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Santa Anita for Monday 25 May 2015

So So card for today. Be back with you on Friday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Finallygotabentley   needs race 2 back and might produce it as trainer Vann Belvoir is usually at his most dangerous 2nd start after taking over the training duties of a given horse......and that is the case here.........and Bejarano and his agent want the mount

6  Alpine Luck   seems best at today's 6F distance and the last time he ran six panels he produced a very strong effort and it is hidden as he dueled on a dull rail and still managed 2nd

1  The Cleanors    high early speed.......last fits but the extra 1/2 furlong for today will hurt some.....still........ he might shake free and wire and get his 1st win further than 5 1/2F

4  Jacksons a Bobcat   impressive bullet drill since a major awakening at LA.......seems a bit better on conventional dirt


race 2    above average clarity.

7  Scandal   three-year old filly appreciates the 9F and that sure seems significant here as her foes have plenty to prove at the distance.........R Mandella seemingly has her very prepared in the morning for this race

3  Jaycee's Humor   both lifetime starts are decent and Bejarano sticks with filly......likely will need a small forward move and/or find the additional one furlong to her liking......pedigree for the nine panels isn't too bad

5  She's Reddy   laid up since mid October but training fairly well......finally gets to run on the turf which her pedigree screams out for

1  Tiz Addictedtolove   appears to be developing into a need to lead type........T C Baze likely will attempt to get the lead and slow things down


race 3    average clarity

6  San Onofre   only race that doesn't fit is his MSW debut........trains and competes like something special.....back to Mike Smith who owns all 4 of this five-year old gelding's wins 

4  Wild Dude   trainer is starting to heat things up and he has the "Dude" very sharp in the a.m.......predictably fast fractions in this race loaded with speed should flatter his off pace style


race 4    below average clarity

6  I Don't Care Who   blinkers off....1st time Bejarano for Baltas (solid combo to say the least) 5F work just 6 days ago........and a drop in claiming of one level........hard not to like

5  Knock Em Flat   Keith Desormeaux is a stout 29% 1st out following a claim with his last 42........nice works since he claimed this fellow on 9 April.....steps up multiple levels but might be up to the challenge 

4  The Mad Hungarian   new to the scene trainer Ricky Agaire is off to a red hot start (another win yesterday as our 5 to 1 2nd choice) gelding 2 for 3 at the distance might be very dangerous 1st out off of the claim

1  Perfect Set   needs a wake up trainer following the claim in Hollendorfer.......blinkers on


race 5   average clarity

7  Rosicky   cold trainer in Gaines.........but........her colt is coming off a nice 2nd career start and is working exceptionally well for the given level better than any Carla Gaines horse in quite some time......cut back of 1/16th seems like a plus

2  Nob Hill   Baffert is very dangerous with "blinkers back on" and that is the case here........colt has been absent for 3 months but is working as if he is meant and ready

8  Win the Space   only missed 2nd in the Ark Dby by 2 lengths........tried and failed in a turf sprint in last.....back to dirt and a route today......Stevens sticks around

11 AE  Iron Fist   strong layoff run in latest.....1st long but bred to appreciate a route of ground.......very fast 5/8ths drill just 8 days ago

6  Volume    (4th choice if the 11 doesn't want into the race)


race 6    average clarity

10  Entrechat   both races down the SA hill grass course are very strong with impressive finishes........highly likely to come roaring down the stretch once again

1  Curlin Fox   another who sure can motor late down the hill.......both grass races are better than our top choice this filly appears better than your average nw alw horse

4  Divina Comedia   poor trip down the hill in her 1st in the USA since arriving from France......hasn't missed a beat in the a.m. since.......not out of this by any means if she settles down and/or gets a better ride by Talamo

9  Jenna's Faith   2 for 3 lifetime on the dirt.....bred to handle the turf......should be on or near the lead from the get go if she does take to the sod


race 7    below average clarity

7   Secret Command   away since Nov but two of four lifetime sprint races fit well here and he sure is working at SA as if conventional dirt (which he has yet to compete on) will be his prefered surface.....we shall see

11  Curlin Iron   nice layoff win in last to graduate........steps up into a race with a par that is about 4 or 5 lengths tougher but he has two reassuring works to his credit since his win....might feel really good 2nd out after the layoff

9  Warren's T. Baze   ( 5 1 1 1) record on main track surfaces......back to Bejarano who got the strongest effort/fig ever out of this fellow 

2  Flat Gone   has been facing better......would have rated higher if I wasn't concerned about the short rest he has to cope with


race 8    below average clarity

1  Moulin de Mougin   was making a tremendous move despite running wide in Sept Grade 1 only to slip and fall.....3 for 4 at the distance on the sod.....last was a prep......Mike Smith knows this mare well

8  Danza Cavallo   on the right end of the learning curve .........Chad Brown invader trains as if the firm turf that SA has to offer will be a good thing.........stellar rider/trainer combo out East

10  Queen of The Sand    ran powerful races both times she ran in Grade 1 affairs and one of the efforts is disguised by a brutally wide trip

4  Fanticola   D'Amato is on fire with his grass runners......cut back of 1/8th of a mile looks like a plus  

Long-shot consideration:7  Elektrum   3 bad trips in a row and still right there at the jock Flavien Prat gets an oppunuity to smooth things out.....lookout if he does


race 9    average clarity

11  Classic Gent   away since Nov but drops out of MSW racing to the bottom mc level....returns as a 1st time gelding and with a work tab that suggests the surgery did some good

3  Coach John   debut run 2 back fits fine........away two months but he did run well in his debut so 2 months off might be a piece of cake........and he returns with blinkers on and a (somewhat subtle) rider upgrade

6  Show and Tell   good forward move in 2nd lifetime start....good drill since.....even more might be in the cards for today

8  Starship Ekati   debut turf tightener....drops for 1st dirt race.......decent works series

12  Ladies Man   seems likely to move forward today in 2nd start........strong drill (seemingly best ever) 5 days ago 

13  Quiet Thunder   obviously a bad there one effort left in the tank.....we shall see

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