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Del Mar for Thursday 19 August 2021

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Tough card to decipher at Del Mar today as you can tell by our "clarity ratings".

Best of luck as always!!!


race 1    below average clarity

4  Rev Rita   exits a key MSW race where 2nd and 3rd came back to win and 3rd was only 1/2 length in front of this Yakteen filly at the wire.......and this girl now drops to the MC50K were good prior to her debut and they continue to be good following her 20 June race.......and we get a rider upgrade especially on a maiden

3  Bowl of Cherries   Ron Ellis finally got his 3rd win of 2021 and his record sure is improved since arriving at Dmr (8 1 1 2)........filly is quite consistent but her running lines scream out for a drop into maiden claiming and she gets it in the form of a MC62.5K

5  River Girl

1  Aadhana

6  Esagerare


race 2    below average clarity

6  Island Life   three year old filly is (4 2 2 0) when racing for a tag and her two wins came in her only two races run at today's 5 1/2 the cut back of 1/2 furlong today should give her some decent endurance when push comes to shove in late stretch

5  Kirsch Truffle   never settled in her latest race run at one claiming level higher after checking early and predictably she ran poorly after that.........but she is training well at Del Mar and deserves another chance to show what she's got.......and the rider/trainer are 3 for 7 over the last two months as a team

3  Trouble N Paradise

2  It's a Riddle

8  Showmethemagic


race 3    average clarity

1  New Drama   great spot for a five year old mare who graduated at the MSW level (can't be claimed) which on average is 2L tougher than today's starter level.....filly has shown she can handle inside posts and the one and two posts have won 50% of the 5F turf races carded at the summer meeting

4  I'm the Boss of Me   last two races albeit on the dirt are very strong and the latest one is disguised by racing on a somewhat dull rail........Cedillo coming off of a 4 bagger stays put.......0 for 2 on the sod but she didn't get the cleanest of trips and her pedigree for it is good

5  A G Indy

6  Deise Delight

2  Plum Sexy


race 4    below average clarity

2  Bombs At Cocal   Miller is strong MSW to MC and 2nd career race especially with the babies.....both are the case today and this colt's debut is stronger than it appears in print.......he earned a Santucci fig that fits nicely at today's lower level if of course this colt can run as well at a route......pedigree is OK for one and his latest drill is interesting as he worked a decent 5F only 4 days in sharp when it means the most

7  Even Steven   trainer is not much with MSW 1st time starters but very capable with MC 1sters......and Prat takes the call hinting this two year old gelding is "live" in his MC50K does the fact he is entered for $40K to get 4 lbs off

8  You're My Boy Kat

4  Thirty Four Coupe

6  Formal Order


race 5    average clarity

7  Bestrella   somewhat suspicious drop into mid priced claiming but the trainer has been hot of late and Smith shows up for only one mount and in a claiming race.........that seems significant........four year old filly should by closing fast in the late stages

6  Golden Voice  Mike Maker filly has seen better days but his latest "up the track" effort might by nothing more then a dirty up his form gimme to lessen the threat of being claimed.........that and this invader is eligible for the ship and win bonus

4  Brittle and Yoo

5  Prance

9  Buy Wave Buy


race 6    average clarity

8  Secret Square   here is the comment from TRD prior to her last racing endeavor, "quite the trainer and rider upgrade for this four year old filly and two solid back to back works support the idea that her new conditioner has improved her......that and she is 1 for 2 on the Del Mar dirt and 0 for 15 racing elsewhere".....and man did she improve as she ran a number that is much better than par for today's higher level......can she do it again......Cedillo and his agent think so

2  Tiz Wonderfully   six year old can set some nasty fractions at times and still hold together.......bug boy is winless but he still might be worth his weight break if he can get loose and lonely on the lead

4  Eddie's New Dream

1  She's So Pretty

6  Gotta Be Lucky


race 7    below average clarity

8  Seven Charms   ultra impressive that this colt was able to put in a bullet 4F turf work despite the fact his last race was only 20 ago.........and that race was a nice nw alw win at today's 11 furlong turf distance........seems jacked up for another powerful marathon turf race of 11 furlongs

5  Ward 'n Jerry   Mike Puype has been chilly but he might get his 1st win at the meet with this eight year old who is at his best racing in marathon turf races especially at 11F or 12F.......and his last 3 wins were with today's jock Flavien Prat up

7  Rijeka

6  K P All Systems Go

3  Ocean Altantique


race 8    average clarity

7  Tiz Vicious   lifetime best was run at today's 6 1/2 furlong dirt distance with the blinkers on in a race run off of 4 1/2 months rest........6 1/2 today and blinkers go on following a race without them........away for 5 1/2 months and with a better jock up than who was aboard when last seen on 26 Feb.......should be in the mix from the get go and tough thru-out

3  Perfecto Amor   not sure how well this Hess colt can run on the dirt but he sure drops precipitously and Prat and his agent like his chances as Prat jumps aboard for the 1st time

8  Gordy's Boy

1  Call Nine One One

6  Eight Maker

11  Honor Among Men


Posted on August 19, 2021 at 6:30 am by richs · Permalink
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