Nice day on Saturday. See below. The 2018 special publications are now available for purchase. As usual you can save some money ($36.50) by purchasing all of them as a package. The first special publication is Pegasus Cup Day at Gulfstream Park on January 27th and costs $28.95. Just click on the appropriate banner to purchase.

The Racing Digest is now available for Sunday

20 Jan 18:   After any scratches:   1st race superfecta hit COLD paying $113.00. 1st race double also hit COLD $16.00. 4th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $213.00. 5th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $293.00. 7th race double hit COLD $78.40. 7th race top pick over the other 5 given picks paid a superfecta of $1,196.00. 8th race top pick ($24.40 to win) over our other 4 given picks paid a superfecta of $5,355.20.

15 Jan 18:   Not the kind of day that will be placed in our "highlights" archives but noteworthy. 1st race exacta hit COLD for $31.40. Going back to yesterday's last 3 races that was our 4th straight ICE COLD exacta and the payoffs were not small as in $34.40, $64.80 and $89.20. 5th race pick 5 was top, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd pick for $3,094.40. 7th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $218.60. 9th race superfecta box of top 5 picks paid $13,162.00. (10 cent super paid $658.10)

14 Jan 18:  4th race pick 6 was 4th, 4th, 3rd, top, top, top pick for $15,648.00. 7th race exacta hit COLD for $34.40. 7th race pick 3 also hit COLD for $177.80. 7th race top pick over the next 4 picks paid a $1 SHF of $4,989.70. 8th race exacta hit COLD for $64.80. 9th race exacta also hit COLD for $89.20

5 Jan 18:  After any scratches:  1st race trifecta and double hit COLD paying $84.80 & $14.00 respectively. 1st race SHF was top, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 4th choice for $429.60.  5th race pick 3 was 3rd, 2nd, 3rd choice for $800.20. 5th race pick 4 was 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd choice for $1,799.40.

1 Jan 18:   Hello 2018!  After any scratches:  3rd race pick 3 was 3rd, top, 4th pick $225.20. 4th race pick 6 was top, 4th, top, top, 4th, 3rd pick $53,275.40. 5th race pick 5 was 4th, top. top, 4th, 3rd pick $24,156 (50 cent payoff $6,039.00). 6th exacta hit COLD $38.60. 6th race pick 4 was top, top, 4th, 3rd pick $4,373.60 (50 cent $1,093.40) 7th race exacta hit COLD $73.20. 7th race superfecta was top pick over next 3 picks for $1,032.40. 7th race pick 3 was top, 4th, 3rd pick for $2,130.80. 9th race 3rd pick, 2nd pick exacta was $147.40. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing !  

30 Dec 17:   5th race pick 5 was 3rd, 4th, top, 4th, 2nd pick for $$18,597.00. (50 cent paid $4,628.45). 6th race pick 4 was 4th, top, 4th, 2nd and paid $3,727.00. 6th race trifecta box of top 4 picks $273.60. 7th race pick 3 was top, 4th, 2nd pick for $645.80.

26 Dec 17:   Nice opening day at Santa Anita:  1st race top choice over the next 4 selections paid a superfecta of $1,211.60 and a $1 SHF of $1,492.70. (top pick, 3rd pick exacta $52.00). Top pick, 3rd pick double was $38.80. 5th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $57.00. 5th race pick 5 was 2nd, 3rd, 2nd. 3rd, top pick for $5,227.40. 6th race box of top 3 picks paid a trifecta of $185.40. 7th race box of top 2 picks $13.00. 8th race box of top 4 picks paid a superfecta of $2,965.40. 8th race box of top 3 picks paid a trifecta of $715.40. 

16 Dec 17: 1st race pick 3 was 3rd, top, top pick for $71.00. 7th race pick 4 was 3rd, top, 2nd, 2nd pick for $6,852.60. 8th race exacta hit COLD paying $33.20. 9th race trifecta box of 4 given selections paid $521.80. 10th race 2nd pick, 3rd pick exacta paid $116.20.

16 Nov 17:   After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, top, 3rd, top pick for $3,241.80. 3rd race exacta hit COLD for $40.40. 4th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $825.60. 4th race pick 3 was 3rd, top, 2nd pick for $412.00. 5th race exacta hit COLD $48.40. 5th race pick 4 was top, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd pick for $461.20

3 Nov 17 DAY ONE OF THE BREEDERS CUP:   1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 4th, 3rd pick $9,310.40. 2nd race superfecta box of top four picks $2,583.40. 4th race pick 6 was 4th, 3rd, 4th, 5th, top, top pick $146,053.25. 6th race pick 4 was 4th, 5th, top, top pick for $9,503.60. 7th race pick 4 was 5th, top, top, 2nd pick for $6,902.60. 8th race COLD double $73.20 8th race pick 3 was top, top, 2nd pick for $308.40. 9th race top pick, 4th pick exacta $46.80. 10th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta paid $35.40.

2 Nov 17:   1st race pick 5 was top, 3rd, top, top, top pick for $1,364.80. 2nd race 3rd pick, 2nd pick exacta $51.20. 3rd race pick 3 hit COLD for $78.80. 4th race pick 3 also hit COLD for $176.60. 5th race exacta top pick, 3rd pick $42.00. 6th race exacta hit COLD $31.40. Top choice has won 9 of the 1st 18 races at the new meeting.

28 Oct 17:   3rd race pick 3 was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd pick for $614.00. 3rd race exacta box of top 2 picks $132.00. 3rd race superfecta was 2nd, top, 4th, long-shot play for $3,345.60. 5th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $529.20. (Box of top 3 picks paid a trifecta of $115.60) 8th race exacta box of top two picks $48.20. (trifecta box of top 3 picks paid $91.20). 11th race top pick over next 3 picks paid a superfecta of $319.20.

22 Oct 17:  1st race pick 5 was 3rd, top, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd pick for $6,359.00. 1st race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $70.00. 1st race trifecta box of 4 given picks $278.00. 1st race pick 3 was 3rd, top, 3rd pick $330.00.  

14 Oct 17:   After any scratches:  2nd race double hit COLD $19.00. 2nd race pick 3 was top, top, 2nd pick for $86.20. 3rd race exacta hit COLD $13.00. 4th race 2nd pick, 3rd pick exacta paid $231.00. 6th race pick 4 was 2nd, top, 3rd, 2nd pick for $1,936.60. 9th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta paid $34.60

9 Oct 17:   After any scratches:  1st race pick 3 was 2nd, top, 3rd pick $166.20. 1st race 2nd, long-shot play, 4th pick paid a trifecta of $414.80. 2nd race pick 3 was top, 3rd, top paying $115.00. 4th race exacta was top pick, 3rd pick $25.40. 6th race pick 4 was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd pick for $2,554.40. 6th race trifecta was 2nd, top, long-shot play paying $381.00. 7th race pick 3 was 2nd, 2nd, 3rd to pay $553.60. 9th race superfecta box of 5 picks paid #1,462.80.

6 Oct. 17:   After any scratches: 2nd race top choice won and paid $53.80 to win. 2nd race top choice over next two choices paid a trifecta of $596.20. (Top choice with 3rd choice exacta was $183.60.) 2nd race double hit COLD for $133.00. 2nd race pick 4 was top, top, 4th, 4th pick for $7,380.20. (pick 3 was $1,869.60). 7th race tri box of 4 givens picks $448.00. 8th race tri box of 5 given picks $1,573.00.

16 Sept 17:   After any scratches: Our top choice won 5 of the 9 races including a $59.40 top choice winner in the nightcap 9th. 2nd race double & exacta both hit COLD $8.00 & $8.60. 7th race pick 3 HIT ICE COLD for $268.20. 8th race top pick over our other 3 picks paid a trifecta of $93.40 9th race our top choice over our other 5 picks paid a Super High Five for $1 of $14,447.80. 9th race top pick winner over our next 3 picks paid a superfecta of $2,236.80. 9th race top pick winner over our next two picks paid a trifecta of $929.80. 

26 August 17:   Bombs away at Del Mar. Again!   1st race superfecta box of 4 given picks paid $326.00. 5th race 4th pick, top pick exacta $52.80. 5th race pick 6 was 4th, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, top, top pick for $47,031.80. 6th race pick 3 was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd pick for $121.80. 6th race trifecta box of 4 given picks $260.20. 7th race pick 4 was 2nd choice, 2nd choice, top choice, top choice for $2,218.80! 7th race trifecta box of 3 given picks $72.60. 8th race exacta box of top two picks $41.60. 9th race double hit COLD $56.00. 10th race top pick ($15.20) over other 5 given picks paid a $1 super high five of $2,312.00. $2 superfecta paid $2,497.00)  I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing!

20 August 17:   Gave two long-shot consideration plays on Sunday and the one in the fifth won as the highest shot on the board and paid $79.80 $30.20 $10.80. The other one in the 6th ran 3rd again as the highest shot on the board (43 to 1) and paid $14.00 to show. 3rd race pick 3 was 2nd choice, 4th choice, Long-shot play for $1,442.80. 5th race Long-shot play over the other 4 picks paid a trifecta of $2,277.40 

16 August 2017:   After any scratches:   5th race exacta HIT ICE COLD $201.20. 5th race pick 4 was top, 4th, top, top pick for $11,879.00. 5th race pick 3 top, 4th, top pick $2,204.80. 6th race 4th pick 2nd pick exacta $296.00. 8th race exacta HIT ICE COLD $81.60. 8th race top choice over other 5 givens picks paid a super high five of $4,913.00. 

13 August:   After any scratches: Top choice won 4 races, ran 2nd in 4 races, and 3rd in the other race of the 9 race card. 1st race exacta was 4th pick, top pick $70.60. 3rd race pick 3 HIT ICE COLD for $58.40. 3rd race trifecta HIT ICE COLD $104.60. 4th race trifecta also HIT ICE COLD $213.80. 8th race 2nd pick, top pick (who went at odds of 21 to 1) exacta paid $114.00. Quinella paid $73.20.  

5 August 17:  After any scratches:  1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd pick $1,810.40. 3rd race 2nd, 3rd pick exacta $44.20. 5th race pick 6 was 3rd, top, top, 2nd, 2nd, 5th pick $29,915.00. 6th race top pick, 4th pick exacta $108.40. 6th race double hit COLD $21.00. 8th race 2nd pick, 3rd pick exacta $52.60. 10th race fifty cent trifecta box of 6 given picks (a 60 dollar investment) paid $1,027.95.

2 August 17:   Bombs away again at Del Mar:  2nd race trifecta hit COLD $30.80. 3rd race top pick, long-shot pick exacta $72.00. 5th pick 3 was 4th, top, 2nd pick $1,071.00. 5th race pick 4 was 4th, top, 2nd, top pick for $3,185.40. 5th race tri box of 4 given picks $205.80. 7th race tri box of top 3 picks $135.60. 7th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $277.00. 8th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $$54.40. 8th race top choice over the next 4 picks paid a superfecta of $2,488.00. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing!

29 July 17:  Bombs away at Del Del Mar! After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, 2nd, top, 3rd selection for $6,098.60. 2nd race and 3rd race exacta box of top two picks paid $23.60 &  $21.20 respectively. 5th race superfecta box of 5 given selections paid $2,514.20 (finishing order was 3rd, top, 2nd, long-shot pick). 7th race box of top 2 picks paid an exacta of $75.40. 7th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $837.60. 9th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta paid $28.00.

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Santa Anita for Saturday 20 January 2018

The 2018 special publications are now available for purchase. As usual you can save some money ($36.50) by purchasing all of them as a package. The first special publication is Pegasus Cup Day at Gulfstream Park on January 27th. Purchase for Pegasus Cup day only will be $28.95 and is now available.

There is a carryover of $12,845 for the SHF in race 1 today!

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

6  Mo See Cal   par like race when you adjust for trouble in her MSW debut run 2 back in a turf one mile race at Dmr........OK dirt race in latest....back to a one mile turf route for her 3rd start.....impressive preparatory gate work put in 6 days ago.....all systems go

7  Super Patriot   filly seems best on the turf and it appears that Baffert realizes that now........lifetime best was her only turf route and she actually beat out top selection that day.......that race was run sprint to route off of short rest....same scenario today

5  An Eddie Surprise   double barrel action from the O'Neill barn as he also trains our top selection......solid speed bullet drill put into this filly......only grass race was a rather good race down the hill.......1st time Roman so she gets in light....believe it will be a wire to wire attempt today

2  Nothing But Heat

 

race 2    average clarity

3  Lombo   exits a very fast heat in his 2nd lifetime race where he pressed a very fast pace and still did rather well to hold a distant 3rd beating 7 of 9 foes.......rider upgrade to one struggling to one who is a Hall of Famer.......should be in the hunt from the opening bell

1  Show Time Rocket   plenty of furlongs of work put into this Bob Baffert 1st time starter who went for a cool $400K last April at two......seems ready

5  Route Six Six   trainer has won 10 of his last 31 with 2nd time starters.......that and this Brian Koriner colt showed some ability following a tardy start.......and ..........likely wasn't all that cranked up and meant as he went off at 41 to 1

 

race 3    below average clarity

4  Just Kidding   both races since the Jack Carava claim 3 races back fit fine here.....and his preparatory work indicates he has held form......seems best racing on the SA (where he also has been training for the past 4 months) and should welcome a return to it

3  Kona Dreams   trainer Bill Spawr seems to be in go mode........last win for this four-year old gelding came Dmr turf to SA dirt....that is today's scenario once again......hmmm

2  Sanavi   3 of 6 horses in this affair might all go after the front end and if that occurs it should flatter this gelding's off pace style.......trainer is often better 2nd out following a claim which is the case here

 

race 4    average clarity

3  Malibu Model   race lacks speed and this Cassidy price shot appears to have the most and might open up a lead.....but maybe more importantly it appears as if the trainer has tweaked something for the better as she is training markedly better than she has in the past

1  Lady Mamba   filly has been been absent since July but she is training exceptionally well and with plenty of endurance put in to be ready for a two turn race fresh off of the bench........seems quite likely to get a nice ground saving trip stalking the lead and with a rider in Flavien Prat who is awfully good with young developing turf horses

8  Morning Dance   almost won her last at Dmr and her lifetime best (and quite disguised) is her lone race on the SA turf two races back on the 15th of October......good grass trainer but average at best grass rider.....and........not the easiest of posts......or......she would have been rated higher

4  Achira

2  Chalky   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

 

race 5    average clarity

4  Seau   seems best in routes that are on dirt and finally drops after zero wins in 12 lifetime starts......should fit today in a big way dropping MSW to Mc20K if of course his good health is still intact which obviously I believe it is.......call it 70/30 in favor of a healthy enough gelding

3  Is Trevor Clever  not a very good history breaking from the metal monster but if he exits the gate relatively well in this spot he sure appears to be in the driver's seat sitting on or near a set of doable fractions.........meets leading trainer in Miller at the helm

8  Downside Up   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  continues to work like a happy healthy individual including a 4F drill put in just 3 days ago.......but........he never puts his nose in front suggesting he is quite the hanger.....thus........ placed as the 3rd selection

2  Williston Dude

5  Dominant Don

 

race 6    above average clarity

5  Sauce On Side   Peter Miller youngster made quite the vault forward in her latest winning by a going away at the wire 4 1/2 lengths in a MC30K despite breaking a step slow and racing very wide.......same distance......same jockey .......with a better post this time......last with a better trip should be able to handle this significant step up

7  Winsinfashion   Joe Talamo can "read the racing form" and will send this filly early to clear what amounts to very little speed inside of her.....it seems fairly likely Joe should be no worse than 2 wide on the 1st turn sitting in one of the first 3 spots early in the race........only race at SA was a 6 1/2 length win and it was at today's one mile distance.......dangerous for sure

3  Empress of Lov   when not in Stakes races (which appear over her head for the most part) this filly owns a record on the dirt of (4 1 2 1).......not out of the win picture by any means

1  Lady Phyllis

 

race 7    average clarity

1  Coniah   last two racing endeavors were run in late Spring of 2017 and both would be a strong fit in today's Grade 3 affair.....and one of them was down the hill in a Grade 2.......solid works and the fact William Morey is firing on all cylinders leads me to believe he has this five-year old mare fully fit off of the extended hiatus from the game.....we will find lout about 3:30 pm this afternoon

7  Proper Discretion   placed way over her head in her only start with the D'A (and only start in S Cal) as the conditioner had her race in the Breeders Cup on Nov 4th......she has hit the track consistently since mostly with tightly spaced muscle-building works......she can really fly and this race lacks speed.....should be a price

2  Bendable   five-year old mare has a decent grass pedigree and finally gets a shot to race on it.......she has been away since October but her a.m. prowess hints that all systems are go.......and with Smith and R Mandella at the controls

6  Anita Patner

9  Beau Recall

4  Princess Princess

 

race 8    average clarity

3  Jay Makes Us Laugh   gelding appears to like and maybe need 5 1/2F (or shorter) sprint races........Truman has placed this gelding very realistically maybe to take advantage of today's abbreviated sprint distance.....should be in the hunt from the get go and likely tough throughout

2  Gososfar   another who responses well to the 5 1/2 furlong sprint distance.......should be very stout here if his good health is still intact as he makes a significant drop down........ which is........ somewhat alarming

1  Adventurous   3 of his last 4 racing endeavors fit well enough here to make this Kenny Black five-year old dangerous especially if our top two don't put forth their best for one reason or another

4  Rocky's Show

6  Informality

 

race 9    average clarity

4  Harbour Master   toss his last as the saddle slipped........prior two races sure fit well here with the one run two back being hidden by a bad trip....and a bad trip without any pace up front to aid his closing style......yet........he still won......Desormeaux wisely accepts the mount as he has fit this colt well

3  Semper Fortis   finally gets to race on the grass where he owns a pedigree that is awfully good for it....works hint he is "very well-meant" this afternoon.....last time this horse ran off of a long layoff like today he ran 2nd (losing by only 1/2 length) at 14 to 1 which is one big number in only a 7 horse field

5  Tribal Fighter   likes the SA hill and needs to be ready as it is usually one and done for an extended period of time for this gelding who appears to "knock himself out" every time he runs

8  Ronald R

1  Anatolian Heat

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Santa Anita for Friday 19 January 2018

The 2018 special publications are now available for purchase. As usual you can save some money ($36.50) by purchasing all of them as a package. The first special publication is Pegasus Cup Day at Gulfstream Park on January 27th. Purchase for Pegasus Cup day only will be $28.95 and is now available.

TAKE NOTE:  There is a carryover of $13,554 for the SHF in race 1 today!

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

1  Conqueror   ran a par like race for today's higher level in his latest endeavor which was at Dmr 9 weeks ago.......race prior to that was at SA on 29 Sept and that effort was very strong and fits a ton here.....hot rider/trainer team at the controls

2  Quality Line   very consistent these days when sprinting as in (6 1 3 2) over his last 6 sprints.......seems likely to produce another competitive effort but he does tend to hang in the stretch......thus 2nd selection

5  Caray   solid awakening in his latest with the blinkers taken off for the 1st time in 6 races.......and if he is up to a move forward 2nd out after the layoff he has a shot at the circle of joy this afternoon

3  Pashito

 

race 2    average clarity

6  Big Day Tomorrow   very good speed in this spot and a.m. work that suggests he is ready fresh off of the bench for his new trainer Blake Heap......lone route race at SA sure fits here and is better than appears in print......and it is a good sign the Roman and his 5 lbs weight break want the mount again

5  Bedeviled   lifetime best was run turf to dirt off of a 2 month break......turf race 2 months ago........dirt race today.....and drops......and.......the Desormeaux brothers seem overdue as a team

3  Spiritual Warrior   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  has something to prove on the dirt but he is training on it as if it won't be a problem.......that and blinkers off and 1st time in claiming are solid stats for the D'A.....dangerous sort

 

race 3    average clarity

8  Ms Bad Behavior   both lifetime dirt races at 6 1/2 furlongs are very strong figs.......that bodes well for her chances of popping a significant effort down the SA hill if of course she takes to the sod in her 1st race on it.....her pedigree sure suggests that she will

2  Out of The Flames   last two races (one at York England and one at Dmr) are very solid better than par races for today's lower level and were run against the boys.....would have been top choice if it wasn't for the fact that she didn't run as well the only time she competed further than 5F on the grass....still she has a ton of talent and thus very dangerous

7  Spiced Perfection   very consistent to start her career (6 2 3 1) and she has easily amassed the most earnings in the field.....but she has a so so grass predigree.....but than again a decent trainer in Koriner when it comes to sending his stock down the hill

4  Factorofwon

3  Favorite Trip

 

race 4    average clarity

2  Line Drive   toss out horrendous last as she really isn't bred well for the grass or the 9 furlongs.....back to a dirt sprint where two of her three lifetime races fit quite well at today's lower level.....and she has put in a solid reassuring 5F work since her last which was run only 13 days ago

6  Wild Edie   on the improve with every start and her 4th lifetime race might be a winning one if her progress continues this afternoon.......rider/trainer have been a cold combo of late but their past history together suggests that won't remain that way for long

5  Pure Sugar   30 to 1 in MC debut hints the race was needed and really wasn't too shabby anyway ..........takes a predictable drop......should be a full blown go today......good rider/trainer combo in Elliot/Puype

1  See the World

3  Magnificent Q T   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

 

race 5    average clarity

4  Dr. Ann   believe her last in a MSW turf route affair is nothing more than a "dirty her up gimme" to drop into maiden 40K claiming and without as much threat of being claimed while they attempt to score some significant purse money.....only other turf race for this filly fits quite well at today's lower level

1  Prairie Citizen   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  2 of 3 lifetime races fit fine at today's lower level.....and those two races were both at today's one mile distance while the other was not......new to the scene trainer is doing better at SA than his record indicates

6  Del Mar Darling   mega rider upgrade for her 2nd lifetime start.....1st on the grass.....1st on the lawn.......but both are right in the Richie Baltas wheelhouse

3  Sudden Light

7  Conformation

8  Wasatch Wonder

 

race 6    average clarity

4  Draft Pick   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  only mount of the day for Smith and when that is a case it is rare that a given horse is not very live......colt ran a race in his latest that fits well here.......last couple of preparatory drills both at 5F are nice.......three year old should be in the mix from the get go

5  Camby   almost pulled off a 55 to 1 shocker in his last which was his 2nd lifetime star and run only one furlong less than today........like our top choice he ran a solid fig that is better than par.........pedigree is solid to handle the new challenge of 2 turns

3  Paddock Pick   has plenty of early gas and a good post to utilize it.......very dangerous if Rajiv Maragh opens up a loose lead and is able to set some reasonable fractions

6  Pepe Tono

1  Soltero

7  Aquila

 

race 7    average clarity

6  Gotta Get Lucky   everything out of the Vallejo barn seems to fire much better than you would expect.....sharp drills for this cheap claimer.....does shows signs of being a hanger but as magical as this small barn has been I must still put him on top

3  Go Ghetto   race lacks speed and he owns some......that and he gets a rider upgrade and gets to carry much less weight to boot.......gate to wire shot in this spot

4  Mostly Cloudy   trainer is dynamite when he removes the blinkers like he is here.......4 for his lat 11 and with 5 others hitting the board........3rd time out after the layoff might be the charm

9  True Ranger

2  Marvelous Max

8  Dad's a Gambler

 

race 8    average clarity

3  Bronzino   one of the N Cal trainer's best stats is getting a given horse to win back to back races......six year old gelding just won for the same 20K tag at GG and he might do his best turf racing at SA....and maybe more importantly he sure appears the most dangerous speed in this race with little speed signed on.

1  Eagle Screams   another who should be able to sit close up in what predictably should be a doable pace for those who do......that and he seems best at today's one mile distance both on the turf and the AW

9  South Amercain   drops a notch and enters for 18K to get 2 lbs more off to go along with the 5 lbs with bug boy Roman up......such a deal for Sadler and company....sharp recent drill to boot

5  Trifecta

7  Verraco

2  Orino

 

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Santa Anita for Monday 15 January 2018

The 2018 special publications are now available for purchase. As usual you can save some money ($36.50) by purchasing all of them as a package. The first special publication is Pegasus Cup Day at Gulfstream Park on January 27th. Purchase for Pegasus Cup day only will be $28.95 and is now available.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    above average clarity

1  Conquest Sabre Cat   brutal trip in latest earning an adjusted for trouble fig that fits solidly at today's jump up of two levels........12 post in last ......1 one post today........that will make Bejarano's job of making amends rather easier for the jock who is riding in peak form

3  Little Scotty   should get what he needs here as in a loose lead.......not my favorite route speed turf horse but he sure has a good spot here and is trained by one hot trainer in Cerin

5  Any Questions   goofy trainer Jacobson (the way he spots his stock) is actually stepping up a NY invader rather than his usual significant drop down.....so....maybe this colt is doing quite well.......also it seems to be a good sign Desormeaux is up as there is no doubt he is the east coast's trainer's go to guy so far

4  Defiantly

 

race 2    below average clarity

4  Trapper Peak   ultra impressive in the late stages of his MC debut closing with a flourish in a race at SA way back on 26 Oct........not sure if he is fully ready off of the 2 1/2 break but I like his chances a quite a bit

6  Risky Proposition   nice work regiment for this MC 1st timer out of the Miller barn.......and mom has tossed 8 winners from 8 starters.......and the Miller/Roman combo is on fire.....not much speed in here and he shows some hints of having some

3  Skagit River   likely will have an endurance advantage cutting back from a good route effort to an elongated sprint of 7 furlongs......should come motoring late

 

race 3    below average clarity

6  Mavericks   solid move forward in his 2nd lifetime start and is is very hidden by a trip from you know where......knew jock and it is none other than one of the best in Raffy B.......that and his a.m. work hints Headley means business this afternoon

4  Faversham   full brother to the mighty California Chrome finished up his work tab for his MSW debut with two vastly improved works hinting Sherman has him peaking at the right time....we shall see

8  Violent Ridge   three-year old gelding owns a 2nd and a 3rd to start his career......might be up for the top prize today as his works have never been better......rider is cold to start the meeting but he has had been given many live mounts from the Palma barn

2  Coil Me Home

1  Born On the Bayou

 

race 4    below average clarity

7  Zap Again   colt has done little wrong in 4 lifetime starts and arguably his best race was his last 1st out following the Treece claim......small drop for today......hard not see him being a major factor in the outcome of this race if he holds form

2  Two Thirty Five   plenty of speed signed up for this affair and that should help out this mid pack runner get into the mix by the turn or the stretch.....fired his lifetime best in his latest off of the claim.....should be a ton if he doesn't regress off of the effort

8  Mister Mojo   last two efforts are very solid and his latest is hidden as he was caught wide up on a decent set of fractions.......would have rated higher if it wasn't for the fact he might get caught wide again with plenty of speed inside of him

9  Pampers n' Boots

6  Reverend Al

5  Trapalanda

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Afleet Ascent   only grass race was at Del Mar and it was a 5F MSW win........latest was an OK route race on the AW at GG........but that route race should give this colt plenty of staying power in the late stages of this race down the SA hill grass course....hot rider/trainer combo to boot

8  Colonel Cash   longer sprint distance should be a plus for this D'Amato colt who beat 7 of 10 foes in a 5F turf sprint at Dmr on Nov 24th.......no less than 6 works since the late Nov race.....seems very cranked up........and gets a turf rider upgrade

3  Platinum Equity   might be a nice pick-up by Baltas of an east coast invader who sure is training well for his new conditioner.......1st on the turf is a ? mark........but ......Richard Baltas sure does well with his "grass" stock

2  More Over

5  Candy Crew

 

race 6    average clarity

4  Gem of a Guy   16 to 1 in his MSW debut hints that this Miller 2nd timer starter might have been pointed to this 2nd start all along......if that is the case he should move forward enough this afternoon to be tough at the MC30K level

8  Jimmythisnjimthat   sure appears well prepared and well-meant for his debut into the wonderful world of thoroughbred racing.......mom has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters.......Heap is decent with MC 1sters.......buddy Wesley Ward was the breeder

5  Nine Issues   Dallas Keen is rather dismal with MC 1st timers.....and this is after all a Texas bred......but.....the a.m. work hints this three-year 1st timer can run some....and he should get ignored at the windows

2  Imagineiamfatest

7  Pure Monent

6  Lighthouse Boogie

 

race 7    average clarity

5  Thundering Sky   last was dull but her efforts 2 and 3 back were not.....that and her recent a.m. work hint at a rebound.....and we get a major league turf rider upgrade.....Prat likely will have this mare sitting closer in the early stages and that should be a plus in this race that likely will yield a reasonable set of fractions

4  Insta Erma   nicely improved since Baltas took over 3 races back....and improving a former Bill Mott runner is no easy task......hard not seeing this five-year old mare being a major player in this spot

3  Madame Stripes   like the switch back to Kent Desormeaux who has gotten quite a bit more out of this Drysdale six-year-old than Talamo......and Kent has put this mare in the game earlier than Talamo has which in this spot appears to be a good thing

2  Lassen

8  Chocolate Coated

 

race 8    average clarity

2  Donworth   quite the improvement for this Miller six-year-old in his latest......doubt he regresses as Miller is willing to bring him right back in 16 days....that and Miller is very solid getting back to back wins out of a given horse.....last sure fits.....and then some

1  Hot Sean   colt shows up every race for Baffert and company and might be at his very best at Santa Anita where he owns 2 wins and a 3rd in 3 starts at The Great Race Place.....dangerous sort for sure

4  Colonist   blinkers off and gets out off Graded racing for the 1st time in 5 races......Hollendorfer is attempting to wake his colt up......might be rated too low if the Hall of Fame trainer does just that

3  Grazen Sky

 

race 9    average clarity

9  Beauty Divine   wanted turf in her MSW debut way back one year and one day ago but the race was taken off and move to the dirt.......works are awfully strong for someone like Miyadi who does push them hard in the a.m.....and the filly owns a pedigree that screams turf sprinter......very dangerous and might go off higher than the ML of 12 to 1

1  Delectable   trainer is doing better than his overall record of (7 1 0 3) indicates........par like turf race in latest for this mare and the strength of the effort is hidden.......and the route turf race to turf sprint on the hill is one of the more reliable angles

2  Gone to Town   solid forward move last winter at FG for this filly in her 2nd lifetime start and the strength of her grass race is disguised by a very bad trip.....so 2nd out following a long layoff might be a very good thing........we shall see

4  Meal Ticket

5  California Breeze

11  Sunday Prophet

 

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Santa Anita for Sunday 14 January 2018

The 2018 special publications are now available for purchase. As usual you can save some money ($36.50) by purchasing all of them as a package. The first special publication is Pegasus Cup Day at Gulfstream Park on January 27th. Purchase for Pegasus Cup day only will be $28.95 and be available soon.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

6  You Gotta Wanna   improving sort and with his latest disguised by wide trip on a day the rail was slightly biased....seems to come down to how much this D'Amato runner takes to the grass in his 1st on it......pedigree for it is decent......turf training abilities for the conditioner are much better than decent

4  Impression   suspicious drop down for this Mandella five-year old who is improving and proven on turf.....but maybe the fact that he is a 5-year-old maiden is the reason the connections are willing to lose him by way of the claiming box and not because of a chink in his armor

2  Traffic Thief   good work tab for this Sadler laid up four-year old who fired his best of 3 lifetime races in his only race down the majestic SA hill grass course.......trainer is 1 for 27 to start the meeting......seems overdue

3  Perfection Tale

7  Moneigh Moproblems

1  Principal Bob

 

race 2    below average clarity

3  Kaleidoscope   never easy to debut in a route race and win but this Hess gelding did just that with David Hoffmans as the trainer......must have been a private deal to get the three-year-old and they have a good spot to get some returns on their investment as the "Kid" rated kindly in his debut and he seemingly gets plenty of pace up front.....such a deal

6  Big and Loud   might be in need of the Lrc surface to run his best but if that is not the case this gelding just graduated rather easily and has trained since on the SA dirt as if he is really coming around.......and his lone race at SA is better than it appears in print

1   Builder   exits a weird 5 horse field (where he ran 2nd) that was nothing much time wise but the runners behind him at the wire all returned to win their next out......would have rated him higher because of that if it wasn't for the fact he has been absent since that 20 Oct race

 

race 3    average clarity

3  Big Sky Logan   hot trainer in Cerin and especially so when today's jock is up.......and he is quite dangerous the 1st time he places a given horse in a maiden claimer ........colt has been away since March but his work regiment screams "ready" and both lifetime grass races at SA fit well

1  Acker   drop makes sense as this R Mandella colt has yet to win in 5 races and in each race he had top echelon jocks on his back.......gets one again today and races at a level where his grass races fit just fine

7  Kona Coast   dangerous route turf speed in this spot especially cutting back an eighth of one mile for his 2nd lifetime start.......believe their is a high probability this gelding opens up a loose lead making him dangerous

5  Rak City

8  Wise Curlin

6  Haylord

 

race 4    average clarity

5  Hot Paris Night   five-year old gelding has yet to miss the board in 6 starts at SA and also has yet to miss the board in 5 races "at the distance"........seems like a ton in this soft looking spot if he is ready fresh off of the bench.....prolonged work regiment hints that he is

2  Spitfire   Koriner takes over the trainer duties from Ron Ellis (who is suspended for a while) of this six-year-old with seemingly some physical issues as this is only career race number 7........his layoff last fits very well but it was 44 days ago and with only three so so works since......not all that encouraging...... but...... if he has held form he is the likely winner of this race

6  American League   Blaine Wright like so many trainers is at his most dangerous 1st out following a claim which is the case here.......his new shooter likely will be able to grab the lead and if Wright improves him just a little.............he............................might........................ go........................ all......................... the..................... way

1  Gentrified

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Dos Palos    predictable wide trip in last having to cope with the outer 10 post at Lrc.......earned a par like fig when you adjust for his wide journey.....works since hint he has never been better....and he gets a much better post today....seems like the one to overcome

6  Starship Chewy   lifetime best was his lone route race at SA.......that and he gets one significant rider upgrade especially considering the weight off for the dynamite apprentice rider.....trainer doesn't win many but he might here

4  Old School Ike   Peter Miller three-year old has had multiple bad trips in his 5 race career and today gets his 5th different rider.......I like the recent longer drills put into him....... and........ T C Baze is more likely to save some ground and handle him better than some of the other jocks who have ridden him.....that and you know Baze wants to impress Miller and get a few other decent mounts from his "loaded" barn

10  Touchdown U S C 

8  High Rise

5  Gryffinder

 

race 6    average clarity

5  Schooley   last might do the trick but I believe this Miller four-year old moves forward today off of some impressive muscle-building tightly spaced works the last of which was only 3 days ago.....feeling good........and he retains Prat

6  Dial Me In    could have graduated in his last if not for some trip trouble.......retains Espinoza who shows up for only one mount......that seems significant........and Cassidy has worked him 6 times since his 19 Nov race......like our top pick I believe this gelding is sharp right now

9  Bold Papa   gelding might be at his best on the SA turf course...........1st time Bejarano today who gets a shot to keep this six-year-old maiden from hanging in the stretch as he usually does whether it is a turf or a dirt race........maybe the stout jock can get the job accomplished for pal Richard Baltas

8  Save Ground

10  Atonarum

1  Cosmotivo

 

race 7    average clarity

7  Show It N Moe It   most accomplished runner in the field and that includes money earned.....she looks very sharp in the a.m. prepping for this race and the barn gets Bejarano to ride.......believe Sherlock and company realize they might lose their horse today at the claiming box so they really are going after a win

6  Smiling Tigress   seems to show better early speed on th SA surface and she appears to be very sharp in the a.m. and with speed drills......Baze should sit close up in a race that seemingly will reward those who do

2  Family Guy   been at her best (by far) on the Lrc surface.....but note that the only time she ran on the SA dirt she had blinkers on for the only time in her career and might not have liked them.....if that is the case and she is OK on the SA surface lookout here

4  Carrie's Success

1  Carpathia

5  Silverspun Pickup

 

race 8    average clarity

2  Selcourt   four-year old filly owns incredible early speed and fresh speed is often dangerous speed......and you know she can run big fresh as she won her MSW debut by 9 lengths and did it setting a brutal set of fractions

4  Cuddle Alert   pace up front has a good chance at being fierce and that should play into the hands of this late running hard trying 7-year-old mare

6  Reverse   1st ever on conventional dirt but her a.m. work on it strongly suggests she should handle it.......and her pedigree supports the notion......and Baltas is one tough cookie the 2nd time out with a new shooter which is the case here

5  Princess Karen

1  Mother of Dragons

9  Dis Smart Cat

 

race 9    below average clarity

6  Plein Air   marathon turf routes are this mare's game as she is 7 for 9 racing at 10F or further in Italy......that and she races near the front end which is right up Bob Baffert's alley.....works hint Baffert has her all set for her U S of A debut......Baffert is not much of a trainer of top-notch grass horse's but he might have one here....we shall see

11  Evo Campo   this mare always seems to put in big efforts when Bejaranjo rides.....last 4 wins have all been with Raffy up and two of those wins were at today's 12 furlongs......one word of caution is that the post is no bargain

8  Shazara   mare has plenty of effort/energy but usually finds trouble..... but....... not in her last start as our winning 20 to 1 3rd pick........if she gets a decent trip once again she has as a shot at winning this non Graded Stakes race as she appears to want to run all day provided she gets a good journey.....3rd pick again.....and at a big price........hmmm

5  How Unusual

3  La Manta Gris

1  Lucy De

 

 

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Santa Anita for Friday 12 January 2018

The 2018 special publications are now available for purchase. As usual you can save some money ($36.50) by purchasing all of them as a package. The first special publication is Pegasus Cup Day at Gulfstream Park on January 27th. Purchase for Pegasus Cup day only will be $28.95 and be available sometime this weekend.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

4  War Moccasin   finally got some pace to close into in her latest and this filly ran a race that fits solidly here......prior to that she was unlucky catching multiple pace-less affairs in a row which greatly compromised her chances.......should be tough with today's drop down

1  Aura Rose   T Baze should be able to sit close up and save ground in what should shape up with a doable pace......if that is what occurs then it is difficult not seeing this filly being a major player in this spot without a lot of speed signed up

8  Goseecal   tough post to cope with as the rails are out 30 feet.....that and the only chink in Edwin Roman's armor is riding in turf routes.......but........it is hard to ignore anything Cerin puts on the track right now

6  Looking At Thelake

7  Candy Swirl

2  November Tale

 

race 2    average clarity

1  Batiquitos   plenty of gas signed up in this affair should set things up nicely for this Bill Spawr off pace runner........who......has done little wrong in 2 lifetime races

2  Dangerously Close   has a chance to be the speed of the speed here and might have some versatility as she shows some signs at being able to rate.....so the meets co-leader at the moment Edwin Roman might have options......thus.....enhancing his chances of visiting the circle of joy

6  Red Stitch   filly does her best running on the SA dirt and is training quite well off of the 2 1/2 month break....that and she needs some heat up front and has a good chance of getting it in this affair

 

race 3    average clarity

1  Saint Dermot   trainer Mark Glatt is hot to start the new meeting and might keep the ball rolling here with this seven-year old gelding who steps up in claiming for the 2nd straight time......that hints he is feeling good and ready to continue his rebound in form

6  Raagheb   another in a line of Jacobson significant drop downs in claiming......last few have run bad....but prior to that he had some run well.......hate these kind......flip a coin

3  Awe   interesting claim by Hollendorfer as this five-year old is 2 for 3 on conventional dirt and 1 for 17 everywhere else......good rider/trainer combo over the last two months as in 3 for their last 8

5  Gonna Fly Now

 

race 4    above average clarity

11  Liberty Jack   been away since Feb. but drops a little and his lifetime best of 3 starts to date was his dirt sprint at SA run off of a five month break.......10 month break this time around.....nice a.m. work at GG in preparation for today.....and draws the red-hot apprentice rider Edwin Roman

5  Pure Pursuit   Sadler is very dangerous dropping MSW runners to low-level maiden claimers over the years and that is the case here with this four-year old gelding.......that and the cut back of one furlong appears to be a plus for this fellow

4  Thankful Every Day   on the improve with every start and his latest move forward is somewhat disguised by about 4L of trip/pace adjustment.......and like our 2nd choice 5 1/2F appears to be a good fit

10  Milhaud

9  Gio's Gold

12  Magical More

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Wendy's Back   cut back in distance route turf to sprint turf is almost always a plus for a grass race down the hill....and one positive rider upgrade especially so for a grass race........seems like to sit mid pack and be in the mix by the turn or stretch

9  Get Yourself Home   broke poorly in MSW dirt debut at Dmr and showed plenty of life after being compromised at the start....switches to the turf for her 2nd lifetime start and she owns an OK pedigree for it.....that and she retains Bejarano who is looking sharper than usual and that is saying something

11 AE  Radish   only race down the majestic Santa Anita hill grass course arguably is her career best as she was blocked badly or would have graduated that day.......away since May but works strongly suggest she is ready to roll.....barn is cold......they seem overdue

2  Zillinda

5  My Aunt Tilly

8  Arunachala

6  Lil Bit Dangerous

 

race 6    average clarity

1  Backintheacademy   best at Santa Anita on the dirt and gets a major trainer upgrade for today........won the last time she ran at SA (two races back) on the dirt by 8 lengths and at 2 claiming levels higher.......decent shot to win 1st out for Peter Miller

5  Forbidden Command   very consistent sort partly because she is a smooth runner with tactical speed.....and she seems best at today's one mile distance.....not out of the win picture by any means

8  Honor Maker   toss out last as she had the trip from you know where.......race 2 back might do the trick as although she ran only a decent fig she did after all win by 11 lengths

7  Optimistic Outcome

6  Sheswildnfree

 

race 7    above average clarity

2  Dr. Troutman   seems best on the SA turf.........and lifetime best was the only time this Cal-bred raced at the 9F turf distance running 3rd at 53 to 1 in a 200K Stakes.......and Smith is up for the 1st time ever on this colt and for his only mount of the day

7  Full Access   improving sort has been absent since 12 November but he is showing 5 solid drills since and retains the red-hot trainer/rider combination in Cerin and Desormeaux.......9F is a question mark but that is the case for just about everyone in this Cal bred nw alw race

3  The Big Train   if anyone takes to the 9 furlongs that this affair has to offer it likely will be this Miller five-year old who sure finishes at 1 1/16th like 1 1/8th will be a plus........but.......he does have a tendency to hang in the stretch in grass races

5  Six Point Rack

1  Nap Lajoie

 

race 8    average clarity

9  Condi   cut back of a full furlong appears to be a plus for this Sadler filly who is declining but has enough time off (and with some decent a.m. work showing) to compete at today's MC30K level........and it is a good sign the hot bug boy rides for the 1st time

5  Tiny Tina   31 to 1 in her MSW on the grass and now in a MC20K......classic turf muscle her up gimme to be fully fit and ready to roll in today's bottom level maiden claimer.......won't be 31 to 1 this afternoon

10  Mariana's Girl   on the right end of the learning curve and now for her 4th lifetime start she gets a rider upgrade.......very dangerous sort if the improving trend continues

1  Atrevida

3  Dialed to Go

2  Party At Midnight

 

 

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