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Santa Anita for Friday 18 March 2011


Decent looking card today to follow up yesterday's which yielded 5 of 8 top choice winners and 2 of 8 2nd choice winners


race 1    average clarity

5  Courtside Action   bad trip solid move forward in last.....solid here if he can repeat that effort with a smoother journey

4  Lucky Fitz   blinkers back on in last and it sure worked.....both lifetime route races on the main track are par like efforts for today's level......back in very short rest is a ? mark

3  Royal Import   very consistent sort was just claimed by Tim improved work since suggests he has improved this animal who already fit fine at this level


race 2    average clarity

6  Tripped The Light   consistent sort recently has learned to rate from off the pace making her much more versatile.....major jockey upgrade to P Val from a low % rider

1  Dextera   sure like the move up in claiming price after winning last on a substantial drop down....capable of rating and would be wise to here

3  Zippin E   best speed in this group has 2 wins and a 3rd (in 3 races) to her credit when loose on a lead at a route.....looks loose in this spot


race 3    average clarity

1, 1a  ENTRY    both 1/2's of the entry are nicely bred for the sod and training like they are well meant for their debuts into the world of thoroughbred racing

2  Blue Grass Music   sat back too far off a semi-soft pace in MSW debut last and still managed to close down on the leaders....good shot to move forward and hopefully get a better pace scenario today

3  Candys Girl   2 of 4 good grass sprint races last Summer and Fall in Great Britain.......good work series for U S of A debut suggests she is ready...sure fits if she is


race 4    average clarity

4  Don Elias M.   very consistent sort and the competition is not.......also, many in this group seemingly have health issues as well

8  Belo Purse   won 1st out after claim cutting back to a sprint after many straight route races......can repeat if handles the fast SA surface as well as handled the "off" SA surface

1  Wild Hombre    dumped his jock in last and then was a vet scr on 4 March....needs a rebound...tough call ?

6  Lord Avalon    laid up over a year and has been a vet scr and a trainer scratch trying to get back to the races...big drop down has many health issues.....toss a coin 


race 5    average clarity

5  Regally Ready    last 4 of his 5 last races are poerful efforts 2 of which were run on the SA hill......few reasons not to believe he has stayed in good form

4  Dilemma   not sure what occurred in last which was a major clunker but training as though a rebound is likely....race 2 back (on the hill) fits

2  Daytona  been absent 1 1/2 years but is extremely talented......might be a tune-up but then again might not be....hard to tell

1  Gallant Son   barn is stout 3rd after the layoff and this Graded Stakes winner seems primed for best....should fly late if he gets ample place to close into


race 6    average clarity

6  Clubhouse Rules   simply put....1 for 1 sprinting with the blinkers on and the fig fits solidly here

4  Diamond Journey   might by a good claim by Knapp.....this filly just keeps getting better and better and better

1  Gladitrix   ran well fresh back in early Jan. and is fresh once again today


race 7    slightly below average clarity

4  Drink At Buster's   seemingly every horse has a shot in this wide open affair but this colt is on the right end of the learning curve...has 2 outstanding recent drills....and mom's tossed 3 turf winners

1  Major Art   excellent set of turf drills has this colt ready to fire a top effort similar to a couple of his races in GB which are quite good

9  Hollywood Heist   shocker 1st at a route in last....big number.....bred OK for the turf.....repeat of last on the switch to the turf and he will be very tough

8  Akkadian   deep closer should come flying late if he gets any pace at all up front


race 8    average clarity

8  Isthmus   blinkers on and the recent bullet drill suggests the equipment change is working.....sure looks ready 1st run in a maiden claimer

6  Answer To Abby   two consecutive solid races in a row.......can we get a 3rd from a low percentage trainer ?

10  Trastevere    1ster owns a work tab that says ready and draws G Gomez....especially like the last work run just 6 days when it counts

2  Our Senior Moments   Sise barn is hot and he wins at a good clip with 2nd time starters....may not have appreciated the off track in his maiden debut

4  Onelasttime    I've got the effort from this gelding improving 7 or 8 lengths in his 2nd start.....same improvement today and he fits well....recent works suggest we may get it





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