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Santa Anita for Sunday 1 February 2015

Decent Super Bowl Sunday race card. Let's call it a 7 on the 1 to 10 scale.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Qatar's Pearl   after banging heads versus tougher and running pretty well this Bernstein runner is back to the level he claimed him for......sure fits here if he has held form

1  Justa Gusta   trainer is fairly decent sprint/sprint/route and the 7 lbs bug boy has a much better record in routes than sprints.........might try to get a jump on the field and wire

7  Tama County   best on the conventional dirt.....and distance so far has been one mile......gets both today

2  Mind the Minister


race 2    average clarity

1  Athens   3 for 3 at SA and 2 for 2 at today's six furlong distance........responses to running in a mid pack position and that position seems highly likely here

6  Seeking the Sherif   hasn't seen an allowance race in awhile but he won 3 straight the last 3 that he for a tag so he doesn't have to be in top condition......but likely the one to beat if he is

5  Giant Ego   strong improvement 1st after the claim by Diodoro in a grass race......handles any surface and might feel real good coming off of a grass race........dangerous


race 3    average clarity

1  Charlie's Angel   seems likely to get a nice ground saving stalk a.m. work and for a hot trainer........and a very reliable rider these days in Dersormeaux.......should be tough

6  Hijra   very consistent grass cutter.........meets top jock in Bejarano.........and trained by red hot Jerry Hollendorfer who also trains our top choice..........double barrel Jerry action

4  Miss Lafayette   consistently fires in route races on the grass or the synthetic......beat our top choice two races back in a race taken off the sod and put on the AW at GG

7  Gender Agenda


race 4    above average clarity

8  Career Criminal   very strong work regiment for a bottom level maiden claiming 1st timer........even for the likes of Bruce Headley who pushes them hard in the a.m........rather sure this fellow is ready to roll

1  Moonlight Meeting   alarming drop from the sky but if you can trust his a.m. work he likely will be very tough in this spot.......and he sure gets a rider upgrade

3  Antinanco    away since June but returns at the lowest mc level of his life.....and.......both lifetime races running "fresh" fit well here.........same connections own/train our top pick

5  Warren's Sunny Boy


race 5   average clarity

9  Curlin's Fox   Carla Gaines is better (by far) with 1st time starters on the sod than the dirt and she sure appears ready with this filly first time starter who is training as if she is meant and ready to roll

1  Frosty Friday   lone race way back in May was a decent dirt effort at well for her return to the race wars and she is bred well to handle the sod........Casse is decent with laid up runners and quite good with 2nd time starters.......good trainer/rider combo to boot in Casse/Nakatani

11  Screaming Skylar   so so effort in her lone race which was run in early June on the dirt.........but she is working like she is a much better runner now and she sure is bred exceptionally well for the green carpet.......and a hot trainer in Peter Miller

3  Revenue  Virginius

Long-shot consideration:   10  Satin Cinnamon   running better than her running lines suggest......positive rider trainer..........and cut back in turf distance and with an improved recent speed drill both hint she has a shot to upset the apple cart here


race 6    average clarity

1  Lord Nelson   lifetime best by far is his lone sprint endeavor and the effort is somewhat disguised........been away a couple of months but Baffert appears to have his youngster wound up and ready to roll

2  Serbian Syclone   on the right end of the learning curve and showed improved speed in his latest.......shot to make it 3 in a row if he can avoid a nasty speed duel...........trainer/rider are 3 of their last 3 as a team

4  Texas Red   impressive B C Juvy winner fits very well if he is fully ready fresh but his a.m. work hint that this race might only be tune-up for bigger and better things (going long) down the road

5  Punctuate


race 7    average clarity

10  Buymeabond   consistent sort and so is his for one at today's 1 1/8th turf distance.........the way he runs and his pedigree both suggest 1 1/8th will be a very good distance for him in his career

3  Press Baron   Baltas/Bejarano and a route horse.......very dangerous proposition the last 10 months or so........last three races for this gelding on the grass with Bejarano aboard have led to 2 wins and a close 3rd......likely more of the same here

8  Empty Headed   claimed in New York and sent back home.......fits fine here if his new trainer Jeff Mullins has him ready off of the 4+ month layoff

11  Persuassive Paul


race 8    average clarity

11  Fab Four Ever   Truman is solid off of layoffs especially when someone trains as well as this three year old filly is..............impressive 59:3 just 3 days ago says sharp when it counts the in now

2  Froggy Fresh   last two races fit well and she had no shot in her last as she stumbled badly and was blocked in the stretch........2 reassuring works since especially considering she stumbled in her last which can lead to an injury sometimes

1  Ritzy Tags   finally showed some life in her latest and the effort was fresh off of the bench........3 nice tightly works since.......same or better seems like a good possibility for today

5  Easter Lillian

12  Dixie Dame

3  Lucky Echo




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