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Santa Anita for Thursday 4 February 2016


Seems like a good card handicapping wise. I would rate it an 7 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

5  Mr. Pucci   both lifetime races run last Spring are better than appear in print......returns to the game as a 1st time in Spring were good but they are even more impressive now.......rather sure he is ready for a very strong race fresh off of the bench for Hollendorfer and company

3  Mighty Mousse   nice effort in 2nd lifetime start and it was off of an extended hiatus from the race wars.......bullet 6F work since is very reassuring......has been pounded to odds on at the windows in both lifetime starts


race 2    above average clarity

4 Mr. Game Seven   on the improve with every start and his latest and 1st at a route is disguised by running wide on a rail bias.......colt appears to be on or close to the front from the get go in this spot and with a reliable rider in Gonzalez.....should be tough

8  Kiwi Attitude   bad trip.......better than appears.......debut 2 so race in 2nd lifetime start.........rider upgrade and........1st at a route with a decent pedigree for one......sprint - sprint - route scenario.........Gaines is an OK 3 for her last 20 with the maneuver

6  And Then Some   last two races fit and are both routes......and he seems to only have one other runner (our top choice) with his kind of early speed......a touch leery that he is dropping to the bottom MC level after stepping up into a MSW race and running 2nd

1  I'mcomingthrough


race 3    average clarity

7  John's Success   claimed by D'Amato two back and did he ever move forward 1st after the claim for his new connections.......that effort was on the main track but he looks equally as capable on the grass.......will be extremely tough if he is up to his last.....maybe even 85% of it

2  Village Kitten   not sure if he is up to his last (run way back in late Oct) but like our top selection a repeat of the effort is quite strong for this level........and he runs like 1 1/8th will be to his liking

1  Broken Up   Baze should put this colt in a nice ground saving stalk position sitting 2nd, 3rd or 4th........colt should handle the distance and quite a few in here won't like it.........trainer could use a win

4  Fishel


race 4    average clarity

5  Templer   layoff sprint gimme in last to drop and go go go go at a route of ground (which he prefers) since his layoff run are back to back bullet drills......feeling great or over worked.....obviously I'm leaning on "feeling good"

2  Book Thirty Four   logical drop to enhance his chances (recent efforts/figs are a fit at today's 12.5K nw2 level) to get to the circle of joy this afternoon.....and one red-hot trainer/rider combo in Prat/O'Neill

4  It Behooves Me   very consistent sort especially for this low-level that he drops to fact would have been top choice if it wasn't for his trainer (Jeffery Metz) who struggles when competing in S Cal.......still.....sure seems dangerous

1  He's a Real Keeper


race 5    average clarity

2  Rob's Pal   was stuck on a slightly dull inside or might have conquered this level in his latest.......cut back of 1/16th seems like a plus.......and a good history when Perez rides

7  Thunder Basin   on the improve of late and this gelding took to the SA dirt in his latest nicely in his first ever run on our top pick the cut back of 1/2 furlong appears to be to his benefit

6  Lucky Shoes to Win   Pedroza likely elected to ride our 2nd choice but we get Gonzalez who sure is riding well and might give Bejarano a run for his money for the prestigious riding title at this long SA meeting......should be a factor from the get go and dangerous

3  I'm Zonin


race 6   below average clarity

7  Incline Village   consistent on the Santa Anita hill turf course and nowhere else.......connections likely realize this now and also that this gelding appreciates 4 or more weeks between starts and gets it.......should be able to stalk our 4th choice (or maybe lead) sitting in excellent position

9  Hunt   been waiting for this gelding to enter a race down the hill as I like the chances of Irish invaders appreciating the hill that have run well in grass sprints in Ireland........and the conditioner is red-hot especially with his turf stock

1  Dead Easy   Richard Rosales has quietly had a nice 2015/16 and he appears to have a good handle on this six-year-old gelding...... gelding seems best at 6 1/2 furlongs whether it is on the turf or the dirt......both lifetime wins came with today's rider up

3  Acceptance


race 7    above average clarity

8  Danzig Candy  trip from you know where in MSW debut......then a good trip in 2nd lifetime start led to a powerful effort/fig in a 7F affair......that 7 furlongs should set him up well for today's 1 mile race which he owns a solid pedigree to handle......big day for his connections as he appears to have the potential to be a quality Stakes horse

1  Street Vision   blocked badly in the stretch or would have won this alw level in his last.......might have plenty in the tank for today being blocked and all......his pedigree like our top choice says a route won't be a problem

5  Shred the Rules   done little wrong in two lifetime starts albeit vs. softer.....but his last win is much better than apears......and.......he is likely to sit 1st or 2nd thru turn one saving ground and that sure enhances his chances of success

3  French Getaway


race 8    above average clarity

10  Proud Visionary   all three lifetime races fit......and....... he beat two different 3rd place finishers in his last two races that were next out winners........five year old seems likely to sit in a nice stalk position behind the 1 and/or 8 horse

5  Adair   could have won either of his 2 lifetime starts with better rider gets a shot today and being that the jock is a good gate rider look for this D'Amato four-year old to sit closer to the front today

8  Uptown Rythem   dangerous laid up drop down with plenty of early gas......but Gaines historically speaking seldom just "gives them away" in order to win......but then again......she could use a win.......and.......this horse is now a 5 yr old maiden......dangerous

1  Anda

3  Attack

2  Italian Jumper



Posted on February 4, 2016 at 9:43 am by richs · Permalink
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