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Santa Anita for Friday 16 March 2012


Decent card to keep the good times rolling along. Rain and off tracks coming this weekend. I will be studying for the races being taken off the turf this weekend. At least this Midwest guy doesn't have to be jealous of S Cal's beautiful weather as it has been sunny and 75 to 80 every day in the Midwest with no end in sight. Of course it will probably snow at least a foot come sometime in April.



race 1    average clarity

4  Queenie Marini   O'Neill seems to be in total win mode so the drop down once again for this filly really doesn't bother me.....our top choice filly has been running versus quite a bit better

3  For You My Heart   likes "fast" conventional dirt (6 4 01)....also appreciates today's 6F distance...... should be on or near the lead from the get go

5  Girls Lacrosse   laid up but working up to snuff to possibly be ready fresh......fits well here effort/fig wise if she is ready to roll off of the 2 month hiatus from the racing scene


race 2    average clarity

5  Whole Enchilada   didn't seem to appreciate the blinkers off in last....back on today.....race 2 back was better than appears in print....ran way too wide and did well to only get beat by 8 lengths

4  Missis Ky I You   just claimed and his new trainer smartly retains Rosario as the figs versus these but those efforts were in sprints.....jury is out when it comes to this one's ability to get a route of ground....also tends to hang in the stretch....6 2nd' and 4 3rd's in 16 races on the main track

1  Depistry   showed some life in mc debut last.....good drills since......logically should show more today and we get a positive rider change....not impossible in this ultra soft looking group


race 3    average clarity

5  Gunga Galunga   highly likely that this gelding needed his MSW debut last.......showed very good speed in the race and rightfully tired........should be prominent from the get go here and might now be fit enough to battle for the top prize come crunch time

6  Anabaa Premium   45 to 1 strongly suggests his MSW debut was a dirt sprint tune-up to muscle up some and be fit and ready for today's turf route.....Bejarano sticks around......good turf pedigree....good route pedigree....all systems go

1  Fordham Road    efforts/figs have been going in the wrong direction but did get blocked in his last which should save some gas in the tank for today's run....rebound of sorts seems likely

3  Dynamize   my guess is Puype will have this gelding ready off of the layoff because history suggests he will need a minimum of 7 or 8 weeks till his next race

Possible Longshot:   4  On Holy Ground   impressive work tab for this laid up runner.....fits if fires very best and seems capable off of a solid set of a.m. work


race 4    above average clarity

7  Consulado   done little wrong in 3 lifetime starts......set the nastiest of fractions in a mile affair in last and did very well to hold on for since suggest he hasn't missed a beat

3  Brigand   ran an impressive 2nd in 2nd lifetime to run well 2nd out after the layoff......especially considering the layoff run was on the grass which is often a great way to put some fitness into your horse like no morning work-out can do

2  Night Tide   laid up Baffert charge has a prolonged stout set of drills.......should be ready to roll....needs very best....but Baffert is on FIRE so......

1  Hierro   last run for this Steven Asmussen runner was solid for this steadily improving sort and it is much better than appears on paper


race 5   average clarity

7  Going For A Spin   last 2 races run on the turf at today's distance fit rather well here.....and.....should be able sit in a nice chase position

6  Charm The Crowd   very solid figs/efforts the last five 1 mile turf races for this mare.......would have been top pick if it wasn't for the 9 more lbs this gal has to carry today

1  Glorified   all the races fit well for this 5 year old untill her last.....good sign Bejarano sticks around......shot to rebound from her clunker she ran in her last start

8  Van Brit   not so hot in last....but this highly competitive mare just doesn't seem to fire two bad races in a row


race 6    above average clarity

3  Liberal Arts    improving by leaps and bounds since O'Neill took over.....horrid trip in last and still almost won....positive rider change

9  Cyclometer   2 solid lifetime races in open runs versus Cal breds......continues to train like a happy healthy horse

5  Caffiene High   was able to compete well in his 1st 3 lifetime runs despite some antics out of the gate........broke fine in his return to the race wars in last.....same behavior and 2nd after the layoff suggest he will fire his most formidable race to date

6  Delta Fix   improving sort will definitely need the trend to continue in this spot


race 7    below average clarity

2  Go To The Pulpit    proven two turns on the main track......1st on the grass but bred nicely for it......solid work tab suggests Puype means business today

10  Baby Blake   hate the post but owns good speed on the turf and this race lacks it........seems like a good shot to find the rail or 2 path on turn 1....solid here if Garcia gets that accomplished

1  Showmethemoneyjim   weak paced wire to wire win in last......might feel really good getting away with murder setting such an easy pace....1st grass but pedigree for it is trainer especially with grass runners 

3  War Politics   on the right end of the learning curve and has the support of a red hot trainer


race 8    average clarity

8  Warren's Performer   both races at SA fit well here and the last is hidden by a bad trip given by a cold rider....very positive jock switch to Mr. Bejarano today

2  Winforlin   wide trip in last hides a decent layoff effort in latest......good history 2nd out after the layoff.....and that is today's scenario

1  Elusive Spirit   suspicious dropper here....but......major speed in this spot if she is still in relative good health and she has only 5F to cope with

3  Torre Italiana    5F seems like a good fit and it showed in her latest

10  Pride Hunter   if this laid up 5 year old is ready her lone lifetime race run last August fits if  she gets a better trip

4  Lily's Tiz





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