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Santa Anita for Saturday 31 January 2015

NOTE: If you purchased today only ($10.95) and want to get Sunday's report (which is available today) make sure you print it on Saturday as you will lose access tomorrow.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

4  Nothing to Hide   not much at a route in latest but her race two back is solid and is somewhat disguised by a poor start

7  It's Aine   best distance (3 for 11)......not her best racing surface (1 for 13).........which wins out.......we shall see

2  Smil'n From Above    2 for 50 and counting with 11 2nd's and 12 3rd's......but she does seem to respond well for N Cal jock F. Duran

3  Gianis


race 2    average clarity

4  Alston   on the improve with every start and this Jones three year old did awfully well to hang on for 2nd in his last running somewhat wide on a rail biased day

6  Empire Cat   blinkers put on in last following a good effort?......what's with that move?......blinkers off today.......and top gun Bejarano sticks with the horse

8  Better Luck   lifetime best in last..........two solid works since.......jock seems to be snapping out of a funk.........same or better effort seems likely today for this Miller youngster

2  Rodeado


race 3    average clarity

3  Yiannis   solid tightly spaced work series for this expensive Sadler 1st timer......and he has quite a few attention getting bullet or near bullet works........... seems likely that he is ready to roll

4  Gimme Da Lute   decent works for this Baffert 1ster with plenty of foundation building 5 and 6 furlongs works put into his new colt.......also seems ready

5  Milhaud   4 gate works showing for this R. Mandella trained 1st timer hints that the stout conditioner wants this three year old gelding ready to compete at a high level in his MSW debut

7  Commute


race 4    average clarity

4  Bow Tie Belle   seems like a sharp claim as this filly won for fun in her latest which was the first run ever at SA on the dirt.........and the new conditioner wisely retains the services of (it is hard to ride any better) Bejarano

6  Hotaling Heart   race lacks speed and if this filly shows as much speed has she did in her latest (with 1st time blinkers) she might be the controlling speed in the race

3  Awe' Some Kitten   trainer is at his most dangerous 2nd out after layoffs and that is the case here.......and this mare's layoff off last isn't bad

2  Denotation


race 5   average clarity

12  Our Little Hen   very consistent runner and proven on the unique SA hill turf course..........and she owns good early speed on the hill in a race that lacks it........a great situation for a consistent runner

4  Brescat    won impressively in maiden sprint turf debut in Chile 13 months ago.........winds up in the Mac barn and the Hall of Fame trainer appears to have her ready for her U S of A debut

3  Only Josie Knows   new trainer Avila takes over and he puts the blinkers on his new runner.........mare seems better sprinting and her only grass race is much better than appears in print and was at a route........good trainer/rider team in Avila/Pereira as well

10  Margot Machance


race 6    below average clarity

3  Conquest Two Step   ran a 72 to 1 stunner in his last in a Grade 1.........broke the 121 flat barrier and since worked an eye popping bullet 58:1 work........same or better seems likely today and in a Grade 2

5  Wild Dude   away since mid April but well proven great......and trained by the hot Hollendorfer.........2 for 2 at six panels

1  Distinctiv Passion    would have placed this rocket higher if rail speed had a better day yesterday,..........believe this fellow has the highest gear of any speed horse on the grounds.....sure showed it in his last breaking the 43 flat mark


race 7    average clarity

9  Avanzare   best a.m. preparation for a Proctor runner in quite some time and he gets his main man Stevens to ride........only race on the SA grass course run 2 races back is solid and at today's one mile distance......stout trainer is due to wake up with his top stock and believe it might start here

8  Za Approval   very consistent and maybe at his best at one mile on the grass........almost beat the nightly Wise Dan at SA in the BC turf mile in 2013......that'll do

4  Kaigun    dangerous late runner (trained by Casse who also trains the 8 horse) has won the last two times he has run in Grade 2 races.........would have rated higher if this race was a little longer as he is 1 for 6 at the distance

7  Talco


race 8    below average clarity

9  Miss Mandate   big effort in last and totally hidden by running wide on a rail bias and doing it near the pace........very impressive to grab 2nd......that effort with a better journey makes her the one to beat by my book 

6  Majestic Presence   never easy to run your best after shipping and running off of short rest......that is the case for this fillies last and yet her race was decent.........this time Hollendorfer gives his filly ample time between starts and she sure is training as if it will improve her today

2  Maybellene   slow to develop Baffert filly has fired to some degree when Bejarano has been aboard (4 2 1 1) and the meets leading jock is up today.......filly is 2 for 2 at today's one mile distance........0 for 5 at other distances

8  Suva Harbor  

Long-shot consideration:    3  Lutine Belle    nice turf win in latest and it might have muscled her up for today's big challenge on the dirt.....toss out only dirt route as she had a bad trip and sat way too far back........deserves another chance on the dirt especially at a price


race 9    average clarity

7  Rockin Robin   last was quite strong and would likely do the trick here with a decent rip.......1st time Gary Stevens to provide it.......such a deal

9  Just Kidding   keeps improving and I like the change in rider especially for a turf race......trainer sure has been firing for the most part

1  Miltee   plotter might need a longer race but there is quite a bit of speed in this affair that might flatter his late run

11  Steam Play

8  Nakamoto

2  Blue Law

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