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Santa Anita for Sunday 9 October 2011



Like the card this afternoon but we sure need Joe Talamo to vault out of his riding slump because he is our top selection in 3 of the 1st 4 races and our second pick in the 6th. I really like the young kid as he is a class act but my notes on him of late are poor. Bad decisions for a jock who usually makes all the right moves.  Good luck to Joe and good luck to you.


race 1    slightly above average clarity

2  Frisco Kid   hot trainer to start the SA meeting......not raced since March but drops and sure looks meant and ready

3  Tiz Golden   competitive sort especially at this level gets a jockey upgrade

8  Emperor Stone   only "real" dirt race fits and it was run fresh off the bench which is today's scenario

5  Cottonian   good work tab for this Baffert 1ster especially considering the mc level......dangerous


race 2    average clarity

7  Bonita Star   1 for 1 for M figs on the lawn....and training as well as anyone in this field

5 Secret Cove   excellent spot for speed and is a very ratable sort....deadly combo when you have a top tier rider up

3  Carousel   much needed drop....back to Bejarano......1 mile appears to be a good fit

6  Cactus Jane   nice improvement in latest 1st time in the Hollendorfer barn........does have to overcome a race profile that seemingly favors those close up early


race 3    average clarity

2  Mavisca   improving sort for Bonde.....1 for 1 on conventional dirt with a good going away at the wire win at Fairplex in last

9  Michailsheartlite   claimed for 16K.....out of jail.....drops to 12.5K.....classic Mike Mitchell

4  Jade Taylor   1 for 1 on conventional dirt......trainer Belvoir  is scary good dropping off of a win

1  Good Acktress   solid wake up in last with lightweight apprentice up.....proven on the dirt....last 2 times horse was given more than a month off like today he responded well with  decent efforts


race 4    average clarity

7  Speedway Monkey   31 to 1 in Msw debut and fired a strong adjusted for trouble fig....believe the effort surprised Kruljac somewhat....if so he knows what he's got now....3 reassuring works since impressive debut

6  Lightup The Sky   solid MSW six weeks ago running 4 wide and only losing by 2 1/2 lengths.....hasn't missed a beat in the a.m. since

2  Starlight Magic    nice move forward in last somewhat hidden by a bad trip....bit concerned by the so so work tab on the SA surface

10  Heart's Memory   2 lifetime efforts fit but was flattening out at 5 1/2 so lasting 6 1/2 is a concern


race 5    average clarity

7  War Element   bad trip in MSW on the grass kept this gelding from being 2 for 2.....crushed his foes on the AW in last.....bred to love the grass and the 1 1/4 mile of the more promising horses in the Gaines barn

6  Red Alert Day    lone speed in this spot and P Val at the controls

4  Gab Power   sharp late runner is training great and has the pedigree to get the 1 1/4 mile distance.....trainer/rider sure have been a good combo the last few months

3  Isle Of Prado  very  nice improvement since Mitchel took over....might be able to get a good chase position behind our 2nd pick and be the 1st challenger


race 6    slightly below average clarity

1  Toluca   good debut and even better 2nd out.....race seemingly has ample pace to help this closer the way this youngster overcame being boxed in to score

6  Under Protest   crushed foes in mc debut over at Fpx......impressive run past that wire

9  Backwoods Belle   1st out for Sadler after the claim from Mitchell....fits fine if he can get the same effort out this filly as the day he snatched her at the claiming box....conventional dirt is a ? mark

8  Warren's Fancy   consistent sort and Bejarano has the advantage of knowing this filly well


race 7    average clarity

4  Belle Swan   good post....good speed in a race that looks conducive to front runners....and Smith has come out of the doldrums...he is solid with good speed in route turf affairs

10  Charm The Crowd   multiple trouble in last and still almost won...........1st out for O'Neill after the claim can be a very dangerous thing

6  Initial Impression   cold trainer needs to get the same run out of this mare as he did in her 1st run under his auspicious

7  Hameildaeme   consistent mare will need more pace than anticipated to put in her best close

Possible longshot:  8  Dalian   faced better in last and it was off of a layoff so being beaten by only 3 3/4 lengths seems to bode well for her chances 2nd out after the layoff with a drop in levels


race 8    average clarity

6  Chalula One   exits a solid heat at Fpx with a win and it was her 1st ever on "dirt" pace style looks like a good fit in affair that may produce solid early fractions

5  Home Sweet Aspen   versatile runner has fired both on and off the pace.......have to like 2 wins and 3 2nd's in 5 lifetime starts

3  Mildly Offensive   difficult call here......2 most recent races on the AW aren't much.......2 races on conventional dirt were strong figs but both affairs were on off tracks


race 9    average clarity

8  Global Domination   my guess is Headley was surprised how well this gelding ran on the grass back in July and since then the horse hasn't missed a beat in the a.m. yet not started......sign he feels he has something special and has prepared him for today to show it 1st ever on conventional dirt

7  Fast Bullet    powerful work tab showing both speed and endurance....and then there is that Baffert fellow

3  Absolutecat   so so turf race in MSW back in mid June.......excellent work series at SA (key) and the Hol.......seemingly wound up and ready to roll

 2  Candy Sweetheart   decent debut 8 weeks fairly well.....believe we will need to see a little more to get this one to the circle of joy

9  Ira The Esquire

1  Stonewall Jackson





Posted on October 9, 2011 at 10:50 am by richs · Permalink
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