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Santa Anita for Saturday 4 February 2012


OK card for today at Santa Anita. Make sure you have the correct publication as Sunday's is also posted on Saturday. Early 1st post Sunday because of the Super Bowl.


race 1    above average clarity

5  Mile High Magic   solid pedigree to appreciate a sprint and a powerful work regiment even by Baffert standards for this 1st timer

7  Eaton Hall   trip from you know where in this Baffert runner's MSW debut.....back quick with new jock Talamo who has won 2 of his last 3 mounts for Baffert and you know he would love to ride more for the king of Cal racing

6  Gophari   exits a fast heat with subtle trouble.....jock upgrade today for his 2nd lifetime start....Bonde is having a nice SA meeting

4  Et Tu Walker   seems well wound up with some tightly spaced drills.....has hit the track every 6 days consistently for 6 weeks....seems like a ready 1st timer


race 2    below average clarity

3  Seek The Light   somewhat hidden move forward in last......impressive wide close on a day there was a bias to the inside....has been coming from the clouds so blinkers on to help focus early and maybe sit closer to the front

2  His Boy Elroy   should be nicely legged up coming off a turf mile effort....never raced lower....trainer/rider make for a good combo.....3 of last 8 over the last couple of months

6  Me Salty   fairly consistent sort seems best at today's 6F distance

10  Warren's Patron   consistent late stretch runs for this colt gets a nice 5 weeks off after 3 races in December....recent drills say the break did him some god


race 3    average clarity

8  Mr. Commons   2 wins and 2 2nds in 4 lifetime firm turf races all at today's distance of 1 mile......seemingly never trained better

2  Pathfork   3 for 3 at two in Ireland including a big Grade 1 win....bombed in lone star in's a new year and a new Country and a new trainer in John Sadler who has this colt all cranked up and seemingly ready to roll in his U S of A debut

6  Willyconker   just keeps getting better.......and better........and better.......and better........and back to Bejarano who rattled off 3 straight wins on this improving 5 year old

4  Calimonco   decent mid pack runner has 2 faster speed types inside of him so that should leave room for him to get over to the rail and save some ground on the 1st turn and that is most of the battle in 2 turn grass racing......fairly good history in turf miles


race 4    average clarity

10  Jonny's Choice   broke slow and got blocked some in the stretch or could have been much closer at the wire in a fast heat of open company 3 year versus Cal breds for 2nd lifetime race......trainer is better with 2nd timers

 5  Real Conundrum   38 to 1 in MSW debut strongly suggests the race was needed and that more will be forthcoming this afternoon...and debut wasn't bad....chased a solid pace and only missed 2nd by a little more than a length

11  Paperrockscissors     so so trainer with 1sters but this gelding is training sharply and mom has tossed 7 winners from 7 starters and 3 of those were Stakes winners.....yikes

8  Blazing Marino   shuffled back early in MSW debut sure keep getting strong......deserves another chance

Possible Long-shot:   3  Indicator   bet hard in debut and bombed...bombed again in 2nd lifetime start......but works like he can run and his mom has tossed some nice runners


race 5    average clarity

10  Miss Communication   very solid 1st ever on the SA hill and a very reliable trainer in Mike Mitchell to reproduce that effort or more in 2nd run down the hill course

4  Sydney's Darling   only lifetime race was rather decent.......24 to 1 that day so might have not been all that cranked up......excellent work series since.....more highly likely this afternoon

9  Candy And Thunder   filly is quite a bit better than appears in print....Pedroza knows this filly well

2  Belle Passe   beat 14 horses and lost to 1 in only lifetime race which was way back in May in say she is all set for USA debut.....Eurton is solid 1st out after a trainer/barn switch


race 6    average clarity

6  Rousing Sermon   very wide trip in Grade 1 last and still finished fast and just needed about 10 feet more for the win.....needs same effort with a smarter trip on the conventional dirt.....1 for 1 on "real" dirt

2  Liason   2 for 2 at the distance...... proven on the SA main in the a.m.....and of course let's not forget.....Mr. Bob Baffert prepared

7  Empire Way   improving with every start......very good sign that Rosario sticks with horse for a trainer he seldom rides for

1  Isn't He Clever   won a 100K stakes race at big deal unless you win it by 11 lengths in a fast fast 6 1/2 furlong time....bred fine to get the distance...invading trainer has won with 1/4 of his last 120 shippers

Possible Long-shot:   3  Groovin' Solo    owns some sizzling recent works......will most likely go after the lead and try to wire.....good upet trainer especially in these early 3 year old Stakes races


race 7    average clarity

9  Gab Power   distance of 1 1/8 miles looks like a good fit......on the right end of the learning curve

12  Unusual Jazz   another on the improve with every start on the turf.......seemed to love the 1 1/8 miles winning going away at the wire in latest

1  Truism   seems to be working well enough to be ready to handle his 1st ever on USA soil....or should I say turf....very quick drills for a trainer like Mitchell

3  Acaffella   big improvement in 2nd lifetime start in 2nd out after an extended hiatus from racing seems like a good thing


race 8    average clarity

7  Tapizar   has more speed to contend with this time but has chased and crushed in the past......just needs to avoid a suicidal speed duel and he should be stout once again

1  Jaycito   only race on the SA main track wasn't too bad.....but he sure is training better for this layoff run than he did in preparation for the aforementioned layoff race......showed a ton of ability at 2........might be rebound to rebound to those strong efforts

2  Prayer For Relief   another Baffert charge looking to rebound in form which was quite good last summer......Bejarano knows this colt well as this is his 7th straight mount on him

8  Balladry   late runner seemingly gets enough pace by the front runners to flatter his late run and make him a factor in the late stages

Possible Long-shot:  6  Indian Winter   big hidden run last year 3rd out after a long layoff in the SA Derby ....good work tab and 3rd out after a long layoff here as well.....hmmmmm


race 9    average clarity

3  Mark The Bench   nice improve in last at 1 mile on the sod sets him up nicely for a cut back to a turf sprint.......something he seemingly prefers.....back down to the price Mitchell claimed him for....should be well meant

2  Crossing The Line   constantly runs strong efforts/figs but lately he somehow finds a way to run 2nd or 3rd....overdue

7  Devoted Magic   crushing foes at quite a bit lower levels of claiming at GG....but his new trainer smartly runs him down the hill where he is 1 for 1

11  Striking Spirit   owns a couple of very strong efforts overseas.....last looks like a 1st in the U. S. tune-up.......believe we are in full go mode today with this GB import


race 10   below average clarity

8  Fiddlers Afleet   1st out in the Eurton barn is often a dangerous thing....solid back numbers....does his best running on conventional dirt

1  Setsuko   very solid drills for this talented runner that does like to hang......amazing he is still eligible for this level....might not hang versus much easier today

4  Graeme Crackerjack   trainer is having a nice SA meeting....this runner is showing steady improvement and should be as tough as anyone in here if he moves forward again

11  Coluda    big early speed + light weight apprentice up = dangerous potential to wire

10  American Blend

9  Industry Leader



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