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Santa Anita for Sunday 18 October 2015

Look for quite the bargain (for a few days only) next week for full card selections for day two only of the Breeders Cup at Keeneland on Saturday October 31st at a 30% discount or a cost of $24.50. That breaks down to less than $2 a race.

So so card for today. Four days left of the Santa Anita Fall Meeting. Del Mar is next opening on Thursday 29 October.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   above  average clarity

2  Blue Anchor   improving sort seems like a ton here......unless the rail is dead like yesterday and he ends up trapped inside and up near the front which did in about everyone yesterday with that position

6  Hot Lighting   wide trip in latest and up on the pace or might have won this level in last......track played outside yesterday and he likes to run wide and has a good post for that.....blinkers on today....lone lifetime win was with the shades on

1  Kenjisstorm   might be a really tough post today unless the maintenance crew does their job and makes the track more even.......if so this fellow's chances at the winners circle are enhanced


race 2    average clarity

5  Toews On Ice   last race crushes solidly.......seemingly a good post........and......Baffert has dominated the two-year old male Stakes races the last 4 or 5 years

2  Street View   just won a fast heat of MSW runners and the time/effort is supported by gaps to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.......likely needs a little more but Bejarano sticks around and he should have some upside as this is only his 3rd lifetime start


race 3    average clarity

4  Carlot Cowboy   deserves a small step up (and of course a decent sign he's doing well) following an extremely wide trip where he still ran 2nd....and the extra 1/16th looks like a plus

6  Noble Kent   trainer is tough 1st after a claim......blinkers off and Bejarano on.......the meets top gun should fit this late runner really well

5  The Mad Hungarian      all his lifetime wins are at SA on the dirt and he is 2 for 4 at the disatnce........and like our top choice the step up seems like a good sign

3  Broadway Nike    obvious gimme placed way over his noggin 1st out after the Miller claim.......go today back where he fits........rated too low if the racing surface gets an overhaul


race 4    average clarity

4  Set Of J's   big forward move in 2nd lifetime start in 2014......decent layoff sprint in last.........very sharp a.m. work since........big forward move in 2nd start following the long layoff is likely if he handles the SA hill

7  Bluegrass Bronco   2 for 2 on the grass including a nice win down the hill 3 weeks ago with 1st time blinkers......showed good early foot with the addition of blinkers and their isn't that much speed in here.....decent spot to try to make it 3 for 3 lifetime on the green carpet

11  Serbian Cyclone   like this guy's chances if he takes back a little......was flying in the stretch in last and thru traffic.....his two best in 2015 are from off the pace.....believe that will be the strategy here

6  Forever Juanito    needed his sharply since........decent on the hill.......needs his "A game" but there are some hints that he might bring it


race 5    below average clarity

1  Kronwell   nice public work-out in last at Lrc in a MSW affair to put some doubt into the minds of the claiming vultures .......drop and go this afternoon in 2nd lifetime start.......dynamite rider/trainer/owner trio

4  Run the Show   all three lifetime races which occurred in 2013 fit..........been away for 2 years and logically takes the plunge out of MSW racing to MC 20K.....1st time gelding.....obvious physcical prooblems but only needs 75% of what he was to compete for the top prize here

5  Captain Carchy   easily the most likely to hit the board but likes to hang (he has never put his nose in front in any of his 8 lifetime races) at SA (5 0 3 2).....should be motoring late as usual

8  Garrapata Beach   takes that ever dangerous drop out of MSW racing to the bottom MC level.....and has a very good post if we get yesterday's outside bias


race 6    average clarity

8  Sudden Fame   bet to fave in her MSW debut but she had a bad trip........cleaner trip and a logical small move forward and the circle of joy seems doable for this R Mandella 2nd timer

2  C. C. Zipp   blinkers on and sharp recent drills......all 4 lifetime races are better than par for today's level.......was easily my top pick until I viewed yesterdays' races which were murder on inside speed

6  Street Fancy   works say all systems are go for this D'Amato 1st time does the fact M Smith sees fit to take the mount

7  Last Resort   Proctor 1ster has a nice work regiment and might be rated too low......tightly spaced drills and some works of merit.......and mom has tossed two winners from two starters both of which won at two

Long-shot consideration:   5  Kristie's Heart   Bonde 1st timer is training as if she can run some and Bonde is 22% win with his last 116 MSW 1st time starters.....impressive


race 7    average clarity

3  Silver Torch   (4 1 1 2) grass record for this gelding when he races at SA at one mile and with Desormeaux.......seems likely to get a nice mid pack ground saving trip or maybe even closer up with the addition of blinkers for today

6  Orchestral   Chew and Kennedy scored as a team gate to wire yesterday as our 3rd choice paying $35.20 with this comment "not too crazy about a bug boy in a turf route unless their mount has speed which this fellow does......dangerous wire to wire threat".......most likely leader in this affair and speed was good on the grass all day yesterday

8  Inspired Wisdom   improving sort showed he can handle a two turn race in he needs to handle a new has tossed a grass winner

7  Dynamite Ride   consistent sort but likes to hang in the stretch........3 yr old was not crazy about the blinkers on in last.....wisely off today


race 8    average clarity

6  Ankeny Hill    Glatt is rather hot.......five year old runner is a perfect two for two at the abbreviated 5F distance on the main track.....and he has been facing better all year long

3  Five Palms   2 for 2 sprinting on conventional dirt......needs to be ready as this is only his 6th lifetime race in 23 months.......impressive work tab supports the notion

8  Oligarch   might get a decent 3 wide or 2 wide position pressing  the lead.....5F might really fit because he is one tough eye to eye fellow

7  Bench Warrant   working well enough to be ready "fresh" impossible if gets a dirt surface similar to yesterday's


race 9    average clarity

9  Perdona   on the improve and her last is disguised by some subtle trouble......Guttierrez/Eurton have been one solid team of late......owns some tactical speed which should come in handy with an outside post to overcome

6  Margaret Raey   decent history with 6 to 8 weeks between starts and gets that today......last was decent.....race two back is better........might be the one to beat if we get her effort two back

1  Yaffe   back to one mile which is a better fit.....blinkers off for today and her recent 5F drill at LA hints the equipment has helped.......not out of this by any means if it has

2  Broken Halo   Belmont invader winds up in the Neil French barn.....working well and draws Stevens.......French has done well with limited starters in 2015 (6 2 1 0)

3  Twosome   1st timer has decent grass breeding and is training well enough to possible be ready at 1st asking.....only mount of the day for Nakatani......hmm

7  Down to Earth   another 1st timer that has decent grass breeding and is training well enough to possible be ready at 1st asking........Gary Mandella has woken up some from the doldrums of late.....and gets M Smith to ride

Posted on October 18, 2015 at 11:07 am by richs · Permalink
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