Pick 6 carryover of $39,891 for Friday. For the first time ever on Saturday the 31st of January you can purchase Saturday’s Santa Anita card and Sunday’s will also be available. But you must print out Sunday’s on Saturday as you won’t access on Sunday. Early post on Sunday because of the Super Bowl.

Selections are posted for Friday for The Racing Digest

19 January 2015:   Top choice ran 1st or 2nd in all 9 races which would have made for one significant place parlay. 1st race trifecta box of 3 given picks $62.20. 1st race box of top 2 picks exacta $30.20. 3rd race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $22.20. 4th race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $37.40. 5th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $17.20. 6th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $41.40. 6th race 2nd, top, 4th. long-shot play superfecta was $2,869.00. 8th race 2nd pick top pick double $54.00. 8th race 2nd, top pick exacta $97.20. 8th race 2nd, top, 3rd pick trifecta was $525.60.  

17 January 2015:   After any scratches:   1st race exacta box of top 2 picks $47.40. 3rd race exacta hit COLD $29.40. 3rd race pick 3 was top. 4th, 3rd pick $334.60. 4th race pick 3 was 4th, 3rd, 3rd pick $858.80. 5th race pick 3 was 3rd, 3rd, 4th pick $623.20. 6th race trifecta box of top 3 picks $94.20. 6th race pick 4 was 3rd, 4th, 2nd, 2nd pick for $9,504. 20. 8th race trifeca box of 3 given selections $90.80. 8th race exacta box of top two picks $34.80  8th race double 2nd pick, 2nd pick $108.40. Not too shabby on a Saturday in which nobody hit the pick 6 and 5 of 6 paid $3,439.20.

11 January 2015:   After any scratches:  1st race pick 3 was 2nd, top, top pick $126.60. 2nd race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $25.60, 3rd race exacta hit COLD $26.60. 6th race pick 3 hit ICE COLD $78.40. 6th race pick 4 was top, top, top, 2nd pick $$302.40. 6th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $30.40. 7th race exacta hit COLD $44.20. 7th race COLD double was $34.40. 8th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta was the same same return as the last race at $44.20. 9th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $15.00.

9 January 2015:   After any scratches:  1st race pick 5 was 2nd, top, 2nd, 2nd, top pick for $2,323.40. 3rd race pick 6 was 2nd, 2nd, top, 4th, 2nd, top pick for $22,436.20. 4th race trifecta box of 3 given selections $400.00. 5th race trifecta hit ICE STONE COLD for $369.80. (COLD exacta $76.80 - which was the 4th COLD exacta in the first 13 races this week). 4th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, 4th pick $753.40. 6th race trifecta box of 4 given picks $220.60. 7th race trifecta box of 3 given picks $66.00. Yikes were good! 

2 January 2014:   1st race double was 3rd choice (23 to 1), 4th choice (40 to 1) $1,548.40. 2nd race trifecta box of 4 given picks $772.20. 4th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $2,878.80.

31 December 2014:    3 more top choice winners on an 8 race card totaling $22.40. (40% profit) That makes for the 7th straight race card that if you wagered on all of our top selections you made a profit for the day. Here our returns starting on 19 Dec 14: 160%, 23%, 24%, 76%, 14%, 51% & 40%.

28 December 14:  5th race double was hit COLD for $60.00. Monster score in the 6th as our top pick over our long-shot play (6-1 & 26-1) paid an exacta of $442.60. 8th race exacta box of top 2 picks $33.80.

27 December 2014:   1st race super box of 4 given picks $166.40. 3rd race trifecta hit COLD $105.20 (COLD exacta paid $36.00). 3rd race pick 3 was top, 2nd, top pick $1,159.40. 4th race trifecta box of 4 given picks $994.20. 4th race pick 6 was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, top, 3rd, top pick $19,490.20. 4th race pick 3 was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd pick $904.40. 6th race tri box of top 3 picks $139.20. 7th race exacta hit COLD $11.00. 9th race super high five top pick over next 4 picks paid $417.60.

26 December 2014:   BOMBS AWAY AT SANTA ANITA ON OPENING DAY. 1st race exacta hit COLD $17.20, 4th race pick 3 was 2nd, 3rd, 2nd pick $534.20. 5th race pick 3 was 3rd, 2nd, top pick $1,976.80 6th race pick 4 was 2nd, top, top, 3rd pick for $7,878.20. 6th race exacta box of top two picks $79.40, 6th race trifecta box of top 3 picks $235.00. 6th race superfecta box of 5 given picks $3,784.80. 6th race pick 3 was 2nd, top, top for $707.60. 7th race double hit COLD $39.80. 9th race superfecta box of our selections paid $4,110.40. And last but not least nobody hit the Pick 6 but you only had to go an average of 2 deep (2nd, 3rd, 2nd, top, top, 3rd pick) to collect $146, 352 in the pick 6. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing

21 December 2013:    After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 4th, top, 2nd, top pick for $4,977.53. 1st race pick 3 was 2nd, 4th, top for $579.00. 3rd race exacta hit ICE COLD for $77.80. 4th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $52.60. 8th race double hit ICE COLD for $9.60. TOP CHOICE WON 14 OF THE LAST 24 RACES RUN AT LOS ALAMITOS TO FINISH THE MEETING!!!

19 December 2014:   Top choice won 5 races and ran 2nd in two races in an eight race card. Win prices were $5.00, $5.80, $20.00, $6.80, and $4.00. 3rd race double hit COLD $14.80 and exacta hit COLD $7.60. 4th race exacta hit COLD $9.60. 6th race exacta hit COLD $48.60. 6th race pick 3 hit COLD $113.00. (COLD double was $63.40)

December 2014:  Bombs away opening day at Los Alamitos. 2nd race pick 4 was 3rd, 2nd, 4th, 2nd pick for $10,292.80. 2nd race 3rd pick, 2nd pick exacta $57.60. 3rd race pick 3 was 2nd, 4th, 2nd pick for $1,159.60. 3rd race pick 6 was 2nd, 4th, 2nd, 3rd, top, top pick $10,467.40 4th race pick 3 was 4th, 2nd, 3rd pick for $1,963.00. 5th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $19.60. 6th race box of top 3 picks tri $115.60. 8th race exacta hit Cold $8.20.

Del Mar Meeting:   122 races run at Del Mar. Using a $2 base the cost if you wagered on our top choice each and every race would be $244. The return $281.20. That is a 15% 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 3rd meeting over the last 3 1/2 years that playing our top selection each and every race turned a profit of 14% or higher.

29 November 2014:  1st race pick 5 was 2nd, top, 4th, top. 3rd pick for a cool $35,372.60. 1st race tri box of 3 given picks $56.80. 2nd race pick 3 was top, 4th, top pick $574.40. 2nd race exacta hit COLD $15.80. 3rd race 4th, 2nd, top pick tri paid $1,316.00 (exacta $409.60). 3rd race pick 3 was 4th, 2nd, top pick for $1,237.00. 4th pace pick 3 was top, 2nd, top pick for $136.60. 6th race tri and double both hit COLD paying $24.60 and $19.80 respectively. Not too shabby of a day especially considering nobody hit the pick 6.

27 November 2014:  Bombs away on turkey day. 1st race pick 5 was 2nd, top, 4th, top. 3rd pick for $35,372.60. 1st race tri box of 3 given picks $56.80. 2nd race pick 3 was top, 4th, top pick $574.40. 2nd race exacta hit COLD $15.80. 3rd race 4th, 2nd, top pick tri paid $1,316.00. (exacta $409.60). 3rd race pick 3 was 4th, 2nd, top pick for $1,237.00. 4th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, top pick for $136.60. 6th race tri hit COLD for $24.60. 6th race double also hit COLD for $19.80. Not too shabby of a day especially considering nobody hit the pick 6.

9 November 2014:  2nd race double hit COLD $40.00. 2nd race exacta was top, 3rd pick $41.00. 5th race pick 3 was 4th, top, 3rd $481.20. 6th race pick 4 was top, 3rd, top, 3rd pick for $4,377.40. 6th race exacta was top pick, 4th pick for $56.20. 6th race double was top pick, 3rd pick $84.20. 6th race pick 3 was top, 3rd, top pick for $730.20. 7th race double was 3rd pick, top pick $129.60. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love Southern Cal. racing!!!



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Santa Anita for Saturday 24 January 2015

Very nice card. A pleasure to handicap. Let's hope it is a pleasure to wager on as well. I do rate it high as in a 8 on the 1 to 10 scale.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

8  Howdy   last race fits......and it was his only lifetime race sprinting on the dirt with blinkers..........today's cut back of one furlong from 7F to 6F looks as if it will be a plus

7  Grazen Sky    nice improvement in his latest his 2nd lifetime start and 1st on conventional dirt..........off 7 weeks........but.........the colt has shown enough in the a.m. to make me believe that Myadi is bringing him back in the similar shape which would make him a major player here

6  Signature Cat   very strong MSW debut last August at the prestigious and tough to break your maiden Saratoga meeting......nowheresville in next two starts......away enough time (3 months) to recover and his a.m. work suggests that he has......appears to be the most likely leader in the race........dangerous even with low % (in S. Cal) jock and trainer

5  Rhett's Image


race 2    average clarity

5  Trash Talkin   Mike Puype seems due for a "good one" and this four year old 1st timer is training more impressively than any 1ster that he has put on the track in quite some time.......rather sure this one is meant and ready

4  Alfiero   Ellis 1ster is also rather impressive in the morning and the stout trainer who often isn't in a hurry developing a young appears to be here........bullet gate work on 2 Jan appears to be extremely strong

3  This Time I Win   Ron Ellis colt might live up to his name as Ellis is very dangerous with 2nd time starters that show a little something in their debut which this four year old did

2  Seedsandstemsagain


race 3    average clarity

5  Forest Chatter   four year old gelding is developing nicely and really took to the Santa Anita Hill awfully well........repeat of the race will make him tough in this spot and if he moves forward it will take a poor trip to stop him from ending up in the circle of joy

2  Lindante    lifetime best run two races back was run off of two months rest and was on the SA hill...........running off of two months rest today and he just popped a 4F bullet work only 4 days ago indicating he feels great and when it counts the most..........as in right before he is about to race

10  Gangnam Guy   does his best running on the SA hill but still might need his lifetime best to win this affair........might give it as his recent a.m. prowess hints he has never felt better

11  Do Some Magic


race 4    average clarity

5  Chief of Staff   lone lifetime race which was run in Washington at Emd in September is decent.........running 2nd to a good horse........away since and lands in the red hot Hollendorfer barn..........and Jerry H. has him training as if all systems are go for lifetime start number 2

6  Vodka Texted You   good work regiment for this Machowsky 1st timer with both speed and endurance put into his new shooter.......trainer and rider have teamed up with some decent success the last coupled of months

3  Stormin Trick   no shot in MSW debut.......broke poorly and rushed up into a decent set of fractions and rightly tired early.........two solid drills since........might be on the lead with a clean exit from the gate this time around......dangerous 2nd time starter

8  McHeat


race 5   average clarity

4  Heat the Rocks   developing Hollendofer filly has handled dirt and synthetic, sprint and route.......so........considering her decent grass pedigree I doubt the transition to turf will be a problem

6  Light One   another Hollendorfer runner trying the grass for the 1st time that has a pedigree that suggests she should handle it.........very game in her two lifetime efforts both run at GG.......nice bullet 6F drill at GG just 5 days ago.........sharp sharp sharp

5  Sure Pleasure   crushed her competition in her MSW debut back in mid December at Lrc......hasn't missed a beat in the morning since.......believe she is a good horse but her pedigree for turf and distance is only so so..........seems likely in the hunt from the get go if she does take to the green carpet

1  Patsy G and Me


race 6    above average clarity

2  Acceptance   colt has impressed me in all 3 lifetime starts........showed he can handle decent pace and still fire a very strong two turn race.......few can so early in their three year old season.......continues to train like a happy healthy individual

7  Pulmarack   did extremely well to only lose by 3L to our top selection in his latest ..........had about 10L of trip and pace adjustment as to compared to about 7L for our top pick........set a very fast set of fractions in his MSW win two back......jock might send this time around and try and get the jump on our top selection

1  Tough Sunday   on the improve and bred just fine to get the added distance and the two turns.........not impossible if our top two picks lock horns and duel one another into oblivion

5  Kluszewski


race 7    average clarity

7  Go West Marie   last was quite impressive in that she won easily in decent time at a route with 1st time Stevens...... and ........she definitely appears to be a better sprinter than a router........might be sitting on career best and she retains the services of Gary Stevens

6  Heavens Stairway   4 for 5 on the SA hill turf course and capable of performing well on, near or off of the pace.....love that versatility........and I love her recent bullet 4F drill one week ago......Marty Jones seemingly has her primed for her very best

4  Velvet Mesquite   hard to argue with 5 for 7 down the SA hill.......and........ she has been beaten quite a few of today's foes in the past

14  Heat Trap


race 8    average clarity

2  San Onofre   3 for 4 at SA......2 for 2 at 6F............fabulous work tab..........and outside of his MSW the only time he ran fresh (off of 10 1/2 months) he won by 10L......away 11 months this time around

3  Rousing Sermon   versatile six year old woke up nicely in the 1st sprint he had run in many a moon........away for 2 months but has put in a solid prolonged work series in preparation for today........seems likely to get a nice mid pack ground saving trip and with plenty of pace up front to soften things up for his stretch run

9  Spirit Rules   six year old has shown he can run fresh in the past..........gets to run at his best distance........might get a nice cozy mid pack or stalk position behind three speed types.........decent trainer/rider combo

4  Frensham


race 9    average clarity

9  Boozer   best early speed in the field and Stevens has plenty of real estate to work with from the 9 post with the long run-up at the 1 1/8th mile turf distance......last two times this Glatt five year old ran as far as 1 1/16th he won going away at the wire......that hints he can handle the extra 1/16th for today and that it might even be a plus

7  Awesome Return   1 for 1 at today's distance and in general a very reliable runner on the sod (8 4 1 3) .......same goes for the rider these days......and Puype/Desormeaux are a hot trainer/rider combination the last couple of months.......3 for their last 5

3  Alert Bay   very consistent sort seemingly has never been sharper and has a good shot at getting a nice ground saving trip as he did (for the most part) in his last winning as our top pick at 9 to 1

2  G. G. Ryder

Long-shot consideration:   4  Patriots Rule   I have nothing against Fernando Perez ........he is a competent rider but on this horse he has given countless bad rides........might be the horse but than again why on earth wouldn't the connections give another jock a chance to ride this gelding who displays plenty of run but runs way too wide race after race.......maybe Perez will attempt to save some ground today at least thru turn one - as what do you have to lose versus a tough group of competitors


race 10    average clarity

11  Powerful Girl   red hot rider/trainer combo and an improving maiden claimer.......ran 2nd in her latest and the filly that ran 3rd came back to win her next out

6  She Got Away   on the right end of the learning curve and if the trend continues this afternoon (and she handles the extra 1/2 furlong) she might be the one to beat

5  Lady Danger   toss out the up the track route effort in her latest as she was caught wide on a rail bias day......previous two races fit fine......and Bejarano and his agent want the mount

2  Lucky Illusion

1  Erte

10  I'll Tell You What

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 8:51 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Monday 19 January 2015

Nice race card to finish the extended weekend. Let's call it an 8 on the 1 to 10 scale.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

7  Pica   laid up since May but awfully consistent.........training very sharply..........and her trainer is on a roll especially of late when he rides Espinoza.......should be able to range up from the outside with as good of speed as anyone in the field

3  Free Money    Hollendorfer like Miller is also quite hot and the outstanding trainer drops this filly off of a decent effort well disguised by a tough trip.........rider upgrade to boot

1  Meinertzhageni   Bonde has woken up from the doldrums and gets Bejarano to ride.........last time Bejarano rode this filly was at SA way back on Feb 17th and the filly ready that day........but she was greatly compromised by a bad trip (broke badly and ran wide)........seeing that the top jock is back up I imagine this filly is doing great (off the 7 week layoff) like she was on that mid Feb race


race 2    average clarity

1  Peaches n' Brandy   part of Peter Miller's success is that he isn't afraid to lose a horse and that applies here........young filly is placed well to win coming of her 2nd start where she broke her maiden

8  Desert Thief   decent history running on conventional dirt and that includes Santa Anita.......small drop in claiming helps as does the cut back of one half furlong

5  Awe Gee   plenty of speed in this affair might set things up for this off pace three year old filly who has shown some late kick in all four of her lifetime conventional dirt sprints

7  Where Is My Mind


race 3    above average clarity

5  Fantastic Style   powerful MSW debut run 23 days ago.....and since Baffert has put in two decent maintenance works hinting she exited her race in good shape........same or of course better today and she is definitely the one to overcome

7  Stella Moon   Cerin is not much with MSW 1st timers usually but the a.m. prowess for his youngster is too hard to ignore........and I like that that this filly trained out of town (sent fit) until Cerin took over in December

8  Never Ends   plenty of foundation put into this Hollendorfer 1st timer who is very dangerous with young fillies making their debut.........the way in which this filly is training makes me believe she will come from off the pace 

10  Avenge


race 4    average clarity

3  Well Measured   four year old has fired to some degree in all 5 lifetime starts.........1st on sod but bred well to take to it......so so route pedigree but the way in which he handled 7F suggests one mile will be within his range 

1  Mal Verde   consistently in the mix in all 5 lifetime grass races.......1st grass race at one mile today but considering he has been competitive at 1 1/8th and at 6 1/2F on the grass one mile might be a Goldilocks "juuusssssssst right" situation

6  Home School   runs well fresh sometimes..........10 weeks "fresh" today...........fits fine here if he is up to his "A game"........like the switch to 1st time Kent Desormeaux

7  Wrightwood


race 5   above average clarity

4  Sam's Sister   Hollendorfer scratched this filly out of a Grade 2 Saturday which he won with another filly........that and the fact this filly is 4 for 4 in main track sprints (including 2 at 7F) makes her the one to beat by my book 

6  My Sweet Addiction   best ever was her last which was run way back in Oct........the race was at SA and at today's 7F distance........runs well fresh as Baffert has to have her ready as she takes a beating when she runs and needs plenty of time off to recover

7  Sweet Marini   appreciates the somewhat specialty distance of 7F and sure seems to be in top form.......but I am slightly concerned that she has only run one good race at SA in three races......still 3 races is a small sample 


race 6    average clarity

3  Dead Easy   best ever was run two back which was his only effort ever down the SA hill.......he ran wide and was still only beat by 2L at 46 to 1.........has run well fresh in the past.......training well and today gets a major league rider upgrade.......should be motoring late

8  Guggenheim   John Shirreffs seems to do well well his stock returning from the Big Apple.....that is the case here for this colt attempting the turf for the 1st time.........bred just fine to handle it

10  Clickjab   seems to be improving one baby step at a time for Gary Mandella........as good a shot as anyone in this affair if the trend continues

4  Bellamy Concerto

Long-shot consideration:   6  Relative Time   seems to respond only to the turf and only when he runs with ample time off........gets both today.......sharp in a.m.......likely to go off one big price


race 7    average clarity

3  Reno Rebel   my guess is Miller means business with four year running for the same tag of $40K as he claimed him for as I think that he surmises that the horse will be claimed from him (kind of a rent-a-runner)........retains Bejarano and with the 3 post I believe the meets top gun will put him on the lead in this route race just as he did in a sprint win in his last

2  Catch a Flight   best set of preparatory works for an overseas Mandella invader in quite some time.........five year old was 5 for 5 on main track surfaces (albeit tracks rated good or heavy) in Brazil winning by an average of seven lengths 

5  Solid Wager   surprised me that this Miller off pace runner took well to his 1st dirt route race with a winning and decent effort........last with a good trip might do the trick here as well

7  Little Curlin


race 8    average clarity

3  Gold Chaser   on the improve and the connections sure lucked out not getting claimed in last......1st on the sod but bred to handle it.......jocks 2 for his last 3 for the trainer

10  Smokey Legacy   wide trip in last or would have won today's level of racing in an affair at Lrc at one mile on the dirt.......like our top choice 1st on the sod..........in this case let's call an adequate pedigree for the green stuff

7  Yes Yes Yes    horrendous trip in last wide on the pace........did well to hang on for 4th........proven on the grass and prior to his lone race down the SA hill back in June he broke thru the gate......not a good thing.....and still ran 3rd

6  Sir Macho

Long-shot consideration:  1  Hidden Zensation    on the improve and his last is disguised by dueling on a dull rail and doing so while dealing with a stout set of fractions.......best lifetime race by my book........toss out only grass race as it was a route and he appears to dislike two turns


race 9    average clarity

5  Follow Me Crev   plenty of positives:  drops out of MSW racing.......1st time gelding.......cut back route to 7F......sharp in the a.m.......a superfecta of good stuff

6  Donji   nice forward move with the blinkers off in last......and he finished up at 6 1/2 furlongs as if the 1/16th more for today will be a good thing

4  Julia's Summer   very tightly spaced drills should have this 1st timer wound up and ready to roll.....trainer Velasquez is 2 for his last 9 with mc 1st timers and with a very positive return for your money

8  Yoked

9  Sunshine Bandit

1  Book Thirty Four

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 10:58 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Sunday 18 January 2015

Only one morning line favorite as our top selection today that being in the last race. Remember there is racing tomorrow. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

7  Seek A Star   cut back in distance should help this filly finish up well today and that appears to be a good thing in this field that seems rather weak

3  Spy Girl   seems like the best early gas in the field and if the jock keeps the fractions reasonable she might last the 6 1/2F

4  Tale Of Papa Nick   not my favorite jock with a 1st timer is aboard but this Richard Baltas MSW debut runner seems cranked up and ready to roll........come on Antongeorgi

5  Jean Edward


race 2    average clarity

1  Wild In The Saddle   laid up since 7 Sept but returns with a rider upgrade and sure is training as if she is fully fit for her return to the race wars.........last win came fresh off of the bench just like today

3  Wasted At Midnight   jock takes over two Baffert runners and Bob B is his meal ticket to say the least...........handles the track and might be best at 6 1/2 panels

6  Kool Kat   decent running off of short rest which is the case today......and short rest off of a turf route might be an especially good scenario for today's sprint on the dirt


race 3    average clarity

3  Gallant Charm   best routing on conventional dirt and takes a small drop.....race 3 back which was on the dirt at SA is quite strong and was run turf to dirt......turf race in last

1  Mahalo Arturo   sprinter steps up in claiming 1st out following the Aguirre claim and attempts a route.......owns some significant early speed but still might need to shake free of a few others in this race or take back as he did 3 races back......last race fig/effort is solid but he needs to prove he can run long

8  Matzoh Ball Magic   last two efforts fit fine when you adjust your thinking for the trouble and pace this gelding encountered in his last two (7 or 8L in both).......win-less jockey needs to be a bit more clever

6  Thesheetsguy


race 4    average clarity

2  Coded Message   like this pattern for a mc 1ster: flash some fast works and then build some foundation with some slow 6F drills........showed she has ability........then....... build her up with some less than exciting longer drills to keep the claiming vultures at bay

7  Holy Ascension   trainers cold......riders cold........but the filly does seem to be improving and her recent bullet 3F work hints she might be up for her very best

14 AE  She Got Away   bad trips in all three lifetime races.......ironically my Santucci adjusted for trouble figs  all worked out to be par efforts and par looks good here provided her new jock gives her a cleaner trip

5  Big Wave Betty

6  Thingy


race 5   average clarity

4  May B   very solid 1st on the SA dirt in last.....wide up on a decent pace and still drew off in the stretch......bullet work since.......seems poised for as good a run as his last and May B better

2  Door's Open   in decent form and now he gets to race on his favorite surface (3 wins in 6 starts at SA) and maybe his best distance (6 2 2 0)

3  Kafister   good sign top gun Bejarano sticks around off of this gelding's 1st time off of the board in six SA starts effort.........back in short rest for today and his history running off of short rest is good

7  Louden's Grey


race 6    average clarity

5  Mad Melinda   debut was unimpressive but the route grass race sure appears to have muscled this filly up because her work regiment since is vastly improved.........rather sure more horse today.......to what degree is the ? mark

1  Charming Starlet   best ever was her lone turf route.....and today she gets a better grass jock aboard than the rider who was up that day........good post.......decent drills at GG.......should be a player here

2  Versatility   first timer has good enough drills to be a factor in her MSW debut........but maybe more importantly draws Stevens to ride........likely has some ability and if she doesn't show it today we will see it down the road

8  Onedewoman


race 7    average clarity

4  Clem Juice   bet hard in both lifetime starts.....nice wake in last with the blinkers put on.........solid drills since......same or better is likely today if she can manage one more furlong.......good trainer/rider team

3  Take Back Spring   wide trip in last hides things a bit.....and I like that this filly is not up for a tag today hinting she might be on a rebound of sorts

9  Racing For Chasen   seems like a decent claim of an improving horse by Alfredo Marquez.......good sign that he gets Desormeaux to stay on the filly as he has ridden her for all 4 of her lifetime starts to date

2  Natalie's Wonder


race 8    average clarity

5  Lady Of Gold   poor trips in last 3 or could have won anyone of those races.........race two back at only one furlong less was especially strong hinting 1 1/2 miles will be to her liking

1  Scooter Bird   screaming out for 1 1/2 miles or further........very impressive in her lone race at 1 1/2 miles as she won for fun and did it from far back in an affair with a lackluster pace (had the one post that day as well)

3  Shesheisnot   controlling speed in this affair and that is a dangerous proposition with Bejarano up

2  Kitten's Point


race 9    average clarity

11  Practical   best ever and fits big here was run fresh off of the bench last year in March on a drop......fresh off the bench once again today and drops (even more)...........same effort (maybe even 85%) as last year's race should get him to circle of joy

3  Warren's Sunny Boy   rider upgrade for today and showing more in the a.m. this go around......seems likely in for a forward move to some degree.........should be a factor late

9  Military Justice   1st timer sure appears to be training well enough at Bsr to be ready to roll in his debut.......mom has tossed one winner from one starter and that runner was also a Stakes winner

5  Indian Monkey

8  Senor Pegasus

4  Chapo

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Santa Anita for Saturday 17 January 2015

Been quite some time since our top selection average over 5 to 1 which is the case today. Obviously I don't have to be right that often to have a good day this afternoon.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

8  Lambo Luxx   brutal mc debut.......poor start and ran wide.....and was up on the pace quickly after the slow start......youngster stays at the mc 50K level.........if Pedroza straightens things out today it very well could be graduation day

4  Hot Lightning   eventful trip in last........broke slow and rushed to be up on the pace and rightfully tired late for 2nd......Bejarano will be out to make amends and likely will be aided by the cut back in distance of 1/2 furlong

5  Royal Gambler   decent maiden debut and his trainer Caesar Dominquez is better with 2nd time starters........a factor here with a better trip and a logical move forward

6  Dr. Sauer

Long-shot consideration:   3  Swiss Brew   woke up in last his 2nd lifetime start and the effort is hidden.........broke slowly and ran wide on a rail bias day........drops and gets a significant rider upgrade.......danger city


race 2    below average clarity

1  Adellusion    Richard Baltas has had a good (wake-up) week.........four year old filly sure likes 6 1/2F (3 2 1 0) and might be on a rebound of sorts.......stout rider/trainer team in Bejarano/Baltas

6  Peppy Bolly   just claimed by Diodoro who wins about 20% of the time (with a monstrous sample of 240 claims).........most of this mare's career fits well at today's $12.5K level.......would have been top choice of she didn't tend to flatten out a little at 6 1/2F

2  Faith Proof   obviously a ton here if she doesn't "blow a gasket"...........she keeps being suspiciously put up for sale at a bargain price and crushing her foes..........seems like a 50/50 proposition that she has another solid effort left in her

7  Lust For Life


race 3    below average clarity

3  Fonz   runs like 1 1/8th is a positive and it likely won't be for many in this field.......and he retains top gun Bejarano.......should be motoring in the late stages

6  Warren's Wesley   trainer is good with the sprint-sprint-route angle (which is the case here) but on the other hand this six year old gelding isn't bred too hot to get the 1 1/8th........he is consistent so if he overcomes a weak route pedigree he should be a major player here

9  Broadcaster   benefited from getting loose on a rail bias in his mc win in last........but.........he might be feeling awfully good getting to run off of such an easy effort........... and his recent solid 4F drill hints that he is

5  Stolen Property


race 4    average clarity

6  Silk in Silver   ultra consistent speed route mare (who can chase) retains Bejarano who has won 5 of his last 8 mounts on the five year old mare who wings her front left.........which.........might be the reason the claiming vultures have been staying away

3  Chocolate Delight   away since March but takes a major plunge in claiming and does so off of a decent work regiment.......relatively new mom Kyla Stra remains up......so is it.......baby needs a new pair of shoes.....or......claim me please 

5  Nothing to Hide   average at best 11% trainer (2014-15) Blacker is at his most dangerous dropping a claimer multiple levels which is the case here........1st at a route is a question mark

4  Spirit Of Ten


race 5   above average clarity

8  Pepnic   last two races fit......won as our top choice in his last ranging up from the outside (close to a solid pace) down the hill and coming home victoriously.........I believe history can repeat itself here from the 8 post this time (10 post in his last)

2  Holy Lute   showed a ton of talent early in his career........so I believe the 5 month break will do him some of good......a.m. prowess supports this.......1st on the sod but bred for it

4  U S Citizen    wheeled back awfully quick but this fellow appreciates the Santa Anita hill grass course and O'Neill is better than most getting a given horse to fire off of very short rest......8 days rest in this case

1  Diamond Bachelor


race 6    average clarity

6  North Lake Tahoe   showed decent pace and run in mc debut last in what was not the best of trips.........blinkers on to help focus.....if the equipment change helps as intended this Koriner runner should be tough from the get go and with a good speed jock up

4  Tiz All That   on the right end of the learning curve and should appreciate 1/2 less furlong to travel today than in her latest.....and like our top choice she seems likely to be in the hunt from the opening bell

7  Top Estate    showed some run following a slow start in mc debut last........and his trainer Kory Owens is 3 for his last 8 with 2nd timers........and we get a rider upgrade to Pedroza..........mom has been a decent producer and his dad is one hot young sire 

2  Hot Surfing


race 7    average clarity

3  Rusty Slipper   should benefit from her last race as she had very little work put in prior to the start......and she should also benefit from a rider upgrade.......and last but not least she owns some early speed in a race lacking it and a good post in which to start

1  Blingismything    very strong stretch runner gets 1st time Desormeaux which is often very dangerous.........and the resurgent rider has a good post in which to work with

4  Nashoba's Gold   not sure that one mile on the sod is this Grade 2 winner's best distance and/or that she is fully ready to roll fresh off of the bench.......if I was I would have put her on top

2  Fanticola


race 8    average clarity

2  Sam's Sister   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE TO RUN ON MONDAY   both lifetime races at Santa Anita (7F affairs) are very strong both in pace and final time and so are her SA work-outs.........1st around two turns but considering her pedigree and trainer I highly doubt the transition will be a problem

3  Lexie Lou   consistent and very proven at a route of ground on the turf and the AW.......but she still needs to prove herself this afternoon on convention dirt or would have been top pick

4  Thegirlinthatsong   deep closer likely gets plenty of pace up front to flatter her late push.........if a stout pace does occur and our 2nd pick doesn't take to the SA surface she has a shot to upset the apple cart

5  Jojo Warrior


race 9    average clarity

3  Weekendwithbernie   been away since August but training as if he is ready fresh.......bred to handle the green carpet and his last run at a much lower level on the AW at Dmr is much better than appears in print

1  Badasmywifeletsmeb    race lacks early speed and this Abrams runner appears to have the most......and he seems to be improving slightly with age.....and we get a rider upgrade

7  Fort Caddy   just fired best ever in last albeit in a sprint on the dirt......but his lone route turf race is decent and he has a more accomplished grass rider up today than he had that day

10  Itsgettinhotinhere

9  Papa Z

2  Ace Duece

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Santa Anita for Friday 16 January 2015

Seemingly a good card this afternoon. Definitely more interesting than yesterday. Let's call it a 7 on the 1 to 10 scale.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Magna Warrior   powerful win in last.........so much so that if he duplicates it here he should win.........but..........I am slightly leery that he exited the stout effort in good shape..........seems like a 50/50 proposition

6  Northern Contract   very solid and consistent at 5 1/2 or 6 furlongs........5 1/2F today (2 for 3).........T C Baze/ Diodoro have won 4 of their last 6 as a combination......invades from Tup where he won the last two times he was up for a $12,500 tag like today 

1  Mr. Discipline   seems most likely to get the lead and that is often a dangerous proposition not only at 5 1/2F but also with Maldonado as the rider


race 2    above average clarity

5  Fascinating   consistent sort especially since the blinkers were added two races back.........and she sure appears to be the controlling speed in this affair

1  Gracie Ragazza    appreciates 6 weeks or more between starts and this go around the connections show patience and give it to her.........3 for 5 on conventional dirt...........0 for 3 on the AW...........sharp in the a.m............seems very likely to make a good account of herself this afternoon

3  Swiss Lake Yodeler   that classic cop-out in your daily newspaper......."best of the rest" ..........applies here


race 3    average clarity

7  Moving Desert    seems to be on a rebound of sorts........and.......owns some strong back numbers/efforts run in 2013........turf route to turf sprint is usually a good maneuver in a race down the majestic SA hill

1  Radiant Journey   done little wrong in two lifetime starts (2 1 1 0) one on the AW and one on the conventional dirt.........1st on the lawn but bred fairly well for it and it is seems like a good sign she has already handled 2 different surfaces

8  Fast Magoo   trainer has been cold the last couple of months but the works for this filly are hot.......Cerin did win a race yesterday and might continue to jump start things here with this laid up filly who has been competitive to some degree in all of her 6 lifetime starts

6  Anniversary Kitty


race 4    average clarity

5  Blooming Hannah   after a nice 2nd in her 2nd lifetime start at today's mc 75K level she stepped up into MSW racing and caught a tough field......so.......back where she fits much better.........and she shows a solid series of 4 drills spaced 7 days apart........a good sign she has stayed in good shape and likely will make a good account of herself today

4  Sound City    decent MSW debut for this Baltas runner yet she drops into maiden claiming........albeit high priced maiden claiming.......drop makes sense to me as she only went for $8K at sale

1  Beth's Bling   showed life in her MSW debut and the race has produced two next out winners......and Kathy Walsh is 3 for her last 9 MSW to maiden claiming and 4 others were able to hit the board.......that suggests it's highly likely that this filly is a "very live" precipitant this afternoon


race 5   average clarity

4  Polytechnician   GG invader ran some very strong one mile grass races last year at Santa Anita.........sharp trainer with grass runners in Gil Matos and he doesn't ship many so I imagine this nine year old has remained sharp following a couple of races versus a little to tough

1  Tigah   very consistent on the grass at mile.........nice post.........seems like a good move by Palma to leave Victor Espinoza aboard following his claim off of Peter Miller 

2  Press Baron   six year old gelding seems at his best when Bejarano is aboard his back.....and Bejarano/Baltas have been a hot commodity the last couple of months having popped for 5 wins in their last 9 starts as a team

6  Horizontalyspeakin

Long-shot consideration:  7  Somethings Unusual   OK turf miler just ran his best ever down the SA hill grass course off of a year layoff and the effort is hidden by a 5 wide trip.........might feel real sharp for today's one mile turf affair


race 6    average clarity

3  Arlington House   on the improve with every start and his last improvement is hidden quite a bit........good sign Bonde steps him up a notch.......and......it's also a good sign Bejarano and his agent want the mount

7  Saint Dermot   Michael McCarthy is dangerous trainer 2nd out after a layoff which is the case here......combine that with the usually dangerous drop from MSW racing to maiden claiming.........and you likely have a solid contender

6  Kibou   very logical drop for this five year old maiden as he had one start in 2013 and one start in 2014.....and.....he didn't show much in either start.......the work series in preparation for start number 3 is solid ..........might a player for the 1st time versus softer today 

5  Big Gregg


race 7    average clarity

6  Bobbi Grace   could have been 2 for 2 in the USA with better trips......and she crushed the boys at 6F on the sod in a race in Ireland last July.....that bodes very well for her chances in her 1st down the SA hill

10 Pankhurst   set a nasty pace in her 1st ever on the sod in a one mile affair.......these kind cutting back to 6 1/2 down the hill often do quite well in their next start..........on or near the lead

5  Sea Mona   Sadler is often at his best 2nd out after taking over the training duties of a given horse and that is the case here........1st down the SA hill grass course but her route turf running lines suggest she will appreciate the hill 

2  Into Oblivion


race 8    average clarity

9  Wabel   impressive in both lifetime races...........1st at a route but bred well to appreciate one........and he sure has plenty of early gas to take control early........Baffert has been kind of cold but you know he won't stay that way very long 

1  Cyrus Alexander   colt sure has been eating up some cash (at least on the win end of things) as he has gone off favorite in all 3 lifetime starts......in his supporters defense he could have graduated in his last with less of a wide trip......should be a major player once again but buyer beware as his fan club will likely be a force at the windows once again

4  Malibu Wood   solid forward move in his last his 2nd lifetime start and 1st on conventional dirt........his adjusted for trouble "Santucci" fig was better than par..........1st long for start number 3..........his pedigree is good to handle the new challenge of two turns

10  Selection

3  Blue Harbor

8  Nob Hill

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