Pick 6 carryover at Santa Anita for Sunday of 109K. Pick 6 jackpot at Santa Anita stands at $180K.

The Racing Digest is now available for Sunday!

19 May 17:   Not the kind of day that will go in our "highlights" section but noteworthy: 1st race pick 3 hit COLD $96.80. 1st race exacta hit COLD $12.00. 2nd race exacta hit COLD $19.40. 3rd race trifecta was top pick, 3rd pick, only long-shot play of the day (26-1 and lost by less than one length running 3rd)  paid $710.20 (exacta paid $59.80). 5th race exacta hit COLD $12.60. 5th race pick 4 was top, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd pick for $226.40. 7th race 2nd pick, 2nd pick double paid $33.20. 8th race 2nd pick, 3rd pick exacta paid $36.20

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

7 May 17:   Not the kind of day that will be placed in our highlights section but noteworthy especially on an off track surface:   After any scratches:  1st race pick 3 was 3rd, 3rd, 2nd pick $141.60. 5th race pick 3 was top, 3rd, top pick $63.60. 6th race pick 4 was 3rd, top, top, 2nd pick for $783.00. 6th race exacta 3rd pick, top pick $22.60. 7th race double his COLD $24.00. 8th race top choice over next 3 choices paid a trifecta of $140.40. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Santa Anita for Sunday 21 May 2017

OK race card today. Be back with you Thursday for 5 straight days of racing Thursday thru Monday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Kiss Limit   bug boy has been given live mounts from D'Amato and likely has one here who should sit close up early......drops from 16Knw3 to 8K and the D'A is 8 for his last 20 with multiple level drops

1  Accelerant   solid better than par 7F race off of 7 weeks rest in latest......he ran 3rd to two stout individuals for the given level......back in 16 days for today's route.....would have been top choice if this was run at 1/16 less as the ten-year old tends to flatten some past one mile

5  Press Limit   tough call here for this gelding who has been competing on the grass and synthetic for most of his career......lone race on conventional dirt wasn't too hot.....but......he sure fits solidly off his N Cal form if he handles the "real" thing in his 2nd attempt on it........we shall see


race 2    average clarity

6  Make It a Triple   trainer is hot (won with a 1st timer - our top choice paying $12.00 to win - yesterday) and might add to his fast growing win total here......sprint - sprint - route manuever for 3rd start....blinkers on and bullet 5F work at SA 6 days ago......all systems go

2  Tiz No Bluff   suspicious drop from Ellis....here is our comment yesterday with another from the Ellis barn that ran dead last at 3 to 1......She Rules You won like a good thing in her maiden debut and was pounded at the windows......and the effort was better than appears in print......so why is she racing at such a low level.....tough call but if she has held form she is likely rated too low".......this gelding was entered yesterday in a great spot and one where he couldn't be claimed....so.......why is he up for 40K today off of a monster run in his latest  ???????.....like I wrote yesterday it is a tough call but if he has held form he is likely rated too low

3  Liberation   needs more than his latest that is for sure....but rider upgrade......and two of the trainer's best stats ........1st at a route......and 3rd off of a layoff.....should be the highest price on the board


race  3   above average clarity

5  Utana   both lifetime races were sprints and are quite a bit better than par.....trainer is dynamite 1st time at a route......pedigree screams route......seems highly likely to be just as tough in his 1st two turn endeavor

1  Majestic Quality   after two straight races in Graded affairs it is back to the maiden ranks......very sharp 6F work suggests this filly has held form.......Desormeaux brothers at the helm.....should be a major factor in the outcome of this race

4  Tizcool   nice improvement 1st time at a route in her latest her 4th lifetime race.....blinkers on for today and it sure seems like a good spot for that....as it enhances her chances of grabbing the lead......dangerous filly if Jerry H gets her to improve once again


race 4    average clarity

4  Candy Ruler   Glatt three-year old filly moved forward and graduated in her 2nd lifetime start.....sharp 4F work since and retains Pratt for a 3rd straight time.....filly seems capable of succeeding off of the pace some....believe that would be wise here

7  Dixie Chick Rocks   solid race and a fit here run two back off of a two month break......quite a different kind of break this time around as in 9 months....but works say ready and Hendricks is often at his most dangerous off of long layoffs

1  Adios Cali   three-year old filly is (3 2 1 0) when not racing in Stakes races.......allowance race today and a rider upgrade......1st out after the Knapp claim and Knapp is 22% win with his last 41 1st following a claim

6  Haveiture Way


race 5    average clarity

3  Lady Bellamy   one of O'Neill's very best stats is MSW to maiden claiming (31% with his last 91)...that is the case here for this filly who sure seems in need of a drop and a significant one like today

2  Tenthousandreasons   useful maiden debut for Miyadi who wins his fair share of MC's.....filly takes a small drop in MC....and gets a significant rider upgrade especially on a young horse to Prat......seems likely to be a major player

1  Powder   another dangerous drop from MSW to maiden claiming.....good young trainer in Ian Kruljac........dangerous

5  Dixie Crystal


race 6    average clarity

8  Tiburtina   stout rider/trainer combo in Stevens/Gallagher......three year old filly ran evenly versus better in her last two because of the pedestrian pace being set up front....ironically at today's lower level their should be a much more honest pace.....she should be able pass most and hopefully all this go around

7  Zaffinah   on the improve since arriving to the good old U S of A and she might improve again if she avoids a hot pace up front which I believe can develop....more than capable of taking back....and with a sharp grass rider in Prat to make that decision

3  La Force  double barrel action from the Gallagher barn as he also trains our top choice.......filly exits  a small Stakes race that has produced a couple of next out winners.....and she retains Bejarano who should be able to work out a good ground saving mid pack or stalking trip

2  Princess Coco


race 7    below average clarity

3  Moon Kitty   lifetime best was turf to dirt with the blinkers on......turf in last and blinkers go back on today.....should fly early especially with the 17% win 7 lbs bug boy up

6  Settle Down Eileen   par like races in last two endeavors......back to Stevens after being absent for her last......seems like to get a nice outside stalk position....dangerous for sure

5  Candy Swirls   not much in 3 starts for Baffert but he tries the blinkers off to shake things up and drops out of MSW racing for the 1st time.......likely wants to come from off of the pace some

4  Southern Mischief

Long-shot consideration:  2  Spinyatta   15 to 1 ML for a D'amato runner with only one start who went off at 35 to 1 and now drops some for his 2nd lifetime start......and has trained well since her debut.........hard to pass up on


race 8    average clarity

4  Stringent   turf distance fit and now gets back to dirt racing which he seems better suited for......race sure seems set up for those away from the front early....and that is where this fellow will be

1  Soi Phet   old-timer fits a ton if he is ready fresh off of the bench.....super history when Desormeaux is in the saddle.......not sure if he is ready fresh off of the long layoff but this is excellent spot for him if he is

6  Colonist   2 for 2 routing and has shown he can run from off of the pace......only three year old in the field likely needs another forward move......weight off for today and a cut back in distance might help provide one

7  Madiba


race 9    average clarity

8  Cheekaboo   Smith seemingly has gotten the most out of this Eurton runner and is back aboard today for his lone mount of the day......blinkers on seems like a good move to help sit closer especially coming off of 10F & 9F turf races

1  Pacific Heat   double barrel action from the Eurton barn.......back to Prat who owns 2 wins in 3 mounts on this filly four-year old.......should be in the mix from the get go

3  Shehastheritestuff   very consistent filly has a strong late kick and seemingly enough pace in the race to flatter it.....stout rider/trainer combo.....the 1 & 2 horse will be sent which makes Steven's job easy as in getting to the rail on the 1st turn......Gary can relax and time his off pace move come turn two....such a deal

2  Roo's Valentine

7  Moonless Sky


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Santa Anita for Saturday 20 May 2017

Nice card at Santa Anita loaded with quality. Enjoy your day.

Best of luck as always!


Race 13 The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico

5  Classic Empire   giant effort/win in the BCJvnl last Nov at SA.......ran number for a two-year that was off the charts and did so pressing a strong pace......ran poorly in his next as the 1 to 1 favorite........came back to life in his next start off of 2 1/2 months rest to win the ArkDby......jostled around some in the race and I like that he had to cope with traffic and with some kick back for a good majority of the race......then another rotten trip in the Derby.....look for him to sit much closer to the pace today unless he once again gets roughed up at the start

4  Always Dreaming   here is my comment on the Derby winner prior to the race, "very impressive in his G1 win at GP......but he is a bit of a goof and the rowdy environment at CD has a shot of doing him in.....but then again if he repeats his last he should be one major player in the outcome of this race".....he behaved well and ran one nice winning race......but his behavioral issues showed up again in one goofy start to a gallop the other day.....outstanding horse when he behaves.....but.......keep your fingers crossed

1  Multiplier   Hawthorne was part of the circuit that I followed for a couple of decades and let me tell you that 1:47:4 is one fast time for the Hawthrone Derby even a faster than normal surface....colt has put in two works since.....feeling good likely fresher than those who competed two weeks ago.....rider upgrade.....should get a nice mid pack trip.....new shooter to the party seems dangerous

3  Hence   ran evenly after a poor beginning in the Derby.......no Derby wins for Asmussen....2 Preakness wins.....big race in the Sun Derby two back........like our top choice this youngster is likely to sit much closer today

10  Conquest Mo Money   dangerous speed horse who is also capable of running from off the pace as well........but it appears his best shot to capture this race is on the lead....how is speed doing at Pimilco so far ???


race 1    above average clarity

3  Pee Wee Reese   ultra impressive 1st in a turf route going eye to eye in a solid pace and still popping a 133:3 one mile......outstanding grass trainer at the helm........a perfect 4 for 4 on the grass has a decent shot at occurring today

1  What a View   most turf credentials by far and owns a nice history at SA on the sod (9 5 3 0).....not out of the win picture whatsoever....no pun intended

2  Smokey Image   only grass race was without the blinkers and he is a regular blinkers user......so he might be quite a bit better on the grass with blinkers....we shall see


race 2    below average clarity

8  Drizzy   trainer has been rather hot of late which bodes well for this Cal-bred two-year old 1st time starter who shows some nice works......and mom has tossed 2 winners from 2 starters and both won at two....and one was a Stakes winner

7  Moonlight Praise   decent debut run on a racetrack that was off some.......sharp near bullet 3F work since.....rider upgrade.......trainer wins his fair share of the early baby races

1  Masco Yodeler   Hollendorfer 1st timer also seems ready and has worked further than today's distance......usually a very good thing in these early two-year old races

3  Caseintime


race  3   average clarity

1  Excavation   nice awakening in latest and it was at only one furlong longer less than today....3 works since hint he exited his latest in good shape........so the question seems to be can he run as well around two turns.....pedigree suggests it won't be a problem especially with the D'A as the trainer

3  The All Button   appears to be a need the lead type with only one other speed horse to put away who also appears to be the same.......no 3 does appear a bit faster than no. 5....but at what cost....1st time Bejarano seems like a good move as he is good with route speed

6  Night's Watch   decent history with Prat (3 1 1 1) but on the other hand the trainer is cold.....connections likely will have their fingers crossed that the two speed horses go eye to eye in a hot pace as this fellow can sit a few lengths off of them in an advantageous position


race 4    average clarity

1  Dahlia Azul   hottest rider/trainer team on the grounds you say? - Roman/Belvoir (won again yesterday and at a nice price)  .....last two races don't get it done....the race 3 back with bug boy Roman up does and the strength of the effort is hidden......sharp recent a.m. work.....hmmm

8  Zanab   fell off in her latest but her race two back fits solidly in this spot.....Chew gives her ample time off to recover her form....the trainer has woken up lately and so a rebound to some degree seems likely

6  She Rules You   won like a good thing in her maiden debut and was pounded at the windows......and the effort was better than appears in print......so why is she racing at such a low level.....tough call but if she has held form she is likely rated too low

4  I'll Be Around


race 5    average clarity

6  Oh Scatty Oh   lone turf route is much better than appears in print and it was run in her 2-year-old debut......layoff turf sprint run in last was a tune-up.....to tighten up.......and......go go go back at route.......hot trainer - bred to appreciate the 9 furlongs......should be player

3  Scandal   ultra consistent grass runner but she likes to hang with 6 2nd's and 2 3rd's in 10 starts......she did cross the wire 1st once only to get DQ'ed.....and I don't mean Dairy Queen......that race was at 9F and all off her 9F races seem strong.....that gives Nakatani plenty of time to pass the last horse in front of her

4  Heavenly Thought    decent MSW debut especially considering it was in a turf route.....bred to appreciate the additional furlong......retains Prat.....should be a factor

8  Crème de La

Long-shot consideration:   7  Causeforcommotion   2 useful not too bad one mile grass races should have her fit for her 3rd lifetime start which is at 9F......and by my book the further she runs the better......seems like a decent "price shot"


race 6    above average clarity

7  Red Carpet Cat   as mentioned above we get the hottest rider/trainer team on the grounds in Roman/Belvoir who won again yesterday and at a nice price.......3 yr old gelding exits a fast heat where he was only beaten by 3 1/2L.......and the cut back in distance with the weight break for the but boy and the fact he is a three-year old makes for 114 lbs....a big advantage at 5 1/2F

6  Rockin My Mojo   lone race was run 363 days ago and was decent and run at a slightly tougher level.......works hint he is ready fresh off of the bench and with a better rider this time around......fits quite well in this spot if I am correct in my assessment about his readiness

1  Zachian   both lifetime races fit solidly for the level.....so why 3rd choice....our top two selections appear to have more upside potential

9  My Special Image


race 7    below average clarity

7  Oscar Dominguez   seems best at 10 furlongs on the grass and gets it today.......and I sure like the change in riders to Bejarano as Espinoza continues to struggle on the grass especially considering the caliber of his mounts

4  Buster Douglas   another who might be at his best at 10 furlongs of turf........crazy race in his latest as he was uncomfortable (goofy/rank) for about 1/2 of the race......ran awfully well the 2nd half of the race.......if he displays the same energy and settles down early he should surprise many today

10  French Getaway   bred to run all day and it showed in his latest at 12 furlongs....nice recent 5F drill hints he is feeling good.....would have considered placing higher if it wasn't for one nasty post with the hill starting position

5  It's The Ice


race 8    above average clarity

1  West Coast   only three-year old in the field but Baffert trained and with some very strong a.m. work showing......all three lifetime races are routes and fit fine here

2  General Ike   not eligible to be claimed and has one powerful looking work tab......been away a long time but 1st time Ellis and the new trainer has a great spot for his 1st out with his new shooter in a protected (from claiming) spot

4  My Italian Babbo   likes the SA surface and just fired his lifetime best in his 1st ever at today's 1 1/16 distance....and the effort is better than appears in print.....not out of the win picture by any means

5  Magical Mystery


race 9    average clarity

7  Lord Simba   seemingly on the improve with each and every start and that is a scary proposition for his competition as his last two are better than par for today's Grade 2 level

2  Calculator   finally gets back to where he belongs after 3 grass races as on the dirt.......and his recent eye-popping 1:10:2 work hints he is more than happy to be back on it....owns a ton of talent and has a shot at the winners circle if he displays it this afternoon

6  Ransom the Moon   what an incredible job of training by D'Amato who took a distance turf and AW runner from Woodbine and got him run one big sprint race in his 1st out for his stout new trainer.......that race is par like for today's level....but....... he may need more as this appears to be one tough Grade 2 race

8  Eastwood


race 10    average clarity


3  Tony Blackjack   last at a route is OK but what we want is his effort two back where he ran 2nd despite breaking badly and running wide.....seems better suited to sprints that are longer than today's 5 1/2F or would be our top selection

9  Lovely Anzi   lifetime best and a solid fit here was 6 1/2F to 5 1/2F in his 2nd career start.......layoff run in latest was run at 6 1/2F......5 1/2F today.......trainer seldom wins but just might here with T C Baze sticking around

4  Cayate


race 11    below average clarity

1  Guggenheim   sharp work since the Diodoro claim bodes well....comes right back for the same 32K he took this fellow for.....good post and a rider upgrade especially for a turf race....last has slight chance of doing the trick.... but..... he should show more today

11  Atomic Rule    best horse in the race and I believe Baltas has him ready to roll.....but ......he draws a tough post or would have easily made him top choice

2  Bronzino   last two wins came the only time today's rider Baze was up.......like that Baze won with him on the pace and off of the pace......he looks as if the lead is his if he wants it or if someone is all out to have it he can stalk....such a deal

6  Frddies Dream

7  Crown the Kitten

4  Runasaurus Rex


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Santa Anita for Friday 19 May 2017

Bad news - tech troubles today as you can see with lack of comments. Good news - 11 race card at Santa Anita for Saturday and also the selections for the Preakness Stakes. Will be posted by 8 a.m. pacific. Saturday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Sheeza Milky Way   in general very consistent.......and.......two necks away from being a perfect 5 for 5 when not racing in Graded races....that is the case today.......Prat jumps on the 5 horse but Bejarano will do just fine

5  Bellamentary   Prat likely choose this filly over our top choice who he just won with.......solid credentials on the dirt.......1st on the turf with a so so pedigree for it.....but Prat wants the mount and a very good grass trainer in D'Amato at the helm.......so........top connections believe she will like it

3  Kenriya   needs a rebound to her effort two back........not sure if she is up for it but fits fine if she is


race 2    average clarity

7  Online Request   gimme/go drop 2 races back led to her best so far........same gimme/go drop scenario once again today

5  Princess Nicole   lone lifetime route fits vs. this soft group and she was ridden by a less accomplished rider that day

4  My Heart Is Yours   improved in start no. 2 and it was off of a long layoff....back in short rest so a move forward seems likely.....1st at a route is the ? mark

3  Seaquet


race  3   below average clarity

4  El Tovar   just ran his lifetime best dirt race in start 27 but is was only the 2nd start with Balltas at the helm....and this fellow is at his best down the hill......hmmm

5  Calvert Street   on a roll at Tup and he just won on the grass in his 1st ever on it.......and trainer Eric Kruljak is good with shippers and dynamite 2nd time turf......dangerous for sure

1  Who Cares    decent 1st on the sod (albeit versus a soft group) and it was down the hill......but fits fine here as this is a soft looking bunch once again

3  Senator Robert

Long-shot consideration:   6  Eichel   really flew down the hill in his 1st ever on it.....dangerous speed today if Baze can slow him down some early


race 4    average clarity

6  Quiet No More   way too wide on an inside biased track and in a fast heat....both combined disguise her effort.....Bejarano sticks around......nice improved and reassuring 5F work May 9th

1  Outa Here   lone race with blinkers on running on the dirt fits solidly here.....turf in last......drops today and back on the dirt with the blinkers remaining on....should be tough if holds form

4  Scavenger Hunt   suspicious drop from MSW to mdn30k from a barn that for the most part gives nothing away......but careful because if he is in relatively good health he well be a major player


race 5    average clarity

6  Incredible Luck   like the cut back in distance of one full furlong.....hope Blanc takes back a little as he did 3 races back where this colt ran his lifetime best which also was at one mile

3 Particleacelerator   lifetime best was lone race back in short rest.....and that is the case today.....will try to fly early so as to open up a loose lead and wire

4  Hi Heat Boys   turf sprint - turf sprint - turf route for 3rd lifetime start....right in the D'A's wheelhouse

1  Path of Exile


race 6    below average clarity

5  Braddock

8  Quality Line

6  Colonial Power

4  Whiskey Ginger 


race 7    average clarity

8  Stately Command

9  Ebony Cat

3  Altaira

2  Gianis


race 8    average clarity

3  Dissension

6  Wealthy Shipman

8  Well Caught

7  Handfull

5  Mint Julep Taffy


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Santa Anita for Thursday 18 May 2017

OK card this afternoon. Let's call it a 6.5 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Starlite Style   Hector Palma seldom rides Prat but he did in this four-year old runners last and she didn't hang in the stretch whatsoever....if she truly has gotten over her hanging habit (at least with Prat up) then she looks like a repeat winner here

2  Jennyway U Want It   needs ample time between starts and Puype shows patience and gives to her......these kind are reliable as the connections realize it will be awhile before they can race again so they need to be ready

6  Kennedie Sky   deep closer from the Miller barn should get a good trip with 3 of her 5 foes way in front of her by turn one.....that leaves little traffic to negotiate by turn one.....seems likely to be no worse than 2 wide on the 1st turn....still she will need one of her best eforts to take down this affair


race 2    average clarity

3  Mondaymorningblues   new sire might get off to a good start as the 3 gate works to finish of the a.m. preparation for this Miller 1ster are decent and suggest she is meant and ready for her MSW debut.......trainer & rider over the last 2 months have won 2 of 5 with the other three hitting the board....mom has tossed 6 winners from 8 stakes two of which were Stakes winners

4  Ismelucky   broke tardy and then showed plenty of life after that running 2nd in her MSW debut......back in awfully short rest for a baby......can she handle the rigors of that.......we shall see

7  Empress of Lov   Sherlock hasn't done much with his few 2-year-old 1ster's so far but he usually has them ready in these early races....works for this baby strongly suggest she has early speed......good time to use it........as in a 4 1/2F race

1  Dee Way to Go


race  3   average clarity

5  Louden's Gray   trainer has been in a prolonged slump but might jump-start things here as he drops this fellow 2 levels off of a decent 3rd at 16K......hopefully the trainer and his owners are hungry for a win as opposed to hoping their gelding has declined and they want him claimed

3  Aikau   brutal trip given by Guce or would have won his last by about 1/2 dozen lengths instead of running 4th.....hope the rider gets his act together today and that the gelding has held form

6  Madelyn's Wild Cat   last two races are better than par for today's level.....and par is hardly ever a bad thing unless you happen to be a pro golfer.......6F appears to be a good fit and might be a better distance than the 5 1/2F he has competed at in his last 2 races

1  Ajac


race 4    average clarity  

6  Causa   record in dirt sprints  without the blinkers....(3 2 1 0)......like the confidence that Eurton shows in this three-year old as he steps him up in claiming for the 2nd straight time

1  Pundy   good gate horse including with the 1 post at 6 1/2F at SA......that bodes well for the bug boy finding the front end of this race with seemingly only one horse to beat out in the 7 horse.....and apprentice Evin Roman is coming off one hot week of riding

3  Interrogator   drops off of a voided claim......licences to steal or "claim me please"....last sure is strong nearly overcoming a very bad trip to win a 50K three-year old grass race....not sure what we get today but if we get the "licence to steal" he should have been top choice

5  Crafty Cowboy


race 5    average clarity

1  Van Courtlandt   toss out fig earned in last at 1 1/8 on the grass as it was a pace-less race where a final time fig becomes irrelevant.....race two back also at 1 1/8 is strong and somewhat hidden by a wide trip......recent improved 4F work hints he might be up to the tall task of handling a nw alw race following a Mdn 75K claiming race graduation

7  Fashion Business   last might have been the tune-up to get used to his new environment....switch to Prat supports the notion.....as does the distance of 9F offered here....should love the extra 1/8th on a mile as he won a 10F affair at two overseas.....albeit on the synthetic.....but he owns stellar grass breeding

3  Ritzy A. P.   horse fits fine here but Espinoza is slumping on the turf especially considering the caliber of his mounts........he seems due to wake-up any day

6  Sorry Erick


race 6    below average clarity

6  Fight Thru   last 3 of 4 races run at Santa Anita fit well in this spot and all of them are hidden to various degrees......Arroyo is not here today so you know Pedroza will be out to show Miller that he can get the job done has he seldom gets any mounst from the trainer

2  Gunslinger   last race set up pace wise for his late running style and there appears to be enough speed in here for the same to happen this afternoon......good history at the distance

3  Hot Paris Night   bug boy coming off of a very good week last week should be able to grab the wood on the 1st turn and sit close to the front......most of the mounts that Hollendorfer has given the apprentice have been live mounts

1  Above Board


race 7    above average clarity

5  Forest Blue   seems like a gret spot for Mullins and company 1st out following the claim and in a protected race to boot.......(8 3 4 1) at SA......(4 3 1 0) at the distance....yikes.....favorite should be tough if his form remains intact

3  Where Y'at Joe Joe   vastly improved in latest and the effort is disguised.....ran wide on a day the wood was biased.....likely feeling good for Glatt to step him up versus tougher....not out of this if he is

2  Swiss Minister   might be a very good claim out of GG as this fellow in 4 for 6 at SA on the dirt.....and 4 for 5 at today's distance......last time Brocklebank rode Raffy it made for a pricey winner

1  Finallygotabentley


race 8    above average clarity

2  Gee Street   race lacks speed and this Baltas runner might have the most......should sit on or near the lead 1st time in maiden claiming.......solid rider/trainer combo.....should be a major factor in the outcome of this race

1 Sally Simpson   another with a decent shot to sit in one of the 1st 3 positions early.....and.....do so in a race where that appears advantageous

4  Tammy's Window   1st time getting to run in a maiden claiming turf race following 7 run in MSW turf affairs......would have rated higher if it wasn't for Pratt/O'Neill being win-less in their last 10 (and maybe more than that)......hmmm

10 Queen Scheherazade

3  Christmas Carol

9  Tahitian Lodge


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Santa Anita for Sunday 14 May 2017


Decent card to finish off the week. Be back with you on Thursday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

2  Royal Albert Hall   yet to win but he might be at his best at 9F on the turf and especially so at SA.......should get a nice ground saving distant stalk position behind our 2nd choice with little traffic to deal with....like his chances if that or close to that occurs

1  Kenjisstorm   seemingly needs to set a slow set of fractions to wire at the 1 1/8th turf distance and seems highly likely to get just that....and Prat will not be easy to wheel in

5  Excessive Kid   another who might be at his best at 9F.....fits fine at today's level but might be somewhat compromised by what should be a slow pace


race 2    average clarity

1   Picture Tube   very strong better than par for the MC20K efforts in his last two races the latest of which was at today's somewhat specialized distance of 7F........both races would take down about 85% of the races run at the level.....can a low % barn get him to run well again?.....like his chances if they can

3  Monterey Shale   consistent sort seems very well prepared to run his 1st ever at 7 panels coming off of a 1 1/16 race.....Bejarano is not at SA today but Baze will do just fine

7  Blix Curve   woke up quite a bit in his latest and it might be more noteworthy than usual as it was his 1st ever at 7F......not out of this if he can build on the effort some

5  Specimen


race 3    average clarity

5  My Party Girl   SCRATCHED OUT     believe the Hollendorfer barn was surprised that their MSW 1ster ran such a good race in her debut.....doubt she was fully cranked as she went off at odds of 19 to 1....she likely is more beefed up for today.....if she is she will be tough to overcome

6  Tiz the Light  decent looking work tab for this Ellis 1st time starter.....and Mr Ellis used to be fairly easy to ignore with 1ster's but not so any more as he has changed his ways the last 6 months or so

4  Prieta   R Mandella is only 7% with his last 82 MSW 1st timers but this 1ster has shown hints of good early foot......and......that seems dangerous as almost all of Mandella 1st timers have plenty of foundation put in.....and Prat gets the call


race 4    below average clarity

4  Madame Dancealot   good grass sprinter last year in GB.....lone race down the hill at SA isn't bad....but her latest around two turns is much better than appears it print....so....... since she arrived from overseas I believe she is now the fittest she has been.....if so she should be charging hard late in today's race down the hill

3  Tap It All   seems better on the AW and the turf than the conventional dirt....turf today and some very impressive a.m. work at LA.....toss out only race down the hill as O'Neill tried the blinkers on and yanked right off for her next race.....dangerous on or close to the front three-year old filly

1  Auntjenn   seems to need the lead to run well here and appears to have some chance at getting it (rate it 40/60 that he gets it).....Prat gets the call and despite his success Miller seldom uses him but does today


race 5    average clarity

6  Moment Notiz   race two back fits and his latest is even better......and it sure makes sense to not move her up as the Miller barn isn't exactly looking to stock up with 6,250 claimers......appears that a second straight win has a good chance of occurring

1  London Legacy   lost to our top pick in last but I pegged his effort at only about on length less as good......Miyadi/Frey have been in the money with their last 1/2 dozen....doubt that changes today

5  Ankeny Hill   beat our top two in his last......but he was a voided claim in the race......and he benefited from a rail/speed day.......still he did work a decent 5F since the race...... and...... like our top two picks the connections are willing to drop one claiming level

4  Pat the Bear


race 6    average clarity

1  Scatterling   running lines suggests a drop makes sense.......not much speed in this affair and this four-year old filly appears to have the most and is coming off of a turf sprint.....trainer/rider have been a hot combo winning 4 of their last 9 as a team

3  Yaffe   hot trainer in Mullins and he always seems a little more dangerous on the grass these days......drop makes sense.....a.m. work seems adequate.....dangerous sort for sure

2  Sherry Cagan   51 to 1 in her layoff run says the 1st out was a tune-up in a protected race and that Baltas and company will show what they have in today's conditioned claimer

5  Mo'vette


race 7    average clarity

4  Selcourt   won her MSW debut by 9L.....then in a 75K stakes similar to this one she dueled on a dull inside in a nasty pace and amazingly held on for 2nd......continues to train like a happy healthy individual with a bright future

6  Faybien   hard to ignore Baffert these days as he is 8 for 19 at this meeting so far.......last race is better than par for today's level but if our top choice runs as well as I think she will this filly will not even more today

3  Noted and Quoted   Baffert three-year old filly has run two straight disappointing efforts in a row but appears ready for a significant rebound.......she has rattled off two consecutive impressive bullet works and the last was a sub 112 flat 6F drill and put in only 6 days ago.....seems sharp


race 8    below average clarity

1  Native Treasure  believe Hector Palma has the trump card for this seven-year old as the two works since his 22 April race are rather eye popping......Pena should be able to sit mid pack in a race the should yield a strong set of early fractions......one hole you say.......post is 5 for 20 at the new SA meeting and in general is not as bad as so many talking heads make it out to be

2  Sudden Sam   endurance building 6F work just put in....and seems like the speed of the speed....1 for 1 down the hill and he wired with a nasty set of fractions similar to what it likely will take today

5  Unusual Fleet   like the 50 day break that Baltas gave this fellow......and he sure should get a pace up front to flatter his late run and with one good off pace turf jock up in Nakatani

11  Success Rate

Long-shot consideration:   9  Pound Piece   only one race run since 2013 and that race was in 2015 in a turf route.....but he had talent in sprints in 2013 as a two-year old in GB and he is working like he is in good shape....placed in a low-priced claimer so I doubt this is a gimme


race 9    average clarity

8  Flyin Artie   works scream ready for this 1st time starter from the Palma barn........flashed some strong works in March then backed off some likely to not show too much as to get snatched up by the way of claim........Palma wins his fair share with MC 1st time starters even though he has been a bit chilly with of late.....hope that changes today

7  Adaptability   sure appears better on conventional dirt than the synthetic where it appears she spent too much time racing on......cut back in distance of 3/16ths appears to be a plus endurance wise

2  Lea's Reward   not sure how fit this laid up Kasparoff filly is as she only has 5 works showing hinting she might not have enough foundation put in.....but if she does and fires like she did in her debut with a better trip she can win this race

6  Dolce Tempesta

4  Patience Lady

10  Avaudrey

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