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Santa Anita for Friday 26 September 2014

Not much of a card to get excited about on opening day at Santa Anita but an absolutely fabulous day of racing on Saturday with five Grade 1 races!

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

5  Redshirt    very solid adjusted for trouble figs/efforts in both lifetime starts.......1st on the conventional dirt but just popped a best of 71 5F bullet work on it at SA

4  Madam Aamoura   on the right end of the learning curve ........and..........she showed she candle handle a two turn affair albeit in a grass race.............1st on "real dirt" seems to be the question mark

3  Don't Blame Me   race has a distinct lack of early speed but not the case with this filly..........seems likely to be loose and owns a decent pedigree to handle a route of ground

6  Here Comes Chloe

 

race 2    slightly below average clarity

1  Sacred Ovation   3 for 5 on "fast" conventional dirt..........4 for 6 at the distance........stepping up a notch......a good indication this Art Sherman gelding is doing well

4  Senator Bob   4 straight solid races since "fronts on"....... a torrid pace seems likely.........capable of rating some and that might come in handy in this spot

5  Jovita's Tuffy   only deep closer in a field of 7 can set things up nicely..........no action on the board in two races following a layoff........gimme/gimme/ drop and go ?????........a ton if that is the scenario 

3  Peacenik

 

race 3    average clarity

7  Heat The Rocks   Jerry Hollendorfer 1st timer has hit the track every 5 or 6 days since 17 Aug at GG..........seems very wound up and ready to roll with plenty of foundation put in to get the 6 1/2F in her debut

9  Tatum's Gold   last race and the race run 3 back are strong..........if we get one of those efforts with the switch to Bejarano this filly will be quite tough

6  Flat Footed Mama  par like MSW debut for this Bob Baffert filly.......... solid here with a logical small forward move with that race under belt

5  High Intensity

 

race 4    average clarity

7  As Rulers Go   solid fresh winning effort last Dec.......lone start (and last start) down the majestic SA hill grass course was decent versus one tough winner........proven fresh and training as if Drysdale means business

4  Intoxicating Move   nice win at one mile on the grass in last........and....... this filly handles the SA hill quite well with 2 wins and 2 seconds in 5 starts on it........should be plenty fit to finish up well coming off of a mile race

1  Zanbo    good history on the sod when Bejarano is in the saddle.......and he is today.......seems likely to be in a nice ground saving mid pack or stalk position

5  More Complexity

Long-shot consideration:   10  Al Freej   new trainer / blinkers on / big seemingly out of nowhere bullet 4F drill.........seems dangerous in 3rd U S of A start

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Expo and Fig   exits a very fast heat when last seen on the 7th of August at Dmr......only race on the SA dirt is solid as well.......repeat of last sure would be tough here

13  Golden Chalice   another exiting a fast heat in his latest........solid effort/fig in one of two starts on conventional dirt at Santa Anita......recent decent 5F drill at SA hints this colt has remained in relatively good health

5  Persisting   good layoff run in last........major league rider upgrade for today........trainer sure could use a win in Southern Cal

6  Mr. Lewis C.

 

race 6    average clarity

9  Betty Bing Bing   blinkers off and a decent and somewhat subtle 4F drill last week on the SA dirt which this filly appears to appreciate the most......last effort on the SA surface was 3 back and that effort would likely handle these

10  Bird In Love   3 of 4 main track races fit well here.....and her lone lifetime win came in her only 6 1/2F main track race (by 5 1/4 lengths)

8  Ava's Ballet    improving filly likely will be very tough here and the one to beat if she has remained in decent health........but.........I am a touch leery that she is up for only $12.5K with the progression that she has shown

7  Swiss Heart

 

race 7   below average clarity

8  Jomelo   small drop......rider upgrade........D'Amato means business 2nd out after the claim with this five year old gelding

4  Contributor   three year old owns some nice one mile grass races.......1st out following the Canani claim is usually a good thing and the crafty trainer is most dangerous with grass runners that he takes over the training duties

7  Shun   consistent sort when competing in route races on the grass or AW........grass route here..........and yet another running 1st off of the claim in this case for Doug O'Neill

6  Mambo Man

 

race 8    average clarity

6  Alberts Hope   all 3 lifetime races are significantly better than appear in print......away from the game since early Sept of 2013 but sure is working as if he is as good as new......won a race that was loaded with talent in his MSW debut so he showed he can fire "fresh"

4  Indianapolis   good forward move in 2nd lifetime race run last January and it was at SA......and like our top selection appears to be all set fresh off of the bench

9  Street Icon   yet another who looks all set to roll off of the layoff.......and he has shown that he can run fresh 2 times in his 4 race past......and his work regiment is the most impressive in the race and maybe the whole race card

7  My Slew

 

race 9    average clarity

6  Unbridled's Note   badly needed a break and Asmussen wisely gave her one........loves the SA hill grass course........should be a ton here if he is back to his old self and gets a decent trip down the hill

8  Ambitious Brew   hard to argue with 3 for 3 down the hill and (7 4 3 0) lifetime overall.......trainer could use a win or two

3  Lil Bit O'Fun   2 for 2 on the SA hill........but more importantly beat a nice field in her last at one mile on the turf in late July......has hit the track in the a.m. weekly since.....gelding might have made a significant breakthrough in his latest........we shall see

1  Eddie's First

7  Artest

2  Pure Tactics

 

 

 

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 9:33 am by richs · Permalink
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