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Santa Anita for Thursday 23 October 2014

Decent card to start the new week of thoroughbred racing at majestic and historic Santa Anita. Let's call it a 7 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always! 


race 1    slightly above average clarity

1  Holiday Maker   all three lifetime races are very solid effort/fig wise for today's given level........Bejarano sticks around hinting that this Baltas filly has remained in relatively good health/form

5  Lady Dash   two year old filly is on the improve especially since fronts were put on her 2 races back........Maldonado seemingly can get a nice stalk position which he utilized in her latest and led to a 5L maiden breaking win

3  Desert Thief   blinkers off to shake things up for this filly who has been racing over her head too much......she isn't today if of course she has remained in good condition........fits fine here if she is still in good shape


race 2    average clarity

4  Morning Coffee   last race her 1st at a route of ground looks like trash.......but it wasn't as she did well to only get beat by 21 lengths as she ran way too wide up on a solid pace.......amazingly my adjusted for trouble Santucci (pace and position in this case) fig worked out to be par for today's more realistic level of racing.........Mario Gutierrez (especially for owner Reddam) will be out to make amends

5  American Legacy   wide trip near the pace setters at a mile on the turf in last........did awfully well to only get beat by 7 in a $100k Stakes race..........1st on the dirt but her pedigree seems adequate for it .........11 post in last........5 post today........such a deal

1  Daddy's Dou   solid 13L easy in win to graduate.........bred to handle a route of ground awfully well........might feel really good for today coming off such a seemingly stress free effort........likely in the hunt from the get go


race 3    average clarity

4  All Star Bub   not much on the grass in latest but her two efforts sprinting on the Dmr AW fit fine here if of course she handles her 1st at a route of ground and her 1st on conventional dirt.......owns a pedigree that says that she will.......and there is that S. Cal alarm bell:  1st time Bejarano

6  Bullwinkle Babe   set a fast pace in her 1st ever going "long" at a couple of levels lower in last...........vastly improved drill since and the step up of a couple of levels hint the effort muscled her up.........stout jock with speed in Maldonado and he wisely remains aboard

5  Appealing Lady   this Sadler two year old filly fits if she is still in relatively good health but why race her in a high priced open claimer at a route when MSW Cal breds (especially at a route) might be a softer spot and for more purse money........flip a coin

1  Yes Yes Baroness


race 4    average clarity

8  Flowinwiththebreeze   toss out her last her 2nd lifetime start which was on the sod as she sure has weak breeding for it.......showed life on the Dmr AW in her maiden debut following a rotten start.........working very stoutly at Slr hinting that the SA dirt will be a plus.......seems dangerous with a better break from the gate 

2  Comin'offthebench   very solid looking works for this Diodoro five year old 1ster training at Boi and Eld and with her last drill at SA......sure seems ready to roll although it seems odd he goes with a low % rider on maidens in Quinonez who Diodoro seldom rides

7  Goofy Rainbow   useful MSW debut at Lrc 6 weeks ago........drops and drops off of two strong works at LA.........seems dangerous

1  Scattercash


race 5     slightly below average clarity

2  Pretentious   so so in last his 2nd lifetime start..........nice effort in MSW debut running 3rd with not the best of trips........and still finished up well........1st on the sod and 1st at a route but owns a very good pedigree to handle both

5  Willing to Travel   last seems like a sprint grass tune-up of sorts.........why?..............because Hollendorfer doesn't run a horse off of short rest too often.........13 days since this youngster's last........and he showed he can route on the grass in two turf races at Arlington.......connections shooting for his graduation today

4  Film Freak   Tom Proctor has been a touch cold especially by his high standards but he has his two year old training quite sharply.......and.......his colt sure is bred to get the long distance of 9 furlongs on the sod for an October two year old race

1  Miltee  

Long-shot consideration:   6  Soul Driver   26 to 1 in his MSW dirt debut strongly suggests the race was the tune-up for today's 1st on the lawn and 1st at a route.......Jeff Mullins is solid 1st at a route and........very stout 1st time on the grass with a given horse........both occur this afternoon for this two year old colt who is nicely bred for turf and long distance


race 6    average clarity

1  Sheza Eyeopener   4 of her last 5 races since the blinkers were added fit fine here.......and her recent work tab suggests 5 or 6 good efforts is in the cards for today

7  Highly Rated   scratched out of a tougher race this past weekend for this softer spot and she will be a major player in all likelihood if she takes to her 1st ever on conventional dirt.......Bejarano and his agent thing she will...........OK pedigree for it

2  Belonging   2 of her last 3 races fit in this spot and today we get a major league rider upgrade from A Green (pun intended) apprentice to an established rider in since late May but training up to snuff..........well placed to win 

3  Gelila


race 7    average clarity

2  Scooter Bird   needs ample time between starts to run her best (which is the case today) so you know that her connections will have her ready to roll as it will likely be a long wait until she will be in top form again......1st at the 1 1/2 mile marathon distance but she won going away at wire in her only race at 1 1/4

4  Bunairgead   not much since arriving in the good old U S of A but she has been racing versus better.......and maybe more importantly she has one win and one 2nd in two 1 1/2 mile grass races in Ireland

1  Aguafria    has run well with a month or two between starts in France........5 months off in both of her starts in the back in two weeks this time around hints she is doing well and might move forward this afternoon........1st in a marathon but she sure is bred well to handle one


race 8    average clarity

3  Nextdoorneighbor   does her best running on the SA dirt and this is likely her last race on it's surface until late December.......solid layoff run in last......claimed by a good 1st out after a claim trainer in Diodoro........and a decent recent reassuring drill put in since his last........sure seems up for a repeat of his last or better.......and his last fits

1  Runninforbackpay   running at small circuit racetracks where he has been highly competitive when his connections see fit to put him in a claiming race........nice record on conventional dirt to boot (16 8 2 3)

9  Golden Triumph   obviously not the best of claims.....snatched for $ for $8K four weeks later.........ouch........but his recent a.m. work hints he might have a race left in him.......the kind you can use at the windows but wouldn't want to claim

4  Warren's Jeff G.

7  Bench Press

6  Waitwaitdonttellme


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