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Santa Anita for Thursday 7 April 2011


Santa Anita Derby week starts off with 8 of the 16 races carded for Thursday and Friday scheduled to be run on the turf. Saturday will have 5 of the 11 races on the turf. Nice to see management taking advantage of a grass course in good shape due to the ample rain this winter and spring.


race 1    slightly below average clarity

3  Turbo Tess   nicely bred 1st timer has the pedigree to be precocious early and training like she is ready....Solis is good in these 2 furlong affairs

7  Oh Righty   2nd in lone race 2 weeks ago and in that race we picked the winner on top which was another Solis runner....can he go 1-2 of only 3 colts in the race

5  Lulu's Quest   impressive series of works at Hollywood for this 1ster...good gate jock aboard...Pedroza, P Val, Talamo...on our top 3...that's a good deal

1  Ellensong   works hint this filly 1st starter is fast and ready


race 2    average clarity

3  Chocalate Caliente   won for fun in mc debut and earned a par like fig for today's level....wasn't pushed much in her 11+ length win so good shot she exited her debut feeling awfully good...more likely today

4  Queen Marini   improving horse has been given a 4 month break but has been working regularly the whole time...should be ready fresh

1  Line One   finished up well closing on a somewhat dull inside part of the track....only 4 year old in the race


race 3    slightly below average clarity

5  Atticus Jack   major hidden wake up (caught wide near the pacesetters) 1st time at a route in last albeit on the main track but seems equally as good on the turf

1  Universal Peace   last 5 efforts are par like efforts considering today's 50K level

3  Allegre   barn has woken up some and the recent work series hints this horse is going to rebound


race 4    average clarity

3  Magic Spirit   tough trips in all 3 lifetime races....good trainer....good rider...overdo to get things right

7  Honor Among Us   on the right end of the learning curve....just snatched at the claiming box...smartly keeps P Val in the irons 

4  Preferred Mandate   moving forward in each race since the blinkers were added....Bonde is solid with maiden claimers 

8  Reggiano   very nice drills on the SA surface yet made his debut at GG in a MSW affair and didn't exactly burn up the track as the favorite.....back home and drops


race 5    average clarity

3  Times Gone By   last 2 of 3 starts this 6 year old earned significantly solid figs  ....seemingly appreciates contact near the front and should get it here in this race lacking speed

2  Imponente Purse   on the improve with every start since Avila took over this Midwest shipper......Sutherland is up and she has really been riding well of late

4  Bogie   highly competitive in all but his lifetime debut....very sharp 4F recent drill...sitting on a top effort 3rd after the layoff

6  Sebastian Flyte   has obviously been facing better


race 6    average clarity

4  Heavens Lake   likes the abbreviated 5 1/2 furlong sprint distance and handles the new SA conventional dirt awfully well

3  Dubai Macau Girl   5 1/2 furlongs seems like a good fit....good fresh and fresh today

7  Moon Stone Madness   drop drop drop and finally fired...may have turned the corner...P Val sticks around

1  Ann's Seven   sharp right now....unfortunately has to beat our top pick after 2 straight loses to her where she had better trips


race 7    slightly below average clarity

3  Pleasing Sunrise   2 of 4 lifetime races run on the AW are powerful efforts....bred well for the sod......hard to tell how ready he is off of the bench but seemingly a ton if he is 

1  Tiz A Bud Girl   was on a roll until tossed a clunker in last....Sadler stopped on him some and has given him enough time off to recovery and rebound

4  Fullbridled's Sis   good move forward in seems to respond to Gomez....small but capable barn

2  Miss Georgie Girl   off 1 1/2 years but training up to snuff... fairly well bred to handle a grass sprint.....Walsh has popped with 6 of her last 20 1st time on the lawn


race 8    average clarity

1  Lindz Winz   good forward move in 2nd lifetime start which was on the turf and 2 solid drills since...high likelihood another improvement is imminent

5  Distant Glow   new barn takes over this laid up filly who is training as if she is ready to roll fresh off the bench for her new connections

7  Bila Shaka   two straight strong races one of which was on the turf....needs to avoid a speed duel with the 2 horse

6  On Your Mark   decent work series in preparation for her 1st on the grass for Gaines/Bejarano tough combo over the years and especially of late

2  Running Isabelle   big speed on the dirt in last 1st going long.....1st on the sod but owns a good pedigree for it 





Posted on April 7, 2011 at 7:31 am by brian · Permalink
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