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Del Mar for Friday 16 August 2013


Don't miss out on a great day of racing (12 race card) 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.

Best of luck as always today!


race 1     average clarity

8  Salah Champ   wide and bumped in last or would have won 25K nw2........16K nw2 here........previous two races fit rather well here too

5  Cunning Ride   positive jockey change........good recent 6F work.............race run 2 back is what we are looking for and I think we have a decent chance of getting it

4  Hustlin Nu   wide trip on an inside day hides this runners latest......two previous lifetime efforts are stout here........claimed in last by the suddenly red hot O'Neill 

7  Mayan Eyes


race 2    slightly above average clarity

3  Field Report   race lacks speed so Mike Smith likely will take charge early with this Spawr gelding who has some early gas...........decent chance of snatching the lead and wiring.......five-year-old 1s (12 1 6 3) short on wins but the one win came wire to wire

8  Great Fiends Rule    excellent history on all surfaces competing at 5 to 5 1/2 furlongs.......jock best win a race for O'Neill as he is 0 for his last 30 over the last two months for the has a good history as does the trainer back in short rest......7 days qualifies

10  d'Obsession AE   Pender is hot and puts this Calbred up for a tag lured by the handsome purse being offered.........fits solidly here if draws into the field............5F sure looks like a good fit

7  Ballard Ruler

5  Old Man Lake



race 3    average clarity

2  Beth's My Babe   solid wake-up in 2nd lifetime start........3 wide on an inside condition and blocked one length on the turn or would have graduated for the same maiden claiming level.....2 very reassuring works since and top gun sticks around

9  Yodel Up A Storm   Sadler sure is terrific snatching up maiden claiming 1st timers and he appears to have made another stout claim here and runs her right back for the same seemingly best ever drill one week ago

4  Sky Forever    MSW debut 3 back fits well here.........and this Moger runner trains as if Dmr and/or 1st time blinkers will be to her liking

6  Sweet Lips Pooh

Long-shot consideration:    3  Marla Hooch   dangerous looking drills for this 1st timer (8 to 1 in the morning line) who I have no idea what price she will go off at after yesterday's 5th race top pick 20 to 1 morning line 1st timer left the gate at 2 to 1 with none of my money on her winning effort


race 4    slightly below average clarity

1  Passionate Diva   needed a race last year in it looks like O'Neill gave this import a race in his 1st run in the good old U S of A.......full throttle today for a trainer who is heating things up of late

3  Renegade Ride   MSW debut looks like a distance turf tightener that did it's job as the works since hint at a very fit animal........Yakteen is hot and can keep the ball rolling with this 2nd time starter

9  Sealington    Powell is on fire (4 for 5) and is solid 1st time at a route.......MSW debut wasn't bad and the works since suggest he benefited from the race

8  Humor Me


race 5    slightly above average clarity

4  Romance is Sosa   6 for 7 on AW surfaces........3 for 3 at a route of ground on the AW.........enough said

7  Jim's No Preacher    loved Dmr and/or 1st time out with Peter Miller and/or 1st time blinkers........4 for 5 on AW surfaces overall......would have been top pick if he was proven from off the pace as there is multiple ES types in this affair 

1  Bobo   only race on an AW surface (at Hollywood) was his lifetime best and the works at Del Mar strongly suggest he will run well on its synthetic surface as well

3  China Prince


race 6    average clarity

1  Oscar Party   Cassidy lands a good looking filly who has done little wrong on firm turf.......welcome to summer in S California where an earthquake or smoke from a forest fire is more likely than rain in mid summer

3  Macha    cut back in distance today ought to be a big plus......back to Bejarano who seems to get the most out of this Hollendorfer runner

8  Sarach   best at 1 mile on the turf and gets it.......Mandella really seems to mean business here with a very aggressive couple of works including a good work of 7F just 7 days ago.......well meant today

6  Redressthebalance


race 7    average clarity

1  Hair on Fire   best early speed and a good post to break ever was MSW to mdn50K........MSW to mdn20K today

2  I'm No Patsy   last sure looks like the MSW gimme to drop and go go go this evening......should be in the hunt from the get go

5  Proud Bok   consistent sort running routes on AW surfaces......does tend to hang a little but gets a positive rider upgrade for today

11  Little Unusual

7  Liar Liar Liar

10  Little Bit Cactus







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