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Santa Anita for Sunday 3 May 2015

Not the best of cards for a Sunday. Be back with you on Thursday following a much needed break.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Norastone   drop makes sense as it's only one notch below where Mulhall claimed.......needed last and she was entered over her head.......believe a total gimme/go situation

4  J and S Express   back where claimed 3 back.......drop back in claiming price makes sense to me......decent distance for the eight year old mare who is fairly consistent

3  Monstro Ness   obvious physical problems but likely has a race left in her for the barn to step up one notch


race 2    below average clarity (very difficult)

2  Larocco    wide open race so I placed the most consistent runner on top...........and the jock knows this filly well........rider/trainer have hit the board in their last 8 as a team over the last 2 months

6  Prettyhotprincess   might clear which would be a plus.........but.......can rate if need be

4  Myntz Connections   away 23 months but drops and his decent works hint this isn't a tune-up


race 3    below average clarity

3  Half Past Midnight   trainer has been very dangerous this year with 2nd time starters.........and her debut wasn't bad.......and the work tab since is improved........rather sure we will see more what degree is the ? mark

5  Gentle Humor   mom has yet to produce a winner with 3 starters but the works suggest  this Mandella runner has some ability and might be meant and ready for her debut

2  Never Ends   fell way off in last.....needs a rebound to anyone of her previous 3 efforts

7  Two Steps   broke poorly and ran wide in an eventful MSW debut down the hill.....fits fine if she settles down in 2nd lifetime start and handles the dirt

Long-shot consideration:      4  Moyo Honey   trainer historically wins with very few MSW 1sters......but this one is working too well to totally ignore as I usually do for the trainer with 1st timers


race 4    below average clarity

5  Unusually Green    this fellow is best (and quite good) on the SA grass and when not wearing blinkers (3 0 2 1) with a nice work regiment........and gets 1st time Bejarano.........seems likely to be one of the major players here

7  Lindante   tough trip in last hides a good effort on the SA grass.....very sharp in the a.m. since........would easily have made him top choice if I wasn't concerned that 1 1/8th might not be his best distance

3  Turn On Pumps   efforts sure fit but he needs to overcome a tendency to hang in the stretch

4  Durango Flyer   runs OK with ample time between start.......needs very best......recent strong 6F work hints he might produce it


race 5   above average clarity

9  Pocketfullofgreen   improving one small step at a time.......good speed in this spot unless one of the 1st timers shows the switch to Baze who is 3 for his last 6 for the trainer.....gate to wire shot

4  Jazzed   decent mc debut on April 10th.......and 15 furlongs of work since including a 6F work just 3 days ago.......Hendricks means business

5  Zeekid   Periban has won with 3 of his last 10 maiden claiming 1sters.......and the works hint he has this one ready......not at all impossible

6  Charlotte   16 to 1 in 2nd lifetime start which was off of a layoff.....improved work since.....move forward seems likely


race 6    average clarity

5  Persuasive Paul   lifetime best by far was run 3 back at today's 1 1/8th turf distance......overcame a wide brutal trip to win.........will be very tough here with 90% of that effort and with just an OK trip

3  Sizzlin' Joe   by far at his best at 1 1/8th on the sod (5 2 0 2)......(19 2 1 3) at other turf distances...........should be motoring late

9  Ezio   both lifetime 1 1/8th turf races are quite solid ......would have rated higher if a wasn't a little leery by the weak work regiment since he was claimed

6  Indian Nate   might snatch a soft lead and steal the race


race 7   below  average clarity

4  My Monat    solid move forward with the blinkers taken off in her latest......bullet work since.......more might occur today and if it does she is the one to beat

5  Honey Ride   good history in routes at SA........ran 4th in a Grade 1 at SA last year.......solid work regiment and handles ample time between starts

1  Valiant Emilia    not much on the likely was a turf tightener....full go today on the dirt....trainer could use a win.....hard not to root for nice guy Gary Mandella


race 8    average clarity

2  Spanish Queen   impressive in both lifetime races.......can sit in a nice mid pack ground saving position just as she did in her latest.....recent drills hint she has never been sharper

6  Prize Exhibit   not the best of trips in last and prior to that had a brutal trip and still somehow she still  managed to win........seems like a ton if Mike Smith can get her to settle down to get a smoother trip

10  Singing Kitty  has out run her odds in all three lifetime grass races.....and today she gets a solid rider upgrade .......two recent nice works on the grass hints she has held form

9  Spirit of Xian   solid wire to wire Grade 3 win in works since......and she doesn't necessarily need the lead to win

8  Entrechat   beaten by the 2 and the 9 in her last....but it was her 1st at a route and the race likely has built up her endurance......might turn the tables

5  Sharla Ray   best of the rest.....doubt a winner.......small piece of the pie is more likely

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 7:54 am by richs · Permalink
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