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Santa Anita for Saturday 20 February 2016

Not the easiest of cards to decipher as you can tell by the clarity ratings but at least we have some nice morning lines on many of our top two selections. Sunday's card has more clarity.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   average clarity

4  Airfoil   on the rebound both in pace and final time since the blinkers were put on two races back.........claimed in his last........two nice drills since........Papaprodromou likes what he is seeing and smartly steps his new shooter up multiple levels

5  Story To Tell   runs his best at Santa Anita (4 2 1 1).......runs well fresh and he is 3+ months fresh today........won the only time he ran for a tag which was 50K ......40K today

1  Papa Turf   very dangerous if he brings his "A game" especially running at today's 6F distance where has done well.......should be in the mix from the get go and speed did well yesterday


race 2    average clarity

5  Tristan's Trilogy   Peter Miller appears to mean business giving his colt a strong 8F drill only one week ago preparing for the 1 1/8th distance.......should sit on or near the lead and that is a dangerous proposition with a good speed rider in Gonzalez

1  Undeniable U   recent drills have never been better and Baffert sure has been doing well with his grass stock as competing on the grass is the only "Achilles heel" he has had over the years

3  Mr. Roary   might have graduated in his latest at today's 1 1/8th turf distance if it wasn't for too wide of a trip......had the 10 post that day.......gets the 3 post today.......Agapito Delgadillo is quietly making a solid S Cal comeback

6  Et Toi

Long-shot consideration:   12  Liam the Charmer   exits a fast heat with a bad trip losing about 7L total........adjusted for trouble Santucci fig isn't bad especially for a MSW route debut........solid a.m. since........tries the grass for start no. 2 and he is bred to appreciate it


race 3    below average clarity

2  Fast Munny   speed and endurance has been put into this Dollase 1st time the 5F - 6F - 6F works spaced only 5 days apart to finish up his work regiment in preparation for don't train like that to give a tune-up in debut

1  One More Round   brutal trip in MSW debut......and he showed good early speed.......major league rider upgrade.........ultra impressive work series........definitely seems like a major player

4  Adios Reality   shuffled back badly in the early stages of his MSW debut and not pushed much after that......bullet best of 70 4F work since.......look for this Baffert colt to exit the metal monster much better and sit closer to the pace-setters

3  Dalmore


race 4    average clarity

7  Altaira   very consistent since the blinkers were added (5 1 1 3) and you can't beat consistency at this low level of racing.......cut back of one furlong appears to be a is Mr. Bejarano sticking around

2  Zeekid   toss out last.....way too wide pressing the pace on a rail bias day......crushed by 9L to break her maiden 2 back........should sit close to the front and be able to save some ground.......speed did well yesterday

6  Blooming Hanna   pressed a hot pace vs. better in her latest and predictably cashed it in.......dealt with a much more reasonable pace two back and won going away........drops back to a level where that can occur once again today

3  Chicago Angel

Long-shot consideration:   5  Stellata    not much in latest but Eurton has wisely given his filly plenty of time to recover and with a steady work race of her career was her only 6F race at SA.......and the effort is disguised by a bad trip.....stout rider/trainer combo of late.......dangerous and dangerous at a price


race 5   average clarity

7  Family Code   toss out last as his route pedigree is bad.......sprint record on fast rated dirt is (5 2 1 2).......needs a rebound and Diodoro has given his three-year old plenty of time off to provide one.........last race run at SA was 4 back and that effort would dominate here from start to finish

4  Tough But Nice   on the improve with each and every 4F drill since his last run only 2 weeks ago indicates the trend is likely to continue......sure fits fine if it does

5  Skye Diamonds   likely is feeling very good right now for Machowsky to run this filly vs. the boys today.......done little wrong in 3 lifetime starts ( 3 1 2 0) on the main track.........rider upgrade especially considering Bejarano rides with the same weight as the bug boy did in this fillies latest

1  TurnYour Eyes


race 6    average clarity   OFF OF THE TURF LATE SELECTIONS   7-5-9-6 POSTED AT 8:45 pacific

3  Stormy Liberal   by far at her best down the SA hill grass course.........has improved since O'Neill saw fit to yank the blinkers off 4 races ago.....seems likely to get a nice mid pack ground saving trip

5  Mr. Sexy   back to back wins down the hill getting loose on the lead.....looks loose once again this seem slightly improved of late hinting he is ready at a shot vs. better

8  De Treville   ran well vs. better in France in 2015.......good record at about 7F bodes well for his chances down the hill......away since August......not sure if he is ready for his U S of A debut but if he is he should be very stout at today's nw2 alw level

9  Eighty Three

Long-shot consideration:   7  K Thirty Eight   fits well if he brings his "A game" and the way in which he is training hints that he might be.......Karen Headley has had a nice 2014/15 with limited starters and is 3 for 7 at the SA meet to date


race 7    below average clarity

3  Bad Read Shanchez   drops from the hint he might not be totally shot.......toss a many of you know I hate these kind

8  Undrgroundrailroad    away for over a year but training well enough to be ready to roll........very strong works early on and then backed off likely to put some doubt into the minds of the claiming vultures......draws the meets top gun.....should be in the mix from the opening bell

4  Prince Valiant   bad race in a non-claiming event / drop into claiming and win........bad race in last in a non-claiming event / drop and ???

1  Garrapata


race 8    average clarity

11  Paulina's Love   race lacks speed and this Baltas filly who has some can use it to get on over from a difficult post.....a.m. prowess hints she has never been better.....seems at her best when she can stalk the lead and I can see that occurring here.....keep your fingers crossed that she doesn't get caught 3 wide or worse on turn one

1  Keri Belle   won a Grade 3 despite a very wide trip in her latest.....loves the one mile turf distance with 3 wins and a 2nd in 4 starts at the distance......hard not to like

9  Her Emmynancy   quite the pick up for Mulhall as this filly sure preformed well for Stidham with a record of (7 4 2 0) with a G1 win and 2 G1 2nd's in 3 G1 move for Mulhall to use Talamo as he is (3 2 1 0) with this nice filly

6  Prize Exhibit


race 9    average clarity

7  Pam's Joy   Hebert Bacorn has done awfully well with limited starters in 2015/16 and is 2 for his last 7 with 1st time starters.........definitely a solid series of works considering the level of racing.....rather sure she is ready to roll

6  One Smart Cat   Mullins 1ster sure is working nicely when it counts the in right before her MC has produced 3 winners from 3 starters

5  Patience Lady   didn't seem to care for the off track in latest.......race 2 back on the fast track fits.......3 nice speed works since her last.....should be in the hunt from the get go with only 5 1/2 furlongs to hold it together

10  Papa's Maggie

9  Sunshine Laurie

4  Patience Lady

Posted on February 20, 2016 at 9:44 am by richs · Permalink
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