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Santa Anita for Saturday 27 June 2015

Last Saturday at SA and the track sure has lined up some quality runners today. And the Triple Crown Winner makes an appearance.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  No Contingency   seemingly the best speed in the field and only needs to stick around for 5 1/2F........latest is par like and today we get a monumental rider upgrade

1  Sidepocket Champ   last fits OK but what would make him very solid here would be his effort produced two race back

7  Endless Cruise   dropping after a win is always a concern but the gelding has managed only 10 races in 5 years of racing.....fits here is he is still in decent shape

5  Peacenik   very competitive in all 4 races in 2015.....and might be at his best at 5 1/2F.....not out of this


race 2    average clarity

2  Larry Birdstone   improving sort is sharp in the a.m. for this race.......and his trainer is very solid sprint-sprint-route which is the scenario here

4  Big Discovery   both lifetime grass races fit here........if of course his new trainer can get a similar run out of this three-year gelding

7  Architop   two of 3 lifetime grass fit in this spot.........blinkers on to help focus come crunch time


race 3    average clarity

4  Mudge   solid wake up in last albeit at the abbreviated sprint distant of 5F......and her works since her last are improved and longer.......6F should be within her limited range

2  Not Tonight   last was better than appears....wide up on the pace in a route....cut back to a sprint should be a plus......two reassuring recent drills

9  Divine Tale   last was only so so....race 2 back would take this race......not sure which is likely today

6  What a Rainbow   1st time running for Chew.....blinkers on today and the trainer is good off of layoff and pulled quite a few upsets in 2015


race 4    average clarity

2  Ultimate Luck   1st on the sod but bred to handle it........if he does take to it he seems likely to sit in a good ground saving close up position

1  Neptune's Spear   toss out last as he had a very bad trip..........and the works since suggest he is feeling quick good.......2nd time Sadler and 2nd time lasix both make him dangerous as he had no shot to fire in his last

8  Yes Yes Yes     not my favorite trainer off of long layoffs (13% last 70) but his last race back in Jan. was on the hill and very strong......and Bejarano wants the mount.......very dangerous if he is fit and ready 

9  All Run   best of the rest....trainer is better 2nd time grass which is the case here


race 5   below average clarity

8  Colonel Power   not the most prolific trainer with MSW 1st timers in Hector Palma but the work regiment is much too good to ignore

6  Hook 'Em Kurt   last 3 races fit and the last two efforts are hidden by poor trips.....especailly his last where he dueled in solid pace and rightfully tired late as almost everyone does

11  Smooth Roller   another trainer not too hot with 1sters but seemingly has his first starter all wound up and ready to unwind

7  Colors of Beauty     dangerous trainer with 1st time starters when he works them with tight intervals.....6 days between the last 6 works qualifies

Long-shot consideration:   4  J Serino   finally gets to run off of short rest and the last time he did he ran a strong effort and the effort is hidden by dueling in solid pace on a slightly dull rail.....did well to only lose by a head.......dangerous rider/trainer team all year-long at SA


race 6    average clarity

4  Curlin's Fox   really getting good fast and Smith sticks around........seems likely to be no worse than 2 wide heading into turn one.......just crushed less in a grass sprint and her pedigree says she should be better at a route

8  Avenge   love when Mandella isn't in a rush with a nice prospect and that is the case with this developing filly.....1st long but owns a pedigree that should handle it

2  Long Hot Summer   (4 3 1 0) turf and AW out top pick seems likely to sit close and save ground on turn one.....and that folks is 1/2 the battle

9  Prize Exhibit   one race showing fits......her effort 4 back way back in January......needs to find that race today

Long-shot consideration:   3  Lutine Belle   promising filly hasn't been much following an eye-opening win on New Year's Day......but.....Hollendorfer might have discovered something for the better as she is working up a storm the last 8 weeks.....danger city


race 7   above average clarity

5  Masochistic   5 for 5 in one turn races when not wearing front bandages.......five year old gelding can handle nasty pace and still go on with it

4  Sahara Sky   decent history at today's somewhat specialty distance of 7F......might have beaten our top selection in latest if he hadn't been caught wide on the turn

2  San Onofre     consistent sort seems best stalking and it would be unwise to press out top choice too early....has a shot from just off the pace

3  Appealing Tale   best of the rest.......does have something to prove sprinting


race 8    average clarity

1  Blingismything   very consistent and one mile might be her more desirable turf distance....and she just missed in a Grade 1 at 1 1/8th on the reassuring 4F drill one week ago

8  Queen of Sand   best at one mile (6 3 2 1)  and seems very sharp right now and gets a major league rider upgrade

4  Birdlover   responds well on the lead and especially when today's jock Mike Smith is up

2  Generosidade   only beaten by 2 1/4 for the win at 78 to 1 in a Grade 1.....shot if she moves forward today in her 2nd start in the good old U S of A


race 9    average clarity

9  Catch a Flight   8 for 10 on conventional dirt surfaces and he managed 3rd place finishes in the other two races one of which was the SA Hcp........continues to train for Richard Mandella as if all is well

8  Moreno   seems like a very good sign that Cornelio Velasquez comes in to ride this stout speed route horse once again......might have considered him as the top choice if he wasn't 0 for 7 at the distance

5  Majestic City   solid Grade 3 win at LS in last albeit on an off track.....but the works since on the fast SA surface suggest he might even show more today

2  Hard Aces  short on figs but might be flying late if a hot pace developes as it might

Long-shot consideration:   3  Poshsky   had 1o lengths of trip adjusted for this fellow and he only lost br 4L 1st time with the blinkers.....obviously needs a cleaner trip in this big race but lookout if he gets it


race 10    average clarity

6  Where Was Eddie   best set of preparatory works for a Ben Cecil runner in many a moon......might have a golden nugget.......excellent breeding for the grass

5  He Could   broke slowly and ran wide and still came flying fast late in MSW debut which was also down the hill....should be a player here

7  Stormin Trick   no chance with a bad trip down the hill in last but showed he can handle work since.....likely needs best ever today.....not impossible to provide it

8  Diablo Caballero   competitive but needs more punch....last with the blinkers off was better....but will still need more today

12  Comtemplate   has flashed solid speed and stopped in 2 dirt races.....bred for the sod just fine......might not stop so readily on the turf

2  Prohibition Repeal   best of the rest

Posted on June 27, 2015 at 7:27 am by richs · Permalink
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