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Santa Anita for Friday 21 February 2014

Seems like a good card this afternoon at Santa Anita.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly below average clarity

2  Let's Dance   impressive mc debut win at Golden Gate........the adjusted trouble effort/fig is a good fit for today's level if she can duplicate the run and get a better trip.......1st on conventional dirt but worked well on it and is bred fine to handle it......jock sure could use a win

1  Marla Hooch   best ever in 4 lifetime starts was in her lone race at Santa Anita and it was a maiden breaking win.....smartly ships in from N Cal in hopes of the conventional dirt surface being a wake up call

4  Passion Bucket   moved forward in 2nd lifetime start and will fit fine today if this youngster can manage another move in the right direction


race 2    slightly above average clarity

2  Sir Macho   solid move in the right direction which was his 1st dirt race with the blinkers on and it was at today's distance.......most likely feels good as he steps up a couple of levels.......was very very reluctant to load in his latest and that is a concern

1  Prospector Alley   didn't appear to care for the sod in last which was his 1st out following the John Sadler claim.....back to the dirt and back to mdn50K which was the level Sadler took him for.......strong effort in that race and it somewhat disguised by a bad trip.......trainer is hot

6  Oso Smart   last couple of efforts fit fine at today's lower maiden level if of course he can duplicate those efforts (or run better) in his first on the conventional dirt.......breeding to handle the dirt is rather good


race 3    average clarity

5  Texas Ryano   misbehaved in the paddock.....went off 24 to 1 in MSW debut in a mile grass race..........and won...........surprised a lot of people maybe even his owner/trainer......improved a.m. work since.......great shot to move forward as Gaines might not have had him all the cranked up for his debut yet he found the circle of joy anyway

4  Lucky Views   horrid run in latest.......but..........back to the meets leading rider (who owns the only win on this three-year-old in his only mount on her) hints she has rebounded to some degree........lone grass race fits fine and so of course does Mr. Bejarano

3  Neverwherecauseway   when last seen in late Oct this colt broke his MSW at 1 1/8th on the sod despite a bad trip losing approximately 6L because of a bad trip/ride.......same low % (on the turf) jock up but he has only 4 other horses to cope with versus the 9 that he dealt with in his last.....shot here if of course he is ready off of the layoff


race 4    slightly above average clarity

4  Vicki Victoria   significant wake up in latest 2nd out after the Baltas claim.......barn is not messing around as they drop a claiming notch......nice reassuring 4F drill since her improved last......mare is very consistent when races at 6F or less.....5 1/2F here

2  Sugar Spice   nice history on the SA main track when rated fast (3 1 2 0).............just claimed and the drills since the Kristin Mulhall claim hint that she might have the trump card for this filly

3  Goldilocks Planet   another just claimed and the new conditioner Vann Belvoir has a solid history 1st out after a claim winning about 1/4 of the time over the last couple of years..........filly had a nice rebound win in latest........and with the new barn also gets a jockey upgrade


race 5    average clarity

2  Incline Village   both lifetime sprint grass races (albeit at Bhp not SA) fit extremely well in this spot if his rider can manage even an OK trip as his trips in the two grass sprints were lousy.....good trainer/rider team over the years

4  Misdeed   might pop a strong effort fresh off of a 10 month layoff as this Mandella four-year-old fired his lifetime best in his MSW debut........and..........most of Richard Mandella's stock has been ready at the SA meeting.......good rider/trainer combo in Prat/Mandella

5  Surfer Moon   Ron Ellis isn't too hot with 1st timers but solid with 2nd time starters......and this 2nd time starter owns a good grass that in mind his poor dirt race in last was just a get your feet wet affair  and today will be all business 1st on the sod.......or.........he isn't much......we shall see

1  Next Right


race 6    average clarity

4  Senator Bob   improved effort in latest and claimed in the race.......big drill put into this seven-year-old by new trainer Jeff Bonde.......jock who isn't one of the riders Bonde uses with regularity wants the mount back and he gets it..........that's a good sign .........most likely moving forward today

7  Traweek   pops now and then and when he does.......lookout........big efforts/figs 3 back and 5 back both at 6F on conventional dirt....very dangerous price shot

5  Newfound Gold   claimed for 20K runs for 10K today five weeks later......ouch.........flip a coin as it relates to this gelding's physical condition

1  Baron Von Red


race 7    average clarity

6  Sheer Talent   horse has a good history of firing best 3rd out after layoffs like today........and he takes a significant drop in claiming but careful you claiming vultures as he tends to need to be laid up following his 3rd run after a layoff

5  Turn On The Pumps   blinkers off today after trying them on 2 straight races without much success.....fits fine here but he does have to overcome a strong tendency to hang in the stretch  (1 win - 6 2nd's)

8  Trouble X Two      invader ran a vastly improved grass race 2 back at GG.....and then moved forward again on the AW 1st time with blinkers on......big step up today but he sure appears to be improving dramatically of late

7  Dancer Humor


race  8    average clarity

7  Among the Stars   last isn't much 1st time up for a tag but her previous 3 races are solid.....claimed by Sadler who sure has gotten this filly to train better in the a.m.......rebound seems likely

8  Girly Ghost   bet hard in debut and did not fire........but........ultra strong 5/8ths work since (especially considering today's level of racing) and a switch to Bejarano who has hit the board in 8 straight when riding for Bonde and 4 of the 8 were wins......that'll do

5  Oh Boo Hoo   takes that ever dangerous drop out of MSW racing to maiden claiming....toss out last as she disliked a route of ground........two previous races sprinting fit solidly here if she can reproduce them first time on conventional dirt.......bred OK to handle it

3  Parade Bound

10  More Stormyweather

1  Schmaltzy





Posted on February 21, 2014 at 10:08 am by richs · Permalink
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