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Santa Anita for Sunday 31 January 2016

Rain in the forecast last night and today. Let's hope it doesn't mess with the surface too much. Decent looking card if that is the case. Gave one extra selection for the off the turf picks as it is difficult to know who will scratch out.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity  

(if taken off the turf:  below average clarity   3-12-11-1-9)

5   Kadesha   just snatched at the claiming box by Carava who is off to a very good start at the meeting......mare is 2 for 7 at today's distance on the grass......0 for 8 at other distances......par like effort in latest......rider upgrade and back at the same $25K level.....such a deal

1   McBoomer   outstanding record at the distance on the sod (8 5 1 1)......1st out for Glatt as the trainer and Glatt has this mare training as if he has a good handle on his new shooter

8  Belle Et Bete   last might have been a bit of a gimme to drop to the lowest level of her career and put some doubt into the minds of the claiming crowd.......rider and trainer don't team up too often but they have won with their last two as a team and with very a solid return at the windows

11  Can Can Babe


race 2    average clarity

4  Ultra Sharp   very good spot for a sprinter to attempt a route for the 1st time as this four-year old gelding seems loose.......and if that is the case.........he................might..............go................all.............the..............way

6  Armored Car   R Mandella is 35% win 1st time running in maiden claiming with his last 23....... and he sure is winding up this colt with a few tightly spaced works to finish up his a.m. preparation so as to be very ready fresh off of the 10 week hiatus

1  Radio Silent   big wake up in last 1st time with blinkers and 1st time with Raffy.......both remain on for today.......not out of this by any means


race 3    average clarity

2  Gust   solid work regiment for this Miller 1st time starter hints she is ready for her MSW debut.......Miller put up Elliot for a decent 3rd with a 1st timer on has tossed 2 winners from 2 starters one of which was a Stakes winner

3  Candy Boss   well-bred filly was bet fairly hard in her MSW debut and flashed some early gas and then fell apart.......Salder gives her 9 weeks off to continue the learning are good as they were prior to her disappointing debut.......good enough to deserve another shot

1  Angel Lane   woke up in 3rd lifetime start and since has never worked better.....that hints the same or better seems to be in the cards today......definitely a player here

6  Jeana Baby


race 4    average clarity

4  Amberella   seems best at a route of ground......and......seems best on the Santa Anita dirt......gets both today once again and one hot rider/trainer combo in D'Amato

3  Ipray   2nd out after a layoff and a major league rider upgrade.......very solid history at today's one mile distance (4 2 1 0)........(4 0 0 1)  at other distances

1  Chicago Angel   broke her maiden in start number 19 in her latest and won very easily in a so so final time.......but she might feel really good coming off that easy 9L win.....we shall see

6  Mudge


race 5    average clarity

(if taken off the turf:  average clarity  13-3-9-6-10)

5   My New Year's Day   seems best sprinting on the grass and has only gotten to once in 4 starts since arriving to the USA from France.....par like race for today's level in last and the effort is disguised by a bad trip at one mile and in a Grade 3 to boot........cut back to 6 1/2 should be a plus.....3rd start under the guidance of D'Amato might be the charm

3   Sheer Pleasure   double barrel action from D'Amato..........scratched out a race on Saturday for this spot and that might be a very good thing as she has some speed in a race that lacks it.....only lifetime effort race on the sod is fine

8   Miss Double d'Oro   done little wrong in 2 lifetime starts down the SA hill grass course.........would have rated higher if she wasn't such a deep closer in a race that lacks speed

4  Moanin


race 6    average clarity

6  B K Miss   looking for debut race which would likely do the trick in this spot.......decent final time and showed enough pace after being squeezed at the start to sit close in this spot......recent 3F improved drill hints at a rebound.....and Knapp is fairly hot

1  Charlie My Love   works got quite good in December for this 1ster....... and then...... I believe Gallagher and company deliberately backed off some to keep the claiming vultures at bay......belive she is ready enough for this weak group even with a difficult post for her debut

8  Blazeinblairsden   one way to go from the outer most post for someone like Maldonado and that is full-bore to clear and attempt to wire the field.......cut back of one furlong sure appears to be a plus

4  Lady Wager


race 7    average clarity

3  Kalister   11 for 19 in the exacta for this hard-hitting gelding on the conventional dirt and sports a solid record at SA as well (13 6 2 1)........nasty trip in last and still managed to only get beat by a nose........3 wide moving into one very fast 2nd quarter......and he continues to train like a happy healthy sort

2  Texas Two Step   rather nice horse to have gelded and that is what the connections did since his Miller must have really thought it would help......and he has been fairly competitive as it is....has the potential to be sitting on best ever

7  Alpha Bird   good history when not competing in Stakes races.....T C Baze could have ridden some others (and with some merit) but landed here......strong hint that this fellow is rebounding today

4  Eighty Three


race 8    below average clarity

(if taken off the turf:  below average clarity  1-6-3-7-13)

1  Husband's Folly   most of his career fits very solidly at 1 1/8th on the grass at this lower be ready too as the claims will be plentiful

8  Sir Cal   acts like she wants to run all day long so her first as far as 1 1/8th sure be a major plus.....and he likely will go off a decent price

6  Preacher Roe   likes contact to the front end and should get that here.....last time he competed at 9 furlongs albeit on the dirt he was led to the winners circle......dangerous speed type should sit in one of the 1st 3 positions early

4  Royalist


race 9    average clarity

8  Sir Barclay   showed solid speed in last on the wood and the wood was a little deeper (or a too loose) than away from it......rightfully tired...... should be on or near the lead near the front once again and with a more favorable track for his position

12  Gnarly Dude   claimed by Myadi who is decent 1st following a claim and he wisely leaves Bejarano up........eight year old is fairly good off of short rest and that is the case here.....last fits well and he should appreciate an extra 1/16 to run today

5  Tiz Jolie   awfully large drop off of the claim by Spawr makes one leery of course......but......Spawr sure is hot and not afraid to lose a given horse of late......decent history on the SA dirt and one for one at the distance

3  El Nino Terrible

11  So Elite

6  I Buy Gold

Posted on January 31, 2016 at 9:57 am by richs · Permalink
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