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Santa Anita for Saturday 8 October 2011


Not too bad of a Saturday card. At first glance the card for Sunday looks even better.


race 1    average clarity

6  Midnight Transfer   Carla Gaines has been firing on all cylinders to start the SA meet.......solid MSW debut for this runner somewhat hidden by a poor trip

1  Frenemy   Baffert charge sure looks ready off of a solid series of has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters and they all won at 2

3  Castaway   bad trip in 2nd lifetime start after a nice 2nd in MSW jock today in Sutherland who has done a nice job for Baffert with her limited opportunities

5  Blacky The Bull   2 decent lifetime races but we most likely to see a little more and we might get it with a rider upgrade


race 2    average clarity

4  Fire Break   very consistent sort should get a good ground saving near the front position....right up her alley

3  Winsome Charm   shipped to GG and didn't fire her best.......back home and has worked like a rebound can occur.....solid grass figs most of this summer

1  Porfido   nine year old seems to be on the rebound.....good post and P Val is 2 for 2 on the old man

8  Stoneside   ultra consistent sort will need a clever ride from the outer-most post in a one mile affair


race 3    slightly below average clarity

2  Distinctly   on the improve....sure liked conventional dirt at Fpx.....should be prominent from the opening bell

7  Gregor   2 straight bad trips hides ever was lone effort on the SA main recent 6F drill....all systems go

1  Private Bounty   4 straight 2nd's at today's level all since O'Neill claimed.......very impressive bullet drill on the SA surface......dent shot to see more horse today

5  Imperial Pride   runs decent fresh and is fresh today.....Mike Smith appears to be waking up some


race 4    slightly above average clarity

1  The Factor   appears to be lone speed in this spot.....wins going eye to eye (with big pace) with his he will have to toss a clunker or catch a bad speed day not to put in a big effort

5  Amazombie   very consistent animal appears to love the SA conventional dirt course

3  Square Eddie   needed last and has worked strongly since.......1 for 1 on the new SA dirt track....poised for top effort


race 5    average clarity

3 Rock This Way   improving sort's 1st on the grass but is bred to handle.....trainer seems to be ready with his stock at the new meeting...should be on or near the lead from the get go

12  Rauschenberg   best grass horse in the race but a nasty post......might still be a factor for the win with a so so trip

6  Silver Spur   AUS import has been away since May but Drysdale is solid with 3 to 6 month layoffs and if this invader is ready for his U S of A debut he should fit

9  Bailouttheminister   1 for 1 on the sod.....only bad race in last 5 was his lone run on conventional scratch 3 Sept but has worked nicely since

Possible Longshot:  8  El Mirage King   1 for 1 down the SA hill and it was his 2nd lifetime 2nd out after a layoff sure seems like a good spot for another solid run down the grassy hilltop


race 6    slightly below average clarity

6  Moonlighting   caught 3 wide stalking a solid pace and only got beat by 1 1/2 lengths in MSW debut....solid effort.....gelding was trained at GG and shipped to Mitchell for the aforementioned Mitchell is training him.......yikes

8  Getting lucky   very wide trip in layoff last hides another solid MSW effort for this gelding who is quite a bit better than appears in print

11  Johnny Be Mine   1st timer is very nicely bred for a Cal-bred and is training solidly showing both speed and endurance in his work regiment

7  Troy Story   sure is on the right end of the learning......fits well if the trend continues....comes from a nice family

Possible longshot:  9 Broadway Nika   small but very dangerous outfit.....MSW debut last sure looks like a since his 1st start are better.....rather sure we will see more animal today


race 7    slightly above average clarity

5  Victoryasecret   terrific history for this mare when loose on the lead or chasing......sure looks loose here.....Krigger is 3 for 3 on the mare

3  Andina   should sit 2nd, 3rd, or 4th saving ground which will leave something in tank for her challenge in the stretch

4  Whisper Louie   horrendous trip in last or would have gotten her 2nd straight placing in a Grade 2.....ran in sprints in GB so I doubt shortening in distance 1/8 is a bad thing

7  All Star Heart   last 3 races fit well fig/effort wise.....but it doesn't look like the race sets too well for her late running style


race 8    average clarity

7  Mona Storm   has been running solid figs for this level all summer long.....low % trainer but not when he drops....1 for 1 on conventional dirt

8  Siempre Esperanza   3 of 4 lifetime efforts are solid at today's level......reassuring solid recent drill....."dirt is a ? mark but bred fine for it

5  Teenage Dancer   most of career fits fairly well at today's 12,5000nw2 claiming level....1st on conventional dirt is a ? mark....more so than our 2nd selection

2  Forty Ninth Galaxy   last 4F maiden breaking win at Fpx wasn't too bad and may get overlooked by many.......Vergara sure is showing he can ride with the big boys


race 9    average clarity

3  John Johny Jak   can get a beautiful trip chasing the speed and saving some ground......excellent history at today's distance....very sharp in the a.m.

6  Mr. Commons   never better....does tend to run wide or would have been top pick-a-roo

9  Monterey Jazz   decent move forward in last and working solidly since......big back numbers when loose on the lead and he has a decent shot to get clear versus these

7  Crown Of Thorns   very solid Grade 1 and Grade 2 runner on the main track tries the grass with average at best grass pedigree


race 10    average clarity

12  Warren's Wanna Be   two fairly solid lifetime races under her belt but more importantly training sharper on the SA dirt surface....believe best ever today

7  Punch Drunk    both lifetime efforts/energy are slightly better then par for today's lower level.......positive rider switch

4  Sea Of Beauty   6 to 1 in a 5 horse field at Fpx and for a hot hot trainer says the race was needed and more can be expected this afternoon

2  Bulletgirl   solid wake up in latest both pace and final time wise......MSW races run in late Spring fit and the horse seems to be back in form....can be prominent from the get go

10  Hanserella   has shown life in both lifetime races....positive rider change

6  Just Delish   bad trip in MSW debut just 2 weeks ago over at Fpx.....trainer is decent with 2nd timers






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