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Santa Anita for Saturday 6 February 2016

Decent card quality wise and handicapping wise.



Best of luck as always!

race 1    average clarity

2  Classico      nice improvement in last especially considering 6 1/2 furlongs might be a little longer than he wants to run........6F today and Raffy knows this colt well having been aboard for all 5 lifetime starts

3  Passau    had to drop to the lowest MC level offered in S Cal to score but it sure woke him him.......repeat of his last sure fits solidly here.......decent recent little 4F drill hints he might

4  Bolitar   double barrel action from O'Neill as he also trains our top selection.........might be a good claim by O'Neill as like our 2nd choice if this colt manages to pop his latest he will fit as well as anyone in this field

6  Frac Candy


race 2    average clarity

7  Media Melee   caught way too wide and did so close to the pace-setters in his latest........blinkers on today and a strong recent bullet 5F gate work to his credit.....and it was worked just 3 days ago.......feeling good......switch to a speed rider.....should be tough and maybe at a bit of a price

3  The Silent One   not the best of trips in debut and it was in a fast heat....the same race as our top pick........two reassuring drills since.......smoother trip and a small forward move in 2nd lifetime endeavor and Quinonez will get an opportunity to make amends

5  Thorn Legacy   beat our top two selections in his debut with a somewhat wide obviously a contender here.......mostly 3rd selection since Chantal Kruse (Sutherland) is still looking for her 1st win in her comeback attempt.....she does seem to be improving one baby step at a time

1  Unbridled Rocket


race 3    below average clarity

4  Echo Chamber  good new sire and mom has tossed 4 grass winners from 9 sure are getting good for this Miller 1ster when they count the in right before her MSW debut

12  Smart Win   showed life in her MSW debut including some early speed......two nice (one a bullet) works since.....primed and ready for her 1st turf test which she is well-bred to handle

8  Rebarules Again   nasty duel in MSW dirt debut setting a fast quarter which took its toll........owns a strong sprint grass pedigree......jock upgrade to Bejarano.......might grab the front end and never look back

6  Georgia Blue


race 4   above  average clarity

2  I Will Score   handled a ferocious set of fractions and still managed to make it 2 for 2 lifetime.......working exceptionally well since.....1st at a route but bred to handle one.......should be of the nation's top trainers with three-year old runners in Hollendorfer

5  Mor Spirit   won a Grade 1 at Lrc in last ........2 for 2 routing on fast rated tracks......Baffert youngster seems likely to sit in a nice stalking position sitting 2nd or 3rd......has to fall off of from not to be a major player here

4  Laoban   tough trips in his last two endeavors and he still manged to run 2nd and 3rd with his last a Grade 3 like today.......and he has put in two very strong bullet works since his latest.....feeling good......lifetime best in all likelihood seems to be in the cards

1  Let's Meet in Rio


race 5    above average clarity

6  Songbird   S Cal has been cranking out the top females in the nation for quite some in Zenyatta - Beholder - and now Songbird

2  Land Over Sea   lifetime best and the closest she has gotten to Songbird at the wire is her lone effort at SA......still she'll need her best yet and for the "Bird" to be a little off

3  Street Fancy   very impressive 1st at a route to win a Grade 1 at Lrc in her latest......but Smith as expected jumps off to ride the two year old filly champ......trainer is on you never know


race 6    average clarity

2  Lovenseek   seems like a great spot 1st off of the Hollendorfer claim as this gelding appears to get what he in a loose lead......a.m. prowess since claim is very impressive.........gate to wire shot

8  Tuco   2nd start on Lasix and the cut back in distance both should be to his advantage.....and his latest is better than appear in print.......won his only grass effort at one mile and ran 2nd in his lone AW one mile race......8 furlongs to cover today

6  Kenjisstorm   seems like he has a good opportunity to sit in a nice ground saving stalk position with a good speed guy at the helm in Maldonado

10  Rock Shandy


race 7    average clarity

1  Cat Burglar   by far at his best at SA and Baffert likely realizes this and will go to the well as much as he can when he races this horse at SA.....last fits.....Bejarano stays with the six-year old......continues to train like a happy healthy individual

7  Imerative   2nd place finishes in his last two race to "monsters" in Dortmund and California earnings in the field.....should be a player if he holds form

5  Hoppertunity   has been eating up some cash since his last win which was over a year ago......last wasn't his best but he has rebounded in the past off of semi-dull that Baffert gives Prat a shot at accomplishing the task

8  El Kabeir


race 8    average clarity

6  Ganesh  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE    don't believe this Mandella Stakes horse cares for the Dmr turf course.....back on the SA turf where he has shown more ability.......very aggressive series of some impressive long works......back to Prat......seems fresh and ready for today following a 2+ month break

7  Flamboyant   seems very sharp right now running her lifetime best in latest......both lifetime 1 1/4 grass races are strong 3rd place finishes.....lightly raced so she might be able to repeat her last which would make her stout for sure......trainer is hot to boot

3  Chiropractor   appears to want to run all day long so her longest race to date might bring more out of this four-year old gelding than most folks anticipate......back to Van Dyke who has a decent history with this fellow

4  Southern Freedom

Long-shot consideration:   5 Power Foot   this Neil Drysdale runner is better at the 1 /14 turf distance than his record at the distance indicates (5 1 0 1)......multiple bad trips at the distance.....for a horse that just ran 3rd 2 1/2 lengths behind superstar The Pizza Man he is going to go off at one big price


race 9    average clarity

4  Giant Expectations   very impressive back to back works around the first of the year.....softer drills to follow until his latest which is a strong 5F drill.....hopefully lives up to his name this afternoon for Eurton and company

12  Seventh Sense   prolonged work regiment for this Hollendorfer 1st starter who has quite a few noteworthy drills......and mom has tossed 4 winner from 5 runners including a Stakes winner

9  Journey by Sea   Baffert is willing to take over a colt who debuted in June and hasn't been seen since......that June debut was better than appears in print (fast heat/tough trip/key race).......seems ready fresh off of the bench

11  Driven West

7  Ten Blessings

5  Mucho Chrome

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