Nice Friday at Santa Anita and an even better Saturday!

The Racing Digest is now available for Sunday

18 October 2014:  After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 3rd, top, top, 2nd choice for $3,350.80. 4th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, 2nd pick for $225.60. 4th race trifecta was top pick, 3rd pick, 2nd pick for $128.40. 5th race 2nd pick, 2nd pick double $102.80. 5th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $51.00. 8th race top pick over our other 4 selections paid a superfecta of $1,792.00. 8th race top pick, 2nd pick double paid $79.60. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S. Cal racing!

17 October 2014:  Top choice won 4 of the 8 races races on a day nobody hit the pick 6. 1st race pick 5 was top, 3rd, 4th, top, top pick for $7,507.00. 4th race ICE COLD double paid $49.60. 5th race top pick over our 3 other picks paid a trifecta of $135.60

12 October 2014:   1st race pick 5 was 3rd, 3rd, top, 3rd, 3rd pick for $2,305.20. 2nd race 3rd pick, 2nd pick exacta $51.60. 3rd race trifecta hit COLD $23.20. 5th race trifecta box of top 3 picks $90.00. 7th race lone long-shot play for the day (won and paid $59.40 $19.20 $14.40) and top pick paid an exacta of $393.40. 7th race long-shot play, top pick, 2nd pick trifecta paid $2,866.20.  I maybe a Midwest boy but I love Santa Anita!

Weekend of 4 October:  Top choice won 8 of the 19 races for a 45% profit. Saturday: 1st race pick 3 was top, 3rd, 2nd choice $508.60. 3rd race exacta box of top two picks $53.80. (Trifecta box of top 3 picks $192.20) 5th race top pick, 4th pick exacta $197.80. 5th race double hit COLD $18.20. 8th race pick 3 was 3rd, 4th, 3rd picks $769.80. 8th race box of our 3 picks (in only a 5 horse field) trifecta was $61.60. 9th race box of our 4 given picks trifecta was $222.60.  Sunday: 3 exactas hit COLD ($22.00, $11.00, $14.80) 1st race pick 5 was 2nd, top, top, top, top pick $287.20.

28 Sept 2014:   1st trifecta box of top 3 choices $80.60. 4th race exacta was top pick, long-shot play $91.20. (top pick, longshot pick, 2nd pick trifecta $439.00). 6th race pick 4 was top choice, 3rd choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice $2,075.00. 7th race pick 3 was 3rd, 2nd, 3rd pick for $923.20. 9th race exacta was 3rd pick, top pick $66.20.



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Santa Anita for Sunday 19 October 2014

Why on earth did SA add a day (Wednesday) to Breeders Cup week as the claiming fields of late are so poor in quality especially the maiden claimers. I don’t care what the short term economics are because in the long run you will diminish your reputation as a world class racetrack if you spread things out too thin.That will cost you some day.

So so day once again but lately “so so” or worse has been a good thing as when I’m right the returns are significant. Hoping for a 3rd straight big day!

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Cee’s Tizzy Belle   nice forward move in last (especially pace wise) her 1st on the dirt…….back to the grass and back versus Cal-breds…….only mount of the day for Mike Smith hints this mare has remained sharp…….should sit up close and save ground at least thru turn 1……such a deal

5  Bilger’s Sapphire   on the right end of the learning curve for sure……toss out lone turf effort as it was her 64 to 1 debut…….obviously wasn’t that muscled up for her debut……seems very fit now and back to the sod……bred decently for it and bred fine to a one mile affair

8  Susan B Good    2 of her last 4 turf races fit well here including her latest……..and her last was at 1 1/6th……seems better suited to 1 mile grass affairs……… so……….. if she repeats her last at her preferred distance………lookout

6  Three Blondes

Long-shot consideration:   2  Hot And Pleasing   dismal grass record but working vastly better seemingly out of nowhere……..and Cassidy and company take her out of maiden claiming for this race……good post…….good rider………big price


race 2    average clarity

3  When We Met   consistent closer seemingly gets ample pace to strut his stuff once again and possible capture his 5th consecutive trip to the winners circle

2  Gal Has To Like It   nice inside stalk position led to a win in his last……same post……..same track……….same rider……seems likely to sit inside stalking the leaders once again

5  W. Giles   improving sort might only have to repeat his latest to hit pay-dirt here…….would have rated higher if the trainer and rider weren’t a touch cold right now


race 3    slightly below average clarity

3  Warren’s Sunny Boy   by far the best recent a.m. prowess (and at SA) of any runner in this dismal looking field……race 2 back fits decently and off of his “wake-up” works he might be up for even more

2  Higher Mandate   decent layoff route race in latest……..cuts back to a sprint for 2nd run following the extended break……..should have something left in the tank in the late stages coming off of a route

4  Grey Is Best   rider has done little in S Cal so far but Desiree Stra might find herself loose on the lead in this race totally void of speed making her task markedly easier


race 4   average clarity

5  Jomelo   multiple points of trouble in last disguises an improved effort…….top gun Bejarano will be out to make amends

2  Sizzlin’ Joe   big winning effort off of 7 days rest 2 races back at GG…………….last placed over his head sure looks like a gimme considering he is back in very short rest once again today……….8 days this time around

4  Craving Carats   turf sprint in last…….back in 6 days for a route and puts the blinkers on………turf rail placed far out………turf speed has been decent this week and this four year old gelding sure appears to be capable of getting loose and in a reasonable pace……danger city

3  Buymeabond

Long-shot consideration:   1  Dewrag    seems likely to sit close to the front in a race that might favor speed……..last couple of  races are good (albeit on the dirt) and Maldonado has been red hot in grass route lately……dangerous 


race 5    average clarity

4  Marla Hooch   2 for 3 on the SA dirt and with a low % jock aboard……….back on the SA dirt today for the 1st time since March and this time with Bejarano up…….off since July but drops a notch and the drills suggest she is fit

2  Quinnette   Ron Ellis five year old mare likes to sprint at Santa Anita and might be best at today’s somewhat specialty sprint distance of 7 furlongs (2 1 1 0) …….should be tough here

6  Papaslilprincess    don’t you just love “pulled up walked off” ……..and dropping down……..seems dangerous at the 16K level especially since far too many horses that ease and walk off do awfully well in their next start 

1  Love The Breeding


race 6    average clarity

7  Red Outlaw    friends in the racing office?……scratched out of a Stakes on Saturday for this affair totally void of speed except for him…….and with Maldonado up……yikes

5  Street Icon   wide near a solid pace and on good rail day hides a solid return to the race wars dirt race in last………should tighten him up nicely for today’s turf sprint……and he is 1 for 1 on the SA hill grass course

3  Daraybi   trainer has been ice cold all year but sure has this quality French invader working as if he should be a major player in today’s turf sprint

1  Bolita Boyz


race 7    average clarity

4  Windy Forecast   solid MSW debut and then this Callaghan two year old filly got caught in a ridiculously fast pace (in a Grade 1) in her next start and rightfully tired…..nice work series and back against MSW runners……seems tough here

8  Suva Harbor   exits a solid heat at Lrc where if she can run as well on the SA dirt she likely has as good a shot at graduating as anyone in the race

1  Cadet Roni   not the best of  conditioners with 1sters in Mark Glatt but the works (especially her two gate works) are too good to ignore for this young filly

5  Get Back Annie


race 8    average clarity

2  Gangnam Guy    2/3rd’s of his career sure fits solidly in this field including both of his races down the SA hill turf course…….did toss a clunker in his latest but has had ample time off for Machowsky to get him to rebound

4  Smart Journey   race lacks speed and he appears to have the most………especially if he repeats his latest……has never been loose down the hill in three races but might be today…..lookout if he his cutting back in distance

3  Law Dog   toss out last to some some degree as route racing doesn’t appear to be his matt forte (couldn’t help myself-Bear fan)……..back to a sprint and 1st time Bejarano……..seems like a player today

1  El Tovar

Long-shot consideration:   7  Sir Barclay   solid move forward in last and it might be even more significant than the number he earned as his running lines suggest that 7F isn’t his favorite distance…….very strong move in the right direction if that is fact


race 9    average clarity

8  Southern Owah   2nd time starter worked 113:2 since his start and nobody in here has run that in a race…….not much……but…… pace-less bad field

7  Push Girl   only runner in the field with speed…..would have been top choice if it wasn’t for blinkers off today for her 2nd lifetime start…..very loose lead seemed more guaranteed if they had remained on

2  Turn On   good drills prior to layoff last…..didn’t show a thing but it might have been a public workout as she really didn’t belong in a MSW affair……go go go today at the bottom mc level?

6  Miners Lass

1  Jo’s Approval

5  Groovy Journey



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Santa Anita for Saturday 18 October 2014

Seems like a difficult card today and weak quality wise. Let’s call it a 3 on the 1 to 10 scale.

A special “Hello” to Brian and Herb (if things work out) who are two customers from the Seattle area that I look forward to meeting next weekend in the Seattle area.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

7  English Annie   one race effort wise/fig fits and it fits big (and it is disguised by a bad trip to boot)……it was her debut run 4 races back and it was on the sod…….not much since but she drops to the mc bottom today and does so off of some improved works on conventional dirt…..1st on conventional dirt might be the wake up call

8  Stored Attaq   both lifetime races on conventional dirt fit fine and his last is better than appears in print as she ran way too wide on the turn……”real dirt” today and weight off with the successful bug boy up for the 1st time

6  Yodelmesomemagic   route/route to 7F is often a good thing……and just worked a decent 5 furlongs 3 days ago…….running back off of a decent 5F drill in 3 days rest is usually a sign of a runner in good health and good form

4  Mark Of The Affair


race 2    average clarity

3  Hadfunlastnight   claimed by V Garcia 8 weeks ago and training well since……and the conditioner is ultra dangerous 1st out following a claim

4  Finallygotabentley   toss out last 3 races……appears this gelding disliked the sod and the Dmr AW……back on conventional dirt where he is well proven……..and his work tab since arriving at SA is vastly improved

1  My Samurai Warrior   another V Garcia runner who has been away for 8 weeks and training well……..might surprise if he isn’t in this race just to make it go for our top pick


race 3    average clarity

4  Boozer   consistent sort and proven on the SA hill……cutting back in distance is likely a plus…….so is retaining Bejarano who has fit him very well so far

2  Super Ability   also cutting back in distance which is often a good thing when competing down the majestic SA hill grass course……..1st ever on the hill but 3 for 5 routing on the sod and he has run well sprinting on the main track so I doubt the hill will be a problem

5  Tamarando   talented late runner hasn’t sprinted in quite awhile but he won the last two times that he did………doesn’t seem set for a deep closer but races don’t really run like they look in print as much as you would think


race 4   average clarity

4  Watdifrenzdzitmake   runs as if a route of ground will be to her liking……..good improvement in her last her 2nd lifetime start……….sure seems to be in a good spot here if she continues to improve and takes to route racing as I think she will

9  Seattle Music   24 to 1 in MSW debut last hints the effort was a turf leg me up tune-up to drop and go today………seems plenty fit to get the distance and others in here likely are not………trainer has been firing on all cylinders

5  Zippinaroundtown   clunker in last……needs a rebound to her effort two back and of course needs to handle her 1st ever at a route…….pedigree for it seems adequate

2  Delaney’s Joy  (tie for 4th pick)

7  Misty Warrior  (tie for  4th pick)


race 5    below average clarity

8  Real Deal Appeal   tepid top selection seems to have the best early gas in the field and gets a jock upgrade and to one of the best speed jocks on the grounds…….and speed was king yesterday

2  Bourne Hot   drops from the clouds…….one good effort left in him or not…….only the connections know and maybe even they don’t know……flip a coin

4  Industry Leader   declining runner’s last two races fit fine……..takes a small drop again to the bottom level condition claimer……..fits well in this spot if of course he has held form

7  Ballard Ruler  

Long-shot consideration:   5  Cut To Run   1 for 1 at Santa Anita on the dirt…….won that race off of a significant drop down……..significant drop once again…… the fact Trujillo sticks around…….hints that his layoff run in last at twice the claiming was a tune-up


race 6    average clarity

NOTE:   11 and/or 12 have a shot if they draw into the field

3  Vow Me Over  solid route at Dmr on the main track in her last in only her 2nd lifetime start…….strong close into a pedestrian pace………1st on the sod but bred to handle the green stuff……and last but not least a jock upgrade

1  Backstreet Lisa   race lacks speed and this Miller two year old filly has some……1st on the sod but pedigree for the grass seems decent………lookout if she breaks well and gets away………Maldonado has been very solid loose on the lead on the grass at the fall SA meeting

8  Satin Cinnamon   two useful lifetime main track sprint races under her belt and now it might be time to shine…….her daddy has been a good new grass sire so far and mom has tossed two grass winners from 5 starters…….highly likely to move forward on the grass

4  Educating


race 7    slightly above average clarity

6  Kantune    two good races to start his career which were run on the AW at Dmr…….then in his 3rd lifetime start at SA he ran an extremely impressive effort…….broke a little tardy and still was up on a solid pace in a very fast heat…..did really well to only get beat by 3L for the win…..reassuring 5F drill since

10  Cyrus Alexander   mega bucks purchase as a yearling sure is training as if the dream of a special horse is still alive………strong trainer in Hollendorfer with 2 year old 1st timers……and mom has tossed 5 winners from 5 starters and all precious won at 2

9  Fame and Power   about 4 or 5 lengths less impressive than our top pick when they faced one another in their last……but Baffert trained and blinkers on……and a recent bullet 4F work…….equipment change might move this fellow forward today and put him in the mix

2  Ghost of Navigator


race 8    average clarity

4  Chilada    last was better somewhat better than par…….seems likely to save ground on turn 1 and get a good trip as 2 of the 3 horses starting inside of her are slow early……back to Trujillo who is one for one on the filly

1  Casey’s Clem   nicely improved since the blinkers were added 3 races back and two of the three efforts are better than appear in print especially the one mile grass race run three back…….10 post that day………1 post today…….such a deal

5  Tangelo   done little wrong in both lifetime one mile grass races and beat our top pick by a 1/4 length in last……..would have rated higher if she showed a little more in the a.m. since her latest

2  Frandontjudge  

Long-shot consideration:   8  Winninginfashion   good early foot……..very dangerous when loose on the lead and with Maldonado up it sure seems as if she will be loose if she takes to the sod in her 1st on it……bred to handle it


race 9    slightly below average clarity

8  Roper   goofy run in latest…….Z pattern (fell back and the came on)…..big bad trip race 2 back would likely handle this group fairly easily with just a so so trip…..need a rebound to it

4  Ferrero   decent work regiment for this 1st timer especially considering this is a Cal-bred maiden claiming affair…….mom has tossed 6 winners from 6 starters and all 6 impressively were able to win early at 2

7  Sindys Luck   another 1st timer who looks quite dangerous and dangerous for Jeff Mullins who has a steady history over the years of getting his fair share of 1st timers ready to roll at 1st asking

11  Sonic Fever

10  Cornbread Red 

2  Tiz All That



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Santa Anita for Friday 17 October 2014

Sure hope it is a good afternoon for apprentice Draydon Van Dyke as he is aboard our top choice in 3 races and our 2nd choice in 2 races.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

4  St. Joe Bay    decent MSW debut at Lrc…….not too concerned about the drop into maiden $75K claiming as this Miller runner went at sale for $60K in June………good pedigree to get the two turns…….good work regiment…….hot rider/trainer combo

3  Mr. Chase   connections geld their two year old following his MSW debut and drop him into high priced maiden claiming…….turf route in debut should help his endurance for his 2nd lifetime start and going under the knife likely will settle him down……Mark Casse is stout MSW to maiden claiming

5  Magna Rex   not much in MSW debut but returns for his 2nd lifetime start as a 1st time gelding…….drills since his debut hints the surgery has helped……..jock is 3 for his last 4 for the trainer and the trainer Richard Baltas is good 1st at a route with a given horse…….believe we see a big wake up today


race 2    slightly below average clarity

4  Red N Black Attack   best running in routes and it showed in his race 2 back which was run at Lrc (solid pace and final time fig)…..and back to Van Dyke who ride in the Lrc race

2  Papa’s Paisley   last sure fits…..bit of a concern that Jack Carava drops off of a win but he has won 3 of his last 7 when doing so

1  The Mad Hungarian   trainer is firing on all cylinders of late………..drop down for the 2nd time in a row is a concern but the three year old is 2 for 3 at SA and training on it’s dirt as if he will welcome a return to it’s surface 


race 3    slightly below average clarity

1  Cravin’ the Heat   nice race turf to dirt two races back off of 21 days rest………turf in last run just seven days ago……dirt today……..seems well meant for Abrams who breaks the mold as being one of the few who is decent running a horse of off of very short rest

5  Up the Alley   three year old filly has fired in all four of her main track route races………and her only main track route with the blinkers on produced a going away at the wire 4 1/2 length score

4  Fly to Freedom   speed sprinter is best on the lead so it seems like a good spot for her 1st attempt at a route a ground as she sure looks loose in this spot…..and her pedigree to handle a two turn affair is rather good

2  Warren’s Tricia R.


race 4    average clarity

4  Nighttiming   seems very likely to get a ground saving stalking to mid pace position at least thru turn 1 and with Bejarano aboard………that is a dangerous proposition

1  Star Act   very consistent route runner on the AW or the grass would have been top pick if it wasn’t for her tendency to hang in the late stretch

3  Seek a Star   GB invader ran decently 1st start in the good old U S of A………decent works since……..very dangerous here if she moves forward in 2nd start in his new Country

8  Home Maid Brownie


race 5    average clarity

4  Pulmarack   Cal-bred runs in his sprints like he wants to go long……and his pedigree supports the notion…….away since 1 August but hasn’t missed a beat in the a.m……..tightly spaced drills and many at 6F……..very well prepared for today to get the distance

5  P Club   definitely on the right end of the learning curve and showed he can handle a route of ground in his latest…….handling the conventional dirt that SA has to offer is a small ? mark

8  Flexible   OK MSW debut 2 back…..and his 2nd lifetime start is much better than your average 14 beaten length 4th place finish…..very fast heat and he raced way too wide……1st at a route and his trainer is quite dangerous sprint-sprint-route with a given horse and that is the case today

6  Temple Keys

Long-shot consideration:   3  Spring for It   ran evenly in MSW sprint debut 2 1/2 months ago and has a decent pedigree to get a route……steady series of 5F works going back to August18th…….seems to have the necessary foundation put into him


race 6    average clarity

5  Betty Bing Bing   big awakening in last and Peter Eurton smartly steps his three year old filly up a few levels…..last effort/fig sure fits and today’s race is at the same track and the same distance

8  Nothing to Hide   just claimed by Truman and company for $22,500 and drops her to $20,000……no big deal to say the least……1 for 1 at SA and the effort stands out as her best ever……..and Eddie Truman won the last time he dropped following a claim

9  Cin City Lady   turf last not so hot…….mc debut 2 back on the Lrc dirt was an impressive bad trip win…….dirt today and Mora is off to a hot start replacing a suspended Doug O’Neill

1  Marla Hooch


race 7    average clarity

2  Shysheisnot   showed she can handle turf in a race down the hill run in January…….showed she can handle two turns in latest in an AW race run at Del Mar……..good post / good surface for her / and a good distance……..and last but not least good a.m. preparation

5  Mindfully   on the improve with every start and considering that the trainer is Ron Ellis the likelihood of a another move in the right direction is more likely than not…..and another forward move makes her one tough cookie today

1  Market Quote   very bad breaker early in her career…….starting to exit the gate better…….and she has been at her best at today’s one mile turf distance

4  Jennyway U Want It 

Long-shot consideration:   3  Tanquerray    by far her best turf distance is one mile (9 4 1 2)……back to Quinonez who gets along well with this mare on the grass……last was needed off of the layoff of 7 months


race 8    average clarity

3  Bird In Love   nice move forward in last with the blinkers put on and the effort is somewhat disguised by a wide trip on a good rail day……decent rider/trainer combo of late

8  Swiss Heart   best at today’s abbreviated sprint distance of 5 1/2 furlongs……..and seems best with Van Dyke and his 5 lbs. apprentice weight break……gets both today

6  Brandon’s Princess   moved forward in latest and the effort is hidden to some extent…..stumbled a length or two at the start and then ran a touch wide on a good rail day……in my notes I wrote down 4.5L of trip trouble…….same effort today and a cleaner trip and the 6 horse has a good shot here……..jock upgrade to boot

11  Bunuska

7  A P Pepper

1  Shared Image

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Santa Anita for Thursday 16 October 2013

Can’t remember the last time that we had the same clarity rating for the whole race card.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  The Twelfth Man   new trainer and a more accomplished one than his previous conditioner…… jock too……..also a more accomplished one……debut was good for this filly……..and its  a good sign that she steps up a level today……says she exited her debut in good or better shape

4  Coolington   finally drops to where she might have belonged all along………last race fits and it is disguised to some extent in that she scrapped the paint on a day it was dull inside

2  Boss Cat   useful somewhat decent mc debut at Del Mar and claimed by Glatt in the race……….decent work regiment since and it is at SA…….and trainer Mark Glatt is better than average 1st start following a claim


race 2    average clarity

6  Jules Journey  not really a sprinter but did manage a 3rd in only sprint down the SA hill grass course……..but consistently fires and the field is loaded with early gas and he will be sitting far back……….should be flying late

2  Rangi   very consistent sort and well proven on the SA hill although he tossed a clunker in last…..needs a rebound………2 months off and a decent work tab……..seems likely to bounce back to some extent

1  Bettys Bambino   2 wins and a 3rd in 3 races down the hill……a bit short fig wise on the hill but comes off of an easy win where he got away with a pedestrian pace and wired rather easily…….likely will need to take back here which he is capable of doing……..shot at the circle of joy once again if he does


race 3    average clarity

6  Kafister   gelding has proven he can run well fresh and his trainer is fairly decent with laid up runners………and then there is his record at SA ( 4 3 1 0)…….and look who wants the mount……Mr. Bejarano

5  Senor Rain   claimed 5 races back for $25K so running today for $20K doesn’t bug me much…….decent history at the distance and at SA……nice lifetime record as well on the main track (26 7 9 3)

3  Oligarch   working super and at SA seemingly out of nowhere……..and drops……..fits very well if he runs to his a.m. prowess


race 4    average clarity

1  Number Five   exits two consecutive fast heats on the grass and at a distance……good post to snatch a grounding saving stalk or mid pack position……drops some……..the one to beat if he has held form

3  Tosheen   three year old gelding likely gets what he needs and that is the lead………last at 1 1/16th isn’t bad and the cut back in distance should help his chances

6  Sir Macho   not much since Spawr claimed but his two lifetime best races were racing off of 6 to 8 weeks rest………7 weeks since his last……sharp recent 6F drill……Smith sticks around……..dangerous

5  Magna Warrior


race 5    average clarity

7  Heat the Rocks   good MSW debut and it is disguised somewhat by running 3 wide on good rail day……did well to only get beat by 4L………two very remeasuring drills since…..more seems likely today and more with a better journey will be tough

4  Patsy G and Me   GG invader dueled in a suicidal pace and predictably tired…..shows up in the Yakteen barn and he has been able to work 3X over the SA surface…..not much speed in here so he has a decent shot to be loose on the lead and thus dangerous

6  Chexcess   poor trip in MSW debut running too wide on the turn……….two bullet works (albeit over at Bsr) since…….new jock up for today……..sub trainer Mora is off to a good start pitching in for the temporally busted O’Neill

3  Niassa

Long-shot consideration:   2  High Intensity   decent debut 2 back……so so in last in a funky looking trip……..needs a rebound and maybe a little more…….trainer has been firing better than his fall SA record indicates


race 6    average clarity

NOTE:   13  Sizzling Joe   has a decent shot if he draws into the field from the AE list

4  Fighter Squadron   strong wake-up in last and the turf effort is hidden by too wide of a trip……….and he has put in two improved drills since suggesting the grass muscled him up……….might be sitting on a strong effort…..rider is slumping……might jump start things here

8  Trelawny   consistent grass cutter especially on the SA grass drops back to the level that Diodoro claimed him for…..trainer has had a great 2014 and can keep the good times rolling here

2  Swift Eagle   away since mid August but hasn’t missed a bit in the a.m. since……..drops……..should be in the hunt from the get go in an affair without an abundance of speed and with the rail 30 feet out which often favors front runners

6  Greeley Awesome


race 7     average clarity

1  Steel Lady   after 2 straight good 2nd’s in two lifetime races both run at Dmr this filly shipped to SA and popped one powerful race…….strong fig……strong pace……..won by 9 1/2…………yikes

5  Bonus Spin   late runner seems best at SA and seemingly gets plenty of speed types to help aid her put in a strong late run…….away since late July put a.m. prowess says she is meant and ready

9  Seeking Shamrocks   fell off in last…….what we want is her effort two back which is very strong…….1st on the SA surface but trains as if the transition won’t be a hindrance

8  My Monat


race 8    average clarity

1  A B C Me Awesome   nowheresville in debut on the Del Mar synthetic……good race at Lrc in 2nd lifetime start…… tab since hints she has held her form at worst and at best she might move forward…….should be in the race from the get go

7  Stored Attaq   4 lifetime races stack up like this:  2 good races on conventional dirt……..2 bad races on the AW………convention dirt today

8  Hollywood Royalty   good looking work series for this Canani 1st timer and why not start her at the bottom mc level as she went for only $4,500 at sale

9  Ina Mina

10  Bold Decision

4  Indian Proof

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Santa Anita for Sunday 12 October 2014

Average card today handicapping wise. Let’s call it a 6 on the 1 to 10 scale.

NOTE: Carryover in the Super High Five for today (which amazed me as we hit the trifecta ice COLD in yesterday’s nightcap) and we have a “slightly above average” clarity rating on the race.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   average clarity

6  Heyyoucan   2 for 3 at the distance and the last two wins for this gelding came off of 14 days rest……last race for this three year old was 28 Sept.

4  Xuang Feng    handles SA and sure appreciates the abbreviated sprint distance of 5 1/2F (4 2 2 0)

7  Newfound Gold   ultra consistent sort should be in the hunt for the top prize once again unless he picks this afternoon to go bad which seems unlikely

1  Zoom Bag


race 2    slightly below average clarity

5  Armensky   useful looking debut on 21 August and races for the same tag today……and the works since are vastly improved…….and they are improved over the SA surface

9  Play Maker   runs at his best over the Santa Anita surface and he is working as if he welcomes a return to it’s conventional dirt surface

11  Rasberry Ala Mode   Hector Palma is historically weak with 1st timers and decent with 2nd time starters……three year old gelding has been away since his debut in late July but sure is working as if he is meant and ready off of the break

3  Heaveneleven


race 3     average clarity

6  Light the City   won like a good thing as our 2nd choice in her MSW debut at 6 to 1……….and with the way she has trained since (and the fact she is trained by one hard working trainer in Hollendorfer)  she gets the top billing this afternoon

5  Seduire   likely speed of the speed here and another trained by Jerry Hollendorfer who sure is stout at developing two year old fillies

1  Starlet O’hara   tossed a clunker in latest but is training as if a rebound can occur for Baffert and company……late runner seemingly gets what she needs as in plenty of speed types in the race


race 4    slightly above average clarity

2  It Is Living Water   dull start for Peter Miller at the SA meeting but he can jump start the barn here with this four year old who sure improved 1st out under his guidance in his latest……..and the gelding’s last on the SA hill which was run last May is solid

1  Kings Adventure   on the improve for Jeff Mullins…….1st on the grass for the colt but the trainer is 8 for his last 32 1st time on the sod……..and the colt owns an OK pedigree for it

6  Mistaken Identity   only win in his 5 race career was the only time he has been on the grass……just claimed by Powell and he sees fit to geld the four year old……good endurance building work series hints the surgery has helped

8  Island Freedom


race 5   average clarity

6  Eddies Curl   nice stalking style and well placed to win…….believe this three year old filly is up to her last race and if she is she well be tough to beat

2  When I’m Calling You   ultra consistent sort has hit the board 15 of 17 races……but she has only hit pay dirt 2 times in her career……..otherwise she would have been top pick

7  Sweet Pizazz    blinkers on for today…….new trainer off of the claim……1 for 1 on conventional dirt (albeit mud at FG)…….impressive work tab for her new connections…….very dangerous potential

3  Glorious Rebecca


race 6    average clarity

3  See Through   3 solid grass races to start career……..2nd lifetime start was especially solid and the race was down the SA hill……..believe poised for her best ever running off a turf route and getting to come back in weeks of rest versus months of rest

2  Temeecku   not much 1st at a route in 2nd lifetime race…..but her MSW sprint debut was quite good…….1st on the sod but owns a good pedigree for it………and she has never trained any better

7  Tap Dancing    decent history on the grass in Ireland……off for 3 months but training OK for her 1st in the U S of A…….would have placed higher if Biancone wasn’t zero for his last dozen 1st time in with overseas invaders…..still……seems dangerous

9  One Candy Charms


race 7    below average clarity

5  Miss Centerfold   expensive MSW 1st timer for Hollendorfer has plenty of foundation put in which is a good thing for a two year old 1st timer attempting seven panels……..believe this youngster will come from off of the pace

7  One Gun   useful debut at DMR…….blinkers on for today’s 2nd lifetime start and a good work tab………Callaghan horse’s have been firing so far at the SA fall meeting

11  Scandal   R. Mandella 1ster is very similar to our top pick in the way she is working……..and likely an off pace strong finisher as well……..good rider/trainer combo the last couple of months

4  Autumn Flower

Long-shot consideration:  8  Hennythelovepenny   decent forward move in 2nd lifetime race on the drop down from mdn80K to mdn50K… Miller sees fit to take her out of maiden claiming altogether hinting she really muscled up in her last…..rather sure fires best ever today if she handles her 1st ever on the SA dirt


race 8    average clarity

2  Mr Lexis    on the improve and now we get one solid rider upgrade……..1st at today’s 1 1/8th mile distance but it sure looks like it will be a good fit

4  Play Hard To Get   loved today’s 1 1/8th mile turf distance in his last crushing his competition…..repeat of that vastly improved effort sure will make her tough here

1  Husband’s Folly   improved since Hollendorfer claimed 5 races back…….2 for 4 at 1 1/8th on the sod………1 for 18 at other grass distances…….that’ll do

6  Christopher Street


race 9    slightly above average clarity

8  Militant   nice forward move 1st on the “real dirt” in 2nd lifetime start…….small drop in claiming and jock switch from Steiner to Bejarano…….a ton if this gelding has remained in relatively good health

4  The Twelfth Man   sharp debut……new more accomplished trainer for today and a new more accomplished rider as well……hard not to like

6  Warrensbrotherbill   form for this three year old appears to be on the rebound……and a sharp recent 4F drill hints the rebound continues this afternoon

10  Matzoh Ball Magic

5  Barbara’s Passion

1  Salt Of The Earth




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