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Del Mar for Sunday 11 August 2019

Racing yesterday at Arlington Park one of the USA's finest racing facilities was a throw back to decades ago when AP was a major force in horse racing and yet they only had an average facility albeit in nice suburb of Chicago. Full fields yesterday which were loaded with young talent. Churchill Downs Corporation is missing a big opportunity to bring the magic back..

Best of luck as always! 


race 1    average clarity

4  Anonymously  solid winning race run two races back turf route to 5F turf sprint......distance turf race in latest and a 5F turf sprint today........and with a rider upgrade.......and an added plus as she showed in that race two back that she does not need the lead to win at 5F

5  Kiana's Love   won her MSW debut at today's 5F turf distance gate to wire on the lead......did not preform well without the lead in her next two races which were also it 5F on the turf......blinkers go back on and Prat jumps aboard for the 1st time.......full throttle from the get go for this Miller three year old

2  Cavernndchipmunks   filly is a little short on numbers at 5F but she should get a good trip sitting mid pack saving ground in what should be a lively pace up front.....if that comes to fruition she might find herself in the winners circle


race 2    below average clarity

6  Boyson   turf route race in his 2nd lifetime start appears to have legged up this Sadler colt as his a.m. work is vastly improved since and at Dmr......drops multiple MC levels.....gets the meets leading rider.......decent shot to graduate today

3  Suite Alonso   laid up since mid December but this three year old is training aggressively and is not not eligible to be claimed........ so...... getting him ready to run well fresh off of the bench sure makes plenty of sense...........should be in the mix from the get go

5  Drink   colt has run two consecutive better than par Santucci figs since switching to two turn racing.......would have considered him higher if it wasn't for the switch in riders to Diaz who is a 1 for 39 at the meeting and with quite a few decent mounts.......on the positive side the bug boy's strength has been in dirt routes

4  Ohtani

7  Mongolian Legend


race 3    average clarity

2  Overdue   on the improve with each and every turf route with his last ultra impressive when you account for a uncharacteristically very wide trip by Prat of all people........was Prat taken off of him because of it......have my doubts but either way Mike Smith will do just fine

6  Shining Through   ironically Prat also gave this colt a very wide trip in his latest but stays up for Hollendorfer and company ..........colt has yet to miss the board in 7 grass starts and is often at his best racing off of short rest........24 days since his latest qualifies for that

4  Captivate   owns the best early speed in the race and my guess is Gryder will utilize it and go after a loose lead.......and like our 2nd choice he seems rather reliable racing off of short rest which is the case today

1  Battle of Memphis

7  Kazan


race 4    average clarity

5  Inspiressa   bought for $850K in March and this filly has taken a little bit of extra time (4 week gap in her works in May/June) getting ready for her MSW debut but her a.m. works suggests she's ready has tossed 6 winners from 6 starters and most of them were able to graduate at two

4  Superstition   brilliantly bred filly from the Richard Mandella barn finished off her a.m. preparation with 4 tightly spaced drills........that and look who jumps aboard.......the meets top gun in Flavien Prat the last of which

8  America's Surprise   aggressive work regiment for this Hollendorfer 1st timer........trainer is awfully good with young fillies.......Smith accepts the mount........seems dangerous

7  Bast

6  Lizzario


race 5    average clarity

4  Blue Sky Jade   toss out this gelding's latest as he dueled on a dull rail and with a decent fact he did well to beat 1/2 of his foes..........his endurance should be strong with the cut back to 7F following 4 straight route races.......trainer has done much better than his (12 2 0 2) record indicates

1  Midnight Bandit   switch to Prat and the sought after rider won his only mount from the Carava barn over a span of two months.......trainer (13 0 1 0) shows signs of getting his act together and that is somewhat hidden.......five year old acts like the extended sprint distance will be a plus for him

5  Testimony   after a slow start N Cal trainer Wong has started to heat things up.......last two races are the switch to Fuentes who rides great on the dirt but not so hot on the turf

3  Winding

9  Checks in the Mail


race 6    average clarity

4  Give Me the Lute   on the improve with each and every start and he sure can handle a stout pace.......retains Prat and that is one dangerous thing when the trainer is Peter Miller as they are about 40% and 90% in the money over the last couple of months

6  Nolo Contesto   talk about having to face a bevy of "monsters" in his career.........plenty of class relief today for his 1st ever on the turf.....pedigree for the sod is solid.....and his recent 5F work (with the dogs up) on it is as well......blinkers off which is usually a dangerous move for the Sadler barn

1  City Rage  likely all out to get the lead today as his lone win came on a loose lead in a one mile grass race and his two one mile turf races without it are poor.......he likely will have to deal with our top selection somewhere in the race so Van Dyke best attempt to slow things down early

8  Real Master

2  Capture the Sea


race 7    average clarity

5  Anonymity   seems at her very best at Del Mar and that is saying something as she is (8 3 4 0) lifetime overall.......and she is racing today 2nd out following a an eight month layoff and with 4 works showing since her 6 July race.......still looking for her 1st Graded win and has a solid shot to get it today

6  Lady Ninja   Prat landed on our top choice instead of this fine Baltas runner but Van Dyke jumps aboard.......five year old is (6 4 1 1) since Baltas put the blinkers on his mare........last race is solid but what we want is her race 2 back which would be tough to overcome

9  Dansuska's My Girl   last is OK ( 4th place finish) as I believe that Lrc is her least favorite surface.......if that is true she should be a major player today at Dmr........Franco stays up and that seems like a plus as her only loss in 5 mounts on this mare was the aforementioned race at Lrc

2  Show It N Moe It

1  Yuvetsi


race 8    average clarity

(extra picks as a few are likely to scratch in this race)

2  Overjoyed   fabulous turf breeding for this Drysdale MSW two year filly 1st time starter.........very well prepared in the a.m. with copious furlongs of work put in to handle the challenge of getting 8 furlongs of turf in her trainer and draws Van Dyke

3  Paige Anne   another debut runner with a super grass pedigree which lures Prat to take the mount........Prat is by far the best grass rider with young developing turf horses (Euro experience where the riders of course daily get to train many babies on the turf)......trainer is a win machine with his young horses........hard not to like

4  Text Dont Call   ran fairly decent in the 27 July version of this race.......with that effort (learning experience) under her belt she has the right to go from "fairly decent" to highly competitive this afternoon

10  Savvy Gal

7  Augure

1  Tacocat

11 Awesome Drive



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