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Del Mar for Saturday 1 September 2012


Decent race card today with 11 races to start the big holiday weekend.


race 1    average clarity

1  Cayambe   most of his career efforts fit solidly versus these including his latest.....shuffled about 4 lengths on the run-up and ran wide and still managed 2nd....claimed by Mullins who is stout 1st after a claim.....and we get a jockey upgrade

4  Cook Inlet    quite the awakening in last on the severe drop.......effort if repeated is strong for the 12.5K level

6  Megaride   ultra consistent sort when he races on AW surfaces......claimed by Hess who is having a very nice Del Mar meeting.......smooth runner has a decent shot to get a nice chase position behind 1 or 2 suspect lead types

7  Fire Break   been racing over his head but now drops for Miller who takes over the training duties........difficult horse to get to tuck in and save some ground.......good jock in Nakatani to get the difficult task accomplished


race 2    slightly above average clarity

3  Imwiththeblonde   brilliant racing debut for a 2 year old of 8 to 3rd supports a strong final time.....only negative I see is that she ran loose on the lead and she likely will need to chase today

6  Kinz Funky Monkey    unreal 2nd quarter in last her 2nd lifetime start......she opened up a ridiculous 9 length lead.......should be loose again with a good start and if her new rider rations her speed more she will be difficult to catch running 1/2 furlong less today

7  Renee's Queen   very solid races in 1st two lifetime starts.......then she ran so so long on the sod and it sure appears to have legged her up because she worked an eye popping 5F bullet drill for a 2 year old filly maiden

4  Wednesday    tightly spaced work series finishing with a bullet gate drill......rather sure Gaines 1ster is ready but she sure faces 3 proven stout MSW has tossed 2 Stakes winners so the potential is there to be special


race 3    slightly above average clarity

1  Unusual Heat    needed last and now gets what he wants....a 1 1/8 mile grass race......2 for 3 at the distance and the other race he earned an adjusted for trouble fig that was better than par for 25K level.....good post as well

5  Lime Rickey   very consistent runner on firm turf so Del Mar is the right place to be.......very good sign that Bejarano sticks with the horse especially for a win-less out of town trainer

4  Muny   8 for 20 overall on the turf and 1 for 1 at the distance.....very tough here if he brings his "A game"......tough call running back in short rest

2  Huntington   not much fig wise in his 3 U S of A starts since arriving from Italy......but maybe running a marathon in last will help him carry his speed/stamina longer at 1 1/8 on the grass today


race 4    average clarity

3  Midnight Interlude   very consistent efforts since the blinkers became part of his equipment 5 races back......most likely needed latest after a long hiatus from the track.....1st on the AW but bred just fine to handle it......Bejarano's 6 straight mount on the horse......knows this runner inside obvious plus

6  John Scott    done little wrong in 7 lifetime starts.......continues to train like a happy healthy horse

2  Kettle Corn   late runner would be my top pick if this affair was an 1/8 longer....but it is not.......most likely Kettle Corn will need solid pace up front to get up in time at only a mile.....not sure he will get it

1  Tres Borrachos    much needed drop out of Graded racing to give this 7 year old a confidence builder......tough here if he is up to giving his A game


race 5    average clarity

4  Secret Motive    very strong (out of a fast heat) MSW debut race for this Canani youngster.....and Canani is usually much more prolific with 2nd time starters than selection here

6  Citizenship   Baffert 1st timer is working like he is meant and ready (what's new?) and trains as if she has some early speed

5  Pure Indy   just purchased for $195K in March so the barn should have had a good handle at what they were regiment hints this 1ster is ready to roll

2  Miss Sweet Afleet   hard to find a disappointing work for this 1st timer since he popped a solid bullet gate work in late July.....another who I believe is ready to compete at a high level in her MSW debut


race 6    average clarity

5  Dance With Gable    6 for 16 at the distance......just claimed by a trainer more than capable 1st out after a claim.....just worked a bullet for his new connections......8 year old is feeling good......race shape fits a mid pack runner

1  Vaundell   only 7 lifetime races at the age of 6 so the drop into claiming makes sense.......well proven fresh off of the bench

7  Quietly Mine   diminishing in form most of 2012 but now appears to be on the upswing.....closer gets ample pace to flatter his late run

3  Blue Jay Attack   been facing better and now takes a logical drop.......mostly a grass cutter in his career but he is 1 for 3 on the AW and it came at today's distance.....another late runner happy to be in an affair that seemingly sets up for off pace runners


race 7    average clarity

4  Cinco De Mario   solid turf route in latest should give this 2 year old a distinct fitness advantage over most in here......there is a small ? mark if he will be as stout on the AW but my guess is that the distance and or the blinkers off were behind the move forward and not necessarily the sod

7  Code West   decent sprint debut 3 weeks ago and that should set him up nicely for his ever at a route of ground which he bred to appreciate........Baffert/Bejarano one tough team

5  Greeley Awesome   showed good speed in 2nd lifetime sprint and now adds blinkers for his 1st ever route race........believe a dangerous wire to wire attempt here

2  Lawyer Gabe   like our top pick this 2nd timer has a fitness edge over most in here debuting decently in a turf route.....and mom has tossed 3 Stakes winners.....good potential here

Possible Long-shot:   3  Prince Telemachus    better than appears in print MSW debut and Cerin is rather dangerous with 2nd time starters......route pedigree is also a positive


race 8    average clarity

9  Self Preservation   bad trip in last hides a decent sprint appears to be a sprinter and it now seems that the connections are thinking the same way

8  Starry Skies   best animal in the field....seems to be a question of how ready and meant she is off of the layoff....I'd 60/40 in favor of her being ready fresh off of the bench

10  Dancingtothestars   last 3 efforts fit decently in this spot......and owns some speed in a race that lacks it

14  Cayanna   laid up since December but has run well fresh in the past and is very consistent with  3 wins and 6 2nds in 13 lifetime starts


race 9    average clarity

8  Executivepriviledge   has done most everything right in 3 lifetime starts and continues to work like yet another special Baffert youngster

9  Beholder   powerful forward move in 2nd lifetime start and sure has been training like a Stakes caliber 2 year old filly since

6  Mechaya   won at 1st asking and the debut race was run awfully fast........fits fine here with just a small forward move.....Sadler is awfully stout with 2 year old fillies

3  Miss Empire   on the right end of the learning curve and will need the trend to continue.......should appreciate the 7 furlongs

Long-shot:   5  Wasted At Midnight   horrid trip in MSW debut........showed plenty of life......blinkers on for 2nd start......not impossible with a smooth trip and a small move forward


race 10    slightly below average clarity

8  Trucial State   his 1 mile turf efforts fit awfully well in this spot especially his last run 2 races back.......and we get 1st time Bejarano who has the riding title pretty muck locked up

5  Shadow Runner   big improvement 1st time Machowsky in last.....and Machowsky seems to be awakening including a win as our top pick Thurs. paying $36.80 to win....same or better today

1  Muchos Besos   1st on the grass and 1st at a route but bred to handle both.....race has a lack of speed in it and he has some

7  A Toast To You   needs to bring his A game which is quite good here....tough to tell if he while bring today


race 11    average clarity

11  California Roll   exits a fast mdn20K heat ......doubt he gets beat if she can repeat the effort with of course a good trip.......sure like that the race was run at the same sprint distance of 6 1/2F

3  Country Soul   also exits a fast heat.....decent move forward....can challenge our top pick with a similar forward move this afternoon

5  Silver Luna   6 1/2 is a good fit for this late runner....and so might be short rest between starts something she hasn't seen in awhile

2  Cupid's Bling    big speed on the lead in last and fell apart in her 1st ever long.......should appreciate getting back to a sprint

12  Boo Who Who

1  Miss Bold Topper



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