A very nice 10 race card at Santa Anita on Friday and with a pick 6 jackpot of $177K. Outside of the big race a very nice day with our full card selections on Belmont Day 2017. See below.

The Racing Digest is now available for Friday!

BELMONT DAY SPECIAL PUB:   After any scratches:  1st race pick 5 was quite the overlay considering race 5 was a free square with Songbird. 1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd. top pick $799.00. 2nd race box of top two pick paid an exacta of $19.20. 4th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, top pick $59.50. 5th race pick 3 hit COLD for $51.50. 5th race top pick over other 3 picks superfecta $93.40. 6th race exacta HIT COLD $42.00  5th race pick 3 was top, top 4th pick for $270.00. 12th race top choice paid $34.00 to win and the top pick, 4th pick exacta was $256.00. 13th and final race a superfecta box of top 4 (of 5 picks) selections paid a superfecta of $7,032.00.

4 June 17:  After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was 2nd, top, top, 2nd, 2nd pick for $770.20. 3rd race exacta hit COLD $12.00. (trifecta was top, 2nd, long-shot play for $107.20. 4th race trifecta box of 3 given picks $74.60. 6th race trifecta box of 4 given picks $389.00. 7th race trifecta box of 3 given picks $79.60. 8th race trifecta box of 3 given picks $26.00 

29 May 17:   4th race pick 6 was 3rd, top, 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 2nd pick for $18,250.00. 5th race exacta hit COLD $7.80. 5th race pick 3 was 2nd, 2nd, 4th pick for $1,120.00. 7th race 2nd pick, to pick exacta $23.40. 8th race 4th pick, 2nd pick exacta $305.20. 9th race 2nd pick, 4th pick exacta $246.40. And in the 9th race nobody hit the Super High Five but if you had boxed our 6 selections you would have hit the SHF for $31K.  A costly investment for sure but the $720 spent is similar to serious investment going after the pick 6. (10 cent superfecta paid $728 at a cost of only $36). 

28 May 17:   4th race pick 6 was top, 2nd, top, 3rd, top, 4th choice for $35,510.40. 6th race trifecta hit ICE COLD $145.20. 8th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta paid $103.60. 9th race $1 Super High Five box of 5 given selections paid $2,960.70. 

13 May 17:  Top choice won 4 of the 9 races ($5.20, $11.20, $3.20, $25.20). 3rd race 3rd choice, top choice exacta $25.60. 4th race exacta hit COLD $11.40. 6th race top pick over next two picks paid a trifecta of $146.20. 8th race double hit COLD $53.40. Bombs away in the 9th race: Top selection over our other 5 picks paid a superfecta of $50,752.40. (10 cent superfecta $2,537) Trifecta was $4,424.00.

28 April 2017:  1st race pick 5 was top, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, top pick for $2,225.80. 1st race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $24.60 2nd race trifecta box of 3 given picks $309.80. 4th race pick 6 was 2nd, top, top, 2nd. top, top pick for $3,355.40. 5th race top pick over other 3 picks paid a trifecta of $87.60. 6th race pick 4 was top, 2nd, top, top pick for $353.40. 6th race top pick over other 3 picks paid a trifecta of $78.40. 7th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $624.80. 8th race double hit COLD $36.60

23 April 2017:   Top selection won last 5 races. 2nd race superfecta box of 4 given picks $675.80 5th race pick 3 hit COLD $89.40. 5th race exacta also hit COLD $10.20. (top choice over the other 3 picks paid a superfecta of $115.20). 6th race pick 4 hit COLD $291.00. 7th race top pick, 4th pick exacta $83.80. 8th race exacta hit COLD $6.20. 9th race exacta hit COLD $19.40. 

16 April 17:  1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, top, 3rd, top choice for $1,868.20. 6th race exacta hit COLD $18.20

15 April 2017:   Nice returns in the 4 races covered (7 thru 10) at Keeneland. Pick 4 was 2nd, top, 5th, top choice for $3,395.40. 9th race superfecta box of 5 given picks paid $1,229.20. 10th race Grade 1 exacta hit COLD for $31.20. Only top choice winner in the 4 Stakes races covered at Oaklawn came in the 11th where Classic Empire paid $5.80 to win. 

24 March 17:  1st race trifecta top pick over the other 3 picks $61.20. 3rd race exacta hit cold $13.40. 3rd race pick 6 was top, 2nd, top, top, 3rd, top pick for $16,193.40. 5th race trifecta hit cold $97.80. 5th race pick 4 was top, top, 3rd, top pick for $1,532.20.  7th race superfecta box of 4 given selections $1,090.20. 8th race our top selection over our other 5 picks paid a superfecta of $1,588.00  NOTE: 2nd straight day top selection won 5 of the 8 races. 

19 March 17:  2nd race pick 4 was 4th, 2nd, top, top pick for $836.60. 2nd race pick 3 was 4th, 2nd, top pick $505.60. 3rd race trifecta box of 3 given picks paid $113.00. 4th race superfecta top choice over the other four picks paid $2,523.00. 4th race pick 3 hit COLD for $45.60. 8th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta was $25.00.

18 March 17:   1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 4th, top choice for $32,917.80 (50 cent payoff was $8,229.45.) 2nd race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $44.20 4th race 4th pick, top pick exacta $214.00. 5th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $69.60. 5th race top choice over other 3 given choices trifecta paid $324.00.

12 March 17:  After any scratches our top selection won 6 of the 9 races and our 3rd selection won the other 3 races. 1st race pick 5 was top, 3rd, top, top, 3rd pick for $869.40. 1st race exacta hit COLD $19.40. 4th race pick 6 was top, 3rd, top, 3rd, top, top pick for $3,035.40. 6 race pick 4 was top, 3rd, top, top pick $233.80. 7th race tri. box of top 3 picks $71.00. 8th race double hit COLD 33.40. 8th race trifecta was top, 3rd, 2nd pick for $319.20. 

11 March 17:   On a day when the average field size was a little over 9 per race one of our selections won every race and that was on a day that nobody hit the pick 6. Our pick 6 sequence was 3rd, top, 4th, 4th, top, top pick. 1st race pick 3 was 3rd, 4th, top pick $309.60. 1st race exacta was 3rd pick, 2nd pick $64.60. 3rd race trifecta hit COLD $43.40. 4th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $919.60. 6th race 3rd pick, top pick double paid $84.80. 7th race top, 4th pick exacta $68.40, 8th race pick 4 was 4th, 4th, top, top selection for $5,375.80. 10th race exacta and double both hit COLD paying $11.00 & $12.00 respectively. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing! 

10 March 17:  Top choice won 5 of the 8 races carded and ran 2nd in 2 others and 3rd in the other. Trifecta box of top 3 selections hit the trifecta in 4 of the 8 races. 3rd race pick 6 was 3rd, 3rd, top, top, top, top pick for $4,313.60. 3rd race superfecta box of 4 given horses $176.80. 4th race trifecta box of top 3 picks $226.00. 5th race pick 4 HIT ICE COLD ($4.20, $3.60, $9.00, $9.80) for $207.80. 7th race exacta HIT COLD for $43.20. 7th race double HIT COLD for $60.20.

16 Jan 17:  Bombs away at Santa Anita! After and scratches: In races 2 thru 9 the top selection won 3 races (including a 22 to 1 shot in the 4th) and the 2nd selection won the other 5 races. 2nd race pick 4 was 2nd, top, top, 2nd pick for $1,706.20. 3rd race top pick over our 3 other given picks paid a superfecta of $493.00. 3rd race double hit COLD for $122.20. 4th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, top pick for $357.20. 6th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, 2nd pick $56.20. 7th race pick 3 was all 2nd choices for $94.80. 9th race exacta box of top two picks paid $53.80. I may be a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing.

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Santa Anita for Saturday 17 June 2017

Not an easy card to decipher. That might lead to one very large carryover for Father's Day!

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Face of Victory   improving sort and he sure has handled the somewhat specialty distance of 7F awfully well in his last two starts....and his last start is especially noteworthy in that 1st, 2nd and 4th all won their next out

2  Squared Squared   seems better suited to sprint racing and I like the one mile turf run in his latest as it should have muscled him up and given him some endurance when push comes to shove in this 7F affair

4  Gentrified   lone lifetime win came the only time this youngster competed at today's 7F distance......and...... the cut back in distance of one furlong and back in short rest should work to his advantage.....and.....lead to another strong 7F race

5  Who's Hot

Long-shot consideration:   3  Causa   good history sprinting at SA on the dirt when not wearing blinkers (4 2 2 0).......just claimed by Periban and he got this colt to put in his most impressive work to date.......new trainer seems to have a handle on the new member to his barn


race  2   below average clarity

6  Lady Acclamation   stalked a brutal pace thru 6 furlongs in her MSW debut which was on turf at one mile .....and .......did so in a race with plenty of talent....the effort sets her up well for today's cut back in distance....Baze wisely sticks around

8  Tiz Mi Hiana   yes Marty Jones has a horrendous history with 1st time starters.....but.....this filly is bred very nicely for a race down the SA hill grass course.....and.....whereas most of the trainer's 1st time starters show dull works this filly is showing solid drills over at LA

11  Jabber Now   improving sort with 3 races down the hill under her belt....but....she likely needs to keep the trend going this afternoon to get to the circle of joy......Nakatani sticking around can help that happen

5  Aflewency


race 3    average clarity

2  Microrithms   very inexpensive ($50K at at sale) Baffert 1ster......but.......he sure isn't training like one,,,,,,,last three drills are very solid with his latest worked only 4 days ago.....feeling great when it counts the most as in right before his debut......all systems go

3  Sakab   another 1st time starter finishing his a.m. preparation for his big day with a flourish......new unproven brood-mare but his sire Uncle Mo has been exceptional to date.......Frey gets the call and he won two more yesterday to bring his win percentage to a solid 15%

5  Six Cider   lone lifetime race which was run in late summer isn't bad but he will need more today unless of course both 1st time starters aren't as good as I believe they are......positive sign of readiness that Prat and his agent want the mount


race 4    below average clarity

8  Stately Command   brutal trip in last......toss it out as she had no shot........claimed by a low percentage trainer overall but he is decent 1st out following a claim......good spot for speed and he should be on or near the lead......solid history racing on conventional dirt (15 6 1 3)

2  Where's the D   bad claim to say the least as this filly keeps dropping and failing.......takes a very big plunge today to the new low-level at SA of 6,250 claiming.......hate these kind and then some......flip a coin

4  Gianis   trainer is doing much better these days in S Cal.......late running filly appreciates running off of short rest and 2 weeks since her latest sure qualifies for that.....should be motoring late

1  Thames Valley


race 5   below average clarity

4  Rocket Fuel   seems to be working for his new trainer Phil D'Amato as if he has his new shooter ready fresh off of the bench for a strong effort.......seems at his best at Santa Anita and at six furlongs.......and this might be his only opportunity to take advantage of the distance/track for quite some time

3  Forest Blue   ultra consistent sort on conventional dirt  and on the rebound .......and he seems to be at his best at 6F (5 4 1 0).....hot rider/trainer combo.....hard not to like

1  Junior Gilliam   late runner in a field with plenty of early speed.....connections will have their fingers crossed that the anticipated nasty set of fractions come to fruition

8  Big League


race 6    above average clarity

4  Sircat Sally   Hollendorfer has turned into one of the best trainers of young fillies in the nation.....and.....he sure can get his young girls to win race after race.....going for a perfect 7 for 7 with this filly who once again should be in the driver's seat sitting on or just off the lead in what should be a reasonable pace......back to money Mike Smith who sure lived up to his name in N.Y. on Belmont day

2  Pacific Wind   last was obviously decent (and was run on a course that had some give to it and should have been labeled at least "gd") but I really like her kick better on very firm turn which she gets today......and the extra furlong to cover should be a plus as she owns a pedigree that screams the further the better

5  Beau Recall   on the improve with each and every race since arriving in the good old U S of A.......has a very nice late run and seems likely to appreciate another furlong of turf to get up in time


race 7    below average clarity

13  Kenzou's Empire   Baltas is very stout with the sprint=route-sprint maneuver and that is the case here.......three year old has been a morning-glory of sorts but seems to be slowly figuring out what the afternoon is all about......seems likely to get a nice outside stalk position in a race without too many speed types

8  Specimen   only race at seven panels is one of his better lifetime  efforts....and he often seems at his best off of short rest.........7F today and racing off of only 15 days rest......should be a player

4  My Farmer   ran a solid race on the turf that sure fits here....and ran a solid race on the slop that sure fits here......not so hot on fast dirt so far........recent works hint that he can handle it.....and he sure gets a rider upgrade and a somewhat subtle one

2  Liberation


race 8    average clarity

4  Lucky J Lane   six-year-old seems to be on the rebound and sure has worked well for Knapp following his latest race which was quite the forward move......and the gelding seems at his very best racing on the grass at today's 8F distance.....4 for 9 and 0 for 10 at other turf distances ......seems likely to get a nice ground saving stalk or mid pack position at least thru turn 1....like his chances if that is what occurs

9  Wood Machine   another who likes the one mile turf distance......retains Stevens who is riding the grass extremely well both record wise and visually speaking.....Mike Chambers five-year old should be motoring late......hard not to like

5  Hay Dude   seems to need the lead to be successful when routing on the turf.....my guess is he has about a 50/50 chance of getting it......and if he does Mr Prat will make it difficult for others to pass on by when push comes to shove in the stretch

6  County Lineman

Long-shot consideration:   8  Private Prospect   nice wake up race at Cby in his latest and two recent works at SA that suggest he is ready for his first ever on the sod,,,,,,and it's about time as his pedigree for it is quite good........and Mr Diodoro is 27 % win with a massive sampling of 800 shippers.....dangerous and should be at least his ML of 10 to 1


race 9    average clarity

3  It Tiz Well   has won one of 3 attempts versus Graded company and ran a bang up time at OP.....in his other two Graded races he ran 2nd and 3rd but caught two fields with a few unbeatable "monsters" ......don't see any of those today .....and as mentioned in race six Jerry Hollendorfer has turned into one of the best trainers of young fillies in the nation

6  Faypien   on the improve with each and every start.....and the connections didn't shell out the big bucks to own a good sprinter.......works are dynamite and sure suggest this Baffert youngster is more than ready to handle her 1st at a route

2  Spooky Woods   capable of taking back and that appears to be a very good plan here in this affair that has an abundance of speed....best ever and somewhat hidden is her only time she raced at today's 1 1/16 dirt distance at SA

8  Noted and Quoted


race 10    average clarity

6  Oregon   seems best at the one mile turf distance earning her lifetime best two races back at the distance...... and...... ran better than par.....and she goes from one struggling grass rider in Espinoza who rode that race 2 back to a red-hot grass one in jockey Stevens

11  Member State   works suggest that this laid up Ire invader is ready at 1st asking for his new trainer.......and note that the horse that beat this gelding 2 races back is our solid 3rd choice in the 6th race a Grade 2.....and that horse was also brought to the USA by trained by Callaghan and Slam Dunk Racing

5  House of Troy   away since 2014 but 1st time gelding and 1st time running with blinkers......a.m. work hints he is ready despite the long hiatus from racing....and he owns an excellent pedigree for the sod

3  Awesome Heights

9  Ding Dong Ditch

7  Divisor

Posted on June 17, 2017 at 11:13 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Friday 16 June 2017

Not an easy card to decipher but at least I had some extra time to study. Sure hope that it pays off.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

6  Uber Star   last 4 racing endeavors all fit well in this spot......and his latest which was the 25 May version of this race was his 1st running in a maiden claimer......he received a brutal trip and ran off the board.......new owner - new trainer - new rider - with hopefully a better outcome

2  Odyssey Explorer   nowheresville in his latest but he gets plenty of time to recover and he is working as if a rebound can occur......previous two races fit well......off pace runner might really fly in the stretch with the hot 7 lbs bug boy aboard for the 1st time

9  Fregosi   blinkers off in his last race and it led to arguably his best effort of his 4 race career......nice reassuring 4F work since......Baze sticks around.......same as his last or better seems likely

1  Street Rules

Long-shot consideration:   8  L. A. Tower   nice improvement in his 2nd lifetime start which was on the slop.......good pedigree for the grass and I like horses bred for the grass that have handled a sloppy track......and his breeding screams the further the better.......decent rider/trainer combo


race  2   average clarity

10  Spiced Perfection   bet hard in her MSW debut and would have won for fun if not for a very poor trip for this two-year old filly......and her trainer Brian Korinar is quite a bit more successful with 2nd time starters (8 for his last 25)

3  Empress of Love   Cal-bred had a tough trip in her two-year old MSW debut breaking slow and running wide....finished up well to salvage 2nd......T C Baze wisely sticks around and likely will be out to make amends with a better ride

9  Sapphire Kid   Miller 1ster is training as if she is ready to roll and draws Miller's top jock these days in Arroyo.....and mom has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters including a Stakes winner

6  Smiling Tigress

Long-shot consideration:  1  Got an Obsession   interesting 1st time starter from the Pearson barn who has been able to hit the track weekly to work dating back to March.....both speed and endurance have been but into this filly who has a pedigree that has endurance on one side and speed on the other......might be in the hunt from the get go.....and.....not quit


race 3    average clarity

4  Sheza Firstsamurai   on the right end of the learning curve.....and like she did in her latest to break her maiden she should be in the mix from the get go.......rider/trainer have only missed hitting the board in 2 of their last 10 as a team......and.....last but not least the filly that finished 2nd to her in her latest absolutely crushed her completion on Sunday earning a very strong fig for the maiden 20K level

8  Sharp Holiday   latest race is better than appears in print as she pressed the pace running on a somewhat dull rail....did well to grab 3rd......and the cut back of 1/2F should be to her liking

1  Back Street Cat   5-year-old mare has competed well at SA at 5 1/2F in the past.......and she has put in two straight abbreviated sprint races on the bullring at LA that suggest she is in rebound mode.......dangerous inside draw with a 10 lbs bug boy up who was aboard for her 17 to 1 2nd in her last

2  Anita G.


race 4    average clarity

5  Cono   decent two-year old MSW debut on May 6th and he has been able to put in 4 works since.......and.........his recent bullet 4F gate drill worked just 6 days ago suggest that we will see more than "decent" this afternoon

6  Powerful Thirst   1st timer draws the attention of Prat (and his agent) who over the last two months is 2 for 5 with two other in the money for Steven Miyadi.......mom has tossed two winners from 2 starts and both were Stakes winners

4  Rocky Rogue    small potatoes trainer but he does extremely well with MSW runners.......two year old gelding ran 2nd in a small Stakes at Tup at 33 to 1 first time on Lasix in his 2nd lifetime start.......that race fits here if he handles the SA dirt as well as he did the Tup dirt

7  King Eddie


race 5    average clarity

5  All of a Sudden   away since late Feb. but all three lifetime races fit fine and she appears to be ready fresh off of the bench for Miyadi and company with some very tightly spaced interval training.......the kind of work tab that doesn't raise any eyebrows.....7F appears as if it should fit her well

8  Tee Em Eye   work regiment is very impressive for this laid up Karen Headley filly coming off of a 364 day layoff......and K Headley is often at her most dangerous coming off of long layoffs

7  Wild Strawberry Dee   trainer Mike Chambers is dangerous in both pertinent trainer categories here....2nd out after a layoff and turf to dirt....retains Gary Stevens......not sure if this mare is as good on the dirt as she is on the turf....but.....she should be a major player if she is

3  Papercoversrock


race 6    average clarity

5  Autumn Twilight   brutal trip in her last with about 10 or 11 lengths of trip trouble......showed she can still run some.......so Pender steps her way up in claiming price......and makes a monumental rider upgrade

4  Shakti   2 for 2 when running in a claiming race.......and considering Miller never seems too concerned about losing a given horse by way of the claiming box I'd say that 3 for 3 in claiming after today has a good shot at occurring

3  My Pamilla   filly seems to need a grass race to run off of to perform these days.....turf race in last and I like that it was an 8F one as it should help her get today's 7 furlongs of dirt

8  Paschalitsa 


race 7    below average clarity

6  Path of David   just claimed by Periban and he finds a decent softer spot for his new shooter while only having to drop her 5K in claiming from the price he claimed her at......4 year old gets a rider upgrade especially for a grass race.....trainer sure could use a visit to the winners circle and might get one here

9  Guggenheim   trainer Robertino Diodoro is extremely solid in all the relevant training categories and retains the meets leading rider Flavien Prat.....1st racing as far as 9F but he owns a pedigree that should handle it

2  Que Chistoso   nicely improved since switching to grass racing......away for two months but it appears that the break has done him some good as his a.m. work is solid.....distance is somewhat of a concern or would have rated higher

8  Belisarius


race 8    below average clarity

8  Proud Elegance   filly has not been seen since her MSW debut which was run almost one year ago in a fairly tough MSW race......in that race she broke tardy and ran wide earning a fig that fits here.......no easy task to get a youngster to run a route of ground off of a long layoff but she has put in copious furlongs of work for today's challenge.....low % trainer but he is decent off of long layoffs

7  Li'l Grazen   good time to drop following an eased effort....race two back is very strong for today's lower level and disguised somewhat in it's strength....1st at a route but owns a pedigree that should handle one....hot trainer/rider combo

10  Quiet No More   on the improve but does draw a difficult post to overcome......but Bejarano has been up for her last two races which were both routes so his knowledge about this Harty filly should enhance his chances of working out a decent trip

5  Majestic Diva

Long-shot consideration:   6  Marthamydear   nice awakening 1st at a route and it makes some sense as her pedigree screams "long".....decent works since.....rider upgrade and a subtle one.....seems likely to stalk the 3 horse.....very dangerous if she builds on her last and I think that she will


race 9    average clarity

4  Mr. Roary   trainer is often at his most dangerous off of  layoffs and this gelding has been away since November.......in that Nov. race he fired the best of his 14 race career.....he only lost by 4L despite being caught wide up on a solid pace......likely could have won a Grade 2 if he was inside instead of 3 - 4 wide......looks loose here......last 3 times he wasn't entered in a Stakes race he has a record of (3 2 1 0)

6  Vigilante   very consistent sort and retains Bejarano....ran 2nd in the 28 April version of this race.....one of S Cal's top grass trainer's in the D'A......hard not to like

8 Royal Albert Hall   awfully tough in alw races when racing at 9 furlongs or further and he is one for two at today's 10 furlongs.......Nakatani rode him beautifully in his latest and stays up for today......not an easy post but Corey might still work out a good trip

2  Newsman


race 10    average clarity

11  Princess Aubrey   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

1  Sally Simpson   like the combination of dropping from a turf route to a 5 1/2F dirt sprint for this filly who has shown good improved speed in her last two races......not only that but she just worked an eye-opening 5/8ths bullet at Santa Anita......might be the sharpest of her career......and drops......such a deal

8  Furious Fire   par like effort in her 2nd lifetime start run way back in August.....works hint she is up for similar this afternoon despite the long absence from the game as her works strongly indicate she is ready fresh off of the bench

4  Todos Santos

7  Tap On a Star

9  Send It

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 10:33 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Sunday 11 June 2017

Average card to finish off this busy week.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

5  Tiz Delightfull   1st ever on conventional dirt but training well on it and at SA......last win can off of a 2 month layoff....that is the case today and this Morey GG invader is likely ready as she is up for  tag for the 1st time

2  Social Taboo   might be a nice claim by Ellis of  a filly who dominated to win her 2nd lifetime start and did it off of a 4 month layoff.......Ellis seldom rides Bejarano but he seemingly makes a wise move letting him ride thru the claim

4  Call the Queen   solid layoff win in last......not out of the win picture here if she builds on the effort especially with the cut back in distance.....decent rider/trainer combo


race  2   average clarity

2  Passion for Papa   both races in 2017 run 6F or less fit solidly in this spot......the rider Brayan Pena is riding better than his win percentages suggests and especially so for Hector Palma

7  Patience Lady   decent layoff run in her latest  off of an 8 month layoff.......only needs to move forward about 3 lengths and she fits fine......if she needed her last that seems very doable

6  Yes Virginia   not exactly on the list of who's who of trainers.....but.......this laid up filly is training exceptionally well for this lowly level and that is hard to ignore

4  Lea's Reward


race 3    average clarity

4  Big Macher    one of the better claims of a Cal-bred in the past decade appears ready fresh off of the bench to strut his stuff for Baltas and company ............will be very tough if he is

1  Gold Rush Dancer   another talented Cal-bred training awfully well following a layoff......6F might not be the best distance for him but he retains Prat who has ridden him 6 straight races and obviously knows him well

5  Got Even   been a very long time since route speed-ball Got Even has sprinted......seems noteworthy as Miller who just claimed him back can do no wrong these days......... puts the blinkers on..... and...... the works are solid


race 4    average clarity

6  Kimbear   very impressive in all three lifetime sprints for Kruljac and company and especially so in his latest where he ran 2nd to American Anthem who easily won a Grade 2 as our top selection yesterday at Belmont

5  American Pastime   tons of talent displayed in both lifetime starts and like his MSW debut he once again could have won by 4 or 5 lengths if it wasn't for a bad trip.......Desormeaux will be out to make amends to his buddy Bob Hess Jr.

4  Tell Me a Story   will likely need his lifetime best to upset here....but he is running 1st time as a gelding.....and then there is the 30% win at the meeting Peter Miller factor


race 5    average clarity

4  Spy Ring   believe this filly is better in turf sprints than turf routes and she should have plenty of endurance coming off of a one mile turf route.....Cassidy wisely gets Bejarano to ride again.....should finish up late with vigor

3  Kenda   (3 2 1 0) on the majestic SA hill and showing improvement of late in the a.m.......and she gets the services of the meets leading rider for the 1st time.......usually sits mid pack but likely will be much closer to the front today lacking any true speed types

2  Madame Dancealot   another who has shown an affinity for the hill and will likely sit close to the front....and she did beat our 2nd choice in her latest.......although I rated their "efforts" equally


race 6    average clarity

6  Tiz the Light   pounded at the windows in her MSW debut and ran well but not quite like her 3 to 5 odds suggested.....but she is bred to appreciate the extra furlong and she is the only 4-year-old in the field besides the 1 horse who a 1st starter.....seems like the perfect spot for her 2nd start

5  Classy Tune   nice MSW debut way back in November for this three-year old filly and the strength of the effort is hidden.....trainer is having a stellar meeting and draws the interest of the meets leading rider....she was ready for her debut and likely is ready for her 2nd start as well

2  Ramona Lover   nice forward move in her 2nd lifetime start and a sharp 4F work since....that and the fact the hot apprentice and his 7 lbs break is up hint another 1/2 furlong is doable

3  Tiz My Love


race 7    average clarity

1  Lob City   last two wins came the last two times this mare had six weeks off.......six weeks off for today's race......good post and a better rider than rode in the two wins.......if she wins today? .....earth to connections - give her ample time between starts in the future

2  Mint Julep Taffy   OK race in her latest.......gets a good post today.....and note that Scott Stevens rode her in her latest.....Gary Stevens is up today......I'll take the younger brother

7  Dissension   poor starts in last two races......bad habit developing or just a coincidence?.......hot trainer and hot rider and sizzling hot when they team up........off pace running mare should be flying late especially if she leaves the metal monster better

4  Brookes All Mine


race 8    above average clarity

3  Hitter's Park   toss out last as he set a brutal pace and did so on a dull inside in a fast heat....impressive to only get beat for the win by a dozen lengths....and now he drops into an easier condition.........Miller/Campo combo have won 4 of their last 12 with 3 others hitting the board....sure should add to that today unless this fellow has slipped off of form some

4  Getoffmyback   double barrel action from the Miller barn as he also conditions our top selection.....Miller smartly steps this filly up in claiming price after a wake-up run in her last.....dangerous here if our top choice falters

7  Our Nation   good history running turf to main track......turf in last and dirt today and doing so off of short rest......1st time Prat.....dengerous sort

1  Curly Creek


race 9    below average clarity

1  Lovely Anzi   blinkers go on for today for the 1st time and assuming he worked with them he sure appears night and day better.....lookout if that is the case as this is a weak looking field of maidens

7  Desert Law   broke badly out of the gate in his MSW debut which was on the sod down the hill.......has trained just fine on the dirt......fits  if he handles the dirt as well as the turf and if of course he breaks better

3  Miracle March   like our 2nd selection he also made his MSW debut in the 13 May MSW race down the hill and he also showed some life.....good a.m. work since.....and mannnnnn........ could Peterson use a win

6  Spiritual Warrior


race 10    average clarity

2  Skradin   significant rebound in form in her latest and somewhat hidden by a wide trip......I like that the trainer moves him to one higher alw level where she doesn't have to run for a tag like last time......believe she might be up to running like she did in Argentina in late 2015 & early 2016.....might go off at the highest price on the board and in one wide open race

7  Ticaboo   blinkers off for this mare who has gotten speed crazy to slow her down.......was impressive in her latest as she ran 134 flat setting an unsustainable pace....that was the 1st time she ever ran off the board on the grass....dangerous speed of the speed sort here

5  Bert's Melody   3 for 3 at the distance and she is working as if she is feeling exceptionally good........in fact her a.m. work is the best preparatory work regiment for Sean McCarthy in many a moon

6  Madame Stripes

1  Nodiac

8  Amboseli

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Santa Anita for Friday 9 June 2017

Belmont Stakes day is tomorrow and our special pub with full race card selections (13 races) and comments (six Grade 1's, two Grade 2's & one Grade 3) is now available for purchase. Selections will sent in your email late this afternoon. The race card is outstanding with ironically the only race that I rated below average clarity being the Belmont Stakes. 

Because many of you need to leave the house early on Saturday the Santa Anita selections should be posted no later than 7 a.m. pacific time. Santa Anita has 30 races carded Friday thru Sunday. Seems like a good plan for the future for such a long meeting (26 Dec to 4th of July) to go with 3 days a week racing but with a few more races.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Vending Machine   Peter Miller is not afraid to lose a given horse so the drop into high-priced claiming doesn't bother me in the least......most accomplished runner in the field and the meeting's leading trainer....should be tough

5  Mr. Hinx   a perfect 3 for 3 when sprinting and one of those sprints was on the Santa hill turf course.....most apprentice riders struggle on the grass but not Roman.....so his weight break sure appears to be well worth it

7  Who Cares   seems to show up every race and gets a rider upgrade for this afternoon.......really finishes her sprint races with vigor and that is one dangerous proposition for her opposition with Raffy aboard

2  What'sontheagenda


race  2   average clarity

4  Secret Shopper   last isn't as bad as it appears in print and his MSW debut looks good and was good........filly cost $65K at sale so the drop into MC50K makes some sense.....seems likely to be in the mix from the get go

2  Norwegian Spy   one of Mark Glatt's better trainer stats is dropping from MSW to maiden claiming.....so with that in mind I highly doubt this is a tune-up as he would have this youngster in a protected MSW race rather than a Mdn40K......lone lifetime dirt race is about 4L better than appears in print

3  Tiki Bar Logic   another dropping out of MSW racing in this case for trainer Mike Machowsky who has been firing on all cylinders the last couple of months........away since Nov but works suggest he is ready fresh off the bench

5  Miss Trusty


race 3    average clarity

5  Surrender Now   very fast bullet 4F gate drill at Slr for a two-year old filly maiden suggests this Miller baby has talent and could cut into that $220K sale price with a large chunk of the purse........rather sure this filly is meant and ready

6  Tyfosha   Virginia-bred just sold in March for a cool $410K so O'Neill and company got a good look at what they were getting......and the two 4F gate works hint that like our top selections they are looking for a return on their investment right away as in this youngster's MSW debut

7  Mondaymorningblues   would have battled for the win as the favorite in her MSW debut if this Miller youngster hadn't gotten blocked in the stretch......likely feels good for Miller to bring her back in 22 days and with a reassuring 4F work to boot

1  Nothins Free


race 4    average clarity

5  Warren's Fandango   tepid top choice in a tough race to break down..........one of the trainer's better moves is blinkers on and that is the case here.....back to T C Baze and back to one mile on the sod.....also both positives

2  Captain Call   hasn't been seen since mid December when he almost upset the apple cart at 27 to 1 in his debut at the MC20K level.....1st turf and steps up a couple of levels for his 2nd lifetime start......works hint he is ready and then some....but....his pedigree for the turf is nothing to write home about

6  Hi Heat Boy   dangerous drop down especially considering D'Amato is the trainer....would have rated higher if he had an accomplished turf jock up.....instead Solis is up and he like so many apprentice riders struggles on the turf

3  Fall Harvest


race 5    average clarity

1  Infobedad   last two races up for a tag (2 back and 4 back) are very strong and the one run two back is disguised by a wide 1st turn following a slightly tardy start......in that effort he showed he can win from off of the pace and that appears to be a very good thing in this affair loaded with speed types

5  Prime Issue   vastly improved since Peter Miller re-claimed this 7-year-old gelding 3 races back for 20K.......good history with today's rider Bejarano up (3 1 2 0) and in those three races he carried 124 to 126 lbs......gets in at 122 lbs today entered for 45K .....such a deal

3  Madiba   not out off this by any means as this fellow is the only true closer in this field of six.......bug boy Evin Roman can sit back and relax in last and then pour it on come stretch time with his 7 lbs weight break advantage


race 6    average clarity might change order

7  May B   seems like the speed of the speed and that is saying something in this race with plenty of it signed up.......capable of some extremely strong efforts when he brings his "A game" and his 3 good-looking works since his latest hint he might

8  Juansagain     failed in his race 2 back which was run off of a long layoff.......then Baltas gave him 7 weeks off to get his act together and meanwhile he put into him some solid a.m. work.....and did he ever response running a 122:4.......so it might be a very good claim by Miller who despite the move up in claiming only needs to hold this fellow's form to be formidable here

10  Oh Newman   Puype has been a little chilly lately but might be trying to rectify that here with this gelding dropping multiple levels......Mike is an impressive 4 for his last 8 with such a move and in general has been dropping to win at a high rate the last 6 months or so

9  Arlington House


race 7    average clarity

5  Doc Curlin   very dangerous trainer in Richard Baltas when he takes over the training duties of a grass horse which is the case here......both races down the hill for this five-year old gelding are noteworthy.....the race two back is solid fig wise and was a win.....his last was about 2 1/2L less fig wise but he finished up with a very strong stretch run.....away for two months but runs well fresh

3  David's Memory   two for two with today's rider Bejarano aboard and both races were down the SA hill grass course......zero for six with other riders up......like in both of Bejarano's wins this fellow should be in the hunt from the get go

1  Aotearoa   2nd out following the D'Amato claim and back in shorter rest.....and with a rider upgrade especially for a grass race.......a trifecta of reasons to consider backing this six-year-old

10  Taima the Hawk

Long-shot consideration:   9  Masterful Stride   has twice stopped the clock at 108:1 at Tup albeit over a year ago......but he is training awfully well preparing for his 1st ever on the sod......his pedigree for the grass is adequate and he is two for two on off tracks hinting he can adapt......should be a big price and with Pedroza up who is having one of his better years on the grass (riding not smoking)


race 8    average clarity

4  I'll Wrap It Up   by far at his best running on conventional dirt and at the distance of 1 1/16........soft pace easy win in last in fast final time......might have a little something left in the tank......and he might need it as he is forced to carry 128 lbs

7  Ain't Misbehavin   consistent off pace runner has run races that fit fine here in 4 of his last 5 races....and you have to appreciate that he won with 128 lbs on his back....so......126 lbs should be a piece of cake

5  City Steel   last nine racing endeavors fit here and he seems at his best at today's 8 1/2 furlong distance....and he better be as he is assigned the high weight in the field of 129 lbs......jock (Joe Talamo) is coming off of a hot week of riding which was good to see as he was ice-cold the previous week

6  Shackleford Banks


race 9    average clarity

6  Mor Candy   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start and 1st on the turf and the hill.....nice reassuring 3 work series since.....and considering he is trained by one of S Cal better grass conditioners in D'Amato he likely is up for another move in the desired direction

1  Plate Side   O'Neill has a dismal record with runners making their maiden debut in a grass race (0 for his last 20 with only 3 hitting the board) but this gelding is working too well to ignore....and owns a very solid pedigree to handle the turf especially for a Cal-bred

7  Lymebyrd   lifetime best was run in his MSW debut ........so........running fresh off of the extended hiatus from racing might be a positive.....works are up to snuff.......and his pedigree for the turf in his 1st race on it is decent

12 AE    Stormin Norman

11 AE  Desert Lee 

3  Insubordination

4  Gosofar


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Santa Anita for Sunday 4 June 2017

Belmont is only one week away and our special pub with full race card selections and comments is available for purchase at a discount of $5 today. It won't be tomorrow.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Woodstock Memory   seems best right now racing at today's one mile distance......retains Ocampo who has looked good on his back.......and he is capable of running on or off of the pace....such a deal

7  Monterey Shale   turf to dirt for today....running off of short rest today.....both right in the wheelhouse of Gary Stute......retains Bejarano.....only dirt route is one of his career best races

6  Sivali   lone winners circle visit came off of 8 days rest.......8 days rest today but this time attempting a route of ground......but Periban is a solid 5 for his last 19 with the sprint-sprint route maneuver

3  Mr. Larson


race 2   below  average clarity

4  Queen Laila   both lifetime races are better than par for today's level.......blinkers on for the 1st time today and just what you want to see as an improved solid work......solid rider/trainer combo over the last 2 months........three year old filly has the potential for her lifetime best this afternoon

5  Tink's Twirl   won on an off track in a raced moved from the turf at 17 to 1 odds in a six-horse field for the D'A and friend......that hints that she either loved the slop.....and/or.....wasn't all that cranked up.....lookout if it mostly is the latter

3  Go On Mary   seems best sprinting on the dirt......7 furlongs doesn't appear to be her cup of tea as she flattens......so the cut back in distance is a positive.....and maybe especially so at 6F as she is 1 for 1 at that distance


race 3    below average clarity

7  Big Boy Candy   gate works for this Miller 1st time starter suggest he is ready at 1st asking.......especially like the last gate work which was at today's 5F distance ......mom has tossed 2 winners from 2 starters and both were able to graduate at two

2  Cannonball Comin   Bejarano is often in high demand in maiden races and he lands on this colt who has been training at GG......his works are consistently good (not great) and numerous.......and trainer Ed Moger is capable of scoring with debut runners

8  Quoting Hawk   New Mexico bred might have some talent to ship west to a much tougher circuit.....and.....winds up in the red-hot Machowski barn who these days is hard to ignore

5  Ministertomyheart

Long-shot consideration:   4  Quad   trainer used to be dynamite in this early baby races but Walter Solis runners just have not been performing well the last couple of years.......but......blinkers off for this baby's 2nd start....and if this colt runs to his eye-popping sub 1:00 flat work at Slr worked just 5 days ago....he....will....be....tough


race 4    average clarity

3  Eichel   somewhat alarming that Freeman drops this gelding considering he is a much better horse since switching to the grass (just missed as our long-shot play in his latest at 26 to 1)........but..... maybe......his (30 1 0 4) record at SA is starting to sink in......one time in the exacta in 30 starts......ouch

5  Bourque   wanted no part of turf routes but he did show good action on the grass in those two turn races until he tired.......strong dirt sprint effort/number 2 back.....last looked like a spin around the track in a protected race to get away with a drop and........ go go go in today's sprint down the SA hill

2  Sahara Storm   ignore lone race down the hill as it was run off of a long layoff and appeared to be a turf sprint tightener to go long in his next.......should be very fit coming of turf routes to put a strong late run today back in a turf sprint.....in other words - just this opposite of his only other race down the hill


race 5    average clarity

2  G. A. Betting   hates the sod so chalk up his last as turf tightener.......lifetime best and a strong fit here is the last time this fellow sprinted on a main track surface which was six races back in July of 2016......and his overall record on fast rated convention dirt sprints is (4 2 1 0 1)....red-hot bug boy up

1  Cherubim   last two times this gelding raced off of 1/2 year layoffs like today he won........and he appears to do his best running at SA as he has been in the exacta in 5 of 7 starts .....trainer/rider are 4 for their last 10 as a team

4  Native Treasure   double barrel action from Palma as he also trains our top choice......last down the hill is better than appears in print.......seven year old seems to run equally as good on the dirt......trainer has won 4 of his last 13 2nd out following a claim which is the case today


race 6    above average clarity

5  Easy Song   set one ridiculous fast pace in her latest and of course tired late to run 4th in a one mile grass race.....did exceptional well to be only 3 3/4 lengths behind the winner at the wire......works since are the best preparatory drills from the Gaines barn in many a moon......Smith up.....will be tough to very catch today

6  My Aunt Tille   seems likely to get a very nice stalk position siting 2nd or 3rd behind our top choice.......Elliot made a too early of move in his latest or might have battled for the win instead of running 2nd

1  Moonshine Annie   moved forward in his 2nd lifetime start and believe he will once again today ........blinkers on for the 1st time....Stevens on for the first.....should sit closer and with one solid defying father time grass rider up

7  Speakers


race 7    below average clarity

3  Plastered   might be quite the claim by Hollendorfer because following a turf sprint tightener this filly ran the race of her life winning despite way too wide of a trip.....believe the very stout trainer loved what he saw as he has put in no less than 8 works since and most of them solid 6F works.....hot bug boy gets quite the opportunity today as he doesn't get his weight allowance this being a Stakes race....if he wins this the trainers and owners will be after his services more than ever

1  Faithfully   scratched out of yesterday's Grade 1 for this significantly softer spot......very good history at SA on the dirt (3 2 1 0).......Bejarano and Baffert are starting to get very comfortable as a team.......what on earth took them so long

5  Street Surrender   Hollendorfer/Smith are runners almost always "live" when they team up.....trainer is very dangerous turf to dirt and that is the case here for this sharp GG invader........and he has won on the SA dirt


race 8    average clarity   

2  Place des Vosges   disliked the extra 3/8's of a mile of sod in his last.....previously at at 9 furlongs he fired one strong winning 4L win absolutely taking off in the stretch.......and before that he won at 10F....rebound back at a distance that is not too far for him

1  Evo Campo   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE    two for two at 1 1/2 miles on the turf.......and he has won at 1 1/18th on the grass......so.....you would think he should run a strong race at 1 1/4.....maybe not as strong as 1 1/2 but strong enough

3  September Stars   wisely scratched out of a solid Grade 1 last Sunday for this much softer spot.......and it is uncanny how many S Cal horses win when that opt for another races and of course a softer one

4  Responsibleforlove


race 9    average clarity

2  Yellow Bonnet   cold barn might want to jump-start things.......or is it a claim me please situation......the fact that Glatt has had a very high win percentage over the last couple of years with multiple level drops I have to think they just want to win

4  Dolce Tempesta   a good five lengths less of a horse than our top choice if the form for both remains the same.....but Machowski is hot so maybe this filly improves in her 2nd lifetime start..... and as mentioned above...... maybe our top choice is hurting some and regresses........we shall see

1  Ruby's Gone Again   MC debut fits but her last does not......but a rebound to some degree seems likely as this filly put in a nice 5F bullet work since her disappointing 2nd start.....trainer has had a dismal year......hard not to root for him

5  Miss Napper Dandy

8  Bona Fide Image


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