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Del Mar for Wednesday 14 August 2013


Back and rested following a very nice family vacation in Lake Tahoe with my wife, two sons, and their significant others. It was cool to come back to the area after many years since I skied in the area (mostly Northstar) four straight years in my 20's. I partied hard back then but not this go around as my kids took over that assignment. Approximately 50% of you are residing in California and you are one lucky 50%.

Don't miss out on a great day of racing at my old stomping grounds at Arlington Park where the stars of turf racing compete for the title of the Arlington Million (GI), Beverly D. (GI), Secretariat Stakes (GI), American St. Leger Stakes, and the Hatoof Stakes. No better card of grass racing in the USA outside of day 2 of the Breeders Cup and on the best grass course in the Country.

Decent race card this afternoon and a sizable pick 6 carryover of a quarter million. Best of luck as always!


 race 1    slightly above average clarity

7  Manewal   Sadler has won 6 of his last 11 dropping following a claim and the drop of 16K to 12.5K makes sense as there are few spots to run in cheap claiming races restricted to three year olds........last fits and so do the drills since......jock could use a winner

11  Luz Atticus   all 3 lifetime 6F races on the AW fit solidly and his last is hidden by a wide trip-a-roo on an inside day

4  Jets to Brazil   solid wide run 1st on the Dmr Poly off of 2 months rest in last......strong contender (back in short rest on the significant drop in claiming) if he hasn't slipped off form......or are his connections are hoping someone snatches him up at the claiming box

2  Bubba Fizz


race 2    average clarity

NOTE:    9 Saanneen    has a shot if he draws into the field

5  Atta Girl Alma   had to argue with 1 win and 4 2nd's in 5 lifetime turf sprint of only a couple of off pace runners in this speedy group should set things up nicely for her late charge

3  Ziva   (5 2 1 1) on turf or AW surfaces.......and the abbreviated sprint distance of five furlongs seems to be right up her alley  

7  Tangerine Tickle   only 3 lifetime races in 19 months.....but.....both lifetime grass races (both 6F sprints) fit well here if she still remains in good health......last was solid breaking slowly and without much pace up front to help out the closers yet she still managed to only lose by a nose

8  Promiscoussuances 


race 3    average clarity

5  Calameera   another with not the best of trips in her latest.........and she just worked a powerful of 48 at 4F in her 1st listed drill ever over the Dmr AW

10  Scary Fast   impressive effort in her latest which was run on the day following the 4th of July especially taking into account she hadn't raced since her maiden debut which was on 12 April 2012........series of four 5F works since and the last two on the Dmr surface hint that the Poly will be to her liking 

6  Spritzy    dangerous looking 1st timer finished her work regiment with a bullet 3F gate drill hinting she might bust out of the gate on or near the lead

8  Secret Memo


race 4    average clarity

3  Lindz Winz   Dallas Keen historically speaking is quite dangerous sprint - sprint - route which is today's scenario.......and his five year old mare sure looks loose here.........very solid work tab in preparation for today's endeavor

6  Bonita Star   seems to be rebounding in form........good conditioner Janet Armstrong has had a difficult 2013 but she is showing signs of snapping out of the doldrums of late

9  Katy's Kitty    nice wake up in latest 2nd out after the claim (back) by Knapp who might own the trump card for this five year old as he has done quite well with this mare in the past

1  Pawn Shop  (tie for 4th pick)

5  Romantic Wish   (tie for 4th pick)


race 5    average clarity

3  Hot and Pleasing    seemingly in good form right now running long on the sod......switches to the Del Mar AW today and her lone effort on it's synthetic surface was quite good running wide and still managing to finish well ........and it was her MSW debut........also...... it was at 7F which is often tough to handle for 1st timers 

9  Sidepocket Run   very powerful adjusted for trouble figs mostly because of running wide.......9 post makes it seem likely this wide running type will once again be wide.....still...... she fits running the overland route (few do without an outside bias) if she takes to her 1st race ever on the Dmr synthetic 

2  Patriot C H    set a strong pace on an off pace turf period of a few days at Dmr in late July and did well to only be beat by 3 3/4's for the win....same effort on her 1st ever run on the Del Mar AW and she will be a major player here

4  Tiz a Kiss


race 6    average clarity

6  Frenemy   last was an obvious gimme to drop and go this afternoon at the lowest claiming tag ever for this Sadler colt.........big effort last August 2012 at Dmr......and big drills leading up to today's race......last win was the last time today's jock R. Bejarano rode....might be a price even with top gun in the irons

1  In A Wine Tissy   big awakening in last and was bet like the connections knew he was doing markedly better.......good sign he steps up a couple of levels for today.......1 mile seems within his reach 

8  Unbridled Giant   last 4 races all on the grass are par or better for this afternoon's level........and his last was impressive considering this gelding was quite washy.......keep a keen eye on him in the warm-up if you can

2  Londinium


race 7    average clarity

8  Wiredfortwotwenty   very impressive hand ride with a beautiful looking stride in the late stretch despite setting a solid set of fractions......has handled the green carpet just fine in the past including a win at Dmr in his only attempt at 5F

5  Strong Wind    good looking win at 5F on the grass at Dmr in latest and it was his first ever on the sod........sure seems at his best in abbreviated sprints of 5 and 5 1/2 furlongs

4  Distinctiv Passion   done little wrong in 7 lifetime races.......has never been headed till late stretch since the blinkers were added in his 2nd lifetime sure seems like the speed of the speed or at least has enough early gas to do in anyone who is a lead type only

1  Sirocco Strike


race 8    slightly below average clarity

Don't like anyone else in the 8th race other than the horses listed below for the top couple of slots but the 6 selections given are awfully even to yours truly and are only split by the smallest of margins.

2  Frannie'sspirittoo   2 of 3 lifetime one turn races on the AW fit well here.....and she just put in her best back to back drills ever or at least in a long time......Del Mar might be her best surface

3  Janes Ship   vastly improved since Domininguez took over the training duties 4 races back........and the Rui invader drops into a claimer for the 1st time since being under the guidance of her new trainer Domininguez.........seems significant

10  Party Bus   competitive in last two races with apprentice jocks aboard.......Gomez is up today.......I'll take the weight and an Eclipse Champ up over a couple of rookies anytime

1  Valarta

8  Dolphin Shots

11  Rokin' Hard Gals


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