08/03/2013 12:18PM

Closer Looks: Del Mar August 4, 2013

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Race 1

Blues and Silvers
She sports some of the faster and more consistent form in here and this filly deserves plenty of credit for getting the job done in eight of 12 career starts; although she's never been over this turf course, she's tough to look past with the hot-riding Stevens aboard.
Long Legged Lovely
A few of her turf starts have been decent performances, but it's tough to envision her having a shot at more than a minor award, and her two starts over this turf course have not been a couple of her better efforts.
Twitch
She's winless in her last 11 starts going back through 2012 and don't like to see that she had to be pulled up in her latest outing; feel that her lack of early speed makes her a candidate to be outrun throughout.
Blazen All Star
Sire wins with approximately 9% of his turf starters and dam was winless from three starts, and all of her starts were over turf; this filly is a 1/2 to Phoenician Star (2-4, 32k, including 1-for-1 over turf for 18k).
Patienceisavirtue
Sire wins with approximately 14% of his turf starters and dam won once from four starts for 21k, and she didn't make a turf start; this filly will need a much improved showing in her turf debut if she's to have a say in the outcome.
Lil Barbie Doodle
Like to see the way that she ran in her first start for this barn after a 12.5k claim two races back and she might appreciate stretching back out in distance for this; that said, a minor award might be the ceiling.
Selleria
She enters this race after earning a career best Beyer Speed Figure in her latest start, but like all of the others in here, she's going to need to hope that Blues and Silvers produces a sub par performance in order to have a shot at the top spot.
Dilly's Dancer
Like the idea of her routing over turf again, and she figures to be forwardly placed through the opening stages; a little concerned when seeing that she was eased in her latest start, but she has run well when fresh a few times in her career.

Race 2

Venetian
Beginner was sired by More Than Ready who won 1.02 million including G1 success; his offspring have scored in 83 out of 649 debuts; the dam won 1 of 8 and 39K; among the winning siblings is 15K earner Our Henny Penny.
Perched
Tries the maiden ranks for the first time after a respectable run in an added money event; her sire won a G1 and 597K in total; the dam was unraced; winning siblings include 41K bankroller Catch the Humor; obvious true contender.
Mostro Bella
New face was sired by multiple G1 type Colonel John who amassed 1.77 million and whose progeny are 2 for 6 as far as winning first out; the dam did not make it to the starting gate; among the winning sibs is 21K earner Ten Plush.
Tacit Approval
Second all the way around in her debut and she has breezed fairly well since; her sire won a G1 and 557K while the mom won 6 of 12 and 413K; among the winning siblings is 23K earner Punch Drunk.
Awesome Baby
Shows some superior workouts and is an obvious danger; her sire won the Breeders' Cup Classic and 4.37 million (progeny of Awesome Again have won 9 percent of their initial races); the dam won 2 of 3 and 56K; sib to 19K earner Milwaukee Blitz.
Amaranth
Mr.Greeley, this filly's sire, won a trio of G3 stakes and 474K; his descendants have scored in 88 out of 799 debuts; the dam won 2 of 5 and 52K; there are no winning siblings to mention; most recent a.m. move at five-eighths was sharp.
Fashion Plate
Offspring of Old Fashioned, a G2 winner who notched 583K, are zero for 5 in their first run; the dam won 3 of 17 and 68K; among the winning siblings is 129K earner Mr. Candy Bar; best recent workout was on 7/21.

Race 3

Cervaro
Makes his first start in 7 months off a series of long recent drills; dam was a sprinter who had success on the lawn but she dropped SW router and 158K earner Maizelle so given his sire's route blood this guy certainly has a right to handle today's added ground; price will be right to give him a look.
Wicked Finance
Took a big step forward when stretched out in his second career spin at Hollywood; gelding was given some time off the try and has worked quite sharply in the interim; all 3 of his sibs are sprint winners including his SW full sister Prenuptial, a 120K earner who finished off the board in each of her 2 route attempts, but he's already proven he can handle the trip; consider.
Crucero
Gets a top pilot for his local and synthetic debut after being given time off the runner up effort with claimers in Florida this spring; he's been working pretty well in here but the new outfit does excel with this type; worth a look.
Proud Boss
They put him on the lead with shades added 2 back against claimers and he opened up a clear lead before getting run down late in a solid figure performance; didn't do much in his second synthetic try when finishing behind some of these at the level and looks to have his work cut out for him in this one.
Midnite View
Earned a couple of solid numbers sprinting at Hollywood and now he'll try 2 turns; sire was a G1 SW miler and G2 SW router so maybe the added trip helps and he has been working quite well over the local footing; expecting he'll find himself closer to the top in this one.
Airfoil
Ran into a pretty good one who earned a 102 Beyer in his runaway score last time out but wasn't a match for the runner up who draws to his immediate outside in here; maybe he again finds himself close to that one's speed in here, but don't know that he'll be able to step with him late.
Smokin' Bernie
Outside drawn colt ran big on the front end in his return from the freshening and after getting run down by a triple digit Beyer earner, held second money quite easily; he's since workd well for his local debut and despite the draw there doesn't appear to be much in his way for another front end trip; they'll have him to catch and beat.

Race 4

Burns Turn
This filly hasn't run a bad race to date and like the idea of her getting a chance to see what she can do in a turf route; this is a realistic assignment for her first start against winners and Bejarano has won with 15 of 46 (33%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Nospeightintended
A little concerned that she didn't seem to be at her best in her first start with blinkers in her latest outing, and that was also her first start away from the Jones barn; however, she does figure to use her early speed to try to take it right at this field from the break.
Royal Empress (IRE)
It's interesting to see Leparoux get the assignment and this filly is stakes placed racing overseas; however, this will be her first start beyond seven furlongs and maybe that's a reason to look for her to be better meant the next time around with a turnback in distance.
The Only Key (GB)
She has turf form on her card that is strong enough to give her the look of a top contender in this spot and she's making her first start after a claim for a barn that scores well in that category; like to see the way that she performed when entered after a layoff in early April.
Toomanytomatoes
She's won four of 10 turf starts and she's developed a nice level of consistency to her game; this looks like a good spot for her to land in while making her first start for the Mitchell barn after a 40k claim; have to respect her chances with Smith at the controls.
Camryn Kate
She owns the early speed to play a role in the way that this race shapes up and she figures to be contesting the early pace with Nospeightintended; winner from latest won next out here on 7/24 going 1m vs. 62k OPC's with a 99 Beyer and 3rd finisher won next out here on 7/28 going 1 1/16m over turf vs. N1X alw. rivals with an 84 Beyer.
Meltarib
She's done some fine work over turf from 12 starts and her latest effort over this turf course was one of the stronger performances of her career; she's a solid fit at this level of competition and she boasts the best last race Beyer Speed Figure in here.

Race 5

Southern Digs
Adds blinkers for a trainer winning at 14% with this angle since 2012 but scores with just 7% second-time starter winners; not east to take beating one runner home when defeated by similar rivals and now moves all the way to the rail draw which can be a tricky post position for any inexperienced runner.
Sir Barclay
Sire is 18-for-165 with 2-year-old 1st-time starters; is out of an unraced dam who produced 3 winners from 3 other foals to race including 83K-earner Pulpit's Express (3-for-13); hot-DMR trainer is 2-for-19 with 1sters since 2012.
Charisma Code
Projects to race on or near the lead with Takem by Surprise then hopes to hang on late for a share; last looks better since the runner-up finisher graduated next out in a DMR-MSW race with a 54 Beyer; added distance out to his longest stamina test ever is a concern.
Dixie Jabber
Sire is 0-for-10 with 2-year-old 1st-time starters; is out of a 3-for-18 dam (107K) who produced 2 winners from 5 other foals to race including 99K-earner stakes-placed Working Capital (2-for-12); very-nice gate workout for a 20%-winning 1ster barn since 2012.
Where's the Heat
25%-winning trainer with debut runners is having a super DMR meet; sire is 14-for-157 with 2-year-old 1st-time starters; is the 1st foal out of a 4-for-10 dam (36K); has been working like a runner; looms a logical contender.
Takem by Surprise
Projects to race on or near the lead; 41-1 debut fade when defeated by pace-challenger Charima Code; hopes the addition of blinkers will help him fend that one off from the gate and show better overall stamina 2nd-time out; 3F-bullet DMR gate workout for this so expecting him to fly out of the gate.
California Jade
Sire is 21-for-265 with 2-year-old 1st-time starters; is out of a 3-for-13 dam (75K) who produced 3 winners from 4 other foals to race including 135K-earner Hard Kisses (6-for-16); has been outworked by a few of the other 1sters for an 8%-1ster barn since 2012.
Ajac
Switches surfaces 2nd-time out adding blinkers after breaking slowly behind the show runner who Beyered 70 in his next-out DMR-MSW win; may need longer distances than today's 5.5F to see very-best form.
Aotearoa
Sire is 3-for-26 with 2-year-old 1st-time starters; is the 1st foal out of a 2-for-11 dam (58K); 0-for-15 debut trainer does not add to the appeal; has been outworked by many of the other debut runners in the field.
Pray Hard
Bullet-gate workout for a 24%-winning 1ster trainer; sire is 18-for-165 with 2-year-old 1st-time starters; is the 1st foal out of a 2-for-8 dam (51K); prefer 1sters breaking outside rather than bogged down along the rail; dangerous at 1st asking.
Exponentially
Projects to press the pace wide; adds blinkers for this which should also enhance his gate speed; usually front wraps on like last is not a good sign but he produced a new Beyer speed figure at today's distance over the track.
Onebadshenanigan
Adds a half furlong and a better gate break would also help the cause 2nd-time out; 26%-winning 2nd-start trainer also nails 2YOs at a smart 21% clip since 2012; back in just 2 weeks and seems set to make a big statement if in.
Tribal Mystic
DMR workout for this was not very enticing off his best finish/Beyer over the track at shorter; rider of latest lands on 1ster California Jade or Baffert's Smogcutter for this but reunites with the 2-back pilot who is 0-for-11 since 2012 for the trainer.
Smogcutter
Blinkers off is a 28% win angle for the trainer who nails 2nd-time starter winners at a 27% clip; if gets in off the also-eligible list would be a major-pace factor here; did not take huge betting money 1st time out like so many Baffert runners do; know him early then hopes to hang on late.

Race 6

Mia Lady
Beyers going in the right direction, she has fired every time, and like the way she extended in last; note show horse in last were clear for fun; she has the speed to flee the fence and the rail has been golden here so far; repeat well within the realm.
Power of Ten
Pushed into the stakes to close out 2012 and she has not been able to close the deal since; 4th finisher in last took a $4K starter next out and the 7th finisher She's All Yours took an $8K claimer here with a 74 Beyer; probably a late threat if at all.
Bench Beauty
One for 19 is a tough number to bet into no matter how you slice it; she was coming on strong in last; mare was nearly 8 clear in last; the hotter the pace the better for this miss.
Tribal Spy
Four pretty solid races since being claimed; 3 exited the race two back to graduate next out; the hat trick is well within the scope; love the series of local drills accentuated by the blowout on Thursday; proved she could rate a bit in last; major player.
Sean S
Mare strung together a number of big races, but then was steadied the last time in town and has not looked sharp since; what happened to the speed she used to flash?; would tread lightly here.
Always a Chance
Both wins came off the layoff; nice; trainer is careful with his placements; the winner of last repeated in an open N1X with a 84 Beyer for Bonde; best of 82 bullet in the holster; rates long look in all the slots.
J and S Express
Respect hot claim box item; she is not making the rounds on the backstretch because she is dull right now; confidently ridden in last, could see her getting a nice stalk and pounce trip as Stevens is enticed; just might be hat trick time.
Freewayracer
Two for 31 is a tough stat to embrace no matter how you slice it; must prove she can win outside of conditioned claiming land; must find a way to turn the tables on the Express among others.
Tribal Chatter
Life and death for the lone win; even when she fires, she has a tendency to get late; this rider was up for the win though and Moreno has won a ton of races on this circuit over the decades.
Lindz Winz
Tough beat in last on the huge jump; 3 works here, two bullets; it looks like he enjoys the surface; the 5/16 winner repeated in a $6K LS optional; this interloper is live.
Ghost N Your Heart
Trainer does a nice job with limited starters; the drop and the third off the layoff run did the trick in last; look for pilot to have her settle, try to save some ground, make the one run and hope the leaders wilt.
Peppy Bolly
Over 4 times as many slices as wins; not good; only two off races this year though and she had a valid excuse both times; must be left in the exotic mix at least.

Race 7

Jolly Days
Return from the break at Hollywood wasn't much and now she'll make her first start over the local sod; filly doesn't have any early foot and there doesn't look to be a lot of that commodity in here to set up her run; prefer to side with others.
High Jinks (BRZ)
Brazilian bred didn't have much to offer when beating just one foe home in her North American debut at Hollywood last month; she did run well on the green in South America, but most of her solid efforts came over courses with give in it and that condition doesn't figure to present itself here; just watching.
Freedom Reigns (IRE)
Runner up in her last at the level makes her local debut for an outfit that hasn't seen the winner's circle much this year; she hasn't been as good this season as she was as a sophomore but her recent numbers still put her right in the thick of this one; she hasn't won in a while and don't know that pace will do her any favors, but her best does make her a threat.
Silver Hustler
Rolled home to get second money at a big price in her first start in 7 months and has been given some time since; gray has been working up a storm at Hollywood in the interim so maybe she's able to get a little more involved from the bell in a field without a lot of apparent lick and she lures a top pilot for this.
Spring Bloom
Four year old boasts a solid local course drill for her return from the brief break after beating cheaper on the Golden Gate lawn; she always fires a good shot and did get caught arguing the fractions when third to a couple of these 2 starts back; worth a look from close range.
Miss Pippa
She's been rather consistent on the Beyer scale and should have plenty of bottom for the cut back to this trip; she'll get off the fence for this one while switching to another capable pilot as her regular rider goes elsewhere; capable of sitting closer early, this SP miss looks to be the one to hold off.
Biorhythm
Sprinter catches a field without much lick while tackling the route for the initial time; filly should be able to set up shop here and she has a great pilot with which to attempt the theft; SW dam was all sprint, but she did drop a handful of route winners including G2 SP, SW turfer and 138K earner Mystic Soul; they'll have to run her down to win.
Plaza de Indias (CHI)
Didn't do much while getting a hot pace in front of her on the main track and now she'll get back to the green; mare owns some back surface number that fit here and her lone local sod spin was pretty good; price will be right to give her a look.
La Zubia (GB)
That win 2 back at Hollywood in which she beat some of these was very good but she failed to step with restricted stakes runners when cut back to this trip last time; she did work well earlier in the week and though she's been better going long, she could well handle this distance given the right trip while back at a more reasonable level; contender.
Perfecta
Makes her 4 year old debut with a steady line of recent drills in tow, including a handful at a stamina building 7/8s; filly is a perfect 2 for 2 here and her lone poor surface route did come against graded stakes foes in an effort that send her to the bench; post is tough and the outfit doesn't do its best work first time back, but this gal clearly likes it here.
Macha
AE is G2 SP and she exits a G1 heat in which she was right there with the leaders until midstretch; she'll catch older for the first time in here local debut, but this New York bred did work well at her Holywood base for this and she likes the green; can't overlook if she goes.

Race 8

Easy Solution
Right to the front in the WO debut then opened up late to score the debut over maiden claimers; DMR worktab for this was not very enticing; gets put to the class test here leaping up not only to face winners but a graded-stakes field; Guns Loaded and Alpine Luck both have good gate speed and figure to compromise his gate-to-wire repeat dreams.
Ontology
Great trip looms saving ground behind a hot pace; rematch with Alpine Luck adding a half furlong in distance should help the cause; receives a positive 2-pound weight swing from Alpine for this; 2 super DMR workouts for this and is out of a dam who banked over 300K.
Skydreamin
The DMR worktab does not add to the appeal while the win jockey is not here and the new rider is 0-for-6 for the barn since 2012; figures to work out a good trip stalking the pace noting his best race of the 2 was his conventional-dirt start.
Alpine Luck
New runner since in last pair pair going wire-to-wire; can he beat East Solution and Guns Loaded to the front? or can he rate just off the speed like in his 1st two races; a steady DMR worktab for this; 2 question marks are the added half furlong and races as the highweight.
Alberts Hope
$68.80 debut shocker when roaring from off the pace to post a field-best Beyer; followed up that victory with a sharp DMR workout for this; high-percentage repeat and graded-stakes barn adds to the appeal however the trainer began the meet an icy 0-for-15.
Guns Loaded
Projects to own the best gate speed but likely to have Alpine Luck and Easy Solution pressing him from the gate; races for a 30%-winning 2-year-old trainer; adds 1F in distance but worked a quick half mile for this suggesting he is the one to catch.
Celtic Moon
26%-winning turf-to-synthetic trainer off his grass maiden breaker defeating the show runner who Beyered 70 in his next-out DMR-MSW win; lone synthetic race saw him outrun by similar rivals; the DMR workouts for this do not add to the appeal.

Race 9

Bay Rush
Runner got good for about a month putting the wins together back in 2011; 6th in the only local start when he also drew the rail, the 3/9 winner clicked right back in a $25K claimer with an 89 Beyer; must be left in the exotic picture at least.
Royal Import (GB)
Guess Papa Hess knew what he was doing when he jumped this guy on Halloween off the cheap claim; no kick in last, but he has been given time and note he has only been out of the money locally once; the winner of last has won twice since, the last in a $25K claimer at PLN with an 87 Beyer; this guy looks live.
Cloud Hopper
Overmatched in last on the conventional dirt; he closed into the moderate pace for the last win and Sherman broke through with a win here during last week; looking at a stalk and pounce trip; not impossible chore.
Bluegrass Reward
Bet like a good thing on the drop in last but he bobbled early and never got rolling; beaten 2 and quarter here in the best beach result in 2011 in a state-bred $25K optional; distance specialist drilled sharply here last week; may get brave with a lonely lead.
Moment of Weakness (IRE)
Invader drops for the money run; he was all out to beat much tougher at Anita last year; wraps taken off last time and that didn't work out very well; note he had the shades for that $25K victory; the 6/23 show horse cashed 7/20 at EMD in a $17.5K claimer with an 85 Beyer; don't sell too short.
Keyboard Courage
Three clear in last, he was 5 clear two back and one could envision him getting a nice trip, maybe sitting 2 or 3 off a legit pace hoping the leaders come back; clever move on the 27th; can't fault those that tip off Miller Time with this vehicle.
Aqua Fever
Between horses last time at a weird distance; this is the first time in his career he'll race without blinks; proven for the price and note he was clear for fun two back; the 2/17 winner clicked right back in a $10K SA claimer, then won twice at Canterbury, the last in a $12K optional; renewed interest in the drill on the 26th; should be right there with the A game.
Coloursoftheglen (IRE)
Nearly 3 times as many slices as wins and he has not run well locally; he beat 5 when cashing for this tag over a year ago and he did have dead aim two back but could not carry on with the momentum; respect everything from this barn.
Deal' Em
Cards have not been coming up right for this guy of late as the last win came in a $12.5K N2L fray at GG; nearly 5 clear two back, and the 4/28 place horse took a $10K claimer, then was 2nd in a $16K seller when beaten just over 2; key off the tough head beat here for $25K last year and he fits.
Captain Beau
Must prove he can win outside of conditioned claiming land; hustling bug got a chance to figure him out but he could be compromised by the slot; look for rider to take a little hold, try to get him to settle, make the one run, and hope the leaders are gassed.
Kingman Kid
Two of the 6 wins came on the synthetic; protected in last, maybe connections were looking to this spot all along; not thrilled with the slot today but the 6/27 place horse took a $6250 starter next out with a 74 Beyer; back in 2010 he won in a stretch out situation in a $16K claimer.