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Santa Anita for Saturday 5 April 2014

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race 1    average clarity

2  Reno Rebel   major league bust out in last.....caught wide up on a solid pace and still just missed........and there sure is a lack of speed in this spot.....continues to work like a happy healthy individual

6  Yard Line   very stout MSW debut in early Dec at Bhp......trains as if he is ready once again........fits big here if he manages to fire the same effort 1st time blinkers and 1st time conventional dirt

4  Missing Groom   two OK lifetime efforts for this Hollendorfer colt.....one on the AW.....one on the turf.........pedigree screams conventional dirt.......and that what he gets today

3  JSerino

 

race 2    average clarity

1  Storm Fighter   failed somewhat in last as I believe it was a little too much to ask this colt to run back in 5 days off a blistering 57:4 drill........rested and I love the two works since........good chance he runs to his stellar training today

8  Volkonsky   on the improve with each and every start since Hollendorfer took over the training duties 3 races back.....last fits solidly.....more would only be icing on the already sweet cake

7  Pulpit"s Express   best on the conventional dirt at SA and it showed in his last and the effort is disguised by a rough trip.....Gary Stevens will be out to make amends for the red hot Sadler barn

4  I Run for Fun

 

race 3    average clarity

3  Well Measured   ran very strong (usually hard to cope with) 2nd quarters in both lifetime races and still ran well in both races.....stout work tab since.....seems likely to get a nice stalk position behind one or two runners

2  Whine for Wine   broke slowly and was blocked in the stretch in last or would have won by daylight instead of by a neck........very sharp reassuring drills since and the meets top gun stays aboard

9  Pray Hard   very big effort in latest.....maybe too big (as in stressful) as Bejarano gets off to ride the 2 horse???......if it is by choice I doubt this fellow will repeat his strong effort in latest......if it is not he might be up to another winning run

8  Life Is A Joy

 

race 4    average clarity

5  Footstepsinbronze   not bred for the dirt much at all and it showed in 2nd lifetime start........back to the hill turf course where this colt fired an impressive MSW debut run.......and back to Bejarano

3  Sammy Mandeville   trainer O'Neill has had a dull SA meeting by his standards but not when he rides Smith (3 for last 7 the last 2 months).......1st timer seems ready to roll and he has decent turf sprint breeding

12  Green Tag   proven grass runner would have been rated higher with a more favorable post but the 12 post down the hill will be a tall task to maneuver from for T C Baze......needs a great ride.......sure fits he if gets it

10  Quick and Silver

Long-shot consideration:   6  Designated   GG trainer ships in a well trained 1ster that has good breeding for the green carpet........and the trainer Jedd Josephson is good with MSW 1st timers and good with grass runners in general

 

race 5    slightly above average clarity

1  Fashion Plate   on the right end of the learning curve to say the least......gets plenty of rest following her big win in latest......and.......once again appears to be the lone speed in the race....solid shot to make it 3 for 3 at SA and 2 for 2 in Grade 1's

3  Ria Antonia   Baffert takes over the training duties of a filly who nearly won the B C Juv Fillies last Nov..........only race since then wasn't much but she sure is training awfully well for her newest conditioner.......dangerous horse if Baffert can get her back to the form she displayed in her lone race at SA

5  Arethusa   beaten by our top pick in last but I sure like the way she galloped out past the wire.....that and her pedigree strongly suggests the added 1/16th will be right up her alley

4  Honey Ride

 

race 6    average clarity

6  Rovenna   3 consecutive powerful races since the blinkers became part of the state-bred's arsenal....and continues to work like a happy healthy filly....should be tough

5  Harlington's Rose   bet extremely hard in her last and she did not disappoint with a major break out effort.....can give our top choice a run for the money if Knapp can get a repeat effort out of her......I'd say a 60/40 chance that he can

4  Chati's On Top   will need quite a bit more today but she has changed hands from a 9% N Cal trainer to a 17% S Cal trainer......and draws M Smith.....and she might own a pedigree that is better for the "dirt" than the AW

8  Cause Ur My Babe

 

race 7    slightly above average clarity

4  Nashoba's Gold   excellent route turf efforts in both lifetime starts.......living up to the fine family name........and training as good as ever....very likely to be a major player once again

8  Diversy Harbor   another who has done everything right in her two lifetime starts both grass races........hard to get a better turf combo than Proctor/Stevens......has drawn the 8 post for the 3rd straight........shot to make it 3 in a row from the 8 hole

7  Margot Machance   French invader won like a good thing 1st in the USA in last.....she has done little wrong in 5 lifetime starts 4 of which were run in France......and she sure has a pedigree that ought to appreciate the extra furlong for today

3  Tiz Kissable

 

race 8    lightly above average clarity

5  California Chrome  my personal effort/fig (do all my own fig/trip work.....for the last 25 years) earned in her latest is good enough to win the Kentucky Derby.....that is if the Derby was run at 1 1/8th..........jury is still out in a big way on her ability to get 1 1/4 on the 1st Sat in May.....but today she only has to run a 1 1/8th......one nice Cal-bred

6  Candy Boy   on the right end of the learning curve and the trend will need to continue today if she hopes to upset our top choice .......or of course if our top choice has a bad day

3  Hoppertunity   this Baffert colt can finish when he is right and there are few reasons not to think that he is........big race in the Grade 2 rebel might be overlooked some as it was run on an off track

4  Big Tire

 

race 9    average clarity

3  Gallant Charm   seemingly never sharper and seems to appreciate today's one mile distance on the turf the most......bad trip in last or would have already won this todays's race condition.....trainer sure could use a win

10  Dance Humor   done little wrong in two lifetime grass endeavors.......difficult post but owns some tactical speed that T C Baze can put to good use

9  Brave Act   disqualified from this race in last which was run on the dirt......and he seemed as good or better on the turf.......top gun will be out to make amends

2  Advisory

 

race 10    average clarity

6  Seeking the Sheriff   keeps stepping up the class ladder with success.....race two back was very strong....trainer is having a stellar SA meeting......should be in this from the get go and tough if he has held form

1  Toledo Eddie   last two are solid......better than par..........always difficult to fire 3 straight strong (peak) efforts but his chances are enhanced off of ample rest .......he is in this affair in a big if he can manage another top effort

5  Airfoil    very strong late kick when sprinting.....and he might get enough pace in this affair to strut his stuff late.....Vladimir Cerin is quietly having one of his better meetings in some time

7  Raised a Secret

 

race 11    average clarity

8  Flashy Dame   nicely improved in last 2 races with the blinkers added........laid up since early Dec.......but.............. very sharp work tab especially considering the level of racing......reliable trainer in Eurton when he shows stout works

10  Joeandbetty'sbaby   almost as many wins on the SA hill as the rest of the field combined........most of her career fits fine here.....top gun back aboard today and he owns 2 of her 3 wins on the hill

7  I'm Tops   last might be nothing more than a public work-out to tighten up and be at full throttle 2nd out following the long layoff........switch to Delgadillo who is one for one on this mare

1  Creditcardroulette

2  Indygo F M A

9  Warren's Internet

 

 

 

 

 

 

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