Closing day at the Del Mar meeting and with a juicy mandatory payoff for the 20 cent pick 6 estimated to be $6,000,000. The next publication for The Racing Digest is opening day Santa Anita on 1 October.

The Racing Digest is now posted for Monday at Del Mar

28 August 2021:  After any scratches: Top pick won 5 races, 2nd pick won 4 races, 3rd pick won 2 races on an 11 race card. 1st race pick 5 (a dead heat in race 5) was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd pick for $3,171.00. 1st race pick 5 (a dead heat in race 5) was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, top pick for $407.00. 1st race exacta box of top two picks $25.60. 7th race trifecta hit ICE COLD for $551.00. (COLD exacta was $98.00). 7th race pick 5 was top, top, 3rd, top, top pick for $5,553.60. 9th race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $78.00. 10th race double hit COLD for $47.80. 10th race trifecta hit COLD for $180.60. (COLD exacta $54.30). 10th race double hit COLD $47.80

27 August 2021:  2nd race superfecta box of top 4 picks $671.40. 4 race pick 5 was 3rd, 2nd, top, 2nd, top for $3,844.60. 5th race superfecta box of top 4 picks $416.80. 7th race quinella of top two picks $12.40. 8th race top choice, 3rd choice exacta $40.60

22 August 2021:   2nd race 2nd pick, top pick exacta paid $17.60. 5th race 20 cent pick 6 was 3rd, 2nd, top, top, top, 4th pick for $1,230.92. 6th race pick 5 was 2nd, top, top, top, 4th pick for $2,503.20. 8th race trifecta HIT ICE COLD for $174.40. 8th race double also hit COLD for $26.60. 9th race top pick, 4th pick double paid $89.60.

14 August 2021:  After any scratches: Top pick won 3 races and ran 2nd four times in a 10 race card. Also our 2nd pick won 4 races.  1st race 2nd, top pick exacta paid $20.00. 5th race double hit COLD for $30.00. 5th race pick 3 was top, top, 2nd choice for $489.80. 5th race top pick over other 3 given picks paid a trifecta of $521.80. 6th race exacta hit COLD for $23.60. 6th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, 2nd pick for $579.20. 7th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta paid $80.80. 8th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta paid $43.20. 8th race trifecta box of top 3 picks paid $139.00.

13 August 2021:  After any scratches: Top pick won 3 races, 2nd pick won 3 races in an 8 race card. 3rd race exacta hit COLD $33.40. 3rd race top choice over other 4 picks paid a superfecta of $917.60. 3rd race pick 3 was top, 2nd, top pick for $74.00. 7th race double was 2nd pick, 2nd pick for $83.60. 8th race exacta was 2nd, top pick for $54.40 & trifecta was 2nd, top, 3rd pick for $265.80.

7 August 2021:  After any scratches: Top pick won 6 races, 2nd pick won 2 races, 3rd pick won 2 races and 5th pick won one race on a 11 race card. 5th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, top pick for $212.40. 5th race top pick over our other 4 selections paid a trifecta of $268.80. 6th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, top pick for $259.20. 7th race pick 3 HIT ICE COLD for $42.80. 6th race exacta also hit COLD for $19.40. 7th race pick 5 was top, top, top, 3rd, 5th pick for $1,862.40. 8th race exacta hit COLD for $10.60. 9th race exacta hit COLD for $27.80. 10th race superfecta box of top 4 selections paid $790.20.

6 August 2021:   You only had to go 2 deep a race to hit the 1st race pick 5 that paid handsomely. 2nd pick, 2nd pick, top pick, top pick, 2nd pick paid $7,513.40. 2nd pick, 2nd pick double was $227.50. 2nd pick, 2nd pick, top pick pick 3 was $473.20. 2nd race exacta box of top two picks paid $72.00. 3rd race double and exacta hit COLD for $18.20 & $8.40. 4th race top choice over our next two picks paid a trifecta of $131.60. 5th race superfecta box of our two 4 picks paid $312.80.

31 July 2021:  8th race pick 4 was 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd pick for $4,074.40. (pick 3 was $569.60) 9th race superfecta box of 5 given picks paid $3,300.00. 11th race superfecta box of top 4 selections paid $957.20.

30 July 2021: After any scratches: 1st race exacta top pick, 4th pick $48.20. 1st race double hit COLD $17.20. 3rd race 20 cent pick six was 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd pick for $5,13.72. 4th race pick 5 was 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd pick for $21,424.80 (50 cent payoff $5,358.70). 6th race pick 3 was 3rd, 3rd, 2nd choice for $2,388.60. 7th race trifecta box of top 3 picks $410.40. 7th race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $85.40.

25 July 2021:   2nd race double hit COLD for $25.00. 2nd race pick 4 was top, top, 3rd, 5th pick for $2,523.00. 5th race trifecta box of 5 given picks $716.20. 6th race superfecta box of top 4 selections paid $3,466.60. 6th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, 2nd pick for $188.80. 7th race top choice over our next 2 picks paid a trifecta of $166.40.

23 July 2021:  Top choice won 3 races ($4.80, $8.20, $13.40) and 2nd choice won 2 races ($15.50 & $8.60) in an 8 race card at Del Mar . 1st race double was top pick, 2nd pick $41.80. 2nd race superfecta box of 5 given picks $1,680.40. 6th race top pick, 2nd pick exacta HIT COLD paying $42.60. 6th race double also HIT COLD for $129.20. 6th race superfecta was top pick over next 3 picks for $876.80. 7th race double was top pick, 2nd pick for $81.40. 8th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta paid $32.60.

16 July 2021:  After any scratches:  1st race exacta top pick, 5th pick $76.00. 1st race top pick, 3rd pick double was $82.20. 2nd race pick 3 was 3rd, top, 4th pick for $289.20. 3rd race top choice over the other 4 picks paid a superfecta of $349.80. 6th race pick 3 was 2nd, 2nd, 3rd pick for $803.60. 6th race pick 3 was 2nd, 3rd, 4th pick for $1,233.00. 8th race 3rd pick (18 to 1), top pick exacta was $102.80. 9th race 4th pick, top pick (13 to 1 and 7 to 1) exacta $153.80.

13 June 2021:  After any scratches:  3rd race pick 3 was top, top, 2nd pick for $59.60. 5th race 2nd pick, 2nd pick double $49.20. 6th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $157.80. 7th race superfecta box of top 4 picks $281.60. 7th race pick 5 was 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd pick for $3,393.80. 

11 June 2021:  After any scratches: Top pick won 3 races and 2nd pick won 2 races on an 8 race card. 2nd race double hit COLD $30.20. 3rd race top choice over our other 3 picks superfecta paid $263.60. 5th race double was 2nd pick, top pick for $90.60. 5th race exacta box of top two picks paid $17.80. 6th race top pick ($23.40) over our 4 other picks paid a trifecta of $823.00. 8th race superfecta box of our 4 given picks paid $318.60. 8th exacta race box of top 2 picks $22.80.

2021 BELMONT DAY SPECIAL PUB:   After any scratches:  Top choice won 5 races and our 2nd choice won 5 races. 1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, top, top, 2nd pick for $2,354.00. 1st race superfecta was top, 2nd, 4th, 3rd pick for $103.00. 2nd race superfecta box of five given picks paid $1,299.00. 2nd race pick 3 was 2nd, top, top pick for $513.00. 3rd race double hit COLD $78.50. 3rd race exacta also hit COLD for $45.40. 4th race race exacta hit COLD for $36.00. 6th race trifecta box of 5 given picks paid $1,081.00. 7th race pick 5 was top, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd pick for $2,6420.00. 10th race exacta box of top two picks paid $65.60. 13th race top choice over our other 4 picks paid a trifecta of $967.40.

7 June 14 at Belmont:  Helloooooo Belmont    1st race exacta was top pick, 3rd pick $65.00. 2nd race superfecta box of 4 given picks $259.00. 4th race pick 3 was 3rd pick, 2nd pick, top pick for $1,458.00. 5th race race double was 2nd pick, top pick $353.50. 5th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, 2nd pick for $1,058.00. 5th race (only suggested long-shot play of the day paid $22.40 to place). 5th race 2nd choice, long-shot play exacta $353.50. 6th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, 2nd pick for $437.50. 7th race pick 3 was 2nd, 2nd, top pick for $183.50. 8th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, 3rd pick for $200.50. 9th race exacta hit COLD for $29.60. 12th race superfecta box of top 4 picks $820.00. 12th race 3rd pick, top pick double paid $28.40.

2017 BELMONT DAY SPECIAL PUB:   After any scratches:  1st race pick 5 was quite the overlay considering race 5 was a free square with Songbird. 1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd. top pick $799.00. 2nd race box of top two pick paid an exacta of $29.20. 4th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, top pick $59.50. 5th race pick 3 hit ICE COLD for $51.50. 5th race top pick over other 3 picks superfecta $93.40. 6th race exacta hit ICE COLD $42.00  5th race pick 3 was top, top 3th pick for $270.00. 12th race top choice paid $34.00 to win and the top pick, 4th pick exacta was $256.00. 13th and final race a superfecta box of top 4 (of 5 picks) selections paid a superfecta of $7,032.00.

31 May 2021:   2nd race pick 4 was 3rd, top, 2nd, top pick paying $5,551.00. 2nd race 3rd pick, 2nd pick exacta paid $47.80. 4th race 2nd, top pick exacta $14.80. 7th race double hit COLD for $17.00. 8th race exacta hit COLD for $18.20.

15 May 2021:   After any scratches: 5th race trifecta HIT ICE COLD for $85.40. 5th race 20 cent pick 6 was top, 2nd, top 3rd, top, top pick for $457.12. 5th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, top pick for $116.40. 6th race pick 5 was 2nd, top, 3rd, top, top picks for $1,562.00. 7th race our top pick over our other 4 picks paid a $1 SHF of $5,294.00. (superfecta paid $2,884.80). 8th race 3rd pick, top pick exacta was $57.20. 9th race COLD double paid $12.80.

2 May 2021:  After any scratches: Top pick won 4 races, 2nd pick won 2 races, and 3rd pick 1 races on a 9 race card. 1st race pick 5 was 4th, tp, 3rd, top, 2nd pick for $2,773.20. 2nd race pick 3 was top, 3rd, 2nd pick for $176.80. 2nd race pick 4 was top, 3rd, top, 2nd pick for $636.00. 4th race top pick, 2nd pick, top pick pick 3 paid $116.00. 5th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, top pick paying $73.00.

1 May 2021:  After any scratches: Top pick won 3 races, 2nd pick won 4 races, and 3rd pick 3 races on a 10 race card. 1st race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $68.00. 4th race pick 3 was 3rd, top, 3rd pick for $136.20. 5th race exacta hit COLD $10.80. 5th race 20 cent pick 6 was top, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, top, 2nd pick for $447.94. 6th race pick 5 was 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, top, 2nd pick for $1,990.60. 7th race pick 4 was 2nd, 2nd, top, 2nd pick for $496.90.

23 April 2021:  Another solid day at Santa Anita. After any scratches at Santa Anita: 1st race pick 3 hit COLD for $64.80. 1st race trifecta also hit COLD paying $71.20. 1st pick pick 5 was top, top, top, 2nd, 2nd pick for $504.80. 3rd race top pick, 3rd pick exacta paid $38.00. 4th race 20 cent pick 6 was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd pick for $986.22. 5th race pick 5 was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd pick for $3,572.00. 6th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta paid $16.20. 8th race exacta box of top two picks paid $94.60. 8th race trifecta was 2nd, top, 3rd pick for $372.80. (superfecta was 2nd, top, 3rd, 4th pick for $757.20)

2 April 2021:  Another nice day at the Great Race Place. After any scratches at Santa Anita: Top choice won 6 of the 8 races carded and a 2nd pick one another. 1st race pick 3 hit ICE COLD for $135.20. 1st race exacta also hit COLD $9.20. 2nd race trifecta hit COLD $28.00 (COLD exacta $18.40). 3rd race top pick won and paid $21.60 and that pick over our other 4 given picks paid a $1 SHF of $817.10. 5th race trifecta box of our top 3 picks paid $66.00. 6th race box of our top two picks paid $26.40. 6th race pick 3 hit COLD $20.80. 7th race exacta hit COLD $7.40.

27 March 2021:  Nice day at the Great Race Place. After any scratches at Santa Anita:  1st race double hit COLD for $19.40. 1st race pick 3 was top, top, 2nd pick for $91.80. 2nd race trifecta hit COLD $11.60. 5th race double hit COLD for $25.40. 5th race pick 5 was top, top, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd pick for $2,940.60. 6th race top pick, 4th pick exacta $36.80. 7th race trifecta box of 3 given picks paid $72.60.

27 March 2021:   After any scratches at Gulfstream Park where our special publication covered the 10 Stakes races:  Top choice won 5 of the 10 races. 3rd race double hit COLD $22.80. 3rd race pick 3 was top, top, 2nd pick for $70.80. 4th race exacta hit COLD for $9.40. 4th race top pick over our other 3 picks paid a superfecta of $103.20. 8th race box of top 3 picks paid a trifecta of $83.00. 8th race superfecta box of top 4 selections $154.20. 10th race superfecta box of 4 given picks paid $618.20. 11th race double hit COLD $12.60. 12th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $32.40. Bombs away in the 14th race in the Gulfstream Park Derby as our top choice ($12.80) over our next 4 picks paid a $1 SHF of $3,332.80. (big superfecta and exacta as well)

26 March 2021:  After any scratches 1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, top pick $3,569.40.

19 March 2021:   Top choice won 5 of the 8 races and 2nd choice won another. 1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, top, top, top pick for $441.20. 3rd race pick 3 hit COLD for $141.80. 4th race COLD double paid $53.00.

14 March 2021:  1st race pick 5 was 2nd, top, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd selection for $45,481.40. (50 cent payoff was $11,370.35). 3rd, 4th, 5th pick 3 was $1,320.40.

7 March 2021:   Nice day again at Sanita Anita. Top choice won 4 of the 9 races and the 2nd choice won 3 races. 3rd race trifecta hot ICE COLD for $116.60. 5th race pick 3 hit ICE COLD for $187.40. 5th race pick 5 was top, top, top, 5th, 2nd pick for $7,549.50. 6th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $74.20. (top pick, 3rd pick, 2nd pick trifecta $124.20). 7th race top pick over the next 3 picks paid a trifecta of $203.60.

6 March 2021:  Bombs away at Santa Anita as the top choice won 4 of the of the 11 races and ran 2nd in 5 others with many going off nice prices. 1st race 3rd pick, top pick (10 to 1) exacta $22.20. 2nd race box of 4 given horses paid a superfecta of $240.00. 3rd race top pick over our other 3 picks paid a superfecta of $384.60. 4th race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $124.60. 5th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $13.20. 6th race 20 cent pick 6 was 3rd, top, 2nd, 3rd, top, top pick for $2,014.44. 6th race exacta hit COLD for $8.40. 7th race pick 5 was top, 2nd, 3rd, top, top pick for $8,423.60. 8th race 2nd pick, 3rd pick exacta $40.00. 9th race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $37.60. 10th race double hit ICE COLD for $107.80. 10th race top choice over our next 3 picks paid a superfecta of $405.20. 11th race trifecta hit ICE COLD for $218.40. (COLD exacta $78.40). I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing.

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Del Mar for Saturday 28 August 2021

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Seems like a very good card today at Del Mar.

Best of luck as always !

 

race 1    above average clarity

3  Valentina Ghada   McCarthy 2nd time starter ran a solid final time for the given day in her MSW debut and might have surprised her connections as she had little support at the windows going off at 9 to 1 in only a six horse field.......that and the trainer is much more dangerous with 2nd time starters than 1st.......jock upgrade to boot

5  Electric Ride   Sadler 1st time starter sure is working as if she is meant and ready to roll in her MSW debut especially since switching to the Del Mar surface.......solid trainer/jock combo in Sadler/Bravo......rather sure this filly has some talent

6  Captaire

 

race 2    average clarity

5  Whiskey My God   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  gelding is badly in need of a drop and his trainer could use a win or a place for that matter as he has been unable to get either with 16 starts at the Dmr meeting.......gelding needs his race 3 back.....my guess is his last was a gimme in a protected race to put some doubt in the minds of the claiming vultures lurking above.......go today

6  Magic Tiger   seems like a decent claim by Michael Maker who runs his new shooter back at the same level he claimed him for........and the stout trainer goes to his top jock in Rispoli who has won 4 of his last 7 mounts riding for him and with 2 others in the money

1  Active Account

4  Cibertruck

 

race 3    average clarity

3  Ingest   one big 6F split in his latest which was in a one mile grass race........that bodes well for his chances of handling the abbreviated turf distance of 5F.......O'Neill risked him for $50K in his last to get him eligible for the very coveted can't be claimed Alw 50000s race where he faces easier

4  Johnny Podres   yet to win in 4 races at 5F on the turf at Del Mar but 3 of the 4 races fit well at today's level......that and this Miyadi four year old is a late runner in a field with enough speed signed up to flatter his late kick

2  Capo Mafioso

7  Palaleo

1  Uncle Jeff

 

race 4    average clarity

5  Prince Hussar   nice winning MC32K debut for this Palma colt who broke a little tardy and still cut out a 21:3 quarter to wire the field......his number earned fits fine today and considering he worked 47:1 half 5 days ago even better seems likely today

4  Blame It On Rose  blinkers on in her 3rd lifetime start and 2nd with Hess as her trainer.......she is one of four fillies in the race which is quite rare and she appears to be the best of them and also better than two of the males in here as she set a solid quarter (but not as fast a one as our top pick) and like our top choice she went on to wire the field rather easily

8  Cute Impact

3  Roses for Suzzette

1  Im Still Thirsty

 

race 5    average clarity

2  Kalon  2 of her 6 lifetime races fit well here and they were the only time she raced at Dmr and like today they were run at 5F on the sod.....quite the rider upgrade following a bad trip where she was shuffled back and then ran wide in the 1 Aug. version of this MSW race.........two strong drills since........hard not to like

5  Leisurewear   D'Amato has been incredibly impressive with his Euro invaders in their 1st U S of A starts but this filly ran just OK........but she moved forward quite a bit in her 2nd lifetime start in GB so 2nd out following a layoff might be what she needs.......we shall see about 4 PM pacific

1  Little Liliana

4  Tony Ann

8  Tiergarten

 

race 6    average clarity

5  I Got No Munny   very consistent sort when racing on the dirt and he seems at his best racing on at today's 6F distance.......and jock Joe Bravo who sure has broken into the S Cal jockey colony very nicely (3 more wins yesterday) has options as this gelding is capable of winning on or off of the pace

4  Fratelli   speed of the speed in this 6 horse nw2 alw affair and with a good speed trainer and rider at the helm......and like our top choice he appears to appreciate six furlongs of dirt the most

6  Fashionably Fast

 

race 7    average clarity

3  Love My Jimmy  three year old is outstanding exiting the gate and for the 1st time he gets a top echelon jock on his back in the name of Florent Geroux.....that and the two times Miller has risked this three year old for a tag he won both races rather convincingly

2  Swiss Swoo   brutal trip in his latest with the blinkers taken off as he broke very badly and then raced too wide......9L of trip trouble and was only beaten by 5L in a nw alw one mile turf race.....nice speed drill put in to help him adjust to today's 5F sprint......should be a big number

6  Gates of Heaven

7  The Hulk

4  Jazz Hands

 

race 8    average clarity

2  Rockefeller   a ton of work put into this Bob Baffert MSW 1st time starter who went for a cool $750K at sale.......like so many two year old 1sters from the Baffert barn he seems meant and redy to roll at 1st asking

7  Cabo Spirit   MSW debut for this big bucks colt (especially for the Papaprodromou barn) appeared to be a tune-up......works since are stellar........hot jock Bravo stays put......might go off a bit of a price

1  Drink the Wind  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE 

5  Durante

3  Union Train

 

race 9    average clarity

5  Luvluv   very solid in his last 3 outings the last of which was an 11 furlong marathon affair on the grass....and did he sure like the added distance popping his lifetime best number despite a very bad trip (broke slow and ran wide)

3  Midnight Jostar   won vs. easier in his last running a Santucci fig that is 4L short of par considering today's higher level......but...... he did it in a one mile race and 11 furlongs of turf is more up his alley

6  Frair's Road

4  Liberal

10  Farquhar

 

race 10    average clarity

1  Ginobili   monster effort in this gelding's latest 1st time with blinkers on and also in Feb of 2020 where he ran 2nd in a Grade 2 at today's 7F distance but was tons the best in the race.......and the cut back in distance of 8F to 7F should give him plenty of endurance when push comes to shove in the late stages of the stellar race

9  C Z Rocket   should be plenty of pace in this prestigious race and that should make his jock's (Geroux) job easier with this off pace runner.......C Z won the 2020 version of this race and might capture it again today

8  Flagstaff

5  Eight Rings

7  Brickyard Ride

 

race 11    average clarity

10  U S Danger   not sure what Valdivia was thinking opening up a monster lead setting fractions that most turf sprinters can't muster.......he earned a pace factor of 5L and was beaten only by 4L in a fast heat for the level......so back to Frey who was able to get this speed horse to rate kindly........should be loose and dangerous

4  Carmelita's Man   very consistent sort and he should appreciate an extra half furlong turf to work with......good history racing off of 3 to 5 weeks rest.......4 weeks since his last and Cedillo stays put........hard not to like

2  Zip Now

7  Trevor T

9  Cool Your Jets

1  Viking Plunder

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Del Mar for Friday 27 August 2021

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Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

5  Zabava   five year old mare has a decent history racing off of short rest........short rest today and 1st out following the Mulhall claim which is one of Kristin's stronger stats..........two works put in since the 6 August race and they were spaced only 5 days apart.....seems wound up and ready for a strong effort

3  Miss Flawless   trainer Powell is quietly have a strong Dmr meeting and he has a shot at his 5th win here if this mare's latest was nothing more than a gimme to get away with today's drop 2nd out following a break......she went off at 28 to 1 in her last which supports the idea of gimme/tightener

2  Lavender

4  So Much happy

8  Too Much Heaven

 

race 2    average clarity

2  Northern Gem  didn't like this filly whatsoever in her last not only did she win at 46 to 1 but she did so with a brutal trip.....she had about 8 or 9 lengths of trip trouble.......trainer starts few but he is 3 for his last 7 getting back to back wins......step up of a level seems like a good sign this three year old has held form for Librado Barocio

8  Flat Out Joy   1st out following an O'Neill claim is almost always a dangerous proposition for the opposition...........five year old appears to be the speed of the speed and she has run well at 7F so I believe 8F is doable for her unless she dislikes the two turns

4  Morning Addiction

3  Illapawnie

1  Mama Superior

 

race 3    average clarity

3  Fast as Vass   placed rather ambitiously in his latest and didn't embarrass himself beating 5 of 8 foes at double today's 10K claiming price....and the effort was run off of a 17 month hiatus from the game.......and it was a sprint and his thing is route racing.....trainer Lorenzo Ruiz is solid 2nd time off layoffs and very strong dropping 2 or more levels

2  Studly Perfection   big fractions set by this Mulhall six year old and he did them on a dull inside.......he had every right to cash it in down the stretch........rail has been good most of the time since...........gelding appears as if he should be loose on the lead today.....would have been top choice if he hadn't been a vet scr on 5 Aug

6  Jan's Reserve

5  Itsthattime

1  Conquest Cobra

 

race 4    average clarity

4  Flying Drummer  hot start for new sire Gun Runner who was quite the race horse (maybe a little underrated) and this Baffert baby ran awfully well/fast in his debut in a 6F affair.......and the connections didn't shell out $850K to have themselves a nice sprinter........that and Baffert is 34% win with his last 100 1st time racing in a route

7  Barossa   another expensive baby from the Baffert barn that had a solid MSW debut but then ran a dull 2nd out.......works hint at a rebound and like our top choice the connections didn't shell out $560K to have themselves a nice sprinter........Baffert is strong with two moves that apply here - sprint-sprint-route maneuver and blinkers off

2  Oviatt Class

6  Clampett

8  Carbonite

 

race 5    average clarity

6  Steak and Cheese   solid race for this invader coming from the out east in his 1st race at Del Mar in the one mile version of this cond. claiming 32K race.....extra 1/16 should be doable ........Maker's go to guy so far at Dmr as he and Rispoli have won 4 o7 with two others in the money

3  Jack Sprout   solid forward move in his 2nd lifetime start to nearly graduate at Hst at two........solid 2nd out after a long layoff to graduate at Dmr at 3 and he was dropping in for a tag......so 2nd out after another layoff in 2021 and up for a tag should be - go city and then some

2  Avigale

4  Good Bye Putin

5  Hammering Lemon

 

race 6    average clarity

3  Miss Bigly   five year old mare has shown she can run well off of Lasix which she has to run without today......and......she is 4 for 5 at the distance and the one blemish was in a one turn mile at CD.......decent rider/trainer combo in Hernandez and D'Amato........five year old hasn't missed a beat since her last race run on 26 June as she has hit the track 6 times including two good works on the Del Mar surface which bode well for her chances of handling a new dirt surface

1  Paige Anne   consistent sort should benefit from a small cut back in distance as both lifetime wins have come at one mile......she tends to flatten late in her 1 1/16 mile races

2  Miss Stormy

 

race 7    average clarity

(AE 9 Encroachment  has a shot if he draws into the field)

4  Go On   not much in his MSW debut last summer as a two year old with the blinkers on but two months later in fall he fired a solid par like effort with the blinkers taken off.....away since the late Oct race but works suggest he is ready fresh and with 1st time Lasix.......he seems ready for a big effort if of course if he handles his 1st on the sod........pedigree says he will

1  Gregory's Pride  1st two lifetime races (both turf sprints) fit very well here but he regressed in his latest about 3L fig wise as the favorite......that race was run off of a long layoff and a tough post at Dmr at 5F on the turf......great post today - 2nd out after a layoff - and switch in jocks.......rebound seems likely

3  Tiz the Tale

5  Secret Weapon

6  Eagle Chief

 

race 8    average clarity

9  Doncic   obviously a bad claim for $100K but owner has a barnful of runners and just won a big Grade 1 so why not cut the losses and start this colt in a MC32K.......blinkers on and improved works......decent chance he wins and is taken away by a different groom following the win

7  Proud Veteran   another dropping way down in the maiden ranks and in this fellow's case he is eligible for the extra moola available for winning 1st in shippers......impressive preparatory drills at Slr........seems very well meant and likely to be a big factor in the outcome of this race

3  Borkan

8  Money Back

2  Pick Your Bid

 

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Del Mar for Thursday 26 August 2021

Travers Stakes Day at Saratoga and our full card selections (usually 13 races) is only 2 days away. As usual our publication will be sent to you in your email by about 6 pm central (and often much earlier than that) on Friday. Click on the 2021 Travers Day logo for details.

Best of luck as always !

 

race 1    above average clarity

2  Censorship   Baffert's two year old filly just put in one of the most eye popping works of any two year old to date in S Cal..........111 flat just 6 days ago preparing for her 3rd lifetime start.......that and Mr Baffert is as good as anyone making good use of the sprint-sprint-route maneuver

3  I'm a Giraffe   poor trip in her maiden debut which was in a MC50K affair.......two year old filly earned a number that is 3L short of par for the MSW level put she has put in 3 nice drills since the race.........Peter Miller must really like what he sees to move his filly up........that and Prat is up

7  Mitigation

5  Haute Lady

 

race 2    average clarity

3  Tiz Tact Toe   significant improvement for this Hess three year old in his latest where he ran a grass race that is 2.5L better than par for today's level when you take into account some trip trouble........can he run as well 9F today as he did at 8F 3 weeks ago......... pedigree suggests that there is a decent chance that he will

1  Rosenquist   trainer Bill Morey is quite dangerous with shippers and he is (3 2 0 1) at the Del Mar summer meeting.........that and his 1st time gelding is eligible for that extra moola for invaders who win first into Dmr......plenty of incentive for the connections to pull out all stops to have this three year old ready to roll

5  Circumvent

6  Fire Polish

7  American Great

 

race 3    below average clarity

5  Admirably   turf to dirt and 2nd out after a claim apply here for trainer Lorenzo Ruiz and both starts are very strong for the underrated and under used conditioner.......6F is a good fit (7 2 2 1)........1st on the Dmr main track is a ? mark

3  Platinum Equity   solid better than it appears 8K win when last seen at Lrc........away since the 5 july race but in the interim he has put in 4 works three of which are good and the last work is very good as in a best of 57 4F bullet at Del Mar.......likely will get ignored at the windows stepping up 3 levels of claiming

4  Black Storm

2  Bibleman

 

race 4    way below average clarity

2  Frost Alert   best win % in this field with maidens debuting on the turf belongs to John Sadler........good post and drills for this two year old Sadler 1ster.......draws a good post and strong turf jock with the babies racing on the sod in Rispoli.......connections got a good look at what they were getting for their $270K purchase as he was bought just a few months ago

4  Rivera Champ   solid grass breeding for this MSW 1st time starter and McCarthy selects one of his top go to guys in Hernandez to ride.......J. J. is 3 for 7 win and with 3 others in the money over the last 2 months rider for Mike McCarthy

6  Law Abiding

3  Trebbiano

5  Ammer Hall

 

race 5    below average clarity

1  Paint Me Lucky   here is our comment for this Baffert gelding prior to his last race, "Baffert six year old maiden (doubt I have ever written that before) should be loose on the lead and tough to wheel in if he is OK physically speaking as this is the 1st time he has been able to race more than two times before going bye bye for a long period of time"......well he won and did so without the lead.......and he must still be doing OK physically for Bob to race him back a race in 11 days

5  Starship Chewbacca   history for this gelding says running 2nd out after a layoff should be a positive........1st at 7F but his efforts at 6 1/2 furlongs hint the extended 7F sprint distance will be to his liking......bug boy Espinoza has yet to win at the meeting with 23 starts but he has placed at highest % of all the other bug's at this meeting

3  Black Belt

2  Half Right

7  Tribal War Chant

 

race 6    average clarity

4  Hear My Prayer   trainer Cerin is only 1 for his last 15 "1st start w/trn" but he has his new filly working too well to ignore........and his four year old is a perfect 4 for 4 racing on firm turf and all four races were at today's 5F distance.........Florida invader has been absent since Feb. but Cerin is more than capable with runners coming off of long layoffs

5  Raymundos Secret   five year old mare has earned $200K on the turf and owns a Grade 2 win in 10 starts all of which are turf route races.......now she attempts to handle a turf sprint and D'Amato is awfully good at turning a route horse into a sprinter.....might get ignored some at the windows

7  Bulletproof One

6  Candura

 

race 7    average clarity

5  Fly the Sky   lifetime best dirt race was run one mile turf to one mile dirt off of 33 days rest and the dirt race was at Dmr.......solid 5F turf win in latest in latest and one mile dirt today off of 25 days rest......likely able to handle shorter rest as the turf sprint was only 5F...........its not rocket science

4  Wilson Monk   away since March but this gelding won his MSW for fun last Feb.........so he showed he can fire fresh and his a.m. work hints this is not a tune-up......pedigree for a route is good especially for a Cal-bred.....and the DA is 25 for his last 100 "1st at a route"

9  Atomic Drop

7  Betito

1  Hapi Hapi

 

race 8    average clarity

3  Majestic Steps   drop makes sense as the best this D'Amato filly has done in her last 5 races is 5th.........bad trip in this girl's latest hides a race that fits and today she gets a significant jock upgrade especially for a route turf race

4  Lady Emily   lack of action on the board 1st into Del Mar for this Michael Maker filly and now drops......might have been nothing more than a dirty her up gimme......we shall find out if that is a the case about 5:30 pacific time

9  Chasingserendipity

2  Mind Meld

6  Agreetodisagree

 

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Del Mar for Friday 20 August 2021

Saratoga Stakes Day and our full card selections for Saratoga (usually 13 races) is 8 days away. Click on the 2021 Travers Day logo for details.

I sure like today's card more than yesterday's which was difficult and so wide open and came close to making a single ticket winner in the pick 6. Del Mar's biggest day of the summer meet is tomorrow with 11 races and tons of quality. 10 more races on Sunday.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

6  Cucina   this four year old gelding is racing 1st time with Michael Maker as the trainer and he is eligible for the extra moola available to those who win 1st into Dmr.......so that alone signals that Maker will pull out all stops to have this gelding ready.........as does the fact he is risking him for a tag

2  Dubby Dubbie   decent speed in a race that lacks it and with a pilot in Prat who will likely make good use of it sitting sitting 1st or 2nd saving ground into turn one.......hard not to like this six year old from the Sadler barn (who is not eligible to be claimed) despite the 13 month hiatus from the game

5  Stage Ready

1  Secret Club

 

race 2    average clarity

4  Katerini   trainer is very dangerous with laid up sprinters that have speed like this filly does........1st on the dirt today for this four year old making her 3rd lifetime start (1st two starts on turf) and the switch in surfaces seems to be a positive as this filly just worked a sizzling 46 Hg best of 98 bullet six days ago.......Glatt is having an excellent Del Mar meeting (41 9 8 4)

1  Zero Tolerance   three year old filly just ran a better than par Santucci fig in her MSW debut and the strength of the 5F turf race is hidden to some extent by some trip trouble.......back in only 19 days and with a solid 4F gate drill to boot.........like our top choice she seems likely to take to the dirt just fine especially with Miller/Prat at the helm

6  M Is for Magic

 

race 3    average clarity

5  North County Guy   rider upgrade for this Richard Baltas six year old that tends to run wide but only has 4 foes to deal with so he likely won't be as wide as he usually is.........gelding is (6 3 2 1) racing on the grass at 9F or less in his last 6.......and not only does he get that jock upgrade but he also races for the lowest weight he has carried in 7 races

1  Indian Peak   crazy early move for this Miller four year in his latest race especially considering the rider was Flavien Prat........2nd out racing with Miller as the trainer and that is one of Peter's better stats.......that and the meets top jock will be out to make amends

4  Tiz Plus

 

race 4    below average clarity

4  Simmer Down   bad trip in her latest with the blinkers taken off.....back on today and drops in class some.......route horse with route speed is attempting to sprint and the recent works are very quick hinting she will handle the change.....and she catches a field lacking early speed so her route speed might be good enough to put her in the mix from the get go

2  Righteously   strong win at night over at LA 1st out following the claim by Lorenzo Ruiz........filly has had quite the 2021 (8 4 1 1 1) and her trainer has won back to back races with a claiming horse 15 times with his last 45

3  Kerralia

5  Royal Blend

7  Jasmine Chieftain

 

race 5    below average clarity

7  Rookie Year   Prat has ridden this gelding twice and both were wins and wins by more than 9 lengths.......other 5 races with other jocks up led to 3 6th place finishes at best.....so......I have to ignore two dull lifetime turf races and count on the judgement of the jock and the trainer as far this gelding's ability to handle the sod

9  Muay Thai   claimed by Sadler for $40K and he smartly steps this three year old up to $50K as although he was 5th beaten by 5 1/2 in his 1st USA race (which was also at today's one mile turf distance) he was way too wide.......Bravo can do better even with another wide post to deal with

6  Man Friday

3  Vantage Point

11  Mucho Del Oro

 

race 6    average clarity

1  Scotish Star   brutal trip in his first in the good old U S of A following two 7L wins (2nd one a Grade 1 win at 16 to 1) in Argentina.........he raced 3 wide up on a decent pace and still broke the 1:10 barrier........big drill since the race......likely up for more and if she is she should be tough in the Grade 3 despite a difficult post for Prat to deal with

4  Edgeway   dangerous looking speed horse and this filly is capable of winning on or off of the lead......toss out her last as she pressed a brutal pace vs. a monster and predictably tired

3  Stellar Sound

 

race 7    average clarity

(AE 10 Mikes Tiznow  has a shot if he draws into the field as the lone speed)

8  Distant Vista   it appears that J J Hernandez took this gelding over our 3rd selection who he just won on.....that hints that this D'Amato four your old benefitted from her layoff run which wasn't too shabby and that more can be expected from her this afternoon.......big 55:2 win last year at Dmr and she might be up to that effort today

7  Tilted Towers   double barrel action from D'Amato as he also trains our top selection.......this five year old had a brutal trip in her last which was the 23 July version of this race as she broke 3 slow and ran wide.....only getting beat by 5 1/2L was impressive......clean break today and she can be in the vanguard early in a race without any real "burner" outside of AE #10

5  Torosay

2  Thanks Mr. Edison

1  Whooping Jay

 

race 8    average clarity

(AE 11 Spoiled Rotten  has a shot if she draws into the field)

6  Warren's Queen Bee   beat 5 of 7 foes in her MSW debut and that is noteworthy as her trainer Craig Lewis is night and day better better with 2nd time starters......improved 4F work since her 18 July debut supports the notion we see more "horse" in her 2nd lifetime endeavor

11 AE  Spoiled Room   not crazy about the post but he exits a fast heat both in final and pace and he was on a short lead.....so he might be able to clear most or all by the turn.......hot jock up in Abel Cedillo

2  Varick

10  Big Switch

7  Shemakescents

9  Addydidit

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Del Mar for Thursday 19 August 2021

Saratoga Stakes Day and our full card selections for Saratoga (usually 13 races) is only 9 days away. Click on the 2021 Travers Day logo for details.

Tough card to decipher at Del Mar today as you can tell by our "clarity ratings".

Best of luck as always!!!

 

race 1    below average clarity

4  Rev Rita   exits a key MSW race where 2nd and 3rd came back to win and 3rd was only 1/2 length in front of this Yakteen filly at the wire.......and this girl now drops to the MC50K level......works were good prior to her debut and they continue to be good following her 20 June race.......and we get a rider upgrade especially on a maiden

3  Bowl of Cherries   Ron Ellis finally got his 3rd win of 2021 and his record sure is improved since arriving at Dmr (8 1 1 2)........filly is quite consistent but her running lines scream out for a drop into maiden claiming and she gets it in the form of a MC62.5K

5  River Girl

1  Aadhana

6  Esagerare

 

race 2    below average clarity

6  Island Life   three year old filly is (4 2 2 0) when racing for a tag and her two wins came in her only two races run at today's 5 1/2 furlongs........so the cut back of 1/2 furlong today should give her some decent endurance when push comes to shove in late stretch

5  Kirsch Truffle   never settled in her latest race run at one claiming level higher after checking early and predictably she ran poorly after that.........but she is training well at Del Mar and deserves another chance to show what she's got.......and the rider/trainer are 3 for 7 over the last two months as a team

3  Trouble N Paradise

2  It's a Riddle

8  Showmethemagic

 

race 3    average clarity

1  New Drama   great spot for a five year old mare who graduated at the MSW level (can't be claimed) which on average is 2L tougher than today's starter level.....filly has shown she can handle inside posts and the one and two posts have won 50% of the 5F turf races carded at the summer meeting

4  I'm the Boss of Me   last two races albeit on the dirt are very strong and the latest one is disguised by racing on a somewhat dull rail........Cedillo coming off of a 4 bagger stays put.......0 for 2 on the sod but she didn't get the cleanest of trips and her pedigree for it is good

5  A G Indy

6  Deise Delight

2  Plum Sexy

 

race 4    below average clarity

2  Bombs At Cocal   Miller is strong MSW to MC and 2nd career race especially with the babies.....both are the case today and this colt's debut is stronger than it appears in print.......he earned a Santucci fig that fits nicely at today's lower level if of course this colt can run as well at a route......pedigree is OK for one and his latest drill is interesting as he worked a decent 5F only 4 days ago.......as in sharp when it means the most

7  Even Steven   trainer is not much with MSW 1st time starters but very capable with MC 1sters......and Prat takes the call hinting this two year old gelding is "live" in his MC50K debut.....as does the fact he is entered for $40K to get 4 lbs off

8  You're My Boy Kat

4  Thirty Four Coupe

6  Formal Order

 

race 5    average clarity

7  Bestrella   somewhat suspicious drop into mid priced claiming but the trainer has been hot of late and Smith shows up for only one mount and in a claiming race.........that seems significant........four year old filly should by closing fast in the late stages

6  Golden Voice  Mike Maker filly has seen better days but his latest "up the track" effort might by nothing more then a dirty up his form gimme to lessen the threat of being claimed.........that and this invader is eligible for the ship and win bonus

4  Brittle and Yoo

5  Prance

9  Buy Wave Buy

 

race 6    average clarity

8  Secret Square   here is the comment from TRD prior to her last racing endeavor, "quite the trainer and rider upgrade for this four year old filly and two solid back to back works support the idea that her new conditioner has improved her......that and she is 1 for 2 on the Del Mar dirt and 0 for 15 racing elsewhere".....and man did she improve as she ran a number that is much better than par for today's higher level......can she do it again......Cedillo and his agent think so

2  Tiz Wonderfully   six year old can set some nasty fractions at times and still hold together.......bug boy is winless but he still might be worth his weight break if he can get loose and lonely on the lead

4  Eddie's New Dream

1  She's So Pretty

6  Gotta Be Lucky

 

race 7    below average clarity

8  Seven Charms   ultra impressive that this colt was able to put in a bullet 4F turf work despite the fact his last race was only 20 ago.........and that race was a nice nw alw win at today's 11 furlong turf distance........seems jacked up for another powerful marathon turf race of 11 furlongs

5  Ward 'n Jerry   Mike Puype has been chilly but he might get his 1st win at the meet with this eight year old who is at his best racing in marathon turf races especially at 11F or 12F.......and his last 3 wins were with today's jock Flavien Prat up

7  Rijeka

6  K P All Systems Go

3  Ocean Altantique

 

race 8    average clarity

7  Tiz Vicious   lifetime best was run at today's 6 1/2 furlong dirt distance with the blinkers on in a race run off of 4 1/2 months rest........6 1/2 today and blinkers go on following a race without them........away for 5 1/2 months and with a better jock up than who was aboard when last seen on 26 Feb.......should be in the mix from the get go and tough thru-out

3  Perfecto Amor   not sure how well this Hess colt can run on the dirt but he sure drops precipitously and Prat and his agent like his chances as Prat jumps aboard for the 1st time

8  Gordy's Boy

1  Call Nine One One

6  Eight Maker

11  Honor Among Men

 

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