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Santa Anita for Friday 23 May 2014

Decent card today. On the 1 to 10 scale I would rate it a 7.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly above average clarity

8  Story to Tell    three very strong indicators that this 1st timer for Hendricks is meant and ready at 1st asking.........tightly spaced drills at 5 or 6 day intervals.......and 3 of the last 4 works are very strong.........last work is 1/2F further than today's 4 1/2F distance

5  Two Six Wins   all three gate works for this Pender 1ster are strong and hint his baby has some early speed........and his colt only has 4 1/2F to negotiate if he does dictate things early

1  Desert Gem   Hofmans 1st timer also is training as if he is ready working twice at 5F which is 1/2 furlong further than today's race distance.........and mom has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters and they all preciously won at two

4  Social Request


race 2    slightly above average clarity

7  Chattering Class   turf route tightener in last should help his endurance.........and he sure looks loose here and with a superior gate jock in Edwin Maldonado

6  Ice Cream Truck   rider upgrade to some extent........most of career fits in this spot but he sure hangs in the stretch with 7 2nd's in 13 lifetime starts.......maybe new rider can help

3  Salt of the Earth   nice wake-up in last (best ever) seemingly out of nowhere off of the 4 1/2 month layoff........moved forward both times running 2nd time out following a fresh that obviously suggests more can occur this afternoon for this Gus Headley five year old

5  Cached Wanted


race 3    slightly below average clarity

3  Heat Du Jour   trainer Richard Baltas is 10 for his last 25 sprint to route.......he just claimed this filly out of a 25K turf sprint........puts her up a notch to 32K in a route.........seems dangerous

5  Putahexonher   in the every other mode and today this filly is on the winning end of the pendulum......2 for 3 when in for a tag.......0 for 2 and not even close when not

1  Elegant   last fits and the 1 1/8th distance seems like a good fit.......but her history suggests she isn't too hot producing at 3 good efforts in a row and her last two races were rather good


race 4    average clarity

4  Miss American Pie   obviously hurting to some degree but the trainer Mark Glatt has won 7 of his last 17 dropping multiple claiming levels........wouldn't want to claim but best use in your exotics

6  Smil'n From Above   way too ambitious in last........back where fits today and her race two back is solid both fig wise and the fact she didn't hang in the stretch

5  Sizzling Lassie   improving sort couldn't win a $3K claimer last Fall.......she sure has outrun her odds in both of her SA 8K races........and I like the 5 lbs off and the successful bug boy up

3  Halo La


race 5    average clarity

4  Intoxicating Move   dropping into a claimer (up for 40K in a maiden claimer last summer) of $40k makes sense as this filly likes the SA hill and found the filly nw alw level a little too tough in last

2  Boller Bomb   fell off in last with the blinkers taken off.......wisely put back on today.........last two times she was put in a 40K claimer made for her last two visits to the circle of joy  

7  Always a Chance   might be at her very best down the SA hill turf since 13 March but training up to snuff and she has handled small layoffs in her past

5  Could Be Trouble


race 6    average clarity

5  Tiz Dynamic   3 for 6 at today's distance and 4 for 7 at Santa Anita on the dirt.....and Baltas sure has him cranked up with two consecutive bullet 5/8ths drills

1  Hear The Ghost   ultra consistent sort on any surface when running without the blinkers which she is today........(8 2 5 1)......and a good majority of those efforts were with today's jock in irons

4  Footbridge   good history on conventional dirt and he sure hasn't missed a beat in the a.m. since beating a good field at 1 1/4 in his latest....rather sure up for another solid effort


race 7    average clarity

1  Baruta   both races down the majestic SA hill grass course are strong for the level efforts.......just needs to settle down a bit in the early stages.....Stevens sticks around to get the job done

3  Heat Trap   laid up since October but training nicely and she is proven fresh in that she scored in here career debut.......very strong efforts in all 4 lifetime sprints

4  Hugh Knew   wide win near a nasty pace hides a solid improvement......and the works since hint that more might occur today and at a big price

7  Sign From Heaven


race 8    average clarity

8  Warrens Lil Margie   lone lifetime win came 23 days following a 3 month layoff in a one mile dirt race at SA........2nd out after about two month layoff today this time back in 14 days and once again in a one mile dirt affair

7  Swissarella   fresh speed sprinter tries a route this afternoon and gets in light with the 5 lb bug boy up.......should be in it from the get go

5  Room for Me   done little wrong in two lifetime dirt races at Santa Anita......trainer has awoken from the doldrums.......rider upgrade......not out of this by any means

3  Corinthian Melody


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