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Santa Anita for Thursday 21 May 2015

Average card to start the new week. Don't forget there is racing this Monday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Alien Giant   solid work regiment for this Diodoro 1st timer......especially like the last drill of 48:2 B........very rare for a two-year old to earn a decent "Breezing" rating in S Cal.......might be a good sure was

4  Fast Escape    Jeff Bonde 1st time starter was just purchased in March so the connections had a good look at what they were getting.......filly has a solid set of gate works and worked 1/2 furlong longer than today's sprint distance......seems meant and ready

1  Rich Girl   two-year old filly 1st time starter is a May foal but she sure is drilling in the morning as if she is very precious and ready to compete versus those a few months older

7  She's On The Line   poor history for Knapp with 1st time starters but this recent purchase is training too well to be ignored


race 2    average clarity

3  Toppers Sunshine   little shot in latest sitting too far back off of a lackluster pace following a poor start.......her previous two efforts both of which were on the SA sod fit fine.......6 for 13 at the distance

1  Smart N Dreamy   consistent history on the turf at SA (8 3 0 3).......laid up five-year old mare has a prolonged work series that suggests she is more than ready to roll fresh off of the bench

7  Zanbo   back to Bejarano is a smart move as all three wins the last 2 years are with the future Hall of Fame rider aboard.......(8 3 3 2) at the distance on the sod

6  Fantastic Miz   consistently is in the mix but lately she has been flattening out near the wire........drop of one claiming level and a switch in jocks might help her hold together thru the wire


race 3    above average clarity

4  Rocket Heat   high early speed should put him on the lead with only 5 1/2F to cope with.......should be tough to catch if the track is fair to speed

1  Ultimate Luck   1st time blinkers on and graduated in latest despite a wide trip up on the pace.....solid 5F drill since........should sit within doable striking distance of our top selection

3  Mr. Count On Me   just claimed by a low % trainer from O'Neill......fits if she runs her last for her new trainer Marsha Schwizer

6  Willy Be Wild    on the right end of the learning curve......need the trend to continue


race 4    average clarity

4  Seeking the Sherif   great record at SA (12 7 2 0) on the exceptionally well and gets a rider upgrade especially with a speed horse.......can be in control from the opening bell 

6  Caminetto   impressive layoff run in last and two bullet works since......seems best taking back just a little.....definitely can be a major player here if he does

2  Midnight Transfer   just claimed by the always dangerous Ron Ellis........strong dirt race 2 back following a turf race.......turf race in last - dirt race today

1  Head South    has done little wrong since Desormeaux has been aboard (4 3 1 0).....still....... likely needs very best in this spot


race 5   average clarity

6  Hobbits Hero   I like Jeff Mullins with laid up drop downs which is the case here.......four year old gelding is 1 for 1 on the SA hill and the effort is a couple of lengths better than par for today's level

7  Shakahari    1st on the grass but bred to love it.........seems sharp right now and he has a good chance to move up on the lawn......I am touch leery of his ability to get the 6 1/2 furlongs as he has lacked endurance on the dirt

2  Magna Warrior   only turf effort was a route which I believe she dislikes but her action on the grass was she might handle a turf sprint much better.......dirt sprint races 2-3-4-5-6 back are solid

4  Sofast   form in France since arriving in the USA is totally missing.......drops precipitously.......still.....needs to wake up quite a or maybe never 

Long-shot consideration:   1  Badasmywifeletsmbe   short fig wise but he can finish with some vigor when most in here will be tiring.....rider upgrade


race 6    below average clarity

11  Big Hat Charlie   all three lifetime conventional dirt races fit well in this spot and that is somewhat hidden......not to mention all 3 races were key races loaded with talent.......away 8 weeks but working be ready as I believe the claiming vultures are lurking 

9  Southern Loyalty   both MSW races run at SA fit quite well at today's mid priced maiden claiming level.......three year old gelding is a La bred and only went for $17K at sale so the drop is no big deal to me

5  Prince of Prague   1st timer seems ready to roll at 1st asking......trainer - rider - owner teamed up for a win with a 1st timer on 1 Jan 2013 for an 8 to 1 (impressive) win.............hmmm

1  Love On the Road   last two works for this Heap 1ster hint he is coming around at the right in right before he makes his debut


race 7    average clarity

4  Stole a Kiss   2 of 3 lifetime grass races (which includes her latest) without the blinkers fit solidly here......and the blinkers remain off for today

3  Chaulk O Lattey   Richard Baltas can be deadly sprint - sprint - route with a horse and that is the scenario here....and back to Bejarano who teams up with Baltas with great success and he won for fun the only other time he rode this filly

8  Tangelo  by far at her best at today's 1 mile turf distance.....capable jock knows this filly well having been aboard for all 9 lifetime starts

9  Tiz Classy Lass   needs a clever trip from a tough post with the turf rail in the 24 ft. position.........fits as well as anyone if she gets it


race 8    average clarity

11  Buckleberry Grey   been away from the game for over two years but returns as a 1st time gelding......drops......gets a rider uprade......and returns with a new much higher % trainer........that'll do

4  Hye I'm Jack   wise move for his connections to remain at the abbreviated sprint distance of 5 1/2 furlongs as he lacks endurance.......should be in the mix from the get go once again

5  Tiz All That   needs a rebound to races 3 or 4 back.....two months off to right the ship.......trainer is often at his best 7 to 12 weeks between starts

10  Matty's Tribal   lead type only to date has 3 other "speed" types to cope with.....cut back in distance should be a plus

1  Papa's Playboy   decent forward move in since are improved.......more seems likely today.....not impossible

2  Honey Fever   debut way back in 2013 fits......doubt either his two races in 2015 would do the trick......needs a wake up 

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