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Santa Anita for Sunday 8 January 2012

Decent looking card to finish the week. Sure like what I've seen so far at the SA Winter/Spring meet. I have high hopes for a stellar meet. We shall see.

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race 1    average clarity

6  Kid's Table   only race on the SA main track sure stands out and so do the works on the SA surface preparing for this race

2  Lady Lohr   trainer has won his last 3 of 4 taking the blinkers off.......seems like the best early speed in this spot and speed did well yesterday

5  My Brite Caroline   consistent late runner was just claimed.....needs the 1, 2, and 6 to press the issue up from to have a shot

 

race 2    above average clarity

4  Edeen's Moon   tremendous MSW debut for a 2 year old filly not to have won......solid works since......heavy fave should be tough going a mile with a pedigree that should appreciate 2 turn racing

5  Conjure The Spirit   solid route race in last.......Barba has been sending his stock fit and ready of late

6  Music Thunder   both races on the SA main course are par like efforts for today's level.....bit of a dichotomy in that the horse is well bred to appreciate a route of ground but the trainer is only1 of his last 41 1st time at a route

7  Cavalleta   moved forward in last 1st ever going long and 2nd out after the layoff....will need improvement to continue to be in the hunt here

 

race 3    average clarity   (hard to split my 4 selections)

2  Warren's Flyer   most of her career on main track surfaces fit here....blocked in last at twice the claiming price or might have won

4  Judicious   obvious bad claim by Chambers but.....he has won 4 of his last 7 dropping off of claim

8  Si Mar's Dear   good history on "fast" conventional dirt....and it never rains in California

7  For You My Heart   very solid real dirt history and 3 for 6 at today's distance of 6F

 

race 4    average clarity

6  Glowing Spirit   best ever (and a solid fig on Top Turf today) was her race 4 races back.....and it was with 9 days of rest.....9 days of rest today too....bred to run all day

8  Rosehill Dew   another with best ever on the SA turf......has been catching tough fields......also bred to appreciate the 1 1 /4 miles.....jock needs to get out of his funk with a win

1  Bellini Bliss   best effort in the U S of A was her longest race to date..... a 1 1/8 mile run and the effort is hidden by a bad trip.....so it hints that she might like today's 1 1/4

7  Jeopardy Lady   mare keeps getting claimed and has been able to compete well stepping up in class......just claimed by Hollendorfer and he will need to keep the trend intact

 

race 5    average clarity

8  Red Door Drive   has been facing much better and competing well with 4 straight 2nd's....1st class connections like wins.....so drop city to get it

3  Sea Rascal   loves conventional dirt and has a very good history in sprints run from 6 1/2 to 7 furlongs

2  Macho Dorado   1st ever on the "dirt" but trains well on it in the a.m........trainer is stellar with layoffs of 6 to 12 weeks......7 weeks off here

6  Donato   solid forward move in last albeit on the sod.......training exceptionally well on the SA main track and is well proven on it....seems poised for another forward move

 

race 6    average clarity

4  Vionnet   bombed in last but ran "large" in MSW debut and it is somewhat hidden with a very bad trip...broke very badly and then rushed...still only beat by 4......big work tab and good grass pedigree say we will rebound to the effort/energy displayed in her MSW debut....now we just need the trip-a-roo

6  Perfecta   very aggressive work tab for someone like Mandella......rather sure ready to roll......might roll into 2nd to give us the perfecta

8  Wish To Opine   decent MSW debut last April at Kee......training up to snuff for her new trainer Baffert and owns a decent turf pedigree

11  Spring Blossom   solid awakening with the switch to the sod in last.....Sherriff runners usually move forward race after race thru at least their 1st 4 starts so there should be an upside for this girl today

 

race 7    below average clarity

1  Erbeia   has faced quite a bit better in about 1/2 his races......and usually fires best fresh....fresh today and late runner seemingly gets ample pace up front

2  Reach A Decision   lead type only should be legged up nicely off his last where he set a nasty pace on the turf.....he will try to get the jump on the 7 and wire the field.....how's speed doing so far today?

7  Welcome Home Ryan   claimed and giving a break from the afternoon races.......great drills for his new conditioner over the last 8 weeks....he might have the trump card for the colt

6  Industry Leader   only race at a route was way better than appears in print....and it was run sprint-sprint-route......same scenario today

 

race 8    above average clarity

4  Caracortado    6 1/2 turf furlongs sure looks like a good fit......mid pack runner seemingly gets plenty of heat up front to flatter his late kick

2  Mr Gruff   loves the SA hill owning 5 wins and 1 2nd in 6 starts....should fire once again and be very tough from gate to wire

6  Regally Blonde   kind of ironic our B C top pick is our 3rd choice here....also always seems to fire and most likely will here.......needs to avoid a duel with Mr Gruff

3  Victory Pete   better than looks on paper....believe Garcia needs to take back here to have a shot

 

race 9    above average clarity

2  Saturday Nite Wish    best work tab for a Blincoe 1st timer I can ever remember.......shows significant speed in the a.m.....only has 5 1/2 furlongs to deal with

9  Twelve Folds   both lifetime races are par like efforts....and.....continues to train like a happy healthy filly

12  Allswellonceagain   solid drills for this Headley 1st starter......will need a good sharp ride from a difficult post at 5 1/2 F

4  Ya Wanna Hug   blocked in the stretch or would have won.......must feel good for Mandella to put back into MSW racing

6  Raggin Wood   bombed in last....debut race 2 back was decent   SCRATCHED

7  Briteness    works seem good enough to possibly be dangerous in her debut into the wonderful world of California thoroughbred racing

 

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