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Del Mar for Thursday 26 August 2021

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Best of luck as always !

 

race 1    above average clarity

2  Censorship   Baffert's two year old filly just put in one of the most eye popping works of any two year old to date in S Cal..........111 flat just 6 days ago preparing for her 3rd lifetime start.......that and Mr Baffert is as good as anyone making good use of the sprint-sprint-route maneuver

3  I'm a Giraffe   poor trip in her maiden debut which was in a MC50K affair.......two year old filly earned a number that is 3L short of par for the MSW level put she has put in 3 nice drills since the race.........Peter Miller must really like what he sees to move his filly up........that and Prat is up

7  Mitigation

5  Haute Lady

 

race 2    average clarity

3  Tiz Tact Toe   significant improvement for this Hess three year old in his latest where he ran a grass race that is 2.5L better than par for today's level when you take into account some trip trouble........can he run as well 9F today as he did at 8F 3 weeks ago......... pedigree suggests that there is a decent chance that he will

1  Rosenquist   trainer Bill Morey is quite dangerous with shippers and he is (3 2 0 1) at the Del Mar summer meeting.........that and his 1st time gelding is eligible for that extra moola for invaders who win first into Dmr......plenty of incentive for the connections to pull out all stops to have this three year old ready to roll

5  Circumvent

6  Fire Polish

7  American Great

 

race 3    below average clarity

5  Admirably   turf to dirt and 2nd out after a claim apply here for trainer Lorenzo Ruiz and both starts are very strong for the underrated and under used conditioner.......6F is a good fit (7 2 2 1)........1st on the Dmr main track is a ? mark

3  Platinum Equity   solid better than it appears 8K win when last seen at Lrc........away since the 5 july race but in the interim he has put in 4 works three of which are good and the last work is very good as in a best of 57 4F bullet at Del Mar.......likely will get ignored at the windows stepping up 3 levels of claiming

4  Black Storm

2  Bibleman

 

race 4    way below average clarity

2  Frost Alert   best win % in this field with maidens debuting on the turf belongs to John Sadler........good post and drills for this two year old Sadler 1ster.......draws a good post and strong turf jock with the babies racing on the sod in Rispoli.......connections got a good look at what they were getting for their $270K purchase as he was bought just a few months ago

4  Rivera Champ   solid grass breeding for this MSW 1st time starter and McCarthy selects one of his top go to guys in Hernandez to ride.......J. J. is 3 for 7 win and with 3 others in the money over the last 2 months rider for Mike McCarthy

6  Law Abiding

3  Trebbiano

5  Ammer Hall

 

race 5    below average clarity

1  Paint Me Lucky   here is our comment for this Baffert gelding prior to his last race, "Baffert six year old maiden (doubt I have ever written that before) should be loose on the lead and tough to wheel in if he is OK physically speaking as this is the 1st time he has been able to race more than two times before going bye bye for a long period of time"......well he won and did so without the lead.......and he must still be doing OK physically for Bob to race him back a race in 11 days

5  Starship Chewbacca   history for this gelding says running 2nd out after a layoff should be a positive........1st at 7F but his efforts at 6 1/2 furlongs hint the extended 7F sprint distance will be to his liking......bug boy Espinoza has yet to win at the meeting with 23 starts but he has placed at highest % of all the other bug's at this meeting

3  Black Belt

2  Half Right

7  Tribal War Chant

 

race 6    average clarity

4  Hear My Prayer   trainer Cerin is only 1 for his last 15 "1st start w/trn" but he has his new filly working too well to ignore........and his four year old is a perfect 4 for 4 racing on firm turf and all four races were at today's 5F distance.........Florida invader has been absent since Feb. but Cerin is more than capable with runners coming off of long layoffs

5  Raymundos Secret   five year old mare has earned $200K on the turf and owns a Grade 2 win in 10 starts all of which are turf route races.......now she attempts to handle a turf sprint and D'Amato is awfully good at turning a route horse into a sprinter.....might get ignored some at the windows

7  Bulletproof One

6  Candura

 

race 7    average clarity

5  Fly the Sky   lifetime best dirt race was run one mile turf to one mile dirt off of 33 days rest and the dirt race was at Dmr.......solid 5F turf win in latest in latest and one mile dirt today off of 25 days rest......likely able to handle shorter rest as the turf sprint was only 5F...........its not rocket science

4  Wilson Monk   away since March but this gelding won his MSW for fun last Feb.........so he showed he can fire fresh and his a.m. work hints this is not a tune-up......pedigree for a route is good especially for a Cal-bred.....and the DA is 25 for his last 100 "1st at a route"

9  Atomic Drop

7  Betito

1  Hapi Hapi

 

race 8    average clarity

3  Majestic Steps   drop makes sense as the best this D'Amato filly has done in her last 5 races is 5th.........bad trip in this girl's latest hides a race that fits and today she gets a significant jock upgrade especially for a route turf race

4  Lady Emily   lack of action on the board 1st into Del Mar for this Michael Maker filly and now drops......might have been nothing more than a dirty her up gimme......we shall find out if that is a the case about 5:30 pacific time

9  Chasingserendipity

2  Mind Meld

6  Agreetodisagree

 

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