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Santa Anita for Friday 14 Jan 2011

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Best of luck with this decent enough card to start the long weekend of racing

 

race 1    average clarity

4  Toy   crushed foes on the main track at Crc in only race where he saw a fast racing surface...laid up 2 months but the works say ready....good chance to be prominent from the get go

2  Regroup   scenario is....woke up out of nowhere in last run 3 months ago so the barn stopped on him....and has trained him as if they are excited with what they saw...works are much improved and I believe so is this colt

 

race 2    slightly above average clarity

5  Lemon Drop Ridge    exits a very fast heat albeit 7 weeks ago.....new trainer at the helm in Hollendorfer who wins at about 1/3 of the time 1st start under his tutelage

6  L'anch   solid awakening in 2nd lifetime start with 1st time blinkers....works since are quite a bit improved.....likely to move forward again

1  Confectioinist   race lacks early speed and this filly may have the most and has an outstanding gate/speed jock in P Val

 

race 3    average clarity

2  Grand Mischief   red hot rider/trainer combo the last couple of months.....filly takes a logical drop to score......both races run on the AW are better than they look on paper 

3  Separate Forest   caught wide with pace in last and rightfully tired....smooth that poor trip out and she will contend for the winners circle

1  All In Love   another bad trip animal in her last hides a decent run way back in August....that race was fresh off of the bench just like today....in fact she constantly seems to fire fresh....good drills to boot

 

race 4    average clarity

1  Recipient   good chance to sit on or close to a reasonable pace and save some ground.....repeat of her last grass run with a good trip will make her very solid here

4  Ex Rachel   5 lifetime races so far.....3 horrid races sprinting...2 good races at a route...2 recent sharp drills and draws the meets leading jock

5  Secret Cove   new trainer in Miller and he has never been hotter for an extended period of time as he is right now...filly is on the right end of the learning curve and is bred fine to handle the sod

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Sweet Consolidator    9 career races so far and the 3 where Alicea rode seemingly are her best...also...appears at her best on conventional dirt

2  Diamond Journey   exits a slow unimpressive heat in latest but the work since and the fact Gomez sticks with the horse indicate a forward move is imminent

3  Homework   decent forward move 2nd after the layoff and will need another 3rd after the layoff to compete for the top prize

 

race 6    average clarity

4  Mutually Benefit   good morning preparation points to a repeat of this horse's solid grass race run 2 races back the last time she saw the sod....stellar rider/trainer combo for a very long time...you might say Proctor and Gomez mutually benefit from each others skills

8  Khendum   good news is this mare can really pop a significant fig on the sod...bad news is she's a long striding sort that often gets caught wide....good chance to win with even a mediocre trip

7  Cry Hallelujah   last looks like the tune-up off of the hiatus from the track to be full throttle for her 1st shot at the lawn......good pedigree to handle it and Walsh wins at a very high percentage with this scenario

1  Tashzara   very solid grass effort albeit 7 weeks ago...work pattern since is a bit sketchy or I would have rated higher

 

race 7    slightly above average clarity

4  Square Eddie   never has been on conventional dirt but the eye popping drills suggest he loves it.....long layoff but the best drills from O'Neill in a very long period of time

2  Moonlark   solid improvement since the blinkers were put on 2 races back....should be prominent from the get go

1  Stacy's Hope   proven fresh and is fresh today.......top effort fits fine....conventional dirt is still a ? mark

 

race 8    slightly below average clarity

7  Miss Bold Topper   heck of a 1st start considering the lack of support at the windows at 55 to 1.....should be tighter today and extra 1/2 furlong can help her late run

9  Devil's Choir   blinkers on today and despite a poor history 1st time blinkers for the trainer this mare just worked a much improved drill just 5 days ago..good chance to get a needed forward move

8  Mo Cheese   seems to appreciate conventional dirt and the cut back in distance should help this mare keep from flattening out in the late stages

6  Truckee Thrust

12  Nana Beach

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