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Santa Anita for Monday 16 January 2012


Decent SA card to finish the extended weekend with not one race being rated below average clarity. Be back with you next Thursday.


race 1    average clarity

3  Abella   good work pattern for this 1st timer and she appears to have caught a soft group....also is training like she might have some early foot

5  Luckyvic   steadily improving sort gets to run off of a grass race which is often a good thing....less wear and tear

4  Bud And Brandy   race 2 back lost about 8 lengths total and still only got beat by 1 length.....Bejarano will be out to make amends today.....also gets to race off of a turf run

NOTE:  I left out the heavy morning line favorite here because there are some indications she might not return the same animal that she was when she last raced in early Fall. I sure will be rooting against her.


race 2    above average clarity

3  Ry Cheer   very solid winning mc debut both in pace and final time......seems in control here

2  Lil Miss Macky   woke up in last off of the long hiatus from the track.......improved works since....will need another move forward and there is a good shot we will get one

6  Ziva   decent off pace win in mc debut.......laid up since (for 10 weeks) but recent drills suggest she is fit and ready....will need to move forward a few lengths and surely might with 1 start under her belt


race 3    average clarity

5  Treacherous   very solid route race on the AW 2 races back.......rather likely to appreciate the sod....can be prominent from the get go

3  Cat's Enough   decent sprint turf race in last and his pedigree suggests route racing on the lawn should be a better proposition

6  Cloud Hopper   has a distinct advantage of having 4 route races under his belt.....1st on the lawn but bred well to take to it.......Talamo is in a funk....he has a shot to get things going here


race 4    average clarity

2  Argue My Case    appears to like the extended sprint distance of 7F and most in here won't.....can sit close up in an affair lacking speed types

3  Game Charmer   moved forward some 1st time under the auspicious of Kristin Mulhall........improved drill since....might see more improvement today

4  Blue Eyes Included   gets to run off of 2 consecutive route races which is often a good thing when running at 7F......race 2 back is quite a bit better than appears in print

7  Annie Lou   figs/efforts aren't bad but must overcome a tendency to flatten out in the stretch and this is a 7F race


race 5    average clarity

6  Los Bomberos   has won last 3 races on conventional dirt.......showed vastly improved pace in last but is versatile and can run from off of it with the options especially with a good smart jock in the saddle

2  Full Instinct   done little wrong in 3 lifetime trainer takes over for Ascanio who is dealing with some medical issues

4  Rule By Force   very difficult to argue with 12 wins and 9 2nd's in 32 conventional dirt races

1  Memphis   needed layoff last and/or it was a turf tightener......will need best like his MSW debut that he ran last July


race 6     average clarity

2  Winesome Charm   most of his career fits well at today's level.......really like that Dollase stopped on this consistent hard trying sort after a bit of a dull effort when last seen in early 6F drill just 5 days ago says all set to roll

6  Lamm   has run 3 times over the years on the SA hill and all 3 of those races are quite solid considering today's level of racing

5  Mr. Bossy Pants   turned into to a highly competitive sort since the blinkers were put on 8 races back  ( 5 wins ** 1 2nd**2 4ths)....and now Mitchell just claimed

4  Wall Street Wonder   hasn't seen turf for awhile but can handle it just fine......1st on the hill.....owns a very solid 6 furlong race on the turf at Hollywood...shot to be loose here and speed on the hill did awfully well yesterday


race 7    average clarity

8  Eaton Hall   Baffert 1ster finished up work tab with an impressive 5/8ths bullet gate drill.....and this is only a 5 1/2 furlong MSW sprint

10  Bodemeister   another Baffert 1st timer training like he is ready to roll......finished with 3 straight gate works....a very healthy sign that a Baffert 1ster is ready and well meant

4  Koast    Sadler charge had soft works prior to his MSW debut and little support at the the works are solid......can you say gimme/go

9  American Act   on the improve....believe the trainer is running him into shape......seems ready to compete for the top prize


race 8    average clarity

4  Jeranimo   tosses a clunker now and then but he is stellar when he brings his "A game"....also seems to prefer SA turf over the other 2 S Cal grass courses

3  Norvsky   toss out his last.....not much pedigree to go 1 1/2 miles......has been given a couple months break which he deserved.....Warren is very capable with a freshened up animal....most likely ready and is 1 for 1 and today's distance

5  The Usual Q. T.   hasn't shown his best in awhile but runs well fresh...good chance to sit up close in an affair lacking speed.....believe the 4 will lead and this fellow will chase


race 9    average clarity

4  Me Salty   last 2 races are better than they appear in print....and now we get a jock upgrade....small effort and a smoother journey and this gelding will be tough

8  Creston Cowboy   back on conventional dirt and the cut back in distance seem to add up to this 4 year old being a solid contender

1  Hurrican Harbor   also should welcome being back on the conventional dirt.....1 for 1 at the distance

2  Lana's Smile  fairly consistent sort has a good history when Santiago is on his back

5  Distinctly   good move forward in last....that solid race was run with short rest....can he do the same with nearly 6 weeks off ????

9  King Red   last might have been the tune-up to drop and go go go.....owns back numbers that fit....way back




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