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Santa Anita for Saturday 3 March 2012


Fabulous fields in most the races today. Just the way it should be on the day you run your big race of the meet for older horses. Sure is nice not to have a cheap maiden claimer as the nightcap for a change. Good luck to all!


race 1    average clarity

6  Baraja De Oro   faced quite a bit better in last 2......owns significant early speed......Vienna is having a better SA meeting then his record indicates

1  Pacific Avenue   only 5 lifetime races and is now why not drop down this gelding who has been a fragile sort

3  Jack Reacher   blinkers on woke up this gelding (at GG) who was on a downward spiral.....good sign he steps up and ships back to S Cal

2  Run Candy Run


race 2    above average clarity

3  Holy Candy   exits a fast heat in last with a very wide trip.......big big sure like the 6 weeks between races to recover......drills suggest this colt will run another significant effort

2  Stirred Up   this one's barn mate crushed the field and this Baffert charge stilled earned a par like fig/effort for the level even though he was beaten by nine.....will need (and surely can) move forward to beat our top pick

6  Cat' Enough   on the improve with every start on the turf and now tries conventional dirt for the first time......bred to prefer grass racing but O'Neill is making all the right moves these days

5  Unmarked Bills



3  Muny   trip from you know where in last....good work series....small drop.....vintage Mike Mitchell......and he has been hot the last few days

4  Crossing The Line   plenty of speed in this affair will flatter this very consistent Sadler runner's late kick

2  Circle Drive  bit of a dirt tightener in last....sure like the step up in claiming off of impressive drills.......trainer is 8 for his last 30 stepping a horse up one level

5  Mr. Bossy Pants


race 4    average clarity

6  Mile High Magic   bet hard in MSW debut last even for a Bob Baffert caught wide close to a decent pace and still only got beat by a length.....impressive work tab since....should move forward and be formidable here

3  Maverick Gun   extremely well bred to be a quality sprinter.....and the drills our very strong....rather sure ready to roll in MSW debut

4  Eaton Hall    Baffert charge had a dull debut.......decent 2nd even more this afternoon especially with 1st time Bejarano

2  Kenichi


race 5    below average clarity

7  Graeme Crackerjack   not much in last but Bonde is having a good SA meeting so I think we will see a rebound to his race 2 back which is quite good or Bonde would have dropped down some

10  American Blend   ran very big in last....but draws the same nasty 10 post which contributed to his wide trip in last....very stout if Rosario gives him a more clever ride

3  Strasbourg   well proven that he can run with time off....lot's of speed in this affair so Nakatani needs to avoid being too close to the pace if the pace is has won from off the pace

4  Oilisblackgold  solid tightener on the grass in last.......good history turf to's scenario


race  6   way below average clarity

NOTE:  Races on the hill are very difficult when you have this many 1st timers. Usually not the cleanest of run races. Pick 6 nightmare to start off with this race.

5  Lake Maracaibo   15 to 1 1st timer seems has tossed 4 winners from 4 starters one of which was a turf winner

9  Special Charm    best ever on the sod was lone sprint race which was run at 6F at Hollywood

4  Alluvial Gold   best grass pedigree in the race and decent works for this 1ster

8  Vegas Babe


race 7    average clarity

2  Da Ruler   all 3 lifetime races are powerful......laid up since June but training as if he is returning at full throttle

11  Hoorayforhollywood   3 of his 4 lifetime conventional dirt races are strong....his latest was the effort that was poor....but Baffert switched his training back to Hol instead of SA.....rebound can occur

7  Via Verde   3 wins and one 2nd in 5 races on conventional dirt....never sharper so Glatt smartly steps him up into an alw race.....finishes great at 6 1/2....might really appreciate 1st ever at 7F

8  Sammy's A Runnin'


race 8    average clarity

2  Cat Talk   training super for his new trainer......fresh sharp speed and Mike Smith up.....wire to wire shot here

10  Twin Six   tough post at 1 mile on the turf but has enough speed to clear.....can get a decent chase/press position behind our top pick

5  Slammer Time    toss out last.....might have hated the conventional dirt...proven on the turf......might get a nice mid pack position....Nakatani is riding awfully well on the sod

7  Smug    laid up 10 months but working like Drysdale has him ready to roll fresh


race 9    average clarity

5  Eden's Moon   stellar 1st at a route of ground in latest.......trotted home down the stretch in the easiest of there should be plenty left in the tank for today

3  Willa B Awesome   2 wins and 2 2nd's in 4 conventional dirt races.......semi-soft paced wire in last....doubt much taken out of this filly.....same as above.....gas left in the tank for today

7  Reneesgotzip   done everything exceptionally right so needs to do it around two turns for the 1st time.....bred fine to get 1 mile

2  Charm The Maker   might have needed last or maybe it was just a poor that Mac is working her on the grass.........can bounce back


race 10    above average clarity

5  Jeranimo   loves firm turf mile's 132:3 in his last and at SA and with 1 more ability here if he brings his "A" game

1  Mr. Commons   very consistent sort steadily is becoming a turf monster....and gets 3 lbs off today

2  Jimmy Simms   training great for his new work tab for a Asmussen horse the whole SA meet.......might be speed of the speed here and go all the way

3  Willkconker    never better.....deserves a shot at the big time


race 11    average clarity

3  Ron The Great   Mott is a very reliable trainer when he ships a horse training this one is at Pay.......a great place to condition your horse.....sure looks like the 1 1/4 miles will be to his liking

2  Ultimate Eagle   didn't think this stout colt would like the dirt in last and was I wrong.....last race fits and he gets 3 lbs. off for today

9  Setsuko    layoff alw win in last should have this quality gelding ready for his very best

4  Boxeur Des Rues   50 to 1 shot is bred to love running far and bred fine to handle conventional dirt.....big improvement in last (on the grass) is hidden by a very wide hot light.......great works

8  Gladding    very ready fresh off of the bench....but.....I am a bit leery of him handling the distance at such a high level of racing....fits if he can

1  Uh Oh Bango   sharp but also must prove that 1 1/4 miles won't takes it's toll



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