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Santa Anita Thursday 9 April 2015

Average looking card today. Good looking card tomorrow.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

2  Fancy Shoes   trainer tends to give little away but this gelding is now 5 and has only been able to make it to the races twice...... his last on Jan 30th at 3 mc levels higher fits well here....and....the works hint he is meant and ready to produce some returns as it might be months until he can recover enough to race again

1  Preordained   all three races since Jorge Periban took over the training duties fit and Periban has had a hot go of things lately......reassuring 5F work just 6 days ago hints his four year old is has held form

4  Aaron Again    off since lone start 17 months ago which was at CD on the turf........shows up in the Cerin barn racing for the bottom........very little handle on the runner but seems dangerous with Gutierrez up who has hit the board in his last 4 mounts for Cerin and with two wins

 

race 2    average clarity

4  Hurry Up Henry   1st time gelding and improved works (just what you want to see) ........4 lbs off........and the cut back of 1/2 furlong ought to be a plus.........a trifecta of positives

5  Hot Lightning   blinkers off seems like a wise move as this colt seems to respond better when running from off the pace......and back to Bejarano who owns the only win for this youngster and the meets top gun also ran 2nd in his only other mount on the colt

3   Great Lou    seems to need the lead to win and might get it here......if so he still needs the rail to be OK

 

race 3    below average clarity

3  Marina Del Heat   SCRATCHED  dislikes 1 1/8th on the grass and yet ran an effort that fits versus this lackluster group........at her best running with the blinkers on and racing at today's one mile distance......gets both today.......should be a big price especially for a top selection

6  Zanbo   keeps on failing in nw alw races but not in claiming.......she won her last two claiming races 2 and 3 back fo 32K and 40K respectively.......$32K today and Bejarano sticks around for a 4th straight time.......seems likely to in the hunt from start to finish 

5  Fantastic Mizz   seems best with contact to the front end and likely gets it here.....drop down helps too

 

race 4    average clarity

5  Southeast Asia   SCRATCHED best effort of his career was 3 back and it was his only lifetime two turn dirt race........the race fits well here and today we get a much higher percentage rider up than rode that day

2  Mighty Pleasing   seems to be getting better one baby step at a time.....last which was his 1st ever dirt route was run in a slow heat to say the least but he had a bad trip breaking slowly and running wide on an inside day.....nice reassuring drill in preparation for today

6  Olmsted   improved in 2nd lifetime start and ran a fig that fits.....both efforts were route grass races run at Tup (likely named after famous landscape architect Frederick Olmsted......so hey........you want to honor him with a turf win).......gets to stay at home where he has trained to run on the dirt today which he is bred to handle......

7  Templar   subtle hidden move forward in last......claimed by Desormeaux 6 1/2 weeks ago........decent drills since

 

race 5  above average clarity

6  Commander King   three year old versus older at 1 1/8th in April is usually a difficult proposition but I doubt for this youngster as he broke his maiden at the distance in his last and did it off a layoff.......less weight to carry today and likely moves forward off of the effort......projects a solid fig/effort today at the same distance

5  Crucero   fairly consistent sort on any surface which includes turf........five year old just ran a decent 3rd versus better........and he is likely going to finish well today at 1 1/8th coming off of a 1 1/4 grass race.......stout brother team

1  Lucky Views   on the rebound........seems likely to sit close up in a race that doesn't have much speed 

2  Saint Dermot   steadily improving since Mike McCarthy took over the training 4 races back.......likely even more today with Bejarano accepting the mount

 

race 6    average clarity

5  Time for Angie   Bejarano might be the key here as he has won on this Mike Puype filly the last 3 times he has rode her (including her last race) and by an average margin of victory of over 2 1/2 lengths........that'll do (as my caddy would call out following any of my mediocre tee shots in Scotland in the summer of "86".......a shout out to my brother who is in Edinburgh right now

9  Lets's Get Frisky   monumental rider upgrade for this five year old mare of Kruljac's from a low % bug boy to Desormeaux........mare is 1 for 1 at the distance......should be closing late

4  Discatsonthesquare   might be turf muscled up as only the sod can do sometimes......1 for 1 at 5 1/2 on the dirt and the race was at SA

1  Medicine Gal   last two on the AW (19 5 5 3) at GG sure fit........but.....plenty to prove still on the real thing (4 0 1 0)

 

race 7    below average clarity

6  Avenge   easy paced likely stress-less gate to wire win down the hill in last.......good chance she exited the race in great shape......if so she has asolid shot to fire her best ever this afternoon

8  Desert Steel   not sure she is returning fully fit off of the prolonged layoff but if she is she has a good oppurtunityto do some damage in this spot.......1st on the lawn but bred extremely well for it.......mom has tossed 4 grass winners with her 6 other starters

2  Whisk   solid forward move in 2nd lifetime start,,,,remains down the hill for her 3rd and just popped a near bullet 4F drill.....retains the top gun at the meeting

5  Sea Mona  red hot rider/trainer combo of late.....proven on the hill.....not out of this by any means

 

race 8    average clarity

 2  Oh Brother Go   impressive win in last sitting close to a sizzling pace and still held together to win.....sharp recent reassuring 3F work since.......Periban has been tough this meet and doesn't owe us a thing........hope that continues here

6  Well Insulated   deep closer is especially effective at the distance of 8 furlongs.....past that distance he tends to flatten out some........8 furlongs today......like the switch to the bug boy and the 7 lbs off for today 

3  Jackson Sundown    late runner in a race that seems to set for his style......and Bejarano up.....that'll do

9  Alpine Luck   needs to deal with being a speed horse with too many similar to him......sharp brother team to cope with the situation

7  Knock Em Flat   ice cold trainer needs a win.......might be dropping to stop the pain......1 of his 2 wins at the meet is with this fellow

4  Coolington   positive: last at 7F fits.......negative: nowhere in 2 lifetime route endeavors

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