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Santa Anita for Friday 28 January 2011


Pedroza has 6 mounts today and I have selected him on top in 2 races and 2nd in 3 other races. Outside of his meal ticket which is Fairplex, this is by far the most times I have picked him 1 or 2 in an 8 race card. He has been riding well and lets hope it continues.

Take note that the 2nd 1/2 of this card was easier to decipher as apparent from my "clarity" ratings.


race 1    slightly below average clarity

4  Saintly Soul impressive layoff sprint run in last with no support at the windows....believe the effort surprised Gaines some....should be much tighter today for what she was always pointed for...a route of ground

1  Reality Ride eventful mc debut in last:  acted up at the gate...broke slowly then ran wide and still only lost by 1 1 /2 lengths....and claimed by O'Neill....deservedly steps up and if her new trainer settles this one down...lookout

7  Recap been away since Sept of 2009 but impeccably bred and is trained strongly for someone like Shirreffs

6  Temp will most likely need a small forward move to win this but the unconscious white hot Baffert trains


race 2    slightly below average clarity

6  Tribal Wish has run OK fresh.....blinkers on and Pedrosa up so may show more speed which would be a good thing in this affair lacking front runners...figs are below par for this level but better than anyone else in here

4  P R's Orphan broke poorly and ran wide in mc debut.....big factor with a clean journey and the same energy displayed

1  Warren's Hawk 1ster timer is working well enough to possibly be ready....great spot if he owns some early speed and of course breaks cleanly ...P Val is the right guy for the job

2  Spectacular Slew showed life in only race on conventional dirt 2 back....last may have been a gimme off of the layoff...if so has a chance


race 3    slightly below average clarity

2  Marquet Rebel no shot in last when saddle slipped....didn't care for the "off" track 2 back.....nice figs 3 and 4 races back....1 for 1 on "fast" dirt....Bejarano sticks around

5  Jack's Wild very good history on conventional dirt......and a very significant 5/8ths drill just 6 days rider/trainer combo

3  Dontmesroundwitjim won nicely in the chase position in his last....can sit in the same position again and behind a somewhat suspect leader in in the 1 horse


race 4    slightly below average clarity

2  Roxanne O very good work tab for a guy like Shirreffs who doesn't push his 1st timers too hard....also hints at early speed in her works...seems like a great spot for a 1ster timer

3  Steve's Blue Sky hasn't shown too much in her races so far but recent drills suggest the new surface and/or the blinkers on have woken her up to a new level of ability

5  Cute N Sassy long hiatus from the track but I love the tightly works from general I love "interval" training and especially from his barn


race 5    slightly above average clarity

4  Our Bellini Bikini very consistent sort and Pedroza owns 2 1st's and 2 2nd's in 4 mounts with her....exits a strong race and smartly steps up a notch

8  Pretty Kinzie last 2 races on conventional dirt are very solid for this level....would have been top pick if she had worked since her last run 27 days ago

9  Primed on a good roll and just claimed....very wide trip in last and still closed fast to snatch 2nd

6  Warren's Rock Art laid up a long time but drops and is training up to snuff....late runner will need a battle up front


race 6    slightly above average clarity

4  Sassou solid turf figs on Top Turf Today in all 3 races on the SA hill course....same today with an OK trip can take this affair

1  Quietly Mine also owns solid SA hill course figs even tough he hasn't hit the board in 3 efforts on it...takes a logical drop...Pedroza knows ths gelding well

2  Get Funky 8 year old who owns some big back numbers on the hill is fresh and training well for his return to the races off of a 5 month layoff

7  Details R Sketchy 1st ever on the hill but training sharply and proven on the sod....Blanc has been riding the turf well including some nice price shots for us


race 7    average clarity

2  Gumption solid 1st ever on conventional dirt in last and the drills since strongly suggest she feels good....Bejarano sticks around...can be prominent from the get go

3  Lea The Punisher proven 2 turns on the turf with an especially solid run 2 races back....bred to handle the dirt just fine and training well on it....Quinonez is back up who has the lone win for this competitive horse in his only mount on her

1  Summer Games has only been a route once in career...ran 5th 4 beaten lengths in that route with Blind Luck, Evening Jewel, Switchand Crisp in front of her....yikes what a group...last sure seems like a sprint prep for today....trainer could use a confidence builder


race 8    slightly above average clarity

3  Long Legged Lovely consistent sort had a horrendous trip at 2-5 in last....hmmmmm.....meets leading rider will be out to make amends with an equipment change to blinkers off for today

1  Suitable Attire 3 solid 2nd's in 3 lifetime efforts on "real" dirt.....very positive rider switch for a low % apprentice to Joe Talamo who is still younger then most app's but has been around for a long time for a 21 year old kid

2  Good Friday Gal speed....route ability....P Val....not much more needs to be said

5  Great Bernadine sures seems to run better on conventional dirt but needs to still show she can handle a route of ground

7  Aprisa Luna dropped in last albeit off of a long layoff and showed little....drops again for 1st ever at a route.....seems like now or never today



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