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19 April 19:  1st race pick 5 was 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, top, top for $853.20. 3rd race superfecta box of 4 given picks $407.40. 4 race double hit COLD for $44.60. 5th race exacta hit COLD $38.20. (superfecta was top, 2nd, 5th, 3rd pick for $336.40). 8th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $16.20.

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Santa Anita for Friday 19 April 2019

Kentucky Derby Day and our full card selections for Churchill Downs is only 15 days away. In a few days you will see our discounted price which will be available for three days only at a $5 savings.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

1  Mr Magico   this five-year old had an uncharacteristically bad trip in his last (shuffled back early and bore out some on turn 1) but he usually gets/gives smooth trips........good post to help him get a clean trip today........like the step up in claiming which hints that this improving five-year old might move forward again

6  Erotic  Richard Mandella is having a good SA meeting and might keep the good times coming today with this four-year old dropping into MC for the first time ever........and Mandella is 6 for the last 10 with the "1st time in MC" move........that and he gets the best grass jock in S Cal in Prat (well maybe not when Rosario is around)

3  Fast as Cast   lone win for this Stute four-year old came off of short rest of 14 days in a race run 6 back.........12 days since this gelding last ran in what was a decent grass race......dangerous sort especially with the switch to Bejarano

7  Asano

2  Vander Kelen


race 2    average clarity

5  Party Hostess   wide trip up on the pace in what was a fast 1st call for this now very deep but safer SA surface......six year old mare should once again be on or near the front end and this time with only one other speed type to deal with in the one horse......so she should not get stuck very wide up on the pace this time around

1  Sturdy One   last two fast track races (one and three back) are very strong here and if she can run as well on a deep dirt as she did in those two significantly faster dirt surfaces she has as a good a shot of winning this race as anyone

4  Todos Santos   here is the comment before her last race which was on 4 April where all three of our picks participated in "very significant rider upgrade today for this mare who really appreciates the SA surface but has had multiple races where she has had trip trouble.......hope Bejarano makes the difference" ........well he didn't as broke her tardy and ran wide........but the field size of five should help things out today as she won't be so wide


race 3    average clarity

1  Wilhelmina's Girl   Hector Palma is often at his most dangerous these days with MC 1st time starters with prolonged work tabs like this filly shows......and mom has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters........should be a handsome price

3  Caracortada   very solid better than it looks in the 6F version of this race run on 31 March........ran wide on a day the rail may have been slightly bias......same race and a better position and she should be a major factor in the outcome of this Mc25K affair

2  Champagne Honey  today's 5 1/2 furlong distance is very much to her liking and Heap is often at his most dangerous off of layoffs.......that and the filly drops down in maiden claiming

4  Hansen Tale Blues 


race 4    average clarity

3  Time for Suzie  toss out her latest as she appeared to want no part of the GG AW.........race two back at SA and also at 6 1/2 is solid as she was blocked & steadied about 3 lengths on the turn and the stretch and once she got free she closed well for the win.....that race at one claiming level lower fits well here with a better trip-a-rue

2  Diosa   best speed in the field and she seems to rate OK if given a soft lead which she really only saw once.....and what did she do......wired the field for fun

6  Staythirstymyamigo   like this youngster's chances (see race 3 back) if Fuentes takes her back off of the lead because if he tries to go with our 2nd pick he will likely pay a price in late stretch


race 5    average clarity

8  Snazzy Dresser   four-year old gelding seems a little tougher when she wears blinkers and they go back on today for the first time in 7 races.......good speed jock up........call it about a 75% chance he can clear his 7 foes and open up a clear lead on the back stretch........rails are 30 feet out which is usually good for early speed

4  Artie B Good   gimme/go route to sprint maneuver 2nd out following the Marquez claim led to a strong 2nd place finish for this colt who had to overcome a tough trip to boot.......toss out the "gimme" one mile race and the only other one mile grass race that this colt ran in fits fine......trainer has had very nice 2018/19 with his grass runners

1  Malibu Music   fits on the drop out of allowance racing but he appears to be compromised by the race shape of this affair that favors speed which he has had none of in his last two races with the blinkers off......late breaking move (?) to blinkers on today might help

5  Point Guard

7  Encumbered


race 6    average clarity

1  Moneydontspenditself  toss out race two back as he likely disliked the off going........race three back he made a premature early 2nd turn move and still ran 2nd at one claiming level higher than today.......won like a good thing in his latest race (as our 5 to 1 top choice) earning a solid fig for today's level and distance and he showed that he likes the very slow SA main track

3  Big Shanty   best speed in the field and now adds blinkers......drops 2 levels below where Baltas claimed him for 2 races back.......good sign Prat stays put.......big shot to wire the field

4  Kochees  Hollendorfer cuts the claiming price in half for this gelding and why not as he is 9 years old now.........good history with Gutierrez on his back.......(2 1 1 0) at the somewhat specialized 7F distance......not out of the win picture by any means.....pun intended

8  Matriculate

5  Clear the Mine


race 7    average clarity

2  Halo Darlin   Pender won 2 of 3 last week for a big return and both ran much better than I could see.......so if he is in go mode this mare should be very tough as I can see her in this spot........especially since it seems likely she should get a nice ground saving stalk position

5  Anonymously   away since 21 January but this filly has shown she can run well "fresh".......that and she sure looks loose in spot.......she does lose top jock Rosario but over the last couple of months when Fuentes rides for Cerin his mounts have been live ones

4  Cynthiana   mare has been away for 11 months and returns with a change in trainers from Baltas to Eurton.......her new trainer is solid off of long layoffs and the works seem good enough to be ready fresh off of the bench.........and Prat wants the mount........top turf jock Prat has been on this gal one time and she arguably ran her lifetime best race......such a deal

1  Equal Measure


race 8    average clarity

4  Blue Skye Jade   good drills for this three-year old racing in his 3rd lifetime start and with the sprint-sprint-route maneuver.......good route pedigree......good SA meeting for trainer Craig Lewis.......a trifecta of positives to consider this youngster

5  Royal Insider  only one of his three conventional dirt route races fits here but it fits big......and if he is up to that race run four back lookout as he has a much more prolific rider up today than he had on the 21 Oct. race.......Harty seems due and one of his best trainer stats is with the MSW to MC move

1  Jonathantoquick  16% trainer in 2018/19 but only 1 for his last 32 in maiden claiming races......but at least this gelding has shown he can handle the distance and the track as in (6 0 1 3) & (5 0 1 2) respectively.......and he appears to like the blinkers off

7  Palace Sage

3  Meadway





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Santa Anita for Sunday 14 April 2019

Kentucky Derby day is less than 3 weeks away. My favorite day in racing and then some.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Jetovator   very soft looking group of Cal-bred MSW runners so it is easy to turn to a 1st timer training as if he is meant and ready for his MSW debut for Peter Eurton and company......and I like that Bejarano gets the call as the only two times he rode for Eurton over the last two mounts both runners were very live

2  Hit the Seam    there is gimme/go and then there is gimme/gimme/go which I believe is the scenario for this Freeman runner........and take a look at how well this gelding ran off of short rest in the past in his running lines.......last race 10 days ago......big rebound seems likely

5  Preaching Trainer   very bad trip in his MSW debut and a horrendous trip in his 2nd lifetime start......continues to run and work with plenty energy/ability......now Carla Gaines needs to get his head on straight.......lookout if she does


race 2    average clarity

5  Wilshire Dude   four-year old gelding is (5 2 1 1) on main track surfaces and his last race at SA (run 2 back) is very strong......actually he has run awfully well in all three lifetime route dirt races........just claimed by Manuel Ortiz in his last from Bill Spawr and he gets a nice spot to race his four old in.......should make a good account of himself

1  I Can Do This   last on an off track is a par like effort for today's level......race 2 back on a fast track is about 3 lengths better than par.......sunny skies in Arcadia today

4  Bellerin   scratched from Friday's race for this spot and in S Cal that is often a very good thing..........gelding is 2 for 3 at SA on the dirt and both wins were at today's one mile distance.........seems like a player


race 3    average clarity

2  Overdue    trained quite impressively for his MSW debut on Feb 28th but only ran OK in a race down the SA hill (man I miss the hill the coolest grass configuration of any grass course in the world)......continues to work well and the cut back in distance today combined with the switch to Prat should make for you tough cookie today

5  Victory Element   right there at the 5 furlong point (today's distance) of all his races which were as short as 6F and as long as 1 1/16.......1st on the sod today with an OK pedigree for it.......not out on the win picture by any means

1  Bowl of Spaghetti   race sure appeared to be nothing more than a spin around the track as Mr Miller ran one two with his other two runners in the field.......that and the works since are tightly spaced.......wound up and ready to roll.......tough call though if he will appreciate the sod or not


race 4    average clarity

3  Denman's Call   last 3 races are better than par for today's slightly lower level and his latest race is hidden in its strength somewhat........and it seems like a sharp move by Glatt to go back to Bejarano who has won his last two mounts on this six-year-old

4   Facts Matter   likes the SA dirt course and the cut back in distance should be a plus......and considering he just won at 7 furlongs that should make his step up in claiming doable.....he does lose Bejarano to our top pick.......Pereira will do just fine

2  River Echo  last time this gelding raced off a long layoff he run a very strong race (maybe his lifetime best) but it was run on an off track......works say he is ready fresh.......dangerous Miller starter if he can run as well fresh off of the bench on a fast track


race 5    average clarity

2  Causeforcommotion   trainer has had one heck of a good SA to date and Kruljac might keep the ball rolling here with this consistence grass mare who should be tough here if she returns ready at full bore.......her a.m. prowess suggests she will.....and she should get a great trip sitting up close to the front in an affair that seems to favor those who do

3  Love and Peace   1st two races in the USA are a little short in this spot......but the preparatory works for her 3rd start are vastly improved and suggest she will fire her best yet and with Prat up

1  Ahimsa   filly should find herself on the lead in this spot void of much speed which makes her dangerous but with two "ifs"........if Brice Blanc is capable of getting only his 2nd grass win in 45 starts (yikes!)........and if this filly is fit enough to last the one mile distance off of 9 month layoff


race 6    average clarity

5  Beach View   six-year-old is well proven in marathon affairs both on the turf and the dirt.......and he is ultra consistent when he takes back early and has a target to run at........the barn seems to realize that now........and he gets 1st time Prat today.....hard not to put on top

2  Acker   gelding has been on quite a roll and just popped his lifetime best.........just claimed be the red-hot John Sadler who puts up Victor Espinoza who has been given very live mounts from John since returning from injury.......five year old has flattened out in his only two marathons but as sharp as he is and as hot as Sadler is he might not today

1  Campaign   double barrel action from Salder as he also conditions our 2nd pick.......colt can run all day but he has to come from the clouds today and with our top choice likely ahead of him by a few lengths at the top of the stretch........not impossible but not an easy task to go on by Beach View who should finish solidly as well


race 7    average clarity

1  Persephone   sprint-sprint-route maneuver for her 3rd lifetime start and with a series of solid longer works put in since her last run on 18 Feb.........that and she is bred well to get a route especially on mom's side of the equation

7  Field Bet   blinkers on and also a nice switch to a 7 lbs bug boy who can really ride including on the turf which most apprentice riders do poorly on (mostly because you don't get to ride on it in the a.m. any thus having much less experience on it than the main track)........seems like a sharp claim but Sadler of a filly that beat 6 of  9 foes in her debut which was down the hill ......blinkers on and just what you want to see as in good works.......solid route pedigree........hard not to like

2  Breezy Bee   consistent sort but settles for minor awards......but she is the only 4-year-old in the field and in a route race to boot.......that might have her fighting for the win instead of batting for 3rd or 4th once again

4  Gotta Be Lucky


race 8    average clarity

4  Teacher's Treasure   as big of a rider upgrade as you will see in S Cal for this gelding today.......that and when Truman uses a top jock he usually means business........easy to make as the top pick

10  Dialed Up   our 8 to 1 top choice did not disappoint despite trip trouble in his maiden debut.......if he builds on the race he has a shot to make it back to back wins.......tough call if he will as he was very pointed for his MSW debut

11  Red Envelope   four-year old gelding is (4 1 1 2) lifetime on main track surfaces rated fast.....that and his trainer shows signs of snapping out a prolong slump.........dangerous sort

9  Nap Lajoie

7  Minoso




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Santa Anita for Friday 12 April 2019

Our special publication for Saturday 13 April 2019 covering the 7 Stakes races at Oaklawn Park and Keeneland can still be purchased. Click on the Kee/OP banner on our homepage. It should be in your email sometime this afternoon.

Today's card and Saturday's card both seem decent.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  New Year New Me   decent MC debut (and a key race with 1st and 3rd returning to win) at the difficult distance for a 1st time starter of seven furlongs.......cut back of a full furlong today should give this filly plenty of endurance in the late stages of this 6F affair

6  Appolina  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE drop makes sense for this Baffert 2nd time starter dropping from MC50K to MC30K as she blew an easy paced lead at 5F in her debut in a race taken off the turf and moved to the dirt........and with no races on the hill right now and only few carded at 5F on the turf she needs this softer dirt level to last 6F and win

4  Tick Tock   Andrew Lerner takes over the training duties of this three-year old today from Bill Morey..........wide trip in latest hides an effort in her latest which when you adjust for her trip fits fine here.......and the cut back in distance today should aid her finish

5  Miss Omnipotent

2  Gadot


race 2    average clarity

1  Curly's Music   4 of 5 lifetime starts fit well in this spot......and......his last race sure is disguised by pressing a hot pace 3 wide on the turn in a 7F affair.......he ran an adjusted for pace and position fig that is 4 or 5 lengths better than par for today's level

2  Buck Duane  last two racing endeavors fit and his latest race is better than it appears as he ran wide on a rail bias day........back in short rest but he has handled it in the past more than 1/2 of the time

5  Cayate  tough call if this 5-year-old is ready of the 2 1/2 month break......but......if he is he likely will be dangerous as the best speed in the field


race 3    average clarity

3  Silken Spy   race lacks speed and this filly sure appears to have the most.......so.........with the rail out 30 feet today she might be tough to wheel in if she breaks cleanly and gets away early

4  Wind Tartare   exits a very key race with no less than 6 next out winners (race 3 back was also a very key race)......and her rack 2 back might be even better than those 2 key races and also stronger than it appears in print

5  Whirling   stepped up in last 1st out after the George Papaprodromou claim and ran a nice 2nd in a race down the hill........and his filly might be every bit as good in a route turf race especially at the one mile distance


race 4    average clarity

4  Liberty Park  trainer is waking up from the doldrums and he drops this gelding multiple levels and with the support of 6 tightly spaced drills.......which suggests he is doing well despite the significant suspicious large drop

5  Smokin B   Jack Carava's four-year old is capable on or off of the lead and he just worked an improved 5F drill.......appears to be ready for a top effort

3  Gryffinder   four-year old gelding seems at his best in route races on conventional dirt surfaces......race 3 back which was the last time he saw a conventional dirt surface (and at SA) fits OK here.......not impossible to get to the circle of joy and at a price

7  Rolls Royce Deal

9  Implicitly


race 5    average clarity

4  Honeyfromthesouth  lifetime best was the only time in 4 races that this filly got to race off of short rest.......short rest today and her last race is solid and somewhat hidden in it's strength........and it is rather impressive that she was able to put in a work since her 30th of March race........hard not to like

5  Into Chocolate   Clifford Sise 1st time starter is training as if she is 100% ready to compete at a very high level for her MSW debut......rather sure she will make a good account of herself this afternoon

9  Mind for Mischief   solid move forward in her last her 2nd lifetime start.......1st time using Lasix today and with 3 reassuring works since her latest which was run on the 2nd of March.......last might do the trick and yet she might manage to move forward again

8  Royally Bland

11  Carressa


race 6    average clarity

5  North County Guy  very solid 1st ever at a turf route in his latest and the strength of the effort is disguised by breaking slightly tardy and then racing very wide.......that and the works since the 18 Feb race are vastly improved.........might be sitting on his lifetime best

7  Acclimate   last 4 one mile grass races fit well at today's level........and the only time that today's rider Tiago Pereira was a part of those four races he won firing his best to date........dangerous sort

1  Jimmy Chila   exits a key race where he ran 2nd in a race down the hill.........and his last win came running turf sprint down the hill to route turf........hmmmm

6  Little No Way

9  Bellerin


race 7   below  average clarity

1  Wandering Patrol  seems like a great spot for a "returnee" with some ability as this appears to be a soft group of Cal-bred nw's..........filly has been away since May but she is working like she is fit and ready........one concern is that Ben Cecil is dismal with layoffs of 3 months or greater

2  Chasin Lucas  poor effort with the blinkers on in her latest.......wisely they are taken off today........needs her race two back and if she provides it she has as good a chance of taking down this race as anyone in the field

4  Pied N True  claimed back by Matt Chew despite running a weak race on the day he lost this filly.......that tells me he firmly believes she is capable of much better despite the poor effort........works since the claim back are improved.........dangerous sort and likely at a handsome price

3  Empress of Lov


race 8    average clarity

3  Scattering Pink   route-sprint-route scenario for this Richard Mandella filly trying the sod for the first time........bred well for it........solid a.m. work.........trainer has been firing on all cylinders in 2019.......hard not to like

1  Playa Chica   Richard Baltas has an impressive record with east coast invaders that he takes over the training duties for........filly finished up 2018 with 3 improved grass races after adding blinkers........been away since October but she has put in more than enough morning work to be ready

5  Over Emphasize    1st time on the grass today and also 1st time at a route........pedigree is good enough to handle both........that and she has some speed and more than the 4 horses inside of her so the one or two path on turn one seems likely setting her up for a good trip

7  Magical Gray

2  Haughty Girl




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Santa Anita for Sunday 7 April 2019

OK race card to finish the week of racing at Santa Anita. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

NOTE that there is SHF carryover in race 1 today of $35K

2  Continental Divide   colt just popped his lifetime best in the 22 February version of this race.......continues to train like a happy healthy individual.........love the solid 5F drill just 3 days ago......feeling great.......seems very "meant" today

6  Lostintranzlation   filly vs. the boys today but heck why not as this filly broke her maiden in allowance race......so why not stay in the unorthodox mode and race her vs the boys......works are stellar hinting she is more than ready fresh off of the bench.......significant rider upgrade and with a sex weight break.......many things to like

4  Mobou   bad trip in latest hides a solid forward move and a lifetime top effort........Smith wisely stays put......trainer is hot......not out of the win picture by any means

9  Feeling Strong

8  Jet Set Ruler


race 2    average clarity

1  Don't Stalk Me   rather ambitious placements in last two races but pulls back to 25K which he handled well three races back........colt is very consistent on fast rated main tracks (11 6 2 2) and might be at his best at SA (7 4 1 0)........should be tough once again today

5  Tough But Nice   great spot for Palma and company following the claim back as he appears to be lone speed in this spot.......Palma wanted this guy back and wants to keep him so he doubles the claim price today

6  Conquest Cobra   1st out following the Sadler claim and he is willing to put him up for the same 25K tag be got him for.......and he legs up Rosario who has won 9 of his last 16 mounts for Sadler as of Friday.......hard not to like


race 3    average clarity

4  Withholding Info  solid 1st at a route in latest her 2nd lifetime start and a work regiment since the early January race that has "moving forward" written all over it.......Baffert three year old should get a good stalk position setting her up nicely to be one tough cookie come stretch time

3  Sutro   filly has been very "live" when Smith rides her and he is back aboard today after being absent for a race.......dangerous "live" runner

6  Zusha   1st race on the dirt since her debut 8 races ago which she handled OK.......might show much more speed today as the best early foot she ever showed was in that lone dirt race.......that would enhance her chances as there isn't that much speed in the race


race 4    average clarity

7  Guiliana   Powell is very dangerous with overseas invaders and this might be a good spot for this mare who can run all day long and catches not only a weak looking group of locals but with quite a few who don't want to run as far as 8F

6  Peter's Kitten   Sadler has done great work of late when he takes over the training duties of out-of-town horses.......this filly won like a good thing 1st out for John in a race run on the slop.......(5 0 3 0) on the grass and one of those 2nd's was at today's 9F distance.......should be a player as well as Sadler has been doing

4  Gratzie   filly drops and that should make her a player in this race that came up somewhat soft.......9F is a ? mark but she has won once at 1 1/16th

3  Sapphire Kid


race 5    below average clarity

1  Treasure Hunter  significant move forward in last in a route and the effort is more than deserving of today's nw 's allowance race if of course he can run similar in today's sprint race......smart move for Palma to put a fast bullet 4F drill into to help him prepare for today's sprint

5  Soul Streit   talented Baffert speed horse seemingly has to put away two other early speed types in this race one of which is also from the Baffert barn.......like his chances if he can accomplish the task

7  There and Back    Baffert colt won 1st out of the box way back in June running a brilliant 115:4 in his MSW debut.......he has been absent since but like most laid up Baffert alw horses he is training as if he is all set to continue where he left off

2  Coil Me Home

4  Passionate Reward


race 6    average clarity

11  Jack's a Diva  decent looking claim by Salder who is having one heck of a nice SA meeting so far.......good early speed in a race that lacks it.........quite the rider upgrade to Rosario......faces a weak looking bunch both in the a.m. work and their p.m. work

3  Fright Night   decent debut and it is well disguised by a rotten trip......not crazy about the 0 for 51 in 2018/19 rider up or would have rated higher......check for a change in rider if games are being played......if there is one and he is decent then maybe this guy should have been made top choice

5  John's Intuition   debut fits but the next two races don't.......gelded prior to this race......might be the catalyst for a rebound......we shall see about 3:30 pacific time

13  Dieci

12  Fortnite Dance


race 7    average clarity

6  Souter  gelding is by far at his best (most reliable) when he gets ample time between starts......he gets it today and he also gets Van Dyke who owns a win and 2 2nd's in 3 mounts on him.........lone race at 9F is solid and a little better than it appears in print.......hard not to like

8  Conquest Lemonraid  WO invader runs for the 1st time for Peter Miller and with a good-looking prolonged work regiment that hints that this isn't a tune-up.......9F seems like a good fit.........and reinforcing the idea that she is ready is seeing that Rosario wants the mount

7  Accountability   tossed a clunker in his last but 3 of his 4 previous efforts fit well here.....blinkers on to shake things up and just what you want to see as a vastly improved recent drill......rather sure he mounts a rebound

2  Sejo

9  Maestro Dearte


race 8    average clarity

7  Dream True  tossed a clunker in latest which broke her 5 race win streak to start her career but given plenty of time to recover........works are "Baffert good" as in great......and money Mike Smith jumps aboard reinforcing the idea of a rebound........she should be in the mix from the get go capable of winning on or off of the pace

2  Spectator  back in the D'Amato barn after two dull efforts out east with a different trainer.........(5 3 1 1) for the D'A including a 5 1/4 length win in a Grade 2........away since August but she has shown she can run well "fresh"........very dangerous

9  Show It N Moe It   consistent sort seems best at SA and she appears to be in the top form of her life........she continues to work solidly and for a trainer in Sherlock who doesn't push them too hard in the mornings

3  Lady Suebee

1  Amuse


race 9    average clarity

1  Scrambled  decent return to the race wars off of a 13 month layoff.......1st at a route and back to the grass which he showed in can handle in a MSW 2 back......good route pedigree......trainer has been hot of late.......works are solid.......should get ignored at the windows some

6  Single Me Out  Cassidy is often at his most dangerous 3rd out after a layoff which is the case today for this four-year old gelding who improved quite a bit with the addition on blinkers in his latest

10  Aussie Fox  bad trip - bad trip - brutal trip........new jock gets a try on this gelding who has been hard to handle in 2019......that hasn't always been the case.......he can win this race despite the difficult post if he shows the same effort/energy and gets his mind back

9  Indoctrination

5  Armed Wall




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Santa Anita for Saturday 6 April 2019

Tremendous 11 race card on Saturday at Santa Anita with not one claiming race carded. There are 7 Stakes races which includes three Grade 1 races, one Grade 2 and one Grade 3. Mandatory payoff for the 20 cent pick 6 today with a prediction of a final pool being over 3 million.

Our special publication for Saturday 13 April 2019 covering the 7 or 8 Stakes races at Oaklawn Park and Keeneland is now available for purchase.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Lemoona    sure acts like her 1st racing as far as 9 furlongs of turf today will be a plus and gets the right jock to help her along in Rosario.......last turf race run which was two back is much better than it appears in print as she was given an insanely wide ride albeit from a difficult post......rider upgrade & better post.......such a deal

1  Mirth   barn has been awakening of late and might keep the good times coming here with this filly who just won at SA on the grass at today's 9 furlong distance.......and she is 4 for 5 overall on the grass........she earned a number that is par for today's level in that race with a wide trip adjustment of 5L

3  Spy Ring   sprint-sprint-route scenario for this Cassidy five-year old who should be able to get the lead in this spot.......acts like 9 furlongs is longer than she wants to run but then again she sure is bred-well to get the distance

4  Pulpit Rider

2  Kodiak West


race 2    average clarity

6  Sneaking Out  Hollendorfer filly appears tons the best in this field unless she doesn't take to the SA surface in her 1st race on it.......should be in the hunt from the opening bell

5  Lippy  filly has done little wrong in 5 lifetime starts and today gets a rider upgrade.......that and she might feel really good coming off of a route grass race.......as in muscled up with more endurance

4  Naughty Tiger   yet to run well following two nice wins (with blinkers on) in a row with the blinkers coming off following those wins........whats with that......they are still off but she is working as if a rebound is imminent........we shall see

9  Dr Wysong

3  Violette Szabo


race 3    average clarity

5  Bellafina   5 wins in 6 Graded races all of which were Grade 1's or 2's........her lone failure was a bad trip 4th in the Breeders Cup........and Prat knows her extremely well having been aboard for all of her lifetime starts

1  Flor de Ls Mar  toss out her last as she disliked the off going......her MSW debut 2 back was something special as she lived up to the 1 to 1 hype as she won in a 3 wide duel on a rail bias day and still drew off by 5L is solid final time......big step up today but Baffert is at the helm and has her training as if she is more than ready for the challenge

2  Chasing Yesterday   Baffert three-year old filly is 5 for 6 lifetime including a Grade 1 win but she really hasn't faced too much......still she is working as well as she ever has and draws Mike Smith........dangerous sort


race 4    below average clarity

10  Royal Trump   very consistent sort continues to work as if he has held form off of the 2 month break........1st after the Glatt claim is often a positive especially when he gives his new shooter ample time off........and the fact he draws the attention of Pratt and his agent only supports the notion he is ready to roll

8  Make It a Triple   a good portion of this gelding's career fits solidly in this softer spot (kind of amazing he still fits the race condition) and if the connections named a better jock to ride he would be the top pick........come on Vinnie B

9  Captivate   Puype won two yesterday so his barn might be in full "go mode"..........Van Dyke has a good record on this five-year old (4 2 1 0 1)........gelding ran very well in his last off of a 4 month layoff.........2 1/2 month layoff for today's race.......should be a major player

3  Italiano

7  Super Terrific

4  Coil to Strike


race 5    above average clarity

1  Vasilika   ultra consistent Stakes mare has been "lights out" at Santa as in 9 wins and a 2nd in 10 turf starts......good post and regular jock up in Prat.......no brainer to put on top

5  Raven's Lady   talented GB invader ends up in the Cassidy barn and Jim appears to have her meant and ready for her U S of A debut.......she has mostly sprinted overseas but her pedigree says she might be capable of running all day........dangerous new shooter

3  Meal Ticket  might get a very good trip stalking the 2 horse who usually flattens out in the late stages of her one mile turf races.......upset is not totally impossible if the pace is slow enough

2  Miss Bad Behavior


race 6    average clarity

7  Lieutenant Dan   last two races sprinting on fast tracks (his last and 4 back) are slightly better than par for today's level........Miyadi three year old should sit in a nice stalk position just as he did in running his lifetime best in a 6F sprint at SA in mid January

6  Foster Boi   impressive MSW debut (and pounded at the windows) for this D'Amato colt down the hill at SA........3 drills since the 1 March race and the last drill is very fast indicating he will handle the SA dirt just fine........very dangerous 2nd time starter

5  Listing   only runner in the race to have won two Stakes races and he gets a jock upgrade to Rosario who is having a dynamite 2019......Ben Cecil colt should be closing late

8  Tap the Wire

9  Principe Carlo


race 7    average clarity

5  One Bad Boy   sprint-sprint-route maneuver for this 3rd time starter who should appreciate his 1st on the sod and 1st around two turns........his a.m. work hints he has never been more fit...........retains Rosario who is riding the turf beautifully at this meeting

2  M Town Gem   trainer Mike Puype just won with a MSW 1st time starter yesterday paying 15 to 1........and he sure is working this colt as if he wants him to produce a peak performance in his debut......mom has tossed 3 turf winners from 5 starters.........Gryder up and these days that's a plus.......good post........upset in the making?

3  Polar   set a brutal set of fractions in his MSW debut which was in the slop and rightfully cashed it in.......bred for the turf and if he takes to it he might open up an insurmountable lead

8  Mo Reserve

11  Proud Pedro


race 8    above average clarity

6  Game Winner   should be undefeated but for an uncharacteristically bad ride Rosario gave this stout colt as he was given a way too wide of a trip in his last which was at OP.........that and the 9 furlongs to travel should be a cake for him and might not be for many in here........Rosario will be out to make amends

1  Roadster   solid races in all three lifetime starts and he might get a perfect trip stalking the 5 horse who I obviously believe might have trouble holding it together for the 9F........and with money Mike in the irons this Baffert colt has a shot to upset his barn mate

3  Nolo Contesto  lifetime best and somewhat disguised was run in his 2nd lifetime start run off of 34 days rest.........he won a one mile affair despite running wide on a rail bias day........today he runs 2nd out after a 2 month break off of 36 days rest.......lifetime best might be in the cards........dangerous


race 9    average clarity

2  Lady Prancealot   Baltas filly acts as if she will run all day and she is on the improve.....but maybe more importantly she is working as if her lifetime best will occur this afternoon.......Rosario sticks around to find out

3  Truffalino   filly is the lone individual to have competed at the 9F distance in this field and she won in a race run in late December.........and she won at the 9F distance with not the best of trips.......Mandella is having a solid meeting and might add to his 20% win percentage here

7  Maxin Rate   shocking 28 to 1 debut win for this Simon Callaghan filly with a jock who struggled at SA while he was here in Atzeni........Prat up today.......back to back wins might be in the cards but she won't be a "price" today

6  Colonial Creed

4  Lakerball


race 10    above average clarity

1  McKinzie  four-year old colt could be a perfect 4 for 4 at SA on fast tracks if not for a ? able DQ on 10 March 2018.......kind of strange that nobody has ever won on the dirt at 10F or further in this 2019 version of the SA Hcp and two horses in here have never run that far.......so I am not going to worry too much about this well-bred horse getting the distance

6  Campaign   this filly runs all day as witnessed by her 2 wins on the turf at marathon distances further than today's 10 panels.......won her latest in the slop in a race that wasn't fast but somewhat "key"........gets in light here........might be the last one standing because the final time most likely will be very slow as deep as the SA track is right now

4  Gift Box   did beat a nice horse in winning her last which was a Grade 2.....but she had a perfect trip stalking a fast pace while wide but wide on a day the outside was biased.......but .......on the other hand her a.m. work since has been exceptional......so still dangerous for sure but maybe a little over bet


race 11    average clarity

3  The Hunted  solid par like race in his last at 9F......and it sure appears that he is at his best at today's one mile turf distance.....very sharp work tab since his last on 7 Feb.......retains Prat......hard not to but this fellow on top

7  Rumpus Cat   double barrel action for Baltas as he also trains our top pick.......colt is 2 for 4 in turf routes including a win run sprint turf to route turf.......nice 6 1/2 furlong turf effort in last......and Rosario stays put......dangerous

6  Jungle Warfare   gelding has yet to win on the grass in 8 starts on it but he has run some races that fit fine here......and he has a good history when Bejarano is on his back.......not impossible to upset

8  Inscom

9  Shaky Alibi





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