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Del Mar for Monday 2 September 2019

Closing day at Del Mar so there will be the excitement of mandatory payouts. Looking forward to what is usually a lucrative meeting (when we cover it) at Los Alamitos which starts on Friday and runs thru 22 September.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Magic At Midnight  Glatt might have made quite the claim off of Palma as this filly romped by 13 lengths in her MC30K debut at Lrc.......ran 102 flat.......don't see anyone in this field capable of that......seems like a ton if she handles the Del Mar surface......strong drills at Dmr suggests that she will

4  Tequila Sunrise   solid race 2 back at 7F is a par effort for today's level effort when you adjust for trip......might get a good stalk position behind our top selection in a race that lacks speed.....such a deal

2  Oh My Oh   very consistent sort was just claimed by Hollendorfer off of a dull effort on 10 August.......but since the race he was able to put two nice drills into his new addition to his barn.......should (and needs to) mount a rebound of sorts


race 2    average clarity

2  La Shrimp   lifetime best was her only race at today's 5F turf distance where she might have graduated if not for a troubled trip.......toss out her last as the race looked like a gimme of sorts.......the fact Van Dyke stays put supports the notion

3  Cellar Door   bet hard in her MSW debut (also at 5F on the turf) and ran 2nd with not the best of trips......and......she acted up very badly loading into the gate.......Smith rides back.......check her out loading because if she loads kindly this time around she should have as good a shot as anyone to win this 5F turf race

6  Macho Mucho Woman   Ellis has had one heck of a good Dmr meeting and might add to his stellar record at the meet (19 6 3 2) with this filly 1ster who is training like she is meant and ready

1  Be a Shero

10  The Last Ruler


race 3    average clarity

10  Sothalis   no support at the windows and ran like a filly who needed the race......and the fact that Prat remains up hints her debut did as intended as in muscle her up.....expecting more from this 2nd timer today

6  Miss Megan   both lifetime sprints one of which was on the turf fit solidly here.......and her latest is disguised by pressing the pace on a dull inside......cut back of 1/2 furlong appears to be advantageous to her chances.......Van Dyke wisely stays put

7  Into Rissa   very consistent sort when placed in sprint races.......but........she sure likes to hang in the stretch drive......but on the other hand she only lose by a nose in her latest and the same rider stays aboard today

2  Remember to Smile

9  Starmore


race 4    average clarity

4  Ronald R   big race in his latest especially considering it was run off of a 14+ tab since hints he exited the race in good shape.....last effort/fig fit fine for today's higher level and he gets 4 lbs off........and like last time a good post for Van Dyke to deal with.....hard not seeing him as a major player here

5  The Hunted   three sharp preparatory drills and and one significant rider upgrade from one who has had a tough Dmr meeting to one that wins big races all across the USA in Geroux.........hard not to like

8  Dr. Troutman   believe this five year old gelding is best at today's 9F turf distance and he also appears to be the controlling speed in this spot.......trainer appears to have snapped out of a slight slump and he is always dangerous/reliable when he shows good works with a give runner.......and that is definitely the case here

2  Starting Bloc

3  Cleopatra's Strike


race 5    below average clarity

11  Senditlikechilly   3 of his last 4 races fit well here........away since 15 June but training well and for a trainer who sure has been firing on all cylinders the last 3 or 4 weeks.......and a lot of that is with Fuentes up

9  Gobsmack   turf tightener in latest and likely a full blown go today.......trainer is not at all afraid to drop multiple levels to win like today.......1st ever on conventional dirt is a ? mark

7  Fifteen to Vegas   race two back fits.......last race placement was well above his head......and he sure gets a significant rider upgrade this afternoon........not out of the win picture here

6  Saddle Bar

5  Passing


race 6    way below average clarity

(tough race so extra picks because of mandatory payoff day)

6  Flamigo Bay   filly has run well in Ireland in both of her lifetime races and catches a seemingly soft group of locals for today's Stakes race......and both were only one furlong less than today's distance.......1st time Lasix today.......and she is bred to run all day long

9  Yesterdayoncemore   another coming from Ireland with some races under her belt that look good in this spot......and her latest overseas was run only 30 days ago......another who might get a "turbo boost" with 1st time Lasix

11  Overjoyed   plenty of work put into this filly making her debut in a Stakes race.........and she sure is bred to appreciate turf route racing.....and lands money Mike Smith

3  Applecross


10  Shedaresthedevil

5  Croughavouke


race 7    way below average clarity

(tough race so extra picks because of mandatory payoff day)

7  Big Time Grammy   very capable barn with 1st time starters..........and new sire "Mr. Big" is off to a very good start including with debut runners........trainer Yakteen has had a good year and so has jockey Cedillo........might make for a good combo

9  Miss Johnnie   went off at 36 to 1 and for a trainer that usually gets too much support at the windows.......ran a solid 3rd in her MC50K debut which likely surprised the barn some as they likely didn't have her all that cranked up.....she likely is today thus the step out of MC to MSW

1  Mandy   decent spot for an invader who ran OK in her debut at Ind........blinkers on and 1st time Lasix........expecting improvement  with all the changes and especially considering Miller is the trainer

5  Wicked Fresh

2  Traffic Stopper

6  Starship Leia


race 8    average clarity

6  Guitty   beat 10 of 11 foes in her debut in France where 1st and 3rd came back to win their next race........away since the 13 June race but her recent 4F drill hints she is ready.........Powell and Prat have good insights into French racing which suggests they have a good feeling about how much  talent this two year filly possesses

1  Convincingly   McCarthy has had a horrible Dmr meeting but he debuts this well-bred for the turf and a route two year old filly and convinces stout grass jock Geroux to ride......or maybe Florent just wants wants a good French meal as Bobby Flay is the owner

3  Lookintogeteven   Cassidy 1st starter shows signs that she is meant and ready for her MSW debut ........filly owns not only a good grass pedigree but has a pedigree that screams middle distance racing........interesting sort

8  Antigone   

2  Inthemunny


race 9    average clarity

2  Eight Rings   MSW was terrific earning a Santucci fig that is 3 lengths better than par for today's Grade 1 level.......and there is no one better on the planet with young developing dirt horses in Mr Bob Baffert

5  Garth   Baffert also trains this colt who disappointed at 1 to 5 in his MSW debut......but.......Mike Smith gets off a very nice colt in the 8 horse to ride this youngster who trains like he is something special........blinkers on and that is a 35% win move by Baffert with his last 23

8  Wrecking Crew   Smith jumps ship but Cedillo sure has shown he can ride with the "big boys" at the Del Mar meeting.........two year old acts like the extra furlong to cover today will be a plus.....and it likely won't be for many in here

4  Ginobili

6  Fore Left


race 10    average clarity

2  Zee Drop   solid improvement 1st time with the D'A in command in this girl's 1st race in S Cal.......good to see that she has worked on the sod twice since her 10 August race.......stout team in grass races in D'Amato & Prat

10  Der Lu   not enamored with the post but I am with the outstanding grass works for this expensive filly........and it sure seems like a good sign that Mike Smith wants the mount.........and it is hard to beat the Smith/Baffert combo

5  Seranitsa   gets some class relief today and her a.m. preparation is improved.......that and she has been a fairly smooth runner to date.......not out of the win picture by any means......pun intended

11  Italia

8  Pakhet

3  Sedamar




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