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Del Mar for Sunday 18 August 2019

Not very proud of yesterday's results. Hoping to bounce back today.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Matera   1.4 million dollar buy is training as if things will start out on the right has tossed three Stakes winners from 4 starters.......and maybe most importantly is that when Mike Smith rides a promising two year old filly for Hollendorfer you best take notice

7  Stellar Sound   yet another Baffert 1st time starter that appears totally ready to roll in her MSW debut......I don't like her as much as our top choice but she does have a more advantageous post to start off her career than our top pick does.......big day for the Don Alberto Stable as that own both our our top two choices

4  Buyer's Remove   so so work tab for this O'Neill 1st timer but enough a.m. work put in to be ready at 1st asking

6  Sentimental


race 2    below average clarity

3  Holy Mosey   Molly Pearson who usually pulls some nice upsets at the summer Del Mar meeting has had a bad Dmr this might be the catalyst to drop this mare (and risk losing her) to a level she should fit.......will shall see

2  Baby Ice   another in Knapp have a poor Del Mar meeting and might be dropping to win as opposed to a "claim me please" situation........6 of this gal's last 7 racing endeavors fit fine here

4  Todos Santos  consistent late runner seldom gets to race as far as 6 1/2F but she got to in her last race and won as our top choice......and in the past he was able pop her lifetime best number at the distance in a race that was also at Del Mar.......steps up two claiming off of the Metz claim........but.......she still should fit


race 3    average clarity

3  Vintage Hollywood   trainer Victor Garcia is quietly having a good Del Mar meeting and he can up his 21% win percentage here with this four year old that appears to be set up for today with a sprint to route (with a drop in claiming) maneuver.......and it is good to see Fuentes remains up as the jock is riding in dirt routes exceptionally well

1  Scrappy Deville   three year old should be on or near the front in a race that seems to favor those who are.......and he gets in awfully light being a 3 yr old (3 lbs) and with another 7 lbs off for the Bug boy.....seems quite dangerous

8  Cosa Nostra   rather consistent sort and he just showed a liking to the Del Mar surface running a solid 2nd despite a wide trip..........but he sure likes to hang......and.........he also has a rider who is awfully cold on his back

6  King Charlie


race 4    below average clarity

2  American Pastime   very good history racing off of less than 30 days rest........29 days since his hot trainer and a good portion of his success has been with Kent Desormeaux riding

4  Flagstaff   (5 2 2 1) in sprint races and the cut back of 1/16 to run today appears to be a positive for this Salder five year old......should be in the mix from the get go........trainer is starting to heat things up

5  California Street   this race seems to have a 50/50 chance of yield a fast set of fractions.......and if it does this deep closer will likely be flying late with Mike Smith remaining up shooting for back to back allowance wins on this four year old colt


race 5    average clarity

1  Ted W   voided claim in his latest which was at the 16K the red hot Bob Hess takes advantage of the situation by dropping his eight year two levels despite the fact he just missed winning at 16K........and there is a reassuring 5F bullet drill since his last......I wouldn't claim him, would you ?

2  Conquest Cobra   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  just a spin around the old race track for this gelding in his latest at a level that prior to the race suggested that he would be a "no go".......drops 5 claiming levels.........Glatt is 9 for his last 25 with multiple levels drops.........hmmm

8  Twirling Tiger   gelding could have won his last for 8K if not for getting blocked in the stretch some.....claimed by Carava in the race who puts him in today's 10K claiming affair.......1st at the extended sprint distance of 7F but the way he finished his latest hints 7F will be a plus........trainer sure come use a win

3  For the Hustle

7  Matriculate


race 6    average clarity

5  Conte Cavour   1 1/16 MSW debut on the turf was nothing more that an endurance building muscle him up afternoon workout to put the finishing touches on this gelding for his 2nd start which is a 5 1/2 furlong dirt race........and his dirt workouts look awfully good......seems like a terrific spot for a long-shot as this is one weak group for the given level

3  Jetovar   yet to run a good race back in short rest which he is doing today......but if that changes today he should made our top selection

4  Summer Fun   Carla Gaines has this 1st timer training decently and "decently" might be good enough to win this soft field of MSW runners.......and Carla gets the hot Bejarano to ride

1  Spendaholic

8  Claim of Passion


race 7    average clarity

9  Bolo   Geroux showed off his skills yesterday and he might again today with this gelding coming off a strong Grade 1 win with Geroux up......believe the intelligent rider will sit just off the leader to keep the fractions reasonable as this seven year old is capable of running well without the lead

2  El Picaro   looks in need of a cut back in distance and gets it today........seems overdue to find his 2018 form that he had in Chile.......3 for 3 in one mile or 1 1/16 turf races beating a total 35 horses and winning each race easily

10  Sharp Samurai   no shot whatsoever racing way too wide and getting bumped a jock gets a try and Joe Talamo has won 5 of his last 10 months for Glatt

5  Bowies Hero

8  What a View


race 8    above average clarity

3  Julius   three impressive route races in a row since the blinkers were taken off this gelding.....each one better than the previous one.......he earned a number that is as strong as you ever see for a SA50Knw2 in S Cal.......the effort is about 5L better than par for today's nw alw level......easy to put on top

2  Magic On Tap   4 to 5 in his MSW debut in September and did not disappoint......and he returns which a dynamite set of works for his 2nd lifetime start........impeccable route pedigree.......has plenty of potential to be a future Stakes horse especially considering Baffert is the trainer

1  Jamminwithbrandon   deep closer will be hoping the 2 & the 3 go at it early and cut some unsustainable fractions.........stranger things have happened


race 9    below average clarity  (SHF carryover here)

7  Mo Me Mo My   distinct lack of speed in this race and this O'Neill three year old filly has some.......ran rather well in her 1st to date in a turf route and she went off at odds of 36 to 1 hinting she wasn't all that cranked up and surprised her connections some.......she should be plenty fit today and cuts back in distance.....rather sure she moves forward and she will need to as this is a salty group

9  Ameerah   another with some early speed and adds blinkers......and if she can duplicate her last race run in July (blocked a good 4 or 5 lengths on turn 2 and the stretch) with a better trip she should have as good a chance as anyone in the field to take down this race

1  Pretty Point   not much in her latest but her race 2 back is good.......1st time Lasix today and with the 1st noteworthy work she has put in since last Fall.......she might be poised for her lifetime best......Mike Smith and his agent must think so

12  Catch the Eye

2  She's Our Charm

13 AE  Bodhicitta




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