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Del Mar for Saturday 24 July 2021

Today's card seems OK but Sunday's seems better. Next week Del Mar starts 4 races a week until the end of the meeting in early September.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

7  Norma Jean B.   solid race 1st out following a change in trainers from a low percentage Midwest trainer to Vladimir Cerin......that race might do the trick but his recent bullet (and labeled "breezing) 5F work at Dmr hints he sitting on his lifetime best......The Racing Digest likes his chances if that is the case

1  Rhythm and Grace   cut back of a full furlong of turf should help the staying power of this filly from the Shirreffs barn.......Victor Espinoza struggles on the turf but he should get a good trip here as this girl usually breaks well and has speed

5  Buzz of New York

3  Tmorrowisalongtime

6  Red Diamond


race 2    below average clarity

4  Awhitesportscoat   very consistent sort and that includes at Del Mar where he owns 3 wins from 4 starts and he seems at his best in abbreviated sprint distances which 5 1/2 qualifies for........bug boy Ortega has shown he fits this fellow well so his 5 lbs weight break seems more significant than it normally would be

3  Satchel de Ritches   trainer Bob Hess is very dangerous when he drops a given horse 1st following a claim which is the case here.......and he just got his new aquasition to work a fast 5F bullet work........gelding should be in the mix from the get go and likely tough thru out with a good speed rider at the helm in Maldonado

2  Take Me for a Spin


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5  Velvet Slippers   decent MSW debut at Lrc 20 days ago for this Bob Baffert 2nd time starter.......reassuring 5F work since.......three year old filly should be in the mix from the get go and with a rider in Cedillo who has made the most of the rides he gets from Baffert as in 42% win and 74% in the money over the last two months

2  Sea Dreamer   very powerful MSW debut/fig for this Callaghan filly supported by 3rd place coming back to win and she was 8 1/2L behind Sea Dreamer.......mostly placed as 2nd choice because her two works since the race seems dull

3  Lil Town Sis


race 4    average clarity

7  Barbwire   Baltas colt went off at 11 to 1 at LRC in only a six horse MSW field which strongly suggests the six furlong race was nothing more than educational tune-up........strong pedigree for the turf and a route and for a trainer in Baltas who is outstanding getting a given runner to extend themselves distance wise.......and who wants the mount - Mr.Prat

2  Lone Scout   last two races are better than par when you adjust for trip and the latest race was adjusted 6L for a very wide trip.........1st time gelding today.......Bravo will be out to make amends for that wide journey

3  Hollywoodhellraisr


race 5    average clarity

9  Blue Star   showed life in his only race on conventional dirt which was at Del Mar and with a low percentage rider was in a sprint and he seemingly suites route racing more.,.......drops multiple levels which is one of O'Neill's more dangerous moves.......and Doug is able to get Prat to ride........plenty to like

7  Investment Account   three year old just popped his lifetime best and it seems noteworthy that it was his 1st to date in a route race on conventional dirt..........blinkers go back on today after being off for three recent work hints the equipment changed has made him better.......we shall see if that is so about 4 p.m. pacific

8  Inesperado

3  Bold Voyager

6  Salah


race 6    average clarity

8  Evening Sun (OUCH - DISQUALIFIED FROM 1ST AT 22 TO1)   invader from GB who owns many efforts overseas that look awfully good here ran what looks like a turf sprint tune-up to muscle up for his 2nd out following a long layoff.......a.m. work since the 6 June race is outstanding.......jock Drayden Van Dyke is off to a bad start at the meeting (11 0 0 0) and in general has seen better days but he might jump start things here with a decent ride

10  Ottawa Fire   invader from Ireland lands in the D'Amato barn and that is one dangerous proposition for the opposition as he has been fantastic in 2021 with his Euro imports......and he draws Prat to ride........easy to like this four year old gelding who beat 21 of 22 foes when last seen overseas in May

4  Goliad

9  Southern Horse

7  Exultation


race 7    average clarity

3  Bicameral   stout trainer Baltas has soft stats when it comes to MSW 1st timers but this two year old filly is training too well to ignore........and when he uses today's rider Mario Gutierrez his horses are unusually "live"

5  Honor It   very solid a.m. work for this well-bred R Mandella MSW two year old filly 1ster who draws Prat who has won 3 of his last 7 with 3 others in the money over the last 60 days riding for Mandella

6  Dance to the Music

1  Mirasol

2  Mitigation


race 8    average clarity

6  Smooth Like Strait   four year old colt from the Mike McCarthy barn is (3 2 1 0) at Del Mar on the grass and (7 4 2 1 0) when today's rider Rispoli has been aboard........4 G1's, 2 G2's and a G3 and the most Rispoli was beaten in all 7 races was by a head......yikes

5  Award Winner   what a turnaround for this five year old gelding since David Hofmans took over the training duties (4 2 2 0) and 3 of those races were with J J Hernandez up (3 2 1 0)........gelding should sit on or close to the lead and with the cutback of one furlong today he might have plenty of endurance come stretch time when push comes to shove

3  Say the Word

2  United


race 9    average clarity

3  Joe Don Looney   three year old gelding is (6 2 2 1 1) and the 3rd place finish was not the best of trips and the 4th place 10 back finish was quite good as this guy was bothered at the start and then ride wide on a day the rail was golden at SA........three year old just popped his lifetime best 2nd out after the Ruiz claim........bullet 46:2 work since at LA hints he has remained sharp......Cedillo staying put supports the notion

4  I'll Stand Taller   lifetime best and a good fit here was run in his 2nd lifetime start off of 22 days 22 days since his last run off of a 7 week break might set him up fror a similar effort this afternoon......that and O'Neill is solid route to sprint which is the case today

6  Clem Labine

2  Push to Start

7  Jazz Hands


race 10    average clarity

2  Going Global   three year old filly is living up to her name as in a perfect 4 for 4 (all G3 races) since arriving in the U S of A from Ireland........great job of training by D'Amato and Prat was up for all four of the wins.......good post should help Prat work out a nice trip and get this filly her 1st Grade 2 win

9  Madone   2 for 2 at Dmr on the grass and 4 for 4 at today's one mile turf distance on firm to watch on the 2nd turn in the one mile races as she usually makes quite the turn move

5  Tetragonal

7  Jibber Jabber

10  Karakatsie


race 11    average clarity

10  Big Passion   (4 1 2 1) in sprints since Tim Yakteen took over the training duties of this four year old filly........and all were with bug girl Emily Ellingwood in the saddle.........and the trainer enters for 14K to get two more lbs off for a total weight off of 7lbs......such a deal

1  Angel's Advocate   mare takes quite the plunge in class and why not as this is only her 5th lifetime start and she is a six year old......trainer Mathis has sent out live horses to start the Del Mar meeting so this one has a decent shot at being another who is meant and ready to roll

6  Traffic Stopper

5  Sweet Soulmate

11  Daring Cat



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