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Del Mar for Saturday 27 July 2013



A reminder that early (money saving) sign-up for full card selections on a great day of racing at Arlington Park (Arlington Million Day) closes on Sunday. Arlington was on my radar for over 20 years before heading west to cover S Cal racing. 

By now most of you realize I have been studying for an inside condition on the main track which causes a speed bias. careful each day as I doubt the track will stay this way for very much longer. Keep an eye on early races.

This is a good card as you can see by the "clarity" ratings.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Inner Groove    2 for 2 on the Dmr main track........4 for 24 on other main track surfaces.....just claimed by Hess and he must like what he sees as he raises this mare 2 claiming levels........a solid 4 for 10 at today's distance.......good close up position likely

5  Lily's Perfect   just fired lifetime best albeit on the sod........claimed in the race by O'Neill and he runs her right back for the same tag.......would have been top pick if she hadn't tossed a dull race in her lone Dmr AW effort a couple of years back

2  Night Dance   speed of the speed is so dangerous of late at Dmr and that is what this Mitchell filly appears to be

3  Skinny Genes


race 2    slightly above average clarity

4  American Pride   good pace and final time for this Baffert charge in his MSW debut........reassuring work since.......must feel good for Bob to bring this youngster back in only 13 days rest

3  Little Shack   tightly spaced and numerous drills for this Hollendofer 1ster and he is showing some speed in his work tab.......seems very dangerous especially if he grabs the front end

6  Papa's Paisley   another working as if he is ready to roll first out of the box......also showing hints of speed in the a.m.......trainer has a nice record in 2013 with limited starters

2  Forever Juanito


race 3    average clarity

3  Secret Memo   recent works hint at a major form reversal this afternoon.....and if it does she likely will be in this affair from the get go which fits this Dmr oval

9  Scary Fast   solid forward move in 2nd lifetime start......reassuring 5f drill since.......major player unless she gets caught out wide on the turn trying to clear and to get over to the highway to heaven which is the rail/ 2 path these days at Dmr

4  Glad's Gals   nice effort in 2nd lifetime start following a 1 year (exactly one year) hiatus from the game.......same effort with a decent trip would give her a decent shot at the circle of joy......a move forward might give her the luxury of overcoming a mediocre trip

8  Maddog Maddie


race 4    slightly above average clarity

4  Sweet Marini    best early gas in this field and right now with the way the track has been playing that is a very scary proposition when Baffert is the trainer

6  Doinghardtimeagain   ultra consistent runner has been 1-2 in every lifetime race except in her only race on an off track.....easily best animal in the field and would definitely be top choice if the racing surface was to neutralize this afternoon

2  Tribal Peace   sharp move in the right direction in latest.....not impossible with a clever inside off pace trip and a small move forward

3  Zuzu's Petals


race 5    slightly below average clarity

5  Twitch   lifetime best was his lone endeavor on the Dmr AW and it is somewhat hidden by a poor trip........nice useful layoff turf route in last.......drops to score........trainer could use a win

8  Now Hope   3 of last 4 races which were on the turf and conventional dirt fit well hope that she can pop the same on the synthetic Poly at Dmr

7  Splendiferous Moon   raced way over her head in last probably as a favor to someone to make the race go with one of those stellar 5 horse Bhp fields......jogged around the is likely full throttle today racing at her lowest level ever.....late runner will need some pace and a smart inside ride to get the job done or a tsunami to radically change the Dmr surface

9  Bas


race 6    slightly above average clarity

8  Magic Daddy   brilliant work tab must make the connections feel good as this Baffert 1st timer went for over one mil at like she trains

7  Power Ped   sure looked visually like this Mandella's runner's last was a public work-out....if so lookout this afternoon as his colt ran solidly in his lone Dmr race and it was his MSW debut

6  Practical    big early speed in MSW debut and then fell apart......trained impressively prior to that start and continues to work similarly since......blinkers off......most likely in hopes the equipment change will keep him from giving in so easily as he sure doesn't in the a.m.

5  Sir Sophie


race 7    slightly above average clarity

2  Tom's Tribute   powerful races in both lifetime starts and his MSW debut was not a win only because of a brutal trip.........1st long and 1st on the grass but I believe is a special horse..........who also is bred to handle both

8  Mambo Man   just a couple lengths shy of what it takes to win this alw level......and his work regiment preparing for today is exceptional (vastly improved)......rather sure fires lifetime best this afternoon

5  Somethings Unusual   on the improve with every start and Warren is very stout winning back to back races ( 32% over his last 34) as he did with this fellow in his last.....wonder what his stat is back to back to back

1  Motown Men


race 8    average clarity

6  Clubhouse Ride   horse loves running on the wood and that might be a big plus here.......toss out last at 1 1/4 as this fellow starts flattening out past 1 1/8th.......2, 3, 5 go hard early and he tucks over behind them in perfect striking position......that's what Karnak sees occurring (for you young guys see Johnny Carson)

3  Paytner    speed versus speed here......Baffert is uncanny good in this situation with his top stock

1  Kettle Corn   fired best ever in last 1st time running with the blinkers.....decent shot for plenty of "pace on" and he should be flying down the stretch if that occurs


race 9    average clarity

8  Corsa Di Cavalli   off for over 1 1/2 years but this colt is flashing some killer works including a bullet 6F work at Dmr......significant drop down sure looks ready to rock and roll for the Sadler barn

1  South Floyd   dangerous inside speedster will attempt to steal it......that is a dangerous thing right now at Del mar

7  Salah Champ   big effort 2 back losing about 10L with trip trouble and only losing by 3 1/4 salvaging since 2 Dec but if he comes back ready and gets a trip he guess is he is ready or Mitchell would have him in a non-claiming event for a tune-up

9  Seven Bridges


race 10    average clarity

9  Tappingintherain   big move forward in 2nd lifetime start both in pace and final time.....continues to work stoutly........1st at a route and 1st on the lawn but owns a pedigree that should handle the transition

6  Winning Rhythm    just keeps getting better.....and better.......and better........also he gets the meets top gun for today for the first time in Bejarano

3  Woodys Wharf    another on the improve......cut back of 1/8th looks like a positive.....should have something in the tank in late stretch coming off a 1 3/16ths affair

4  Renegade Ride

7  Iconic Spirit

11  Lake Maracaibo (AE list)   10 Passionate Diva   if #11 fails to get in




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