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Del Mar for Saturday 17 July 2021

Day two at beautiful Del Mar. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

7  Just Ask Ethan   trainer Brian Koriner has weak stats with MC 1st time starters but colt debuts at four (in July) and his a.m. prowess is too solid to ignore.......speed and endurance put into him.........trainer/jock 2 for there last 4

4  Warren's Candy Man   consistent sort seemingly has been in need of a drop into MC50K for quite some time and gets it today in start number eleven.......trainer Greg Lewis is 3 for his last 6 "1st time in MC"

5  Gerlach's 

1  Poseidon's Kid

8  By Moonlight


race 2    average clarity

2  Father O'Flaherty   strong layoff effort in his latest in an abbreviated 5F sprint over at Lrc to graduate........seems likely to move forward in his 2nd out following a 6 month break as he made a forward move last summer in his 2nd lifetime start off of 21 days rest......21 days since his visit to the winners circle.........5 1/2F should be a good fit

5  Diva's Finale   claimed two months ago by O'Neill and he shows a sharp recent 4F bullet work at Slr in preparation for the two month break as his lifetime best by far was run in his debut.......bug boy Ortega is 21% win in sprint races and also 21% win with speed types like this colt

9  Half Right

6  Raginging Waters

1  Rocktillyoudrop


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4  Sippin N Kissin   broke poorly in his MSW debut on May 16th but after the disappointing start he showed plenty of my notes I wrote, "good stretch reaching out late".......he went off 41 to 1 hinting he wasn't all the cranked/schooled.......he should be now

8  What in Blazes   very good debut at Lrc and draws Mike Smith.......mostly placed 2nd because he went off at 3 to 5 with Prat on his back and the waters get a little deeper competing at Del Mar

2  Big Impact  

7  Mob Boss

1  Erebus


race 4    average clarity

1  Ellerslie Lace   sprint-sprint-route scenario for this Powell filly making her 3rd start since arriving from France.......trainer is often at his best 3rd out following a layoff which is the case here.......Rispoli stays put for a 3rd straight race.....four year old has run about 4 or 5 races overseas that would make her the one to beat if she is up to one of them this afternoon

4  Del Mar Drama   best two lifetime races were the only two times this four year old filly competing in turf route races........8F of sod today and a sharp looking 4 work series for a trainer in Kruljac that doesn't push them too hard in the jock Desormeaux stays put for a 4th straight race

9  Cassie Belle

5  California Kook

3  Bye Bye Bertie


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8  Desert Dawn   copious works put into this MSW 1ster by the D'A and the last couple of works for this filly hint she is peaking at the right time.......good jock/trainer combo

3  Smash Ticket   ran 2nd in a much softer circuit but the race has turned out to be a key one........and the a.m. work since her 2nd place finish hints she exited the race in great shape

11 AE  Peanut Butter Cup

6  Baby Steps

2  Half Past Twelve

7  Wetherly


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6  Gates of Heaven   best races were run at Dmr and he also showed his best early speed on Dmr dirt.......drops down a couple of class levels and sure shows an aggressive tightly spaced work series over at SA.......1st time gelding to boot

4  Play the Wildcard   Hollendorfer has always been very dangerous "1st time in claiming" with a given runner and that is the case here with this four year old dropping precipitously......sure like the fact this gelding worked a decent 3F only 3 days ago.......feeling good when it counts the most as in right before his race

9  Twirling Derby

10  Pelican Way

5  Audace


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5  Luck of tha Draw   five year old is a stellar (10 4 2 2) over his last ten races.......just claimed by solid turf trainer Michael Maker and he drops his new acquisition drop $7K in claiming.....but that makes sense with a very nice purse for the given level and the bonus money for shippers.......and Maker doesn't mess around getting Rispoli to ride

2  Antarctic   good turf conditioner in Jamey Thomas and this gelding sure appears at his best racing at 7 1/2F or 8F........8F today and gets a good post and rider.....and like our top pick this gelding is eligible for the bonus money for shippers

10  Snazzy Dresser

9  The Black Album

6  Sorm the Bastille


race 8    below average clarity

8  Mr. Impossible   didn't fire in latest off of Lasix.......back on it today and with two reassuring drills put in........seems up for  a rebound........and.......his MSW graduating race two back fits well here at the nw alw level......and back to Rispoli who was up in the race

3  Silver Moon Road   on the improve with each and every race and if the trend continues this afternoon I like his chances of running a big effort in his 1st ever two turn endeavor

1  Royal Insider

2  Tizhotndusty

5  Established


race 9    average clarity

3  Nasty   Baltas filly has an excellent record on firm turf in route races (5 3 0 1) and the race where she missed the board was because of a bad ride.........not my favorite turf route jock up but he sure has handled this filly well........four year old should be in the mix from the get go and tough thru out

2  Sedamar   grass races at Del Mar are quite good and with riders not as good as J J Hernandez aboard.......five year old has been absent since Feb but sure is working as if she is ready to roll.......mare has a nice history starting from inside posts

4  Tapwater

5  Ippodamia's Girl

9  Brooke


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4  Royal Ship   five year old gelding has an excellent record when not using Lasix and retains Mike money Smith for a 7th straight race.......last two races look awfully tough versus today's competition if he can run as well at Dmr as he has at SA

5  Express Train   another who has shown he doesn't need Lasix to run well........he just ran 3rd behind our top choice by 4 1/4 lengths but he has shown that he can handle the Del Mar dirt so he has a shot to turn the tables on the 4 horse if Royal Ship doesn't take to the Dmr surface

8  Tripoli

1  Rushie

7  Magic On Top


race 11    below average clarity

7  Mohawk King   turf sprint-turf sprint-turf route scenario for this colt who owns a pedigree that is better for a route than a sprint.......and.........his turf sprints were solid........J J Hernandez wisely stays put......hard not to like

2  Wyfire   good time for blinkers off as it should slow this gelding down some and that appears to be a plus as there is an abundance of speed signed up......trainer is solid with blinkers off and 2nd out following a layoff both of which are the case small negative is that Peter Miller is only 11% win 1st at a route which is also the case today

9  Goldini

5  Nerves of Steel

11  The Hulk



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