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Del Mar for Wednesday 22 August 2012


Same scenario as Sunday when we finished with a flourish. Decent card today especially the 2nd half of it. Don't forget about signing up for Saratoga's Travers Day full card selections. 13 stellar races for only $24.95.


race 1    slightly below average clarity

1  Papa G. T.  SCRATCHED OUT  seems like a decent claim by Miller......3 of this gelding's 4 lifetime races fit well in this spot.....and I believe he is capable of running from off of it which seems important here

6  Monument   only runner in this field who has won from off the pace and he did it in his mc debut.......will most likely need a small move forward in today's 2nd lifetime start but my guess is he will

4  Pearl Daddy   mc debut (obviously fresh) decent........2 month layoff run at Dmr decent........2 more months off and training well should lead to another..........


race 2    slightly above average clarity

7  Half Dome Dude    laid up since Dec where he was running at Zia.......2 for 2 at Dmr and training great for Miller.....might be only opportunity to run at Dmr till next year so it seems logical that Miller will have him ready fresh off of the bench.....good spot for his late running style

4  Close The Bridge   drops back to 40K where he last won 3 races best of 63 bullet drill in preparation for today's challenge

2  Peacenik   speed horse has to put away quite a few opponents here but he does rather well going eyeball to eyeball with his competition......of course getting loose would be better

5  Legal Separation    trainer sure has been struggling this year running in S Cal (OK in N Cal).......but he does have a late runner here in a race loaded with speed


race 3    slightly below average clarity

5  Glee   very strong turf efforts in grass sprints between 5F and 6F last year in since Oct 2011 but Mitchell is very good with laid up alw runners......doubt this is prep race for this import

1  Woebegon   fresh speed is dangerous speed when the conditioner is Peter Miller and the race is only 5F sure hint that this filly is ready

2  Avarooskie   broke poorly in MSW debut last November and still got up for the win on the Hol AW.....laid up since but working as if she is ready to roll.........good pedigree to handle the grass  

4  Tasty Treat   was improving with every start on the sod and then switched to the main track and totally tossed a clinker.....back on the grass should get her back on track

Long-shot Possibilities:    3  River Kiss    assistant trainer for suspended O'Neill here.......... might get has some talent and a sharp recent drill......decent early speed and OK grass breeding


race 4    average clarity

4  Bold Agressor   very bad trip in mc debut last and only got beat by 3/4's of a length for the win.......Bejarano will be out to make amends....same effort with a decent trip and this gelding should have a good chance to graduate

7  Bull Time   last wasn't bad but effort two back is quite good........drop from mdn50K to mdn30K seems logical............good shot to rebound to the desired race 2 back

3  Priddis Wildcat    lone lifetime race was an OK run sprinting on the Hollywood for 3+ months but gelded since his last and training on the Dmr AW as if ready to run well on it......blinkers on and drops......seems very well meant today

6  Surfliner   works seem good enough to possibly be dangerous in his mc debut

Long-shot Possibilities:    5  Supersonic Heat   woke up some in last and it is hidden by bad trip (about 7 lengths of trip trouble) ............trainer/rider teamed up for a long-shot win Sunday


race 5    average clarity

7  Regulus   1st at a route in last and it sure did wonders for this Harty runner........vastly improved effort both pace and final time wise.........blinkers off for today and the recent work tab hints the equipment change will get even more out of the MSW runner in his 2nd lifetime route race

2  Toruk Makto   nice move forward 1st ever on the Dmr synthetic running 2nd in a MSW 1 mile affair.......and a much improved drill since........same or better this afternoon seems likely

5  Jules Journey   another who sure showed marked improvement 1st ever at a route of ground........decent chance to be loose on the lead like last time and this time might hang in there for the duration

8  Tiznow Or Then   sprint-sprint tune-ups.......likely to show more 1st time at a route this afternoon........Ellis has used this training tactic numerous times in the past

Long-shot Possibilities:    1  Timberlite   another with an improvement effort/fig wise 1st time at a distance.....had 9 post in last.....gets 1 post today.......that's a big plus at 1 mile on the AW at Dmr..... Japanese jock sure could use a win


race 6    slightly above average clarity

2  Little Emily   two straight poor turf trips hides an improved grass cutter........gets a better post and blinkers on to help get a smoother journey......the one to beat if she gets the good trip and shows the same effort/energy

1  Budidinha   just fired lifetime best 1st time on Lasix and 1st time under the guidance of trainer Pederson......good post and 2nd out after a layoff.....likely to fire same or better today.....does tend to hang some

4  Always A Chance   blinkers on in last and tossed a clunker........strong race 2 back with the blinkers off.......blinkers off today........showed he can handle a turf route last January

6  Suances Vixen   turf mc debut gimme 2 back.......dropped and ran on the AW and won........back to the grass today fit and ready this time


race 7    slightly above average clarity

5  Maker Or Breaker   broke slow and ran wide (blinkers on today to help focus) and still got up to break her MSW debut at 1st asking........1st long for 2nd lifetime start with a solid pedigree that suggests she will handle the transition especially with Mr. Baffert calling the shots

6  Lady Pecan   another Baffert runner here who has done little wrong in his 4 lifetime races run on synthetic surfaces.....blinkers off and the a.m. work suggests the equipment change has helped improved this filly

2  Romantic Wish   usually good out of the gate but not in latest.....still managed to run 2nd at today's level of racing after that slow start......2nd out after the layoff is usually a positive


race 8    average clarity

7  Tiz A Route   race lacks early speed and this filly appears to have the most.....and the only time she ever got loose she ran her eyeballs since May but training like she is fit meant and ready

5  Three Cuties   logical drop in what looks like this runner's only chance to run at Dmr in 2012.......1 for 2 at Dmr........0 for 17 elsewhere........should be all business today

12  Bila Shaka     poor trips in last two races somewhat hides a runner in good form.......1st time Miller off of an 8 Aug claim

1  Sea Of Desire  placed a bit too high in last 1st out after the Palma claim........back where belongs today.....race 2 back fits fine

2  A Natural

11  Huntington Harbour

NOTE:   no. 14 My Diane would be the 4th choice if she draws into the field from the AE list


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