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Del Mar for Friday 13 August 2021

Purchase is now available at a $3.50 discount for a very limited time for our special publication for Saratoga's big day which is of course Travers Stakes Day.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Distorted Diva   good pedigree for the turf and this colt sure woke up in his first run over it finishing 2nd in a fast 5F heat for the given level albeit 2nd by 6 1/2 he tries a turf .route for the 1st time and he is also well-bred to handle the two turns of turf......good post and rider......all systems go

3  My Mane Champ  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  MSW 1st time starter from the Maker barn has put in copious works dating back to at least 6 April........and when Maker has put up Rispoli over the last two months his stock has been very "live" winning 3 of 6 with 2 others in the money........dangerous debuting two year old Cal-bred

5  Velvet Ghost

2  Busker Allie

8  Mogollon Rim


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1  Freedom Lass   tough to tell if this filly can run as well on the dirt as she does on the turf but if she can and she can duplicate her latest on the sod she should take down this dirt race........J J Hernandez stays put to find out

5  Varoma   solid history racing at today's one mile dirt distance with 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 starts.......claimed by Bill Spawr way back in early June but in the interim Bill has put 7 works into her........that and it seems like a good sign that Abel Cedillo rides thru the claim

3  Trouville


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3  Wrong Turn Cupid   in general a very strong work tab for this Brian Koriner filly MSW 1st time starter but what really catches my eye is her last preparatory drill a best of 106 47 flat and that work was only 5 days ago......Koriner won with a MSW 1ster last weekend as our 2nd selection..........pedigree for a turf sprint is good

6  Kitten's Kid    another dangerous looking 1st time starter and with one of the most powerful trainer/rider combos around in Miller and Prat (42% win and 87% in the money with their last 31) .......and mom has tossed 4 winners from 4 starters and one of them was a turf winner......hard not to like

4  Mamba Queen

1  Applaud the Bench

8  Nan Elizabeth


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3  Curious Inji   always like when a given horse stumbles and then gets plenty of time off as a horse will often tweak something unforeseen that will show up in their next start if they don't take ample time off......this filly stumbled very badly and then showed some life in her 1st route race.......Mullins smartly gives his filly 3 1/2 months are solid......trainer is heating up

8  La Pulcinela   lone two turn race of this girl's career stands out as her best to date and by quite a bit........trainer is very dangerous 1st following a claim.......that and his new filly is eligible for the extra $$$ for winning shippers.........and trainer Ron Moquett coaxes Prat and his agent to accept the mount

6  Class Code

4  Grigoro

9  Medusa's Gaze


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2  Cool Your Jets   16th start for this six year old gelding still looking to break his maiden.......he does his best racing at Del Mar and he is also competing at his best distance........he runs well off of layoffs.....gets a good post and a decent turf jock in Bravo......and maybe most importantly he catches a soft field.....he can win this if he doesn't hang in the late stretch

3  Tiger's Arrow   Mike McCarthy is much more dangerous with 2nd time starters than 1st time starters.......and considering this colt went off at 61 to 1 he likely wasn't fully cranked and yet showed life in a grass route race and some of that "life" is disguised by a bad trip.......1st time blinkers today and a nice reassuring 4F work put in since his 23 July debut.......rather sure this colt moves forward today and at a big price

5  Donner Lake

7  Club Mesquite

9  Big Coupe


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3  Scabbard   four year old gelding was claimed on June 10th at CD for $30K and Dean Pederson puts him in a $20K claiming race which normally would be suspicious drop but not with all the additional moola for those who win 1st in........and Prat takes the mount and I can't recall any race where Flavien rode for Pederson.......6F distance seems like a plus as this guy owns a win and a 2nd in two races at the distance

1  Eustace   gelding was just claimed by Wong (30% win with his last 242 1st out following a claim) and it appears he has the trump card for this four year old as he is training night and day better since the claim.....should be a price as his recent races are dismal

9  Box of Chocolates  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

4  Fast as Cass

7  Rebel War


race 7    average clarity

2  Good With People   both lifetime races with Lasix are solid and this Miller colt gets it today........5F distance is a good fit.......and Prat who rides a lot for Peter M. takes the mount for the 1st time which seems significant

5  Beer Can Man   race has plenty of speed signed up and so this mid pack runner from the Glatt barn might be in the drivers seat turning for home........three year old is 2 for 2 racing at 5F on the sod on firm rated turf........that and J J Hernandez knows this grass cutter well as this is his 4th straight mount on this colt

6  Harbored Memories

4  Love My Jimmy

3  Commander Khai


race 8    average clarity

3  Your My Boy Kat   blinkers come off this O'Neill two year old who owns a 3rd and a 2nd to start his career and two recent good looking gate works hint the equipment change has improved this gelding........and look who rides for the first time - Prat

2  Prince Hussar   trainer sure could use a win and if this two year debuting colt runs to his morning work he might boost Palma's 6% win percentage in 2021........winless at the new Dmr meeting (0 for 43) jock could also use a win


8  Chris Fix


6  State of the Union




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