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Del Mar for Saturday 28 July 2012


Please take note that Sunday's 29 July selections will be posted with comments as much as 1 hour late (10 a.m. pacific). I will try to post names and numbers only at 9 a.m. Sorry for any inconvenience.


race 1    average clarity

2  Cameo Appearance   SCRATCHED  Baffert has 3 1st timers in here and as usual they all look ready.......sure like the 1st gate work for this baby (bullet) and the little breeze Baffert gave him just 3 days ago.....sure seems to suggest he means business with this 1ster

1  Dry Summer   decent debut for this Mullins runner and 3 reassuring drills since......more is likely today

7  Urgent Matter   Myung Cho always seems to have a one or two stellar 2 year olds every year and this colt trains as if he might be one......showing plenty of speed in his work tab

4  Title Contender   and    8  Power Broker      two very a solid working Baffert 1st timers are difficult to split and very dangerous


race 2    average clarity

7  No Afilyation   laid up drop downs from Sadler is often very ready to roll and I believe that is the case here

1  Kalk Bay    exits a very key race (sometimes race times don't tell all).......trainer has been in the doldrums but is showing show signs of awakening

4  Blue Samurai   another conditioner that has had a tough year..........turf figs fit well at this lower level......but 1st ever on the AW is a ? mark

8  Roman Charity    just claimed and it might be a good one because this mare seems to be rebounding.........worked decently and seems to appreciate Dmr


race 3    average clarity

8  Awesome Annie   not the best of races in last but prior 3 are stout versus these......and the works suggest rebound city today

6  Boller Bomb   1st timer is showing speed in his drills and gets Maldonado in the saddle is is solid with early speed types....trainer won with a 1st timer a couple of days ago

4  Tanya Marie   good mostly a GG trainer sends out a well bred 1st has tossed 2 winners from 2 starters and they both preciously won at 2 years of age

7  Italian Harmony   1/2 bro the Italian Rules........1st timer has a nice tightly spaced work regiment and his last drill suggests he has some early gas just like his older brother


race 4   average clarity

1  God Of War    Avila means business here.....laid up runner drops out of MSW racing ....has been training extremely well....and has been gelded since his last

5  Nearly Was Mine   sure has woken up in last two races with the blinkers on.....and back to Espinoza is a plus as Fukunaga has had trouble adjusting to American racing so far

2  Pretty Boy Troy   last looks like the tune-up in a sprint affair to be ready going a route in his 2nd lifetime start.....might fly from the get go with light weight app. up

7  Indicator   dropped and failed at a low price in May......but hasn't missed a beat in the morning since......dangerous sort

Long-shot Possibilities:   4  Look For Answers    debut was a sprint prep....2nd out was a good route turf race until he ducked in a lost his sure looks like a sprint tune-up to drop and run big today on the AW.....trainer has had good success with the sprint-route maneuver


race 5    average clarity

8  Rule Breaker   laid up since March but training extremely well for Vienna who doesn't work them very hard usually......and Gomez has been getting on all the right horses and getting the job done

3  Gab Power   steadily improving sort seems best at 1 and 1 1/16 miles....also runs well with 2 or 3 months between starts and gets it.....should be flying late

4  Until You   somewhat hidden forward move in last....chased a nasty pace and faded but it was a fast heat........shot to get loose going long today if he handles the turf

6  Reachforthebucks   overseas invader must have been shipped rather fit to Bruce Jackson because he just worked a strong 5F grass drill just 6 days ago......dangerous sort


race 6    slightly above average clarity

2  Starlight Magic   7F looks like a good fit for this consistent runner who was in way too tough in last.......and her 2 races last summer at Dmr are quite good both hidden with bad trips

9  This Means War   on the improve with every start and her last was hidden by a bad trip.....broke slow.....ran on a dull inside.....and blocked in the stretch

6  Willa B Awesome   has earned just shy of $600K but seemingly is running at her least favorite track......not a toss out but maybe a vulnerable favorite

5  Tasty Treat   consistent sort needs to move forward some but she might as she sure worked an improved drill when she switched over to Dmr which she has never raced on


race 7    average clarity

4  Koko Loca   showed plenty of life in a tough turf Stakes race at CD Derby weekend.......very solid AW races in GB especially one she ran in November........Mario reunites with O'Neill and hopefully in a big way here

7  Flashy Dame   just keeps getting better........ and better....... and better....... and continues to train like a happy healthy horse

6  Jardella    ultra consistent sort fits well here but has to get over her tendency to hang in the stretch

8  Zafeen's Pearl   26 to 1 in U S of A debut says that was the tune-up.......full throttle today for Yakteen who has quietly had a solid 2012


race  8    average clarity

5  Take Control   heck of a winning effort in last off of a 2 1/2 year layoff and only one previous race under his belt.....should move forward plenty today for Mr. Baffert.....and gets in at 113 lbs and I think Bejarano can make that weight......yikes

6  Prayer For Relief   solid move forward in last two races since the blinkers were put on.......never trained better.....3 lbs off.......another interesting Baffert horse

4  John Scott    improving promising horse gets weight off and should get a nice ground saving trip as 3 slower individuals start inside of him

7  Rail Trip   better post and a higher % jock and this stout runner would be my top selection........but I thought Rail Trip would get a wide trip in last and he did......Valdivia best be more clever here once again starting from the outer-most 7 post.....a ton if he does


race 9    slightly below average clarity

5  Smokey Legacy   impressive winning wide move in mc debut........better trip and/or a move forward would make this 2nd time starter the one the beat tab sure is good

6  Tummel    drop drop drop and finally won for fun.....fig wasn't much but won with little stress and the works since are vastly improved......rather sure this runner in rebounding

1  Frisky Moment   seemingly best speed here and easily the best jock so far at Dmr aboard

9  Royal Meridian   steadily has been slipping......but has a new trainer in hopes of righting the ship

Long-shot Possibilities:   4  Mojo Working   caught many stout fields at FG and Kee.........Autrey shipper is dangerous especially with the strong set of drills he is showing


race 10    average clarity

Note:   number 11 Cat Meeting has a shot if he draws into the field

9  Affrettando   impressive wide 2nd turn move in last and a gap of 4 1/2 lengths to 3rd....and Garrett Gomez remains aboard

7  Unusual Beam    last was the sprint grass tune-up to be at full throttle going long today for the red hot Barry Abrams

6  Besame Suances   nice grass runner needs just a little more punch late in his grass route races......if he flattens today I would run him in grass sprints only....trainer is good with the sprint-sprint-route manuveur

1  Warren's Nicholas  

2  Jolly Joseph

8  Jaco Red




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