sprint.....filly has done little wrong in 6 career starts all of which were on the grass.....she has been away since May 10th but Mandella is very solid off of layoffs of 90 days or more

8  Surrender Now   3 for 3 in abbreviated sprint races of 5 1/2F or less and one of them was on the grass and at Del Mar......Miller is awfully good in turf sprints and the Van Dyke/Miller combo is awfully hot these days

3  Mongolian Shopper

6  Go Mary Go


race 8    average clarity

9  Distinctive B   giant race run last July at Dmr and the strength of the race is disguised.......that race was run off of a 6 1/2 month layoff.......7 1/2 month layoff run today.......loves the distance.......believe he is ready and if he is ready he should be tough from start to finish for Miller and company

1  All Out Blitz   progressively got better as a two-year old.......with that in mind it makes sense that this colt likely needed (and was given) a race.......if that is so and he is ready for his best he has a shot at the circle of joy in this affair

7  Acceptance   turf tightener in last and if it muscled this fellow up and he is feeling good he owns some powerful back numbers that might pull off an upset .........trainer Ken Black's runners have not been a dismal as his 10 0 2 0 record at the meet would suggest

4  Fight On

11  Paddock Pick


race 9    average clarity

2  Thirteen Squad   just ran her lifetime best nearly winning a Grade 2 where she dealt with a prolonged stretch battle.....Baffert wisely gives her ample time off to recovery.......her works are stellar and on the Del Mar surface........believe she is going to run her lifetime best today

4  Lemoona   strong 6 1/2 length one mile win to graduate in December at Aqu for Bill race was on 27 July at Dmr for her new trainer Richard Baltas who also got a strong one mile race out of her.......two reassuring drills since her last.......likely needs a forward move today and she seems likely to make one......if she does - to what degree is the question mark

9  Just Grazed Me   crushed her foes in both lifetime races which were sprints but extended sprints of 6 1/2 and of 63 5F bullet drill since.......plenty of upside potential and with the right guy at the helm in the D'A

11  True Loyaty

6  Zusha


race 10    average clarity

8  Fast Cotton   quite the makeover.....1st time racing as a gelding.......1st time racing with the blinkers jock........that and back to back good-looking 4F speed drills in preparation for today.....and last but not least he takes a multiple level drop in MC

6  Flynn   very strong drills for someone like Miyadi who often doesn't push them too hard in the a.m.......lifetime best was his debut so he has shown he can fire fresh.....3 months fresh today.......very dangerous

13 AE   Street Zombie    both life sprint races run at Del Mar fit fine here if he draws into the field for Bob Hess and company........and the 5 1/2 furlong offered here appears to fit him well

12  Catch Fire

3  Supreme Giant

1  Victor's Show

2  California Gold

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Del Mar for Saturday 25 August 2018

Make sure you have the correct publication as Saturday's and Sunday's were both available on Saturday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

4  Honeyfromthesouth   very strong MSW debut for the Baffert 2nd time starter as she set a very fast pace (especially considering she is only a two year old) and also ran a better than par final 5F gate work since......hard not to like this filly

5  Fighting Mad    good looking work regiment for this Baffert filly 1ster and she finished up with 4 straight gate works.............strongly suggesting this is not a tune-up

6  Encanta   first timer starter from the hot Sadler barn will need to run better than her works indicate or for the two Baffert runners not to run as well as I believe that they will


race 2    average clarity

3  Hard Fought   nice improvement 2nd out following the Hess claim in a dirt race (might be better on the turf).......dueled in a very stout set of route fractions and still nearly held on to win......sure appreciate the confidence Hess shows as he steps his new shooter up......likely feeling good

1  Yes Yes Yes    Miller continues to win more than his fair share of races at Del Mar......and he entices strong grass rider Paco Lopez to ride making for one significant upgrade.....hard not to consider

2  Popyhowuspelcupcak   seems best on the Dmr turf........and his lifetime best is arguably the only time he competed at 1 1/16 on the turf.......trainer is having a solid Dmr be motoring late

6  Mr. Oppurtunist


race 3    below average clarity

4  Shivermetimbers   2 for 2 at Del Mar and both races were run at today's one mile distance.......and look at his running lines to see who he has had to face in nw allowance races

5  Tatters to Riches   colt has run two very strong sprints in 3 lifetime races suggesting he is more than deserving of this step up into a Stakes race........and he owns a pedigree that screams "route"

1  Cool Bobby   lifetime best was run the only time he ran at Dmr......that and he showed he can handle a route in a decent 4th in the Iowa Derby........not out of the win picture by any means


race 4    average clarity

3  Loving Moment   quite the awakening in her latest with the blinkers taken off......and she sure appears to have a very good chance to grab the lead or get a nice up close ground saving trip in a race the ought to favor those up near the front

7  Untouched Elegance   if our top selection doesn't get the lead this Baltas filly likely will......Richard Baltas is quite dangerous "1st time at a route" and this youngster owns a good pedigree for a route

4  K P Pergoliscious   toss out the number earned in her last her 1st on the grass and a route......very slow 1/2 and 3/4 fractional times lead to false final time.....lands Van Dyke making for a significant rider trainer in Mullins to boot

6  Room To Finish

8  Madakat Sunset


race 5    average clarity

9  Amore Gattina    Glatt is one tough cookie with laid up drop down's like this filly....and she sure is training like Mark has her more than ready to roll

11  Fantastic Chloe   just like our top choice Glatt drops a laid up maiden multiple levels and with solid a.m. preparations......and as stated above Glatt is one tough cookie with laid up drop down's

5  Pray for Corday   3 of her last 4 races fit fine and the one that does not she had no shot whatsoever as she dueled with a fast quarter and did so on a dull inside......that my friends does just about anyone in

10  Eskenforadrink

2  Springtime Dance


race 6    average clarity

6  Cool Green   low percentage turf rider in Elliot but he rides this one nicely owning 2 wins in 4 grass races on him......six year old gelding does well when he stalks the lead and he should be able to do that here

1  Conquest Typhoon   Carava seemingly has woken up from the doldrums and he got a nice 40K win out of this fellow 1st out after a 40K claim.....likely exited the race in good shape as he steps him up 10K for today......but likely more importantly this six-year-old owns 3 wins and a 2nd on the Dmr turf

2  Terrys Tom Cat   another who appreciates the sod that Del Mar has to offer as in 4 wins in 8 starts......and considering that she is 0 for 12 on all other turf you would think the connections will want to take advantage of her last start at Del Mar until November

3  Twentytwentyvision


race 7    below average clarity

8  Battle of Midway   obviously I believe this Hollendorfer colt who owns the best credentials in the race is ready fresh off of the bench.......the question mark for me is more about his ability to sprint as well as he races around two turns.........we shall find out

5  Ransom the Moon   SCRATCHED OUT OF RACE  likes to make wide turn moves and so far this week that has worked out well for those that do.......and you have to like that Prat is aboard this fellow all of the time so he knows him inside and out

4  Roy H    SCRATCHED OUT OF RACE  lost to the "Moon" in his latest but he is more than capable of beating him and our top choice 2nd out after the layoff if he can handle his first ever at 7F........Paco Lopez must think so as he is here to ride him

1  Catalina Cruiser

6  Horse Greedy   SCRATCHED OUT OF RACE  


race 8    average clarity

6  Smiling Angelo   three-year old can fly (at least on dirt) and she owns a good pedigree to handle the grass.......if she does take to it I doubt she packs it in very easily coming off of a solid better than it looks 7F sprint

12 AE   Eskimo Roses    SCRATCHED OUT OF RACE  dangerous if draws in with ample speed to help her clear all or most by the turn....that and the gelding's trainer has been firing on all cylinders for the most part at Dmr this summer

7  Regal Born   very consistent over the past  year with one win - six 2nd's - one 3rd.....two of those were 5F turf sprints where she lost both by only a neck........should sit mid pack and try to pounce on the leaders in the stretch

2  Placido

8  My Heart Awakens

9  Circus Act


race 9    average clarity

1  Kona Coast   toss race two back as he didn't have too hot of a trip and faced quite a bit tougher......then in his next he tried running with the blinkers off and disliked the equipment change......blinkers back on/full go back on......classic O'Neill

6  Taniko   double barrel action from O'Neil as he also trains our top pick......whereas our top pick drops this gelding steps up following the claim and deservedly so off of a nice effort that fits at today's higher level

7  Run Like Rhett   shockingly stout meet for a small barn.......Andrew Lerner is (6 3 1 1) at the meet so far........and this gelding just popped a vastly improved drill hinting she will improve today.....and she ran 3rd in the 26 July version of this race

2  Pappou

3  We Go Now


race 10    average clarity

6  Noivo   thought the Blacker barn was making a break thru of sorts last year but 2018 hasn't worked out too well......but.......I believe they can jump start things here with this 1st time gelding who if he is improved from the surgery should be mighty tough as he already fits well without it

3  Cupid's Claws   trainer Brian Koriner is usually not much with 1st time starters (real solid with 2nd time starters) but this three is working too well to ignore and he owns a good route and turf pedigree

10  Sellwood   consistent three-year old like his race two back drew the difficult outer most post for a one mile grass race.......well at least it isn't the outer-most 12 post this time......Baze will need to be clever......lookout if he is

4  Paladar 

8  Henry County

9  Blitzkreig

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Del Mar for Friday 24 August 2018

After quite a few days in a row where the dirt surface was "even" it was not even yesterday. The inside was dead and very costly to anyone who spent too much time near the rail. So I leaned on it being an outside dirt track to some degree in my selections.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity 

1  London Hotel   no action on the board whatsoever for this Ron Ellis 1st starter hints this girl's MSW debut in a one mile turf route was a muscle her up endurance building run.......and her a.m. prowess since sure supports the notion......and maybe more importantly she takes that significant move from MSW racing to MC

7  What's Briun   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE if this filly is up for her race run 3 back on 22 April she should have been top pick and with a rating "above average clarity".......Glatt is usually ready fresh off of the bench but if this three-year old was given a gimme on 4 August........lookout

3  Take Charge Gal   works hint that this laid up since November 2017 filly is returning to the race wars as a better horse.......the fact Van Dyke sticks with her supports the notion

8  Waze Ready

2  One Upper


race 2    average clarity

3  Okinawa   very consistent in turf sprints which includes her last run 3 weeks ago at Del hot rider and a trainer that is heating things up.......and a turf bullet work preparing for today's race......hard not to like

7  Painting Corners   blinkers go on for the first time for this filly ........and ........yesterday Peter Miller put the blinkers on one of his runners and she won impressively in a 5F sprint........that and Miller is often at his best with the sprint-route-sprint scenario and that is the case here

2  Swirling   four-year old filly could be 3 for 3 lifetime if not for losing many lengths to a bad trip in her latest where she was still able to put in a good stretch run........she has shown she can run fresh.......10 months "fresh" today...........dangerous sort

4  Spin Me a Kiss

1  Snow Cloud


race 3    average clarity

7  Kershaw   might be an awfully good claim by D'Amato and company as this three-year old gelding won by 13 lengths in last to graduate.......3 reassuring works since ........should be the one to beat

5  Captivate    last two races fit well at today's level and the hottest jock around in Van Dyke sticks with the four-year old of Mike Puype's.........should be one of the major players

2  Saratoga Morning   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  good race two back run turf to dirt and the strength of the effort is hidden some.......turf in last - dirt's not rocket science

4  Pocket Personality

8  Goodwillambassador


race 4    below average clarity

6  Buck Duane    trainer Miyadi is deadly with multiple level drops like this MC50K to MC20K in 9 wins with his last 25.......gelding has been off since New Years Day but is training as if he is totally fit and ready

8  Kopitar   both lifetime dirt races fit fine and he might be up for his best dirt run to date 2nd out after a break as his history with short rest is good

7  Duke of Fallbrook    low percentage trainer but he seems to have a good enough handle on this gelding to get a good race out of him 2nd out following 3+ month break.......and if he does this four-year old should fit just fine

3  Turnaround

2  Gotnoquit


race 5    average clarity

6  My Man Chuckles   tough trip in last vs. better which was also a 5F turf sprint.......he colud have won that race with a good trip.......faces easier today and back to Prat (who owns this gelding's last 2 wins) after being absent for two races........should be flying late

1  Incensed   believe this five-year old can get loose on the lead and with only 113 lbs to carry with the rather successful bug boy up (and note that this fellow has won without the lead as well)........turf speed did well yesterday at 5F in both races and the rail is in the same 30 ft position today......such a deal

4  Puriano   very impressive/consistent while stepping up in class .......nearly won the 1 August version of this race.......not out of the win picture in this affair by any means

7  Hitters Park

3  Salient


race 6    average clarity

7  Spiced Perfection   missed the board in her latest for the 1st time in 9 races on the dirt......needs a rebound.......and it sure appears like the blinkers on for today will provide her recent bullet 4F work at Del Mar hints the equipment change has worked

2  Vallestina   2 for 2 on the dirt including a win at Dmr.......0 for 2 on the grass.......wisely back to the dirt today for her 2nd out after the layoff.......and also back to the rider who won that Del Mar dirt race in August of 2017

8  Family Girl   will need more than her last but 2nd out after a layoff can move her forward.....and if the track is like yesterday her post (where she can stay wide thru-out) will be a good thing

4  Love a Honeybadger

6  Tyfosha   


race 7    average clarity

6  Shenandoah Queen   by far at her best racing at one mile on the dirt..........and........won the 2017 version of this small Stakes race at 20 to 1......Sadler is often at his most dangerous 3rd out following a break.....and that is the scenario for today

4  Way to Versailles   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  WO invader has handled the turf and the AW and her pedigree is also decent to take to the conventional dirt......Prat and Miller at the helm......dangerous sort

7  Vali Dori   could use a rebound of sorts and Baffert gives his six-year-old mare enough time off to mount one.......and........she is likely to get a nice outside stalk position which would be a good thing if the track plays like yesterday



race 8    average clarity

1  Touring Machine   better post......switch to a much more accomplished turf rider.......reliable trainer......our 2nd and 3rd choices beat him in his latest race but he can turn the tables on both off them this afternoon especially considering they both show signs of hanging in the stretch

3  Temple Princess   almost all of her one mile turf endeavors fit very well effort/fig wise but she doesn't seem to have a will to win........but then again Mullins is winning at a very high rate of late as is the jock

6  Himmah   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   both lifetime one mile grass races fit well in this spot......both were run turf sprint to turf route.......can he do similar this afternoon (and not hang) turf route to turf route......we shall see about sunset at Del Mar

7  Trophy Bridle

10  Venue

5  Into Glamour



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