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Santa Anita for Friday 25 Feb 2011


Good start to the week yesterday and today's card seems fairly good with all the races having average clarity.

I will be studying for an off track Saturday and off the turf.



race 1    average clarity

1  Recap   best set of works for the Shirreffs barn in quite some time for a maiden.....bred to handle the turf and the distance

3  Causeithertz   bred to run all day and proved he can handle the grass in 2 useful sprint races....going a route for a 1st time most likely should be a positive

4  Kumiva   smooth looking runner fits well but needs to avoid flattening out in the late stages

6  The Unusual One   2 of his last 3 route races are better than par on Top Turf Today......would have rated higher but didn't because I'm somewhat concerned about his ability to stay the 1 1/8


race 2    average clarity

4  Rollerskates   best history for this mare is on conventional dirt.......appears to be in good form and finally gets back to "dirt"

5  Zippin E   best speed in here should get loose and can wire if she can throttle down a little in the early stages


race 3    average clarity

8  Lease Of Life   multiple past grass efforts say he is the one to beat here....Gomez sticks around on a Friday to ride one horse....this guy

9  Swift Winds   last looks like a fall wasn't....ran ridiculously wide....runs for the lowest tag yet on the sod

2  Sanquine   new better conditioner takes over and has this gelding training as if he is set to roll 1st out since the 4th Of July

1  Yes It's A Cat   finally gets back to 2 turn turf racing where his history suggests he should have been all along


race 4    average clarity

1  Mr. Monkey Jones   plenty of speed should set things up favorably for this late runner coming off of a wide race....Tup conditioner is dangerous on the drop

5  Two Violins   seemingly speed of the speed will try to go wire to wire

6  Don Elias M.   shot at sitting behind and getting 1st crack at 3 speed horses in front of him......somewhat of a dichotomy here....very low % trainer but a very consistent animal


race 5    average clarity

3  Afleet Cowboy   broke rather poorly and then rushed into solid pace...not exactly a ride Smith will put in his portfolio.....that race was after a 11 month layoff....good chance horse and or rider get it right today

8  Armenian Star   very hidden horse has had multiple trips that weren't in his favor including his last when he just missed wiring on a slightly dull inside

1  The Full Lavino   work tab says ready for the laid up Sadler charge....does have to cope with a difficult post at 6 1/2 F

2  Charlie'sboywins   on the improve with every start and now we get a positive rider change for his 4th start


race 6    average clarity

7  Ascot's Highflyer   repeat of lone race on the conventional dirt would be tough for the others in here to beat and today's drop to lowest level ever makes sense to yours truly

1  Led Advantage   last was a nice leg me up grass sprint tighener to be at full throttle long on the dirt today

9  Warren's Rock Art   another coming off of a sprint tune-up.....1 for 1 at a route on the main track albeit an the AW ...but showed she can handle the conventional dirt in her sprint tune-up 

3  Miss Addy Kiss   got away with a pedestrian pace in last and wired....some chance the same might happen again today


race 7    average clarity

1  Gilded Gem   excellent history that can't be ignored at 6 1/2 furlongs with inside posts.....and trained by the red hot Mr. Bob Baffert

2  Mona De Momma  last was nothing nothing more than a tightener.......sure appreciates 6 1/2 and 7 furlongs 


race 8    average clarity

6  Suble Creek    broke bad then ran 5 wide in debut last Nov....failed try on the grass in last....toss it out...smooth trip with the same horse as Nov and on to the circle of joy

5  Good Friday Gal   went from 5th choice to 2nd choice with the scratch of the speed-ball 8 horse...looks loose now and with P Val aboard she becomes a no-brainer top contender

2  Zohrah   drops to a level she fits well if of course say remains healthy enough...tough call

7  Sexy Melody   small barn has been firing with everything they put on the track with most running better than expected

9  Suitable Attire   better animal running in route races....expect more today back in a two turn affair



Posted on February 25, 2011 at 10:12 am by brian · Permalink
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