Keep your cool as it’s another hot day at Santa Anita Sunday

The Racing Digest is now available for Sunday

19 June 2016:  After any scratches the 1st race pick 5 was top, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, top pick for $9,027.40.

17 June 2016:  Not the kind of day we will place in our highlights archive but noteworthy:  Top choice won 4 of the 8 races, ran 2nd once and 3rd twice (at 16 to 1 and 7 to 1 losing by only 1 3/4 and 1 length respectively)

16 June 2016:   Not the kind of day we will place in our highlights archive but noteworthy: 1st race pick 5 was 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, top, 2nd pick $1,431.80. 4th race top pick, 2nd pick double $28.60. 5th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $29.20. Long-shot selection won the 7th race and paid $36.80 to win. 7th race double was long-shot, 2nd pick $168.00

22 May 2016:   1st race pick 5 was 3rd, 2nd, top, top, top pick which paid $7,282.40. 3rd race exacta hit COLD $15.80. 4th race exacta also hit COLD for $7.60. 7th race 2nd pick, 3rd pick exacta $111.60.

15 May 2016:   1st race pick 5 was 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, top choice for $43,051.60. 1st race pick 3 was 3rd, 2nd, 3rd pick $3,370.80. 1st race exacta was 3rd pick, top pick for$90.40. 2nd race exacta was 2nd, 3rd pick $47.40. 3rd race exacta was 3rd, 2nd pick $144.60. 5th race top pick over other 3 pick paid a trifecta of $194.00.    

542 races covered at the winter/spring Santa Anita meeting. Using a $2 base the cost if you wagered on our top choice each and every race would be $1084. The return $1175. That is a 8.4% profit. My guess is most of our competition wasn't even profitable with their "best bet" or "best bets" or "fair value plays". That is the 4th meeting over the last 5 years that playing our top selection each and every race turned a profit of 8.4 or higher. And the other 3 were 14% or higher but shorter meetings like Del Mar. 

12 May 16:   After any scratches:  1st race 3rd choice, top choice exacta $30.00. 5th race pick 4 was 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, top choice $3,331.40. 7th race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $106.60. 8th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $129.60.

8 May 16:  After any scratches:  Not the kind of day we would ever put in our highlights section but a decent one. 1st race exacta hit COLD $31.00. 1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, 2nd, top, top pick $321.40 2nd race trifecta box of 3 given horses $62.40. 9th race exacta hit COLD $33.00. 9th race top pick over the other 5 given picks paid a superfecta of $1,438.40


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Santa Anita for Sunday 26 June 2016

After yesterday's interesting card we have small and mostly cheap fields especially considering it is a Sunday. It seems to me that the meeting is too long and now without turf racing it makes the work in the Santa Anita racing office awfully difficult hustling horses.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Wade   crushed his competition the two times he competed at 5 1/2 furlongs......should be in the hunt from the get go......and I sure like Desormeaux riding for Eurton

3  Aikau   didn't start his career until 5 but he sure has been consistent with 2 wins - 2 2nd's - 3 3rd's in 7 lifetime starts......and I like that Vinnie Bednar has been aboard in all 7 starts as it should help him overcome his lack of success on the major S Cal circuits

1  Prince Valiant   poor starts in 2 of his last 3 races (after I had him pegged as a very clean gate horse) often is a hint that a given horse is slipping off form some......but the fact Prat is back up might indicate it was just a coincidence.......we shall see


race 2    below average clarity

5  Quinnette   should come flying late if she hasn't gone "south" since her latest.......I am a touch leery Ellis is hoping she gets claimed.......but......not enough to keep me from placing her on top

4  Ipray   very good history with today's jock in the saddle (6 2 3 0) and at today's scratch on 12 June or would have placed as our top selection

6  Guessed Right   speed horse that is capable of stalking.....that gives speed jock Maldonado options.....I hope he considers using them instead off going all out for the lead at all costs


race 3    below average clarity

3  So Heres the Thing   only missed 2nd by 2 3/4 lengths in a MSW affair despite being beat by 12 for the win.......back in 10 days and drops and drops into a very weak group........should fit well if she can handle the rigors of very short rest

1  It's Not So Easy   1st time starter might be coming around at the right time as her last preparatory work is her best work and when Miyadi uses Prat his runners have been "live"

6  Kimchee   drop into maiden claiming and the cut back of 1/2 furlong might be enough to make this Sherlock baby a player in this soft spot


race 4    average clarity

3  Last One Standing   three year old gelding seems to be on a rebound of sorts and what a rider upgrade for this Baltas claimer.....from a low percentage rider to his go to guy in Bejarano......seems likely to be the controlling speed

6  Go Long   team Desormeaux sure know how to get it done with deep closers which lately is the racing profile for this three year old.......connections will likely have their fingers crossed that someone presses our top selection

4  Chris and Dave   stalked the lead and won in his last......that seems noteworthy as prior to his latest he appeared to be a lead type only


race 5    average clarity

5  Sensitively   when is the last time a filly has broken the 109 flat barrier at SA three races in a row like this speed-ball has done.......with that said she might have to set an unsustainable pace to shake off the 2 horse who has only been headed once at the quarter in 8 lifetime starts and she stumbled at the start in that race

4  Juno   5 for 5 in Brazil including 2 Grade 1 wins in her last quite impressively for her U S of A debut.......and imports with talent are right up the Richard Mandella Alley

3  Luminance  2 for 4 lifetime and both wins were run "fresh" ......and this Baffert filly is 13 months "fresh" today......likely needs a lively pace and should get one in this spot


race 6    below average clarity

2  Gracie Ragazza   seems likely to get a nice ground saving mid pack position at least thru turn 1.......last two races when up for a tag (two back and 10 back) led to her last two visits to the winners circle......and back to Dersormeaux who was a aboard for that win two back

6  Avicil   turf race in last.....dirt race in last.....last turf to dirt set up lead to a 7L win vs. better at Kee albeit way back in 2014.......rider upgrade.....seems pointed for today's race

1  Watch This Cat    logical drop for this gal who seemingly has been placed a little too ambitiously in her 1st start at in this isn't Tampa.....1st on conventional dirt but sure is training on the SA dirt as if it is to her liking....trainer likes to fire 2nd out after layoffs and that is the case here


race 7    above average clarity

5  Surfing the Menu   made to order unusual condition for this race fits this Gus Headley horse to a when racing offices get creative and don't get so locked into the same type of race conditions thru-out their race meeting....big races.....big works......should be tough

4  Ish   might feel really good coming off of an easy paced likely stress-free 12L maiden breaking win.....and Hollendofer has been firing on all cylinders this week

2  Warren's Super Cat   doesn't look too hot as far as running lines are concerned but Yakteen runners have been firing over their head of late and most give hints that they will in the a.m.....and this one sure trains stoutly in the mornings......lone win was three back the last time this filly saw a fast track and it was at 5 1/2F at SA

7  Plus Perfect


race 8    average clarity

5  El Huerfano  stupid duel in last....... when not necessary considering the hot pace.......previous two races are very strong and both hidden to some jock today and a hot one in Prat

3  Soi Phet   very consistent when this fellow takes back some and I believe the barn knows that now......and that makes the patient Desormeaux a good fit

4  Avanti Bello   very sharp right now and I have rated him to low if I am all wet about my thinking that the 3 lbs more and 1/16th more will hurt him in the very late stages of this race when push comes to shove


race 9    average clarity

4  Latitude   very strong works for this Hendricks 2 year old 1st timer and I find the trainer quite reliable when he shows solid drills with a debuting MSW runner.....although I will say I'm not crazy about the rider choice

6  Picture Tube   solid drills for this Baffert 1st timer and I always like when Baffert shows three or more gate drills with a 1st timer.......three gate drills for this firster and 2 of them are bullet works........seems meant and ready

3  Hank The Tank   snatched at the claiming box way back in August for 80K........away since but sure seems ready for her 2nd lifetime endeavor and 1st for Puype and company......effort last Aug fits (adjusted for trouble fig wise)...... and....... it is supported by multiple runners (3 to be exact) coming back to score in their next start

5  Candy Promises

1  Rico Argentine


Posted on June 26, 2016 at 10:27 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Saturday 25 June 2016

Nice card today with it rather interesting and fun to finish off the day with back to back Grade 1's

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

7  Uncle Steve's Girl   the D'A is ever so dangerous with MSW runners that drop into maiden claiming for their 2nd start......been away since March but has put in copious drills to be fully fit and schooled for today's race her 2nd lifetime endeavor

3  What A Stormkat   filly has a decent shot of getting loose today unless one of the 1st timers owns some early gas......showed good early speed in her debut and ran decently getting caught 3 wide pressing the pace.....same effort as her last....... combined with being loose and lonely on the lead......might be tough for her competition to overcome

8  Ultimate Game   very solid works for the given level of racing for this Heap 1st time starter......and mom has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters......dangerous sort especially if she has some early speed

5  Christy Jackson


race 2    average clarity

2  Angel Lane   all three lifetime races at today's 5 1/2 furlong distance fit at today's level and they were all at SA.......won going away in her last to break her maiden....back in short rest and with a reassuring work showing since.....feeling good....trainer has been firing on all cylinders

6  Octofy   rebounded in latest some.....and the works since hint she is going to improve today.......handles the 5 1/2F distance quite well.....rider downgrade might hurt

1  Adios Princess   sprinter might have some improved staying power coming off of a route race......should be in the mix from the get go


race 3    average clarity

3  Pete's Play Call   last was OK....races two and three back look awfully strong here.....and the cut back to 6F appears to be a good thing.....Raffy sticks around

5  Basinca   lost to a runner in his latest who has been on a prolonged win streak......and he has the potential to improve this afternoon as a 1st time gelding

1  Concord's Star   easy win in his return to the race wars in last which was his 2nd lifetime start and off of an 8 month layoff.....surely can improve this afternoon which he will need to......good trainer/rider combo in Baffert/Elliott

8  Schillairess


race 4    average clarity

6  Klimt   4 gate works including one at a furlong longer than today's distance indicate readiness for this Baffert MSW debut runner.....seems to be likely that he is ready to return some dividends to cut into that $435,000 purchase price

5  Law Abidin Citizen   Glatt doesn't score with many MSW 1st timers but the drills are too good to ignore and Smith is up.......and when Glatt uses a top jock his 1st timers are often meant and ready.......also.....last time Smith rode for Glatt he won

1  Boogalute   sharp work regiment for this Puype 1ster.......Puype has won with only 7 of his last 100 MSW 1st timers but most of them showed a prolonged tightly spaced work tab....and that is the case here

7  Chasing Aces


race 5    average clarity

8  Who's Out   last fits......but I believe he is moving forward this afternoon as he ran a big effort in his 2nd lifetime start in 2015 off of 27 days rest......20 days rest for his 2nd race in 2016.....Smith sticks around for Hollendorfer

4  Westbrook   Puype three year old has done little wrong in both lifetime races.....faced a little too tough in his last....back where he fits better......6 1/2F appears to be a good fit

2  Golden Atlantic   lone lifetime race on the dirt was at SA and fits well was run in October of last guess is he is fully ready as Glatt loves to get sprinters ready to run their best fresh off of the bench

6  Victory Call


race 6    average clarity

7  Taman Guard   significant rider upgrade to Mike Smith.......three year old won his debut very easily......then......dueled in a brutal pace in his next out......did well to salvage 3rd.......bullet drill since.....hinting he remains sharp

8  Family Code   last was OK.....likely needs more today and if he gives it he has some back numbers that would make him a major player this afternoon

1  Hye I'm Jack   plenty of speed in this affair is just what this closer needs.....I love Bejarano on these kind and he owns both lifetime wins on this fellow

2  Sam Slick


race 7    above average clarity

7  Giant Expectations    hard to believe this youngster has not graduated yet as he sure has run 5 strong lifetime races where he has had troubled trips in all of them.......some of his own making and some not......tons the best here if he holds form even with just an OK trip

2  Westfest   sprinter tries a route and he appears quick enough to get loose......and loose with Baffert/Bejarano at the helm......a dangerous proposition

5  Tiz No Bluff   impressive MSW debut and it was at a route.....highly likely to move forward today as Ellis is much more dangerous with 2nd time starters

8  Hollywood Strike


race 8    above average clarity

4  Lord Nelson   ultra strong impressive layoff run in last where he was 3 wide up on a fast pace.....that would do most in but this Baffert Stakes horse won going away .....and his record in one turn races at SA is (4 3 0 1)

2  Kobe's Back   as consistent of a late running Grades Stakes star in S Cal as there has been this past decade........and he has been better than ever since the blinkers were added 3 races back

6  Subtle Indian   rider upgrade and that makes his likely loose lead quite interesting......but 1st he will likely have turn away our top pick and then if he does he will need to hold off our 3rd pick in the late stages.....not impossible but no easy task

5  Ambitious Brew


race 9    average clarity

2  Second Summer   never sharper and the same might be said of his trainer Peter Eurton.......and 1 1/4 appears as if it will be a plus when examining his running lines and his pedigree

7  Melatonin   3 for 3 at SA .......and 1 for 1 at the distance and it was in the biggest race of the year (outside of the BC Classic) .........would have been top choice if it wasn't for having to run off of a 2 1/2 month break

6  Hoppertunity   shows up almost every time but likely needs his "A game" to take down this race.....tough to tell if he is up to that or not.....we shall see

1  Bal A Bali

3  Hard Aces




Posted on June 25, 2016 at 10:57 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Friday 24 June 2016

Seems like a decent card for today. Let's call it a 7 on the 1 to 10 scale.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Dupree's Diamond   sure like what I see from Rosemary Trela as she does awfully well with limited regiment over at Slr for this 1st timer sure is strong for the level of this race......believe this 1st timer is meant and ready and that is wise as the connections might lose the horse at claiming box

2  One for My Baby   been away over 13 months following a dull MSW debut at SA but it was on an off track.......toss it out.........barn's been hot.......and this decently bred three-year is training well enough to be ready

5  Lucky Double   blinkers off today for this Periban colt and assuming he worked with them off his 16 June near bullet work suggests the equipment change has vastly improved his ability.....dangerous wake-up sort

6  Aidan's Hope


race 2    above average clarity

1  Arrogate    powerful 1st ever route race in latest crushing his competition in stellar time..........won by 4L with a gap of 7 more to 3rd......should hurdle this stepping stone on his way to better and bigger races in his bright future

2  Fusaichi Samurai   quite the record and figs on fast tracks (5 1 4 0) not to be top selection......not impossible with his consistency if our top selection regresses off of such a monstrous race

5  Chief of Staff   likely will try to jump to the front.....and try to slow things down......and then attempt to hold off the cavalry charge


race 3    average clarity

6  Suavemente   blinkers on seems like a wise move as it appears this three-year old needs a loose lead to win.......( 3 1 1 1) when able to shake free.......and the trainer is one of the hottest around at the moment

3  Fans On the Run   Bill Spawr is often at his very best 1st following a claim when he gives his new shooter plenty of time off between starts.....that's the case here (47 days) and he gets Bejarano to ride who has gotten the most out of gelding in the past

5  Nicaradalic Rocks   should be enough pace in this affair to flatter the late run of this team Desormeaux three-year old gelding.....definitely appears to have the best chance of the late runners signed up for this affair

2  Swiss Minister


race 4    above average clarity

8  Biltmore Boogie   just claimed by Glatt who has put in 2 somewhat improved drills since the claim.....last might do the trick here......repeat of the race 2 back should do the trick here

1  Accelerant   solid layoff run in latest and it was at today's same 7F distance......would have been top selection if he hadn't drawn the rail which isn't the easiest of posts in 7F races at SA

7  Dustin's Passion   like the horse but not too crazy about the jockey change following the claim by Mike Mudaris as the rider seldom finds the winners circle at SA (jock does fine at lesser meets) .....but as the saying goes even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then

3  Northern Iowa


race 5    average clarity

9  Carulli   has enough early speed to clear from his outside post......hope he clears all and gets loose which was the route to victory in his last.....but.....I believe he can also stalk and still have a shot at back to back trips to the circle of joy

6  Swiss Silver   very consistent most of 2016 but likes to hang.......might not hang today because he just put in a vastly improved 4F work.....and.....the cut back in distance likely will help him from flattening out in the late stages

7  Angels Journey   ran 2nd in maiden claiming debut (and placed as the winner by disqualification) at SA in a fast track sprint.....toss out next two endeavors as he caught an off track and then appeared to want no part of the turf........good time to drop and track today......dangerous

3  Motoring Around


race 6    average clarity

2  Hotsy Dotsy   blinkers on for today and just what you what to see as in night and day better works........likely to show much better early foot and of course a better final time (or I wouldn't have placed on top) fig

7  Briartic Gal   decent history running on the dirt without blinkers (3 0 2 1) and all the dirt races were at SA.....a.m. work in preparation for today hints at a happy healthy mare

3  Chao Chom   dangerous looking work tab for this Stute 1st timer.......Gary has a poor history with 1sters but this filly is working too well to ignore....and mom has tossed two winners from two starters one of which was a Stakes winner

1  Malware


race 7    average clarity

3  Passionate Emotion   was on the improve when he had to be laid up following his 27 Nov 15 like she is all set to return where she left off....and if that is the case she has a shot here especially with a significant rider upgrade

6  Star of Munster   hot rider/trainer combo.......and with a horse who is 3 for 6 at SA......does need to put away a couple of other early speed types like himself or would have considered as top selection

5  Gypsy's Rule   race has enough early speed signed up to help out the off pace style that this Hess three-year old filly possesses....rather sure she will be motoring late

2  Wife Approval


race 8    average clarity

7  Mischievous Bull   obviously hurting to some degree but drops multiple levels and catches a very weak group.....the kind you wouldn't want to claim but might support at the windows

5  Summer Chat   three-year old sure has eaten plenty of cash in 3 lifetime starts.....but blinkers on for today and recent sharp drills......and drops into a soft looking mdn20K......dangerous

8  Speedin With Eddie   overdo drop.......last looks like the dirty him up total gimme to put some doubt in the minds of the claiming vultures.......sure fits fine if I am correct in my assessment

1  Speed General

4  Johann's Command


Posted on June 24, 2016 at 6:57 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Thursday 23 June 2016

OK race card to start the new week of racing

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

3  Viewfromthepulpit    3-year-old gelding is somewhat in an every other mode and is he is on the right end of the pendulum today.......blinkers on for today and a vastly improve 4F drill.......hinting the equipment change is a positive

5  Alston   seems very likely to sit in a nice ground saving stalk position which he has responded well to in the past.......reassuring decent 4F drill since his last which fits fine in this spot

1  He's a Knockout   seems to be running into the 1 1/8th endurance building grass race in his latest as well as his 6F work which was put in just 6 days ago

7  Ward Boss


race 2    above average clarity

5  Fantasy of Luck   Baffert three-year old filly appears in the mix from the get go which led to an easy MSW win in her latest.....trained great prior to her last and once again impressing in the a.m. and doing it on the Santa Anita surface.....needs ample time between starts so you know Bob will have her very ready for today's challenge

2  Queenofhercastle   also training great for her return to the race wars off of a 9 month layoff.......and since she won her maiden debut I doubt the extended break will be a problem

1  Lucky Student   seems best at SA........and she sure has handled breaking from the rail ..........she ran one of the fastest quarters of the year at SA which lead to a win two races back.....cut back of 1/2 furlong should be a plus


race 3    above average clarity

4  Unique Bella   Hollendorfer 1st time starter is training as if she is something special and that is good news for her owners as she didn't come cheap as in $400K at sale at Kee in Sept of 2015

2  Chalon   best looking works for a Miller 1st time starter in some time.....those works were at Slr so she does have a small ? mark as to her ability to handle the SA surface.......but Miller knows the transition concerning the two surfaces quite well with most of his stock training (at the nice environment) over at Slr

3  You Missed It   good MSW debut for sure......which........says more about what I think about the two 1st timer starters than what I think about her


race 4    average clarity

3  Tooluckysupermoon   very significant rider change for this Periban five-year old mare......not only an upgrade in jocks but to one who should get the most out of a speed horse in Edwin Maldonado

6  Turf Club Queen   knocking on the door in her last two starts and her latest in better than appears as she was against a slight bias and had to check a length or two.......and she worked a solid 4F at Slr especially when you consider this is a F & M mdn20K

1  Lady Priscilla   quite the awakening in last and it is hidden.......exits a fast heat for the level where she dueled on a dull rail and thus tired late......might build off that effort......and if she does the cut back in distance should be a significant plus

7  C J Knows Best


race 5    average clarity

4  Larocco   wired in his latest and he sure appears loose once again in this spot.......and I doubt another furlong in distance for today will hurt his chances very much

3  Chia Love   appreciates the SA dirt (2 for 5 and 0 for 6 on other dirt) in the a.m........capable Tup trainer with shippers into S Cal in Molly Pearson......might be able to sit in a nice stalk position behind our top selection

7  Veronica Bay   seems the best of the late runners and that's not saying much......not impossible but easy to put as our 3rd pick

6  Individual Design


race 6    below average clarity

7  Magna Warrior   last sure appears as if it was the gimme off of the extended hiatus from the game........ to leg up......... and......go go go 2nd out following the layoff.......and the race seems to favor those who run off of the pace like she does

4  I B Mike   Glatt has been quite successful dropping following a win and that is the case here with this five-year old gelding.......and the jock sure has been successful with this fellow with 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 mounts

1  Hawk's Eyes   last couple of route races fit but he has something to prove in a sprint race......but then again the race might fall apart up front as there is plenty of early speed signed up......he should sit last or 2nd to last in the early stages

6  Brother Soldier


race 7    average clarity

2  Tough Emblem   major improvement in his latest.....and there appears to be plenty of early speed to flatter his late running style......seems stout in this spot if he repeats his last

3  Dirt in Your Eyes   Pedroza will likely be out to grab the lead at all costs and this gelding sure appears to be a need to lead type these what cost is the ? mark

5  J Serino   fell of some in his last couple of races.......likely needs what he produced 3 or 4 races back.......ample time off since his last might help get one of those efforts out of him


race 8    average clarity

3  Truly Ponti   Morey is often at his best off of layoffs and he sure has this three-year old filly training impressively at GG in preparation for today's layoff run.......trainer is win-less at the meet so far but he has a shot to change that here

5  Patience Lady   fell off some in last....needs her effort two back.......will be tough if she produces it especially with the cut back in distance

4  Song for Jade   has been somewhat early speed crazy in her last two races so maybe the blinkers off is a good move to help slow her down a little in the early stages.......if it does I imagine she has enough staying power to last five furlongs

8  La Tempesta

1  Warren's Honey Bee




Posted on June 23, 2016 at 7:35 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Sunday 19 June 2016

Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there! Stay cool both literally and figuratively speaking!

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

8  Secreto Primero   got himself eligible in his last for this affair in a maiden breaking win and luckily wasn't claimed (well most likely luckily)......should be in the hunt from the get go

2  Bronzino   goofy spot in last as this French bred four year old is not bred whatsoever for the dirt....back to the grass.....let's hope his dirt race didn't beat him up too much as his lone U S of A grass effort sure fits well

1  New Summit   nice awakening in last with 1st time blinkers in a race down the hill.......distance is a ? mark but not so much with an impressive 111:3H drill put in one week ago

5  All Star Parade

Long-shot consideration:   3  Red Car Mac    trained well prior to debut which was only so so.......and trained well after his MSW debut and won as our top choice......continues to train like he has talent and might have learned a lot in his last with his win......and...... I like his pedigree to handle the sod....the distance is more of the ? mark


race 2   below average clarity

1  Grass and Cactus   both efforts at Tup fit fine number wise here......and he lands in barn that is rather hot these days following a prolonged slump

7  I'd Be Sad an Blue   wide run in last or could have been much closer at the wire in his last which was his 2nd lifetime start.......gelded and blinkers on for today and with an improved drill put in just 4 days ago......last fits and the changes might have improved him

5  Amazing Love   dangerous looking 1ster for Myadi and company as his last 5F gate drill is rather decent for an early summer maiden claiming 2 year old debut runner

6  Mo Soul


race 3    average clarity

4  Long Hot Summer    ultra consistent racing on the grass or the AW (7 4 2 0 1) trainer combo and that combo seems even more significant here as Talamo has been up for all 8 lifetime starts for this D'A runner who is appropriately named for today

8  Singing Kitty   best with today's rider Bejarano on firm grass and......and at her best at today's 8 furlongs .....hard not to see her as a major player in this spot

7  My Year Is a Day   Blanc to Prat on a D'Amato runner.......sure like that change......layoff sprint tune-up in last should have her ready for a top effort at a route this afternoon

6  Off the Road


race 4    average clarity

7  Sweetwater Gal   exits an extremely fast MSW where she broke a little tardy and ran a little too wide........that effort despite being beat 11L fits here...... and .......since Ellis is vastly better with 2nd time starters more can be expected today

4  Holiday Movie   like the small drop down from MSW racing to MC75K ........and she appears to be better suited to a sprint.....3 reassuring 5F works since her last hints she has remained in form

5  Audacious Angel   another dropping out of MSW races......6 1/2F seems like a very good fit......and I almost always like when Bejarano rides for Truman

3  Royal Flush Babe


race 5    average clarity

5  Spanish Hombre   both lifetime sprint races (and run at SA) fit solidly here.....and it appear his turf endeavor in his latest muscled him up .........if his bullet 4F drill is worth a hoot

2  Cee the Preacher   pounded at the windows in his 2nd lifetime start and 1st with blinkers but ran poorly...... likely getting hurt in the race as was laid up after......trying blinkers once again today and the works are very good........hmmm

1  Yes Master   strong race at today's MC40K level way back in since and he is not eligible to be claimed so it is highly likely he has returned ready to roll......rider upgrade......very dangerous

4  Alaskan Cruise  (tie for 4th)

7  Rideo    (tie for 4th)


race 6    average clarity

1  Cover Song   expensive purchase won like a good thing in her 2nd lifetime start and 1st on the grass and did so off of a 10 month layoff......1st at a route and is she ever bred to be better "long"  than short.....Gaines could use a quality runner in her barn and might have one here

8  Patriotic Diamond   tons of talent when this Cal-bred brings her "A game"...... and she is likely the one to overcome if she does......1st time running for Cassidy who has won 2 of his last dozen when that is the case

3  Not Now Carolyn   might be speed of the speed and lookout if she is as the cut back in distance should help her "staying power" even if the fractions are fairly fast

9  Sweet Queen


race 7    average clarity

3  Ain't Misbehavin   seems like a good claim and a smart step up of multiple levels by trainer Steven Miyadi as this four year old ran an extremely solid race in an 8K last out.....and he draws Prat

2  No Contingency   small drop helps (20K down to 16K) as does his high level of early speed which appears to be the best in this field

4  Justonemorething   might sit pretty stalking the lead from the 2 or 3 does the rail appear today so far because in the past when the temp is above 100 degrees at SA the rail has quite often been a little dull

5  My Samurai Warrior


race 8    average clarity

(NOTE:   last turf race at SA until the Fall)

1  Lady Valeur   2 for 2 on firm turf racing at today's 9 furlong distance.....and those two wins were by an average of over 3 lengths and with more assigned weight than today.....that'll do

6  Be Mine   also 2 for 2 on firm turf but at shorter distances.....but.....she retains Prat on her back and she sure acts as if the longer distance will be to her liking......and she has the right turf trainer in the "D'A" to get the job done

4  Decked Out   1 for 1 at the distance on the grass and by my book she just popped her best work of her life and for a trainer in Desormeaux who doesn't push them too hard in the mornings

3  Stays in Vegas


race 9    average clarity

5  Cheap O Charlie   all three lifetime dirt sprint races when not wearing blinkers are a fit in this MC20K.......and I like the route to sprint scenario......should have improved endurance when push comes to shove

13  Bundesliga   stewards scratch on 5 June but this Baffert 1st timer worked decently since.....but he went over to LA for the work.....that suggests Baffert wanted to hide this drill from the SA clockers/trainers to some degree......hard to tell if that is a good thing or a bad thing.....we shall see

9  Dig For Gold   useful debut in last and it is better than appears in print.....gelded since and a rider upgrade......surely has the right to improve today and that is a dangerous thing if he gets a better trip

7  My Son John

12  Make A Million

11  Big Bad Batman


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