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Del Mar for Sunday 25 August 2019

One week of Del Mar to go but at least it is 6 straight days of racing.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

6  Call You Tomorrow   scratched out of yesterday's nightcap and he sure seems to fit this race a lot more than he did yesterday's 10th......and usually when a trainer scratches out of a given race to start a day or two later you best take note in S Cal as they sure win plenty of times.......more so than any other track I know of

4  Baby Gronk   4 of his last 5 dirt races fit well in this spot and they all were with today's rider Martin Pedroza up.......and his last effort which was at Del Mar might be the best of the 4.....should be a player

2  Thin Line   well hidden O'Neill three year old gets Prat.....basically if you call his MSW a tune-up which I believe it was the only time this fellow got to sprint with the blinkers off on a fast track he ran blinkers and a fast track today - and Prat


race 2    average clarity

7  Sweet Connie Girl   very tough if she is up to her last race running turf mile to dirt mile run 19 May........not only is that the case today but she is also racing 2nd out after the Aguirre claim which is often a good thing

3  Zillinda   another who appears to be using the turf to dirt maneuver to her advantage,........race 3 back is her career best and disguised in it's strength by racing way too wide and doing so up on the pace.....not a good thing if the track isn't biased to the outside which it wasn' jock who will send her early

5  Whoa Nessie   scratched out of yesterday's 5th to go in the lower/softer spot.....and as mentioned in the 1st race today - when a trainer scratches out of a given race to start a day or two later you best take note in S Cal as they sure win plenty of times.......more so than any other track I know of.......trainer Bob Hess had a very good Dmr meeting



race 3    average clarity

4  Fahan Mura   brilliant (fresh off of the bench) turf speed mare gives the abbreviated sprint distance of 5 furlongs a try......nice way to get a route turf tune-up and a win as well........we shall see

1  Painting Corners   Prat should be able to work out a nice trip saving ground sitting behind the two speed horses in the race in our top pick and the 6 horse......hard not to like

5  S Y Sky   fabulous consistency for this D'Amato five year old mare on any surface and any track (14 7 6 1)........and like our second selection she should be stalking the pace setters......but.....she might not be able to save as much ground .........if she is able to she has as good a shot as anyone to win this affair


race 4    average clarity

2  Seesawsam   Peter Miller 1st time starter sure appears all cranked up and ready go and Prat and his agent think so as well..........Miller hovers around 25% win with maiden claiming 1sters most of the time......impressive

7  Governor Cinch   another 1st timer that seems ready at 1st asking with a prolonged set of tightly spaced drills........and like Miller Yakteen is dangerous with a MC first time starter especially one training so well

10  You'reright Again   trainer seldom finds the winners circle but his two year old ran a nice par like effort in his latest and it seems noteworthy that the effort was his 1st at Dmr........and the endurance building 6F work since his last should help his chances of getting 5 1/2 furlong today

6  Wicked Blue

1  Sweet Boy


race 5    below average clarity

4  Lincoln City   ran awfully well of a prolonged layoff at 66 to 1 in a 5F turf race so the connections smartly step him up from MC75K to MSW.........with that race under his belt and with a solid set of works since the race he should likely show more today.....and.....he gets quite the rider upgrade

8  Mountain Spirit   both lifetime races which were run last winter were down the majestic SA hill course course and were par like efforts for the MSW level........very solid a.m. work and Mike Smith remains up......all systems go

2  Duece   not much in her latest but her 1st two lifetime endeavors are good efforts and one was at 5F on the SA turf since her latest hint he is going to make a rebound today.......fits fine if that is the case

1  Joeys Ace



race 6    average clarity

7  Mongolian Humor   might be a good claim by Cerin of a filly that is on the improve......and Cerin has won with 27% of his last 41 runners 1st out following a claim .......very dangerous sort

8  Spend Spend Spend   1st time up for a tag in order to face easier in a nw alw race instead of a nw2 alw race where she has been competitive but not getting to the winners as improved....barn means business as they realize she might get claimed

4  Rather Nosy   Jack Carava sure has had a handle on this filly since he claimed her 6 races back who just fired her best to date in her 1st on the Del Mar dirt.......reassuring work since..........hard not to late

1  Tijori

9  Day by Day


race 7    average clarity

4  Psycho Dar   gelding has found his forte and it is in five furlong turf races where he puts his high level good early speed to use.......and he sure gets the right jock for the job in Maldonado.......should be sitting on a top effort 2nd out after a two month break

3  General Interest   gelding has done little wrong in 3 lifetime starts and he sure handled his 1st on the turf winning a 5F grass race off of a 2 year layoff.........3 reassuring drills since the 26 July race.......only needs a small move forward and he has the right to provide one 2nd out following an extended hiatus from the game

8  Little Milo   high percentage turf trainer and a very high percentage turf rider team up........gelding has been absent since 1 March but the fact Prat lands here strongly suggests he is fit and ready......fits fine if that is the case especially if he doesn't get caught in a suicidal speed duel with our top pick

5  Wildman Cat

9  Factorial


race 8    below average clarity

6  Improbable   seems to come down to - is this a tune-up for bigger fish to fry down the road or do they want to win this race......leaning on the 2nd thought as Van Dyke gets off of the five horse to ride this colt and the work pattern also suggests this a full blown go

5  Lieutenant Dan   scratched out of a race this weekend for this spot.........seemingly never sharper and he is coming off of a lifetime best.........vastly improved a.m. work since his last suggests the race didn't take anything out of him.....we shall see

3  King Jack    Hollendorfer is cold and the rider (Smith) is chilly........but over the years they are one solid combo........not an easy spot to attempt your first route race but like our 2nd choice his morning prowess has been awfully better of late


race 9    average clarity

2  Grey Lady   like the rider the blinkers on with her best work in a long time just put in a week the fact she is racing on the grass for the first time especially for Marquez who has had a super 2019 with his grass runners

1  Sapori Girl   last looks like the (no support at the windows) gimme to muscle up and return off of short rest all muscled and go go go go

4  Bella Figura   Belmont invader has been laid up for 10 months but returns with a new trainer and rider.......and you don't get much more dangerous when they happen to be Baltas & Pratt

5  Objective

7  Bellize

11  Prance


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