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Santa Anita for Thursday 1 October 2015

Track was dull on the inside on Sunday especially on the far turn and back-stretch. It was sizzling hot all weekend and has cooled down for today so maybe the maintenance crew can get things right. Maybe it was the "Blood Moon". We shall see. Either way not the easiest of cards to decipher.   

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    below average clarity

1  Chromium   should have improved endurance wise coming off of two route grass races.........flashed best early speed in his latest 1st time with blinkers.......back to a dirt sprint and working well.......drops MSW to MC

2  Casuality   smartly steps up a couple of MC levels following a tough trip mc debut

3  Zendal   seems like an overdue drop into MC for this La bred that only went for $40K at sale......should fit today if there is something left in the tank

 

race 2    average clarity

5  Miss Star Maker   improving and would have graduated in latest by daylight if not for a trouble trip (stumbled start and ran wide while moving a touch too early).........handles 7F and many in here might not care for the (somewhat of a) specialized distance

2  Golds Venice   obvious tune-up in layoff last as she was placed in a protected over her head non-claiming MSW race.......fired an effort that fits at today's MC level........and likely will move forward with that effort under her belt

8  She's Moja   works awfully well but so far she hasn't been much in the p.m.......best was her debut.......then tried to run off of short rest two races in a row.........gets 4 weeks off this go around......deserves one more chance to live up to her a.m. prowess?

6  Sarah Bell   bad out of the gate in all 3 lifetime starts.....blinkers on in an attempt to her focus and break better.......not impossible if she does

 

race 3    below average clarity

1  Out of Patience   strong route race at Lrc first out after the Avila claim and with the blinkers put on.......trainer is 3 of his last 6 2nd out following a claim.......seems solid here if he handles his 1st ever at 7F

3  Market Notes   quite a significant step up today (16nw2 to open 25K) but might deserve it as his last was vastly improved.........and his a.m. work since his last is better........retains Desormeaux and with 2 lbs less on his back

6  Chief Lion   claimed for 62.5K in May and shows up for $25K in October......ouch.........tough call as to his physical condition........toss a coin type.....the type I hate in a given race

7  Celebrity Status   poor effort first following the Ron Ellis claim......deserves one more chance?.......Ellis is 5 for his last 13 2nd out after a claim

 

race 4   average clarity

1  Tulira Castle   why not drop only one claiming level to enhance his chances at back to back wins........and Ellis has a good history with such a manuvuer.......five year old has won his last 3 fast rated conventional dirt races by an average of more than 3 1/2 lengths

5  Broadway Nika   just claimed by Peter Miller..........and .........he likely appreciates what he has picked up for the crafty trainer to put him up 3 claiming levels.......his new shooter should be in the thick of things from the get go

6  Warren's Nicholas   best dirt race to date was run 2 back and fits here with a little bit better of a trip.....trainer sure could use a win

3  Volkonsky   decent history running for a tag.......up for a claiming tag today

 

race 5    below average clarity

2  Paythebank   decent in turf routes since the blinkers were put on......last is hidden as this gelding had little opportunity to put in much of a close with such a pedestrian pace being set up front.......improved drills since.......stout rider/trainer combo especially on the sod

7  Broken Up   solid 2nd place finish at GG on the grass in 2nd lifetime start......missed graduation day by a nose with a gap of 5 lengths to 3rd......2 reassuring 5F drills since........R Mandella is 3 for his last 7 2nd time on the turf

1  Boone Docks   decent effort in last 1st time on the sod......sharp drill since........trainer lacks consistency........dangerous but maybe someone you don't want to "key" around

6  Big Discovery   very consistent but hangs.....needs to get over the bad habit......Smith gives it another shot

 

race 6   average clarity

3  Exactamente    showing more with each and every start and her latest is hidden by a slow start followed by a wide trip in a turf route......should be fit to handle the 8 dirt furlongs today.....and if she is as good on the dirt as the turf (and receives a better trip) she seems like the one to overcome

7  Bellamentary   good sprint MSW debut and owns a good route pedigree........meets leading rider remains up and for a trainer that usually finishes in the top 10 in most S Cal meetings

8  Shakti   decent 2nd in her 2nd lifetime start and 1st around two turns......might need slightly more today........sure has the right trainer in Peter Miller to get it out of her

1  Award It    no shot in MSW turf route debut.....poor start back to last and had a dull set of fractions to try to close into.........did show life.........1st on the dirt and owns a good pedigree for it

Long-shot consideration:   10  Pageant Material   MSW sprint debut was a nice tune-up for today's route in her 2nd lifetime start........and strong gallop out supports the notion........well bred to route...... and a very dangerous trainer "1st time long" in Richard Baltas

 

race 7    below average clarity

5  Madam Aamoura   on the improve since Baffert put the blinkers on this filly 5 races back......1st on the SA hill grass course is a ? mark as it is for most in this allowance field

7  Thundering Gale   very consistent history when running in one turn grass races out east in New York......claimed by Baltas in his last and he wisely gives his new filly a shot down the majestic ( basically one and 1/3rd turn) SA hill grass course

2  No Comparison   crushed MSW foes in latest at 5F at Dmr and did it vs. the boys.......two decent reassuring works since......trainer has had a decent year with limited starters........not out of this by any means

9  Queenofthepalace   good sprinter on the grass in NZ..........wisely gets to run in one this afternoon after 2 so so route grass races so far in the good old U S of A

 

race 8    average clarity

3  Public House   solid MC debut win......trainer seems to be waking up from the doldrums..........last fits.........quite solid with a logical forward move in 2nd lifetime start

4  Dragon Flower   has outrun her odds in all 3 lifetime starts and she is improving........trainer has done terrific with limited starters in 2015 (5 for 13).........two-year old filly sure seems like one of the major players in this affair

7  Sharp Holiday   might be speed of the speed and retains Bejarano.......cut back in distance should be a plus

5  Alizarin Beauty   race two back is better than appears on paper.......blinkers off for today and improved recent drills.........might be up for lifetime best this afternoon

9  Aiming Straight    not impossible to snatch the lead and the only time she did she wired the field in decent time

10  Pretty Enuff   moved forward in 2nd lifetime start with the blinkers removed........will need more today........not impossible to provide back in 11 days

Posted on October 1, 2015 at 9:01 am by richs · Permalink
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