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Santa Anita for Sunday 4 January 2015

Decent card today. On the 1 to 10 scale let's call it a 7. Best "single" of the day is in the 7th. Our top pick should win unless the last race took it's toll.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

3  Oligarch   impressive (hidden last) wide up near the pace.....very sharp in the a.m.......Stra is very reliable when she's on a good horse

7  No Contingency   better since blinkers on.....might snatch the lead again and with the red hot Desormeaux remaining up

5  When We Met   good history at the distance and at SA.......late running threat......dangerous if hot pace develops

6  Hadfunlastnight

 

race 2    average clarity

6  Wade   seemingly best early gas which is hidden to some degree and a good spot for it.......trainer has been firing on all cylinders

1  Logan's Moon   very strong effort in latest.....would have been top choice with a better post at 6 1/2F

8  War Destiny   bet very hard in MSW debut and ran a strong effort.....might need to show a little more early speed here as the race lacks it

4  Twentytwentyvision

 

race 3    average clarity

3  Miss Mandate   might be lead type only.......but....might have lead here.......danger city as route speed usually does well at SA

6  All Star Bob   good 1st at a route in last......private buy since......very dangerous considering the stout new connections

4  Olivia's Garden   game smooth runner......improved last.....likely to improve again.....fits if she does

7  Devil's Beauty

 

race 4    average clarity

7  Metaboss   major league rider upgrade......sharp recent work....best ever likely today

10  Pretentious   big turf route 2 back.....recent drills hint at a rebound to that impressively strong effort

12  Air Nashoba   decent debut last......trainer Carla Gaines is often much better with 2nd timers

3  Stuffed Animal 

14 AE  Harmonic

 

race 5   average clarity

6  Kill Shot   very consistent.......strong hidden last.......bit wide up on a strong set of fractions

3  Willie B Awesome   layoff runner is working up a storm.......solid early speed.....good speed jock aboard

1  Misty'sviewthegold   last is better than appears in print.....deservedly steps up in class today

7  Memphis

 

race 6    below average clarity

6  Doctor Glynis   strong race down the SA hill turf course 3 back.....switch to Bejarano hints she might be up to similar today

7  Acategoryfivestorm   improving sort......fits fine here unless the 6 1/2F is too far for her.....pedigree says it isn't

4  Faith Hope Love   likely leader......but can she stick the 6 1/2F.......might with a reasonable or (of course)  slow pace

9  Nero's Pleasure

Long-shot consideration:   5  Sweetest Secret    low % trainer but not 3rd after layoffs....rider upgrade.....decent somewhat disguised back numbers on the hill

 

race 7    above average clarity

4  Rainbow North   seems long gone here as tons the best speed if he has remained in relatively good form

8  Cole Cole    big awakening in last.......not too hot running decent back to back efforts but a big factor in this spot if that changes today

2  Ballard Ruler   some signs of life in last.....new trainer might be an upgrade.......trouble if this gelding is in rebound mode

3  Unusual Lover

 

race 8    average clarity

5  Gender Agenda   has really gotten good of late.....and lone race on the hill is solid ..........and.........a touch hidden

12  Velvet Mesquite   hard to argue with 5 for 6 on the SA hill and seems to be improving to boot

7  Wishing Gate   solid rider upgrade.......OK in 2014.....a monster in 2013......runs well with 2 months between starts and gets it

4  Heat Trap 

Long-shot consideration:  2  Tiz My Valentine   invader loves firm turf and is training great on the firm turf at SA.......super trainer with turf sprinters  in Wesley Ward

 

race 9    above average clarity

6  Miz Graycee   nice move forward in latest........1st on the SA main track......drops......solid if repeats last at today's softer level

9  Lady Danger   also drops and sure is sharp in the a.m. of late........good sign of health that Desormeaux sticks around

3  Won't Be Shaken   another dropping......1st long but dangerous speed and Bejarano up......should be in the hunt from the get go

7  Honey Nugget

5  Caymus Kat

11 AE  Mama's Trashed 

4  Albany Candy

Posted on January 4, 2015 at 10:55 am by richs · Permalink
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