September 18, 2021

The Pony Conductor

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Thursday’s Throat Shots at Del Mar: The Conductor’s Plays

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Let’s Ride.

3:30pm ET Race 1: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) F.Mdn 53k

#7 Rather Nosy (3/1) – Well bet in his debut, this filly has the strongest last out performance closing strongly into a slow pace.  She’s working like a rocket and smells like a winner.

*Underneath Uppercut #6 Miss Algeria (10/1) – She ran a figure close to par in her debut on dirt and her breeding suggests she’ll improve on turf.  A step forward will give her every chance to win and trainer Victor Garcia is 19% with a +$1.33 ROI with 2nd time starters this year.

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4:00pm ET Race 2: 1 Mile. MC 50000

#4 Rockandahardplace (4/1) – He pressed a hot pace on turf last start and still finished for a solid 4th.  The winner of that race, won his next start and this gelding has 2nd at this level over this Del Mar surface.  There is not much to like about this group, at least he has a few positives.

4:30pm ET Race 3: 1 Mile. F.OC 40000n1x

#4 Starr of Quality (3/1) – Steadily progressing and with the fastest last out speed figure on a fast dirt surface, the Conductor will take a shot against the odds on favorite #2 Mo See Cal (7/5).  The favorite’s figures stand above this group on turf and an off track, but he’s 0/2 and hasn’t hit the board on a fast dirt track.  That’s what he’ll be facing today.

5:00pm ET Race 4: 1 1/16. (Turf) F.MC 62500

#2 Breezy Bee (4/1) – She’s been off since last year, but the Conductor doesn’t like this fields’ current turf form.  She has shown the strongest late pace figures of the bunch and the Desormeaux brothers have been hot on the turf.

#8 Bella Papa (10/1) – This is a good race to use a 1st time starter, it looks like a very weak group.  She’s well-bred for the turf and trainer Phil D’Amato is 11% with a +$2.20 ROI this year debuting runners on the grass.

5:30pm ET Race 5: 1 Mile. F.Clm 16000n2L

*Never a Doubt Stone Cold Lock of the Day #1 K P’s Smokin (5/2) – She ran a good 3rd last start closing from the clouds.  2nd of the claim for trainer Steve Knapp she should be ready to run her best, and her best will smash this field.  Her lone race over this Del Mar surface was her strongest performance.

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6:00pm ET Race 6: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) F.Mdn 53k

#7 Data Storm Kitty (6/1) – Her debut effort on dirt makes her more than dangerous today.  She is posting lightning works and the Conductor likes that she’s getting another chance on turf despite a dull effort last time.  The leader turning for home is especially dangerous in a 5 furlong sprint.

6:30pm ET Race 7: 1 Mile. S.OC 20000n2x

#6 King Abner (6/1) – His speed figures sprinting make him competitive against this group and his late pace figs suggest he’ll have no problem stretching out.  There are no standouts in this field.

7:00pm ET Race 8: 1 3/8. (Turf) OC 40000n1x

*Gullet Shot of the Day #7 Epical (10/1) – If the Conductor gets anywhere near 10/1 on this gelding he’ll unload every penny he has on the train.  He’s faced much tougher company his entire career and has run his two best races over this Del Mar turf course.  Either of those efforts will beat this group.

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