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Del Mar for Saturday 28 August 2021

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Seems like a very good card today at Del Mar.

Best of luck as always !


race 1    above average clarity

3  Valentina Ghada   McCarthy 2nd time starter ran a solid final time for the given day in her MSW debut and might have surprised her connections as she had little support at the windows going off at 9 to 1 in only a six horse field.......that and the trainer is much more dangerous with 2nd time starters than 1st.......jock upgrade to boot

5  Electric Ride   Sadler 1st time starter sure is working as if she is meant and ready to roll in her MSW debut especially since switching to the Del Mar surface.......solid trainer/jock combo in Sadler/Bravo......rather sure this filly has some talent

6  Captaire


race 2    average clarity

5  Whiskey My God   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  gelding is badly in need of a drop and his trainer could use a win or a place for that matter as he has been unable to get either with 16 starts at the Dmr meeting.......gelding needs his race 3 guess is his last was a gimme in a protected race to put some doubt in the minds of the claiming vultures lurking above.......go today

6  Magic Tiger   seems like a decent claim by Michael Maker who runs his new shooter back at the same level he claimed him for........and the stout trainer goes to his top jock in Rispoli who has won 4 of his last 7 mounts riding for him and with 2 others in the money

1  Active Account

4  Cibertruck


race 3    average clarity

3  Ingest   one big 6F split in his latest which was in a one mile grass race........that bodes well for his chances of handling the abbreviated turf distance of 5F.......O'Neill risked him for $50K in his last to get him eligible for the very coveted can't be claimed Alw 50000s race where he faces easier

4  Johnny Podres   yet to win in 4 races at 5F on the turf at Del Mar but 3 of the 4 races fit well at today's level......that and this Miyadi four year old is a late runner in a field with enough speed signed up to flatter his late kick

2  Capo Mafioso

7  Palaleo

1  Uncle Jeff


race 4    average clarity

5  Prince Hussar   nice winning MC32K debut for this Palma colt who broke a little tardy and still cut out a 21:3 quarter to wire the field......his number earned fits fine today and considering he worked 47:1 half 5 days ago even better seems likely today

4  Blame It On Rose  blinkers on in her 3rd lifetime start and 2nd with Hess as her trainer.......she is one of four fillies in the race which is quite rare and she appears to be the best of them and also better than two of the males in here as she set a solid quarter (but not as fast a one as our top pick) and like our top choice she went on to wire the field rather easily

8  Cute Impact

3  Roses for Suzzette

1  Im Still Thirsty


race 5    average clarity

2  Kalon  2 of her 6 lifetime races fit well here and they were the only time she raced at Dmr and like today they were run at 5F on the sod.....quite the rider upgrade following a bad trip where she was shuffled back and then ran wide in the 1 Aug. version of this MSW race.........two strong drills since........hard not to like

5  Leisurewear   D'Amato has been incredibly impressive with his Euro invaders in their 1st U S of A starts but this filly ran just OK........but she moved forward quite a bit in her 2nd lifetime start in GB so 2nd out following a layoff might be what she needs.......we shall see about 4 PM pacific

1  Little Liliana

4  Tony Ann

8  Tiergarten


race 6    average clarity

5  I Got No Munny   very consistent sort when racing on the dirt and he seems at his best racing on at today's 6F distance.......and jock Joe Bravo who sure has broken into the S Cal jockey colony very nicely (3 more wins yesterday) has options as this gelding is capable of winning on or off of the pace

4  Fratelli   speed of the speed in this 6 horse nw2 alw affair and with a good speed trainer and rider at the helm......and like our top choice he appears to appreciate six furlongs of dirt the most

6  Fashionably Fast


race 7    average clarity

3  Love My Jimmy  three year old is outstanding exiting the gate and for the 1st time he gets a top echelon jock on his back in the name of Florent Geroux.....that and the two times Miller has risked this three year old for a tag he won both races rather convincingly

2  Swiss Swoo   brutal trip in his latest with the blinkers taken off as he broke very badly and then raced too wide......9L of trip trouble and was only beaten by 5L in a nw alw one mile turf race.....nice speed drill put in to help him adjust to today's 5F sprint......should be a big number

6  Gates of Heaven

7  The Hulk

4  Jazz Hands


race 8    average clarity

2  Rockefeller   a ton of work put into this Bob Baffert MSW 1st time starter who went for a cool $750K at so many two year old 1sters from the Baffert barn he seems meant and redy to roll at 1st asking

7  Cabo Spirit   MSW debut for this big bucks colt (especially for the Papaprodromou barn) appeared to be a since are jock Bravo stays put......might go off a bit of a price


5  Durante

3  Union Train


race 9    average clarity

5  Luvluv   very solid in his last 3 outings the last of which was an 11 furlong marathon affair on the grass....and did he sure like the added distance popping his lifetime best number despite a very bad trip (broke slow and ran wide)

3  Midnight Jostar   won vs. easier in his last running a Santucci fig that is 4L short of par considering today's higher level......but...... he did it in a one mile race and 11 furlongs of turf is more up his alley

6  Frair's Road

4  Liberal

10  Farquhar


race 10    average clarity

1  Ginobili   monster effort in this gelding's latest 1st time with blinkers on and also in Feb of 2020 where he ran 2nd in a Grade 2 at today's 7F distance but was tons the best in the race.......and the cut back in distance of 8F to 7F should give him plenty of endurance when push comes to shove in the late stages of the stellar race

9  C Z Rocket   should be plenty of pace in this prestigious race and that should make his jock's (Geroux) job easier with this off pace runner.......C Z won the 2020 version of this race and might capture it again today

8  Flagstaff

5  Eight Rings

7  Brickyard Ride


race 11    average clarity

10  U S Danger   not sure what Valdivia was thinking opening up a monster lead setting fractions that most turf sprinters can't muster.......he earned a pace factor of 5L and was beaten only by 4L in a fast heat for the back to Frey who was able to get this speed horse to rate kindly........should be loose and dangerous

4  Carmelita's Man   very consistent sort and he should appreciate an extra half furlong turf to work with......good history racing off of 3 to 5 weeks rest.......4 weeks since his last and Cedillo stays put........hard not to like

2  Zip Now

7  Trevor T

9  Cool Your Jets

1  Viking Plunder

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