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26 Feb 2015:   Top pick won 4 races, ran 2nd in 3 races, and 3rd in the other race. 2nd race pick 4 was top, top, top, 4th pick $1,714.40, 2nd race COLD pick 3 paid $67.20. 2nd race exacta was top pick, 3rd pick $25.40. 3rd race exacta hit COLD $28.60. 4th race exacta hit COLD $10.00. 7th race exacta hit COLD $5.00. 5th race 4th pick, top pick exacta $95.00. 8th race box of our 5 given selections paid a $1 super high five of $1,899.00, (superfecta paid $937.20).

Weekend ending 22 Feb 2015:   After any scratches top selection won 6 of the 18 races for a profit of 75%. Saturday: 1st race pick 5 was 3rd, top, 3rd, 3rd, top pick for $1,714.20.4th race tri box of top 3 picks $183.80. 7th race double hit COLD $69.00. 7th race top pick, 3rd pick exacta $63.80. 8th race exacta hit COLD for $21.60. Sunday:  2nd race pick 3 was 3rd, top, 3rd pick $586.00. 3rd race double was top pick, 3rd pick $215.00. 6th race exacta hit COLD $22.40. 6th race double also hit COLD $22.80. (6th race pick 4 was top, top, 2nd, 2nd pick $264.40

2014 Del Mar Meeting:   122 races run at Del Mar. Using a $2 base the cost if you wagered on our top choice each and every race would be $244. The return $281.20. That is a 15% profit. My guess is most of our competition wasn't even profitable with their "best bet" or "best bets" or "fair value plays". That is the 3rd meeting over the last 3 1/2 years that playing our top selection each and every race turned a profit of 14% or higher.

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Santa Anita for Thursday 5 March 2015

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Decent looking card today to start one of the biggest race weeks of the year at Santa Anita

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

2  Larry Birdstone   with the layoff one mile race under his belt this Philip D'Amato four year old gelding should primed to handle his drop into mid priced maiden claiming.......1st time blinkers as well today and the trainer 39% win with his last 18 "1st time blinkers"

6  Derby Glass   showed plenty of life on the SA dirt in his maiden 40K  debut two races back.........and then showed that he can handle two turns in a MSW grass race (which was likely over his head) in his 2nd lifetime race......back to mc40K (where he started) for 3rd lifetime start.......and Ellis is solid turf to dirt and 2nd time at a route

3  Bula Bula   drop from MSW racing to maiden claiming and..........a major league rider upgrade should really help this Marty Jones runner.......still we might need his effort two back which would likely get the job done here

7  Village Kitten


race 2    below average clarity

1  Cinematic Cat   tepid top choice in a difficult race to decipher........big wake up in last back to sprinting and with the blinkers off and the fronts on.........repeat of the effort with a slightly better trip and back to back wins might be in the cards

5  Flat Gone   likely will sit in the rear of the race once again and be in the mix late especially if the speedsters crank it up a bit early

2  Public Policy   last sure fits and decent a.m. work since.......but........I am a touch leery of his ability to get the extra 1/2 furlong without flattening out.......or.......I would have selected him higher

4  Watch It Buster


race 3    above average clarity

6  Wandering Heart   Donald Warren won with a turf route 5 yr old 1st timer (I believe as our 3rd choice) last week and the works were very similar to the works for this six yr old 1st timer..........and like the nice price winner last week this runner catches a soft looking bunch 

1  Charming Starlet   made a breakthrough in her latest fig/effort wise running better than par........ albeit in a turf sprint........still has something to prove in a turf route......but......... if she can repeat her last in today's one mile turf race she might be the one to beat 

3  High Intensity   nice forward move 1st time at a route (on the dirt) in last..........1st time on the sod but she owns a decent pedigree to handle the green carpet.....seems dangerous

5  Thermodynamics


race 4    average clarity

5  Preordained   we had this Jorge Periban runner as our top selection at 26 to 1 in his last and he could have won for fun but he had a painful trip by an ice cold apprentice.......new jock today but unfortunately this fellow won't be 27 to 1 this time......same effort with a decent trip and he should be tough

9  Moonlight Meeting   takes the ever dangerous drop from MSW racing to maiden claiming and as a 1st time gelding.......and I like that Kent Desormeaux lands here and that he accepted only one other mount on the card which was for his brother

8  El Monterey   last fits OK (not the best of trips) but what we really want is his mc debut effort (very bad trip) two races back.........and today we get a rider upgrade

3  Jacob's Bluebird


race 5   average clarity

1  Twentyfive to Life   feel strongly that this four year old filly has been pointed for today for if you plug her race into her work regiment you have this these work intervals starting on 28 Dec.:   7 days - 6 days -8 days -7 days -6 days -6 days and raced 6F-8 days-6 days-6 days = fit with racing experience and ready for what she is bred for

6  Doris Johnson   even effort in her last in her 1st effort on the grass.......and she did show that she moves just fine on the sod.......seems set 2nd out following the layoff to attempt a turf route which she owns an adequate pedigree to handle

4  Cee's Tizzy Belle   trainer is decent fresh and the horse is decent fresh......but the trainer sure has been in a prolonged slump......or.......would have rated higher than 3rd selection

7  Spanish Queen


race 6    average clarity

6  Grazen Sky   improving by leaps and bounds with each and every start.....last would be tough.....more would be icing on the already sweet cake

5  Comanche Ruler   predictably ran poorly at a  route but his breeding suggested it could be a problem.......back to a sprint today........strong sprint two back and well hidden by running a bit wide up near the front on a good rail day

1  Run Like a Million   not the best of starts in his last but what we want is his effort shown in his debut which was at GG two races back........and his recent a.m. prowess hints he can run just as well on the SA surface

8  Kluszewski


race 7    average clarity

6  Royal Temptress   here is the career for this four year old filly so far:  good race - bad race - good race - bad race - good race (and down the hill) - bad race - ??????

4  Heavens Stairway   back to T C Baze who is 2 for 2 on this Marty (cold) Jones five year old mare who owns 4 wins in 10 lifetime starts and all four wins are on the hill......that'll do

1  Mark of a Gem   blocked in the stretch or could have won this level on Feb 8th.......might be quite a bit left in the tank for today not being able to run fully down the stretch in her last.....we shall see

7  Magic Lily


race 8    average clarity

4  Time for Angie   very stout running on main track surfaces at 6 furlongs or less........can't be claimed in this spot so it is a great spot to be ready fresh off of the bench.......and then there is that plus of being a late runner in a field loaded with speed

6  In Dad's Honor   lone lifetime win came the only time in which this filly was up for a tag........up for a tag today and training as if the ever dangerous Ron Ellis has her ready to roll.......and then there is that plus of being a late runner in a field loaded with speed

13  Best By Far   beat the boys stepping up the ladder in two straight abbreviated sprint races at LA......and she has handled 6F in the past (6 1 2 0).......trainer Tom Bazley has a gaudy win percentage of 43%

12  Acategoryfivestorm

1  Twelve Folds

2  Mahalo Princess


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Santa Anita for Sunday 1 March 2015

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Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity   (if off the turf  7 - 1 - 4 - 6)

1  Hot Market   good 1st on the hill and the effort is hidden somewhat....retains "the man"..... Bejarano

7  Smokey's Legacy   very consistent on any surface......solid win 1st on the hill......the effort fits decently here......more and he's the one to beat

6  Gangman Guy   consistently runs well on the hill although he has yet to win on it (4 0 3 1).......might finish stronger today off of some recent sharp drills and running 2nd out after the layoff

10  Bobby Z Man


race 2    below average clarity

6  Sum Midnight Star   race two back fits......ignore lone (very bad) route effort as it was likely a dirty up the form gimme to drop and not get claimed.......bad effort in last might be the same gimme for today's (make the claiming vultures leery) drop

3  Warren's Caper   late runner seemingly gets the pace up front to make him dangerous in the late stages

1  Knock Em Flat


race 3    below average clarity   (if off the turf  3 - 4 - 9 - 1 - 7)

4  Toppers Sunshine   best fresh........4 1/2 months fresh today.......5 for 11 at the distance on the turf

3  Winninginfashion   checked early so couldn't get what she needs.......as in a loose lead........good shot to get one here

8  Midnight Lady   seems to be on a rebound of sorts......retains the meets top gun (by far) .......handles the sod just fine

2  Frandontjudge


race 4    below average clarity

3  My Intention   good works for this 1st timer for Kory Owens who is quite reliable with 1sters that show a.m. prowess

1  Medicine Butte   both lifetime races fit well here......would have been top pick if she had shown a work since her last but she has not

10  Codacious   went off 109 to 1 and ran 3rd.....connections likely were pleasantly surprised.......solid bullet work since........more seems highly likely today

8  Jenna's Flash


race 5   average clarity

4  Mr. Jay D   very solid races at Tampa.......shows up in the Hollendorfer barn.....that'll do

5  Sidepocket Champ   away since September but training vastly better than he had been when last seen......believe the trainer has discovered the trump card for this five year old gelding

1  Whiskey Wild   on the right end of the a learning curve......so it seems like a good claim by Hess.....and he puts his go to guy in Desormeaux up

7  Bourne Hot


race 6    average clarity

7  Tribal Peace   on the improve since blinkers on and going off of Lasix.......last is solid and then some here....more would be icing on the already set cake

4  Nothing to Hide   woke up in last......and blinkers on for today and the a.m. work is improved.....hints the equipment change has improved this filly some more.....we shall see

13  Crazy About Him     beat the boys easily in an abbreviated sprint alw race at LA.......trainer has an insane win % (41% - last 71 starters).... mare is shooting for her 5th straight win

11  Faith Proof

Long-shot consideration:   10  Smili'n From Above    seems best at today's distance ( 7 0 3 1)......does like to hang but we get a rider upgrade who sure has returned to S Cal riding awfully well


race 7    below average clarity  (if off the turf  6 - 5 - 10 -1 2)

6  Danette   1st on the sod but owns an OK grass pedigree......whole career routing fits to some degree with her top efforts looking awfully good in this spot

5  Frosty Friday   lone race way back in May at CD (5F sprint on the dirt) is decent..........owns a very solid grass pedigree..........decent works - decent route breeding........very dangerous

1  Showcase Warrior   sprint grass tune-up in debut last.....full throttle go today in a turf route

9  Housemaker

Long-shot consideration:  2 Miz Penelope   funky ride down the hill by Espinoza in last......new rider for today........can get a ground saving mid pack (or maybe even close up) position as there isn't much early gas in this affair


race 8    average clarity

3  Head South   definitely on the right end of the learning curve......and......might pop best ever today 2nd out after the layoff (good history back in short rest)

4  Luckarack   Ed Moger is often at his most dangerous 3rd out following layoffs.......that's the case here and with a gelding who is 7 for 18 on conventional dirt tracks

6  Memphis   consistent sort can handle short rest which is the scenario here.......does need to overcome a tendency to hang in the stretch

1  Field Report


race 9    average clarity

2  Bandido Too   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime out last year.......so 2nd out following the layoff ( and with a solid bullet 3F work since) likely will be a "good thing" for this Yakteen three year old this afternoon

8  Desert Gem   decent return to the race wars in last......sharp reassuring pair of 4F works since.......seems likely to move forward

3  Gnarly Harly   trouble early and then fell apart badly in his latest.......race two back fits......claimed by Wesley Ward and drops......not a good sign as he is 0 for his last 3 dropping following a claim.....healthy or not?......seems like a 50/50 proposition

4  Lead The Pack

7  Sky Heart

10  Poppy Duke

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Santa Anita for Saturday 28 February 2015

I will be monitoring the Arcadia weather as there is rain in the forecast for both days this weekend although not that much rain. I need to handicap the races for "off the turf" so I will have to cut back on the comments (somewhat) because of limited time. Thanks for understanding.

Good card today especially so if the light (?) rain doesn't mess with the racing surfaces too much.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity   (if off the turf:  3 - 1 - 10 - 2 -9)

1  Rockin Robin   bred to appreciate the 9 furlong distance and it showed in his strong 9F grass race run two back.......9F today and he should be able to sit on or near the lead in a ground saving trip

3  Blue Line   helloooo turf.....nice wake up in 3rd lifetime start and 1st on the grass.......sharp work tab since.......fits well if he can run as well as his last running one furlong further this afternoon

2  Archie Bunker   sat way too far off of a lackluster pace and basically ran evenly.....did appear to take to the sod..........no support at the windows hints the effort was gimme........bred to appreciate the 1 1/8th distance........believe this colt moves forward 2nd out after the layoff today.....to what degree is the ? mark

10  Milton


race 2    average clarity

3  Shy Rosa   brutal trip in last.......new trainer today and better works.......and a rider upgrade......likes the distance

6  Lust for Life   Richard Baltas is solid 3rd out after layoffs........1 for 1 at the distance......has never missed the board sprinting at SA

7  Patriotic Brother    all three lifetime 6F races fit solidly......won this condition two races back

2  Pay the Debt


race 3    above average clarity

4  Nextdoorneighbor   Miller must have the trump card for this gelding - two big wins since he claimed......deservedly steps up again off of a powerful effort/time/fig for the level

1  Sacred Ovation   ran 2nd to our top choice in last.......quick (lead type only) might appreciate 1/2 less furlong to travel to hold off the cavalry charge

5  Oligarch   last four races on the dirt are somewhat competitive here......might need just a little more this afternoon and his recent a.m. preparation hints he might give it


race 4    average clarity   (if off the turf:  7 - 13AE - 2 - 11 - 8 -9) 

8  Smoove It   top efforts are down the SA hill grass course and her very best was run the last time she ran on the hill which was 4 races back.......and......the effort is somewhat disguised by a poor trip.......and she sure caught some tough winners in all four of her lifetime races down the hill 

7  Humoristica   R Mandella four year old filly won MSW debut and did it in a race down the SA hill........not an easy task......likely needs to move forward today to compete with our top pick.........she sure worked well enough since her debut to do just that

1  Brescat   not too shabby of a 2nd lifetime start considering this filly hadn't raced sine her debut in Chile 13 months ago........not at all out of this with a logical progression in form with that effort under her belt......an obvious good sign the Mr. Stevens sticks around 

11  Anniversary Kitty


race 5   above average clarity

6  Masochistic   3 for 3 when sprinting without fronts on with the average margin of victory being 7 lengths.......and training as though he is ready (and then some) fresh off of the bench

1  Airfoil   consistent off pace race runner appears to get plenty of heat up front which obviously can flatter his late run

3  Reno Rebel   might sit in a dream position stalking a potential duel between the 5 and the 6........like his chances if that occurs


race 6    average clarity

1  Nob Hill   improving with every start and especially with the blinkers taken off for his last......should be motoring late......last fits........a ton if improves for the 4th time in a row 

4  Wabel    speed sprinter adds blinkers for today for his 1st at a route........how's speed looking so far as this fellow seems loose on the lead and has the pedigree to stick around

2  The Man   blinkers off (and Bejarano up for the 1st time) this PA bred likely to get him to take back in his 1st lifetime route race.......not to mention that Baffert trains both speed types (2 and 4)......two solid lifetime sprints.....but.......distance is a ? mark with a so so pedigree for a route 

9  Ideal

Long-shot consideration:   5  Honor Society   sprint - sprint - route (50 for his last 200 for the trainer) maneuver.......and...... blinkers on and the works sure are better.......very stout route breeding.....dangerous and likely at a double digit price


race 7    average clarity

4  Miss Mandate   last wasn't as bad as it looks but what we want is her effort two back which is hidden by running wide up near the pace on an inside biased day

8  Wild At Heart   solid sprints in both lifetime starts and sure is bred to handle one mile......seems like a big day for this expensive Mandella runner as the owners didn't shell out the big bucks to be a sprinter

2  All Star Bub   seems best at one mile at SA and sure is training markedly better of late.....and that is a dangerous thing with Bejarano up for Hollendorfer

7  Luminance

Long-shot consideration:   3  Midnight Miley   wide trip up near a fast pace hides a strong move forward (albeit on the turf) in her last......bred fine for dirt.....bad dirt debut 3 back which I believe was  a "gimme"


race 8    above average clarity

6  Light the City   powerful wide run in latest with 1st time Desormeaux in the saddle and 1st time at a route.........should be very stout here if she repeats the effort with a better trip

4  Achiever's Legacy   on the right end of the learning curve and today we get a rider upgrade........not out of this if her progression continues today

3  Enchanting Lady   tall order for a laid up three year old filly to run a route for the 1st time off of the extended break.....but Bob Baffert trained and he has her working like she might be up to the challenge

7  Rattataptap


race 9    average clarity

6  Warrensdollarsigns   two lifetime efforts/figs (last two races) are better than par and they both were run with the blinkers off and at SA and with Valdez up......same criteria for today.......and very few in here look capable of par

4  Sweet Sense   dropped and tossed a clinker as favorite off the long layoff last July off of some decent works.......drops again off the seven month hiatus and again working well.......might crush the field.......might toss another bomb........toss a coin

2  Profit Motive   not much in 2nd lifetime start.......debut fits and is hidden by a tough trip.......needs a rebound and a rebound with a better trip

3  Cindy's Secret

11  Prevaricator

13 AE  Dulcemia

10  Here Comes Bobbie

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Santa Anita for Thursday 26 February 2015

Average looking card for today. Be back with you on Friday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Justonemorething   believe we have a gimme/go situation here.......race two back off of 15 days (short rest) was very strong........ winning despite a wide trip close to a solid pace........66 to 1 odds in an 8 horse field in last supports the "no go" .......drops today back in short rest of 21 days today 

1  Poison Pulpit     trainer/rider are both having a strong SA so far and have won their last 3 of 4 as a team.......Bonde must like what he sees with the blinkers on (1st time blinkers for today and likely they have been on in the a.m.) to step his three year old up multiple levels off of a loss and  get Bejarano to ride

2  One More Roll   too ambitiously placed in last couple of races.........back to reality in this $20K three year old claimer where if fits 


race 2    below average clarity

5  Thesheetsguy   done little wrong since the blinkers were added five races back and he has been especially strong since switching to route racing........faced a little too tough in latest in alw company........back into claiming today......fits well here versus slightly easier

3  Muchos Besos    very reliable runner when routing including at today's one mile distance where he is (5 2 1 2).......trainer/rider have won 2 of their last 4 with another hitting the board.......should be a player in this spot

2  Ice Cream Truck    A C Avila is rather hot these days and he wheels this claimer back in 6 days off of a grass race........five year old gelding ran fairly well on the sod in his last and seems to be better on conventional dirt.......fits fine if he can handle the very short rest


race 3    average clarity

1  Hijra   back to Nakatani who is one for one on this Hollendorfer runner and who owns the only win in the USA for this mare in 6 starts........five year old is back in relatively short rest for the 1st time since arriving in the USA........and......... just put in a much improved 5F work only 5 days ago.........should be in the race from the get go

3  Elektrum   very consistent sort closed impressively into a pedestrian pace in her last which was her 1st in the good old U S of A........very tough if she moves forward in her 2nd outing since arriving from France

2  Diamond Stilettos   won sprint to route off of 1 1/2 months rest last year around the same time of year.........ran a 10 month layoff sprint in latest which was 1 1/2 months ago.............hmmmm


race 4   above average clarity

3  Kyankes   solid work tab for this 1st time at a route Baltas filly.......and Baltas is very dangerous 1st time he sees fit to send a horse "long"........and there's that ever dangerous drop out of MSW racing to maiden claiming

7  Lob City   (Andrea Yeager should own this horse)........decent mc debut and it was at today's one mile route distance......and........Dollase and company see fit to step their filly up one level..........sharp 4F drill since debut........seems likely to move forward in 2nd lifetime start 

5  I Heart You    low percentage trainer but she has been very dangerous 3rd out after layoffs (3 for her last 7) and that is the case today for this youngster coming off her lifetime best

2  Valentine's Reward


race 5   average clarity

8  Taylor Lane    seems best when today's rider T C Baze is aboard........all three lifetime hill efforts fit well and her 1st two are hidden by not the best of trips and with a rider that struggled in S Cal......seems likely to get a nice close up position in a race where a reasonable pace should occur

7  Scatfish   not much of a fig in her last which was down the hill but she did show some life in the very late stages.....but more importantly it appears her 1st on the sod did some good as her works since are vastly better.....and Bejarano and his agent see fit to stick with the filly

1  Seek a Star   1 1/8th turf effort in last.......the endurance applied from the race should aid her late kick come stretch time in today's sprint down the majestic SA hill grass course.......especially if a faster set of fractions develop than anticipated

5  Tale of Papa Nick


race 6    average clarity

3  Dress Code   to the bottom claiming level for this elder statesman who should fit quite well if of course his aging body has something left........claimed for 12.5K on 29 Jan so if they win here and get claimed they still turn a small profit

5  Qatar's Pearl   has been rather consistent over the last 5 months and would have been top pick if it wasn't for his tendency to hang in the stretch

8  Trucial State   34 to 1 shocker in last was aided by sitting way off of a nasty pace.....but the effort was still par like and the six year old seems at his best on the SA dirt.......and the trainer is an impressive (5 2 1 1) at the meet

6  My Jealous  


race 7    above average clarity

6  Fantastic Style   not only did this Baffert three year old filly run a strong number in her last her 2nd lifetime start but she also beat a stout looking group......works since hint she has held form......should be one tough cookie again

7  Majestic Presence   finally drops into an alw race following 6 straight Graded races most of which were Grade 1's........needs this confidence builder.......has a shot if she brings her best or close to it

1  Long Hot Summer   very impressive winning both lifetime races last summer at Del Mar on the AW.......bred fine to handle the conventional dirt.....work tab hints she is ready fresh like she was in her MSW debut........not impossible but sure returns in one tough spot

8  Lady Lake


race 8    average clarity

5  Grandson At Last   trainer Danny Velasquez is very capable of getting maiden claiming 1st timers ready to roll at 1st asking and the work regiment for this 1ster sure hints the trainer means business......and......mom has tossed 6 winners from 6 starters

8  Price of Glory   so so in last......what we want is a rebound to his effort 2 back which is solid and was run at today's abbreviated sprint distance of 5 1/2 furlongs

7  Sunshine Bandit   nowheresville in 3 lifetime races......but......1st time running as a gelding today and the recent works indicate that the surgery has some good

6  Bern

4  Coach John




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Santa Anita for Sunday 22 February 2015

Card seems OK for today especially if the dirt racing surface remains the same. Be back at it on Thursday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Mosso   been in every other mode and the race 2 back fits.......quite solid lately in the a.m. which supports the notion of a rebound for today

4  Echo Zulu    way in over his head in last trying the turf for the 1st time following the claim......back where belongs......would have been top choice if speed types weren't falling apart in the stretch so much these days at SA

5  W. Giles   claimed for 20K.......in for 14K.......fits if there is some "horse left"........has worked twice over the 4 weeks since the claim......60/40 that he is healthy enough to compete at a high level here 

Long-shot consideration:  1 Oh Brother Go   best two lifetime races in his 11 race career were the only 2 races he ran with Periban as the trainer......back to Periban today and the drills at Bsr hint he definitely has the trump card for this fellow


race 2    above average clarity

5  Fiftyshadesoffun   decent layoff run in last (sprinting) her 2nd lifetime start and 1st for Puype.......sure seems set up for today's route race which she is bred to handle

1  Bernier   like so many trainers Blake Heap is dangerous sprint - sprint - route........and that is the scenario here for this runner's 3rd lifetime race.......pedigree is fine to handle the two turns

8  Private Marina   not impossible if the fronts are on but her chances sure seem enhanced if they are off as she ran without them for the 1st time ever in her latest and she moved forward quite a bit......get those binoculars out for the post parade

4  Grandma Connie


race 3    below average clarity

6  Larocco   back to Periban who has gotten the most out of this filly and he wisely takes the blinkers off as her races with them on are dismal.........impressive 6F (two turn work) at Bsr on 2 Feb (1:12:1)

4  She's Flush   late running filly should love the way the track at SA is playing if of course it doesn't change today........sure hope it doesn't as I am handicapping (for the most part) for it to remain the same

3  A. P. Pepper   doesn't care for the sod much.....so with that in mind her last sure appears to be a turf tightener for day's dirt race......seems to fire to some degree when placed in sprints


race 4    average clarity

8  War Destiny   strong forward move in last his 2nd lifetime start......sharp series of 5 works since.......Sadler is all business today for the 1st on the sod for this gelding......five year old owns a solid pedigree for it

3  Barbary Coast   best set of drills for a Robert Hess 1st time starter in many many a moon......believe this colt can run some (at least on the dirt) and hopefully he will take to the sod.......average pedigree for it

6  Dead Easy   five year old gelding seems best with 4 or 5 weeks between races and gets it today......and......his latest off of 8 weeks isn't too shabby.......seems poised for top effort today

7  Uptown Rythem


race 5   average clarity

8  Z Besha    Baffert 2nd time starter was absolutely full of run in the late stages of his MSW debut.......and.........he went off 14 to 1 in a 7 horse field field.........so.......it is highly likely he surprised Baffert and company to some degree.......should be fully fit for today

6  Air Pocket   nicely bred Bob Baffert 1st time starter seems cranked up and ready to roll for his MSW debut.........what's new?

1  Ketos   very sharp set of drills for this Sadler 1st time starter strongly hints he is meant and ready.......but......he needs to overcome a tough post in which to start for a debuting youngster

3  Win The Space


race 6    average clarity

2  Papacoolpapacool    switches from a cold trainer in Mullins to a hot one in D'Amato.......and the drills hint the change in conditioners has improved this three year old gelding who is 1 for 1 at SA on the turf (and at today's distance of one mile)

3  Daddy D T   all three lifetime mile grass races fit very well here......hasn't gotten the best of trips in those races.........new jock up for today might help......but........ the trainer/rider are a cold 1 of their last 18 as a team......if I knew this fellow was going to get a decent trip today he would easily have been top choice

8  Broughton Kitten   bad start and a wide 2nd turn hurt this colt's chances in his latest grass race which was run 2 back.......different jock today and Martin Garcia is riding quite well following a slow start at the SA meeting

6  Stormy Liberal


race 7    average clarity

1  Arlington House   on the improve with each and every race.....broke her maiden in her last (1st time Bejarano) winning going away at the wire in a route........very reassuring work tab since........same or better today

6  Follow Me Crew   might be a good claim as this youngster broke his maiden for fun with a 7L win.......1st at a route but bred well to handle one........seems early for a 3 yr old to face older at a route but his last is too strong to ignore.....and Gary Stevens is up for Alfredo Marquez......that sure seems significant

9  Gold Chaser   lone route race back in June is better than appears in print......might be sitting on a strong route dirt race coming off a solid turf sprint down the hill

5  Silent Ruler 

Long-shot consideration:   2  Warren's T. Baze   both lifetime races on the dirt fit OK and his a.m. work since his last is improved and somewhat subtle in it's improvement


race 8    below average clarity

2  Winning Prize   proven fresh and working as if Drysdale has him ready.......and 2 for 2 when today's jock Bejarano has been aboard.......won quite easy in those two efforts to boot

3  U S Citizen   expensive claim by Miller and company of a sharp 6 yr. old gelding right now........might get a nice stalk or mid pack position behind a lively pace.......dangerous

4  Distinctiv Passion  best early speed on the grounds.........he will most likely be loose on the lead once again but be best rate some as 6 1/2 furlongs might be a little too far if he doesn't

7  Hey Dude


race 9    average clarity

6  Borealis Breeze   new trainer for today in Kitchingman.........three year old maiden is a 1st time gelding for today.......and........a recent bullet drill hints the operation did some good.......scratched out of a race yesterday for this spot

9  Bossmon   GG invader takes that ever dangerous drop from MSW to maiden claiming........very dangerous successful rider/trainer combo in T C Baze/Blaine Wright

8  Captain G   nice wake up in 2nd lifetime start and 1st at a route......and drops one level today.......would have been top pick if the bug boy wasn't only 1 for 32 for the SA meeting

4  Yoked

1  Chuck's Chuckle

2  Julia's Summer

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