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Santa Anita for Sunday 7 February 2016


So so card today. Hope you enjoy the Super Bowl.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

4  Sea Smoke   latest might be a public support at the widows supports the notion.......stout works since......bred for the sod.......Baltas is stout 1st at a route and 1st on the grass.....both are the case today

1  Allsquare   so so 1st at a route in 2nd lifetime start.......expecting better 1st on the grass today......good pedigree for it and gets to run off of short for the 1st time in her career.......short and quick drills getting ready for today.......hints the barn wants her on or near the lead from the get go

7  Lynne's Legacy   on the improve and she has shown she can handle a turf route......might be the one to overcome if she manages another forward move this afternoon......good trainer/rider combo at the helm

11  All That Heat

Long-shot consideration:   5  Tinderette   see the comment for the 1 horse......same applies here only with Mullins as the trainer


race 2    average clarity

5  Moonlight Meeting   claimed by Hess in his last and a good-looking drill since and for a trainer that doesn't push them too hard in the morning.......3 for 6 at SA (0 for 7 elsewhere)......2 for 4 at the distance.....decent history with today's jock up

2  Moments Notiz   8 yr old is 15 for 27 lifetime on fast rated dirt.....last was the layoff gimme to drop and .......go go go at full throttle and with 1st time Bejarano to boot

7  Hot Lightning   good history when on or pressing the lead and that appears likely to occur here......only other runner with any speed in the race is our top pick

6  London Legacy


race 3    average clarity

2  Adios Reality   very expensive 1st time starter even for one trained by Bob Baffert is training quite well.......Baffert/Bejarano have been a hot combo of late and they teamed up in Saturday's nightcap to win the sprint version of the has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters and 2 of them were Stakes winners

5  Can't Remember   another 1st timer from Baffert and company seemingly all wound up and ready to roll.....colt works as if he has some early speed.......Chantal Kruse (Sutherland) might be loose and lonely on the lead which enhances her chances at her 1st "comeback" win

6  Inhibition   sprint - sprint - route scenario/manuever here and for colt who is bred to appreciate a route of ground.....dangerous rider/trainer combo seem overdue to strike

7  Trojan Nation


race 4    above average clarity 

8  Nine Point Nine   seems at his best at SA and she is coming off a nice win where the blinkers were taken off.....they remain off for today for her step up of multiple levels......likely feeling good.....should be able to sit 1, 2, or 3 at the quarter and that is a dangerous proposition with the hot riding bug boy Lopez up

4  Precious Audrey   won MC debut on the dirt at Gpw by 8L......didn't take to the turf in her next start which was down the SA hill......back to dirt and well placed to our top choice she should sit 1, 2, or 3 at the 1/4 and with the meets leading rider aboard

3  Kellianne Can Can   seems best of the off pace runners in the affair......and she won her lone race at the somewhat speciality distance of 7 furlongs

6  Tribal Headdress


race 5    average clarity

1  Oligarch   hasn't competed in a grass route for quite some time but has had some success routing on the grass in the past including at today's 9F distance.....but maybe more importantly he sure looks loose in this spot....and he is one tough follow loose on the lead

6  Hobbits Hero   only but his last fit well in this spot since Baltas claimed 4 races back......should get a nice stalking trip......combine that with a bounce back and he should be one tough cookie

8  It Is Living Water   very versatile as he seems to handle any turf distance......1st off the claim by Jack Carava.......race two back would have a shot taking down this affair....trainer is having a good meet so far

10  Buymeabond


race 6    below average clarity

6  Cautious Giant   five-year old gelding has really gotten good since Mulhall claimed and the blinkers were put on.....seems likely to get 1st crack at our 2nd choice who should be on the lead......ran a 108:3 with not the best of trips in last...what might he run today with a good trip and 2 lbs less on his back

5  Rocket Heat   the "now" horse sure has found a another level of racing of late......loves the front end and sure looks capable of snatching it here......and with my favorite speed jock (at this time) in the irons....such a deal

1  Kobe's Back   same impressive work pattern for this bad breaking fellow (what kind of record would this guy have if he broke well) as he had prior to his near win in a Grade 1 sprint at SA in Oct.......hmm


race 7    below average clarity

8  Procurement   very impressive a.m. preparation for today's race which is the lowest claiming level he has run for to date......connections know there is a good chance he will be claimed and they likely are pulling out all stops to get the most out of him today

1  McHeat   3 for 3 on the lawn since the blinkers were removed and 2 of those wins were with today's jock up......seems dangerous even at a distance that pedigree wise might be a bit too far

4  Diamond Bachelor    seems well-meant this afternoon.....same scenario that produced a strong effort on the grass on Feb 7th......dirt sprint then back in week for a turf route......dirt sprint in last - route today and this time with a jockey upgrade

9  A Red Tie Day


race 8    average clarity   

11  Mad Mango   good speed and a better post than her last for Maldonado to do his thing....that being outbreak the field and sit on or near the lead with only 5 1/2F to deal with......trainer has been dynamite with maiden claimers

12  Darling Grace   blinkers on.......6 lbs less to carry than in her latest......cut back in distance......last is better than appears.......should be in it from the get go

3  Dream Navigator   might feel real good coming off of a turf sprint which was run only 10 days ago.......drop from MSW to the bottom MC level........and like our top two selections should sit near the front in a 5.5F affair

8  Back Street Cat

4  Maid Easy

5  Racing Hope




Posted on February 7, 2016 at 9:32 am by richs · Permalink
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