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Santa Anita for Thursday 27 Jan 2011


Seems like a decent card to start the race week. Starting to feel really good about the new race surface.


race 1    slightly above average clarity

6  Schuylkill Punch    all 3 lifetime races make him the one to overcome here...few reasons not to believe he is the same horse

5  Wholelotacongrats   3 of his last 4 drills are impressive for this 1st timer who is bred well to handle a sprint on conventional soil

4  Aqua Fever   race 2 back (his mdn debut) at Fpx was quite good....repeat of that effort puts this colt in the hunt here.....barn is solid MSW to mc


race 2    slightly below average clarity

5  Love Theway Youare   hasn't missed a beat in the morning since this filly made her MSW debut at a route way back in early Oct.....Cho used a very low % jock that day which leads me to believe the race was used as a workout....believe we are going to see much more today

3  Lunch Time Diva   very impressive race...then a solid race....then an OK race 1st going long....could use a rebound


race 3    slightly above average clarity

3  Sporting Art   comes off a solid route turf win in last....steps up a notch...a positive sign...good improved recent works...think we have a sharp gelding.....on or near the lead from the get go 

5  Hey Elvis   another with decent early speed and in good form....good history with top rider Bejarano aboard (3 2 1 0)

1  Celtic New Year    last sure looks like the sprint grass tune-up to be at full throttle today dropping some and going a route of ground on the sod


race 4    average clarity

3  Red Door Drive   race lacks speed and this horse will be hustled by Pedroza to either grab the lead or sit in a nice striking position...Baffert is an incredible 27 of 44 "place" for the meet...I guess he's happy to see conventional far so is Mr Pedroza

5  Kelly Leak   talented 3 year old had a dismal year at 4.....has had ample time to mend what is wrong and sure is training as if he is back in good condition and ready fresh off of the bench

1  Mythical Power   laid up 4 months but drills suggest he is ready and that Baffert guy is the trainer


race 5    slightly above average clarity

1  Skellytown   consistent sort has been especially reliable breaking from the 1 or 2 post in his route races....wide trip in last or could have made it 2 for 2 on the new SA surface

4  Super Harmony   soft pace wire to wire run in last.....doubt exerted  or beat himself up much in winning the race.....may feel really good and wire once again....P Val is also a plus 

7  Troubletimesthree   reared badly in last then ran impressively from there......would rate higher if it wasn't for 2 negatives.....breaks poorly often.....and he's a closer in a race seemingly set to favor those close up

9  Self Insured   hard trying sort owns 10 second place finishes....needs to learn how to pass that last horse or so


race 6    average clarity

5  Jordanelle   mare hasn't been able to handle the rigors of and my guess is she will be very ready off of the bench and the drop because it may be many months before we see her again...also why not drop to the bottom...doubt the wisest of horses to claim

3  Guilded Reward   good spot to own some speed which this filly does....1st ever on conventional dirt but bred to handle it just fine

7  Miss Bold Topper   last not so debut run 2 back was good....recent strong 4F drill suggests we will see a rebound

6  Once In Awhile   last seen in July in a MSW debut run that fits here....barn has been rather cold albeit with limited starters...tough call but dangerous


race 7    average clarity

4  Game On Dude    long layoff but this quality runner is training as if he is as stout as ever and the white hot Baffert is the trainer

7  When We Met   solid effort/fig in last both in final time and pace.....might move forward and very strong contender if he does

3  El Martillo   proven fresh runner is training as if he will live up to his past history of being able to fire fresh.....welcome back to Martin Garcia

5  Arcocodo   dangerous fresh speed has some shot at getting away....Guillot has shipped in ready with most of the stock he has run decently so far


race 8    average clarity

6  Social Event   toss out last in that it was a pace-less goofy kind of race especially for a closer....layoff race 2 back was solid.....good chance we see a rebound to it....plenty of pace in here

9  Banana Cream Pie   yet to miss the board in 5 lifetime races 6 1/2 furlongs or less....another closer with plenty of pace to help his late closing ability

1A Intentional   bit too ambitious in last...back to reality at a level she fits well

4  Que Pronto   bit of a clunker in last......won race two back showing significant early speed and holding together for the win

3  Hanakkuh   o for 2 on AW surfaces....1 for 1 on conventional dirt



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