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Santa Anita for Sunday 28 June 2015

Closing day today at Santa Anita. Los Alamitos opens up Thursday for a decent 2 week meeting. First post 2:15 PST. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Pefiolo   seems like a decent claim by Alfredo Marquez......cut back to one mile is a is today's rider change.....should sit near the front in a pace that I project to be reasonable

3  Trash Talkin   trains like an allowance horse but runs like a cheap this point in his career of only 3 races his a.m. prowess still makes him awfully in the possibility of a significant move forward

8  He's a Real Keeper   very strong effort in last somewhat hidden by a bad trip (checking and running wide)......would have rated higher if the jock was more clever as I believe he will be wide once again

4  Surfer Moon   seems capable here but more likely to get a small slice of the purse pie than a trip to the winners circle and 3/5ths of the pie


race 2    below average clarity

7  Call to Congrats   nice guy and usually decent trainer Gary Mandella has had a tough 2015 but might get his 3rd win of the year here with his new shooter to his barn that is working as if she is ready to roll fresh off of the bench........only race on grass is strong albeit at a route but she ran well sprinting on the AW so I highly doubt she won't handle the SA hill

4  Tale of Papa Nick   Baltas sure has cooled off the last couple of weeks after being sizzling hot....might right the ship here with filly who is 2 for 2 down the hill......the rest of the field only has 3 winners combined

3  Missy Mouse   on the improve with every start and proven on the SA hill....very dangerous if she keeps the trend going today

8  Daddy's Duo   when last seen in late Sept. she graduated in style winning by 13 lengths.......big step up......good turf pedigree.......not impossible if she is ready "fresh"

Long-shot consideration:   2  Doodetta   like her run down the SA hill when last seen on New Year's hint she is fit......and Drysdale is decent off of long layoffs


race 3    below average clarity

7  I B Mike   tepid top choice is solid when he brings his "A game".....not sure if he's bringing it today but if he does he should get a nice stalk position ranging up from the outside

4  Pat the Bear    after 4 consecutive strong efforts ( 3 of which were on the SA dirt) he tossed a clunker in his latest.....needs a rebound......good conditioer to get one out of him

2  Final Step   lead type only seems about 50/50 to get what he needs.....trouble city for his foes if he does get a clear lead

3  Rough Passage    seems like a better sprinter than router........seems better with the blinkers off than on.......gets both today


race 4    average clarity

6  Going Somewhere   triathlon's are his thing and the 1 3/4 miles won't be for most in this 7 horse field

3  Golden Soul   sure acts as though he will handle another quarter mile............ships in off of solid am.m work at Churchill Downs

1  PatriotRule   many of his lifetime races fit fig/effort wise......but......he has plenty to prove running about 14 furlongs

2  Decisive Edge   coming off lifetime best.......likely exited the race in good condition for Hollendorfer to step him up.......owms a better than average pedigree to handle a triathlon


race 5   above average clarity

8  Iron Fist   very impressive in latest his 1st at a route.......wide up on a hot pace and still managed to win.........series of 4 solid works since.......should take this if he just repeats his last and gets a decent journey

2  I Don't Care Who   might be a good claim by Sadler........coming off two good claiming races........and he sure has worked more impressively since arriving in the Sadler barn.....believe he might pop lifetime best today

3  Grazen Sky   three-year old colt has done little wrong in 7 lifetime races three of which were at SA....not out of this 

6  A Colt Following   won despite way too wide of a trip in his last....but he does face much better today so he will need his best ever and maybe more today......smaller slice of the pie seems more likely


race 6    average clarity

5  Blue Law   a "ton" if he returns as good as new as his grass race 2 back is very strong for the MSW sure look good for a MSW runner trained by Bob Hess as he really doesn't push them too hard in the a.m 

8  Air Pocket   impressive one beaten length third in latest as he ran wide throughout the race......same effort with a better trip and he is quite solid for the level

7  Pretentious   very impressive late run into a paceless affair.....connections will have their fingers crossed that more pace will develop this time around for their deep closer

1  Osmoz   47 to 1 for a Mandella 1st timer has gimme written all over it.......we likely get to see what this colt has today


race 7    average clarity

2  Take It Easyplease   seems like a great spot for a filly to drop out of MSW racing to mc50K as this is one weak looking bunch.......and the trainer is 10 for his last 32 with such a maneuver

5  Hi Fever   decent debut......fits solidly with a logical forward move in his 2nd lifetime endeavor 

1  Designated Royalty   so so mc debut....needs quite a bit more this afternoon

7  Cattle Queen   so so debut but no support at the windows.....more likely today......seems like a question of what degree 


race 8    average clarity

6  Salah Champ   has to carry 125 lbs but has a super grass record of (11 5 5 0) and has a very smooth way of going.....if there is a ? mark it is the 1 1/4 distnce.......if Hollendorfer thinks he will handle it that is good enough for little old me

2  Big John B   best by far in the race but........not sure he is ready off of the long layoff and he has the burden of 130 lbs.......believe he can win this if he is fully fit even with the weight assignment

7  Street Maven    lone win at today's 1 1/4 distance (3 1 1 0) was the only time he was loose and it appears that can occur here

9  Macho Sox   last was lifetime best and gets plenty of weight off today......not impossible if he ends up appreciating the mini-marathon distance of 1 1/4


race 9    average clarity

3  Sweet Silver   last couple of races are par like for this afternoon's slightly lower level.....and back to Bejarano who owns the lone lifetime win on this filly in his only mount aboard her

1  Kantina Kowgirl   trainer has had a tough 2015 but might raise his 4% win % here as this fillies last 2 dirt sprint raises (his last and her a race 5 back) look good enough to put her in the hunt for the win here.....6F seems to be a very good fit 

7  Mothernaturespell   O'Neill has had this filly very ready when placed up for a tag (2 1 1 0) and I believe he will have her ready today as well

4  I'll Tell You What  not too much punch past 5 1/2 furlongs but might be feeling quite good for Gary Stute to step him up in claiming today


race 10    average clarity

3  Dixie Tweet   a good portion of her career fits.......and.......why not drop as this is the last opportunity to take advantage of a mid priced maiden claiming turf race for quite some time

5  Barbs Angel   last two sprint grass races fit....1st at a turf route today but owns a decent pedigree for least at one mile

6  Carnival Lights   somewhat short on figs.....but.....recent a.m. preparation hints at running a top effort today

12  Ya Ya Girl   dangerous turf speed in this spot.....and retains the meets top gun

8  Scuti de Patuti   takes that ever significant drop into maiden claiming for the 1st time

10  Stipend   only turf race might fit but it was a sprint........has something to prove at a route on the grass

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 7:21 am by richs · Permalink
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