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Del Mar for Friday 23 August 2019

OK card today. A total of 19 races this weekend and with some large fields. Good to see.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

4  Norski   five lifetime races and three of them were on "off tracks" which is extremely unusual to see in sunny S Cal........the two on fast dirt stand out as his best two races by far and that is rather hidden.........takes the ever dangerous MSW to MC like he is ready fresh off of the bench......sure like his chances if he is

3  Mutineer   last two races on fast rated dirt fit solidly (last race and 5 races back).......that and the D'A shows confidence is his gelding and he steps him up one MC level

5  Harliss   lifetime best (albeit on the turf) was run off of a year layoff.......running off a 4 month break today and and Brinkerhoff is rather decent off of long layoffs......major rider upgrade and the preparatory works are so much better than he has worked in the past.....race lacks speed and he has some.......dangerous sort


race 2    average clarity

6  Etching   might be fully meant and ready fresh despite Cecil being 0 for his last 25 off of layoffs of more than 3 would not drop her from 45K to 20K if this was a gimme (of course you might if you wanted her claimed) and she ran her lifetime best (and strong fig for today's level) off of a long break in 2018

9  Cat's Desire   significant early speed........might clear the field from the outside and get loose and wire the the rider change especially when you take in account the 5 lbs apprentice allowance

4  Dakota Ready   1st start with Glatt as the trainer and he is a trainer upgrade that is for sure......and takes that ever dangerous drop from MSW racing to MC20K.......late runner might be flying in the stretch facing much softer foes

8  Archana

2  Ebb and Flow


race 3    average clarity

1  Eric the Trojan   hope this six year old did not knock himself out too much in his latest which was his 1st out following the Carava claim because he had one tough trip where he lost many lengths breaking bad and racing wide.......if he repeats the effort/energy with just an OK trip he should be tough here

6  Dom the Bomb   owns plenty of early speed and in a race that doesn't have that much for a $40K 5F turf race........N Cal trainer Wong is now having a good meet in S Cal following a slow his N Cal rider Abel Cedillo is up once again today

10  Awesome Heights   as mentioned above this race doesn't have that much speed for a $40K 5F turf race......... five year old gelding not only has speed but a good gate/speed rider up in Maldonado........believe the lead will go to him or our 2nd choice

3  Pure Comedy

9  Portando


race 4    below average clarity

7  Scarlet   at last count (thru Sunday) the 7 post and any post farther out is 1 for the last 29 in one mile dirt races......and the 7 post is 0 for 15.........but..........this filly appears to have enough speed to clear all or most by the the 1st turn and likely get loose on the back her chances if that is what occurs

2  Pride's Gold   1st on the conventional dirt but she owns a pedigree that should take to it.......and if she does she should have plenty of endurance coming off an 11 furlong grass race and cutting back to one mile on the dirt......and thru the years Eoin Harty has done well with the turf to dirt move

10  First Star   very strong MSW debut win/fig that is better than par by a couple of lengths for today's higher level.......mainly placed as 3rd choice as she draws a difficult post to cope with especially for her 1st at a route.......still........not out of the win picture by any means

6  Fool's Paradise

9  Dr Wysong


race 5    average clarity  

5  Too Hot for Curlin   here is our comment prior to her MSW debut "D'Amato MSW 1st time starter is extremely well-bred for a California-bred and draws Mr Pratt........good post........decent prolonged work regiment........never easy to win a route turf race in your debut but this one just might".....well the Curlin filly didn't win but she did run a one beaten length 3rd........too very impressive works since her 2 Aug race......extra 1/16 be should be to her liking and it won't be for many in her

2  Golden Necklace  another who should appreciate the extra distance to cover today........last two races fit but her upside potential seems much less than our top pick-a-rue

9  Y Not Sizzle   Mullins is usually dynamite taking the blinkers off and that is the case here with this filly who has been competitive (4 1 0 3) in all 4 lifetime turf races........Gryder knows this three year old well having been up for all 4 turf races

3  Si Mamacita

4  Ancona


race 6    average clarity

3  Yuveski   ran one strong winning route race last summer following two sprints that were nothing to write home about........last two sprints were dull......route today and basically at the same level he won at last summer.......hmmmm

6  Vibrance   lone lifetime win came in her 2nd lifetime start and run one mile turf to one mile dirt.........2nd out after a long layoff was on the turf........dirt today........trainer could use a win and seems very overdue to get one

1  Kaydetre   one horse trainer David Randal is doing well with his only horse when he has placed her in dirt in 2 wins and 2 seconds in 4 dirt routes.......latest race was quite strong and very deserving of getting a shot in small Stakes race


race 7    average clarity

1  Phast Pharoh   trained well prior to his debut but after flashing a quick quarter he fell apart.......reassuring work since his disappointing debut and changes surfaces to the grass which he owns a pedigree that should take to it.........that and Victor Espinoza stays put........seems likely to be on or near the lead

6  Strongconstitution   feel rather strongly that O'Neill has this MSW 1st timer meant and ready for his debut.....his last two gate works (spaced only 6 days apart) are impressive and hint the trainer means business

3  Best Chance   Sadler MSW 1ster lands Prat who has a good post to work has tossed one winner from one starter who was a turf winner

8  Fluent in Sarcasm

4  Soccer Dad

9  Bedrock






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