Wednesday, July 19, 2017


It has been quite a week having my apple computer taking a nose other words my computer is gone..........sorry about the delay...........Today the Oceanside is contentious........It would not surprised me to see a long-shot win this..........Peter Miller looks to have a number of future stars with this.........My pick is Fortune of War.......with Corey riding...........  Arms Runner looks to be the one to me........the speed looks to be Allaboutmike....pace will make the race..........catch the speed Allaboutmike to win the Oceanside.......

    Good Luck today..........and I will have my full card analysis for you management and patience is the key to make a  ROI..........on our money this season at the beach...........Thanks.........and again Good Luck and have fun...........

             1.  Fortune Of War...........
             2.  Bowie's Hero
             3.  Arm Runner

            Long shot is Harbour Master......don't dismiss !

Race 1...........I like Victor's horse..........Native Ride and Summer Buddha

              1. Native Ride
              2. Summer Buddha..........weight off and class relief........

Update......that was a not what I will have strong meet this summer.........!

Thursday, July 13, 2017


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Del Mar offered a series of discounts, notably for food and beverage, during its 2016 meeting and they proved to be the one thing that racetrack folks like best of all – a winner.

So Del Mar is going to do what you should always do when it comes to winners – stick with them.

Topping the list of discounts again for the 2017 season is the “50% Bonus” program that allows fans to purchase $30 worth of scrip for $20 each day they come to the races. The scrip, which is distributed in $10 chits, is good for both food and beverage anywhere at the track.

One scrip purchase per visit is allowed, but it can be stockpiled and used collectively at any point during the season. There are only two easy rules that go with the program: First, you need to be a Diamond Club member to buy the scrip (membership is free and requires only an easy two-minute signup at the track or online), and secondly, the offer is not valid in the hubbub and wall-to-wall atmosphere of Opening Day, July 19.

Yet another notable discount is the track’s “Happy Hour Friday,” good on all Fridays of the meet. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on those days, Del Mar’s signature cocktails, including its very popular Del Margaritas, will be on sale at half price. The discount applies to all bars on Levels 1 through 5 at the track.

Still another discount is the “Bucket of Beer” available at any of the track’s restaurants. A group can order a “bucket,” which means six bottles of beer (on ice in a sliver bucket) for the price of five. The featured beers are Coors Light or Dos Equis.

Other bargains on drinks will be offered throughout the season at bars throughout the plant. An example is when you buy two cans of either Coors Light or Tecate, which can be had for the discounted price of $14.

Additionally, Del Mar will present weekly pre-concert parties – the “Party in the Plaza” -- each Friday in the Plaza de Mexico. Radio station 91X will be broadcasting live in the area and a lively band will provide entertainment. All signature drinks will be offered at half price and two cans of Coors Light or Tecate will sell for a further-reduced price of $12.

The track also will continue with its most popular promotion ever – “Free & Easy Wednesdays” – throughout the meet. On all Wednesdays (other than Opening Day), Diamond Club members receive free admission to the track, a free program and a free seat. Additionally on those days fans can buy hot dogs, sodas and 12-oz. Coors Light beers at half price. A nifty new wrinkle in the “Free & Easy” package this year is the addition of half-price tacos and $5 margaritas in the popular 17 Hands brew pub.

Continuing on with the “discount” theme, the track will once more provide reduced prices on admissions and parking.

Standard admission prices at the track are $6 for Stretch Run and $10 for Clubhouse. But those prices are automatically halved to $3 and $5 by joining the track’s Diamond Club and showing your card at the admission gates. The Diamond Club advantage is especially notable on Opening Day when members get their usual discount down to $3 and $5 despite Opening Day prices of $15 in the Stretch Run and $30 for Clubhouse. Further, fans can purchase in advance any of several admission booklets or passes that can cut prices even more.

A Clubhouse Season Pass – good for all 36 days of the meet – is available through the Ticket Office (858-792-4242), but only through this Thursday, July 13. The cost is just $50, a husky savings of $310 off the regular full price. Another admission bonus can be had through the purchase of a Clubhouse Advance Sale Discount Book of 10 daily tickets for $70. That offer is season-long. Over on the Stretch Run side, a full season pass (also available only through this Thursday) sells for $25, a savings of $191 off the regular total price. Available for season-long purchase are Stretch Run Advance Sale Discount Books with 10 daily admissions for $40.

Regular parking at the track is $10 per day, but a book of 10 parking tickets can be purchased in advance for half the full price at $50. This offer is good throughout the summer and the books can be obtained through the Ticket Office.

Lastly – but certainly not least of all – Del Mar offers its seniors (aged 62 and up) free Stretch Run admission to the track every Thursday simply by showing their Diamond Club card.

Besides the simple Diamond Club signups for all at any of the several locations at the track, they also are available by using the Del Mar Mobile APP ( A Diamond Club card guarantees access to all of the many discounted perks available throughout the season, as well as several exclusive special offers that will be presented as the summer rolls along.


Kaleem Shah's Klimt and Gary and Mary West's West Coast enter the $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby (G3) at very different stages in their sophomore campaigns, but each has something to prove to their connections.

For Klimt—whose grade 1 win in the 2016 Del Mar Futurity (G1) stands head-and-shoulders over the rest of the eight-colt field—the question that needs answering is whether the son of Quality Road   can again find the brilliance he showed as a 2-year-old.

Klimt will race under a new trainer for the first time in his 3-year-old debut. The colt was moved to trainer Art Sherman after the split between Shah and his previous trainer, Bob Baffert. Along with the Futurity, Klimt won the Best Pal (G2) at Del Mar in 2016. Once the races got to two turns, however, the colt ran second in the FrontRunner (G1) and eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), both at Santa Anita Park.

Although preliminary plans early in the season were for Klimt to travel to Dubai and try the UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2), ankle issues put Klimt on the sideline. Sherman admitted he'd like his colt to go a bit shorter to start off (the Los Alamitos Derby is 1 1/8 miles) and was considering other options, but ultimately landed on the July 15 race at Los Alamitos Race Course, where the Sherman operation is based.

"It's quite a feat to get one ready to go a mile and an eighth," Sherman said. "I'd like to get him going a little shorter—like a mile. He seems to be a lot better, but it's a challenge when you try to get one ready to go that far. We got two (one-mile) works under him (1:38 4/5 June 17 and 1:41 2/5 June 24). They weren't spectacular, but he worked really good out of the gate (1:12 2/5 July 1)."

Sherman was considering sending Klimt to the Iowa Derby (G3), which was won by Hence July 7, but complications in the shipping plan made the decision to stay home an easy one.

"At this meet it helps to train here," Sherman said of the two-week summer meet at Los Alamitos. "We were going to go to the Iowa race, but we would have had to (fly to Kentucky) and then van him six, seven hours. That's a lot to ask of a horse that hasn't run in a year. It was to our benefit to run here."

For West Coast, who is trained by Baffert, even though he has worked his way up the class ladder, he still needs to prove a little more to his Hall of Fame conditioner.

Baffert was considering running the Flatter   colt in the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), but wasn't overjoyed with his three-quarter-length allowance victory going 1 1/16 miles May 20 at Santa Anita, so he opted for the one-turn Easy Goer (also at 1 1/16 miles) instead.

West Coast responded with a dominating 3 3/4-length victory in the Easy Goer after a troubled start, but Baffert still wants to see if he can handle two turns.

"We picked this spot because he's slowly maturing and Gary West has been letting me develop him," Baffert said of the Lexington Stakes (G3) runner-up. "He's won two-turn races, but the way he did it—we're still trying to figure out his running style. I want to see how he handles it.

"I think we're going to find out a lot about him. He's getting better and better, but like Arrogate (last year), I'm taking baby steps."

Jockey Drayden Van Dyke will be in the irons on West Coast, because jockey Mike Smith will be at Delaware Park Saturday to ride Songbird in the Delaware Handicap (G1).

"Too bad Mike Smith has to go ride that little filly of (Jerry) Hollendorfer's this weekend," Baffert said, with tongue firmly in cheek. "I can't believe he's riding for $750,000 and not for us."

When asked what West Coast's future plans might be if he impresses in the Los Alamitos Derby, Baffert gave a not-so-subtle hint.

"We'll see if he can make that big jump," Baffert said. "East Coast races with big trophies."

Also in the field is a trio of colts from the stable of trainer Doug O'Neill. Calumet Farm's Term of Art has grade 3 credentials from his Cecil B. DeMille Stakes victory in November, but has gone winless in six starts since. B Squared (second last-time out in the grade 3 Affirmed) and Milton Freewater have mostly raced in the California-bred ranks.

Cistron, winner of the Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn Park; allowance winner Colonist; and grade 3-placed maiden winner Kimbear complete the field.

Los Alamitos Derby (G3)

LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE, Saturday, July 15, 2017, Race 7

1 1/8mDirt $200,0003 yo4:58 PM (local)

PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L

1 1Kimbear (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Joseph Talamo 122 J. Eric Kruljac 4/1

2 2Cistron (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Tyler Baze 122 John W. Sadler 7/2

3 3Colonist (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Flavien Prat 122 Jerry Hollendorfer 9/2

4 4B Squared (CA) Corey S. Nakatani 122 Doug F. O'Neill 12/1

5 5West Coast (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Drayden Van Dyke 122 Bob Baffert 9/5

6 6Klimt (KY) Rafael Bejarano 122 Art Sherman 5/1

7 7Milton Freewater (CA) Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 122 Doug F. O'Neill 20/1

8 8Term of Art (KY)Keeneland Sales Graduate Evin A. Roman 122 Doug F. O'Neill 15/1



Saturday, July 8, 2017

2017 Dwyer Stakes - Practical Joke

2017 Dwyer Stakes - Practical Joke

2017 Belmont Oaks - New Money Honey


Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will conduct its 78th summer racing season beginning Wednesday, July 19 led by a strong core of veteran racing officials.

A pair of gentlemen who are scions of two exceptional racing families – Tom Robbins and David Jerkens – will head the track’s racing department.

Robbins, who is Del Mar’s executive vice president/racing and industry relations and in his 37th season at the seaside oval, will oversee a crew of more than 80 racing office staff who put on the Thoroughbred show during the 36-day session. Jerkens, now is in his fifth year as Del Mar’s racing secretary, will be in the trenches putting the racing cards together over the seven-week stand, working out of the backside racing office in the mornings and the frontside one in the afternoons.

Jerkens’ right-hand man during the meet is assistant racing secretary Zachary Soto, returning for his 27th summer at Del Mar. Working alongside him will be Chris Merz, the track’s stakes coordinator for the third straight year. Other key personnel include stable superintendents Jackie Lynn, Dennis Sparks and Tom Fator; jockey room clerk of scales Charles McCaul and his assistant, Matt Nichols, and clerk of the course Dawn Schmid.

The track’s Board of Stewards will consist of Scott Chaney, serving his 12th consecutive summer at Del Mar; Kim Sawyer in her ninth season, and Grant Baker, back for his fourth summer. Joining them will be the track’s safety steward, Luis Jauregui, who has worked in that role since 2009.

Del Mar’s placing judges will be Robert Moreno and Merry Young, while Sue Brent again will alternate as both a placing judge and patrol judge. Additionally, Heather Correa will serve as a patrol judge and Karen Denovel will work as both a paddock and patrol judge.

The track’s veterinarian crew will be made up of Dr. Dana Stead, D.V.M., working directly for Del Mar in conjunction with Dr. Will Farmer, D.V.M., and Dr. Tim Grande, D.V.M., handling the California Horse Racing Board responsibilities.

Other officials for the stand – which will have racing on a Wednesday-through-Sunday basis each week and finish on Labor Day Monday, September 4 – include Bridget Crawford, paymaster of purses; Dianne Piper, horse identifier; Russell Hudak, morning line maker and official timer, and Victor Tovar, horseshoe identifier.

Leif Dickinson is back for his 18th year as Del Mar’s turf and landscape superintendent and the track will welcome racetrack guru Dennis Moore in his first summer as its Director of Track Maintenance.

Also on board for the meeting as head starter is veteran Jay Slender, spending his fourth year at the shore.

First post throughout the session will be at 2 p.m. on all days but Fridays, when racing begins at 4 p.m. up until the final two Fridays (August 25 and September 1) when it shifts to 3:30 p.m

Racing with the Stars 2017 - Mike Smith - Saratoga

Saturday, July 1, 2017

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