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Santa Anita for Saturday 7 January 2012

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Selections are for a neutral surface. So much for leaning on a rail bias. Not the best of moves yesterday. Good luck to all!

 

race 1    average clarity

6  Scream Queen   last 2 races are better then par for today's level.....very good stretch run in last.....reassuring recent decent work-out

1  Silver Threat   poor start in mc debut last....also ran wide.......same effort and a smoother trip wins this....but.....1 post at 6 1/2 isn't exactly a good place to start for a horse who broke poorly in her debut into the world of racing

2  Cal Bayers   good awakening in last with the blinkers added......good sign Gomez sticks around.....like our top pick was flying in the stretch

10  Wild Date

 

race 2    average clarity

6  King Ledley   very solid grass races since the blinkers were put on.......only beaten by 3+ in last versus seemingly significantly better

10  Letsgetitright   just keeps getting better and better and better and now Mitchell takes over the helm

8  Michael The Man   runs well with 6 to 8 weeks off.......bullet work at GG for Lucarelli charge who is doing better at SA than appears in print

5  Unusual Jazz

 

race 3    average clarity

4  Secret Circle   some kind of special animal so far sprinting.....sure like that Baffert puts him in only a Grade 3 affair and only at the 2 turn distance of 1 mile.....great spot to get his feet wet going long in a somewhat soft spot

3  Hierro   exits a fast heat at CD and he won very easily.....he is also running 1st ever 2 turns but he is bred just fine to handle his new challenge and has top connections

2  Out Of Bounds   trains and runs like a good colt......Harty is dangerous 1st time long especially when he sees fit to step a horse up in class quite a bit

 

race 4    average clarity

8  My Little Morgan   logical/significant drop in condition claiming to snatch a victory for the barn who can use a win or 2 to get jump started

3  Takethemoneyandrun   turf legged up in last......also drops to get back to the circle of joy

4  Chocolate Caliente   very promising horse for Mitchell last Spring.....been in the doldrums.....back to the SA surface might awaken....and might awaken quite a bit

1  Smokey Lake

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Going For A Spin   needed her last start most likely.....has been facing better in last 2 races.....easier spot here and back to Bejarano who has ridden this filly decently in the past

6  Brown Is Beige   scratched yesterday for this spot runs well with ample time between starts and O'Neill shows patience and gives it to her

9  Bonita Star   has done nothing wrong since Mitchell claimed......1st on the SA hill but started her career in Ireland where many of the courses have hills

8  Mizzen Donald

 

race 6    above average clarity

4  Consulado   solid MSW debut running 3 wide near the pace and still snatching 2nd money....super drills since.....rather sure same or better occurs this afternoon

5  Congrats Ski   horrendous trip in last......the same race as our top selection.....see ya M Smith.....hello Gomez......good price shot here if new rider can get the trip-a-roo

8  Welter Weight   expensive 1st timer is training brilliantly both at Churchill and Santa Anita for the more then capable Steve Asmussen

3  Only The Gold

 

race 7    below average clarity

10  La Sombre   hard to argue with 1 win and 5 2nd's in 6 lifetime starts on 3 different surfaces.....I doubt 1st time on the hill will be a problem

3  Bench Beauty   sharp recent drills should have this filly on edge.....lone hill effort was a bad trip/strong effort

8  Meltrarib   improving sort.......V Garcia is very good with this kind.....and....the recent drills suggests he is going to keep the ball rolling

7  Pleasing Sunrise

NOTE:  13  Miss Becca   fits as well as anyone in here if she draws into the race from the AE's

 

race 8    average clarity

4  Tweebster   blinkers back on sure seems like a good thing.....10 for 11 lifetime on the main track in the money.....and owns 2 wins and 2 2nd's at today's distance....and that Baffert guy trains

6  Tres Borrachos   sure seems to do his best running on conventional dirt even though he can handle multiple surfaces fairly well......should be prominent from the get go

5  Utopian   improving late running grass horse has shown he can travel over the SA dirt quite well popping a near bullet 5/8ths work back in mid Dec....decent shot to get ample pace to close into

7  Uh Oh Bango

 

race 9    average clarity

3  Ez Effort   works look awfully good.....mom has been a prolific producer of runners for her home-bred connections.....I also liked the last foal this one tossed and she ran big in her debut

9  Candy's Sunrise   O'Neill and company take over this gelding who ran awfully well in her MSW debut which was on the grass....bred just fine to handle the dirt

2  Written Rule   solid work tab....what we want here is the MSW debut effort where this fellow showed exceptionally early pace......fresh and maybe ready for that effort today

13  Three Vases   cold trainer with a good looking laid up individual working up to snuff to be ready fresh off of the bench

6  Parliamentarian

12  Storm Caution

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