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Santa Anita for Friday 5 February 2016


Average card this afternoon. Some nice races at SA this weekend. We will have selections for Sunday posted by 7:45 a.m. pacific time because of the early start to the day which is 11 am. 


Best of luck as always!

race 1    average clarity

4  Deeds Not Words   has been beaten resoundingly in all three lifetime MSW races with his latest somewhat hidden by running too wide on a rail bias day......logical drop and working like it is all business today....... including a decent 4F work just a couple of days ago

2  Olotta Shaken   should sit in the 1 - 2 or 3 position thru turn one saving ground with a reasonable pace likely..........very dangerous here if that occurs with 1st time Bejarano at the controls

6  Blue Chat   both lifetime dirt routes are decent and might be good enough to take this race down.......Desormeaux knows this filly well.......with this being his 5th straight mount on her


race 2    below average clarity

1  Aparri   race 2 back fits and it was run 2nd out after a layoff.......2nd out following a layoff here as well with a nice turf tightener put in to drop and be at full throttle for today......difficut post for a speed type to break from but right jock up for the job in the 6F work followed by nice 3F work just 3 days ago

5  Cause Ur My Babe   might be slipping (or might not as her last might have been a dirty up her form run in a protected race) some but she should get good position on or near the lead and with a wake "them up jock" up in 1st time Gonzalez......definitely dangerous

6  Smooth Talker   last 6 sprint races (6 3 1 1)......just claimed by Mulhall having a good go of it at SA and the trainer shows confidence stepping this mare up......and she smartly leaves Van Dyke up who owns her last 3 wins on the mare

4  Shakeitupbetty

Long-shot consideration:   3 I'm No Patsy   race two back carrying 121 lbs isn't bad both in pace and final time......and this six year old seems to appreciate light weight on her back and likely has never had as little as the 110 lbs she carries today......come on Rosie Higgins whoever the heck you are


race 3    average clarity

6  Fugacious Dancer   powerful layoff run in last........and a little hidden by breaking bad and running a little bit wide .......about 4L lost...... and it was in a fast heat of MSW females....nice reassuring 5F work one week ago....same effort seems likely this afternoon

5  Calm the Sea   Jerry Hollendorfer is very reliable when he shows solid works for his filly 1st time starters and this four-year-old filly 1st starter sure has a very good-looking work regiment

2  Mysterious Miracle   stout works for this filly 1ster and a red-hot trainer/jockey combo......scratched yesterday in a MSW vs males......that hints D'Amato thinks highly of this youngster

3  Makena   last is a par like effort but what we want is her race 2 back which is very strong and somewhat disguised as she broke a little tardy and rushed some.........1st time Lasix today / big recent works........hmmmmm


race 4    average clarity 

3  Nancy From Nairobi   toss out last at 1 1/2 miles as her last 4 races at 1 1/4 or more are poor......big race two back (squeezed at the start and running wide for an impressive 2nd) at a distance she can handle.......1 1/8 looks as if it should be to her liking

6  Evo Campo   2 for 2 on the SA turf course.......has tactical speed ........Bejarano...........and a good a good trip should be in the cards.......seems like a major player

8  Journey On   positive jock change and back in an allowance race where this mare is usually very competitive......not out of this

7  Miss Double d'Oro

Long-shot consideration:   5  Gusto Dolce   putting the blinkers on for today and the change looks dangerous as this R Mandella runner just worked an impressive vastly improved 6F bullet work.......not much speed in here so blinkers on might put this mare with a touch of speed on or near the lead.......dangerous at a price


race 5    average clarity

3  Verraco   3 for 4 at SA (and a 3rd) on the dirt and retains the meets leading jock.......trainer could use a winner or two (30 2 0 3 at the meet) and his history with Gonzalez since the jock arrived on the scene has been good

2  Ike Walker   by far at his best on or near the lead and that appears likely today......and he was victorious in his lone lifetime race on the SA main track

7  Just Kidding   another with a good history on the SA dirt.......does tend to flatten out slightly running past a mile or would have rated higher.......still not out of this by any means

4  Highway Boss


race 6    average clarity

1  Mr. Cartagena   a win and a 2nd in two lifetime races at SA.......has as much early speed as anyone in this affair and doesn't need the lead to win.......that gives Perez options

3  Comes the Dream   is David Jacobson here to cut down on his stable size or what......all he does is drop his east coast invaders precipitously.......would like to know what he is thinking......last on the grass in a protected race fits at today's lower level......handling the dirt as well is the ? mark

5  Commander King   nice wake up win in last in only his 2nd lifetime dirt race......strong improved work since.....that and the step up hints this Sadler runner has turned the corner.......and/or prefers the dirt over the turf

2  Northern Iowa


race 7    average clarity

(AE 11 Decked Out has a shot if gets in)

8  Mokat   not so hot on the dirt but she is very solid on the sod......Baltas seldom puts up Mike Smith up but the Hall of Fame jock is up today and up for his lone mount on the card

5  Optimism And Hope   blocked badly in the stretch in a sprint down the hill or would have been much closer at the wire.....back quick and better suited for a route on the grass......trainer is red-hot especially on the grass

1  Gone to Bali   on the improve and her recent a.m. work hints she can produce even more today if of course she handles the green carpet........OK pedigree for it

9  Mirage


race 8    average clarity

6  Diva Down   last two races are very strong and more than deserving of a step up of one level for for one at today's distance.....very reassuring recent 4F drill.......should be tough unless he picks today to go off of form

4  Day of Fury   Jacobson fired with a massive drop down they other day and he is at it again here with another one......draws Bejarano........obviously dangerous.....hate these flip a coin types as many of you know

3  Valentine Boy   race 2 back is decent....... and today with possibly as good a jock up the 7 yr old carries 11 lbs less than he did in that race 2 back.......that's significant at one mile

9  Cant Do the Danse

7  Ultimate Luck

2  Volkonsky


Posted on February 5, 2016 at 8:29 am by richs · Permalink
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