Two terrific days of selecting winners at Churchill Downs on Derby Day in 2012 and 2013. Shooting for the another day to be proud of in 2014. Cost of the special publication is $31.50.

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20 April 2014:   1st race pick 5 was 2nd, top, 3rd, 4th, 4th pick $8,095.60. 1st race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $17.00. 2nd race exacta hit ICE COLD $36.80. 3rd race 3rd pick, 2nd pick exacta $31.40. 4th race trifecta box of 4 given picks $331.60. 4th race pick 3 was 4th pick, 4th pick, top pick for $321.20. 5th race trifecta box of 4 given picks $380.20. 8th race exacta and double hit COLD for $6.20 & $8.20 respectively.

5 April 2014:   Nice Santa Anita Derby Day! Top selections won 8 races, ran 2nd once, and 3rd twice in an 11 race card. Wonder what that show parlay was? We had 4 exactas COLD in the 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th paying $23.00, $15.80, $14.00, and $15.80. Two doubles were hit COLD in the 1st and the 4th paying $28.00 and $19.40  4th, 5th and 6th pick 3′s hit COLD paying $55.00, $66.00, and $34.40. 10th race our top, 4th pick, 3rd pick trifecta paid $669.80.  

27 March 2014:   1st race superfecta box of 4 given picks $253.20. 3rd race trifecta hit COLD $19.80 (exacta $10.00). 3rd race pick 6 was top pick, 2nd pick, 2nd pick, 2nd pick, 3rd pick, top pick $8,233,40. 4th race exacta box of top two picks $18.60. 4th race pick 3 was all 2nd choices for $344.60. 5th race pick 4 was 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, top pick for $995.20. 6th race 2nd pick, 3rd pick exacta $82.20. 

20 March 2014:  Top choice won 4 of the 8 races with payoffs of $6.80, $20.40, $6.80, and $12.40. Hit the exacta ICE COLD in races 1, 4 and 8 paying $6.80, $87.80, and $34.00 respectively. Also hit the 7th race double COLD paying $69.20. 4th race top pick ($20.40) over the other 3 given picks paid a superfecta of $1,106.40.

16 March 2014: 2nd race pick 4 was top, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd pick for $1,691.40. 2nd race exacta hit COLD for $11.00. 3rd race 2nd pick, 4th pick exacta $147.20. 4th race pick 3 was 3rd, 2nd, 4th pick for $491.80. 5th race pick 3 was 2nd, 4th, top pick for $1,181.00. 5th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $43,40. 6th race pick 3 was 4th, top, top pick for $544.80. 7th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $41.80. 7th race top pick over the other 3 picks paid a super of $372.00

15 March 2014:   Bombs away at Santa Anita. 2nd race pick 4 was top, 3rd, 2nd, top for $4,826.40. 3rd race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $74.20. 3rd race trifecta box of top 3 selections $234.20. 4th race exacta box of top 2 picks $38.00. 5th race exacta hit COLD $27.80. 7th race trifecta hit COLD $84.80 (exacta $24.20). 9th race trifecta also hit COLD $38.40.

13 March 2014:   1st race super box of 4 top choices $492.20. 1st race double 2nd pick, top pick $29.00. 2nd race exacta hit COLD $7.60 (in a 3 horse race). 4th race trifecta hit COLD $25.20 (exacta $11.80). 5th race pick 4 was 3rd, 4th, 2nd, 3rd picks for $1,867.20. 6th race superfecta box of 4 given picks $543.20. 8th race 3rd pick, top pick exacta $51.20.

9 March 2014:   1st race super box of 4 given picks $258.00. 3rd race exacta hit COLD $24.60. 3rd top pick over other 3 picks paid a super of $339.20. 5th tri box of 4 given picks $946.40. 7th race pick 3 hit ICE COLD $73.20. 9th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $65.40. 



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Santa Anita for Sunday 20 April 2014

Decent card today. On the 1 to 10 scale I would rate it a 7.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly above average clarity

4  Wine Country Wanda   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start and it was at today’s somewhat specialized sprint distance of seven furlongs……..handling 7F is usually a bonus as many a sprinter isn’t too crazy about the extended sprint distance

2  New Nature   three-year-old filly now is forced to face older but most of her races in 2014 fit including her latest which is hidden by a 3 wide trip on a slightly rail biased day

5  She’s Flush   needs to stop running wide which she has a habit of doing or she might remain a maiden for a very long time

3  Chasing Hope


race 2    slightly above average clarity

1  Askingfortrouble   only needs to return at 70% of what he was off of the 19 month layoff to be a major factor here…..why not drop so low as he has only 2 lifetime races to his credit and he is now 6

5  Cuneo   major league jockey upgrade here……last was OK but what we want is this runner’s strong effort put in 3 races back

2  Lovmeister   4 months off can do wonders sometimes for a cheap horse under the guidance of a capable handler……vastly improved work series says that it has here for this Bill Spawr runner……does need to overcome a tendency to hang

7  Green Dolphin


race 3    slightly above average clarity

4  Abbey Vale    very impressive first in the good U S of A in last…..broke slowly and ran wide (about 8L of trip trouble) and still won going away…….proven at today’s mini marathon distance of 1 1/4……good shot to make it 2 for 2 in his new Country and new trainer in Mike Mitchell

5  Hears The Ghost   seems highly likely to get a nice ground saving stalk position behind one or two suspect front runners in the 2 and 6 horse…..that should set him up well to be tough down the stretch

1  Stoney Fleece   very consistent sort and at any turf distance…..but might just be at his very best at today’s 1 1/4 on the grass…..not out this by any means

3  Irish Surf


race 4    average clarity

8  Enchanted Fortune   very well bred to sprint……and training like a Baffert 1ster that is meant and ready to roll in his MSW debut……how many times am I going to write that before the trainer or yours truly fades off into the sunset

7  Alexis Tangier   beautifully bred Richard Mandella first starter………very impressive tightly spaced work series with multiple works of merit…..sure seems ready to roll at 1st asking

2  Faith Hope Love   plenty of early speed but not much endurance so far……so……blinkers on and only 5 1/2F to negotiate……..dangerous sort especially with the meets top gun staying with the Craig Dollase runner for the 5th straight time

4  Suzy Malibu


race 5    average clarity

(NOTE:   #12  Soar Home has a shot if she draws into the field)

11  Nazareth   both lifetime races on the Santa Anita hill grass course fit well in this spot and today we get a vastly more successful rider down the hill than the jock who was aboard for both hill races…..and Puype is quite dangerous 1st time in maiden claiming

9  Secret Appeal   seems likely to once again be in a nice stalk position……last isn’t bad but obviously she has the right to improve with a start under her belt

1  Comealongwithme   last at 1 mile on the dirt should go a long way at building the endurance of this Neil French runner…….in contention and flatten out in hill run 2 back……doubt flattens out today especially with Baze up instead of totally struggling Bisono

3  Hugh Knew



race 6    average clarity

7  Happy Idea   really responded (with  a seven length win)  for Bejarano the lone time he rode this three-year-old gelding…….same price of 25K…….same distance of 6F……same track……sharp drills……should be tough

2  Same Blue Cat   major league rider upgrade for today…..blinkers off and better recent works……..cuts claiming price in 1/2……..well placed and seems ready

1  Bushwacked   not sure what the catalyst was but this tree-year-old really had a significant wake-up in his latest…….and the connections like what they saw as they step this gelding up 2 claiming levels……last fits….needs the same here

4  Good Samurai


race 7    average clarity

8  Rangi   very consistent one turn grass horse both overseas in GB and here in S Cal…..might be the best animal in the race but one thing he definitely is is the best early speed in the race……mix in Maldonado and you might have an alw repeat winner

6  Greeley Awesome   away since August but training as if he might be ready and more importantly “meant”…….not really a sprinter but he showed better speed sprinting in a 6F turf sprint at Bhp  in May of 2013 than you would expect from a slow early turf router

1  Circa’sgoldengear   touch short fig wise (since his best days of 2012) in his hill races but gets 1st time Bejarano and a couple of months off to re-freshen…….not impossible with a clever ground saving trip from the one post

4  Royal F J


race 8    above average clarity

3  Beholder   Mandella seems to like to use a soft spot every year for this world class filly to provide her with a “work” like race and still add a few bucks to her sizable bankroll and beef her up like only a race can do for bigger fish down the road

4  Magic Union   seems likely to chase our top pick all away around the track……..don’t see an upset here unless Beholder has a very bad day

1  Legacy   Sadler filly deserves the step into a small Stakes race……but she likely didn’t think she would have to face the top gal in the Country

2  Moulin De Mougin


race 9    average clarity

6  Bench Light   claimed for $25K two races back by John Sadler and the stout conditioner wheeled him back for the same price and he scored quite convincingly…… again for $25K with few reasons not to believe he can’t repeat his last

5  Proud Boss   improving sort sure is working exceptional well off of a 2 1/2 month break in the action……seems like the controlling speed especially with the 5 lbs bug boy’s weight break which ought to be very significant at the distance of 1 1/4 miles

3  Hawk’s Eye   difficult 2014 for A. C. Avila (0 for 30 at SA and counting) but my guess is he is overdo to snap out of the doldrums…….drops here multiple levels with his five-year-old who sure has been facing better…….distance seems OK as he beat 10 of 15 runners at today’s 1 1/14 distance in Brazil in a Grade 1 in 2012

10  Husband’s Folly

7  Affrettando

4  Accelerant





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Santa Anita for Saturday 19 April 2014

Decent card today and a very decent card Sunday from what I have seen so far. I would rate today’s card a 6 1/2 on the 1 to 10 scale.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Candy for Debbie   gelding knows how to win races…….. N Cal trainer has done well with limited starters at SA………wide trip on a decent inside track hides this runner’s last……seems likely to get a good trip this time on or near the front end

5  Valley Cat   best late runner in the field reunites with Bejarano who has teamed up very well in the past with this Peter Eurton seven-year-old

2  Half Strike   blinkers on in latest woke this gelding up some…….seems best at SA……..also seems at his best when up close in the early stages which looks likely here


race 2    slightly above average clarity

5  Boozer   sure appears to be a mismatch in ability here………four-year-old gelding beat better in last and beat better by 2 3/4 lengths in a race down the SA hill turf course……..solid shot to make it 3 for 3 on the “hill” today

2  Valdirone   came up short in last and had the right to coming off of a 13 1/2 month hiatus from the track…….proven on the grass just missing at 6F at Bhp versus open company in Dec of 2012……fits today on the hill if he benefited from his latest and the 5 horse falls off some

1  Love Rules   new trainer Paul Aguirre takes over this colt who ran a strong winning MSW race at GG on the synthetic…….owns a decent grass pedigree….not impossible if he takes to the hill and moves forward for the 2nd straight time in his young career

4  Luz Atticus


race 3    above average clarity

1  Yahilwa   Cassidy four-year-old filly was only beaten by 5L and 4L versus vastly better in her last two starts…….fig/effort wise those two races would crush today’s foes………sharp 5/8th’s bullet drill last weeks suggests she has held her form

3  Onna Bugeisha   different vastly improved Gaines runner since switching to the conventional dirt at SA………and Gaines is often at her most dangerous 3rd out following a layoff which is the case here

6  Sagebrush Queen   done little wrong in 4 lifetime starts sprinting three of which were at SA……..failed routing on the grass twice but it might be a different story today routing on the “dirt”……1 for 1 with Rafael Bejarano aboard

4  Fleet of Gold


race 4    average clarity

6  Quinnette   five-year-old mare sure has been on the improve since Ron Ellis claimed last fall……..seems best with 6 or more weeks between starts and gets it this time around……..solid reassuring series of a.m. work

4  Toppers Sunshine    terrific job by Robertino Diodoro with his runners shipping if from Arizona………filly is quite stout when entered at 7 1/2F or 8F on the sod……new to the scene jockey Geovanni Franco is riding well especially for Diodoro

5  Rhonda Rocks   yet another Tup shipper who looks like a fit in this spot………..nice preparatory work at Tup and draws the meets top gun in Bejarano

8  Our Little Hen

Long-shot consideration:   3  Born Lucky   somewhat hidden price shot (believe about 9 to 1) here……after two consecutive decent one mile efforts (one on the grass and one on the dirt) this mare sat too far off a pedestrian pace giving her little chance to close at 1 1/8th which really isn’t her best distance anyway……..likely gets pace today and a distance she likes


race 5    below average clarity

5  A P Pepper   tepid top choice in a wide open affair……..arguably best ever was turf to dirt in a race run 2 back……..turf in latest……dirt today……….and back to Dryden Van Dyke who just missed at today’s race condition in that race 2 back

9  Mia’s Storm    both lifetime races when fresh (maiden debut in July 2013 and layoff run in Jan, 2014) stand out as so much her best……so………this filly is the kind you want “ready” off of layoffs and the works put in by Mac are very aggressive and impressive…..would have been top choice if she had drawn better for her 1st ever at a route

1  Silk In Silver   consistent sort has competed to some degree in all 5 lifetime starts…….owns tactical speed but doesn’t necessary need the lead to run………could be two for two at a route if it wasn’t for a brutal trip two races back………continues to work like a happy healthy filly

3  Lake Maracaibo


race 6    slightly above average clarity

8  Aqua Revelation   nice forward move both in pace and final time in latest with the blinkers put on…….sure appears to be the controlling speed here and with the meetings top gun remaining in the saddle

1  Lord Lochinvar   strong better than par for the MSW level dirt race in last…….. and………the three year old colt is bred to be even better on the green carpet…..should be closing late with a stout late running grass jock in Nakatani aboard

6  Big Medicine Man   just claimed but hot Diodoro for 50K and the recent drill he put into his newbie hints he might have the trump cad for this colt…..seemingly needs lifetime best and might just give it

2  Heat Flash


race 7    average clarity

7  Doctor Dempsey   3 of the last 5 drills for this Bob Baffert 1st timer are gate drills and gate drills of six furlongs…….that tells the stout trainer means business with his new shooter this afternoon 

6  Crux   Ron Ellis is a very low percentage trainer with 1st time starters but the strong series of 6F and 5F gate works are too good to be ignored…….that and the fact Ellis has had one heck of a good SA meeting to date

1  Bellamy Concerto   Richard Mandella 1st timer also hints he is ready to roll……and he gets Stevens to ride and everything Stevens has ridden for Mandella over the last two months has been “live”

2  Shakahari


race 8    average clarity

7  Home Run Kitten   on the improve with every start………last is close to as good as anyone in this field has run to date and she gets in with lowest weight in the race…….such a deal especially in a 1 1/4 affair

5  Diamond Bachelor   blinkers on for the already the best proven early turf route speed in the race seems to bode well for his chances to dominate from the opening bell……nice consistency in all 4 lifetime grass races

6  Enterprising   done little wrong in 5 lifetime route endeavors……would have been top choice if I wasn’t leery about him flattening out late at the 1 1/8th distance as he did at GG  in Feb. chasing a soft pace on the AW

3  Flamboyant


race 9    average clarity

2  Glitter of Silver   Baltas is 0 for his last 7 MSW to maiden claiming but still seems dangerous with this laid up fellow dropping into mc for the 1st time as the work regiment says he feels good and is likely ready…….. four-year-old has good early speed and Maldonado is up…….tough combo

9  Play Maker   45 to 1 in last (1st time with the blinkers on) and could have won with a better trip……broke a bit slow and ran a bit wide and still only lost by less than 2L……broke poorly in debut too……Quinonez best be alert and ready in the gate

4  Cinematic Cat   decent wake-up in last with 1st time blinkers……..7 lbs lighter today with the 7 lbs bug boy up who has done well for Matt Chew in the recent past

8  Gospel Music

3  Tavern Law

1  El Canon






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Santa Anita for Sunday 13 April 2013

Somewhat abbreviated comments as I am dealing with the flu (hopefully flu) for the 1st time in about 30 years. Incredibly stupid move not getting my flu shot especially considering my son is a Pharmacist who administers them. This has been the hardest week of handicapping that I can ever recall as my head wants to explode. So far it hasn’t. 

Santa Anita is taking a small needed break. No racing until next Saturday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Muchos Besos    five speed types and one off pace runner in this fellow……handicapping 101

3  Bluegrass Reward   Javier Sierra runners have been firing on all cylinders the last few weeks and especially when Blanc rides

4  Prime Issue   consistent sort sure is training well for his new trainer Diodoro with 3 consecutive (in control) 100:1H works…….seems meant and ready


race 2    average clarity

1  Redressthebalance   lone win for this filly since O’Neill took over was sprint to route……..layoff sprint in last with Arias up…..route today with Bejarano up……..hmmmm

7  Fantastic Mizz   fits well whenever she is placed at the 40K-50K level………seems best at today’s one mile turf distance

2  Zipping My Way   seems best on the grass and gets back to it………still unproven running a route but sure should get a ground saving trip at least thru turn one and that is 1/2 the battle

5  Le Fascinator


race 3    average clarity

3  Vindicted Ruler  significant early speed here and T C Baze up……that combo has been deadly this week……five year old can stalk if need be

6  Queen Of The Hill   6F and SA are a good fit (6 1/2F is too much for her)…….lousy trip in last or would have won for fun

2  Firendesire   filly really responds to Maldonado and basically nobody else……..and this filly is 3 for 8 at today’s distance and 0 for 10 at any other distance

1  I’m Tops


race 4    average clarity

3  Stormy Lucy   won a Grade 2 in last as our top pick……new connections for today and a Grade 3……easy to make top pick once again

2  Miss Serendipity   last time this mare saw 1 1/4 on the sod was in Arg in a Grade 1 where she romped by 4L at 10 to 1

7  Customer Base   lifetime best and a winning race was the only time this Proctor mare ran at today’s mini-marathon distance of 1 1/4…..that race fits here if she is up for it once again today

8  Topic


race 5    slightly above average clarity

3  Cat Burglar   done little wrong in 4 lifetime races at SA (4 2 2 0)……..appreciates 6 to 8 weeks between starts and gets it

5  Big Kick   wired on a strong rail bias in last but at least he did it with a very stout set of fractions…….big threat once again to wire if the track is conducive to speed again today which lately is about a 60/40 proposition

6  Govenor Charlie  ran out of his mind as a 3 year old…..searching for that form these days…….might be getting close to now or never territory

1  Oilisblackgold


race 6    average clarity

5  Kochess   might be at his very best on the SA hill……..solid 3rd down the hill two races back losing to two horses who would likely clobber this field……and back to Bejarano who rode that day

1  Oliver’s Tale   five year old might be slipping but if he needed his layoff last he might be very tough here 1st on the grass which he has adequate breeding for

8  Monument   kind of runs evenly with a lack of pop late……but like our top pick this likely is the softest alw race down the hill that he has been part of….might grind away and get there late

3  This One’s For Mel


race 7    average clarity

9  Head South   seems like a sharp claim by Palma who happens to be rather hot right now…….training super for the new connections…….and we get a major league rider upgrade

5  Justification   ice cold barn…..but red hot works……..laid up for a year but sure likes SA and is working too well to be ignored

10  Romar Success   another runner who has been away for a long time…..returns as a 1st time gelding and sure is training as if has done him a world of good

1  Bench Press


race 8    average clarity

8  Lakerville   love watching this stellar turf sprinter ( 8 5 3 0 sprinting on the turf) finish as he sure can turn it on late…..very sharp 5F drill is most reassuring

6  Zimmer   should be up close in a race that might yield a soft pace…….solid here if the soft pace does occur

5  Sweep Swap   same scenario as the 6 horse

7  Pure Tactics


race 9    average clarity

5  A Little Luckier   Gaines is tough 3rd out after layoffs and that is the case here……logical drop from MSW to the bottom mc level for a filly with some physical issues

3  Kid Rollins   Proctor filly chased a Baltas 4 to 5 shot around the track for a distance 2nd……nobody like the 4 to 5 shot in this field

8  Itsabeautifulday   fell off some in last…..needs a rebound to her effort shown 2 or 3 races back

6  Cleverly Beverly

7  Sheza Eyeopener

4  Nonna Reese

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Santa Anita for Saturday 12 April 2014

Speed bias on the main track yesterday as all the horses on the lead at the first call went on to win. So my selections are slanted that way some this afternoon. Card on the 1 to 10 scale is a 6.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Time for Angie   somewhat of a suspicious drop but I sure like when Bejarano sticks around for a small barn when they drop

6  Passion Bucket   T C Baze sure hustled the heck out of his mounts yesterday to get them to take advantage of an inside speed bias (every dirt winner was on the lead)…….sharp works……right rider

2  Divine Way   poor stats for trainer dropping 1st out off of a claim……but might get an inside stalk position behind a trio that might battle it out in the 3, 5 and 6


race 2    average clarity

6  Dream Baby   easily best early foot in the race looks loose lonely and gone if the track remains speed biased……still has a shot if it plays fair

1  Italian Baba   laid up since last summer but training well enough to be ready…….and she won her debut showing she can fire fresh……today’s rider Aaron Gryder rode that day

2  Pennies From Denny   dismal conventional dirt record………away since August…….but………hard to work any better at LA especially considering the level of racing……..might be a vastly improved returnee

3  It’s Aine


race 3    average clarity

9  Star Act   best grass credentials of those that have run…..not an easy post for the bug boy… save some ground on at least one of the turns or his 5 lbs alw. will go to waste……..not to mention a few wagering dollars

7  Cryptic   1st timer is well bred for the lawn and she sure is training as if she is ready and that she might have some early gas……..and the race lacks the commodity

2  Lethal Story   last sure looks like the tune-up to be at full throttle for today 2nd out after the layoff…….big effort/fig 2 back for a 2 year-old filly running 1 1/8th in October versus the boys……..stout here if she is up to that race

1  Disregarded


race 4    slightly below average clarity

8  Slewissurfing   showed decent early speed in debut and now adds blinkers……if the track surface keeps aiding speed types you will see many adding blinkers in the days to come……hot trainer in Ellis……sharp drills……seems likely to move forward

2  Profire   believe this colt is declining and his chances diminish if the track plays even…..but……if the track remains inside speed favoring good gate jock Maldonado makes him dangerous still

4  Ice Cream Truck    consistent sort seems at his very best at today’s 6 1/2F distance……does have a tendency to hang in the stretch

9  Tancred


race 5    average clarity

5  Sky High Gal   very reliable four-year-old filly gets 1st time Bejarano and she is working extremely well with the dogs up on the grass……and last but not least Sadler’s grass runners sure have been getting the job done

7  Minds Eye   another Sadler runner……….filly would have a better record on the SA hill turf course than her one win and one 3rd in 4 runs on it if she had had better racing luck on it…….should be motoring late

4  Biorhythm   lead type only might be able to get it and if she does she seems dangerous…….but…….I’m never crazy about using an apprentice in a Stakes where he loses his weight break…..if someone like Maldonado or T C Baze had the mount I would be much higher on fillies chances

1  Ciao Bella Luna


race 6    average clarity

9  True Ten   won MSW debut 2 back like a good thing…….decent route race in 2nd lifetime start……cut back to 7F and switch to the meets top gun…..and the trainer has had one of his better meetings in many a moon

6  Chelios   done little wrong in both lifetime starts…..been away for 2 1/2 months but shows an exceptionally strong tightly spaced set on preparatory work……rather sure very fit and ready

2  Ferocious   good early speed and a hot conditioner in Ellis…….hard not to see this colt being a factor here

8  Top Fortitude


race 7    average clarity

10  Intoxicating Move   filly has found a new home and that home is the SA hill…..two consecutive strong hill races……. and…… her work tab since hints the best is yet to come…….as in this afternoon

6  Blake’s Magic   also appreciates running down the majestic SA hill turf course…..last isn’t bad but what she needs is her effort 2 back

7  Grammy Times Six   Maldonado has done quite well this past month with speed down the hill and he might be able to kick free with this filly

4  Writer Fever


race 8    slightly above average clarity

6  Wild Dude   ultra consistent sort……last is stellar and hidden by being up on the pace too far away from a golden rail ……..yet he still only was beaten by 3/4 of a length

2  Wine Police   extremely dangerous when he brings his “A game”…..solid shot here if he does……7F appears to be a good fit

7  Big Macher   one of the best claims over the past year in S Cal just keeps improving…..has a shot here if he doesn’t end up in a suicidal speed duel with the one horse shipping in from Florida

4  Midnight Transfer


race 9    average clarity

7  J Kat   on the improve with every start not only in final time but also pace wise……..that is a very good sign of a developing youngster

2  Broadcaster   useful run off of the long hiatus from the track for this GB invader……….nice forward move last summer in GB in 2nd lifetime start…..formidable here if similar occurs 2nd out after the layoff today

6  Cowtownmary   all three lifetime starts fit fig wise at today’s sightly lower level…..1st on the hill is a ? mark

9  Distillery

5  Troy Story

10 Robert E. Lee






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Santa Anita for Friday 11 April 2014

Somewhat abbreviated comments all weekend as I am dealing with the flu (hopefully flu) for the 1st time in about 30 years. Incredibly stupid move not getting my flu shot especially considering my son is a Pharmacist who administers them.

Card seems decent today. Call it a 6 1/2 on the 1 to 10 scale.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Como Mi Padre   big sprint effort two back hidden by a bad trip……a ton if gives the same effort and manages a good trip

2  Superboot   GB invader is training as if ready with a tightly spaced work series…..well placed to win in a maiden claimer

3  Grand Humor   competitive sort seems better suited to 6F and gets it today

4  Bad Behavior


race 2    average clarity

4  Gray Madam   good early speed in this spot and seems highly likely to get loose on the lead……1st ever on conventional dirt and 1st long are ? marks…but bred to handle both

5  Joint Attempt   somewhat better since Sadler claimed 4 races back…..might can a nice stalk position behind our top pick

1  Unkept Rendez Vous   nowheresville in last…….race 2 back fits well………need a rebound to it


race 3    average clarity

3  Nueva Fortuna   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start with the blinkers on…….the one to beat if she progresses again in 3rd lifetime start

8  Fast Moka Too   best early speed in field and one hot trainer in Ron Ellis…..should be tough here

5  Truly Beautiful   needs significant time between races and gets it…….these kind need to be ready as it won’t be awhile until they can run again

2  Brandon’s Princess


race 4    slightly below average clarity

1  Warren’s Cliff S.   race 2 back fits well……..believe we will get a rebound to that effort as the recent works are vastly improved

5  Lucky Cotton   fits well if fires his best…….blinkers off and worked an ultra impressive 5F at LA……..seems dangerous

6  Harness Mentality   been facing better……logical drop into condition claiming should make him a player this afternoon

8  Desormais


race 5    average clarity

3  Dulcemia   not much but finds a good spot in one bad mc race…..trainer had a good week last week

7  Chautauqua Creek   good spot for a new shooter…….laid up since mc debut at GP one year ago…..working as if she is ready enough for this pathetic looking field

1  Hot Outta The Oven   significant improvement in last……..fits well if she builds on the effort

4  Marthajean


race 6    average clarity

6  Browsing   2 for 2 running long albeit on the dirt……..deserves another shot on the sod especially at a route as she had a brutal trip in her lone grass race which was in a sprint

2  In Dad’s Honor   on the right end of the learning curve for sure…….1st on the lawn but bred just fine for it……Ellis is making all the right moves

1  Sweet Boss   very strong MSW win 2 races back back in May of 2013……and it was at Bhp…..and horses that run well on the Bhp AW unusually run well on the sod ………..especially if they are bred for the grass as well as this gal is

4  Lil Swiss Echo  (tie for 4th selection)

9  Anniversary Gal  (tie for 4th selection)


race 7    slightly above average clarity

9  Taste Like Candy   been running well versus vastly better……..confidence (don’t lose track at what it feels like to run 1st)  builder today

1  L T Reckless   crushed the competition in both lifetime conventional dirt races….steps up the class ladder as she did in her 10L win last…….believe she rises to the challenge once again today

8  Satirical   nice MSW debut win… drills since…….needs to move forward today and likely will

2  D’ya Knowwhatimean


race 8    average clarity

5  Warren’s Jen Fizz   impressive 1st on the grass and 1st with blinkers in her last her 2nd lifetime start……retains top gun….more likely today

4  Jennyway U Want It   another with a vast improvement 1st on the sod……sharp drill since…….seems highly likely to move forward 2nd out after the layoff

3  Kantina Kowgirl   solid wake up in last…..don’t see the catalyst for the wake up…….but does it matter……… fits fine if she builds on the race

14 AE  Peg’s Journey

9  Ski’s Copper Penny

1  Cee’s Tizzy Belle

2  Exclusive Girl



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