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Santa Anita for Friday 17 October 2014

Sure hope it is a good afternoon for apprentice Draydon Van Dyke as he is aboard our top choice in 3 races and our 2nd choice in 2 races.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

4  St. Joe Bay    decent MSW debut at Lrc.......not too concerned about the drop into maiden $75K claiming as this Miller runner went at sale for $60K in June.........good pedigree to get the two turns.......good work rider/trainer combo

3  Mr. Chase   connections geld their two year old following his MSW debut and drop him into high priced maiden claiming.......turf route in debut should help his endurance for his 2nd lifetime start and going under the knife likely will settle him down......Mark Casse is stout MSW to maiden claiming

5  Magna Rex   not much in MSW debut but returns for his 2nd lifetime start as a 1st time gelding.......drills since his debut hints the surgery has helped........jock is 3 for his last 4 for the trainer and the trainer Richard Baltas is good 1st at a route with a given horse.......believe we see a big wake up today


race 2    slightly below average clarity

4  Red N Black Attack   best running in routes and it showed in his race 2 back which was run at Lrc (solid pace and final time fig).....and back to Van Dyke who ride in the Lrc race

2  Papa's Paisley   last sure fits.....bit of a concern that Jack Carava drops off of a win but he has won 3 of his last 7 when doing so

1  The Mad Hungarian   trainer is firing on all cylinders of late...........drop down for the 2nd time in a row is a concern but the three year old is 2 for 3 at SA and training on it's dirt as if he will welcome a return to it's surface 


race 3    slightly below average clarity

1  Cravin' the Heat   nice race turf to dirt two races back off of 21 days rest.........turf in last run just seven days ago......dirt today........seems well meant for Abrams who breaks the mold as being one of the few who is decent running a horse of off of very short rest

5  Up the Alley   three year old filly has fired in all four of her main track route races.........and her only main track route with the blinkers on produced a going away at the wire 4 1/2 length score

4  Fly to Freedom   speed sprinter is best on the lead so it seems like a good spot for her 1st attempt at a route a ground as she sure looks loose in this spot.....and her pedigree to handle a two turn affair is rather good

2  Warren's Tricia R.


race 4    average clarity

4  Nighttiming   seems very likely to get a ground saving stalking to mid pace position at least thru turn 1 and with Bejarano aboard.........that is a dangerous proposition

1  Star Act   very consistent route runner on the AW or the grass would have been top pick if it wasn't for her tendency to hang in the late stretch

3  Seek a Star   GB invader ran decently 1st start in the good old U S of A.........decent works since........very dangerous here if she moves forward in 2nd start in his new Country

8  Home Maid Brownie


race 5    average clarity

4  Pulmarack   Cal-bred runs in his sprints like he wants to go long......and his pedigree supports the notion.......away since 1 August but hasn't missed a beat in the a.m........tightly spaced drills and many at 6F........very well prepared for today to get the distance

5  P Club   definitely on the right end of the learning curve and showed he can handle a route of ground in his latest.......handling the conventional dirt that SA has to offer is a small ? mark

8  Flexible   OK MSW debut 2 back.....and his 2nd lifetime start is much better than your average 14 beaten length 4th place finish.....very fast heat and he raced way too wide......1st at a route and his trainer is quite dangerous sprint-sprint-route with a given horse and that is the case today

6  Temple Keys

Long-shot consideration:   3  Spring for It   ran evenly in MSW sprint debut 2 1/2 months ago and has a decent pedigree to get a route......steady series of 5F works going back to August18th.......seems to have the necessary foundation put into him


race 6    average clarity

5  Betty Bing Bing   big awakening in last and Peter Eurton smartly steps his three year old filly up a few levels.....last effort/fig sure fits and today's race is at the same track and the same distance

8  Nothing to Hide   just claimed by Truman and company for $22,500 and drops her to $20, big deal to say the least......1 for 1 at SA and the effort stands out as her best ever........and Eddie Truman won the last time he dropped following a claim

9  Cin City Lady   turf last not so debut 2 back on the Lrc dirt was an impressive bad trip win.......dirt today and Mora is off to a hot start replacing a suspended Doug O'Neill

1  Marla Hooch


race 7    average clarity

2  Shysheisnot   showed she can handle turf in a race down the hill run in January.......showed she can handle two turns in latest in an AW race run at Del Mar........good post / good surface for her / and a good distance........and last but not least good a.m. preparation

5  Mindfully   on the improve with every start and considering that the trainer is Ron Ellis the likelihood of a another move in the right direction is more likely than not.....and another forward move makes her one tough cookie today

1  Market Quote   very bad breaker early in her career.......starting to exit the gate better.......and she has been at her best at today's one mile turf distance

4  Jennyway U Want It 

Long-shot consideration:   3  Tanquerray    by far her best turf distance is one mile (9 4 1 2)......back to Quinonez who gets along well with this mare on the grass......last was needed off of the layoff of 7 months


race 8    average clarity

3  Bird In Love   nice move forward in last with the blinkers put on and the effort is somewhat disguised by a wide trip on a good rail day......decent rider/trainer combo of late

8  Swiss Heart   best at today's abbreviated sprint distance of 5 1/2 furlongs........and seems best with Van Dyke and his 5 lbs. apprentice weight break......gets both today

6  Brandon's Princess   moved forward in latest and the effort is hidden to some extent.....stumbled a length or two at the start and then ran a touch wide on a good rail my notes I wrote down 4.5L of trip trouble.......same effort today and a cleaner trip and the 6 horse has a good shot here........jock upgrade to boot

11  Bunuska

7  A P Pepper

1  Shared Image

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