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Santa Anita for Saturday 3 January 2015

Seems like an average card today. Let's call it a 6 on the widely used 1 to 10 scale.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

5  Empire Cat   on the right end of the learning curve.....and a good looking drill since his last........blinkers on for today.......connections likely want the early lead

2  Manila Customer   sprint - sprint - route is usually a good maneuver and this gelding showed life in both sprint races.....but I am a slightly concerned about this fellow's pedigree to handle two turns.....fits well he he takes to route racing

1  Empowering Force   showed some ability running a route of ground in last two races......better recent a.m. prowess hints he might make a break thru of sorts today......fits if he does

7  Call It Good


race 2    above average clarity

2  New Summit   stout MSW debut for this Ted West colt back on 25 since but appears ultra sharp off of a fast 5F work and then a sizzling (hope not too fast) 4F best of 73 bullet work

7  The Man   3 solid gate works followed by a strong 6F work only five days prior to today's start.......rather sure this Bob Baffert 1ster is meant and ready and maybe a good one

8  Rocket Heat   Bonde is awakening from the doldrums and appears to mean business with this 1st time two appear tough so he might need to be better than your average MSW winner......but.....he might be

6  Well Maybe


race 3    average clarity

10  Finallygotabentley   trainer is in win mode and is dangerous with muti-level drop downs.......and especially of late

12  Tiz Futurity   last 3 races fit......good reassuring recent 4F work......jock upgrade.....trainer is off to hot start at the SA meeting

6  Qatar's Pearl   trainer has won 3 of his last 7 route to sprint which is today's scenario.......reassuring work just 5 days ago........ sure seems like a player today

9  Industry Leader

Long-shot consideration:   5  Warren's Cole   needed last........believe a tune-up because last win came 4 1/2F to 6F........5F to 6F today


race 4    below average clarity

6  Vow Me Over   tepid top pick tossed a clunker in latest on the sod but her turf route two back fits......and youngsters cutting back in distance from turf route to turf sprint usually do well

1  Makena   expensive 1st timer is training up to snuff......would have been top choice if she didn't draw post 1 which is a tough spot in which to break from for a filly 1st timer

3  Mio Me   nice grass route at CD sure fits here.....but this race might be a tightener to go a turf route fully fit in next out.......not exactly prepared in her a.m. work.....but lookout if she is fit and ready

11  Boat Drinks


race 5   average clarity

9  Kristo   last was very strong and disguised by a wide trip near the pace on a inside bias day.....very solid works since.......same effort with a better trip and the circle of joy seems likely

4  Pulling G's   Big Apple shipper has done little wrong for John Shirreffs in 3 lifetime starts........classy trainer sure could use a win in S Cal as he continues to sing the - no more Zenyatta blues

10  Whine for Wine   consistent sort and has never been sharper in his a.m. preparation

6  Well Measured


race 6    below average clarity

3  Q' Viva   blocked badly in latest or wins at today's level........appreciates 6 to 8 weeks between starts and gets it.......always seems to fire when Bejarano is up......proven down the hill

7  Underhill Drive   in 3 lifetime starts all on the sod this filly ran quite well in two races at 5F and she ran poorly down the hill in the other tiring pressing the pace......but in her last with the blinkers taken off she closed well from off the pace.......I believe that will be the strategy here which likely will help her hold together going 6 1/2F

10  Tinkerbelle Tops  solid return to the race wars in her last off of a 1 1/2 year layoff......some ? marks as far as her health is concerned but if she can handle running back in 6 weeks she likely will be a major player here

2  Hugh Knew


race 7    average clarity

3  Light The City   has done little wrong in 3 lifetime sprints and her best of the 3 races was her only start at SA.......solid work regiment and that is a dangerous thing for the hot Jerry Hollendorfer right now

1  Seduire   another Hollendorfer filly.......this one owns blazing speed and like her barn mate popped her lifetime best at SA

8  Conquest Harbor   router has already won two Graded races......seemingly gets what she needs (as she lacks sprint speed) and that of course is plenty of high level early gas in the race

9  Lady Lake


race 8    above average clarity

2  Big Bang Theory   4 for 6 on the SA grass (0 for 5 elsewhere on the grass) and 2 for 3 at the distance......very impressive Grade 2 win at SA 3 races trainer in Gaines

9  Tom's Tribute   consistently fires.......1 for 1 at the distance........owns some early speed and this affair lacks it......five year old rates nicely and retains Mike Smith......that is a dangerous combo

4  Patrioticandproud   marathon specialist but he has won at 1 1/8th on the sod and I sure like series of fast 5F drills put in to quicken him so as to keep him in the game earlier at today's shorter distance

8  Skyring


race 9    average clarity

7  Ski's Copper Penny   nice awakening in latest........and the work tab since strongly suggests the same or better will occur this afternoon.....5 1/2F seems like a good fit.......D'Amato is stout with maiden claimers

5  Lyla Della   wins this if this five year old mare returns healthy off of the year layoff......but when last seen she ran a solid 2nd in a MSW race.....and now she is up for mdn20K?.......hmmm.......toss a coin

6  Profit Motive   Machowsky 1st timer starter sure is working as if his four year old filly is ready to roll at 1st asking......showing hints of early speed in her a.m. work and her pedigree also suggests speed......and this is only a 5 1/2F affair

3  Bernier

1  Ruby N Diamonds

4  Learoyal

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