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Santa Anita for Saturday 18 October 2014

Seems like a difficult card today and weak quality wise. Let's call it a 3 on the 1 to 10 scale.

A special "Hello" to Brian and Herb (if things work out) who are two customers from the Seattle area that I look forward to meeting next weekend in the Seattle area.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

7  English Annie   one race effort wise/fig fits and it fits big (and it is disguised by a bad trip to boot) was her debut run 4 races back and it was on the sod.......not much since but she drops to the mc bottom today and does so off of some improved works on conventional dirt.....1st on conventional dirt might be the wake up call

8  Stored Attaq   both lifetime races on conventional dirt fit fine and his last is better than appears in print as she ran way too wide on the turn......"real dirt" today and weight off with the successful bug boy up for the 1st time

6  Yodelmesomemagic   route/route to 7F is often a good thing......and just worked a decent 5 furlongs 3 days ago.......running back off of a decent 5F drill in 3 days rest is usually a sign of a runner in good health and good form

4  Mark Of The Affair


race 2    average clarity

3  Hadfunlastnight   claimed by V Garcia 8 weeks ago and training well since......and the conditioner is ultra dangerous 1st out following a claim

4  Finallygotabentley   toss out last 3 races......appears this gelding disliked the sod and the Dmr AW......back on conventional dirt where he is well proven........and his work tab since arriving at SA is vastly improved

1  My Samurai Warrior   another V Garcia runner who has been away for 8 weeks and training well........might surprise if he isn't in this race just to make it go for our top pick


race 3    average clarity

4  Boozer   consistent sort and proven on the SA hill......cutting back in distance is likely a is retaining Bejarano who has fit him very well so far

2  Super Ability   also cutting back in distance which is often a good thing when competing down the majestic SA hill grass course........1st ever on the hill but 3 for 5 routing on the sod and he has run well sprinting on the main track so I doubt the hill will be a problem

5  Tamarando   talented late runner hasn't sprinted in quite awhile but he won the last two times that he did.........doesn't seem set for a deep closer but races don't really run like they look in print as much as you would think


race 4   average clarity

4  Watdifrenzdzitmake   runs as if a route of ground will be to her liking........good improvement in her last her 2nd lifetime start..........sure seems to be in a good spot here if she continues to improve and takes to route racing as I think she will

9  Seattle Music   24 to 1 in MSW debut last hints the effort was a turf leg me up tune-up to drop and go today.........seems plenty fit to get the distance and others in here likely are not.........trainer has been firing on all cylinders

5  Zippinaroundtown   clunker in last......needs a rebound to her effort two back and of course needs to handle her 1st ever at a route.......pedigree for it seems adequate

2  Delaney's Joy  (tie for 4th pick)

7  Misty Warrior  (tie for  4th pick)


race 5    below average clarity

8  Real Deal Appeal   tepid top selection seems to have the best early gas in the field and gets a jock upgrade and to one of the best speed jocks on the grounds.......and speed was king yesterday

2  Bourne Hot   drops from the good effort left in him or not.......only the connections know and maybe even they don't know......flip a coin

4  Industry Leader   declining runner's last two races fit fine........takes a small drop again to the bottom level condition claimer........fits well in this spot if of course he has held form

7  Ballard Ruler  

Long-shot consideration:   5  Cut To Run   1 for 1 at Santa Anita on the dirt.......won that race off of a significant drop down........significant drop once the fact Trujillo sticks around.......hints that his layoff run in last at twice the claiming was a tune-up


race 6    average clarity

NOTE:   11 and/or 12 have a shot if they draw into the field

3  Vow Me Over  solid route at Dmr on the main track in her last in only her 2nd lifetime start.......strong close into a pedestrian pace.........1st on the sod but bred to handle the green stuff......and last but not least a jock upgrade

1  Backstreet Lisa   race lacks speed and this Miller two year old filly has some......1st on the sod but pedigree for the grass seems decent.........lookout if she breaks well and gets away.........Maldonado has been very solid loose on the lead on the grass at the fall SA meeting

8  Satin Cinnamon   two useful lifetime main track sprint races under her belt and now it might be time to shine.......her daddy has been a good new grass sire so far and mom has tossed two grass winners from 5 starters.......highly likely to move forward on the grass

4  Educating


race 7    slightly above average clarity

6  Kantune    two good races to start his career which were run on the AW at Dmr.......then in his 3rd lifetime start at SA he ran an extremely impressive effort.......broke a little tardy and still was up on a solid pace in a very fast heat.....did really well to only get beat by 3L for the win.....reassuring 5F drill since

10  Cyrus Alexander   mega bucks purchase as a yearling sure is training as if the dream of a special horse is still alive.........strong trainer in Hollendorfer with 2 year old 1st timers......and mom has tossed 5 winners from 5 starters and all precious won at 2

9  Fame and Power   about 4 or 5 lengths less impressive than our top pick when they faced one another in their last......but Baffert trained and blinkers on......and a recent bullet 4F change might move this fellow forward today and put him in the mix

2  Ghost of Navigator


race 8    average clarity

4  Chilada    last was better somewhat better than par.......seems likely to save ground on turn 1 and get a good trip as 2 of the 3 horses starting inside of her are slow early......back to Trujillo who is one for one on the filly

1  Casey's Clem   nicely improved since the blinkers were added 3 races back and two of the three efforts are better than appear in print especially the one mile grass race run three back.......10 post that day.........1 post today.......such a deal

5  Tangelo   done little wrong in both lifetime one mile grass races and beat our top pick by a 1/4 length in last........would have rated higher if she showed a little more in the a.m. since her latest

2  Frandontjudge  

Long-shot consideration:   8  Winninginfashion   good early foot........very dangerous when loose on the lead and with Maldonado up it sure seems as if she will be loose if she takes to the sod in her 1st on it......bred to handle it


race 9    slightly below average clarity

8  Roper   goofy run in latest.......Z pattern (fell back and the came on).....big bad trip race 2 back would likely handle this group fairly easily with just a so so trip.....need a rebound to it

4  Ferrero   decent work regiment for this 1st timer especially considering this is a Cal-bred maiden claiming has tossed 6 winners from 6 starters and all 6 impressively were able to win early at 2

7  Sindys Luck   another 1st timer who looks quite dangerous and dangerous for Jeff Mullins who has a steady history over the years of getting his fair share of 1st timers ready to roll at 1st asking

11  Sonic Fever

10  Cornbread Red 

2  Tiz All That



Posted on October 18, 2014 at 9:50 am by richs · Permalink
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