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Del Mar for Saturday 20 July 2013


OK ten race card for the first Saturday of the magnificent 2013 Del Mar meeting.

One week left to save some money on a great day of racing at Arlington Park on August 17th, Arlington Million day!

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly above average clarity

5  Orangeyouacutie     bad trip in mc debut (checked early and ran wide on a good inside day) and claimed by Vann Belvoir who is heating up and has been hot when teaming up with Mr. Bejarano

3  Congregationalist   1st time gelding in last and won going away at the wire........effort fig wise was nothing special but what I like is the fact that he won going away at 6 1/2 furlongs and in his prior races he flatten at reassuring work since.......same or better seems likely today

6  Lico   big effort 2 back racing turf to AW........Autrey smartly tries the same tactic here 2nd out after he snatched this three year old at the claiming box

2  Shining Son


race 2    average clarity

3  Londinium   you think 49 to 1 for a Miller runner with a win-less (I think win-less) in the S Cal apprentice up was a tune-up? Go today 2nd out after the 7 month hiatus from the track

8  Imperative   decent race at GG on the grass in last..........solid work regiment in preparation for today's race......last drill 6 days ago is solid..........draws Stevens who sure can still ride the green carpet with the best of them

2  Avare   1st time running as a gelding today.......back to Bejarano who was aboard the last time this O'Neill runner scored.......and a recent sharp near bullet 5/8ths drill.......a trifecta of reasons to consider this runner .......("trifecta" line pays tribute to one of our customers who is quite the wordsmith)  

5  Dirty Swagg


race 3    average clarity

4  Star Vesta   work regiment at GG for this laid up Hollendorfer filly has READY fresh written all over it.......and if I'm correct in my assessment this filly is a consistent reliable sort

5  Pure Blush   filly won turf to AW for the red hot Peter Miller 2 races back.......turf to AW here and well placed to win

3  Katy's Kitty   lost 10L in latest breaking horridly and running wide and only was beaten by less than 7L......claimed by Knapp who might really like what he sees because he steps his new runner a couple of levels

6  Bonita Star


race 4    average clarity

3  East Sky   vastly improved since Mitchell claimed 4 races back........and I like a little more time between races for today's start especially with such a good looking race series....shot to fire best ever this afternoon

8  Fonz    crushed foes in MSW debut on the AW at GG.......bombed out on the dirt at Pln........excellent drills since at GG.......stout rider combo in Hollendorfer/Bejarano....back to a synthetic surface

7  Soi Phet   gift slow pace in last and it led to an easy 9L win........most likely feels really good coming off of such a stress-less effort.....and his recent work supports this 

4  All De Victors


race 5    slightly below average clarity

5  Unusual Hottie   3 for 3 with Talamo on her back.....and owns 1 win and 1 2nd in 2 grass races at Del Mar......and is working well.......there's that trifecta of positives again

2  I Dazzle   late runner seemingly gets what she needs and that of course is multiple speed types in the race......and she appears to appreciate today's 1 mile turf distance the most

1  Dancingtothestars   very consistent sort since Gutierrez became the regular jock for this O'Neill runner.......both route grass races are better than appear in print......and the jock gets a much more desirable post to work with than he had in the other 2 one mile route grass races......should be a price 

7  Long Face


race 6    average clarity

2  Southern Freedom    rather sure this Hollendorfer 1st timer is ready to roll in his MSW debut as he is showing stout drills and they are tightly spaced hinting he is one healthy happy youngster 

5  Global View   as most of you know most of my handicapping prowess over the years and horse ownership was in the Chicago racing circuit so when I state that the drills for this baby at AP are impressive there is some background to the way for those of you who don't know the Arlington Million card is tremendous with the finest day of grass racing outside of BC day sign and and enjoy a great day of racing with yours truly at the helm

3  Guns Loaded  1st timer was just purchased for $175K in April by his connections......... looks as though they might have made a good purchase as his works suggest he can run some.......and his drills hint he has a touch of early speed which has been a valuable commodity at Del Mar the last 2 cards

7  Shakahari


race 7    average clarity

2  Hail Mary   fell off of form in last  but her efforts 2 back & 3 back are very I sure like that Mitchell gave this horse 2 months between starts.......she is stout here if rebounds

6  Imwiththeblonde   fresh off the bench early speed is often very dangerous speed and that might be the case here.........Bejarano and his agent must think so

3  Heat Trap   2 for 2 on the sod and will try to make it 3 for 3 lifetime in her first run ever on the synthetic......and Carla Gaines sure has been getting the job done the last couple of months.....very dangerous late runner

8  Malibu Honey


race 8    slightly below average clarity

5  Cogito   not the best of trips in all three races in the good old U S of A ......but blinkers off for today and assuming she has been training so well with them off then look-out today as her last race in France 363 days ago would do the trick here in this weak looking Grade 1........if this race doesn't draw more stout invaders next year it will soon be a Grade 2

4  Jeranimo   handles Dmr and sure likes the 1 1/8th mile turf one close to the horses that won the Stakes races he has been competing in......Wise Dan, Obviously, Data Link......yikes 

1  Brocci   likes to stalk the leaders and should get that position here and with a good post to save some ground at least thru turn 1.....and that is 1/2 the battle

2  Sofast


race 9    average clarity

8  Dunmore East   very consistent on AW surfaces hitting the board 9 of 11 play on the board at all in two grass races following a long layoff hints those races were tune-ups to be ready on the drop down for today.......recent stout 5F drill at Bhp supports this

1  Joe Carl    you know a given older horse is consistent when he has been claimed in 6 straight races......deep closer gets what he wants at least on paper as the 2 - 6- 9 all seem to need the front end of things to preform well

3  Would You   five year old gelding responds well to ample time between starts and the trainer wisely and patiently gives it to him

2  Rock This way


race 10 average clarity

5  Patriotic Lion   all 4 one turn races since the blinkers were added are better than par when adjusted for pace and/or trouble......and today this Biancone runner should be on or awfully near the lead here in an affair lacking speed and a racetrack that has been conducive to speed the last couple of days

1  Dark Timbers   last two efforts fit well here and this Meza runner can sit close if the successful apprentice can break cleanly from a difficult post in which to leave from at 7F

7  Somewhere With You   wide trip (and a Z pattern run) somewhat hide a solid forward move.......good sign Bejarano sticks around.....should be out to make amends today

12  Thrills And Chills

8  Riseseastsetswest

11  Milk Man Ray






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