Good looking card and a Pick 6 carryover for Saturday of $134K. Jackpot stands at $29K. Note that there is racing at Santa Anita on Monday.

The Racing Digest  is now available for Saturday!

16 Feb 18:   After any scratches:  1st race pick 5 was top, 2nd, top, 2nd, 4th pick for $6,538.20. 1st race tri box of top 3 picks $148.20. 3rd race double was top pick, 2nd pick paying $152.20. 7th race double hit COLD $34.00.  7th race top pick over next 3 picks tri paid $228.40. (exacta top, 3rd pick $56.20) 8th race top pick over next 3 picks tri paid $228.60. (exacta top pick, 3rd pick $53.40).

11 Feb 18:   Top pick won 7 races and 2nd pick won the other two. 1st race pick 5 hit COLD $213.80. 1st race exacta hit COLD $21.60. 1st race top pick over other 3 given picks superfecta was $282.80. 2nd race trifecta hit COLD $10.40. (exacta $8.60). 3rd race exacta hit COLD $7.40. 4th race exacta hit COLD $16.00. 4th race pick 6 was top, top, top, 2nd, top, 2nd pick for $1,026.60. 5th race pick 5 was top, top, 2nd, top, 2nd for $405.80. 7th race superfecta box of top 4 picks paid $2,951.60. 9th race box of top two picks paid an exacta of $39.80. (box of top 4 picks paid a superfecta of $246.80)

10 Feb 18:   1st race pick 3 was 3rd, 3rd, 2nd $687.80. 3rd race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $56.60. 7th race double hit COLD $38.80. 7th race pick 4 was top, top, 3rd, top pick for $1,358.80. 8th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $54.80. 10th race just missed hitting the Super High Five ICE COLD by a neck. 10th race top pick over next two picks trifecta paid $462.50. 10th race top pick over next 3 picks superfecta paid $2,273.00. 10th race $1 SHF paid $2,671.50 and was top pick, 3rd pick, 2nd pick, 4th pick, 5th pick. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing!

9 Feb 18:   Not the kind of day that will be placed in our "highlights" section of our website but noteworthy. 1st race trifecta hit COLD $83.80. 1st race double also hit COLD $11.80. 2nd race exacta hit COLD $8.40. 5th race pick 5 was 3rd, 2nd, 4th, 2nd, top pick for $7,168.00. 6th race pick 4 was 2nd, 4th, 2nd, top pick for $1,751.20. (some very nice pick 3's in races 5 thru 7 as well)

3 Feb 18:   Top choice won 7 of the 9 races ($9.40, $6.00, $2.40, $19.40, $8.40, $3.80, & $9.40). 1st race pick 3 hit ICE COLD $41.60. 2nd race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $25.30. 5th race exacta hit ICE COLD $91.40. 5th race pick 3 also hit ICE COLD $173.20. 6th race exacta hit ICE COLD $53.80. 6th race pick 3 also hit ICE COLD $85.80. I maybe a Midwest boy but I looooooooove S Cal racing!

28 Jan 18:   After any scratches:   1st race top choice over next 3 picks paid a trifecta of $202.40. 1st race double hit COLD $16.00. 5th race pick 5 was 5th, top, top, top, 4th pick for $15,257.80. (50 cent $3,814.45). 6th race pick 3 hit COLD $128.00. 6th race pick 4 was top, top, top, 4th pick for $2,830.60. 7th race top choice over the next 3 picks paid a superfecta of $303.00. 9th race box of top 4 selections paid a superfecta of $5,009.60. I maybe a Midwest boy but I love S Cal racing!

25 Jan 18:   After any scratches:  4th race pick 3 was 4th, 3rd, 3rd pick for $1,091.20. 5th race pick 4 was 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd for $5,321.20. 5th race pick 3 was 3rd, 3rd, 2nd pick $479.60. 6th race pick pick 3 was 3rd, 2nd, 3rd pick for $691.80. And if you went 4 deep in the late pick 5 which was a cost of $256 (7th race only had 2 picks) a 50 cent pick 5 paid $16,115.55. 

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.

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm by brian · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Friday 16 February 2018

Take Note:  SUPER HIGH FIVE CARRYOVER IN RACE ONE OF $19,860

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

8  Oiseau de Guerre   flashed some very significant fractions in his latest and that hadn't been his "thing" for his 1st six lifetime races which were run from off of the pace.......big hill race two back and it is hidden by about 5 or 6 lengths of trip trouble.........stout preparatory works.......Michael McCarthy is quite reliable these days when he shows strong drills with a given horse

Moneigh Moproblems   quite the wake-up for this Weaver four-year old who ran on firm turf for the first time in his career.......he dueled in fast fractions and still managed to break the 1:35 barrier..........smartly steps up out of claiming and into a MSW race.......cut back in turf distance with his kind of speed is often a plus

Kidman   Sadler 1st time starter is training like he is very ready to roll........that and mom has tossed 6 turf winners from 12 starters and a few of them were Stakes winners......dangerous sort

6  Impression

7  Conquest Smartee

 

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5  Resky Business   4 for 7 on conventional dirt and 0 for 5 on other surfaces........and a stellar 3 for 4 at today's distance.......she should be in the mix from the get go and with a red-hot rider in Desormeaux coming off a 3 bagger yesterday

2  La Force   filly has found a new home and that being conventional dirt......pulled off a shocker in her latest nearly winning a Grade 2 at 27 to 1........would have been top pick-a-rue if it wasn't for the fact she likes to hang in the stretch.........maybe 1st time with Mike Smith can help overcome her tendency

3  Tizway That Way   dangerous speed here and she best grab the lead as she appears to be a "need to lead" type.....nice history in route races on main track surfaces.......as in 3 for 4 in the win column

 

race 3    average clarity

3  Aquila   big forward move in his last and the effort is disguised..........shuffled back some early and then sat only 2 lengths off of a hot pace......3 tightly spaced muscle him up some more drills since........should be in the mix from the opening bell and saving ground

1  Soltero   sprint - sprint - route maneuver and a jock upgrade.......outstanding pedigree to handle the two turns.......very impressive 16 furlongs of work since his latest run on 20 January......hard not to like

4  Honor Guard   just like an old-time vinyl record with a scratch in it that plays over and over again.......Baffert appears ready to roll with his MSW debut runner

6  Draft Pick

 

race 4    average clarity

3  Summer Down Now   MC debut was better than appears in print as she was away from the wood on a day the rail was biased somewhat.......and considering she went off at 29 to 1 in a 7 horse field she likely wasn't all that cranked up for her debut.......she should be now

6  Strike At Daylight   Hector Palma had a couple of winning MC 1st time starters last fall that had the same kind of work regiment (that doesn't draw attention) as this filly.......as in OK or decent works but not flashy ones......and copious works.......time to lite up the board again......hope so

4  Allie's Love   fits OK here as she ran par in her latest.........placed as third choice mainly because of the fact she tired at 6F in last even though she was on a very favorable rial on 28 January.....that and the extra 1/2 furlong looks as if it might soften her up when push comes to shove in late stretch

7  See the World

1  Del Mar Darling

 

 

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3  Trustworthy   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  nice dirt race in his latest run off of a 10 week layoff........back in four weeks for today's turf race.........race 2 back on the grass is better than appears in print........likely to get a nice ground saving position at least thru turn one behind 2 or 3 speed types

1  Run Like Rhett   seems better on the sod and he has run his last 3 races on the dirt......and this is the lowest level he has ever competed at on the grass.......and he is (4 0 3 0) versus tougher.......dangerous sort

9  Highly Acclaimed   lead type only seems to be the speed of the speed and takes an overdue drop out of alw racing into this 25K nw2......full throttle from the opening bell for T C Baze..........at what cost seems to be the ? mark

4  Dark Energy

7  Mr. Twinery

8  Ky. Colonel

 

race 6    average clarity

4  Air Vice Marshall   ran on fast rated dirt for the first time ever and ran his best effort/fig since arriving in the good old U S of A eight races ago........solid 6F work since.........Mike Smith and his agent see fit to stick with the five-year old who seemingly has some upside potential

5  Image of Joplin   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   last 4 one mile races run at SA for this seven-year old have led to 3 wins and a 2nd.....that and he is capable of running on the lead or just off of the leaders which can come in handy here

2  Donworth   giant wake-up two races back earning a number that would likely take down this race........tried to run back in only 16 days rest and somewhat predictably regressed..........gets 4 1/2 weeks rest for today's race and shows a solid 5F work at Dmr........potential for a (necessary) rebound is there

 

race 7    average clarity

4  Party Hostess   turf to dirt race run on 6 Oct. was easily the best of her career and the race was hidden......broke slow and rushed up.....earned a Santucci adjusted fig about 3 lengths better than par.....turf in last - dirt today......hmmmm

7  Princess Dorian   trainer Saldana is very dangerous 1st out following a claim and especially of late......works since the claim are better than they were for Eurton........good history at Santa Anita (5 1 2 1 1).......a trifecta of reasons to consider this four-year old filly

6  Trap Queen   Machowsky and company was willing to put up his filly for a tag in her latest but she tired after flashing some good early speed........blinkers go on for today and the a.m. work is better.......the trainer must really like what he is seeing to put her up in class and where she can't get claimed

2  Just Be Held

5  Proper Drink

1  Carrie

 

race 8    average clarity

7  Ya Gotta Wanna   on the improve with every race and now runs as a 1st time gelding........last 3 races are all better than appear in print.......if being gelded settles him down he should be tough in this spot

3  Kinematico   with two slow early horses sitting on the 1 and 2 posts this gelding should be on the wood saving ground at least thru the 1st turn.........away since September but he has run well fresh in the past

4  Zipman   looks as if he is in need of a drop out of MSW racing and Baffert  gives it to him.........3 sprint races down the hill fit at this lower level and his lone route race of his life which was on the dirt is not too bad.....seems dangerous 1st in a turf route

2  Odyssey Explorer

1  Big Sky Logan

9  Rak City

 

 

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 10:17 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Thursday 15 February 2018

Today is the start of 5 straight days of racing at Santa Anita.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

3  For Him   set one nasty set of fractions in his only turf race which was at one mile three races back ........one dull work prior to his last race on January 1st and ran poorly on the dirt.........two very improved works for today's 6 1/2F turf race.......three year old should be on or near the lead from the get go and tough thru-out

5  Joeray   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start......1st on the turf today but mom sure been a prolific producer of grass runners.......fig/effort in last (albeit in a route) fits and there is the potential of a turf "move-up" this afternoon

4  Jimmythisnjimthat   won his MC30K debut (on the dirt) and was claimed by the ever dangerous Hollendorfer........turf pedigree is a bit puzzling but the breeder is Wesley Ward who knows a thing or two about turf breeding.......dangerous sort

9  Joejoe's Kingdom

7  Cannonball Comin

1  Zippy Groom

 

race 2    average clarity

2  Clearly Gone   connections appear to have this filly ready fresh off of the bench as she is not eligible to be claimed today and she ran one very strong race in her lone start way back on 4 Sept 2016 for today's level and distance

1  Her Royalness   DECLARED NON STARTER   another returning off of a long layoff and like our top selection appears meant and ready off of a nice set of drills.......and.......the fact that Mike Smith is riding a maiden claimer supports the notion (he also rode in her debut which was a MSW affair).......Bruce Headley has good stats both MSW to MC and off of prolonged layoffs

3  Del Mar Diva   believe fires best to date because of these three changes:  major league rider upgrade - 1st time blinkers to help focus her early speed - and cuts back 1/2 furlong which should be a plus......good rider/trainer combo over the years.......not out of the win picture by any means

 

race 3    average clarity

5  Out of Patience   seven-year old does well when he is able to get contact with the front end of things and that appears likely in this spot........in fact in all likelihood he appears as if he should get loose on the lead......Mulhall is quietly having a decent SA meeting with limited starters......might add to her win total with this fellow

1  Gentrified   last definitely fits but his history of back to back solid efforts isn't too hot........the last time he did run good back to back races was late last Spring.....take note that it was with today's trainer Cerin who soon after lost him for 4 races until he claimed him back 3 races back......seems dangerous

4  Savavi   last endeavor was an obvious turf gimme in a protected race to muscle this four-year up as only the grass can do sometimes.......drops to the lowest level of racing since Anthony Saavedra got the horse in his barn.......not out the win picture by any means

 

race 4    average clarity

6  Tough It Out   sprint - sprint - route maneuver and the 2nd preparatory sprint is quite solid and worthy of the step up in class.......five-year old owns a record of (2 1 1 0) in one mile grass races......subtle improved work since his last .......seems to be feeling good

3  Reno Johnny   four-year old is 2 for 2 at today's one mile turf distance.....0 for 4 at other turf distances.......1st race ever in S Cal but his most recent up north on the grass at GG fits well in this spot.

4  Bedeviled   five-year old owns a decent history back in short rest .....top echelon rider knows him well having been aboard numerous times.....race appears to have enough speed signed up to aid his late running style

7  Full Access

9  Taima the Hawk

 

race 5    average clarity

4  Mama's Kid   away since December 3rd but she has worked every week since the race and retains T C Baze who got this filly to rate some which might come in handy here with plenty of speed signed up

7  Chiefs Lil Pearl   GG invader made a break thru of sorts in last running his lifetime best albeit with a very loose lead and average fractions for the given day ........but....... he is proven on conventional dirt and was claimed by Hollendorfer who legs up Prat who is easily the best rider (and rather hot of late) this filly has ever seen......that and she might feel awfully good coming off such a seemingly stress free gate to wire reasonable pace win

2  Silverspun Pickup   27 to 1 in her last off of a long layoff hints the effort was a gimme in a protected race to drop and go at the lowest level of her life and with some doubt put into the minds of the claiming vultures

3  Tiger Mom

5  La Chepis

 

race 6    average clarity

4  Cat Burglar   very reliable individual when "fresh"........and running "fresh" is the case today for this Baffert 8 year old.....last three wins came the last 3 times this fellow didn't compete in a Stakes race......and he is (10 6 3 0) at SA........hard not to like

1  Hot Sean   dangerous speed type especial since he has shown multiple times that he can go eye to eye dueling and still hold together (very few can)....that and he is ( 7 3 3 1) lifetime and 3 for 4 win at SA

6  Dalmore   connections will likely have their fingers crossed that there will be a hot pace up front to flatter this fellows late running style

 

7    average clarity

1  Colonist   all three lifetime grass races fit well in this spot......he has been racing versus tougher with his best finish on the grass a 3rd in a G3....so......it appears that Hollendofer wants a confidence builder for his colt and along with it maybe the biggest purse return he has ever seen

7  Harbour Master   ignore last two races as he had a sprint tune-up in latest.......saddle slipped in the race 2 back and he eased.........he received a brutal trip in his race 3 back and still managed to wind up in the circle of joy.........dangerous sort if things go right

3  Grecian Fire   sprint tune-up at GG in latest should set him up nicely for today's one mile grass race 2nd out following the long layoff........very competitive sort since the blinkers were put on 5 races back

11  Twentytwentyvision

6  Spanish Hombre

4  Ronald R

 

race 8    average clarity

5  Fly First Class   par like final time produced in his MSW debut and did it showing some good early speed.......3 reassuring works since.......repeat of his debut might get the job done but it seems as if a move forward has a better shot of occurring

9  Famous Rock Star   Mullins is only average at best with MSW 1st time starters but this three-year gelding is training too well to ignore

4  Lord Rayleigh   believe Hollendorfer was a bit surprised by the solid race this three-year old ran at GG as he went off at 16 to 1 hinting he wasn't fully cranked up........if that is so and he handles the conventional dirt.......lookout

8  Fashionably Fast

2  Eddie's Moment

7  Coil to Strike

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Santa Anita for Sunday 11 February 2018

Decent looking card today. Be back with you on Thursday which is the beginning of five straight days of racing at The Great Race Place.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

4  Vasilika   running some solid numbers out east.......the Falcone barn has come in ready to roll and they have this filly well placed to win.......that and she should get a very nice stalk position which she appreciates

3  Aura Rose   2nd out following a layoff and like our top selection he seems likely to sit close up saving ground in an affair that seems to favor those that do

1  Giant Mongolian   very consistent sort turf or dirt since the blinkers became part of his arsenal (5 3 2 0) ........the kind of consistency that just might handle a very significant step up in racing levels

2  Water Moccasin

 

race 2    above average clarity

5  Kiss of Dahpespe   three-year old filly has done little wrong in 3 lifetime races and is more than deserving of today's step into allowance racing.....both races at SA are better than par for today's level of racing.....trainer is quietly having a good SA meeting

4  Smiling Tigress   not that much early speed in this affair so a guy like T C Baze will take note and try sit up near or on the front end which this filly responds to.....and she has a nice record racing at 6 or 6 1/2 furlongs (3 1 2 0)

3  Twisted Rose   four solid races to start her career but she tossed a clunker in her latest ........works since her disappointing race are quite a bit better than she worked prior to her "clunker"......rebound has a shot at occurring

 

race 3    average clarity

6  Ike   very consistent work regiment popping bullets or near bullet works dating back to mid November.........new sire is off to a cold start but this Baffert colt might boost his stats today

4  More Honor   caught a monster of a race/time in his MSW debut.......in the race he broke slowly but still managed to grab 2nd........last might do the trick today and of course he might have benefited from the debut......either way he should be a major player here

1  Crazy Uncle Rick   away since Oct when he ran a dull race as the favorite......his racing debut prior to that was a very impressive 3rd in a Stakes race......obviously he has proven he can be ready fresh.......big factor in the outcome of this race if he is ready "fresh"

 

race 4    average clarity

5  A Red Tie Day   really fits well at today's lower level......and he is 4 for 7 at the turf distance of one mile......and........his last win came the last time he was in for today's 32K claiming tag.........hmmm

7  Clever Royal   trainer Jacobson is very solid with "claiming repeaters" especially off of short rest and this seven-year old ran a very nice one mile grass race at SA 17 days ago......same jock and with the same weight.....major player if he holds form as much as I think he will......will shall see

2  Cardiac   gelding is not too hot off of long layoffs but those races were not with Mick Ruiz training........and his only two races with Mick Ruiz as the trainer are very strong 32K turf races and both are disguised by bad trips......and jock Ruben Fuentes has woken up in a big way including since he lost his bug boy weight break......he is 9 for 24 in the exacta at the SA meeting so far.....that is a better than the meets leading jock Roman who still has a 5 lbs weight break

4  Crown the Kitten

8  Banze No Oeste

 

race 5    above average clarity

6  Sagittari   like that connections see fit to ship back to S Cal after a race up north and place him up one MC level......that and he should sit pretty early in one of the top three positions and with the best (by far) rider in the race up.....and riding for his brother......hard not to like

1  Western Warrior   broke slightly tardy and caught too wide on an afternoon where the rail was slightly biased.......young apprentice is doing well and is fairly decent out of the gate......and this gelding does have a touch of early speed and in a field with a lack of it .......he might find himself on the lead....... making him more dangerous

7  Magical More   4 of his 7 lifetime endeavors on the SA main track fit well........but he does have a tendency to hang and has a low win percentage jock on his back......not impossible but definitely easy to make as our 3rd selection

5  Royal Seeker

 

race 6    above average clarity

6  Old School Ike   what a jump forward in last likely because he appreciated being loose on the lead in a route race for the 1st time in his life.........repeat of the race (or anything close to it) would likely win this race

5  Dos Palos   last was a step backwards.....needs his effort 2 back.....maybe he is up for it as his works were dull prior to his last......and now they are subtlety better in preparation for today's endeavor

7  Shackalov   last appears to be a sprint gimme to drop and go at a route today......still he will likely need his best to date to overcome the top choice unless the our top pick-a-rue has an off day

1  Starship Chewy

3  Nine Issues

 

race 7    average clarity

5  Shazara   very big efforts at 1 1/4 and the strength of the races are hidden by some brutal trips.....might be difficult to handle but today's rider Tiago Pereira gave her a nice ride to win at 20 to 1 two races back as our 3rd choice in a one mile turf alw race.......would have been top choice that day if the race was 9F or 10F like today

3  Lucy De   runs all day long so today's distance is right up her alley......good turf trainer in Baltas.........good grass rider in Desormeaux........hard not to like

6  Space Cadet   one for one at today's mini-marathon 10 furlong turf distance.......dangerous speed in this spot because with the bug boy up she gets in very light which can be quite significant in a 10 furlong grass race......gate to wire shot

1  Laseen

7  Coachwhip

 

race 8    average clarity

1  Backintheacademy   one very dull work prior to her last which was her 1st out with Peter Miller as the trainer.......two works since and one of them is rather sharp.....drops to bottom.......likely ready this go around........races 2 and 3 back fit very nicely here

3  Ipray   very consistent sort at SA and at today's distance.....away since 21 July but she is working like she is ready to roll........Bejarano owns a good history with her.....should give a good account of herself

6  Liar's Smoker   nowhere good enough anymore to compete at the lowest level turf.......doesn't seem to care for the AW or the conventional dirt......so......where does Sir Jerry H. put her.........to the new bottom dirt ($6,250) level.........does she fit there?........I doubt even Hollendorfer knows

8  Yes Mongolia

2  Stole My 'Art

 

race 9    average clarity

8  Ms Bad Behavior   solid races at today's 6 1/2 furlong distance turf or dirt.........19 January race which was run down the hill is a fit here if she can repeat it........nice bullet 4F drill at Dmr hints that she will

4  War Heroine   debut in November was impressive especially visually speaking........her 2nd out in early January (albeit in a Grade 2) was not..........but her 3 works since the dull G2 hint she can rebound.........1st on the sod but she owns a pedigree that should handle it

1  Out of The Flames   very consistent mid pack turf sprinter is very dangerous if she exits the metal monster OK as she did in her last almost beating our top choice.......but she breaks slowly quite a bit of the time and might find the one hole a challenge.......we shall see

5  Finess Bere

2  My Masterpiece

7  Treasuring

 

 

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Santa Anita for Saturday 10 February 2018

Very nice and enticing 10 race card both in quality and handicapping wise.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

2  Upperclassman   all three 6F sprints with the blinkers on are good races....... and the two best of those was run 6 1/2F to 6F .....6 1/2 furlongs in last......and running 2nd out after a layoff.........seems poised for a solid effort today at his favorite distance

8  Celebrate Life   the speed of 1 horse might be tough to deal with so I believe the connections will want to stalk him rather than go with him early........best effort/fig was his race two back where he stalked the lead

5  Adventurous   solid stretch runs in his last two races.........his off the pace running style of late might work to his advantage in this spot if the 1 - 2 - 8 press each other too much early

 

race 2    average clarity

3  Kaboom   nice layoff run to win rather easily seemingly taking advantage of the new bottom level for a maiden claimer at SA in 16K.........very solid 4F work since especially so for someone like Miyadi who doesn't push them very hard in the a.m........well spotted to win .......believe this fellow moves forward......should be tough if he does

6  Gutsy Streak   another coming off a nice win and in his case it was his maiden debut.......and like our top pick the connections aren't getting overly high on their youngster and have spotted him where he has a good chance to make it 2 for 2 lifetime

7  Trapalanda   claimed for 25K 3 1/2 weeks ago and in for 12.5K today.....typical unorthodox Jacobson style......last won't do the trick but if he is up to his race two back he might be rated too low

2  Informality

8  Rocky's Show

 

race 3    average clarity

4  Malibu Music   steadily improving with only a few hick-ups now and then and his latest move forward on 21 Jan. is disguised by an early bump of 2 lengths and a pace factor of about 2 1/2 lengths......add that together to his real fig and you get a colt who ran better than par for today's level.......seems likely to get good mid pack position saving ground

1  Maestro Dearte   fairly smooth runner in both lifetime starts and both were route grass races like today.........nice recent speed drill......sat closer in his last and likely will be even closer up today......good post.......good rider......hard not to like

3  Temple Keys   gelding woke up some in last and did so at a distance where he has yet to win........cuts back 1/8th today to a distance where he owns his only two lifetime wins.......gate work on 3 Feb. is interesting.......it hints Baltas wants him to sit closer which appears to be a plus here.......and I like that Desormeaux stays put

5  Lymebyrd

9  Rigoletto

6  Broken Up

 

race 4    above average clarity

4  Unique Bella   5 for 6 at SA and her loss was her MSW debut at 5F.........Hollendorfer filly has won more Graded races than the rest of the field combined and she has the fewest starts (by a wide margin) in the field......best early speed in the race and she can run well off of the pace if need be

2  Mopotism   best at SA and she owns a couple of lifetime races that are better than par for today's G2 level......needs her best and for our top choice to have an off day for her to get to the circle of joy this afternoon

5  Majestic Heat   mare has 2 lbs more to carry than our top choice......like our 2nd selection she needs the "Bella" to have a bad day to win

 

race 5    above average clarity

3  Blackjackcat   4 for 6 win at the distance and a 3rd.......and the 3rd was in the B C Mile turf where with a better trip he could have upset at 19 to 1........away since the race but training as if he is 100 % ready......that and he sure appears to be the controlling speed in the race and with Desormeaux at the controls

2  Bowies Hero   also likes the turf distance of one mile as in 5 wins in 7 starts at one mile on the sod........and he owns the fastest one mile turf race of the meeting........does lose Desormeaux to our top selection but Nakatani will surely do

1  Next Shares   dangerous trainer in Baltas when he takes over the training duties of a given horse......last appears to be a turf sprint tune-up .....works since the 1 Jan. race are quite good......believe he will fire his lifetime best today........to what degree is the ? mark

 

race 6    average clarity

1  Ax Man   powerful MSW debut for this Baffert 2nd time starter earning a number that is better than par for today's G2 affair.......that and this colt sure looked fantastic on the gallop out.....that suggests today's extra furlong will be right up his alley

4  All Out Blitz   on the right end of the learning curve and if his progression continues today he has as good a shot of anyone to take down this G2 7F race

3  Nero   double barell action for Baffert as he also conditions our top choice........last is quite a bit better than appears in print......still he will need to build on the race to be a "win" factor here......and why not with Baffert at the helm

 

race 7    average clarity

2  Seau   at his best in route races at SA........could have graduated in his latest if not for too wide of a trip.......2nd out after a break and he was able to work twice since his 20 Jan race.......that hints at a gelding who is doing well.......should be tough

3  Wise Curlin   also likes to route on the SA dirt.....both races on the dirt at SA are better than par.......somewhat suspicious drop but if his good health has remained intact he has as good a shot as anyone at taking down this race

4  Is Trevor Clever   consistently tries hard but hasn't popped the figs that our top two selections have......but he also seems best running on the dirt long at SA.....and he is trained by the ever dangerous Peter Miller

8  Black Strom

5  Path of Exile

1  Second Gear

 

race 8    average clarity

6  Sawyer's Hill   very strong efforts when up for a tag like today.......laid up since April but working like the connections realize that he might be claimed.......so........rather sure this fellow is "meant and ready"

3  Mongolian Greywolf   poor start and then rushed hides an effort at 9F on the grass that is quite a bit better than it appears in print......cut back in distance sure appears to be a plus.......and likely will show more 2nd out after a layoff

1  Tartini   hard to tell if this GB invader who has been off 4 months is ready for his new trainer (and Country) but if he is he should fit fine here

7  Tony Blackjack

9  Incredible Luck

5  Van Cortland

 

race 9    average clarity

10  Quick Finish    big forward move in 2nd lifetime start and another for his 3rd lifetime start.........four-year old gelding only has to repeat his last to awfully formidable today........a.m. work since his latest hints that he will

2  Super Duper Cooper   on the improve lately and will need the trend to continue in a big way if our top selection runs the race that I think he will

9  Conqueror   nice race off of the 9 week layoff......likely up for even better today 2nd out after the break.....extra 1/2 furlong should be a plus......Desormeaux sticks around to find out

7  Bacoli

11  Liberty Jack

1  Acker

 

race 10    average clarity

10  Masked   big works prior to his dismal MSW debut as the favorite.......good works since.........maybe he doesn't like dirt in his face or something......sure like his turf pedigree.......no dirt in face today........and he won't be the favorite today

1  Jungle Warfare   there seems to be enough speed signed up to help this mid pack runner put in a dangerous stretch run........works since his latest (which was a little dull) are much improved........hinting he is up for a rebound.......race two back is solid albeit in a turf route

9  Majestic Eagle   not much in two lifetime starts both of which were on the dirt.....but his works since are vastly improved and Drysdale is hot right now.......solid turf breeding..........expecting a big wake up 1st on the grass this afternoon for this three-year old colt

5  Frenchman

8  Eskimo Roses

7  Dignitaire

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Santa Anita for Friday 9 February 2018

A little extra for your money (purchase) the next two race days as Friday has 9 races and Saturday has 10. Back to the usual 9 on Sunday.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

3  Cascade Rock   nice sprint prep in latest and very strong works since.....race 2 back at today's one mile distance is very strong with a good final time fig and a stout pace fig........elder statesman Drysdale has been hot.......it's nice to see considering his fabulous past history and at his advanced age

4  Gosilently   N.Y. invader ran a big race in his 1st run in S Cal racing a bit wide and doing so up on the pace........like our top choice his adjusted for position and pace fig is quite strong for the MSW level

5  Frankincense   Mandella is much more dangerous with 2nd time starters on the grass......so......even though his Santucci fig earned is 4 or 5 lengths less than our top two selections he should have more upside potential........Mike Smith sticks around to find out

1  Combat Zone

 

race 2    average clarity

3  Pasadena Princess   lone race of career was at a couple of M. C. levels higher and the effort/fig earned is better than par for today's MC50K level......love the tightly spaced interval training to wind this filly up

5  Flammetta   double barrel action from the Baltas barn as he also trains our top choice......exits a fast heat of Cal Bred MSW's where if she builds on the race about 4 or 5 lengths she will be in the mix for the right to graduate

1  Whatyouciswhatuget   trainer is decent sprint - route - sprint and the route race was on the grass which should help in muscling up this filly........she will likely need her best to date and might be up for it

 

race 3    average clarity

3  Irish and Lucky   trainer Vallejo has done awfully well with limited starters in 2017/18...........2nd out after the claim and drops one notch lower than the 8K she was claimed for........seems somewhat set-up for this afternoon's race......if that is so.....she should be tough

5  Kiss My Lulu   Morey is a gaudy (17 9 0 4) to start the meeting......so the significant and alarming drop bothers me less than it normally would........as the trainer and his owners might be getting addicted to that winning feeling.......gate to wire shot with this speed-ball who has a 5 lbs bug boy up

4  Just Bookin   yet another dropping to enhance her chances of getting to the circle of joy......good rider/trainer combo in Sanchez/Nunez.........likes SA but does tend to hang as witnessed by her 14 0-3-6 record at the Great Race Place

 

race 4    below average clarity

1  Majestic Design   when Richard Baltas takes over the training duties of a laid up horse and sees fit to drop multiple levels...........lookout

4  Dressed in Prada   7F seems like a good fit for this Wicker four-year old filly who has finished up her last two races strongly for a 2nd and a 3rd.....that and she preformed well off of short rest which is the case here

3  Miz Tianjin   like the cut back of one furlong for this Eric Kruljac filly who was able to make a decent move on the 2nd turn of a one mile race despite a slow start and some solid fractions.....she faded late.....might not today at 7F

5  Dadlani

7  Veiled Heat

2  Angela's Rose

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Saint Dermot   last seems like a needed race and possibly nothing more than a "gimme"........previous 3 races all fit and were run off of relatively short rest like today........that and his 2 best of his 3 races were run dropping down........20K in last.........16K today........hmmm

5  Southern Freedom   lowest level on the grass is 25K so Hollendorfer needs to turn to the dirt to get a level (16,000) where this declining 7 year old can win........that and he might be slightly better on main track surfaces

4  Dukes Up   Miyadi claim is 2 for 4 at SA and 1 for 12 elsewhere.........trainer is better than average 1st following a claim.......jockey Austin Solis has been good fit with 2 wins and a 2nd in three mounts on this gelding

 

race 6    average clarity

9  Gutsy Effort   five year old ran well in his MSW debut in early 2016 and then ran even better in his 2nd lifetime start in early 2017........obviously he has the ability to run well fresh.......if he is up to the 109:3 that he ran in January of 2017  he will likely find himself in the winners circle

1  Easter Morn   our top choice is a five-year old 3rd time starter maiden ........this gelding tops that as he is a six-year old 3rd start maiden..........nice return to the race wars on 11 Jan 18 running a 2nd despite breaking slowly and sitting fairly close to a solid set of fractions........3 reassuring works since the race hint he will run well again........mostly placed as the 2nd choice because he has broken poorly in both lifetime races and he draws the 1 post at 6 1/2F which can be difficult because of the gap

3  Wild Lando   bit surprised the D'A doesn't drop this one back into a MC50K and/or find a shorter sprint than 6 1/2F as this colt has been flattening out at 6F........but..........his last two preparatory works are improved and hint that D'Amato has tweaked something for the better

8  Animo

5  Air Jockey

6  Tatar 

 

race 7    average clarity

8  Studly Perfection   I have to believe that Baltas really has faith that this three-year old will take to the turf as he sure ran well on the dirt when the raced was moved from the turf to the dirt......his effort was better than par considering today's higher MC75K level and was at today's one mile distance.....not the easiest of posts to clear from but Bejarano as awfully good with speed that needs to get over quick and that really is the case with the rail at 30 ft as turn one is on top of you

4  Cosa Nostra   GB invader hasn't been that impressive so far in two starts but he did move forward some in his 2nd start in the USA........if he manages another forward move he has a shot at taking down this race despite the jock who is 1 for his last 45 on the sod

7  Chop Chop Charlie   seems like a great spot for a 1st timer as the field is relatively soft especially if our top pick doesn't handle the turf as well as he did the dirt in his last.......works are up to snuff.....as is this youngster's turf pedigree

3  Gray Admiral

6  Lauderdale

 

race 8    average clarity

4  Ahimsa   beat a very strong field of MSW runners and did it in her MSW debut.......Smith wisely stays aboard........rather impressive that this Eurton filly with plenty of potential has been able to work 5 times since her 15 Dec debut

2  Show It N Moe It   best at SA and it really showed in her latest where she crushed Cal-bred fillies winning by 8 lengths and it was with 1st time Bejarano and her 1st at 6 1/2F.......6 1/2F today and Rafael like Mike Smith wisely stays put

5  Highland Lass   won her only lifetime start in a MSW race at Lrc 10 weeks ago.....works since suggest she is ready to roll once again off of the mini break......but she likely will need to be about 3 or 4 lengths more filly today to overcome our top two selections......not impossible but easy to place as 3rd selection

6  Emboldened

7  Ms Dupree

 

race 9    average clarity

6  Mizzen Glory   drop makes sense as this is start number 9 on the turf and this mare has one 2nd to her credit in 8 grass races....... a majority of her turf efforts/figs fit fine at today's lower level........that and she appears sharp as she was able to work twice since her latest and that race was only 19 days ago

9  Subic Bay   another dropping to be highly competitive......in fact this east coast invader has run better races than our top selection but isn't trained by as reliable of a conditioner as Phil D'Amato is

7  Hotsy Dotsy   likely needs lifetime best today if either of our top two selections run the race that I think they will......not impossible but easy to make as our 3rd pick-a-rue

4  Road Test

3  Agent Nine T Nine

5  Lethal Legacy

 

 

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