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Santa Anita for Thursday 26 February 2015

Average looking card for today. Be back with you on Friday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Justonemorething   believe we have a gimme/go situation here.......race two back off of 15 days (short rest) was very strong........ winning despite a wide trip close to a solid pace........66 to 1 odds in an 8 horse field in last supports the "no go" .......drops today back in short rest of 21 days today 

1  Poison Pulpit     trainer/rider are both having a strong SA so far and have won their last 3 of 4 as a team.......Bonde must like what he sees with the blinkers on (1st time blinkers for today and likely they have been on in the a.m.) to step his three year old up multiple levels off of a loss and  get Bejarano to ride

2  One More Roll   too ambitiously placed in last couple of races.........back to reality in this $20K three year old claimer where if fits 


race 2    below average clarity

5  Thesheetsguy   done little wrong since the blinkers were added five races back and he has been especially strong since switching to route racing........faced a little too tough in latest in alw company........back into claiming today......fits well here versus slightly easier

3  Muchos Besos    very reliable runner when routing including at today's one mile distance where he is (5 2 1 2).......trainer/rider have won 2 of their last 4 with another hitting the board.......should be a player in this spot

2  Ice Cream Truck    A C Avila is rather hot these days and he wheels this claimer back in 6 days off of a grass race........five year old gelding ran fairly well on the sod in his last and seems to be better on conventional dirt.......fits fine if he can handle the very short rest


race 3    average clarity

1  Hijra   back to Nakatani who is one for one on this Hollendorfer runner and who owns the only win in the USA for this mare in 6 starts........five year old is back in relatively short rest for the 1st time since arriving in the USA........and......... just put in a much improved 5F work only 5 days ago.........should be in the race from the get go

3  Elektrum   very consistent sort closed impressively into a pedestrian pace in her last which was her 1st in the good old U S of A........very tough if she moves forward in her 2nd outing since arriving from France

2  Diamond Stilettos   won sprint to route off of 1 1/2 months rest last year around the same time of year.........ran a 10 month layoff sprint in latest which was 1 1/2 months ago.............hmmmm


race 4   above average clarity

3  Kyankes   solid work tab for this 1st time at a route Baltas filly.......and Baltas is very dangerous 1st time he sees fit to send a horse "long"........and there's that ever dangerous drop out of MSW racing to maiden claiming

7  Lob City   (Andrea Yeager should own this horse)........decent mc debut and it was at today's one mile route distance......and........Dollase and company see fit to step their filly up one 4F drill since debut........seems likely to move forward in 2nd lifetime start 

5  I Heart You    low percentage trainer but she has been very dangerous 3rd out after layoffs (3 for her last 7) and that is the case today for this youngster coming off her lifetime best

2  Valentine's Reward


race 5   average clarity

8  Taylor Lane    seems best when today's rider T C Baze is aboard........all three lifetime hill efforts fit well and her 1st two are hidden by not the best of trips and with a rider that struggled in S Cal......seems likely to get a nice close up position in a race where a reasonable pace should occur

7  Scatfish   not much of a fig in her last which was down the hill but she did show some life in the very late stages.....but more importantly it appears her 1st on the sod did some good as her works since are vastly better.....and Bejarano and his agent see fit to stick with the filly

1  Seek a Star   1 1/8th turf effort in last.......the endurance applied from the race should aid her late kick come stretch time in today's sprint down the majestic SA hill grass course.......especially if a faster set of fractions develop than anticipated

5  Tale of Papa Nick


race 6    average clarity

3  Dress Code   to the bottom claiming level for this elder statesman who should fit quite well if of course his aging body has something left........claimed for 12.5K on 29 Jan so if they win here and get claimed they still turn a small profit

5  Qatar's Pearl   has been rather consistent over the last 5 months and would have been top pick if it wasn't for his tendency to hang in the stretch

8  Trucial State   34 to 1 shocker in last was aided by sitting way off of a nasty pace.....but the effort was still par like and the six year old seems at his best on the SA dirt.......and the trainer is an impressive (5 2 1 1) at the meet

6  My Jealous  


race 7    above average clarity

6  Fantastic Style   not only did this Baffert three year old filly run a strong number in her last her 2nd lifetime start but she also beat a stout looking since hint she has held form......should be one tough cookie again

7  Majestic Presence   finally drops into an alw race following 6 straight Graded races most of which were Grade 1's........needs this confidence builder.......has a shot if she brings her best or close to it

1  Long Hot Summer   very impressive winning both lifetime races last summer at Del Mar on the AW.......bred fine to handle the conventional tab hints she is ready fresh like she was in her MSW debut........not impossible but sure returns in one tough spot

8  Lady Lake


race 8    average clarity

5  Grandson At Last   trainer Danny Velasquez is very capable of getting maiden claiming 1st timers ready to roll at 1st asking and the work regiment for this 1ster sure hints the trainer means has tossed 6 winners from 6 starters

8  Price of Glory   so so in last......what we want is a rebound to his effort 2 back which is solid and was run at today's abbreviated sprint distance of 5 1/2 furlongs

7  Sunshine Bandit   nowheresville in 3 lifetime races......but......1st time running as a gelding today and the recent works indicate that the surgery has some good

6  Bern

4  Coach John




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