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Santa Anita for Friday 12 February 2016


Seems like a day that might be "feast or famine like" if my clarity ratings are worth a hoot.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

2  Appealing Lady   nice wake up in last with the blinkers put on for the 1st time in awhile......and the solid effort is disguised by running 3 wide on a rail biased day.......and the cut back of 1/2 furlong appears to be a plus

4  Comealongwithme    another with a race much better than appears in print......4 wide on a rail bias day.......sprint tune-up in last......full throttle go today.....race lacks speed and Lopez likes to send in these situations......hope he does

3  Art of War   why not finally drop to the lowest MC level available as this gal is now a 5 yr old........should fit OK.......if of course she isn't hurting some and the connections want to lose her

1  Katy's Plum


race 2    below average clarity

4  Big Discovery   lifetime best was run turf to dirt (see August at Dmr) with Bejarano riding both races......turf in last with Raffy up.......dirt today with Raffy up......hmmmm

6  Action Hero   double barrel action from Yakteen as he also trains our top selection.....four year old colt seems best with two or more months between races and gets it.....and his "best" fits well in this spot

3  Orion's Belt   might be rather muscled up coming off of a 9 furlong grass race in his 2nd lifetime start.......back to the dirt where his sprint debut wasn't anything special fig wise but the race has turned out to be a productive one


race 3    above average clarity

3  Trelawny   team Desormeaux has been stout with multi-level drop downs of late and this nine-year old is training like he is feeling awfully good........should be a handful running vs. easier today......and why not drop because who wants to claim a nine yr old

4  Ferocious   exits a fast heat......adds blinkers.....switches to the hot bug boy with his 5 lbs weight break.....race lacks speed and with the two changes I believe this gelding will sit much closer than he usually does ......thus enhancing his chances

2  Close to the Edge   likes SA dirt and might have enough early speed to get loose.....making him dangerous


race 4    average clarity

6  No Tricks for Jack   seven-year old mare has turned into a rent-a-horse of late......and if she can repeat her latest for her new connections the rent will be a impressive 3 for 4 at today's 7F distance should enhance her chances

3  Warrensdollarsigns   seems like a good spot for blinkers on as there is not a lot of speed in here.....believe with regular rider Maldonado up she will sit within 2 to 4 lengths of the lead putting her in striking position

5  Rolanna   GG invader drops and handles the conventional dirt just fine but I am a touch leery of her ability to handle 7 furlongs......fits just fine if she does......maybe the 5 lbs successful bug boy can help her hold it together 

7  Lil Cheyenne

Long-shot consideration:   1  Fiesta Express   might feel good coming out of her latest effort to step up one notch.....and her last is better than appears in print.......wide on an inside day........1 for 3 at the distance which seems significant as she is 5 for 52 lifetime overall


race 5   below average clarity

7  Seedsandstemsagain   best credentials down the SA hill grass course (4 0 3 0) and seems poised for a strong she just needs to get over her tendency to hang in the stretch.....major league rider upgrade should help that

1  Silver Summer   sure took the connections a little too long to try the turf as he is bred very well for it as 3 of mom's 4 winners have won on the turf and this gelding almost made it 4 out of 5 in his latest......should be as tough as anyone in here if he builds on the effort

3  Infinite Loop   showed some life in 3 long distance AW races in Ireland to start his career.....been away since May but is working well enough to be ready.....and Drysdale has put some speed into his new trainee in the a.m. preparing him for his transition from long distance to a sprint........and he owns a pedigree that should handle the sod 

8  Heat


race 6    average clarity

10  Juansagain   voided claim in last so that opens the doors to drop and not worry about losing a horse......just raced 20 days ago and yet worked a decent 5F since....and look who rides for the 1st time.......Mr Bejarano......might be healthy enough

7  Syndicated   very weak percentage 1st out after a claim for Lewis but he sure seems to have the trump card for this fellow as the works since the claim are vastly improved.......likely to show more today and at a distance that seems better suited for him 

3  True Ten   good time to take the blinkers off as this race is loaded with front end types and the advantage should go to those running off of it some.....last win came turf to dirt and that is the scenario for today

5  Gold Chaser


race 7    way below average clarity

(I could see anyone winning this race)

5  Melanistic    7 yr old mare fits well if she brings her "A game" 

3  Two Taps    tough to tell if this laid up Shirreffs runner is ready off of the bench but he should be a major player if she is......seems like a good sign Mike Smith takes the mount

6  Demonica   speed is her game but she might have to put away the 2 horse or learn to take back and still of 51 bullet 5F work is is Stevens sticking around


race 8    above average clarity

11  Icona   bad ride in MC debut and still almost hit pay dirt only losing by a fast finishing neck......switch from a struggling apprentice to a very good one in Lopez.....seems like a ton with the same effort and a cleaner ride

8  Lucky Cherry   definitely on the right end of the learning curve and if her progression continues on the right track she should have as big a shot as anyone in this affair to graduate

7  Betty's Joy   like our 2nd selection she is also getting better with each and every start......and her recent works indicate she might be feeling awfully good.....and we get a major league jock upgrade......should be a factor in this affair

2  Miss Purrfect

9  B K Miss

10  Vronsky's Devka


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