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Santa Anita for Friday 7 Jan 2011

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Looking forward to a dry period now in S Cal where the new SA surface can settle down and we can see how the track is playing under a more controlled environment for the track maintenance crew.  This also makes it much easier for yours truly to make good selections. If you make picks for a particular racing surface and get something else you have little chance at giving out enough good choices.

Average card at best today. Tomorrow looks better at 1st glance.

 

race 1    average clarity

3  Miss Buxley   tossed a clunker in last but works are sharpening hinting that a rebound is imminent

6  Banana Cream Pie   races before last fit fine.....last looks like O'Neill did the Racing Office a favor and filled the race to make it go (in a non- claiming affair)....back to Rosario....full throttle today

2  Excellent Point   1 for 1 on the "dirt" and a very positive rider switch

 

race 2    average clarity

6  Alpine Yodel   trainer means business dropping this consistent mare who has a stellar history on conventional dirt

4  Samba School   good history at this level of claiming and is 1 for 1 on the "real dirt"

3  Stevie's Afleet   has done nothing but improve since Palma claimed in early Sept.....most of his stock seems fit and ready the last few months

 

race 3    average clarity

5  Mother Ruth   trainer is white hot and sends out what looks like lone speed in the race......also can chase if necessary

1  Gilded Gem   very consistent closer from same white hot trainer....stellar rider/trainer tandem of late

4  Quisisana   all a matter of ready off the layoff or not....a big factor here if she doesn't need the race....tough call

 

race 4    slightly above average clarity

6  Fast Master   great name for this expensive 1st timer who is training as if he is extremely fast...and Baffert babies are firing

3  One Nation   best set of drills for a Mandella 1st timer in a very long time....just won with a 1ster last week who ran very impressively

5  Temp   nice move forward in 2nd lifetime start....another move in the same direction and it would take a very big debut run from our 1st 2 choices to beat him

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Startjumpin Marine   seemingly very sharp.....should be in control of the race sitting 1st or 2nd in a nice ground saving position

5  Van Brit   late runner is usually an easy to handle smooth runner which enhances his chances of making his closing run a winning one

6  Hot Citizen   impressive turf sprint win off of the bench getting up to win from off the pace in a pace-less affair.....handles 2 turn races just fine

3  Farley Star   U S of A debut off of a year layoff was a par like effort.....7 more weeks off but training well for the ever dangerous C Gaines barn

 

race 6    average clarity

4  Excessively Trick   decent MSW debut run and I sure like the fact that Rosario sticks around.....that suggest more horse today in 2nd lifetime start

3  Rolling Tide   significant speed and a good final time fig on the turf at 5F.....should be legged up and ready for 1st run on the main track...trainer is off to a good start at the SA meeting

1  Clubhouse Rules   what we need is the very strong effort this filly ran 3 races back and the drills sure hint that we have a shot at seeing it

2  Cookinthisorthat   2 respectable races at this level since the blinks were added......can get a good ground saving close up position with P Val aboard

 

race 7    average clarity

5  Blue Chagall   11 of the last dozen grass races fit versus these and he is training as if he feels really good....and a positive rider switch

3  Sky Cape   last 3 turf races for this horse with the blinkers off are significant efforts for today's level....blinkers off today

7  Riviera Cocktail   laid up animal fits as well as anyone if he is fit enough off of the hiatus from the track....tough call

1  Allegre   faced better in last.....seemingly on the improve.....3rd after a layoff is a good stat for Koriner

 

race 8    average clarity

7  Merlin Z   hasn't run since mid Summer but training as if he is all set and drops out of MSW into a very weak group

1  Free Time    very fast last Spring in 2F affairs and blinkers on...trains well enough to be ready and 1st time blinkers....wire to wire shot

4  Graydle's Red    appears to like conventional dirt better then the synthetics....fairly sure last was a gimme to come back quick and fire

2  Thunder Of Zion   showed life on the dirt at Fpx in shorter races.....laid up but training up to snuff including a decent reassuring 6F drill hinting that this colt might get the distance

 3  Klassy Saint    works seem good enough to be competitive in this gelding's debut into the world of thoroughbred racing

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